Darren Garth Naillon, 43, of St. Helens is looking at multiple game violations, as Oregon State Police claim that he wasted two large bull elk near LaGrande. OSP reports that the incident took place on Halloween, as Naillon and a juvenile were hunting near the small town of Starkey. A witness reported seeing the pair kill two bull elk early on that morning, but they didn’t appear to harvest any of the meat. That night, game wardens contacted the pair as they came back into camp. They supposedly had been waiting out in the rain, hoping that the troopers would leave. The troopers determined that the pair had killed two elk, but had a tag for only one. Naillon and the juvenile reportedly said that they had dressed the animals, and left the meat in the packs, out in the woods. When troopers found the packs and the animals, it was determined that only a small amount of meat had been salvaged, and most had been left to waste. Troopers seized the pair’s rifles, packs, salvaged meat and both sets of antlers. Naillon is charges with two counts of wasting a game animal and two counts of aiding or counseling a wildlife offense.
The U. S. Attorney’s Office in Tacoma is reporting that Harold Clause Kupers, 48, of Winlock is admitting that he directed the illegal cutting of huge Bigleaf Maple trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Earlier this year, federal officials brought charges against the owner of J&L Tonewoods in Winlock, claiming that he was paying men to cut these trees without permits. They say that Kupers sold more than a half-million dollars in illegally-harvested wood, which is used in high-end musical instruments. Kupers now admits that he purchased this wood, knowing that it had been illegally harvested. Sentencing is set for February in Tacoma; Kupers could get up to five years in prison.
The State of Washington is out with its first distribution of tax dollars from marijuana sales in the state, and Cowlitz County gets a portion of that $6 million. Longview is getting an annual distribution of $61,241 from the state, while Cowlitz County will receive an annual payout of $91,861. Another $6 million will be distributed next year. Vancouver is getting the biggest distribution, receiving nearly $800,000 for the year. Tacoma came in second with $450,000, but the twist on this is that since Pierce County has banned marijuana sales, ALL of that distribution will go to Tacoma, and the county will get none. Full listing are available from the Washington Department of Revenue.
If all of those smartphones, tablets, Kindles and other hand-held electronics are intimidating to you, maybe you can lose some of those fears at today’s Handheld Technology Petting Zoo, which is planned for this afternoon at the Longview Public Library. This will be an interactive, hands-on event, giving you a chance to see, touch and learn about things like Kindles, Nooks, Androids, Windows tablets and iPads. You’ll also lean about the eLibrary, the software needed to run your devices, and what an “app” is. The Handheld Technology Petting Zoo starts at 3 pm, and it’s free to all. Get more information on the Longview Library web page, or call 442-5321. A second “Petting Zoo” is planned for 3 pm on Wednesday, December 9th.
You’re invited to come and help develop the plan for the future of West Kelso at a workshop that planned for this evening at the Kelso Senior Center. Tonight’s workshop will include a recap of findings from the first workshop, a presentation of the vision statement and guiding principles, along with a discussion and survey of alternative design options and development regulations. Organizers say that the goal is to get input and feedback that will help to create a “preferred alternative” that will be folded into the plan, and will help guide decisions regarding future development in West Kelso. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t attend the first workshop; this evening’s event runs from 6 to 8:30 pm in the Senior Center, located in the old Catlin Hall at 106 Northwest 8th. Additional information is available on the City of Kelso web page.
The Blazers are looking to snap a six game losing streak tonight when they take on the Rockets in Houston, KLOG 4:05 pm. The Rockets have lost four in a row and today fired head coach Kevin McHale…..Oregon State defeated Iona 93-73 in men’s college hoops last night. The Seattle U. at Eastern Washington game was postponed due to high winds yesterday. It will be played today at 12:30 pm…..The Lower Columbia women’s volleyball team leaves for Tacoma today for a practice on the eve of the NWAC Championships. The Devils open tomorrow morning at 9:00 am versus Bellevue…..The Seahawks cut WR Chris Matthews yesterday…..ESPN reports that Longview’s Bud Black appears out of the mix for the Dodgers managers job. Gabe Kapler and Dave Roberts are the finalists.
Numerous fire crews responded a two-alarm fire that started this morning at an auto shop outside of Woodland. Cowlitz County 911 reports that the first fire call at I and P Auto came in at about 3:25 this morning, located near the intersection of Old Pacific Highway and Green Mountain Road. Few details about the fire are being made available as of yet, though it was disclosed that flames were burning through the roof of a shop on the property. Crews from Woodland, Kalama, Cowlitz 2 and Clark County are responding to this incident, with additional information to be released on the cause, origin and damage done as it becomes available.
Weather forecasters say that we have another day of heavy rain and strong winds before things start calming down tonight. The Weather Service says that another strong Pacific storm will roll through the area today and into tonight, with as much as an inch of rain falling in the local area, along with wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour. A High Wind Warning remains in effect for the south Washington Coast and into the Coast Range, starting at 10 am and going until 7 pm tonight. The strongest winds today are expected to be coming between 1 and 6 pm today. A Flood Warning is now up on the Grays River near Rosburg, reporting that the river went over the flood stage of 12 feet at about 5 this morning. The warning is expected to be in effect through Wednesday. Flooding of roads in that area is anticpated.
Drivers could encounter some challenging conditions on both the morning and afternoon commute, with poor visibility, leaves and debris on the roads, and gusting winds. There were several overnight reports of roads being blocked by trees, limbs and other debris, but as of this morning, no road closures are reported in the area. The Cowlitz PUD also reports that they had NO power outages overnight, even after clocking a peak wind gust of just over 30 miles an hour.
The airport in Kelso had a peak gust of 35 miles an hour, with more than six-tenths of an inch of rain falling between 4 and 10 pm yesterday. Castle Rock had a peak gust of 25 miles an hour, with a 24-hour rain total of 1.55 inches. Kalama got nearly two inches of rain in the past 24 hours; Abernathy Mountain had a peak gust of 59 miles an hour, with just over 1.9 inches of rain. Astoria got more than two inches of rain, with a gust of 40 miles an hour. Naselle Ridge has had multiple gusts over 50 miles an hour, with sustained winds of more than 30 miles an hour for most of the night.
Arresting the bad guys is a lot easier when they pull up to the store and fall asleep. Around 8:30 yesterday morning, employees at the Freeway Shell in Kelso contacted Kelso Police, saying that there was an SUV out at one of the pumps; they said that it had been there for about a half-hour, with the gas nozzle inserted into the tank. They also say that there was a man at the wheel, who appeared to be asleep. A check of the vehicle showed that it was reported as stolen out of Longview; Stanton Albert Gallear, 38, a transient from Vancouver, was taken into custody and is now being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Jail.
The General Election was just a couple of weeks ago, but the people in Clatskanie are casting votes again today, this time to see if the town’s mayor is going to remain in office. The recall election of long-time Mayor Diane Pohl got under way in September, following the controversial “retirement” of Police Chief Marvin Hoover, which was then followed by the arrest of her husband on public indecency charges. Virginia Leloff is the chief petitioner in the recall effort, claiming that Pohl should have shown more support for the police officers who spoke out about the alleged racist behavior of Hoover. Ballots were mailed late last month to 865 registered voters in Clatskanie, and those ballots are due back by 8 pm tonight. Results could be announced later this evening by Columbia County Elections.