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Planning Commission Vacancy

Applications are being taken through October 27th for an open seat on the Kelso Planning Commission. Jared Wade recently resigned from the Planning Commission, and the person selected to replace him will serve out the rest of his unexpired term, which runs through November 1st of 2016. Members of the Planning Commission are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, per the provisions of the City Charter. The Planning Commission deals with the city’s Comprehensive Plan, and also provides advice to the City Council on land use issues. Members of the Planning Commission must live within the Kelso City Limits. Applications can be obtained from the City Manager’s office at the Kelso City Hall; call 577-3301 if you have other questions.

Community Conversations

Continuing to riff on this term’s theme of “Monsters in Our Midst,” LCC philosophy instructor Dennis Shaw will be today’s presenter at the Community Conversation lectures. His lecture is titled “Dystopian Visions: Monstrous Consequences of Perceived Trends.” The lecture will start at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. Admission is free, and anyone interested is invited to attend.


A special musical performance is planned for this evening at Rainier Junior-Senior High School, as the five-man a cappella vocal group Re:Voiced presents a concert to support the Rainier School Friends of Music. Re:Voiced performs a wide-ranging show that appeals to the entire family, including doo-wop, Motown hits and contemporary tunes from artists like Lady Gaga and Jason Mraz. Prior to tonight’s show, members of the group will be involved in a workshop with the Rainier High School Choir, and will also perform in school assemblies during the day. Curtain for tonight’s show is set for 7 pm; call 503-880-6331 for ticket information, or get your tickets at the door.

Harvest Festival

They’re still celebrating the bounty that’s been grown at local schools, with another Lower Columbia School Garden Harvest Festival planned for today, this time at Saint Helens Elementary School in Longview. This is a day-long event, where every class in the school will cycle through a number of fun activities, including a apple cider press, a straw bale obstacle course, seed harvesting, corn shucking and of course, grilled vegetables that are fresh from the garden that the kids grew themselves. They’ll also have live music, and Steve the Rabbit will be there. Volunteers are always needed to help make these events a success. Go to the Lower Columbia School Gardens web page for more information.

KLOG Thursday Sports

The KC Royals won the AL pennant with a 2-1 win over the Orioles last night. The Giants beat the Cardinals 6-4 and can clinch a meeting with the Royals with a win today, KLOG 4:00 pm…..A big prep football showdown tonight as R.A. Long hosts Woodland in a 7 pm kickoff at Longview Memorial Stadium…..In college ball, Oregon State hosts Utah tonight…..In college volleyball, Tacoma defeated LCC 3-0…..In prep v-ball tonight, Kelso is at Centralia and MM is at home against Hockinson…..The LCC soccer team dropped a 7-0 game to Peninsula yesterday…..In prep soccer today, Woodland is at R.A. Long (4 pm), Hockinson at MM (4:30 pm) and Centralia at Kelso (4 pm)…..Civil War golf today as RAL and MM tangle in a 3:30 pm match at the Longview Country Club.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

The Royals beat the Orioles 2-1 and the Giants downed the Cardinals 5-4 in 10 innings. KC can advance with a win today, KLOG 12:00 pm. The Giants lead 2-1 going into today’s game, KLOG 4:00 pm…..Columbia River scored five straight goals to beat Kelso 5-2 in soccer last night. Also, Mark Morris blasted Hudson’s Bay 8-0 and Ridgefield shutout R.A. Long 4-0…..The LCC soccer team hosts Peninsula in a 4 pm game at Northlake Field…..In volleyball last night, River defeated Kelso 3-0, MM over Bay 3-0 and Ridgefield rallied to beat RAL 3-2…..The LCC volleyball team is at Tacoma tonight at 7 pm…..Blaine Gilmore of Kelso lost a playoff for the final berth to State after an 83 at the 3A District golf tourney at Tri-Mountain. Gilmore finished tied for 8th. Damon Temanson was 16th.

Wauna Evacuation

A power outage led to a chemical release that forced the evacuation of the Georgia-Pacific paper mill at Wauna yesterday morning. It’s reported that power to the mill was lost at about 8:15 am, when a transmission line that feeds the mill went down. Company officials say that the loss of power to the mill led to a release of chlorine dioxide, a chemical used in the paper bleaching process. This material is extremely caustic, with the ability to burn eyes, skin and lungs; exposure to this material can be fatal. It appears that the leak was contained on-site, with no exposure to the environment. A number of employees were sent home early as a precaution. Power was restored to the facility at about 10:30 yesterday morning. The Clatskanie PUD is still looking into the cause of the outage, while GP officials continue to investigate the leak itself.

Windy Weather

The Weather Service says that we could see some gusty winds around the region, starting this morning and continuing through tonight. A low pressure system is moving north from the Central Oregon Coast, and a compression of the pressure gradient at the surface is increasing the wind velocities. Wind gusts of up to 45 miles an hour are expected along the Coast, in the Coast Range and in the Cascade Foothills. Higher gusts are possible on the beaches and on coastal headlands. As trees are still heavily loaded with leaves, wind speeds of this type have the possibility of knocking down limbs and trees. This type of damage could lead to power outages and blocked roadways. A Wind Advisory is up until 11 am for the Portland-Vancouver metro area, looking for sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles an hour, and gusts of up to 40 miles an hour. The strongest winds are expected by about 9 am. Theses winds could make for some challenging driving conditions, particularly for those of us driving high-profile vehicles.

Pickup Rollover

Only minor injuries were reported in a pickup rollover reported yesterday afternoon on I-5 southbound between Castle Rock and Kelso. State Troopers say that the crash happened around 3:10 pm, at milepost 44 southbound. They say that a tire blew out, causing the pickup to roll several times. The driver of the pickup got out by himself, bleeding from his head and hands. The 56 year-old man from Castle Rock was taken to St. John Medical Center for treatment. His name has not been released. No citations were issued.

Amber Alert Cancelled

Authorities in Clark County are cancelling an Amber Alert that went out last night, saying that a missing 9 year-old Vancouver boy has been recovered. Cell phones started pinging shortly before 10 last night, when an Amber Alert was issued for Andrey Vonorenko, 9, of Vancouver. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says that he was taken by his estranged father yesterday afternoon, picked up without permission at Mill Plain Elementary School. Alexy Vonorneko, 38, had recently been arrested in Texas for domestic violence. During that time, Andrey’s mother left that state, moving to Vancouver. It’s also claimed that Alexy Vonorenko has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. At 4:25 this morning, the Amber Alert was cancelled, reporting that the boy had been safely located in Hood River, “camping” with his father. Other details haven’t been disclosed at this time.