The Blazers are coming home down 0-2 in the NBA Playoffs. The Clippers defeated Portland 102-81 last night. The series resumes at Moda Center Saturday night…..Taijuan Walker got the win and Nori Aoki’s two-run triple gave the Mariners a 2-1 victory over Cleveland. The M’s and Indians are playing a day game today, KLOG 8:00 am…..In prep baseball, Kelso defeated Rainier 12-3, R.A. Long was leading Washougal 9-0 when the game was suspended, and Mark Morris’ furious rally from down 8-5 to leading 9-8 was dashed when the game was called due to darkness and the score reverted to the previous inning…..In prep softball, Tumwater downed Kelso 4-2, RAL blasted Hudson’s Bay 17-1 and MM beat Washougal 5-2.
Cleveland beat Seattle 3-2 in MLB action yesterday. The M’s and Indians play again today, KLOG 2:00 pm…..The Blazers and Clippers meet in Los Angeles tonight for game two of the NBA Playoff series, 6:35 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave. The Clippers lead 1-0…..Mariah Mendez hit a 10th inning walk-off homer to give LCC a 5-3 softball win over Clark…..In prep softball, Kelso defeated Mt. View 6-1 and Skyview downed Mark Morris 13-3. Today, the Lassies host Tumwater, Hudson’s Bay is at R.A. Long and MM is at Woodland…..Kelso blanked Fort 9-0 in prep baseball. Today, the Scots host Rainier, RAL is at Washougal and MM at Ridgefield…..The Kelso boys track team beat Fort 122-32 to clinch the GSHL 3A title. Also, the Kelso Lassies defeated Fort in track 103-47.
If you’re heading into West Kelso, be aware that the intersection of Southwest 3rd and Catlin is closed, after a sinkhole was reported yesterday afternoon. This was reported to the City of Kelso shortly after 3 pm yesterday, reported first as being about a foot deep, and about four feet by six feet in size. Public Works responded, posting warning and detour signs. This intersection will be closed until further notice; use alternate routes until repairs are completed.
Ray Pohl, 64, of Clastkanie is being sentenced to probation, compensation and treatment after he pleaded guilty to charges of public indecency. Several months ago, the husband of Clatskanie’s Mayor was arrested on 30 separate counts of indecent exposure, accused of exposing himself to the barista at a drive-through coffee stand, incidents that took place over more than two years. After originally pleading “not guilty” to all counts, it’s now being reported that Pohl is pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of public indecency; he’s being convicted on one count, and the second will be dismissed if he completes a diversion program. Pohl is being ordered to pay more than $11,000 in compensation to his victim, while also being sentenced to three years of probation. Pohl is also being ordered into the sex offender treatment program.
The owner of now-closed J&L Tonewoods in Winlock is going to federal prison for six months after being sentenced in connection with his conviction for theft of valuable hardwoods from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The U. S. Attorney’s Office in Tacoma says that Harold Clause Kupers, 48, of Winlock was contacted by the Forest Service back in April of 2012, told that he needed permits to remove maple wood from the forest. Over the next two years, Kupers had his employees continue to harvest Bigleaf Maple from the Gifford Pinchot, wood that was used in high-end musical instruments. Kupers and three others were arrested in connection with the thefts, and all are facing prison time. Yesterday, Kupers was sentenced to six months in prison, six months of home detention and three years of supervised release. He’s also being ordered to pay nearly $160,000 in fines and restitution. The other three men involved are also facing prison time.
Northwest Innovation Works is announcing that it’s pulling the plug on plans to site a billion-dollar methanol production and export facility at the Port of Tacoma, but they also say that the plans for identical plants at Kalama and Clatskanie are still on track. In making yesterday’s announcement, Vee Godley with Northwest Innovation Works says that “we do not see a way forward with the Port of Tacoma,” but he also says that they remain committed to completion of the project. Godley says that several factors led to their decision; he says that there are still environmental issues with the proposed site, that they didn’t have enough time to do adequate due diligence, along with zoning issues. Godley says that there’s just too much rick to proceed with the Tacoma project, but they also say that the company “remains committed” to the projects in Kalama and Clatskanie.
Kalama-based All American Containers is announcing an expansion of its packaging distribution operations. In 2012, AAC Pacific Coast moved into a 33,000 square-foot facility at the Port of Kalama, where they produce bottles and packaging for oils, fruit juices and other liquids. Company officials say that they are continuing to expand operations and they are hiring new people, as demand for their products expands with the booming craft beer, wine and food industries. Officials with All American Containers say that they remain “very attracted” to the Port of Kalama and they plan to continue growing at this facility, saying that it’s central to their distribution logistics. All American Containers runs through the Bennu Glass facility at the Port of Kalama, which just recently sold to Owens Illinois, one of the largest glass makers in the world.
Some mechanical issues apparently led to the inadvertent release of several hundred gallons of material that’s used in the control of gypsy moths in the region. The Oregon Department of Agriculture had been planning to conduct the first of three spraying operations this past weekend, targeting an area of northwest Portland including Linnton and a portion of Forest Park. Due to an equipment malfunction, about 250 gallons of the biological insecticide got dumped over an industrial portion of Linnton, and another 250 gallons went into a field near Scappoose. The owners of both properties were informed; since the material is a naturally-occurring bacteria and is certified for organic use, no negative impact is expected. The equipment is being repaired, and the ODA says that they expect to complete their spraying program by the middle of next month.
The March unemployment numbers ticked down just a bit, going from 7.9 percent to 7.5 percent. Washington Employment Security reported that nonfarm employment increased by 400 jobs in the month of March, an increase that’s attributed mostly to regular seasonal hiring patterns. Year-to-year job growth in the county is up 900 jobs, an increase of 2.3 percent. At the same time last year, the jobless rate was 7.8 percent. About 34 hundred Cowlitz County residents are currently listed as “jobless and seeking work,” about the same as last year. Initial and continuing unemployment claims continue at “very low levels.”
Two schools in Cowlitz County are among those being recognized by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, honored with 2016 Washington Achievement Awards. 258 schools across the state are on this year’s list, including Barnes Elementary School in Kelso and Woodland Primary School. OSPI sends out these awards each spring, honoring schools who are excelling in seven separate categories. Barnes is being recognized for “High Progress,” while Woodland Primary is being honored for “English Language Acquisition.” Award-winning schools will receive a banner and a plaque, and they will be recognized in a special ceremony that’s planned for May 10th, to be held at Union Gap School near Yakima.