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Theater Workshop

Today and tomorrow in St. Helens, the Oregon Coast Children’s Theatre and Center for the Arts is putting on workshops for children and teens. The OCCT is going to be teaching about “Broken Plate Mosaics,” and each student will be making their own Terra Cotta pot, which will be covered with mosaics. The students will also help in the creation of a large mosaic vessel, which will be displayed at the St. Helens Library. These workshops are open to kids between the ages of six and 18, but kids age ten and under must be accompanied by an adult. Next Thursday and Friday, OCCT will be putting on an “Introduction to Puppetry” workshop. The workshops run from 3:30 to 6:30 pm; it’s free to take part, but pre-registration is required. Call the St. Helens Library at 503-397-4544 to get signed up.

KLOG Wednesday Sports

Fernando Rodney gave up a two-run single in the 9th as the Dodgers rallied to beat the Mariners 6-5 last night. The M’s try and avoid the sweep tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Blazers close out the regular season at Dallas tonight, 4:05 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave…..LCC and Pacific split a baseball DH last night. The Boxers win 3-2 and the Devils win 11-5…..Big prep baseball showdown today as Kelso hosts Columbia River at 4 pm. Also, MM is at Hockinson and Woodland at RAL…..The LCC softball team plays Chemeketa in Salem today at 4 pm…..The Kelso softball team opened league play with a 9-3 win over Prairie. Also, Hockinson beat MM 11-3. Today, Woodland visits RAL…..Jonathan Jiminez scored three goals as Kelso beat Fort 4-2 in soccer. RAL hosts Woodland tonight at 6 pm.

Van Intrusion

Lavon Phimphavong, 24, of Longview is undergoing a mental health evaluation at St. John Medical Center, and could also face criminal charges after an incident that took place Monday at Lake Sacajawea. Longview Police says that a woman was driving a minivan on Nichols Boulevard at about 11 am on Monday; while stopped at the light at 26th and Nichols, a woman who was eventually identified as Phimphavong tried to get into the passenger side of the van. The driver jumped out of the vehicle, which rolled forward and hit a tree. Longview Police say that Phimphavong chased the victim on foot, and then jumped into the lake for a swim. Officers were able to get Phimphavong out of the water, and she was taken to St. John. They say that charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest are pending.

Kalama Fire

It’s being reported that two family dogs were saved, but another dog died in a house fire that took place yesterday afternoon on Silverdust Drive in Kalama. Crews from Cowlitz Fire District 5 were called to the home of Debbie Horn early in the afternoon, after neighbors reported seeing smoke and flames. No one was home at the time of the fire, and other nearby homes were also evacuated, because of the threat of explosion from propane tanks that were in the house. No humans were in the house at the time of the fire, but firefighters did enter the burning home to attempt the rescue of the dogs. A pug came out safely, but a lab needed oxygen after being brought out. A boxer that was in the house did not survive. The fire did extensive damage to the home, going through the kitchen and the family room. Friends and family are assisting the Horns, and it’s also reported that they have insurance. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Russell Released

A man who brought the world press to Cowlitz County is out of prison, having served time for his role in a 2001 car crash near Pullman, resulting in the deaths of three Washington State University students. Frederick Russell is now 36 years of age; he was sent to prison in 2007, convicted of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault in the deaths of the three students on June 4th, 2001. After a night of drinking in Moscow, Idaho, Russell tried to pass in a no-passing zone on Highway 270, crashing head-on into the car with the three victims. Just before Russell’s original trial was scheduled, he left the country, heading to Ireland. After negotiations at the highest levels of government, Russell was extradited back to the United States, and his trial was moved to Cowlitz County Superior Court. After a multi-week trial that was monitored by press from around the world, Russell was convicted and sent to prison. Earlier this week, Russell was released from the Larch Mountain Correctional Facility near Yacolt. He still faces another 18 months of supervision, and also owes $94,000 in restitution to the families of the victims.

Winlock Retirement

After 16 years as the Winlock Police Chief, Terry Williams is announcing his retirement. The Centralia Chronicle reports that Williams announced his retirement at Monday’s meeting of the Winlock City Council. Williams has actually worked with the Winlock Police Department for 36 years, including the last 16 as the Chief. His last day on the job will be June 30th. Winlock Mayor Lonnie Dowell tells the paper that they will look at several options; those include the hiring of a new chief, or hiring a new patrol officer, and then contracting with another city or agency to provide department leadership. Currently, Winlock has one full-time police officer and a chief, along with several reserve officers.

Lewis County Scam

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is out with a scam alert, saying that more than 15 citizens have reported getting phone calls from people who are demanding money. Chief Criminal Deputy Stacy Brown says that the phone calls come from the 717 area code; the caller demands an immediate payment from the person answering the phone, saying that they will be arrested and brought before “the magistrate” if they don’t comply. Brown says that you should hang up immediately if you get one of these calls, and be sure to NEVER give any personal information. Contact your local law enforcement agency if you have other questions.

Ambre Name Change

The company that’s trying to build coal export facilities along the Lower Columbia River is changing its name. On the 13th of this month, Ambre Energy North America, Incorporated announced that it has changed its name to Lighthouse Resources, Incorporated. They say that this new name is a “reflection of the company’s core business,” focusing on resource management and infrastructure projects. Last year, the company was split off from its original Australian parent, when Resource Capital Funds became its majority owner. They say that this name change is “further confirmation” of the company’s commitment to the current projects that are under development. Lighthouse Resources now owns two coal mines in Montana and Wyoming, and is working to develop a coal export system, proposing export facilities in Longview and Clatskanie. The privately-held company is now based in Salt Lake City. The company web page is located at LighthouseResourcesInc.com.

Nomination Deadline

Today is the deadline to get nominations in for this year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, giving you a chance to honor local businesses. The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce plans to present awards to the Large Business, Small Business and “Business Individual” of the Year. Awards will also be presented to the Large Non-Profit of the Year and Small Non-Profit of the Year. Full details on the nomination process and winners from previous years are posted on the Chamber of Commerce web page. The awards will be presented on Wednesday, May 6th. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for additional information.

PLU Concert

There’s a special choir concert planned for this evening at the Longview Community Church. The Pacific Lutheran University Chorale is on its “Dances to Life” Spring Tour, and is one of six special performances that are planned. Tonight’s concert is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm; there’s no cost to attend, but free-will donations will be accepted at the door. No child care will be provided. The Longview Community Church is located at 2323 Washington Way, right next to Lake Sacajawea.