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Truck Fire

June 24th, 2016

No injuries were reported when a semi hauling cars caught fire last night on the southbound freeway near Kalama. Cowlitz Fire District 5 was called out of Kalama a few minutes after 10 last night, when flames were seen coming from the truck that was hauling a load of cars. The truck was hauling five brand new cars, and it was the trailer that caught fire. The driver was able to stop and unhook his tractor from the trailer, as the fire on the trailer was spreading. The trailer and the cars were engulfed by the time fire crews arrived; fighting the fire was also complicated when the fuel tanks on the new cars started exploding. It’s suspected that an overheated brake was to blame for the fire; there’s no dollar estimate on damage at this time.

Vigilante Sting

June 24th, 2016

Curtis Hart and the “Punisher Squad” is at it again, reportedly setting up a man who intended to have sex with underage girls. Christopher Ross Scheuermann, 28, of St. Helens was arrested Monday night, after he allegedly showed up in Kelso to meet with what he thought was going to be two young girls, ages 15 and 12. It’s claimed that Scheuermann tried to flee the scene, but he was stopped and arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies. A search of Scheuermann’s vehicle supposedly turned up two cells phones, including one that was used to talk with “the girls.” Deputies also claim to have found a box of condoms. Scheuermann is now being held on charges of second and third-degree attempted rape of a child, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and driving while suspended. Formal arraignment is set for July 5th, with bail currently set at $50,000.

Dog Sex Bust

June 24th, 2016

A 56 year-old man from Toledo is facing prosecution, after he allegedly offered his dog to be used for sexual acts, making those solicitations on-line. Seattle media is reporting on this case, also saying that the suspect had on-line contacts with a couple that had been convicted of sexually abusing a six year-old. It’s claimed that the man sent several message to the couple, saying that he liked to watch adults having sex with children. Investigators say that the man offered to set up an encounter with a child, and he requested a picture of the man’s genitals. An internet task force obtained a warrant, and then traced e-mails that allegedly show the man offering his German Shepherd for sex, supposedly bragging about how he set up an encounter between a neighbor and the dog. It’s also claimed that images of child sexual abuse were found on the man’s computer. The man has given up ownership of his dogs, and is now being held in the Lewis County Jail, while the investigation continues. The suspect’s name hasn’t yet been released.

Operation Dry Water

June 24th, 2016

The Columbia County Marine Patrol Unit and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office are among the local law enforcement agencies who plan to be out on the water tomorrow, looking for impaired boaters as they participate in the Operation Dry Water Campaign and Water Safety Event. Those involved say that Operation Dry Water is focused mainly on finding boat drivers who have been drinking, emphasizing the point that drinking and boating is as dangerous as driving while impaired.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is also setting up a Water Safety Event at Mayfield Lake Park, going from 11 am until 2 pm tomorrow. Free boating safety inspections will be offered, along with boating safety displays, handouts and activities for the kids. They will also be giving away a limited number of lifejackets for kids. Go to operationdrywater.org for more information.

Community Care Bingo

June 24th, 2016

The Kelso Eagles recently helped to raise nearly $5,200 that’s going into the Charity Care program at Community Home Health and Hospice. Fibre Federal Credit Union helped to organize the event, working to raise money for the program that provides home health and hospice care to uninsured and underinsured individuals. Last year, Community provided nearly $664,000 in charity care to local families.

Weekend Events–6/24-26/16

June 24th, 2016

Friday:
If you’re looking for some calm and serenity, there’s a three-day Meditation Retreat planned for this weekend at the Awakening Enlightenment Buddhist Monastery in Longview. A visiting Abbot from China will help lead the retreat, with four meditation sessions scheduled each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Vegetarian meals will be provided; admission is free. The Monastery is located at 123 Dainen Place in Longview, off of Columbia Heights Road between Nevada Drive and Virginia Way. Get more information by calling 430-9287.

Saturday:
The YMCA Goodtymes group will be going on the wild side on Saturday, taking a trip to the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville. They’ll be leaving the Y building on 15th Avenue in Longview at 8 am on Saturday, and will return at 8 pm. Contact the YMCA at 423-4770 for more information.

The 5th annual Arts of the Mountain celebration is planned for Saturday and Sunday at several locations along the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. Local musicians and artists will be set up at the Silver Lake Grange, Toutle Lake Schools, and at Twosome Art Studio, located just east of Toutle. This year, A Farmer’s Market is being added at the school, along with Cowlitz Indian carver Robert Harju. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm each day.

The Arts on the Mountain celebration will be topped off (literally!) Saturday night when the Lower Columbia College Symphonic Band performs at the Johnston Ridge Volcano Observatory. Their program, titled, “The West,” will feature pieces from John Williams, Aaron Copland and Phillip Sparke. Admission to the concert is free, but you will need to pay admission to tour the Observatory. The concert will be moved inside in case of poor weather.

Get ready to get dirty and sloppy at the Mud Day that Longview Parks and Rec is putting on this Saturday afternoon. This will go from 1 to 4 pm this Saturday at Roy Morse Park, where kids will be able to roll in the mud, make mud pies, and do all of the dirty stuff that they usually get yelled at for doing. This is open to all kids, age 1 and over. Parks and Rec will hand out garbage bags, but you should bring a towel and a change of clothes.

You can learn about plant-based cooking at a hands-on cooking class that’s planned for Saturday at the Youth and Family Link building on Douglas Street in Longview. Vegan fusion cooking instructor Deb Kay will walk you through the conversion of local produce into full meals, going from apps to desserts. This runs from 1 to 6 pm on Saturday, and there is a fee to attend. Call 432-4182 to get more information.

The Cowlitz County Community Farmers Market is open for its annual run, going from 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays through October in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds.

The Winlock Improvement Network and the Winlock Lions are hosting a Farmers Market that will run each Saturday through September 24th, starting this Saturday at the corner of State Route 505 and Highway 603.

There’s a Farmer’s Market open each Saturday in Clatskanie, going from 10 am until 2 pm at Cope’s Park on the Clatskanie River.

Sunday:
The Kelso Bridge Market is at a new venue this year, at the Three Rivers Mall. Hours are 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday next to the southwest entry to the Mall.

Friday KLOG Sports

June 24th, 2016

The Mariners boot another opportunity to win, as Steve Chisek throws a WP in the 10th inning, allowing Detroit to complete the series sweep with a 5-4 win yesterday. Seattle brings it home tonight, with Wade LeBlanc making his first Seattle start as the M’s open interleague play against the St. Louis Cardinals, KLOG coverage starts at 6 pm…..The Black Bears get a series win against the Gresham Greywolves, a 7-3 win before heading off on the road. Yeager Taylor had 3 RBI and two impressive putouts in the field. The Black Bears now head to Kelowna, game time is 6:35 pm…..The Portland Trail Blazers make a deal with Orlando to acquire F Jake Layman of Maryland with the #47 pick in the NBA Draft, while Damian Lilliard says that he’s not going to the Rio Olympics with Team USA.

Port Pitch

June 23rd, 2016

The Port of Longview is announcing a “major opportunity” for developers and cargo operators, putting out Bridgeview Terminal as a place for business operations. The Port announced the Cargo Terminal opportunity yesterday in a press release; Bridgeview Terminal is made up of two cargo docks and upland areas, land that became available when the lease of a previous bulk cargo operator and tenant expired earlier this year. The Port says that it’s primarily interested in the import or export of bulk cargoes, they will consider other opportunities for marine-dependent uses. The Port calls this a “significant opportunity” to establish new cargo operations on the Columbia River. Business Development Manager Laurie Nelson-Cooley says that this is an opportunity that doesn’t come up every day, with a ready-to-go facility, direct transportation connections and an experienced workforce. The Port is now accepting formal Requests for Expression of Interest in this property.

Additional Lead Tests

June 23rd, 2016

The Kelso School District reports that five more water fixtures need to be replaced, as lead testing of water supplies is completed. The most recent test results show elevated levels of lead in one classroom at Barnes Elementary, two classrooms at Butler Acres, one at Coweeman Middle School and one classroom at Huntington Middle School. Carrolls Elementary, Rose Valley Elementary, Loowit High School and Kelso High School all came back as clean. District officials say that all fixtures with elevated lead levels were shut off immediately; they will be retested and corrected over the summer. Previous tests showed elevated levels of lead in seven other fixtures in the district; those are also receiving this remedial repair work.

KSD Budget Adjustments

June 23rd, 2016

They’re tightening the belt up a bit more in the budget preparations for the Kelso School District, finding additional reductions that will help to reduce the amount of reserves that the district will use in the next school year. Staff disclosed another $300,000 in reductions for the coming school year, reducing the reserves being used by nearly a full percentage point. Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich also says that they’re still keeping the cuts away from the classroom…ksdbudget…In the Superintendent’s Recommended Adjustments, Gelbrich is saving $100,000 by cutting the Fitness Center Replacement fund, reducing the Motor Pool budget, and by reducing contingency funds in the Business Office and Human Resources budgets. Another $200,000 revenue boost comes from an increase in Local Effort Assistance from the state. Action on this information is planned at the August School Board meeting.