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Monday KLOG Sports

June 20th, 2016

The Seattle Mariners leave Boston and head to Detroit for their next series, a four-game set that starts this afternoon. The M’s dropped a 2-1 decision to the Red Sox yesterday, led by David Price’s first win in his last for starts. KLOG coverage starts at 3 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears have a day off as they make their way back to the local area, after getting shut out by the Victoria HarborCats, 6-0. The Black Bears get back into action tomorrow evening against the Gresham Gophers…..Hilander Dental dominated the Dave Orzel Memorial AAA Legion Baseball Tournament held over the weekend at Winlock HS. Hilander Dental went 5-0, outscoring opponents 56-3. They five-runned RBI Baseball 10-0 to take the title, with Cody Anderson and Yancy Bird teaming up to spin a one-hitter.

KSD Water Tests

June 17th, 2016

The Kelso School District is announcing that there are several water sources in their schools that are testing over the “trigger level” for lead, and that steps are being taken to protect students, teachers and staff from possible exposure. The District released the results of their first round of testing, checking water supplies at Beacon Hill Elementary, Catlin Elementary and Wallace Elementary. 50 tests were conducted, and seven sources tested about the Washington Department of Health threshold for lead. There was one at Beacon Hill, three at Catlin, and three at Wallace. Operations staff immediately disconnected these sources; bottled water is being brought in for students and staff at all three schools. Today is the last day of school at Beacon Hill and Catlin, while Wallace goes through July 24th. Drinking fountains at all three schools are being shut down until tests show that lead is at safe levels. District officials say that re-testing of the affected sources will begin immediately, and tests of other sources is being set up. All drinking fountains and fixtures that are confirmed with elevated lead will be replaced over the summer. In checking with local and state health departments, they have learned that lead exposure risks are low, but extra caution is being taken, as the health impacts from lead exposure are difficult to predict. You’re encouraged to contact your health care provider or the Cowlitz County Health Department if you have concerns.

Speed Cams Cut

June 17th, 2016

The Speed Limit Detection Cameras in six Longview school zones will be gone after the end of the year, as the Longview City Council votes unanimously to terminate the contract for the cameras. Mayor Don Jensen says that the cameras have served their purpose, while new signage and markers are at least as effective in slowing drivers…camsclosed…Longview Police report that the cameras were responsible for more than 27,000 tickets in 2015; more than 15,000 came from the 15th Avenue camera in front of Mark Morris High School, Kessler Elementary had just less than 4,200 violations, and there were more than 3,700 tickets at St. Helens Elementary School. Mary Chennault with Longview Police notes that there has been a 44 percent decrease in the number of violations in this school year, a reduction that they attribute to the new flashing and speed notification signs that the city is installing. The Council is directing staff to exercise its cancellation option at the end of the year, notifying American Traffic Solutions by September 30th that the contract will be terminated. The Council is also mulling over how the money collected from the cameras tickets will be spent, especially since there’s a limited amount of new money that will go into that fund. Those decisions will be made during budget workshops that are being set up for later in the year.

Crashes/Traffic Enforcement

June 17th, 2016

Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha is asking for help in dealing with traffic enforcement around the city, especially as the decision is made to remove the School Zone Speed Limit Cameras. Duscha announced at last night’s Council workshop that he’s assigning a sergeant to traffic enforcement and crash investigation, but he says that more resources are needed. Duscha points to three significant car crashes that took place inside the city limits yesterday as part of the need for additional traffic enforcement, along with two fatal collisions already this year, before the “bad part” of the driving season. Duscha was hopeful that the City Council would approve spending a portion of the Traffic Safety Fund for that effort, but it appears that the Council plans to parse that money out over time, focusing on physical improvements, things like school zone enhancements, and improving the Safe Routes to Schools. Additional discussion is planned as the budget process moves along.

LCC Commencement

June 17th, 2016

The 80th graduating class at Lower Columbia College will be honored tonight, as degrees and certificates are presented in the 2016 Commencement Exercises. Around 400 students are expected to participate in tonight’s ceremony; LCC reports that they will award 425 Transfer Associate Degrees, 147 Professional and Technical Associate Degrees, 88 One-Year Certificates, and 154 High School Diploma-GED’s. Dr. Mary Cullinan, the President of Eastern Washington University, will be the Commencement Speaker. She will also confer degrees to four students who earned Bachelor degrees through the Lower Columbia Regional University Center, located at LCC. Four Scholastic Achievement Award winners will also be honored, recognizing the students graduating with the highest grade point averages in academic transfer and professional/technical programs. Commencement takes place at 6:30 pm at Kelso High School’s Schroeder Field.

Big C Industries/Tractor Supply

June 17th, 2016

There are a couple of new arrivals in the business world; the City of Longview is announcing that Big C Industries will be located a new steel fabrication facility in a 7,200-square-foot facility at 3339 Washington Way, opening up with 12 to 15 new jobs. Big C is a specialty steel-working company, working on “hard-to-do” steel fabrications like stairways and handrails, and other projects in sizes of up to 150 tons. Big C is an “open shop,” but they are working with Local 29 Ironworkers on the installation of steel within the next year. You can learn more about the facility at an Open House that’s being set up for July 29th.

Work is under way in the Coweeman Industrial Park near Dick Hannah Toyota, with construction of a new Tractor Supply Company outlet already under way. The company bills itself as the “largest rural lifestyle store chain in the United States,” with 1,500 outlets in 49 states. They’ll be selling garden, farm and livestock supplies, along with other outdoor and hardware materials. This would be TSC’s first outlet in Cowlitz County, with plans to hire between 12 and 17 part-time employees with a target of opening in the fall.

Scappoose/CRF&R Combination

June 17th, 2016

They will still be separate fire-fighting agencies, but the Scappoose Fire Department and Columbia River Fire and Rescue will soon have just one main man at the helm. Earlier this week, the CRF&R Board of Directors voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement that will unite the fire districts under one Chief. The Scappoose Fire Board approved the agreement on June 9th. Current Scappoose Fire Chief Mike Greisen will now serve as Acting Chief for both departments, with three Division Chiefs at CRF&R, and two Division Chiefs in Scappoose. All five of those people will oversee assigned duties in both districts. This arrangement is budgeted through the 2016-2016 fiscal year, and will go into effect on July 1.

Lower Columbia and Climate Change

June 17th, 2016

There’s a day-long summit planned today in Vancouver, focused on the possible impacts of climate change on the Lower Columbia River. The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is hosting today’s event, which will run from 9 am to 3 pm at the Vancouver Hilton. This is the 10th Science to Policy Summit, and they plan to focus on emerging climate change research and the implications for the Lower Columbia and Estuary. Get more information on the Summit web page, as estuarypartnership.org.

Out of Town Stuff

June 17th, 2016

There are a couple of cool things going out of town this weekend; Washington State Parks and Recreation is celebrating the completion of bridged on the Willapa Hills State Park Trail, completing the 56-mile recreation trail between Chehalis and South Bend. A public dedication is planned for tomorrow morning at 10 am, and the Adna Trailhead, about five miles west of Chehalis. Hiking and biking activities are planned after the ceremony.

It’s Kids’ Fishing Day at Goose Lake on Saturday, going from 10 am to 2 pm at the lake on Forest Road 60 in the Mount Adams Ranger District. Kids 14 and under can participate, with loaner roads, bait and fish-cleaning services provided.

Weekend Events–6/17-19/16

June 17th, 2016

Friday:
There are several book sales in the area this weekend; The Friends of the Kalama Library June Book Sale runs Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm in the Remax building on N. 1st Avenue in Kalama.

Up in Castle Rock, the Friends of the Library are holding a Book Sale in the back room of the Castle Rock Public Library, going from 11 am to 6 pm on Friday and from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday. They’ll have $2 “clearance bags” available. The Castle Rock Library is located at 137 Cowlitz St. W.

Saturday and Sunday in Woodland, the Friends of the Woodland Community Library will have a Book Sale; hours are 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am ‘til 2 pm on Sunday. Proceeds support Library activities and construction of a new Library.

Friday afternoon at the Kelso Senior Center, Humana will present the “Senior Health Care-Plus” series, offered from 1 until 2:30 pm. This month’s topic will be “Eating Out the Healthy Way.’ The program is free and open to all; the Kelso Senior Center is located in the old Catlin Hall in West Kelso, at 108 NW 8th. Call 232-8522 for more information.

There’s a Relay for Life Garage Sale planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2341 36th Avenue in Longview; hours are 9 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday, and from 10 to 4 on Sunday. They’ll also have luminaria bags available, along with all of the cool stuff for sale.

It will be one time that it will be OK to wear your jammies out in public this Friday night at the Triangle Bowl, as Special Olympics Washington puts on a Pajama Bowl event. This will run from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, as a benefit for the local Special Olympics program. Along with the bowling, they’ll have door prizes and raffles throughout the night. Call 749-4174 for information.

The community festivals are starting to pick up speed, with the 2016 Winlock Egg Days and the Woodland Planters Day both take place this weekend, running through Sunday. In Winlock, the 5th annual Garage Sale starts on Friday, and the Coronation will be held Friday night. There’s a full slate of events, games and fun on Saturday, and the Softball tourney wraps up on Sunday.

The state’s oldest continuous community festival happens this weekend in Woodland, with the 94th edition of the Planters Days celebration. There’s a carnival at Horseshoe Lake, and all kinds of things going on through the weekend. Ski shows are planned, the 49th annual Frog Jump and a whole lot more.

The St. Helens River Festival returns after a hiatus of several years, with a full schedule of events planned on The Strand Street in the River District of downtown St. Helens. There’s a carnival, a beer garden, live music and a local more. All of this takes place in Olde Towne St. Helens.

Saturday:

The annual Longview Rotary Tour de Blast Bicycle Tour takes place on Saturday, the annual bike ride from Toutle Lake High School to Johnston Ridge and back. Organizers say that there are still signups available at the Start Line, which will open at 6:30 am. Get more information on the Tour de Blast Facebook page.

The Columbia Century Challenge will take place this Saturday on the back roads of Columbia County, a biking event that’s being put on by Cycle Columbia County. They will be offering Century-plus and a metric Century-plus cycling courses, rolling through timberlands, open farmlands, even a portion of the unpaved Crown-Zellerbach Trail. This event opens at 6 am on Saturday at 265 Strand St. in St. Helens. Go to cyclecolumbiacounty.com for details.

Kids from 2 to 14 years of age are invited to Lake Sacajawea on Saturday morning for the 66th annual Kelso-Longview Elks Fish Frolic. Kids can bring their poles and bait down to Martin’s Dock between 8 am and noon on Saturday, where they’ll be awarding prizes in multiple age groups and multiple categories. Call 430-2119 for more information.

The “Soup’s On” community lunch takes place this Saturday at the Kelso First Baptist Church, with the doors opening at 11:30 am and lunch being served until 1 pm. They’ll also have a Clothes Closet open for those who have a need. The Kelso First Baptist Church is located at 214 S. 4th in Kelso.

The Friends of Skamokawa have been presenting a series of six concerts by Wahkiakum area artists as a fundraiser for repainting Redmen Hall; this Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m., David McKenzie, a folk singer whose subjects include history, nature and friendship.

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:
Take Dad out to eat at a couple of Father’s Day events that are going on. The Kalama Lions are putting on a Father’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, running from 8 to 11 am at the Kalama Community Building. Along with French Toast, pancakes, ham, sausage and biscuits and gravy, they’ll also have raffles and doors prizes. Kids 3 and younger eat for free.

After breakfast settles, head over to the Rainier Eagles for a lunchtime Father’s Day Barbecue, starting at 1 pm on Sunday. They’ll be firing up pulled pork sliders, grilled bratwursts, traditional picnic sides and desserts. Call 503-556-2035 tyo get more information.

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.