The Portland Trail Blazers can advance to the next round of the playoffs with a win in game five at Houston tonight, 5:35 pm on FM 101.5 The Wave…..The Mariners beat the Yankees 6-3 last night. Mike Zunino had four hits. The teams play again today in the Bronx, KLOG 3:00 pm…..Kelso defeated Hudson’s Bay 7-6 in prep baseball yesterday. The Scotties will host Prairie at LCC’s Story Field tonight at 6 pm. Also, Washougal downed R.A. Long 11-9….In softball, Kelso beat Bay 14-3. Today the Lassies host Prairie and Washougal is at Mark Morris…..The LCC softball team plays a 3 pm DH at Clark today…..Jose Torres and Riley Aloe each had two goals as MM beat RAL in soccer. Fort beat Kelso 2-0…..In Civil Wear track, the MM boys and RAL girls won. Both Kelso teams beat Mt. View.
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Kelso Police are still working to find the suspect in an assault reported last night in the 100 block of Florence Avenue, where a man was injured by a baseball bat-wielding attacker. Around 10:45 pm, a woman called 911, reporting that she had been flagged down by the victim. KPD arrived on the scene, along with aid personnel, finding the victim bleeding from a gash to the head. He also complained of some arm pain; the man claims that several people were involved in the attack, but there was one “primary suspect.” That man is described as a white male, about 35 years in age, 5’7” to 5’10”, with blond, medium-length hair. The suspect was reported to be wearing a green shirt and blue jeans, and was last seen heading up a trail in the direction of the Green Hills Cemetery. The victim was treated and released from Saint John Medical Center. The suspect remains at large.
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The Woodland Elementary School Principal who is accused of abusing a special needs third-grader earlier this year is pleading “not guilty” to three counts of fourth-degree assault. Mark Houk was in Cowlitz County District Court yesterday, where he entered the plea in connection with allegations made in March. In paperwork filed yesterday, it’s claimed that Houk “sharply grabbed” the 9 year-old by the shoulders during one incident; he’s also accused of pushing the boy into a cabinet, and of knocking his glasses across the room. Police statements also quote school staff as saying that Houk allegedly restrained the student for more than 20 minutes during an incident in January, and for 13 minutes during an incident in October. Staff members also report on other incidents that took place in 2003 and 2004. Houk was arrested on April 17th, and is free after posting bail. A jury trial is currently scheduled for July 21st.
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A barn on some property near Winlock was deliberately burned to the ground yesterday, after the property owner reported finding old and deteriorated explosives in the old building. This took place on a farm in the 100 block of Hart Road, after the property owner reported finding the explosives as he was cleaning out the barn. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that the barn was several decades old, and that the explosives had been stored there for many, many years, prior to the current property owner taking possession. The State Patrol Bomb Squad was called in the check the scene, and they determined that due to the extreme deterioration and volatility of the materials, burning them in place was the safest method of disposal. At around 11:40 yesterday morning, the Winlock Fire Department conducted a controlled burn of the building, a process that took about 20 minutes. Sheriff Steve Mansfield says that while types of incidents are uncommon, this property owner did the right thing by leaving the area and contacting the authorities.
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As this “mini-heat-wave” comes across the region over the next few days, the Forest Service is issuing an avalanche warning for the Washington Cascades, especially looking at the area near and west of the mountain crests south of White Pass, including Mt. St. Helens. They say that the avalanche danger on the volcano is “very high” at this time. Forest Service officials say that this combination of warm weather and a “lingering snowpack” is making for extremely dangerous climbing condition. They say that people attempting to climb the mountain should be prepared for extreme avalanche conditions. Monument Manager Tom Mulder says that a climbing ranger will be on the mountain, to update and warn climbers; signs will also be posted at strategic sites like the Climbing Register at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, and at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park. If you have a permit and don’t want to risk the danger today and tomorrow, you can get a refund by contacting the Forest Service at 360-449-7883. Similar conditions and warnings are also in place on Mt. Hood.
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Ballots go out to voters in Columbia County today, who are being asked to decide on the fate of the Columbia County Jail, along with other measures. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson is once again looking for money to operate the jail in St. Helens, reporting that the facility will close on June 30th without this levy. Dickerson is going to voters for a three-year, $7 million levy, which would help to pay for the operation of 100 beds. The levy would help pay for six additional corrections officers and a supervisor, along with constitutionally-required food, clothing, management and health care for inmates. Dickerson says that if the levy fails, the jail would close June 30, and then they would rent 10 beds from Polk County in Dallas. Also on the May 20th ballot is a $15 million bond from Columbia River Fire and Rescue, money that would go to pay for equipment acquisition and upgrades, station improvements and refinancing of other debt. Several county positions are also on the ballot. Those ballots must be returned by May 20th to be valid for counting.
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After coming in with a bid that was considerably lower than the engineer’s estimate for the project, Rotschy, Incorporated of Vancouver will be constructing the 14-mile leachate pipeline from the Headquarters Landfill to the Three Rivers Waste Water Treatment Plant. County Commissioner Jim Misner says that this pipeline is a major component of the conversion of the landfill from industrial to municipal disposal, with improved health and safety measures…leachate…The Cowlitz County Headquarters Landfill Leachate Transmission System Project will involve the construction of 7,000 feet of 8-inch pipeline from the landfill to the water treatment plant, using open-trench and horizontal-drilling techniques. Rotschy’s bid of $7.9 million is about $2 million below the engineer’s estimate. A construction schedule will be settled as the contract is finalized.
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The Washington Department of Transportation says that the new Willapa River Bridge opens to traffic today, replacing a structure that had been in place since the time that Herbert Hoover had been president. Construction on the bridge started last summer; WashDOT officials say that paving is under way, and the traffic shift onto the new bridge should start today. While this new bridge will eventually help to speed traffic between Chehalis and Raymond, around-the-clock single-lane traffic and other minor delays will continue into June, as final work is completed. Removal of the old bridge is expected to begin next month.
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The Fighting Smelt of Lower Columbia College weren’t very gracious hosts over this past weekend, as they dominated the Northwest Forensics Conference Speech and Debate Tournament that was held at LCC. The Fighting Smelt finished first overall, ahead of Mount Hood Community College and Clark College. LCC rolled in the public debate category, with Tanner Wiley getting a gold medal over teammate Holly Lemmons. Marty Kay of Kelso also won a gold medal in public debate. In parliamentary debate, Kay and partner Ben Solheim won a gold medal, while Lemmons and Wiley finished with a bronze. In the individual events, the Fighting Smelt scored more points than any other team. Marty Kay placed in three separate categories, while six of his teammates also contributed to the team total.
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You have a chance to check out the new home of the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce and the new Visitors Center next to I-5 in Kelso at an grand opening and ribbon-cutting that’s planned for today. The new Visitors Center is a joint effort involving the City of Kelso, the Chamber of Commerce and Cowlitz County, replacing an old and worn-out modular building that had been put up shortly after Mount St. Helens erupted. Today’s open house runs from 3 to 6 pm, with an official ribbon-cutting scheduled for 4 pm. Refreshments will be served; today’s event is open to all, with no reservations required. The new Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce and Kelso Visitors Center is located at 105 Minor Road, right next to the Allen Street exit on I-5.
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