Details are now starting to come out about the death of Jeff Cooper, 59, of Toutle, who was shot and killed while bear hunting in British Columbia. Family members are being quoted as saying that Cooper was killed Monday in an area about 60 miles south of the town of Houston, BC, as he and two hunting guides were being charged by a wounded bear. Cooper apparently had wounded the bear Sunday night, and the group was able to track it down Monday morning. The bear charged, and everyone in the group fired. A bullet fired by one of the guides apparently hit and killed Cooper. The RCMP continues to investigate to investigate the incident, saying that homicide hasn’t been ruled out. In the Vancouver Sun, Corporal Dave Tyreman says that they have interviewed everyone involved, and all are being cooperative. Tyreman says that the “best outcome” would be for this to have been a tragic accident, but nothing has been ruled out at this time. He says the evidence will be collected and then will be allowed to “speak for itself.” Cooper’s family is reportedly making arrangements to have his body returned to this area; memorial arrangements are pending.
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Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield says that it’s a waiting game in the effort to locate and recover the body of five year-old Drake Ostenson of Tacoma, as water levels in the Cispus River need to drop. Mansfield says that they think they have located the body, hung up in a log jam about a mile downstream from where the boy went in over the weekend, but the river is running too high and fast to safely attempt a recovery. Mansfield says that the anticipated warmer weather will only raise the river, not lower it, so they plan to monitor the area and check the water gauges regularly, also planning to bring in another helicopter and crews for another search next week. Ostenson has been missing since the Memorial Day weekend, when he apparently fell into the river while riding a motorcycle near the family campsite.
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Longview Police are still working to identify the suspects involved in a burglary reported yesterday morning at the Highlands Baptist Church. Workers at the church called LPD at about 8:20 yesterday morning, reporting that several items had been stolen. Officers say that it looks like someone forced open a window on the north side of the building, and then stole tool boxes, a drill, a shredder, printer paper and ink cartridges. They also say that the suspects apparently forced their way into the food pantry, stealing some of the items stored in there. It also looks like the suspects tried to pry open the doors leading into the main church, but were unable to get through. No suspects have been identified at this time.
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Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler reports that a bipartisan bill intended to help Pacific Northwest fishermen is through the House Natural Resources Committee, and is on its way to the House floor. Beutler says that the Revitalizing the Economy of Fisheries in the Pacific Act would provide relief to commercial anglers in Washington, Oregon and California, allowing them to adjust their federal loan rates to more closely match rates paid by other businesses. It would also extend the length of those loans from 30 to 45 years. Cost recovery fees paid to NOAA would also be reduced. Beutler says that she optimistic that this bill will move forward with help from both Democrats and Republicans, along with assistance from Maria Cantwell in the Senate. The next step will be a vote by the full House, but a date for that vote hasn’t yet been announced.
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The road to the Climber’s Bivouac on Mount St. Helens is now open, and will remain open for the rest of the 2014 climbing season. The Forest Service announced the opening of Forest Road 81-830 yesterday, meaning that the primary trailhead for Mount St. Helens is now available. Forest Service officials say that you will still need to drive cautiously and slowly on Forest Road 81-830, as grading and guard rail repair will continue through the month of June. If you do climb the mountain, you’re advised to use extreme caution, and to stay off snow cornices at the crater rim. More information on climbing permits and conditions on trails up the mountain is available through the Mount St. Helens Institute. You can call them at 360-449-7883, or go to their website at mshinstitute.org.
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Businesses and volunteers in Kelso are gearing up for Sunday’s second annual “Day of Kindness,” which is coming up on Sunday, June first. Bill Ammons with the Pacific Barber Shop is helping to spearhead the event, which is says is getting statewide recognition. Governor Jay Inslee is declaring June 1 as “A Day of Kindness,” with a special mention of Ammons and his efforts. Larry Alexander and a group of “pirate volunteers” will be working to clean up and spruce up Commons Park in downtown Kelso, and will also be offering free “pirate ship rides” to kids. Businesses around the area will be offering freebies and special deals, including a free line of bowling, Azteca will be giving a free deep-fried ice cream to each table, and employees at Burgerville will be handing out free cookies, while also washing windshields and cleaning trash out of customers’ cars. Ammons says that the goal of the entire day is to encourage “random acts of kindness” for others in the community, or for the community as a whole.
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The Kelso High School Drama Club is presenting a hilarious musical called “Wagon Wheels West,” running this weekend and next weekend. Showtimes in the KHS Auditorium are 7 pm on Saturday, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinees. Performances are also planned for next Friday and Saturday night.
On the LCC Center Stage at the Rose Center for the Arts, two Texas-themed one-act comedies will be presented each weekend through June 14. Curtain for “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star” is set for 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are available at the Rose Center box office, or at the LCC Student Services Center.
Mark Morris High School senior Victoria Campbell is presenting a classical piano recital Friday evening, which is also intended as a fundraiser for Community House on Broadway. The recital is set to being at 7 pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 22nd and Louisiana in Longview.
Ms. Wheelchair Washington, Evelyna Castro, is trying to get to the national competition later this year, and will be involved in a fundraising event planned for Friday evening at ZoJo’s Coffee on 14th Avenue in Longview. This event will run from 5 to 7 pm on Friday.
The Stageworks Northwest production of the classic musical comedy “9 to 5” continues each weekend through June 8th at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue. Performances are set for 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Tickets are available through the Stageworks Northwest website, or at the door.
Youth and Family Link on Douglas Street in Longview is holding a free “Friday Family Night,” going from 6:30 to 8 pm. The whole family is invited to come down for open gym time, arts and crafts, movies, play time or other activities. It’s free to attend, but you do need to pre-register by calling 423-6741.
The second and final distribution of cardboard for this year’s Longview Cardboard Boat Regatta is set for Saturday at the National Guard Armory on Vandercook Way in Longview. Things get started at 10 am, and you’ll also be able to officially register for this year’s race. Be sure to bring gloves and wear long-sleeve shirts to avoid paper cuts, and have something to tie down your load.
The 6th annual Spring Fling is planned for Saturday in downtown Kelso. More than 40 different vendors will be set up, selling jewelry, art, beads, leather work and other hand-crafted items. This will be held on the corners at Allen Street and South Pacific Avenue, running from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free.
The Lewis and Clark Bowmen are holding their first-ever Camo Classic 3-D Shoot, going on Saturday and Sunday at a location on Barnes Drive near Castle Rock. Competition is planned in several age groups, both Saturday and Sunday. Get registration details at Bob’s Sporting Goods in Longview.
Boy Scout Troop 516 is holding a fundraising rummage sale on Saturday, going from 10 am to 3 pm at the Methodist Church at 30th and Pacific Way.
Saturday morning at Lake Sacajawea, the ARC of Cowlitz County and the “Buddy Club” are sponsoring “United Differences: A Walk for Respect.” Registration at the Lions Shelter starts at 8:30 am, and the Walk for Respect itself will begin at 10. Call 577-9093 for additional information.
There’s a special fundraiser planned on Saturday at the Kelso Eagles, looking to support Jim Rivenes and his family as he battles cancer. The doors open at 11 am, with a pasta and salad bar open from noon to 7 pm. They’ll also have a sundae bar, fun activities for the kids, raffles and a bake sale. Call 360-261-0034 for tickets.
The second annual Clatskanie Elementary School Auction is planned for Saturday, working to raise money for activities and trips for the Clatskanie school kids. The theme is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” is the theme of the auction, with all wide variety of items up for bid. The doors at the CES will open at 6 pm on Saturday, and the live auction will start at 7 pm.
The High Step Dance Academy presents a special Pink Floyd-themed “dream ballet” on Saturday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, also featuring excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and pre-school dancers. The show is at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, starting at 7 pm Saturday night.
Down in Scappoose, the Farmers Market is open each weekend through September. Along with fresh veggies and plants, they’re planning to sell seafood, barbecue and Seattle cheese steak sandwiches at the food court, and they’ll have live entertainment. The Scappoose Farmers Market is located next to Heritage Park off of Highway 30 in Scappoose.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market is open for its annual run at the County Expo Center. They will have plants, honey and other handcrafted items available for purchase. Hours in the 7th Avenue parking lot at 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesday through October.
The Downtown Longview Farmers and Artisans Market is open on Sunday, going from 10 am to 3 pm at 15th and Broadway in downtown Longview. They’ll have all kinds of hand-made crafts, specialty foods, flower baskets and other items for sale. Hours are on Sunday. Find out more by calling 957-2515.
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Mariah Horton of Kelso won the state 3A javelin title, tossing the spear 133’2”. Kortney Crawford also finished 14th, with a throw of 109’4”. The KHS 4×400 relay advanced out of the prelims with an 8th-place finish…..At the 2A, Aaron Brumbaugh of MM finished 5th in the 1600, while Brandon Ziegler of RAL placed 6th in the long jump…..The Woodland Boys win the 1A State Golf title with a team score of 91.50. Ryan Sturdivan led the way with a 3rd-place tie, shooting 150 over the two days of competition…..Seattle loses to the Angels 7-5 last night, and will now host Detroit for a three-game series, KLOG coverage at 6 pm…..Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is apparently the winner of the LA Clippers auction, as he agrees to shell out $2 billion for the team.
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The investigation is continuing into the shooting death of a man in British Columbia, who apparently is a Cowlitz County resident. The Houston, BC, detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police reports that a 59 year-old Washington state resident was killed on Monday, while bear hunting with guides in an area about 60 miles south of the small town in northern British Columbia. Few details are being released at this time, including the victim’s name. It has been learned that an emergency notification was made to a home in the Toutle area. The man was the lone hunter with at least two guides. RCMP Sergeant Stephen Rose says that they don’t know if any criminal acts have taken place as of yet. He says that all involved in the incident are cooperating fully. He also says that the victim’s family has been notified, but the victim’s name and home town have not yet been released. Updates on the investigation are expected within the next 48 hours or so.
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A citizen’s tip reportedly led to the recovery of more than $30,000 worth of stolen property, along with a BMW. The Sheriff’s Office got the initial theft report on Monday, when a home in the 2200 block of Hazel Dell Road was burglarized. The residents reported that a 2004 BMW sedan was stolen, along with guns, three flat screen TV’s and a laptop computer. On Tuesday, a tip came in about possible suspects in the case, along with the location of the stolen property. The tip took Deputies to a home on 9th Avenue in Longview, where the BMW was recovered. They also served a search warrant at 333 Oregon Way, where approximately $30,000 worth of high-performance auto parts were seized, along with the keys to the BMW, a TV and ID from the burglary victim. They say that a small amount of heroin was also recovered. Valentino Freitas, 33, and Jeremiah Lee Prueitt, 34, of Longview were arrested and charged with first-degree burglary. Prueitt is also being charged with making false statements to police. Freitas is being held without bail, while Prueitt’s bail is set at $80,000.
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