Archive for May, 2014

Pail Bomb

May 29th, 2014

No injuries or significant property damage was reported when a homemade explosive device was set off yesterday morning in the 800 block of Burcham in Kelso. Around 9:30 yesterday morning, someone living in the 900 block of North 10th reported hearing a large explosion. Kelso Police checked the area, and found debris from a five-gallon plastic bucket scattered in the street in front of a home in the 800 block of Burcham. Neighbors reported that the residents of that house are out of the state, and no one else was seen in the area prior to the explosion. No suspects have been identified.

KLOG Thursday Sports

May 29th, 2014

Kelso’s Blain Gilmore, Logan Davis and Kayli Thompson all made the cut and advanced to today’s final round of the State 3A golf tournament. Tyler Messinger of R.A. Long advanced to the final round of the 2A tourney…..Felix Hernandez missed the shutout and the complete game, but he was dominant in the Mariners 3-1 win over the Angels. The teams close out the four game series tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..Cascade Christian beat Rainier 7-0 and Blanchet Catholic downed Clatskanie 8-4 at the 3A State baseball playoffs…..In the Oregon 3A softball playoffs, Rainer advanced with a 7-0 win over Harrisburg and Dayton ousted Clatskanie 10-0…..The 3A and 2A State track championships begin today in Tacoma…..Husky basketball legend Bob Houbregs passed away at 82.

Boy Found

May 29th, 2014

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that the body of a five year-old Tacoma boy may have been found in the Cispus River near Randle, but they haven’t yet been able to recover that body. The Centralia Chronicle says that Drake Ostenson fell into the water over the Memorial Day weekend, as he was riding a motorcycle near the family campsite about ten miles outside of Randle. After two days of searching, Sheriff Steve Mansfield says that they believe that they have located the boy’s body beneath a log jam about a mile downstream from where he first went into the water, but the extremely swift and cold water is complicating the recovery effort. Mansfield says that they may have to wait for the river to drop a couple of feet before it’s safe to make an attempt. He says that the dive team and swift water rescue teams are dedicated to completing that effort as soon as possible.

Apiary Road Crash

May 29th, 2014

A log truck driver is being cited for failure to stay in his lane after he collided with another truck on Tuesday afternoon, closing Apiary Road near Rainier for more than five hours. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says that the collision happened when the offending driver reached down to get his lunch; his rig crossed the center line and collided head-on with a loaded log truck coming the other direction. The driver of the other truck was taken to the hospital with “non-life-threatening injuries.” No names have been released.

SR 432/433 Project

May 29th, 2014

If all goes as planned, work on a grade-separated rail and road crossing at Industrial Way and Oregon Way could start as soon as 2017. That’s the latest word from the group that’s working on the SR 432 Rail Realignment and Highway Improvements Project, as they identify the priority projects that the group will now focus its efforts on. Melissa Taylor with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments says that the “Tier 1” project at the base of the Lewis and Clark Bridge will now move into the environmental study phase…432433project…The team also presented the “Tier 2” projects, which include improvements to the 3rd Avenue/Tennant Way interchange, the 7th Avenue/Tennant Way intersection, extensions of Beech Street and Alabama Street to California Way, and a revision of the California Way/Industrial Way intersection. They also presented a suite of “Market-Driven Actions,” mostly rail improvements that would be paid for by companies along the corridor from I-5 to Barlow Point. It’s currently planned that the current information and comments will be collected through the summer, and then refinement of the concepts, stakeholder engagement and environmental review will start in the fall. The environmental work and preliminary design of the separated intersection at the base of the bridge is expected to take about two years. The latest information is now available on the project website, at www.SR432Corridor.org, or by contacting the Council of Governments.

Rock the Clock

May 29th, 2014

St. Helens High School senior Spencer Foster is taking on the restoration of the historic clock in the Columbia County Courthouse as his senior project, and he’s getting started on the fundraising effort needed to pay for that work. The St. Helens Chronicle reports that about $12,000 is needed to buy bezels, clock faces, hands, paint and various mechanical parts. The “Rock the Clock” project is being endorsed by a number of businesses and community organizations, with donation stations being set up at Red Apple IGA, Ace Hardware and the Pastime Tavern in St. Helens. Donations can also be made to the Rock the Clock account at the Saint Helens Federal Credit Union.

Deputy’s Scholarship

May 29th, 2014

Mark Morris High School senior Branson Myers’ efforts to pursue a degree in Law and Justice at Central Washington University is getting a boost from the Cowlitz County Deputy Sheriff’s Benefit Association, as Myers is named as the recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship award. Leaders of the Association say that Myers rose to the top of a group of extremely qualified candidates, and that it was difficult to make a decision. The Association says that they feel that Myers will be an asset to his family and the community by completing his studies, and they’re proud to support those efforts. The scholarship check and an award letter are being sent directly to Central Washington University.

Today’s Events

May 29th, 2014

There are several things going on around the area today, starting with today’s Community Conversation lecture at Lower Columbia College. History instructor Courtney Shah will be today’s lecturer, presenting a talk titled “Gender and the Civil Rights Act.” The free lecture will start at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts.

Fibre Federal Credit Union is hosting a Bingo fundraiser in support of Community Home Health and Hospice, starting at 6:30 this evening at the Kelso Eagles. You can save $5 on the entry fee by pre-registering; they will also have prize giveaways and raffles. Call 575-5725 or 414-4205 for more information.

The Kelso High School Drama Club is opening up a musical comedy called “Wagon Wheels West,” being presented this weekend and next weekend in the KHS Auditorium. Showtimes are at 7 pm tonight and Saturday, along with a 2 pm matinee on Sunday. Performances are also planned next Friday and Saturday nights. Contact the Kelso High School office for ticket information.

Environmental historian Joshua Howe is the next featured artist in the Northwest Voices Literary Series, coming in tonight for an after-hours reading at the Longview Public Library, followed by a writing workshop tomorrow at LCC. Howe is an assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Reed College in Portland; his latest book is titled “Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming.” Howe has a wide-ranging background in education and in life, also working as a journalist in a variety of outdoor fields. This evening’s reading will start at 7 pm in the Longview Library, and then tomorrow’s writing workshop will run from noon to 1 pm in the Wollenberg Auditorium. Both events are free and open to all.

Weyco Outage

May 28th, 2014

That odor wafting over the Longview area yesterday afternoon is being traced to a power outage at the Longview millsite. Fans and other gas-treatment equipment at the mill went down when the outage hit at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon, allowing materials called “non-condensable gases” to escape into the air. The noxious odors were caused by small amounts of sulfur and turpentine that were carried from the mill, but mill officials say that the amounts released did not pose any kind of health hazards. Local, state and federal officials were notified after the incident, along with local fire agencies and emergency services agencies. Power was restored by 6 pm; the cause of the outage remains under investigation.

Search Continues

May 28th, 2014

The effort to find the body of a five year-old Tacoma boy who was swept away in the Cispus River is continuing. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that the boy fell into the river over the weekend, as his family was at an unimproved campsite about ten miles from Randle. They say he was riding a motorcycle, and then fell in when he got too close to the river bank. The boy’s 32 year-old father jumped in to try and rescue the boy, but couldn’t get to him before he was swept downstream. The father was carried about a half-mile downstream before he could get out. What was thought to be the boy’s helmet, hung up on a log about a mile downstream from where the boy went in, actually turned out to be his visor. The very swift and cold water, along with steep embankments and heavy brush is making the search effort extremely difficult and dangerous. The focus of the search is being narrowed to several log jams in the river. An update is expected later this morning.