Archive for June, 2014

KLOG Monday Sports

June 30th, 2014

Felix Hernandez spun eight innings of one-hit ball as the Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Sunday. Robinson Cano provided a two run homer. The M’s have called up pitcher Taijuan Walker to start tonight’s game at Houston, KLOG 4:00 pm…..In a game that lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes, the Victoria HarbourCats defeated the Cowlitz Black Bears 9-8. The Bears are off today before hosting the Portland Stars tomorrow night…..The Pacific Tech Senior Legion team went 6-0 to win the Boys of Summer Tourney in Belgrade, Montana. Pac Tech beat the Spokane Blue Devils 11-1 in the final. Riley Johnston was named tourney MVP…..JH Kelly went 1-4 at the Walla Walla Sweets Junior Legion tournament.

Boating Mishap

June 30th, 2014

The Coast Guard is suspending its efforts to try and find a boater from Battle Ground who has been missing in the Columbia River between Woodland and St. Helens since Saturday. The search effort got started around 5:30 Saturday afternoon, when a boat owned by Jay Jones, 25, of Battle Ground was found running by itself near the mouth of the Lewis River. It’s also reported that at least one 911 caller saw a person in the water. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol responded, along with boats and a helicopter from the Coast Guard. The search effort continued through yesterday evening, with no sign of Jones reported. Coast Guard officials in Portland say that based on the water conditions and other factors, it’s unlikely that anyone who has been in the river for that long is still alive. While the Coast Guard portion of the search is being suspended, Clark County officials say that they still plan to be on the water again tomorrow, continuing the search effort.

Shoplifter Shot

June 30th, 2014

A Centralia Police Officer is now on administrative leave, after the alleged theft of a convenience store burrito led to a fatal shooting. This incident got started around 10 yesterday morning at the Chevron gas station at South Tower and Cherry Avenue in Centralia, when the clerk reported that a man had stolen some food. It’s reported that Centralia Police K-9 handler Ruben Ramirez, a 15-year veteran of the department, spotted the suspect in a bank parking lot across the street from the gas station. Witnesses say that the suspect got belligerent as Ramirez got out of the car, and the man fought with Ramirez as an arrest was attempted. Ramirez deployed his K-9 “Lobo,” who bit the suspect on the arm. When the suspect freed himself from the dog, he supposedly pulled a handgun from his pocket. Lobo bit the man again, giving Ramirez a chance to draw his service weapon and fire, striking and killing the man. While the shooting victim hasn’t been identified, it’s reported that he has been seen at the store on previous occasions. The investigation is continuing.

Riverdale Crash

June 30th, 2014

It’s reported that a 25 year-old man may have suffered a broken leg yesterday morning in a motorcycle crash that took place at the Riverdale Raceway east of Toutle. The Sheriff’s Office was alerted and aid crews were called to the track at about 10:50 yesterday morning, where they say that the man failed to land a jump, crashing and breaking his leg. There was an EMT on the scene, and was able to start providing first aid almost immediately. That was followed by paramedics from Cowlitz Fire District 3 in Toutle. The man was eventually evacuated by ambulance. His name has not been released, and his condition hasn’t been updated this morning.

New Principal

June 30th, 2014

The Woodland School District went to a veteran of California schools to get its new principal for Woodland Elementary School, bringing on Steven Carvey to succeed the embattled Mark Houk. Earlier this year, Houk was removed from the position, after school staff claimed that he had physically abused a third-grade special education student. Houk is now awaiting trial on criminal charges connected to those allegations. Woodland Superintendent Michael Green says that Carney has 22 years of experience in education, working as a teacher, a principal and a superintendent in California before moving back to Washington some three years ago. Green says that Carney has a strong background and experience in building and delivering research-based professional development programs and learning support systems. Carney says that he loves the work that he has done nationally, but the most important work is done in the classroom.

Port Record

June 30th, 2014

As year-end numbers continue to come in, the Port of Longview is announcing that a record amount of cargo was handled in 2013, up some 18 percent over 2012 due to a surge in logs and grain bound for Asia. Port officials say that 7.4 million metric tons of cargo was handled last year, compared to 6.3 million metric tons in 2012. Log exports were up some 62 percent, going from 531,000 metric tons in 2012 to 858,000 metric tons last year. Steel imports were also up 47 percent, surging after U. S. import tariffs were eased. However, even with the 18 percent overall increase in cargo handling, overall revenues dipped slightly, snapping a five year streak of record revenues. Still, the Port of Longview continues to be the third-largest port in Washington state, when ranked by operating revenue. Port CEO Geir Kalhagen says that 2013 was another great year, and that they will continue to reinvest those revenues right back into the Port, to continue providing strong infrastructure for customers, along with economic benefits to the community.

Sewer Awards

June 30th, 2014

Five wastewater treatment facilities in Cowlitz County are among the 126 such plants across Washington state that are being honored for “perfect performance” in 2013. The Department of Ecology announced its Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Awards late last week, saying that awards are being presented to the City of Castle Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant, the City of Kalama Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Port of Kalama Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Three Rivers Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Cowlitz County-Toutle Sewage Treatment Plant. This is actually the 10th consecutive year that the Cowlitz County-Toutle facility has received this award, while the City of Kalama plant is on its fifth consecutive year. To qualify, all of these award-winners passed all environmental tests, analyzed all samples, turned in all state-required reports, and avoided permit violations throughout 2013.

Stageworks NW Camp

June 30th, 2014

Local 6th to 12th-graders who have an interest in the theatrical arts have a chance to explore those interests further at the Stageworks Northwest Summer Camp, which starts today and runs through July 26th. Jon-Erik Hegstad is the primary counselor, coming in as a second-year candidate for the University of Washington Actor-in-Training program. He’s being joined by R. A. Long graduate Julisa Lyn Smith, who is currently living and working in Los Angeles as an actor, writer and director. Campers will take part in a variety of activities, including audition techniques, scene study, monologues, and a variety of acting techniques. The Stageworks Northwest Summer Camp will run Monday through Friday through July 26th. 9th to 12th-graders will be involved from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, followed by 6th to 8th graders from 1 to 5 pm. This will all take place in the Stageworks Northwest Theatre, located in the old Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue in Longview. Go to the Stageworks Northwest website for additional information.

KLOG Friday Sports

June 27th, 2014

The Mariners return to action tonight as they host the Cleveland Indians, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Black Bears also had yesterday off and they will be at home tonight against Victoria. First pitch at Story Field is 6:35 pm…..The Pacific Tech Senior Legion team opened play at the Belgrade, Montana tournament with two wins. Pac Tech beat the Spokane Blue Devils 7-2 and the Rapid City Expos 4-2. Pac Tech plays the Spokane 49’ers at 5 pm today…..With no picks in the NBA Draft last night, Portland made news by offering a max extension offer to LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers hope to sign him to a 5-year deal worth $108 million. As for the Draft, Husky guard C.J. Wilcox was selected by the L.A. Clippers with the 28th overall pick.

Water Redux

June 27th, 2014

The Longview City Council is directing staff to start taking another look at recently-completed projects, asking staff to re-examine the city’s water supply situation, along with the traffic patterns at the Civic Circle. Council members Mike Wallin and Steve Moon brought forward a suggestion to conduct a feasibility study regarding the possible re-connection to the Cowlitz River for Longview water. A number of citizens also urged support of this study, people like Brooke Fisher…waterstudy…After the 40 minutes or so of citizen input, no one stood up in support of the new Mint Farm Water Treatment Plant, which was recently built by the city at a cost of about 33 million dollars. City Manager Bob Gregory says that they don’t know exactly how much a study like this will cost, but he says that it could be in the ballpark of $50,000 to $100,000. He also noted that the cost of this study and any adjustments to the city’s water supply will need to be supported through the rates being paid by the system’s users. At the Council’s direction, Gregory says that city staff will find out how much this kind of a study will cost, and how it should proceed, and will bring that back to the Council for review and approval of next steps.