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 By Betsy Nelson    News    May 16, 2013

Port 1 discusses dredging, derelicts

Wahkiakum Port District No. 1 commissioners want to see if something can be done about the state of Cathlamet Channel. Earlier this spring, the Coast Guard removed almost all the navigational buoys in the channel, saying the area is no longer safe...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    May 9, 2013

PUD board discusses project progress

Wahkiakum PUD commissioners heard reports from the foremen of the utility’s water and electric departments during their May 8 meeting. At the commissioners’ request, the two department heads have begun to regularly report to the board about...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    April 25, 2013

Port 1 approves brewery site lease

Wahkiakum Port District No. 1 commissioners gained land and tenants when they met Tuesday night. In addition to authorizing a lease agreement with Drop Anchor Brewery, LLC to site a brewery and tasting room on port property, the commissioners...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    April 18, 2013

Wahkiakum PUD considers rate hike

Wahkiakum PUD’s newly-constructed Cathlamet Substation has been in operation since January, and PUD staff and commissioners are ready to celebrate. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for April 24 at 10 a.m. at the substation site near the intersection...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    April 18, 2013

Port 1 considers brewery site lease

Drop Anchor Brewery representatives left a Port District No. 1 meeting on April 11 without a signed lease, but with assurances that the port was committed to working out an agreement with the brewery. Andy Lea, Richard Erickson, and Steve Sharp...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    March 28, 2013

Land trust plans many 2013 projects

Wahkiakum County commissioners met with Columbia Land Trust (CLT) staff Tuesday afternoon for an update on CLT’s local land stewardship work. The workshop focused on four projects: Gorley Farm/Upper Grays River, Kandoll Farm, Upper Elochoman, and...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    March 21, 2013

Wanted: school board candidates

Because board member Tony Boyce submitted his resignation on March 13, Wahkiakum School District directors are searching for someone to replace him on the five-seat board. Any community member can nominate a candidate for the position by calling the...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    March 21, 2013

PUD board handles busy, varied agenda

Wahkiakum PUD commissioners acted on a surplus vehicle request, a water contract with the town, and discussed other business at a brief meeting Tuesday morning. They later attended the county commissioners’ meeting to hear a presentation from a...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    March 21, 2013

Port 1 okays brewery building construction

In a 2-1 vote last Thursday night, Port District No. 1 commissioners approved moving forward with construction of a rental building at Elochoman Marina to lease to Drop Anchor Brewery, a newly-formed LLC with local investors. With Commissioner Larry...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    March 15, 2013

Port moves forward on brewery building construction

In a 2-1 vote Thursday night, Port District No. 1 commissioners approved moving forward with construction of a rental building at Elochoman Marina to lease to Drop Anchor Brewery, a newly-formed LLC with local investors. With Commissioner Larry...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    March 14, 2013

Port commission considers brewery; to act Thursday (March 14)

Wahkiakum Port District #1 commissioners met March 6 for further conversation with the partners of the Drop Anchor Brewery. Richard Erickson, Steve Sharp, and Andy Lea attended the meeting representing the brewery. Lea explained to the commissioners...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    March 7, 2013

PUD addressing audit comments

Wahkiakum PUD is making progress in its efforts to correct financial reporting deficiencies identified during a review by the state auditor’s office last year. In the report issued last April, the auditors wrote: “The District’s internal...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    February 28, 2013

Human remains found near Brookfield

A local resident reported finding human skeletal remains near Brookfield on February 21. According to Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie, the man was hiking along a trail near the Columbia River when he saw what appeared to be human bones. He left...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    February 28, 2013

Investors seek to build brewery at marina

Is a local microbrewery on the horizon? At Monday’s Port District #1 meeting, a group of 10 local investors represented by Cathlamet businessman Richard Erickson presented a proposal to port commissioners to site a microbrewery on port-owned...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    February 21, 2013

School board OK's policy banning marijuana on school property

Wahkiakum School District’s board of directors approved a policy on Tuesday night prohibiting the use, possession, or distribution of marijuana on school district property and also discussed the payment of transportation costs for summer extracurri...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    February 21, 2013

PUD: No bonus; umbrage taken over water pact

Wahkiakum PUD Manager Dave Tramblie will not receive a bonus in appreciation for his stewardship of the PUD’s $2.3 million substation construction project that was completed last month. The project was originally projected to cost $3 million but...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    February 7, 2013

New substation now in operation; bonus pay suggested

Wahkiakum PUD’s new substation is now in operation, Wahkiakum PUD commissioners learned at a Tuesday meeting. Manager Dave Tramblie told the commissioners that the substation’s transformer was first energized two weeks ago. “We put load on it...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    January 31, 2013

Wahkiakum school district directors say no to pot on campus

Wahkiakum school board members don't want pot at school. State law prohibits tobacco possession on school district buildings and grounds, including use by spectators at sporting events. However, that law was put in place long before Washington voters...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    January 17, 2013

PUD discontinues Westend meetings

PUD commissioners voted to discontinue evening meetings in western Wahkiakum County during their January 15 meeting. Hoping to ease travel and time constraints preventing Western Wahkiakum Water System (WWWS) customers from attending morning meetings...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    January 17, 2013

Port 1 raises salaries, considers launch changes

Port District No. 1 commissioners approved raises for port management during their January 10 meeting. The commissioners approved resolutions authorizing 2.5 percent salary increases for Port Manager Jackie Lea and Assistant Port Manager Abe York....

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    January 10, 2013

PUD evaluating cost of Westend meetings

Wahkiakum PUD commissioners met January 2 for their first meeting of 2013. The commissioners approved payment of a $14,000 voucher to the Department of Revenue (DOR) for back taxes. A DOR audit in fall 2012 determined that the utility owed the state...

 

Commissioners act on new job positions

Wahkiakum County commissioners had resolutions to consider creating new positions in county departments when the board met Wednesday. Sheriff Mark Howie has created a sergeant's position for the sheriff's department, and Public Works Director Pete Ri...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    December 20, 2012

PUD manager reports on water pact talks

Wahkiakum County PUD commissioners met December 18 for a brief meeting. PUD manager Dave Tramblie apprised the commissioners of the current status of water contract negotiations with the Town of Cathlamet. Tramblie said he had received data he had...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    December 20, 2012

Port 1 prepares for springers

The season won’t be set until the end of January, but people are already making reservations to stay at the Elochoman Marina during spring Chinook salmon season, Port Manager Jackie Lea told port commissioners at a December 13 meeting. In...

 
 By Betsy Nelson    News    December 6, 2012

Beavers cause Westend outage

Oneida Road residents have a beaver to thank for a November 29 power outage, PUD Line Crew Foreman Shane Pfenniger reported to the PUD’s commissioners at a brief December 4 meeting. When the line crew isolated the outage to its point of origin,...

 

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