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 By Rick Nelson    News    August 16, 2018 

Board sends new shoreline program to county planners

Wahkiakum County commissioners voted Tuesday to send a revised version of an update of the county shoreline management plan to the county planning commission for review and recommendation. In 2017, the planning commission completed a multi-year effor...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 16, 2018 

Beach erosion: Sand only for Cape Horn

Wahkiakum County is nearing the end of its two-year old effort to set up a 10-year permit for depositing dredged sand on four eroding shorelines, but county commissioners and residents learned Tuesday that there is sand for only one of the sites. US...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 16, 2018 

Primary election update changes no results

There were no changes in results as Wahkiakum County election officers tallied late election day votes on Thursday. In the race for county assessor, Brian McClain leads incumbent Bill Coons 1,019-810. Both ran as Independents. In the race for US...

 

School starts soon; farmers market underway

News from Naselle: The Naselle-Grays River Valley School Board meeting will take place next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Football and volleyball practices both begin this week in preparation for their first games. It won’t be long before the kids will be...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    August 16, 2018 

Mule football starts with 4-team, 2-game Saturday, September 1

The start of the Wahkiakum Mule football season will be a lot different this year. Sure, the Mules hit the locker room just after midnight Wednesday morning, the first day they could practice, and,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 9, 2018

McClain shows strength in primary election

Washington’s voters went to the polls Tuesday for the 2018 primary election, and challenger Brain McClain showed strength in the race for Wahkiakum County assessor. In the early tally of votes that had arrived at the county auditor’s office...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 9, 2018

Mental health therapist at work in schools

When students return to school this fall in Cathlamet, they'll have mental health services available if they need them. The Wahkiakum County mental health department has been able to supply a therapist to serve Wendt Elementary, Thomas Middle and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 9, 2018

County ploughs through permits for sand

Wahkiakum County commissioners covered a lot of ground when they met Tuesday on issues ranging from dredging program efforts to setting fees for electronic access to Superior Court records. Commissioner Dan Cothren presented a written update of the...

 

Students to register for class, athletics

News from Naselle: Summer is half over, and the time has come to prepare for another school year. Though students are not in class, a lot of activity happens prior to the school doors opening. Here is a list of important dates for registrations:...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 2, 2018

Highway work booming on bridge, along SR 4

Wahkiakum County highways are busy these days with a variety of construction projects. Tree removal will close SR 4 intermittently today at Milepost 47 for tree removal, travelers are dealing with...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 2, 2018

Town calls for voluntary water conservation

The Town of Cathlamet is asking water system customers to reduce voluntarily consumption of water from the municipal water system. While supply from the Elochoman river is holding steady, the dry...

 

Community invited to annual pig roast

I’m not sure how everyone else is dealing with all the heat and dry weather for the past few weeks, but I’m ready for rain, lots of rain. My well is about dry and it’s quite nerve wracking. I don’t even dare to mow, as I am afraid hitting a...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 26, 2018

Highway work will intermittently close SR 4 Thursday

Tree removal will close SR 4 intermittently Thursday, Aug. 2, at Milepost 47 between County Line Park and Mill Creek in western Cowlitz County. The crew will remove four large leaning trees looming high above the highway. The highway may be closed...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 26, 2018

County engineer hears initial report on Elochoman slide

Local officials are still waiting for a geotech report before deciding what to do about the closure of the Elochoman Valley Road. Wahkiakum County commissioners closed the road last winter after area residents observed a timbered hillside was sliding...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 26, 2018

Commission OK's raises, for officials, employees

The Wahkiakum County board of commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to approve a new contract with most employees and department heads and acted on other business at their meeting Tuesday. The contract, effective July 1, runs through the end of 2020, said...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Some thoughts on the primary election

Well, the vote by mail ballots for the 2018 primary election are out, and some are already headed to the auditor's office to be ready for counting August 7, the official election day. With Washington's top two primary system, we have just a few...

 

Finnish-American Folk Festival is this weekend

News from Naselle: Get ready for a fun filled family weekend of good food, good fun, culture, folklore, music, dancing and educational exhibits and lectures. The Finnish-American Folk Festival is here in Naselle this Friday, Saturday and Sunday....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 26, 2018

WSDOT to start left turn lane work Monday

A Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) asphalt grinding crew is scheduled to start work Monday to create left turn lanes on SR 4 in Cathlamet. WSDOT communications officer Tamara Greenwell said Wednesday that the crew will remove...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 26, 2018

Several sources offered for ferry, PI bridge updates

With eight-hour night time closures starting soon for Puget Island bridge construction, travelers may want to keep up with unexpected issues. The first of the closures, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., are now tentatively scheduled to start next Monday, Beau...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 19, 2018

Educator replicates dugout canoe trip

It has happened for many years: Nevada resident Willow Bill paddled a dugout canoe past Cathlamet last Friday. Bill provides education programs for youth and was part of the group that paddled...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 19, 2018

Council's lot purchase remains a hot issue

The battle over the Town of Cathlamet's purchase of a vacant lot on Main Street isn't over yet. The town council voted 3-2 to buy the lot in quick action after an executive session at the June meeting...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 19, 2018

Primary election ballots to be mailed Friday

Washington's election season advances another step this Friday as election officials will mail primary election ballots to registered voters. Voters in every county will be able to return their ballots via the U.S. Postal Service without having to...

 

Bull riding, Finn festival, other events are ahead

With all the dry weather I hope everyone is taking extra care with possible fires. It can be something as innocent as a cigarette butt, a piece of glass in dry tinder or a spark from a brush hog hitting a rock. Be safe out there, and be extra...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 19, 2018

County commission covers light agenda

With two members attending via telephone, Tuesday's meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners was short. Commissioners Mike Backman and Blair Brady were out of town but on the telephone;...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 12, 2018

Commissioners cover varied issues with legislators

Tuesday's meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners covered a lot of ground as the day started with a regional forum and moved into the board's regular business. The forum, hosted by the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Council of Governments, brings...

 

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