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 By Rick Nelson    News    May 25, 2017 

Commissioners' patience growing short for easements

There's good news and not so good news for the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners efforts to set up a beach nourishment program for eroding shorelines at Cape Horn and on Puget Island. Acting as commissioners for the area's four flood control zo...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 25, 2017 

Group pressures board on shorelines

A group of citizens hopes to pressure the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners to fight state mandates before adopting an update to the county's shoreline management program (SMP). The Wahkiakum Real Property Rights Advisory Board has sent a...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 25, 2017 

Candidates file for election; some positions unclaimed

Filing for positions on the 2017 election ballots with candidates filing for some offices but not for others. County election officers will schedule a special filing period, probably in June, for offices which had no filings, Auditor Diane Tischer...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 18, 2017

Commissioners struggle to obtain rights-of-entry

Wahkiakum County commissioners continue to deal with beach nourishment issues while attending to other business. On Tuesday, commissioners and residents living along eroding Columbia River shorelines discussed hurdles in the way of setting up a...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 18, 2017

Council hears summary of shoreline program

The Cathlamet Town Council reviewed a proposed update for their Shoreline Management Program (SMP) when they met Monday. The council also wrestled with biosolids issues, heard an appeal about water billing, approved exploration of using a town admini...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 18, 2017

Candidates start filing for election

Filing for positions on the 2017 election ballots started Monday and runs this week. As of Wednesday morning, candidates who filed include: --Wahkiakum School District, director position 3, Susan O'Connor, incumbent. --Mayor, Town of Cathlamet, Dale...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 11, 2017

Corps outlines plan for dredging sump, Island sand disposal needs

As Wahkiakum County commissioners try to set up a long-term dredge disposal program to nourish eroding beaches at Cape Horn and on Puget Island, they've encountered a concern from the US Army Corps of Engineers. The county has set up four flood...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 11, 2017

Commissioners start review of revised shoreline plan

Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners this week started their formal review of a proposed update of the county's shoreline management plan (SMP). The board held a workshop with members of the coun...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 11, 2017

Contract for Island bridge going to bid

Washington State Department of Transportation has updated its schedule for its Puget Island bridge project. The contract for the project will be put out for bids at the end of June and should be awarded in August or September, WSDOT communications of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 4, 2017

Climate march

A small group of local residents gathered Saturday in Cathlamet to join in the nationwide marches in support of climate science. Members of the group also held a march the previous Saturday in...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 4, 2017

Commissioners send ports' permit back to planners

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday voted to send shoreline management permit for a coalition of upriver ports back to the county planning commission. The permit would allow the ports' dredging crews to cross the East Sunny Sands beach and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 4, 2017

A Day in the Life of Wahkiakum and Naselle

The Eagle and TEAM Electronics are pleased to announce the ninth annual photo contest, A Day in The Life of Wahkiakum County and Naselle. We invite Wahkiakum County and Naselle residents to shoot a photo on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in the Wahkiakum...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 1, 2017

Commissioners send ports' permit back to planners

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday voted to send shoreline management permit for a coalition of upriver ports back to the county planning commission. The permit would allow the ports' dredging crews to cross the East Sunny Sands beach and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 27, 2017

Commissioners work to allay concerns over dredging impacts

Wahkiakum County officials continue to wrestle with issues surrounding their effort to set up a long term dredge spoils disposal program for eroding beaches. Acting as commissioners for flood zone control districts (FZCD), commissioners are applying...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 20, 2017

Commissioners seek accord with holdouts for beach nourishment

The success of Wahkiakum County's effort to replenish sand on eroding beaches at Cape Horn and Puget Island depends, in large part, on obtaining permits to do the work and easements from landowners so dredging crews can work along their waterfronts....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 20, 2017

Cathlamet council hears setback lending dilemma

The Cathlamet town council dealt with a construction setback dilemma when it met Monday. Linda Barth asked the council to change an ordinance setting for parameters for rebuilding when a building is partially destroyed. She explained that her family...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 20, 2017

Islanders debate dredge spoils options

Trust. There doesn't seem to be a lot of trust going around when it comes to proposals to deposit dredge spoils on eroding Wahkiakum County shorelines. Nearly 50 residents of the county's four flood control zone districts (FCZD), most from Puget Isla...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 20, 2017

County installing box for old prescription drugs

The Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office this week is installing a box in the courthouse to collect old, unused prescription drugs. County staff will also hold a public event to collect old drugs on April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the lobby of the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 13, 2017

Town hall meeting ahead for varied dredging issues

Wahkiakum County commissioners will host a town hall meeting next Tuesday, 6 p.m., in their meeting room to discuss issues relating to their efforts to establish a beach nourishment process eroding shorelines. Erosion is threatening private property...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 6, 2017

County, ports plan dredging strategy

Can Wahkiakum County and the coalition of upriver ports join forces for the benefit of both in their efforts to conduct dredging projects? The two groups will hold a town hall meeting April 18 in Cathlamet to discuss their goals and the possibility o...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 6, 2017

States' sheriffs: No unlawful detainers

Washington's sheriffs met in late March, and according to Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie, much of the discussion concerned "the topic of immigration enforcement as well as our response to the new ‘shaming' list the federal administration has...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 23, 2017

Commissioners continue with dredging plans, act on marijuana applications

Wahkiakum County commissioners continued discussions about a dredging program and gave mixed approval to two notices of proposed medical/recreational marijuana retail stores when they met Tuesday. County commissioners also serve as the board of commi...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 23, 2017

Council ends moratorium for Columbia Ridge

The Cathlamet Town Council voted Monday to lift a moratorium on new development in the Columbia Ridge Estates subdivision, subject to street improvements by the homeowners association. Among other business at the council's monthly meeting on Monday...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 23, 2017

Naselle Library plans April, May programs

Naselle Timberland Library has planned a variety of events ranging from children's programs to movie matinees for the months of April and May. Family Movie Matinees are scheduled April 1 and 22 and May 6, all 1-3 p.m. The library will show new...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 16, 2017

County guardedly supports bill for elk hoof rot study

Wahkiakum County commissioners have given guarded support to a bill in the legislature to expand a study of elk hoof root disease. Several years ago, elk with deformed hooves began appearing in southwest Washington herds. Commissioners have pressed t...

 

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