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 By Rick Nelson    News    December 14, 2017 

Brady, Cothren reject late budget proposals

Wait and see. That was the message from the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners to public officials making late requests for changes in the 2018 budgets. Prosecuting Attorney Dan Bigelow and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 7, 2017

Legislators discuss local concerns with officials and citizens

For 90 minutes Tuesday, Wahkiakum County officials and residents discussed issues with District 19 members of the state legislators. Topics included management of fish and game, limits on property tax...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 7, 2017

To fund budget requests, commissioners look to state appropriations

After two days of discussions, Wahkiakum County commissioners are a bit closer to setting their 2019 budgets. They spent Monday and Tuesday meetings discussing levy numbers and last minute requests from department heads and supporters of the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 30, 2017

Revisions continue for county budget

The proposed 2018 Wahkiakum County budgets have been published, and the public hearing commences next Monday morning, but county commissioners continue to hear requests for modifications and appropriations. On Tuesday, commissioners heard requests...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 30, 2017

Port 2 sets 2018 budget, holds back on property tax

Commissioners of Port District 2 approved their 2018 budget and voted not to raise the district's property tax when they met Nov. 21. The proposed budget totals $1.13 million, up from $1.1 million for 2017. Actual 2017 expenditures through...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 30, 2017

Election: Jacobson wins race for mayor

Wahkiakum County's final tally of general election ballots on Tuesday produced no changes from previous totals. Incumbent Mayor Dale Jacobson won a close election for mayor, 72-65, over write-in candidate Laurel Waller. When votes were first counted...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 30, 2017

Commissioners, public to meet with legislators

Wahkiakum County commissioners will meet with District 19 state legislators next Tuesday, and they're inviting the public to join the fun. Coming at the end of the board's 11 a.m. session next Tuesday, the meeting is part of an effort by the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 23, 2017

Cathlamet council sets sewer, water rate increases

Customers of the Town of Cathlamet's water and sewer systems will see 2.9 percent rate increases in 2018, the town council decided Monday. The increases are included in an ordinance which passed its first reading by a 4-0 vote on Monday. Final action...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 23, 2017

Election: Jacobson retains lead for mayor

Last Friday, incumbent Mayor Dale Jacobson increased his narrow lead in the election for mayor, 72-65, over write-in candidate Laurel Waller. When votes were first counted Nov. 7, Waller led 58-53. In the second round, Jacobson led 69-65, and when...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 23, 2017

County boards have vacancies

Local agencies are looking for citizens willing to participate in local government. Branches of Wahkiakum County government have several vacancies on governing boards, and Port District 2 has a vacancy on its board of commissioners. Vacant county pos...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 16, 2017

Natural resources board picks plan for marbled murrelet management

Washington's Board of Natural Resources (BNR) on Nov. 7 selected its preferred alternative for management of marbled murrelet habitat on state-managed trust timberlands. Started in 1997, the habitat conservation plan (HCP) is meant to preserve...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 16, 2017

Election: Jacobson takes lead in race for mayor

The election for mayor of Cathlamet took a turn in the second round of tallying votes last Thursday. Incumbent Mayor Dale Jacobson claimed a narrow lead in the election, 69-65, over write-in candidate Laurel Waller. When votes were first counted...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 16, 2017

County may go to court to gain rights-of-entry

Are the gloves ready to come off? Wahkiakum County officials are trying to get everything in order for beach nourishment projects next year, and facing one major obstacle. County officials and their engineering consultants met Tuesday afternoon to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 16, 2017

County planning hike in ferry rates

Wahkiakum County commissioners will hold a public hearing November 28, 9:50 a.m., to consider raising rates for travelers on the Puget Island ferry. Rates haven't been raised since 2010, Public Works Director Chuck Beyer said last week. In the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 9, 2017

Election update: Jacobson overtakes Waller in race for mayor

The election for mayor of Cathlamet took a turn in the second round of tallying votes last Thursday. Incumbent Mayor Dale Jacobson claimed a narrow lead in the election, 69-65, over write-in candidate Laurel Waller. When votes were first counted...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 9, 2017

Commissioners okay sheriff's budget request

Wahkiakum County commissioners wrapped up preliminary budget work Monday by agreeing to raises in wages for sheriff's department personnel. Commissioners Blair Brady, Dan Cothren and Mike Backman had recessed their meetings with department heads to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 9, 2017

Commissioners' Summary

Wahkiakum County commissioners addressed a variety of business at their meeting on Tuesday. --Commissioners accepted the resignation of Sharon Lilja from the county planning commission. There are three vacancies on the board, one from each county...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    November 9, 2017

Mountaineers roll over the Mules

When it rains, it pours? Well, the rain came down last Friday night at the Wahkiakum Mule football stadium, and the visiting Rainier Mountaineers drenched the host Mules in a 47-7 playoff decision. Th...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 2, 2017

Commissioners look over department heads' budget requests

The 2018 financial picture for Wahkiakum County government isn't all that bleak. County officials are wrapping up preparation of a set of preliminary budgets for next year, and they're anticipating a financial position that will allow them to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    November 2, 2017

Mules down Ducks, host Mounties Friday

Big plays and few mistakes were keys to the Wahkiakum Mules' 36-29 football victory over the Toutle Lake Ducks last Friday in Cathlamet. The result means the Mules finish 7-2 in regular season play,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 26, 2017

Commissioners, public chafe with process for dredge deposits

The slow pace of setting up beach nourishment projects continues to trouble Wahkiakum County officials and residents of eroding shorelines. County officials and engineering consultants from the firm...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 26, 2017

Commissioners okay funds for solid waste

Despite funding being tied up in a legislative dispute, Wahkiakum County's solid waste recycling program will continue. The board of county commissioners voted Tuesday to transfer money into the solid waste budget for the rest of 2017 and the first t...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 26, 2017

Election 2017 -- Laurel Waller update

In a campaign mailing last week, Laurel Waller, who filed last spring for Position 5 on the Cathlamet Town Council, said people had told her they were interested in writing her in for Cathlamet mayor. She said she would accept the job, if elected....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 26, 2017

Commissioners act on church donation, raises, timber issues

Wahkiakum County's commissioners accepted a donation of property, discussed trust timber management issues, and gave county employees a raise when they met Tuesday. The board formally accepted the donation of the United Church of Christ buildings...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    October 26, 2017

Mules trample Cards; close out with Ducks

Story by Rick Nelson The Wahkiakum Mules could claim second place in the River Division of the Central League with a victory over the visiting Toutle Lake Ducks. The win would mean the Mules would host the third place team out of the Mountain Divisio...

 

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