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 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...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 16, 2017

Still no sand, but some opposition

Challenges remain for Wahkiakum County commissioners' plan for a 10-year program to turn four flood control zone districts (FCZD) into dredge spoils sites. Landowners in the zones need to grant right-of-entry easements so that dredging crews can...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 9, 2017

Right-of-entry permits ready to distribute

Wahkiakum County commissioners are ready to address one of the major remaining hurdles to establishing a 10-year program for replenishing sand on eroding beaches. The US Army Corps of Engineers Seattle office counsel has approved the long-awaited...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 2, 2017

Frustration continues with slow progress for sand placement

Donald Trump to the rescue? Frustrated by the slow pace of bureaucracy, local residents and officials are looking for help in all places in their quest to establish a beach nourishment program at Cape Horn and on Puget Island. The permitting process...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 23, 2017

Commissioners vote 2-1 to proceed with housing land purchase

Wahkiakum county commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to proceed with the purchase of land for affordable housing and office development. The county's Department of Health and Human Services has been working for nearly two years to purchase the property...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 23, 2017

Council acts on trees, tables moratorium

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council addressed issues ranging from sewer and water rates to park safety when they met Tuesday for their February meeting. Laurel Waller, proprietor of the Hotel Cathlamet, asked the council to include add water rates...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 23, 2017

Dredging, culvert replacement challenge county officials

Wahkiakum County officials continue to wrestle with an effort to implement a program of beach nourishment on eroding shorelines, and they face permitting and timing challenges on a culvert replacement project on the Elochoman Valley Road. As usual,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 16, 2017

Commissioners, public discuss dredging, culvert

With little formal business on the agenda, Wahkiakum County commissioners largely worked on issues raised by members of the public when the board met Tuesday. Issues included, for the most part, dredging and culvert cleaning. After approving the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 9, 2017

County board hears economics, other business

Wahkiakum County commissioners handled a variety of business at their Tuesday meeting, with topics ranging from vacancies on various boards to a report on the county's economics. Puget Island resident Sylvia Costich addressed Commissioners Blair Brad...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    February 2, 2017

It's chaos at the top with top-down government

President Donald Trump has been in office less than two weeks, but he's working hard to implement his campaign promises, from walling out Latin American immigrants to prohibiting people from certain Muslim-majority nations from entering the US. Here...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 26, 2017

Agencies gather input on harvest, murrelet

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) hosted a meeting last Thursday to gather public input on plans for sustainable harvest and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 19, 2017

Shorthanded board hears dredging report

By Rick Nelson With one member out of town and another ailing at home, the Wahkiakum County commissioners didn't cover too much ground at their meeting Tuesday. Commissioner Dan Cothren journeyed to Olympia for a special meeting of the Board of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 19, 2017

Council OK's pacts, sewer rate study

By Rick Nelson Members of the Cathlamet Town Council covered a lot of ground at their monthly meeting on Tuesday. Among many items of business, the council approved agreements with the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce, Wahkiakum County and Port...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 12, 2017

Board okays offer for housing project site, sets 2017 levy amounts

Wahkiakum County commissioners covered lots of ground when they met Tuesday. They approved an earnest money offer for potential housing project property and they set tax levies for 2017. The county's Department of Health and Human Services has been...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 12, 2017

Commissioners set pot forum for January 24

By Rick Nelson Wahkiakum County commissioners will host a public forum on retail marijuana stores January 24 in Rosburg. Commissioners will recess their regular meeting in Cathlamet earlier that day and reconvene at 6 p.m. at Johnson Park in Rosburg,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 5, 2017

Wahkiakum officials reject proposal to combine counties

A proposal by Clark County elected officials to combine 12 of the state's smallest counties with larger neighbors has met with skepticism from local officials. Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 5, 2017

Commissioners hosting marijuana forums in Rosburg, Cathlamet

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday set the dates for two forums about marijuana retail stores, but they're still trying to develop a program for the events. Commissioner Mike Backman proposed the forum last week in response to queries from...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 29, 2016

Backman calls for marijuana forum

Wahkiakum County Commissioner Mike Backman on Tuesday called for a community forum to discuss marijuana retail outlets in Wahkiakum County. Backman commented at Tuesday's meeting of the board of county commissioners that Westend residents, including...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 22, 2016

Funding change will reduce need for rate hikes on town sewer

A change in allocation of revenue from Town of Cathlamet sewer customers will allow the town to reduce its future rate hikes. Facing a shortfall in sewer and water system revenues for 2017, the council raised rates 10 percent for water and 20...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 22, 2016

Community center funding plan eludes county commission

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday displayed differing ideas for funding the Wahkiakum Community Center in Cathlamet. The county is responsible for staffing the center, and it was managed by an Americorps program volunteer until this summer....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 22, 2016

Port 2 commission assumes park expense

Commissioners of Port District 2 on Tuesday approved a resolution to operate County Line Park without financing from Wahkiakum County. The county owns the park site and contracted with Port 2 to manage it in 2016. The county appropriated $3,500 to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 15, 2016

Change in store for library at Johnson Park

There are changes ahead for the library at the Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park, Rosburg. Because of a disagreement over access, Trudy Fredrickson, a founder of the library, has decided to withdraw the 9,000 volumes she furnished the...

 

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