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 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Unrest is unravelling fabric of Cathlamet

By Rick Nelson People are saying the next meeting of the Cathlamet town council (Monday, 6 p.m. in the Cathlamet fire hall) should be moved to a bigger venue, for they expect a large crowd to attend and protest the council's vote last month to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 28, 2018

Health clinic adds new addiction treatment

Wahkiakum County commissioners discussed addiction treatment and other health care issues when they met Tuesday in Cathlamet. Dian Cooper, executive director of the Cowlitz Family Health Clinic, said staff of the center's clinics will soon be...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 28, 2018

Island bridge painters finish first section

By Rick Nelson State highway construction work around Cathlamet is almost ready to enter new stages. Painters on the Puget Island bridge last week completed work on their first section and are moving...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 28, 2018

Teepees coming to Vista Park

Commissioners of Port District 2 breezed through their monthly meeting June 19 at Skamokawa Vista Park. The board accepted a bid of $15,000 from Columbia Contractors LLC for installation of three 25x25' concrete pads for permanent teepees at the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 21, 2018

Cathlamet council votes to buy lot; decision riles some

The Cathlamet Town Council on Monday voted to buy a parking lot and unleashed a storm of reaction from town citizens. The property in question is on the corner of Main and Butler streets adjacent to the Bank of Pacific parking lot. Owner is Bernadett...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 21, 2018

County dredging permits nearing completion

Wahkiakum County commissioners had a light agenda and breezed through their meeting Tuesday. Commissioner Dan Cothren reported that the county's dredging program consultant has received the final reviews and will be able to submit final permits to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 21, 2018

County reverses opening Elochoman Road

On Tuesday of last week, Wahkiakum County officials said they were going to open a gate closing the upper Elochoman Valley Road. However, as The Eagle went to press on Wednesday, Public Works Director Chuck Beyer telephoned The Eagle’s office to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 21, 2018

Candidates to speak Wednesday at Grange

Candidates for local and regional elected offices will appear at a candidate forum June 27 at the Skamokawa Grange. "It will be an old fashioned forum starting with a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the forum at 6 p.m.," said coordinator...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 21, 2018

Council approves update to park plan

The Cathlamet Town Council adopted an update of the town park and recreation plan and addressed other business at the monthly meeting on Monday. Town Attorney Heidi Heywood suggested a clarification on a page with a map showing the proposed waterfron...

 

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