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 By Rick Nelson    News    August 17, 2017 

Dredging, salary, other issues occupy county commission

Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners on Tuesday addressed a wide variety of issues ranging from dredging and the county ferry to fish nets and mental health services. Commissioner Dan Cothren reported the county's permit application process for...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    August 17, 2017 

White supremacy has no place in our nation

So, our nation witnessed an ugly clash between white supremacists and counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. The clash left one demonstrator dead, and two police officers responding to the event died in a helicopter crash....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 10, 2017

County health director announces retirement

Wahkiakum County is in the market for a new director of the Health and Human Services Department. Present Director Sue Cameron last week sent the board of county commissioners a letter announcing her intention to retire and leave the position...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 3, 2017

Diking commissioners address Islanders' concerns about spray

Commissioners from Consolidated Diking District No. 1 visited the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners Tuesday to discuss their vegetation management program. Two weeks ago, Puget Island residents...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 3, 2017

Commissioners pick Heywood for judge

Effective September 1, Wahkiakum County will have a new district court judge. William Faubion, a 38-year veteran of the bench, is retiring at the end of August, and Tuesday, Wahkiakum County commissioners voted 2-1 to appoint Skamokawa attorney...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 3, 2017

County OK's agreement for Corps 408 review

Setting up a long-term beach nourishment program for four Wahkiakum County flood control zone district (FCZD) beaches took a small step forward Tuesday. Commissioners voted to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the US Army Corps of Engineers...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 27, 2017

Commissioners to name new district court judge

District Court Judge William Faubion is retiring in August after serving 38 years as the only District Court judge in Wahkiakum County. Next Tuesday, the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners will appoint a temporary replacement for him. The...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 27, 2017

Islanders surprised by dike spraying

A group of Puget Island residents visited the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners July 18 to ask if it was a county crew that was spraying blackberries and brush alongside Island roads. The spraying occurred about six weeks ago, and now dry and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 27, 2017

County offers Puget Island ferry to Washington state

Wahkiakum County commissioners have asked the Washington State Ferries system to take over operation of the Puget Island-Westport ferry. An undated letter approved at the board's July 18 meeting states the county "is in a financial crisis and can no...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 20, 2017

Town seeks solution to sewer plant problem

Town of Cathlamet officials may well wonder when work on their new waste water treatment plant will be completed. On Monday, they voted to declare the project contract completed and release the contractor retainage bond. However, the plant's drying...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 20, 2017

Council to study fire truck financing

The Cathlamet Fire Department wants to buy a new fire truck, but when presented with a financing plan, members of the town council put on the brakes at their monthly meeting on Monday. Fire Chief Vernon Barton has proposed buying a demonstration mode...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 13, 2017

Dredging manager explains the process

Why has it taken so long to set up beach nourishment projects at Cape Horn and on Puget Island? Mike Ott, the Columbia district project manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, attempted to answer...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 13, 2017

Veto override may lead to capital budget approval

The passage of a state capital budget may lie in the legislature overriding Governor Jay Inslee's veto of a tax break in the overall state budget, Senator Dean Takko (D-Dist. 19) said Tuesday. The vetoed section of the new budget would have given...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 6, 2017

Ports' shoreline permit returns to commission

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Wednesday conditionally approved an application for a shoreline management substantial development permit to allow the Port of Longview and other upriver ports to begin disposing dredged sand inside Puget Island...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 29, 2017

Commissioners get, give an earful on SMP

Critics of Wahkiakum County's proposed update of the Wahkiakum County shoreline management program (SMP) had their chance Tuesday to voice objections to the county board of commissioners. In a public...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 22, 2017

Council OK's shoreline program

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council approved proposed updates to the town's shoreline management program (SMP) and acted on other business at their monthly meeting Monday. The town and Wahkiakum County have been working for four years in a joint...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 22, 2017

Ferry repairs Tuesday

The Wahkiakum County ferry Oscar B. will cease service 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Tuesday for some mechanical work. Public Works Director Chuck Beyer said a technician will update an alarm system and move coolant tanks from engine walls to a bulkhead...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 22, 2017

Commissioners cover variety of issues

Wahkiakum County commissioners covered business ranging from dredging progress to the county fair's bull riding program when they met Tuesday. In response to a question from the audience, Commissioner Dan Cothren reported that county officials...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 22, 2017

Port 2 hears reports

The Port District 2 board of commissioners breezed through their monthly meeting on June 20. Manager Janet Bryan reported that Skamokawa Vista Park will host a kite festival on September 23. A Seattle group will host the festival. Bryan also...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 22, 2017

Special filing period underway this week

County elections officials last week held a special filing period for positions on the 2017 election ballots which drew no candidates in the regular May filing period, and candidates came forward for some of the positions. All positions are...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 15, 2017

Backman: Fair should drop bull riding show

County Commissioner Mike Backman dropped a bomb at the end of Tuesday's meeting of the county board of commissioners when he asked colleague Dan Cothren to pass a motion ordering county fair personnel to stop raising funds for a planned bull riding p...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 15, 2017

Corps calls for more permits for dredging

By Rick Nelson Just like the river that's eroding beaches and threatening property on Cape Horn and Puget Island shorelines, the requirement for permits to address the situation just keeps flowing. Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners, acting...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 15, 2017

Special filing period underway this week

A special filing period started yesterday (Wednesday) for positions on the 2017 election ballots which drew no candidates in the regular May filing period. The positions include: Fire District 2, Commissioner 2, Oliver Van Den Berghe, incumbent;...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 8, 2017

Delays close window for Island sand spoils

Eroding shorelines on Puget Island's East Sunny Sands won't receive any dredge sand this year, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday. And neither will the site inside the East Sunny Sands dike road on the Philip Vik Farm. In a June 5...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 8, 2017

Several staff changes in store for county, clinic

There will be several changes in health and county personnel in coming months. At Tuesday's meeting of the board of county commissioners, Sue Cameron, director of county Health and Human Services, announced she is advertising for a new deputy...

 

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