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 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...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 14, 2018

Elochoman Road not yet opening

On Tuesday, Wahkiakum County officials said they were going to open a gate closing the upper Elochoman Valley Road. However, as The Eagle went to press, Public Works Director Chuck Beyer telephoned The Eagle’s office Wednesday to say road will not...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 14, 2018

Impatience grows as dredge permit process continues to drag on

Wahkiakum County officials and residents expressed frustration with efforts to obtain permits needed to deposit dredge spoils on eroding beaches. The county and its consulting engineer have been working for two years to establish a 10-year beach...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 14, 2018

Candidates to speak June 27 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 14, 2018

Amateur radio club holding field day

N7WAH Wahkiakum Amateur Radio Club will hold an amateur radio 24-hour-long field day June 23-24, and the public is invited to observe. The Wahkiakum County board of commissioners on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring the week of June 18-24 as...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 7, 2018

Franz's "Solutions Table' begins murrelet talks

A group charged with finding solutions to dealing with marbled murrelet habitat conservation issues held its inaugural meeting last week at the Skamokawa Resort. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is charged with developing a long term...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 7, 2018

Commissioners address dredging, water shortage, mental health issues

Wahkiakum County Commissioners Dan Cothren and Mike Backman handled a variety of business Tuesday and focused on issues such as dredging, potable water and management of mental health services. Commissioner Cothren reported that officials from the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 31, 2018

Island bridge work moves to sand blasting stage

With much of the initial preparations out of the way, painting should start this week on the Puget Island bridge. The Royal Bridge, Inc., crew has been stringing cables and attaching curtains and chai...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 24, 2018

Town council approves plan for sight distance

Sight distance may soon be improved for motorists turning on to SR 4 from Cathlamet's Main Street. Town of Cathlamet officials agreed Monday to take steps to trim trees blocking vision to the west of the intersection. The trees, a tall fir and some...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 24, 2018

Town, county express broadband interest

Local officials are coming together to study the feasibility of offering high speed, broadband internet service in Wahkiakum County. Gene Healy, a member of the board of commissioners of Wahkiakum PUD, presented the issue to his fellow commissioners...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 24, 2018

Election races ahead after candidates file

Candidate filing for this year's elections ended Friday with several races set for local candidates. Filings include: Wahkiakum County Assessor (4-year term) William H. Coons, incumbent, and Brian McClain. Both prefer the Independent Party....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 17, 2018

Assessor, sheriff have election challenges

Candidate filing for this year's elections started Monday, with lots of interest in local races. Some potential local candidates have registered their candidacies with the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). As of Tuesday afternoon, filings...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 17, 2018

County, diking district discuss erosion issue on Welcome Sl. Road

What can be done about the eroding shoreline along Puget Island's North Welcome Slough Road? That's a question troubling the board of commissioners of Consolidated Diking District No. 1 on the Island. A long stretch of dike borders the Columbia...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 17, 2018

Port 2 rejects laundry bids, parking pleas

Commissioners of Port District 2 on Tuesday rejected bids to construct a new office and public laundry at Skamokawa Vista Park. In other business, commissioners rejected pleas from long-term campers to rescind parking restrictions that separate the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    May 17, 2018

NHS Track and Field

The Naselle Comets track and field team had some good results in the May 3 Pacific League meet. They competed in the district meet yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) at Naselle High School. In league meet team results, Naselle was second in the women's...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 10, 2018

Dredging permits nearly finished

The stars seem to be aligning for Wahkiakum County's efforts to obtain dredge spoils for eroding beaches. County officials, their consulting engineers, and representatives of the US Army Corps of Engineers met last week, and the parties agreed that...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 10, 2018

Candidates file for election starting next Monday

Candidate filing for this year's elections runs Monday through Friday next week at the office of the Wahkiakum County Auditor in Cathlamet. Some potential local candidates have registered their candidacies with the state Public Disclosure Commission...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 3, 2018

County awaits report for action on slide

It's too soon to allow traffic on the Elochoman Valley Road near a slow moving landslide, Wahkiakum County officials decided Tuesday. Officials closed the road two weeks ago after residents in the area heard cracking trees and informed the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 3, 2018

Wahkiakum on the Move showing growth

Wahkiakum County's transit service has slowly grown and expanded since it was formed in 2004, system operators said Tuesday. Wahkiakum on the Move has grown from service three days a week with one...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 26, 2018

Citizens press county to pursue highway safety

On a day with a limited agenda, citizens in the audience pressed the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners on Tuesday to pursue traffic safety measures on SR 4. The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has been consulting with the...

 

WHS golf team injured in 5-car accident

Members of the Wahkiakum High School golf team were among the injured in a five-vehicle traffic accident at 1:25 p.m. last Thursday. According to a report from the Washington State Patrol, the team was in a 2005 Ford Excursion, fourth in a line of...

 

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