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 By Rick Nelson    News    April 20, 2017 

Commissioners seek accord with holdouts for beach nourishment

The success of Wahkiakum County's effort to replenish sand on eroding beaches at Cape Horn and Puget Island depends, in large part, on obtaining permits to do the work and easements from landowners so dredging crews can work along their waterfronts....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 20, 2017 

Cathlamet council hears setback lending dilemma

The Cathlamet town council dealt with a construction setback dilemma when it met Monday. Linda Barth asked the council to change an ordinance setting for parameters for rebuilding when a building is partially destroyed. She explained that her family...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 20, 2017 

Islanders debate dredge spoils options

Trust. There doesn't seem to be a lot of trust going around when it comes to proposals to deposit dredge spoils on eroding Wahkiakum County shorelines. Nearly 50 residents of the county's four flood control zone districts (FCZD), most from Puget Isla...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 20, 2017 

County installing box for old prescription drugs

The Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office this week is installing a box in the courthouse to collect old, unused prescription drugs. County staff will also hold a public event to collect old drugs on April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the lobby of the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 13, 2017

Town hall meeting ahead for varied dredging issues

Wahkiakum County commissioners will host a town hall meeting next Tuesday, 6 p.m., in their meeting room to discuss issues relating to their efforts to establish a beach nourishment process eroding shorelines. Erosion is threatening private property...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 6, 2017

County, ports plan dredging strategy

Can Wahkiakum County and the coalition of upriver ports join forces for the benefit of both in their efforts to conduct dredging projects? The two groups will hold a town hall meeting April 18 in Cathlamet to discuss their goals and the possibility o...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 6, 2017

States' sheriffs: No unlawful detainers

Washington's sheriffs met in late March, and according to Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie, much of the discussion concerned "the topic of immigration enforcement as well as our response to the new ‘shaming' list the federal administration has...

 
 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...

 

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,...

 

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