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 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...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 8, 2017

Special filing period starts next Wednesday

The Wahkiakum County Auditor's Office will hold a special filing period June 14-16 for 2017 elections which drew no candidates in the regular May filing period. The positions include: Fire District 2, Commissioner 2, Oliver Van Den Berghe,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 8, 2017

Sturgeon anglers flood Oneida Road boat launch

The start of a three-day opening for a sport sturgeon fishery resulted in traffic chaos on Oneida Road, area residents told the county board of commissioners Tuesday. Anglers flocked to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) boat launch Mon...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 1, 2017

Electrical failure parks the Oscar B.

The failure of an electrical panel controlling a steering mechanism forced the ferry Oscar B. to cease service last Thursday. Wahkiakum County Public Works Director Chuck Beyer said a replacement...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 25, 2017

Commissioners' patience growing short for easements

There's good news and not so good news for the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners efforts to set up a beach nourishment program for eroding shorelines at Cape Horn and on Puget Island. Acting as commissioners for the area's four flood control zo...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 25, 2017

Group pressures board on shorelines

A group of citizens hopes to pressure the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners to fight state mandates before adopting an update to the county's shoreline management program (SMP). The Wahkiakum Real Property Rights Advisory Board has sent a...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 25, 2017

Candidates file for election; some positions unclaimed

Filing for positions on the 2017 election ballots with candidates filing for some offices but not for others. County election officers will schedule a special filing period, probably in June, for offices which had no filings, Auditor Diane Tischer...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 18, 2017

Commissioners struggle to obtain rights-of-entry

Wahkiakum County commissioners continue to deal with beach nourishment issues while attending to other business. On Tuesday, commissioners and residents living along eroding Columbia River shorelines discussed hurdles in the way of setting up a...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 18, 2017

Council hears summary of shoreline program

The Cathlamet Town Council reviewed a proposed update for their Shoreline Management Program (SMP) when they met Monday. The council also wrestled with biosolids issues, heard an appeal about water billing, approved exploration of using a town admini...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 18, 2017

Candidates start filing for election

Filing for positions on the 2017 election ballots started Monday and runs this week. As of Wednesday morning, candidates who filed include: --Wahkiakum School District, director position 3, Susan O'Connor, incumbent. --Mayor, Town of Cathlamet, Dale...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 11, 2017

Corps outlines plan for dredging sump, Island sand disposal needs

As Wahkiakum County commissioners try to set up a long-term dredge disposal program to nourish eroding beaches at Cape Horn and on Puget Island, they've encountered a concern from the US Army Corps of Engineers. The county has set up four flood...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 11, 2017

Commissioners start review of revised shoreline plan

Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners this week started their formal review of a proposed update of the county's shoreline management plan (SMP). The board held a workshop with members of the coun...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 11, 2017

Contract for Island bridge going to bid

Washington State Department of Transportation has updated its schedule for its Puget Island bridge project. The contract for the project will be put out for bids at the end of June and should be awarded in August or September, WSDOT communications of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 4, 2017

Climate march

A small group of local residents gathered Saturday in Cathlamet to join in the nationwide marches in support of climate science. Members of the group also held a march the previous Saturday in...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 4, 2017

Commissioners send ports' permit back to planners

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday voted to send shoreline management permit for a coalition of upriver ports back to the county planning commission. The permit would allow the ports' dredging crews to cross the East Sunny Sands beach and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 4, 2017

A Day in the Life of Wahkiakum and Naselle

The Eagle and TEAM Electronics are pleased to announce the ninth annual photo contest, A Day in The Life of Wahkiakum County and Naselle. We invite Wahkiakum County and Naselle residents to shoot a photo on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in the Wahkiakum...

 

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