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 By Rick Nelson    News    April 12, 2018

Commissioners, representatives go over their issues

Legislative and lobbying issues dominated the meeting of the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners on Tuesday. The day started at 8 a.m. with a regional forum featuring state Senator Dean Takko and representatives of Congresswoman Jamie Herrera...

 

Woman dies after walking off bow of ferry

A woman has died after walking off the bow of the ferry Oscar B. while the vessel was crossing the Columbia River Friday night. The ferry crew witnessed the incident and notified the US Coast Guard about 9:30 p.m. The crew began searching for the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 5, 2018

Town, county work on speed limit proposal

Officials from Wahkiakum County and the Town of Cathlamet on Tuesday set the parameters for a request to lower the SR 4 speed limit to 35 miles per hour. County commissioners will prepare a draft, and once town officials have reviewed and approved...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 5, 2018

Hot timber market boosting county revenue

Because of hot markets and good timing, Wahkiakum County stands to receive higher than expected revenue from harvest of timber on county trust timberland. Last fall, commissioners estimated timber sale revenue at $1.1 million, but on Tuesday,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 29, 2018

Commissioners update public records policy

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution updating the county's public records policy. The resolution, board Clerk Beth Johnson told the commissioners, was drafted in response to new legislation regarding public records indexes...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 29, 2018

WSDOT updates Islanders on bridge closure details

Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) officials came to Puget Island last week to update travelers about impacts from approaching construction on the Puget Island bridge. The contractor...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 29, 2018

County presents new mental health quarters

Wahkiakum Health & Human Services is slowly bringing their new quarters, tentatively called the Hope House, into operation. Last summer, the congregation of the United Church of Christ, Congregati...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 22, 2018

DOT to study lower SR 4 speed at Cathlamet

Motorists will soon see a reduced speed limit on SR 4 through Cathlamet. Both the Cathlamet Town Council and Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners agreed to ask the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to lower the speed limit to 35...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 22, 2018

Commissioners address staffing, event insurance

Wahkiakum Commissioners covered issues ranging from department staffing to insurance for events at the fairgrounds when they met Tuesday. They approved four of five staffing requests from Health and Human Services Department (H&HS)Director Chris...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 22, 2018

Port 2 buying teepees, welcomes wireless ISP

By Rick Nelson Commissioners of Port District 2 are in a building mood. They've called for bids to construct a building to house a laundry and the Skamokawa Vista Park office. And on their monthly meeting Tuesday, they voted to purchase and install t...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 15, 2018

Commissioners lobby in Olympia, Washington, D.C.

Two Wahkiakum County commissioners have lately been doing lots of lobbying in Olympia and Washington D.C. Commissioner Dan Cothren has been a leader of a group of officials from Skamania and Pacific counties and the Department of Natural Resources...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 15, 2018

Progress is slow for dredging programs

By Rick Nelson The progress is, oh, so slow. One is speaking, of course, of Wahkiakum County's effort to set up a program to nourish eroding beaches on Puget Island and Cape Horn. In response to queries from Island residents, Commissioner Dan...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 8, 2018

PI bridge work starts Friday with relocation of osprey nest

Preservation work on the State Route 409 Puget Island Bridge is just around the corner, with work to relocate the osprey nest starting this Friday, and an open house planned for later this month. Big...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 8, 2018

Commissioners delay decision on fair event insurance requirement

A resolution to require supplemental insurance coverage for certain events at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds drew concern Tuesday. The resolution would change the county code to require a $2 million proof of insurance for events such as bull...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 8, 2018

WHS students take on role of health mentors

Students at Wahkiakum High School are being trained to be health mentors throughout the community. The training is the result of a state funded program, said Chris Bischoff, director of the county health department, at the Tuesday meeting of the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 1, 2018

Directors approve new reading curriculum

Members of the Wahkiakum School District board of directors on Monday approved a new reading curriculum, heard a report on developments in Career Technology Education (CTE) and acted on other...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    March 1, 2018

Lady Mules earn 4th place trophy at state 2B tournament

The Wahkiakum Lady Mules claimed fourth place in the Washington girls Class 2B state tournament with a 50-49 win over the Ilwaco Lady Fishermen on Saturday morning. It was the third time the two...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 1, 2018

Commissioners cover sand, elk, construction and other issues

Wahkiakum County commissioners covered issues ranging from sand to elk when they met on Tuesday. Puget Island resident Liz Beutler asked for a clarification on the status of easement for dredge spoils deposits on East Sunny Sands, one of the beaches...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 22, 2018

Congresswoman studies erosion concerns

Congresswoman Jamie Herrera-Beutler, R-District 3, visited the eroding East Sunny Sand shoreline Tuesday to see what she could do to aid efforts to set up dredge spoils deposits this year. County offi...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 22, 2018

Town council cruises through light agenda

Perhaps it was the snow that fell heavy and wet in the late afternoon, for the Cathlamet Town Council found itself with a light agenda Tuesday. The highlight of the agenda was supposed to have been a visit from Washington Department of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 15, 2018

Commissioners object to Grays River pot store

Editor's Note: This story is corrected from first publication, which incorrectly reported a business owner has applied for an application to open a marijuana store in the old Rosburg Store; the correct location, according to the application, is 3772...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 15, 2018

Executive explains doxo network

Responding to an article in last week's Eagle, a representative of the firm "doxo" contacted The Eagle to explain the company's business model. The article reported that some Town of Cathlamet utility customers had encountered doxo's website while se...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 8, 2018

County plugs away on dredge permitting

Will Wahkiakum County's eroding shorelines receive sand from Columbia River channel maintenance this year? Wahkiakum County officials continue to address issues raised by permitting agencies in their effort to establish a 10-year beach nourishment...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 8, 2018

Online company taking town, PUD payments without permission

A utility payment processing company has been taking payments for both the Town of Cathlamet and Wahkiakum PUD utilities without permission and charging a fee as well. "I have had two customers ask me why they have to pay $7 to pay their bills...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 1, 2018

No clear path for council action on sewer rates

Will they or won't they? Members of the Cathlamet Town Council have been considering revisions to the structure of town sewer system rates for over a year, and on Monday, they received an analysis of...

 

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