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Articles from the January 21, 2016 edition

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 By Rick Nelson    News    January 21, 2016

Commissioners adopt solid waste/junk ordinance

Wahkiakum County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a proposed ordinance to regulate junk and solid waste on private property. Around 50-60 people attended a public hearing before the...

 
 By Eagle Staff    News    January 21, 2016

Oscar B. repairs nearly finished

Chuck Beyer, Wahkiakum County Public Works Director, on Monday said that is his understanding that the ferry Oscar B. will be taken off of dry dock tomorrow (Tuesday) and run through a series of US Coast Guard tests to verify that the repairs are...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 21, 2016

Update: Repairs completed, but ferry not back in service

The Oscar B. was expected to resume service between Puget Island and Westport early Wednesday morning, but service was halted when the crew discovered leaking shaft seals. Wahkiakum County Public Works Director Chuck Beyer explained why in this...

 
 By Izumi Hansen    News    January 21, 2016

School funding issue haunts legislature

OLYMPIA--Teachers’ compensation, teacher-shortage, the educational opportunity gap and school districts’ operating levies are all on Washington State legislators’ agenda this session as the state Supreme Court’s McCleary mandate—along with...

 
 By Keely Lopez    News    January 21, 2016

Deer refuge invites volunteers to work project

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is “working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.” Columbian White-tailed Deer require dif...

 

Love of art, outdoors defines Keith Hoofnagle

At the age of 10, Keith Hoofnagle, now of Skamokawa was already a published cartoonist. Today, a 50th anniversary edition of one of his books, The Story of Linda Lookout, has been published and he's a...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 21, 2016

Town council hears interim water plan

The Town of Cathlamet, Wahkiakum PUD and the state Department of Health (DOH) are working on a plan that will keep the local agencies from restricting new connections to their joint water systems. In 2015, they notified the town that a limit on new...

 

Puget Island, District 4 fire departments propose merger

With dwindling volunteer numbers and other concerns, Fire District #1 on Puget Island is proposing a merger with Fire District #4. Leaders of the two departments hope to get enough signatures on a petition, which is set to go in the mail to Puget Isl...

 

RIF needs your help

To The Eagle: RIF-Reading is Fundamental-is a literacy program that came to the St. James Family Center Preschool and Kindergarten through 3rd Grade at the J.A. Wendt Elementary School in 1993. Children in these grades receive three free books of...

 

People may opt out of paying federal income tax

To The Eagle: I would like to see Wahkiakum County become a Federal Income Tax free zone. And here is the outfit that can assist us in doing just that; Weiss & Associates. They have a web site www.weissparis.com which is the way they inform and...

 

Chamber director says goodbye to community

To The Eagle: With a sad and hopeful heart, I have chosen to step down from the Director position at the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce. I have recently experienced some personal difficulties and am grieving the sudden passing of a loved one. I want...

 

School district honors directors

January is School Board Appreciation Month, and staff took time out during the Wahkiakum School District Board of Director’s meeting to acknowledge their local volunteer’s service. “Being a school board member can be a pretty thankless...

 

Port 1 pursues dredging project

Town councilman Dick Swart was in attendance at last Thursday’s Wahkiakum Port District 1 meeting to talk about a proposed interlocal agreement between the Town of Cathlamet and the port to place dredge spoils in the sewage lagoons. An agreement ha...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 21, 2016

Port 2 commission considers requests

Commissioners of Port District No. 2 covered a lot of ground at their meeting Tuesday but set up action for their February 16 meeting. Carrie Backman of the Wahkiakum Marine Resources Committee discussed bringing ice machines and mobile fish cleaning...

 

Volunteers needed in new year in many areas

WET--I hope you were able to stay in during all the wet weather we had recently. Of course, if you live or traveled just a little bit east of here, it was much drier at times, which always seems so strange to have such different weather within such...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Rosburg Community Club, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Congregational Church, noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, noon. Cathlamet First Aid Division, Fire Hall, 7 p.m. Skamokawa Fire Department, First Aid Division, 7 p.m. Grays...

 

N/GRV School Board Notes

The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors met for its monthly meeting on January 19. In business matters, the board approved the continuation of the Mandarin Immersion program up to grade 5. Currently the program serves 60...

 

Crab feed, blood drive highlight the calendar

News from Naselle: Sports calendar for the coming week includes: Thursday, high school boys basketball at Twin Valley and high school girls basketball at Wishkah at 5:45 p.m.; Friday, high school boys and girls basketball with North River in Naselle...

 

Sheriff's Report, January 21, 2016

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 11 — 12:58 p.m. A Skamokawa resident reported a suspicious vehicle parked nearby. 3:51 p.m. A motorist...

 

Herman J. Gessner

Herman (Herb) J. Gessner, 86, died January 19, 2016, at his home on Puget Island. Herb was born April 2, 1929 in Detroit, Mich., the son of Herman J. Gessner Sr., and Marie Christine Gifford. He worked his way to engineer in the aerospace industry,...

 

What's happening at the Fair?

Greeting's from the fair office, hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. It's almost February and that means its almost time for the Valentine’s Diamond Dinner! It will be Saturday, February 13 at the Skamokawa Grange Hall. Doors open at...

 

Concert to be held February 7

The Castle Rock Men’s Ensemble, a group of musicians, including pastors, teachers, a judge and a plumber will give a concert at St. James Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. on February 7. They have been singing together for the last 13 years under the...

 

Chocolate Extravaganza set for February 12

The Charlotte House, a program of St. James Family Center, will host their 17th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza on February 12 at the Hotel Cathlamet from 4-7 p.m. This annual fund raiser helps support community sexual assault and domestic violence...

 

Students of the month

Two students of the month were honored at the Wahkiakum Lions Club meeting Jan 18. Photos by Bill Nelson....

 

Call for Artists

Area artists are invited to participate in the Columbian Artists 40th Annual juried Spring Art Show to be held March 19 through April 3 at the Thee Rivers Mall, 3513 Three Rivers Drive, Kelso, (Space D-1168, near Macy’s). The Show is open to...

 

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