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Articles from the January 25, 2018 edition

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 By Alex Visser    News    January 25, 2018

State legislators combat federal ruling on net neutrality

OLYMPIA (Jan. 22) -- Democrats in the state Senate are pushing back against the Federal Communications Commission through a number of bills designed to protect net neutrality in Washington. In April 2015, the FCC established new rules that...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 25, 2018

Lawmakers advance a voluntary waiver of gun rights for those at risk

OLYMPIA (Jan. 18) -- A bill giving people at risk of suicide the option to voluntarily give up their right to keep a firearm passed the Senate Law and Justice Committee unanimously. The next step for the bill is the Rules Committee before it gets a...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 25, 2018

State lawmakers re-consider eliminating statute of limitations on sex crimes

OLYMPIA (Jan. 18) -- A bill passed in the State House of Representatives last year offers some hope for people who were sexually assaulted years ago and want to see the one who harmed them prosecuted. But that hope faces some difficult challenges in...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 25, 2018

Once again, lawmakers consider requiring health plans to cover abortions

OLYMPIA (Jan. 19) -- A bill to expand birth control choices for women is before the Legislature for the fifth year in a row. Senate Bill 6219, also called the Reproductive Parity Act, would require health plans that offer maternity coverage to also...

 
 By Josh Kelety    News    January 25, 2018

State bills allowing same-day voter registration, local redistricting to empower minorities move ahead

OLYMPIA (Jan. 19) -- The state Senate passed several bills aimed at expanding access to voting and promoting minority representation in local governments through redistricting. On the evening of Jan. 17, in a reconvened Senate floor vote session, the...

 
 By Josh Kelety    News    January 25, 2018

Initiative threat has industry warming to proposed carbon tax

OLYMPIA (Jan. 19) --With environmental activists threatening a carbon tax ballot initiative, some manufacturing and energy companies are opting to work with lawmakers on Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s recently proposed tax rather than flat out...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 25, 2018

Bill would raise age for nicotine purchase

Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that could raise the legal age to purchase any nicotine product from 18 to 21 years old. SB 6048, sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer, D-Redmond, was heard Jan. 22 by request of Washington State...

 
 By Alex Visser    News    January 25, 2018

American Indian activists rally in Olympia

The marble walls of the Washington state Capitol reverberated with the roar of drums and voices Tuesday afternoon as Native American activists poured into Olympia to sound the bell on a number of...

 

Women's March

Tens of thousands of people around the world marched over the weekend in the one-year anniversary of events supporting women's rights and other causes ranging from dissatisfaction with President...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 25, 2018

Commissioner's support economic district, increase bus routes

Wahkiakum County commissioners voted Tuesday to support creation of the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Economic Development District. Five years in the making, the district would develop a regional economic development strategy and find funding to help implement...

 

School levy elections ahead--Wahkiakum SD seeks continued support

With a maintenance and operations levy on the ballot coming out this week, Wahkiakum School District is hoping to rely on the community for continued support for its educational programs. "We are...

 

School levy elections ahead--N/GRV district voters deal with levy issues

Naselle Grays River Valley School Superintendent Lisa Nelson recently took some time to talk about the maintenance and operations levy that will be on the ballot coming out this week. "We rely on the...

 

School board continues work on super search

The Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors gathered for their January meeting on Monday to continue discussion about the superintendent search and other regular business. The board decided to make a few more changes to the superintendent job de...

 

Trump successful on many fronts

To the Eagle: Last Thursday, a week ago, was a landmark day for us. We spent a lot of it driving up and down SR4 and I-5 listening to a cascade of breaking news on radio stations from Longview to Portland. Domestic news: Unemployment at historic lows...

 

Corrections & Clarifications

An article in last week's edition reporting questions and answers for candidates to fill a vacancy on the Cathlamet Town Council mistakenly attributed two comments by Jean Burnham to "Waller." The article should have said: First question: "What do...

 

Ocean conditions impact fish

The initial period after ocean entry for Columbia River basin juvenile salmon and steelhead is when most of the mortality occurs during their lives at sea, so ocean conditions – temperatures and nutrient supplies – during that period are...

 

There is still time to donate Christmas items to Kiwanis

WEATHER--It was quite a weekend as it was wet and pretty doggone windy too. Thankfully the last half of Sunday wasn't too bad and we got to dry out a little and see calmer weather just prior to the big football games! But the end of last week, it was...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-Noon. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-9 p.m. Girl Scouts, Community Center, Cathlamet, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Congregational Church, Noon. Senior Citizen Lun...

 

Count of homeless scheduled for tonight

News from Naselle: Sports calendar for the Naselle Comet teams this week: Today (Thursday), high school boys basketball in Naselle with Firm Foundation at 5:30 p.m.; Friday, high school girls basketball at Astoria at 6 p.m.; Saturday, high school...

 

Sheriff's Report, January 25, 2018

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 15 — 2:04 a.m. The sheriff’s office was asked to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle heading west...

 

A gift for the PCA

Patty Britcher, board president for the Lower Columbia Association of Realtors presented Kay Cochran and the Pioneer Community Association a check for $1,000 recently. According to PCA member Suzanne...

 

Pie social

About two dozen people gathered Tuesday morning in the Wahkiakum Community Center for a pie social, with local musicians adding to the atmosphere. Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Nelson...

 

Trio to perform at Liberty Theatre

The Liberty Theatre will present a song and string trio concert on February 4 at 3 p.m. The theater is located at 1203 Commercial Street in Astoria. Soprano Laura Wayte will perform with Portland composer Nicole Portley, Eugene artist Helen Liu and...

 

Sound system to be installed at the Liberty Theatre

The Liberty Theatre recently announced that it has been awarded the third and final grant needed to purchase and install a permanent sound system in the theater. Pacific Power Foundation has awarded the Liberty Theatre the remaining $4,000 for the...

 

Open auditions set for Feb 4 and 5 at ASOC

The Astor Street Opry Company has announced open auditions for “See how They Run” by Philip King and Directed by Edward James. Auditions are set for February 4 at 6 p.m., and 5 at 7 p.m., at the ASOC Playhouse, 129 Bond St., Astoria. The play...

 

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