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PUD considers discounts for seniors, disabled

Several issues came up for discussion at the Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, including a discount for senior and disabled low income customers, Washington State House Bill 2402, and internet service. General Manager...

 
 By Josh Kelety    News    February 8, 2018

Carbon tax advances in state senate

OLYMPIA (Feb. 1) -- A tax on carbon emissions proposed by Governor Jay Inslee has taken a big step forward. On Feb. 1, the state Senate Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee passed a revised version of Inslee’s carbon tax plan with a 6-4...

 
 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...

 

New work boat

Port 1 staff had a little fun last Wednesday when they got to take the new work boat for a spin at the Elochoman Slough Marina. Left to right: Port 1 Manager Jackie Lea, Administrative Assistant...

 

River traffic

Fog on the Columbia obscured a tanker moored at Port Westward. Photo by Rick Nelson....

 

Retired mayor recounts early experience

After many years of public service, former Mayor Dick Swart decided to retire from the town council at the end of 2017. On Monday, he talked to Eagle reporter Diana Zimmerman about how he got his...

 

Wahkiakum water woes a problem

To The Eagle: At last, a crystal-clear snapshot of the sewer segment of the Wahkiakum water woes (front page headliner in last week’s Eagle). Using the data from that story, a minute on your family abacus will show that a $588,000 annual...

 

The Emperor has no clothes

To The Eagle: Have you noticed how much harder the more ardent Trumpsters and GOP Congress need to work these days to keep supporting their pro-Trump position? Whether Trump is thumbing his nose at our law enforcement and judicial system, or...

 

Credit where credit is due for the robust economy

To The Eagle: I agree with neighbor Brawn’s comments in a previous issue regarding giving credit where it is due for perceived improvements in the national economy. The foundation upon which our present robust economy stands was built by the Obama...

 

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone, near and far

WET BEGINNING--If fog and drizzle are your friends, then you really liked how this week began, as Sunday was a gloomy, foggy, drizzly kind of day, which was just right for those who needed an excuse to sit inside all day in their sweats and watch...

 

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...

 

Elocution contest, smorgasbord ahead

News from Naselle: Sports calendar for the coming week for the Naselle Comet teams: Saturday, the 10th-District IV 1B boys and girls basketball playoffs at Ilwaco. Call school for times; Monday, the 12th-middle school boys basketball in Naselle with...

 

Comets win district opener

The District IV 1B playoffs tipped off on Tuesday night as the Naselle Comets beat the North River Mustangs 79-19. Above, Eathan Lindstrom drives for a layup. Left, Donny Edwards scores. The Comets...

 

Grays River Valley Center News

With Valentines just around the corner, it's time for people to shower their loved ones with affection. This Saturday, February 10th from 2-4 p.m., you and your children are welcome to join us for Valentines crafting hour. There will be light refresh...

 

Sheriff's Report, February 8, 2018

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 29 — 9:41 a.m. A caller requested a welfare check on a Rosburg resident. 12:47 p.m. An incident...

 

Preston Torppa

Preston Daniel Torppa died suddenly and unexpectedly on February 3, 2018, due to a rare keloid cyst in his brain. Preston was born in Naselle to Donald and Teresa Torppa on April 18, 1987. He was raised in Naselle and graduated from Naselle High...

 

Cindy Shantz

Former Cathlamet resident Cindy Shantz, 65, died January 16, 2018. She was born October 3, 1952 in Dallas, Tex., to Peter and Edith Apostolou. She was preceded in death by her father. Survivors include her mother; brother Jeff Apostolou; and...

 

WHS student of the month

The Wahkiakum Lions Club has honored Justin Hoven as their January Student of The Month. Justin is pictured with his parents and Lion Brian McClain as he received his certificate of accomplishment...

 

Death Notice for Richard Wirkkala

Richard Wirkkala, 91, of Longview, died at Hospice Care Center on February 5, 2018. Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....

 

Coming Events--Community Center in Cathlamet

We love our volunteers! On Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., we will recognize those who are at the foundation of our Community Center. This is also an opportunity for you to come in and find out how you can volunte...

 

Chamber prepares for crab feed; sets meeting

The Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce is preparing for one of its biggest events of the year, the 33rd Annual Crab and Oyster Feed. The event will be February 17 at the Norse Hall on Puget Island in Cathlamet. Tickets are $32 and sold at Bank of the...

 

Next In Their Footsteps event announced

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop has announced the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. California Condors: An Oregon Treasure by Travis Koons will be held on Sunday, February 18, at 1:00 p.m. This is part of the...

 

Spring black bear special hunt applications due Feb. 28

Hunters must purchase and submit their spring black bear special hunt applications to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by midnight on Feb. 28. Hunts will occur in specific areas of western and eastern Washington. Hunters who subm...

 

Mule boys dump Vikes, lose at district

The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball split games last week before a season ending loss to North Beach in the first round of district play on Monday. Last Wednesday at home, the teams were even at the...

 

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