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Articles from the July 2, 2015 edition

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 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 2, 2015

Bald Eagle Day Festival crew needs volunteers

Like any event, Bald Eagle Days will not run smoothly without a lot of support behind the scenes, and this year, the new Chamber of Commerce Director Shannon Gildea is short on volunteers. “Since I’m so new,” Gildea said, “I have this burden...

 

New tax changes take effect July 1

Several tax changes take effect July 1 now that Washington’s new state operating budget has been enacted. Tax preferences expiring July 1, 2015 · The sales and use tax exemptions for machinery and equipment used directly for the retail sale of a...

 

Altoona Resident Arrested on Drug and Conspiracy to Commit Murder Charges

On Friday, the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force (CWNTF), the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office and the Longview Street Crimes Unit arrested Wahkiakum County resident Sam Valdez for conspiracy to commit murder, delivery of a controlled substance...

 
 By Alan Rose    News    July 2, 2015

July WordFest features powerful novel about Hurricane Katrina

The next WordFest gathering on Tuesday, July 7, offers a strong line-up of accomplished writers. Oregon author Ellen Urbani will be reading from her newly published novel, Landfall (Forest Avenue Press, 2015), a work of historical fiction set in the...

 

Something for everyone at annual sale

The warm weather didn't keep faithful bargain hunters from visiting Puget Island last weekend for the annual Puget Island Garage and Yard Sale. Howard Brawn kept his usual post on Little Island,...

 
 By Bill WIlkins    News    July 2, 2015

Chamber recap of 2nd quarter

Things are falling into place here at the Chamber. Our director, Shannon Gildea, has been learning more about her role and continues to grow within the position. Here is a summary of all that we...

 

Chamber helps businesses cross financing gap

Finding ways to fund growth and expansion can be challenging for any small business. Large-scale financial institutions aren’t usually interested in funding loans under $50,000 and outside of a crowdsourcing campaign or hitting up friends, there...

 
 By Eagle Staff    News    July 2, 2015

Corrections

In last week's article about the meeting of the Wahkiakum School District board of directors, The Eagle erred in stating the cost of a piece of phone system equipment. The article should have stated, "The board approved a location identifier system...

 

Pharmacist buys Cathlamet business

Nearly five years ago, Chris Wuestefeld came to Cathlamet to work in the Cathlamet Pharmacy as the Pharmacy Manager. The business was one in a chain of Hi-School Pharmacies. "Steve Oliva, the CEO of...

 

School district clerk enjoyed an awesome job

Marilyn Strange retired last week from the Naselle Grays River Valley School District after more than three decades of service. She's not sure what she's going to do with her time, but she's certain...

 
 By Eagle Staff    News    July 2, 2015

Plan for delays this summer on SR 4 near Cathlamet

Drivers who use State Route 4 west of Cathlamet should prepare for occasional delays this summer. Beginning Monday, July 6, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace two aging culverts linking the...

 

Gardening camp for youth offered

On August 3-7, WSU Master Gardeners will host Camp Luqal Luqal in the morning for youth in grades 1-3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Camp will be held for youth in grades 3-5 in the afternoon from 1-4 p.m. The week-long camp provides a hands-on experience for...

 
 By United Way    News    July 2, 2015

United Way makes changes in how they allocate funds

At its June 23 board meeting, the United Way of Cowlitz County made a strategic change in the way it will allocate funds to local agencies. Contributions to agencies will now be distributed based on donations received rather than the past practice of...

 

New AKC champion named

Howard & Judy Brawn's Irish Wolfhound, O'Quinn Misty River Pilgrim, completed requirements for AKC championship under AKC Judge Nancy Leising June 13 at the Cascade Hound Specialty show in...

 

Florence (Kuebler) Whitney

Florence (Kuebler) Whitney, age 85, passed away June 14, 2015 in Longview, Washington. She left this world peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. She was born February 23, 1930 in Newark, New...

 
 By Eagle Staff    News    July 2, 2015

Still room in summer youth camps

Several spots are open in the Nature Adventure Camp, held July 13-17, as well as Nature Survival Camp, held July 20-24. Both camps are led by experienced educators, including bilingual, Spanish-speaking counselors and recreational leaders. The camps...

 

Coleman earns bachelor of science degree

Ashlenn Coleman graduated from Eastern Oregon University on June 13 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She is the daughter of Stephanie and Kevin Prestegard and Randy and Carey Coleman and...

 

Students earn academic honors

Lainie Marie Ferguson, of Cathlamet, has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Washington for Winter 2015 Quarter. To qualify for the Dean’s List a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point...

 

WSU Extension offers cooking classes

Cooking Matters courses are for moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers who want to make healthy meals on a budget. They will learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. The...

 
 By Eagle Staff    News    July 2, 2015

Mini Cheer camp will be held July 14-16

The Mule Cheerleaders will host a Mini Cheer Camp for students entering K-8th grade July 14-16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the High School Gymnasium. This will be performed in the Bald Eagle Day Parade on July 18. Line-up for the parade is at 11 a.m., at...

 

Skamokawa Grade School Reunion update

The Skamokawa Grade School Reunion will be held Saturday August 22 at the upper covered picnic area of Skamokawa Vista Park at 1:00 p.m. Those attending the potluck are asked to bring their own drinks and a favorite dish or dessert to share. Any old...

 

Explanation of policies and ordinances offered

To the Eagle: This is in response to a letter which appeared in last week’s Eagle. The writer of that letter wasn’t aware of all of the facts, and I would like to explain. The mayor and Cathlamet council members are not the heartless, uncaring...

 
 By Howard Brawn    Opinion    July 2, 2015

Best approach to water problem called YOYO

To the Eagle: Back in '92 when we retired, we bought a derelict cedar cabin 4500 feet up the south slope of Mauna Loa on the "Big Island" of Hawaii. The water system source was a rain barrel, but a huge one, nine feet tall, 16 feet in diameter,...

 
 By Suzie Whalen    Opinion    July 2, 2015

WSU Extension offers nutrition program update

To The Eagle: The WSU Extension Nutrition Education Program would like to thank the Wahkiakum School District, Garden Mentor Team, local farms, and businesses, for the opportunity to bring local foods to the students of Julius A. Wendt Elementary...

 
 By Melinda Pride    Opinion    July 2, 2015

Feral cats a problem in neighborhood

To The Eagle: Recently, an effort was made to trap a large number of feral and stray cats in a neighborhood on Columbia Street in Cathlamet. These cats are the result of irresponsible neighbors who would not spay and neuter their pets and then moved...

 

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