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 By Rick Nelson    News    August 31, 2017

Heywood sworn in as district court judge

William Faubion, who is retiring after serving 38 years as Wahkiakum County district court judge, had a first time experience Tuesday. "I've been judge a long time here and I've sworn a lot of public...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 31, 2017

School board hears alternative learning, okays staff raises

The Wahkiakum School District board of directors heard a report on the alternative learning program, approved golf course rental agreement, and, after going into executive session, new contracts with raises for employees. Here's how Superintendent...

 

Volunteers sought to aid Wahkiakum seniors

Catholic Community Services is looking for volunteers of all ages in Wahkiakum County to help out local low income seniors and people with disabilities. The organization was started in 1981, when senior services were cut in the State of Washington,...

 

Saturday evening chess

The Thomas Middle School Chess Club and Advisor Joel McEntire hosted an evening of games and refreshments last Saturday. Top, adult visitor Denny Johnson, left, took on young Gabe Moon, who, McEntire...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    August 31, 2017

Commercial poachers at work on the Elochoman

I received this communication Tuesday from an Elochoman Valley resident who feared retribution if he were identified. With that in mind, I'm printing here. "Some may be aware of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist counting fish...

 

Sheriff's department taking part in Target Zero

To The Eagle: The Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office would like to announce that September 7-9, sheriff’s deputies will be participating in the statewide grant funded program through the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, known as Target Zero....

 

National health insurance is not socialized medicine

To The Eagle: Let me first say, as chief member of our island’s DODV (department of deja views) that my esteemed and erudite neighbor Howard Brawn has yet to be observed prevaricating about anything under discussion. I agree. The seeds of the Affor...

 

Bigfoot revisited: Pyle updates his work

I’m really lucky. One of the pleasures of my job is getting to sit down with Grays River writer Robert Michael Pyle and learn about his projects firsthand. Most recently, I got to hear about about the reissue of his 1995 book, Where Bigfoot Walks:...

 

Study indicates salmonids rely on crucial gene

New technologies for analyzing DNA may transform how imperiled species are considered and managed for conservation protection, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances and led by the University of California, Davis. These...

 

Community programs set on preventing suicide

The Vancouver chapter of the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold informational programs on suicide prevention next month in Vancouver and Longview. Jerri Clark, who almost lost a loved one to suicide last winter, will speak as...

 

Eclipse art

Cathlamet resident Jim Kolberg journeyed to Maupin, Ore., to view the August 21 solar eclipse in totality. He took the time to cut some holes in some paper and held it up to his camp chair to create...

 

Paving starts Tuesday on SR 432 Cowlitz bridge

The daily grind of more than 35,000 vehicles per day has taken a toll on sections of the Cowlitz River Bridge (State Route 432), officially known as the Harry E. Morgan Bridge. Starting Sept. 5, Washington State Department of Transportation...

 

Mules to play first football game Friday

TOASTY--If you like the hot weather, you have obviously been enjoying this latest band of heat that has shown up this week! With temperatures in the upper 90s, this summer weather is not ending and it has led to a real dry one for sure. Fire danger...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-Noon. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-9 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Congregational Church, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Grays River Fire Department, o...

 

Football starts Friday, school on Tuesday

I am really ready for some rain and cooler temperatures. This is not my cup of tea. On another note, the old adage “the best laid plans” did not work out so well for me this past two weeks. I had company come back the weekend before the eclipse,...

 

Remnants of the Past at Stella Historical Museum set for Sept. 9

On Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Stella Historical Society will present "Remnants of the Past" at the Stella Historical Museum. The public is invited to take a step back in time and...

 

Former Cathlamet residents receive scouting awards

Former Cathlamet area residents Dave and Jackie Backman recently received awards from the Boy Scouts of America for longtime service to scouting. Dave was recently recognized with the Outstanding...

 

In Their Footsteps: Mysterious Mushrooms of Clatsop County

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop has announced the autumn 2017 In Their Footsteps free speakers series. The first program in this monthly series is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17 with Dane Osis presenting...

 

Wahkiakum Events

By the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce September 2 Oktoberfest--Cathlamet: River Mile 38 Brewery, 360 355-4662 8 Flea Market 9-3 p.m., Skamokawa Fairgrounds, Patty Dursteler– 360 795-3480 9 Wine Tasting & Silent Auction; Skamokawa Grange,...

 

Coming Events--Community Center in Cathlamet

The school year is just around the corner, starting Tuesday, September 5. For anyone in need of school supplies, please feel free to call the school your child is attending and they can assist. Also, the Back-to-School events for each school will be...

 

Hansen House open for tours today

The Julia Butler Hansen Heritage Center will be open for tours on Thursday, August 31, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Julia Butler Hansen House is the oldest house in Cathlamet and Wahkiakum County and was the home of former Congresswoman Julia...

 

Entertainment News

On Friday, September 1 at the Puget Island Farmers Market, 59 W. Birnie Slough Rd., Open Mic from 3-6 p.m., on the Up-Beet Stage. Call Rob Stockhouse for further information, 360-560-3785. On Saturday, September 2 at River Mile 38 Brewing Co., Brian...

 

More state teens protected against cancer causing virus

More Washington teens are getting the vaccine that protects against certain types of cancer, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there was important improvement in HPV vaccine, most of the state’s teen...

 

Gardening workshop offered for kids

On September 16 from 2-4 p.m., WSU Master Gardeners will host a program for kids, grades K-5. Youth will learn how candles are made, make crafts from corn husks, and sample food from fall harvest. This free class will be held in the Agricultural...

 

Sheriff's Report, August 31, 2017

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: August 21--8:26 a.m. An officer cited a driver for speeding west of Cathlamet on SR 4. 3:32 p.m. Officers and...

 

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