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Articles from the December 17, 2015 edition

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Storms cause widespread problems

The long dry season is officially behind us. Wild December weather brought rain and wind and all their attendant woes. It felled trees, saturated fields and hills, and propelled water from its usual...

 

A Winter Concert

Wahkiakum School District students performed holiday music for a good sized crowd at Monday night's Winter Concert. The sixth grade band started the evening with five tunes including Jingle Bells and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 17, 2015

County dealing with storm damage

Last week's storms left Wahkiakum County dealing with several problems. Unstable slopes caused slides that have closed Shannon and Covered Bridge roads in the Grays River Valley, and debris clogged cooling system intakes on the ferry "Oscar B." and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 17, 2015

Counties fine tune timber swap plan

Commissioners from three lightly populated, timber dependent counties are preparing to lobby for legislation that would increase their revenue from timber harvest. Wahkiakum, Pacific and Skamania counties all have portions of their state managed...

 

Bellingham reader likes town's direction

To The Eagle: Thank you for the excellent story about Mary Ann Nelson being honored by the Cathlamet Womans Club as citizen of the year in recognition of her volunteer work in the community. As a regular reader of The Eagle and a periodic visitor to...

 

Hatchery reform plan lists changes for local rivers

The public is invited to comment on a new plan designed to align state fisheries and hatchery operations to support the recovery of wild salmon and steelhead populations in the lower Columbia River Basin. The Lower Columbia Conservation and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 17, 2015

Plan in the works to fill old sewer lagoons

The Town of Cathlamet and Port District 1 have tentatively agreed to use the town's old sewer lagoons as a site for disposing of dredge spoils from the Elochoman Marina and Elochoman Slough. The town...

 

Port 1 honors Bonds, discusses pets, trees

Port District1 commissioners honored Larry Bonds, who retired from the board earlier this year, at Thursday's meeting. "I want to thank you and congratulate you for the years that you spent trying to...

 

Infrared camera finds hot power pole

Shane Pfenniger, the line crew foreman at Wahkiakum PUD, spent a few minutes with the board of commissioners at their meeting Tuesday morning to share a lucky find. Using the infrared camera, purchased by the PUD in 2014, to investigate a pole that...

 

Wahkiakum High School art project

High school students crafted Day of the Dead masks in art class which are now on display in the WHS entrance, across from the office....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 17, 2015

Port 2 preparing to hire architect for laundromat

Commissioners of Port District 2 boosted property taxes and went over issues regarding coming projects when they met Tuesday. Commissioners were split in their views over raising property taxes 1 percent, the maximum allowed by law without a vote of...

 

The Eagle Calendar

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

 

Bazaar at fairgrounds this Saturday, 9 a.m.

LESS INTENSE--As this work week begins, the weather is a little calmer than it has been, but then, it wouldn't take much considering last week was just totally wild! With flooded roads, a tornado in Battle Ground, local roads and highways closed...

 

Floods, slides leave impact on Westend

It looks like this last storm has inconvenienced quite a few in our neck of the woods. I see that Covered Bridge Road has a pretty serious slide, with one lane collapsed and the other lane questionable near the Barr Road intersection and is closed....

 

N/GRV School Board Notes

Submitted by Superintendent Lisa Nelson The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors met for its monthly meeting on December 15. The meeting was held at the Grays River Fire Hall as part of a series of three meetings that will...

 

Sheriff's Report, December 17, 2015

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: December 7 — 6:53 a.m. The Cathlamet Fire Department responded to a power outage in the Elochoman Valley. 7:47...

 

Steven (Spinner) A. Olson

Steve Olson, 50, passed away December 4, 2015, at his home in Grays River, WA. He was born December 22, 1964, in Ilwaco, WA., to Keith and Anita Olson. He graduated from Naselle-Grays River Valley School. Steve loved logging and was a logger all of...

 

Paul Stewart

Beloved family man and mentor Paul Stewart. 72, of Topock, Ariz., died Dec. 9, 2015, in Bullhead City, Ariz. He was born Dec. 13, 1942, in Shawnee, Okla., and lived in Southwest Washington most of his...

 

Fibre Federal offers emergency loans

In response to the recent weather events, Fibre Federal Credit Union is offering emergency loans for those affected by the flooding. The rate being offered is well below Fibre Federal’s normal loan rates and is for qualifying expenses involving...

 

Entertainment News

Live Music at River Mile 38 Brewing Company: Don Wages and Friends will perform from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 19, on the Crow's Nest Stage during Live at Five. 285 Third St., Cathlamet. For more information call 360-366-466...

 

Coffee drinkers raise $2000 for United Way

On December 3, community members and businesses drank their favorite coffee or latte purchased from participating locations of “Wake Up for United Way,” a fundraising event put on by United Way of Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties. The goal of this...

 

Appelo Archives Center to show Finnish Christmas film

A Christmas Story of How Santa Came to Be: Joulutarina, a 2007 Finnish film spoken in Swedish but with English subtitles, will be shown at the Appelo Archives Center on Saturday, December 19, at 11 a.m. Directed by Juha Wuolijoki, it is the story of...

 

2016 State Parks calendar makes a great gift for the holidays

The Washington State Parks 2016 wall calendar is now available for purchase. The 2016 State Parks calendar features brilliant color photos representing some of the park system’s premier and unique features. Many photographs capture spectacular...

 

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