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 By Rick Nelson    News    December 7, 2017 

Legislators discuss local concerns with officials and citizens

For 90 minutes Tuesday, Wahkiakum County officials and residents discussed issues with District 19 members of the state legislators. Topics included management of fish and game, limits on property tax...

 
 By Eagle Staff    News    December 7, 2017 

Key Club rummage sale is this Saturday

Wahkiakum High School Key Club will hold a rummage sale this Saturday, 12-3 p.m., in the Wendt Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 265 S. 3rd St., Cathlamet. Proceeds will be used to fulfill holiday wishes for children in need. The club is going to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 7, 2017 

To fund budget requests, commissioners look to state appropriations

After two days of discussions, Wahkiakum County commissioners are a bit closer to setting their 2019 budgets. They spent Monday and Tuesday meetings discussing levy numbers and last minute requests from department heads and supporters of the...

 

Crews close highway to recover log loader

On November 14 at 7:30 in the morning, Cathlamet resident Mike Paulsen was driving one of the Jerry DeBriae Logging trucks while towing a 60-ton log shuttle. Just as he crossed the Grays River Bridge...

 

PI bridge contract out for bids

The SR 409 bridge painting and deck replacement project has gone out for bid, the Washington Department of Transportation announced this week. The contract should be awarded by the end of January, said WSDOT Communications Officer Tamara Greenwell....

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    December 7, 2017 

PUD commission looks at bridge main project

Capital projects were a big topic at Tuesday’s Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners meeting. With a mind to the potential threat of an earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone, Commissioner Bob Jungers voiced some concerns about the...

 

Correction

An article in last week's edition misstated the rate increase requested by the county commissioners for new ferry rates. The stated increase from $5 to $6 for passenger cars amounted to 20 percent. All other rates were supposed to also increase by...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    December 7, 2017 

Island man's Pearl Harbor story available online

On December 1, 1941, former Puget Island resident Kenneth Garrison made Seaman First Class. He claimed it explained the mood he was in: one of the happiest sailors in the Navy. Six days later, on...

 

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. Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Wahkiakum Fire District 2...

 

Hello, Santa...

Cathlamet celebrated the arrival of the holiday season with its annual lighting festival last Saturday. For children, of course, the highlight was meeting Santa Claus, and, above, if Corben Barth had...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 30, 2017

Revisions continue for county budget

The proposed 2018 Wahkiakum County budgets have been published, and the public hearing commences next Monday morning, but county commissioners continue to hear requests for modifications and appropriations. On Tuesday, commissioners heard requests...

 

School board learns new state funding comes with problems

Superintendent Bob Garrett gave an update on how decisions in the state legislature might affect the district at last Tuesday’s Wahkiakum School District Board of Director’s meeting. “[The McCleary decision] was considered to be, by almost all...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 30, 2017

Port 2 sets 2018 budget, holds back on property tax

Commissioners of Port District 2 approved their 2018 budget and voted not to raise the district's property tax when they met Nov. 21. The proposed budget totals $1.13 million, up from $1.1 million for 2017. Actual 2017 expenditures through...

 

Cathlamet lighting festival

People checked out the holiday lights in front of the courthouse in Cathlamet in Saturday's lighting festival. Main Street businesses were also open for the evening, and Santa Claus visited with the...

 

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...

 

GR substation upgrade estimated at $1.5 million

Commissioners of Wahkiakum PUD approved rates and budgets for 2018 and listened to reports at their meeting last Tuesday. General Manager Dave Tramblie reported that he had received an estimate for the Grays River substation upgrades, which should...

 

Treasurer responds to Johnson Park concerns

Wahkiakum County Treasurer Tammy Peterson addressed some concerns about the handling of revenues and expenditures at Johnson Park at the Wahkiakum County Commissioners meeting on November 21. Peterson said that the president of the Johnson Park...

 

N/GRV School Board Meeting Notes

The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors met for its monthly meeting on November 21. During the board meeting, several personnel matters were addressed. A one-year leave of absence for coaching middle school girls’...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 30, 2017

Election: Jacobson wins race for mayor

Wahkiakum County's final tally of general election ballots on Tuesday produced no changes from previous totals. Incumbent Mayor Dale Jacobson won a close election for mayor, 72-65, over write-in candidate Laurel Waller. When votes were first counted...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 30, 2017

Commissioners, public to meet with legislators

Wahkiakum County commissioners will meet with District 19 state legislators next Tuesday, and they're inviting the public to join the fun. Coming at the end of the board's 11 a.m. session next Tuesday, the meeting is part of an effort by the...

 

Daytime closure of SR 4 near Grays River for equipment recovery on Wednesday

Travelers who use State Route 4 west of Cathlamet should plan to use an alternate route next week. On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the highway east of Grays River near milepost 19,...

 

Walking from the law on the Pacific Crest Trail

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Johnson Until recently, Jennifer Johnson lived in Cathlamet. But she downsized, sold her house, and left her job at Wahkiakum Title and Escrow and Hanigan Law Office in ord...

 

School holding a fundraiser for children's Christmas presents

Thomas Middle School is holding a fundraiser for children's Christmas presents. Here are the details from the school's registration form: Dear Parents or Guardians, Our middle school leadership class is fundraising money for kids in our community...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 23, 2017

Cathlamet council sets sewer, water rate increases

Customers of the Town of Cathlamet's water and sewer systems will see 2.9 percent rate increases in 2018, the town council decided Monday. The increases are included in an ordinance which passed its first reading by a 4-0 vote on Monday. Final action...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 23, 2017

Election: Jacobson retains lead for mayor

Last Friday, incumbent Mayor Dale Jacobson increased his narrow lead in the election for mayor, 72-65, over write-in candidate Laurel Waller. When votes were first counted Nov. 7, Waller led 58-53. In the second round, Jacobson led 69-65, and when...

 

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