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Remains of both missing swimmers recovered

From a Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office press release: August 11, 2022 Wahkiakum County Sheriff Deputies and Wahkiakum County Coroner have announced that the remains of both Alejandro Ismael Lopez Ramirez, age 28, and Elmer Ronaldo Lopez Ramirez,...

National Night Out on Puget Island

There was a crowd at last Tuesday's National Night Out, hosted by the Puget Island Fire Department. There were hot dogs and root beer floats, a movie and games for the kids, and lots of laughter and...

Roadside fire takes off along SR 4 at Cape Horn

The phone calls came in quick succession to Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Department early Sunday morning,. At 12:33 a.m., someone reported hearing six gun shots, possibly a rifle, west of her home at Cape Horn. At 12:37 a.m., multiple callers...

Two men still missing from Saturday swim

A search and rescue for two young men who went missing during a swim in the Columbia River at Skamokawa Vista Park on Saturday has now become a search and recovery. Ismael and Elmer Lopez, both of Longview, were camping with friends and families at...

Herrera-Beutler concedes election to Joe Kent

Election officials across Washington state last week updated vote tallies from the August 2 primary election, and on Tuesday afternoon, incumbent Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler conceded her race with fellow Republican Joe Kent. According to...

School district files appeal for facilities suit

After the Wahkiakium School District lawsuit against the State of Washington was dismissed with prejudice by Judge Donald Richter in Wahkiakum Superior Court on June 24, district lawyers promptly filed an appeal on June 27 and followed that with a...

Corrections/Clarifications

Last week, in a story about the Wahkiakum High School baseball team beautifying structures at the baseball field, pictures were erringly attributed to Diana Zimmerman. They were courtesy photos provided by WHS Baseball Coach Garrett...

Preparations underway for county fair

Wahkiakum County Fair volunteers are already busy getting their areas ready for the big event next week, the 2022 Wahkiakum County Fair, Aug. 18, 19, and 20. Fair Manager Patty Dursteler is anxiously awaiting new asphalt for the Midway, which she...

Change comes slowly for food service rules

Change is coming slowly to Wahkiakum County regulations covering festival food vendors and other food service, Health and Human Services Director Chris Bischoff said Tuesday. Bischoff's comments came in response to questions from vendor Bob Hill,...

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Free Senior Fitness and Balance Class, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, enter via door on 3rd, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Food Addicts, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 6-7 p.m. Cathlamet Fire...

Covid-19 update

The number of covid-19 cases rose by seven over the last week for a cumulative total of 590 cases in Wahkiakum County, with 10 considered currently active. According to Wahkiakum Health and Human Services Director Chris Bischoff, covid-19 case...

Donald Rathjen

Donald A. Rathjen, 78, of Cathlamet, died July 25, 2022 at his home. He was born in Bellingham on January 28, 1944 to Eugene and Josephine (Zybura) Rathjen. His family moved to Yakima where he grew up and graduated from Davis High School in 1963....

Don Kinney

Donald Lee Kinney, 69, of Cathlamet, died at his home July 30, 2022. He had lived in this area for 11 years, coming from Banks, Oregon. He is survived by a sister Patty Wilson and her husband Gary, a nephew and his friend, Kay Walters. No service...

Marian Strong

Marian Molly (Greene) Strong, 93, of Rosburg, passed away August 9, 2022 in Ocean Park, Washington. She was born April 5, 1929 in Nisqually, Washington, to Esther Pearl Taylor. Her mother would marry Norman Greene, who adopted Marian as his own....

Death Notice for Russ Ozment

Lifelong Cathlamet resident, Russell D. Ozment, died in Longview on August 7, 2022. A Celebration of Life is being planned for late August. A full obituary will follow next week. Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of...

Death Notice for Joyce Hoven

Joyce M. Hoven of Cathlamet died August 2, 2022 at a Vancouver hospital. She was a longtime Cathlamet resident. A service will be held in September. A full obituary will follow. Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of...

Weed control comments on tansy ragwort

Tansy ragwort, Jacobea vulgaris, is a class B noxious weed in Washington. You might see its bright yellow flowers blooming in summer. This is a biennial plant that forms a rosette the first year, over-winters, then bolts to produce flowers and...

Wooden & Classic Boat Show this weekend

The Cathlamet Wooden & Classic Boat Show returns this Saturday, August 13 at the Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They are expecting all types of classic craft including those of various construction materials, modes of...

Weekend marred by fire, tragic drownings

STILL TOASTY--Maybe I’m in the minority but I have had enough of the heat wave thing already! We are supposed to cool down some by midweek, which would be nice as it’s in the mid-90s at the beginning of this week, and that’s too hot for me!...

WDFW specialist to speak about hoof rot disease

Hoof Rot disease of elk has been impacting our elk herds for many years. Answers to “What is it and what’s being done?” will be discussed by the Ungulate (elk/deer) specialist of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during a...

Downriver Dispatches

I am so sorry to have missed last week's Dispatch. I was hit hard by Covid just after Finn Fest. I am embarrassed to say it was my own fault because being in a big, concentrated crowd from all over...

NSS annual steam meet to be held August 19-21

The Northwest Steam Society will hold their annual steam meet in Cathlamet August 19-21 at the Elochoman Slough Marina. The boats will start arriving on Friday and most will leave Sunday afternoon. The oldest boat in the fleet is Uno. She started...

LCC hosting forums on civil dialogue

Submitted by André Stepankowsky A series of public forums at Lower Columbia College will pose a simple but challenging question: Can local people have polite and productive political discussions about hot topics — even if they strongly disagree?...

Island life

A three-point white-tail buck enjoys grazing on Puget Island. Photo by Rick...

What a week!

Last week turned out to be an exciting week for Eagle staff. You should know that we plan ahead to make sure we cover local events, such as the Finnish American Folk Festival that occurred July 29-31 in Naselle. Reporter Diana Zimmerman already had...

It's called the opinion page for a reason

To The Eagle: “If folks want to announce how they feel,” said the man, “let them do so in a paid ad, not a letter to the editor. They can print and mail their own broadsheet to county residents.” What condescending claptrap. This is a small...

Democrats persecuting insignificant protesters

To The Eagle: Crazy times we are living in, no? Prices for everything are soaring; the national debt has been raised again while we send billions to Ukraine in the newest forever war. Our strategic debacle in Afghanistan has our own military...

Living in the USA

To The Eagle: It’s painfully clear that the Covid pandemic has caused deaths, to not only people, but sadly also some small businesses that fell through the cracks, getting the help from Biden’s Rescue Plan. Our dependence on parts from all...

WCERS committee seeks supporters

To The Eagle: Wahkiakum County has placed on the November ballot an initiative for a minimal increase in sales and use tax of 2/10 of 1% (.2%) to set up a fund for future upgrades, repairs, and maintenance for the Wahkiakum County Emergency Radio...

Recommendation for alternate facts offered

To The Eagle: Mr. Puddicombe suggests in last week's Eagle that those of us holding views that conflict with the wisdom and sagacity of the editor should use paid ads rather than letters to the editor. When I complained about election fraud in Nov...

Sheriff's Report, August 11, 2022

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: August 1 — 2:25 a.m. A caller reported a disabled vehicle with hazard lights on in the westbound lane of SR 4...

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