Week of July 17, 2024

  • Elochoman bank restored with the help of conservation district

    Brad Bortner

    In 2019, my wife and I decided we needed to do something about the cut bank along our section of the Elochoman River that was sloughing off with each winter flood, dropping big chunks of dirt and grass into the river. Worried about losing more land and the sediment being deposited in the river, we looked around for help in dealing with this problem. Additionally, we had a serious problem with Japanese knotweed that was spreading along the riverbank. We were aware of the Wahkiakum Conservation...

  • CL-415 Super Scoopers aid in fighting fire near Pe Ell

    Jamie J. Brown

    A wildfire broke out six miles south of Pe Ell on Friday, July 12 around 12:30 p.m. The Donkey Fire is currently 38 acres and 87 percent contained as of July 16. The fire is in steep, timbered terrain and the cause has not been announced, though Statesman Journal data reports it is a human incident. Skamokawa residents noticed the "Super Scooper" planes Friday afternoon moving water from the Columbia River north for several hours to mitigate the growing fire, located only 6.8 miles north of...

  • Summer sewing class

    Jennifer Figueroa

    Students attended a 3-day sewing class earlier this month in the latest event held by the Wahkiakum County 4-H in association with the WSU Extension office. Students assembled in the Sewing Room of the Johnson Community Center where they were paired with an adult mentor and received one-on-one instruction on using a sewing machine. The volunteer mentors guided the students in their projects, teaching them the basics of sewing with a machine: winding the bobbin, threading the needle, lining the...

  • Ham radio at Bald Eagle Days

    Ron Wright

    What would you do if the internet is down, the cell phone towers are overloaded or gone and you want to get a message to far-off relatives that you are alright? The Wahkiakum County Amateur Radio Club (call sign N7WAH) is prepared to help you. Stop by our booth at Bald Eagle Days on Saturday to experience how easy sending that message is. We will be located in front of the courthouse. At our booth you can quickly fill out a simple radiogram form that will place your message into a global radio message system named WINLINK. From our booth,...

  • Wahkiakum welcomes interim superintendent

    Jamie J. Brown

    There is a new leader at the helm of Wahkiakum School District who has already dove in and immersed himself in the duties of the superintendent role prior to his contracted start day. The district welcomed Ric Palmer, who will be serving as an interim over the next school year while we undergo an in-depth superintendent search moving forward. Wahkiakum School District Board of Education approved Palmer as the new interim at their regular June meeting and he will work at an hourly contract basis. Five candidates were originally interviewed for...

  • Skamokawa News

    Kay Chamberlain

    STILL DRY. It is hard to believe we are still in a dry spell, though temperatures have thankfully cooled down to the mid and upper seventies, with a good breeze that beats those higher temps by a mile! It's very dry however and the burn ban is still in effect. Please continue to use extreme caution during this time because one spark and a little breeze can start a roaring, out-of-control fire in just minutes. The house you save may be your own. SPECIAL DAYS. Those celebrating birthdays this coming week from July 18 through 24 are: Naomi...

  • 4-H food drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul food bank

    Jessica Vik, 4-H program coordinator

    The Robo Rascals 4-H Club will be putting on a food drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Bank in Cathlamet. The drive will run from July 22 through Aug. 2. This group of students ranges in age from five to 14, and meet twice a month after school to learn about robotics, electrical, engineering and design for 3D printing. Each year they do a community service project and this year the students wanted to help the food bank. Drop boxes will be available at the following locations: WSU Wahkiakum County Extension 4-H Office, Puget Island...

  • Fred Stuart Ballif

    Fred Stuart Ballif was born August 18, 1932, in Portland, Oregon, and was a graduate of Grant High School. Fred married Barbara Andrus in 1951, and they made their home in Portland, later moving to Beaverton. They had four children; Connie (Mitchell), Leonard, Rick, and Norma (Fletcher). They have 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Barbara predeceased Fred in 2022, after 70 years of marriage. Fred began his working life in grocery and then sold advertising...

  • PUD consolidation

    David Olson, Mayor

    I wish to submit a correction and comment to your summary of the impacts of PUD/Town utility consolidation study in the “PUD Report” published in the July 11, 2024 edition of the Eagle. Your report states “Consolidation of these utilities could mean lower prices for consumers and greater efficiencies for utility operators.” This may be true for customers outside the Town of Cathlamet but is definitely NOT accurate for utility customers within the Town of Cathlamet. The PUD study states “the water bill for a residential customer...

  • Musical theatre camp

    Suzanne Holmes

    Lots of laughter and applause filled the historic Cathlamet Pioneer Center on Friday night, July 12. After participating in Cathlamet's first week-long "Summer Musical Theater Camp", ten young local thespians entertained family and friends with an original production, "Shel Silverstein: Poems & A Song". It was by any measure, a smashing success! Under the enthusiastic direction of Joe Baker, Delee Baker and Lorene VanderWalker, the talented Cast Members shared witty poems and delighted the...

  • Sheriff's report

    July 8 6:44 a.m. A caller to the sheriff's office reported that a bull and three cows were loose on Brooks Slough Rd. 11:01 a.m. An Elochoman Valley homeowner reported a neighbor burning illegally. The sheriff’s department and fire district 4 responded. 4:06 p.m. A motorist west of Cathlamet reported that their wallet had been stolen from their car. 5:06 p.m. A driver west of county line park reported a reckless driver. 5:22 p.m. A Deep River resident reported fencing stolen from their property. 8:25 p.m. A Elochoman Valley homeowner...

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