The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

The Fair

There were a lot of happy young people at the Wahkiakum County Fair this year, including Genevieve Fleming, who raised enough money to be the 2019 Fair Queen, and the spelling bee winners who took...

Commissioners vote 2-1 to dispose of the Johnson House

In a 2-1 vote, Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday voted to dispose of an unused house on county property. In other business, commissioners raised the ceiling for contracting off the small works roster; Sheriff Mark Howie discussed the need...

Officers seek 3 Skamokawa burglars

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jacob A. Childers, 18, who is a suspect in the August 14 burglary at the Skamokawa General Store. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on August...

Council acts on agenda, financial, other issues

The Cathlamet Town Council covered a lot of ground at their regular monthly meeting on Monday. The meeting was the last for Council Member Sue Cameron who is moving to Clark County. Sheriff Mark Howie reported officers are close to making arrests...

Public responds to parks and recreation survey

Community activists have begun surveying Wahkiakum County residents about their likes and dislikes for potential parks and recreation facilities. Survey responses will go into development of a county...

Student finds success in LCC forensics

Ayesha Ahmed, who graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 2018 and now attends Lower Columbia College, was named to the Northwest Forensics Conference Division III All-Conference Team after her very...

Contractor finishes Island bridge painting

Contractors working for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) completed repaving of the SR 409 Puget Island Bridge Monday night. The progress allowed WSDOT to cancel nighttime...

Widows & Warriors salmon derby set for next week

On Monday and Tuesday, approximately 35 service men and women and Gold Star family members will visit Cathlamet for the fifth annual Wahkiakum Warriors and Widows Salmon Derby. Twenty-six local fishermen have volunteered their time, boats, gear,...

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Council of Governments, Cowlitz County Event Center, Noon. Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-Noon. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-7-15 p.m. Sandra Sews, 10:30-Noon. S.A.I.L., Hope Center,...

N/GRV School Board Notes

Submitted by Superintendent Lisa NelsonThe Naselle/Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors met for its monthly meeting on August 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grays River Fire Hall. In personnel matters, the board approved the hire of Qin...

Aliisa D. Wirkkala

Aliisa Diane Wirkkala (known to all as Nana), age 63, went to be with the Lord August 16th, 2019 at 7:05 a.m., in Portland, Oregon at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Aliisa was born on May 17th, 1956 to...

Gordon Holland

Gordon Earl Holland, 96, of Longview, passed away on July 1, 2019, 44 days after the love of his life, Marie, passed. Gordon was born November 11, 1922 to Ole and Hilda Holland on Puget Island. He...

Death Notice for Robert Fritzie

Robert Henning Fritzie 73, of Puget Island, died August 15, 2019 at SW WA Medical Center in Vancouver. A full obituary will follow with service...

School starts soon, hope you're ready

LITTLE DAMP--As this work week begins, we are just a little damp in West Valley, which makes for a gloomy start to the day, but on the other hand, moisture for our parched lawn is deeply appreciated, and it settles the dust as well. However, it...

Downriver Dispatches

Through the Fog of Time Part I Imagine yourself driving east on State Route 4, and as you cross the Grays River bridge just east of Shannon Road, when a sudden fog immerses the car and the car comes...

Ribbon cutting at the Cathlamet Pharmacy

Staff of the Cathlamet Pharmacy cut a ribbon last Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the remodeled store. Winners of drawings were Carolyn Wilson, Sara Monte, Mike Kochan and Marilyn Schleis....

Advisory issued for county

Wahkiakum County Health Department has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Western Wahkiakum County due to a couple small fires north of Wahkiakum County near the Pacific/Lewis county line. Wahkiakum County is currently experiencing unhealthy air...

WSU Master Gardener Workshop: Seed Saving

Do you have a favorite tomato, pepper, or other veggie that you'd like to grow next summer? On September 12 at 6:30 p.m., WSU Master Gardener Alice Slusher will explain about gathering and storing seeds for next year and beyond. The class will be...

Hunter education course set

A Hunter Education Course will be held: · Sept. 7 -- 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. · Sept. 11 -- 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. · Sept. 12 -- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The course will be taught by Jerry Bain at the Cathlamet Fire Department in the DeBriae Room. This is a traditional...

New AA group formed

The Grays River Grateful AA group held their first meeting on August 21 at the Grays River Grange Hall from noon to 1 p.m. This will be a regularly scheduled meeting, held every Wednesday, for the purpose of helping any who wish to stop drinking...

Cubelets are here!

The Cathlamet Public Library has Cubelets for a short time. They are robotic building blocks that can be configured to do many things. Children are invited to come to the library for fun and learning during open hours now through Aug. 30, Tuesdays...

Liberty Players to perform

Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” will be performed August 28, 29, and 30, 7 p.m., at the McTavish Room of the Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial St., Astoria. Presented by The Liberty Players, Betrayal is the story of an illicit affair that unfolds...

Class reunion

Members of the Wahkiakum High School Class of 1969 gathered at Silverman's Nursery, Skamokawa, on Aug. 10 for their 50th year reunion. Seated in front are, l-r, Art Pedersen, Joan Harvey Chester, and...

Congratulations to Herrera-Buetler for budget vote

To The Eagle: Our US Representative Jamie Herrera Beutler deserves praise for voting against H.R. 3877—the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. This budget is projected to add $1.7 trillion to the national debt, which is already over $22.5 trillion and...

If pigs fly, someone will shoot'em out of the sky

To The Eagle: This nation, our culture and our communities are polluted by the stench of gun oil and cordite and the ominous crack of gunfire such as I’ve heard echoing from a ranch several acres away from us. That awful, staccato...

Studies show knives kill more people than rifles

To The Eagle: I am sure Mr Skemp believes what he says is true, and has the best intentions, but awareness of facts and knowledge of weapons soon show these things to be totally untrue. His statement “These semi-automatic weapons are not used for...

PIGYS coordinator calls for return of signs

To The Eagle: I would like to give a special thanks to Beau Renfro for doing such a great job on maps and to Darlene Jenson for help delivering numbers for the PIGYS sales. Thank you to all who participated in PIGYS this year whether as sellers or...

Sheriff's Report, August 22, 2019

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: August 12 – 1:13 a.m. A driver was cited for driving with a suspended license. 9:53 a.m. A caller requested a...

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