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WHS students extend fund raising work

Story and photos by Diana Zimmerman Doernbecher Week has become Doernbecher Days at Wahkiakum School District as the Key Club and students will spend the rest of March raising money for Doernbecher...

County board voices opposition to bill to end non-tribal gillnetting

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to contact the state senate to oppose legislation that would outlaw non-tribal gillnet commercial fisheries in Washington Jan. 1, 2023, and establish a buyout program for retiring licenses by Dec....

Not guilty pleas entered in animal shelter case

Debra Lawson, who has dropped Bean from her name due to a divorce, she said, was in court March 6 to plead not guilty to eight counts stemming from her ownership of Angel Wings, an animal sanctuary on Puget Island. Lawson has been charged with 1)...

Puget Island bridge work will resume this month

Crews will be returning soon to complete the Washington State Department of Transportation’s deck replacement and painting project on the Puget Island bridge. With spring on its way, workers will be back to paint the bridge below the roadway;...

Eagle time

Smelt and other fish are migrating in local rivers, and photographer Genie Cary spotted these bald eagles last week in the Grays River...

WDFW director outlines salmon policy decisions

OLYMPIA (March 8, 2019) -- In recent days, we have received a substantial number of comments about the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission's recent decision to modify the Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy and extend the use of...

Naselle bank building to become clinic site

The Bank of the Pacific will officially transfer ownership of the former Naselle branch building to the Ocean Beach Hospital this Friday. The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. with bank Chief Executive Officer Denise Portmann and members of the...

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-7:15 p.m. Food Addicts, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 6-7 p.m. S.A.I.L.,...

House bill eliminates some vaccine exemptions

OLYMPIA (March 6, 2019) -- In a 57-40 vote, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill that would eliminate the philosophical or personal objection used to exempt children from receiving the vaccines required to attend school in...

Gun initiative measures challenged in lawsuits

• Plaintiffs claim initiative deprives their 2nd and 14th Amendment rights • Defendants summoned to court for following the Washington state law OLYMPIA (March 8, 2019) -- Two civil rights lawsuits in Washington state have challenged the...

Jane Charles

Jane Ann Charles, 76, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 5th in Longview, WA. Jane is survived by her loving husband of 55 years Fred Charles. Also, missing her dearly are daughter Kellie, son Gilbert, brother Dennis & wife Louise Courtright,...

Death Notice for Robert Patterson

Robert Patterson, 55, of Skamokawa, died March 8, 2019 at SW WA Medical Center Vancouver. A memorial service will be held on Sunday Mar 17 at 4 p.m., at Vallley Bible church in Rosburg. A full obituary will follow next week. Dowling Funeral Home is...

Death Notice for Kay Cochran

Lifelong resident Kay Cochran, 72, of Cathlamet, died on March 12 in a Vancouver care center. A funeral service will be held on Sunday March 17 at 1 p.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on Puget Island. A full obituary will follow next week....

SON breakfast, music at Duffy's for St. Paddy's Day

SUNSHINE--This past weekend started out with two of my favorite things: sunshine and no snow! With several days last week ending with very cold, freezing temperatures and a couple of mornings beginning with quite a bit of snow, it was fairly...

Downriver Dispatches

Ingenuity in Wahkiakum County People have migrated as individuals, in small groups, and, in many cases, entire peoples have moved their life’s possessions and cultures to new horizons with the intention of creating a better life. Those who...

March 2019 Wahkiakum Horse Gaming Series update

Only 2 months to go until the first gaming show of the series, May 11. Gates open for warm up at 8 a.m. Registration available at 8 a.m. First event starts at 10 a.m. I'd like to thank our sponsors: Troy and Corrine Slobig for donating the series...

1st Annual Wahkiakum Autism Walk set for April 13

Join students, friends and family members for the 1st Annual Wahkiakum Autism Walk on Saturday, April 13 at the Wahkiakum High School track in Cathlamet. Starting at 10 a.m., participants can choose from a 5K or 1K walk. The purpose of the walk is...

Goodroe and Blackburn appointed to AAADSW

Bernadette Goodroe of Cathlamet, and Pearl Blackburn of Rosburg were recently appointed to the Advisory Council of the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington (AAADSW), representing Wahkiakum County. Ms. Goodroe is a former...

St. Patrick's Day Parade to take place Sunday

The 25th annual Cathlamet St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place this coming Sunday on Main Street. The parade started in 1994 with Judy Brawn marching one wolfhound, Misty Rivers Echo, up and down Main Street. It grew slowly for the next few...

Jumping for hearts

Students at J.A. Wendt Elementary school particpated in the 40th Birthday of the American Heart Association’s Jump for Heart event last Thursday. Teacher Mary Moonen has been leading students...

Northwest Voices event happened March 8

[Editor: The Eagle received notification late last week that information submitted by Lower Columbia College about a writing workshop set for March 18 actually happened March 8. The following story has been edited to reflect the clarification]...

Coming Events--Community Center in Cathlamet

I am curious as to how many of you have a song that you can always turn to. Where, no matter what is going on in life, the first three seconds after clicking “play” change your cellular structure, a smile rips across your face and you can’t...

Grays River Valley Center news

Grays River Valley Community Center is pleased to be having our 6th Annual Community Super Sale. The event is coming up soon, and we have a lot of vendors signed up this year, we are so excited. A large variety of tables have something for...

Listening and understanding needed

Commentary from me? No need for me to write something about national affairs; the letter writers have that covered. State issues: Our county's Republican and Democrat political parties are sponsoring a listening event this Friday, 6:30 p.m. at the...

Looking forward to car show

To The Eagle: Cheers! to the Fair. I was so glad to see an announcement of the up coming car show on June 1 mentioned in The Fair happenings. I had begun to think it was one of the best kept secrets in Wahkiakum Co. I'm glad to see it is going to...

Consider the consequences of feelings

To The Eagle: Ref: Recent letters by Mike Swift, Howard Brawn and JB Bouchard. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the back and forth by members of this community; it truly is a pleasure to read the weekly excerpts from the combatants. I do have to...

Divided, we fail

To The Eagle: Divide and conquer is a saying meant for the battlefield, not in a country as great as ours, for political gain. But that seems to be in vogue now. Name-calling from the right seems more intense; now our president has made it a...

Now is the time to speak up

To The Eagle: Since I moved here 12.5 years ago (a newbie), I have heard that the government doesn’t listen to Wahkiakum County. We now have a chance for the state government beyond our legislators to hear us. The Democrats and Republicans (yes,...

Engineering, monitoring needed to develop lot

To The Eagle: As accurately reported last week by The Eagle, the Town of Cathlamet recently held a special council meeting regarding the infamous Butler Street property they purchased in 2018. At that meeting, Fred Johnson described the status of...

Sheriff's Report, March 14, 2019

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: March 4 – 3:02 a.m. A caller reported a large boulder blocking a lane of traffic near County Line Park. 7:59...

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