County dredging plan meets new hurdle

The latest hurdle to finishing Wahkiakum County's permit applications to deposit dredge spoils on eroding beaches isn't very big, but it could delay any beach nourishment to next fall. A biological assessment of one of the county's four flood...

Thieves take specially equipped wheelchair van

When Grant Turner goes out with his friends, it takes a little planning. Turner, who became a quadriplegic after an accident in 2015, can't drive. His friends come to him, and drive him in his own...

Attorney general issues I-639 warning to law enforcement

• Washington state sheriffs call upon Second Amendment rights • Opposition of gun law sparks lawsuits in state • Some sheriffs refuse to uphold gun initiative OLYMPIA (Feb. 12, 2019) The state attorney general has stepped in with a warning to...

Correction/Clarification

The Downriver Dispatches column in last week’s edition incorrectly stated that the Naselle Lutheran Church had closed; the Naselle Congregational Church has in fact disbanded its congregation and passed its property to the Finnish American Folk...

Petitioner appeals recall decision

The effort to recall Cathlamet's mayor and three council members has gone to the Washing State Supreme Court. The attorney for petitioner Bill Wainwright filed a notice to appeal on February 7. The state justices will review the filing and decide...

Consultant, community leaders discuss development

Becky McCray, a consultant who comes from a very small town in Oklahoma, visits small communities, encourages conversation and leaves them with ideas for improvement. McCray met with a group of elected officials and interested citizens on Friday...

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.,...

Legislators aim to end Daylight time switches

• Bill could avoid health risks by allowing year-round observation of daylight saving • Daylight saving time could become permanent in Washington state • Federal law must approve year-round daylight saving in Washington state OLYMPIA (Jan....

Boone Mora

On February 9, 2019, we lost our beloved husband, father, granddaddy, great-granddaddy, brother, and friend, Dr. W. Boone Mora. He was born on July 16, 1931, in Alamance County, North Carolina to Leo...

Horse Gaming Series Update

I will start by answering some questions I received. 1. If I paid $30 to ride in the six events, why do I have to pay $3 for a time only event? Time only events are really just a warm up for you and your horse. We've seen horses go off course,...

Crab & Oyster Feed at Norse Hall on Saturday

IT'S WHITE--It depended on where you live as to how much snow you got this past Friday night and weekend, as some had half a foot or more, while some had a few inches, and some were saying they had just a "skiff" of snow and some had absolutely...

A call to all artists

During May 2019, the Columbian Artists Association will host their 43rd Spring Art Show at the Rose Center for the Arts gallery. Two judges will award cash, ribbons and sponsor prizes. Artists over the age of 18 are invited to participate. More...

Downriver Dispatches

This new snow we had is sure to conjure up memories because we do not get snow like one would in other places in the world like the artic or Antarctica. As a young child in my home town, Wahkiakum snow like this would have had a big impact on my...

FINNAM to sponsor event

The Naselle Finnish American Folk Festival is sponsoring its first event at the new Naselle Community Center. The Naselle Congregational Church has gifted the building to the Finn Festival group and they will hold their first kick-off event on...

Watch re-enactment in Astoria

See history come alive through re-enactment, song, dance and bad jokes in this lost piece of socially significant stage craft as two Finnish boys from the old country, “Minnesota” who, with the help of their Mama (and sisters) save the day....

Learn to prune fruit trees

On February 26 at 6:00 p.m., Jim Chennault will discuss the techniques used when pruning fruit trees. Pruning trees will control the size of the tree and improve fruit quality. Proper pruning techniques reduce disease and promote greater fruit...

Middle school honor roll announced

John C. Thomas Middle School has announced the 2nd Quarter Honor Roll for 2019. The following students qualified. Sixth Grade: 4.0 Aviguya Tsybikova. 3.2-3.99: Maddi Thoreson, Zaya Ray, Phillip Goldinov, Nicholas St. Onge, Bailey McKinley, Kennedy...

Local makes hall of fame

Todd Quigley, of Vancouver, was honored recently as being inducted into the Clark College Hall of Fame for Golf with his teammates. They played on the 1982 Golf Team and were undefeated all season. They won Regionals which included all community...

FOS to present artist's work

Friends of Skamokawa presents “Water Journeys” featuring award winning Southwest Washington Artist Stan Riedesel. The opening reception will be held Saturday, March 9, 1-3 p.m., at Skamokawa’s River Life Interpretive Center/Central...

Public Health-what it is and what it is not

To The Eagle: This is a common question and it is rarely understood. It is easier to understand if one compares the Medical model with the Public Health model. The Medical model (Doctors of Medicine) treats sickness—indigent or wealthy. Public...

Sheriff Mark Howie comments on I-1639

To The Eagle: As the Sheriff of Wahkiakum County, it is my sworn oath to uphold the United States Constitution and the laws and Constitution of the State of Washington as well as the laws of my county. With nearly three decades of law enforcement...

Port 1, Port 2 meeting to be held

To The Eagle: I am not sure how many people are aware that there have been recent discussions regarding the possibility of a merge between Port District 1 and Port District 2 of Wahkiakum County. There may be cost benefits to merge, which could be...

Thanks to road and electrical crews

To The Eagle: Although there’s much to criticize regarding the administration of our county, the crews that take care of our roads and electrical service are exceptional. I want to thank all the men (and women?) who were out throughout the night...

WCRRI to fund restoration projects

To The Eagle: The Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency Initiative (WCRRI) provides valuable funds for salmon restoration projects in southwest Washington. Local restoration practitioners like the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce...

Weather throws district into chaos

“The best laid plans of mice and men” can be upset by winter weather. It is certainly causing trouble for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association District 4 2B and 1B basketball tournaments. Every day there has been another...

Mules lose to Valley; continue district play

After beating South Bend in the opening round of district play, the Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team traveled to Rochester last Thursday to take on the number three Pacific League team, Willapa Valley. The Mules lost 48-33 to the Vikings and...

Mule wrestlers heading to state Mat Classic

There has been an obvious downside to the bad weather, but it also created an opportunity for several Wahkiakum Mule wrestlers when regional tournaments were canceled. Five Mules will join wrestlers...

Sheriff's Report, February 14, 2019

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: February 4 — 1:41 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an ailing Elochoman Valley resident. 9:33 a.m. A warrant...

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