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  • Forest visions clash over Freedom sale

    Riley Yuan|Jul 11, 2024

    In late March, the Washington Department of Natural Resources put the Freedom timber sale up for auction. Located on 138 acres of state forestland 17 miles northeast of Naselle, the sale offered over 8,500 metric board-feet of hemlock and Douglas fir. The DNR’s timber cruise report calls it some “nice looking wood.” Nice enough for Stimson Lumber to bid more than $3 million, despite a conservation group’s appeal of the sale in Pacific County Superior Court a few weeks earlier. To the nonprof...

  • Community Member spotlight

    Jennifer Figueroa|Jul 11, 2024

    Sue Zabel is the focus of our latest Community Member spotlight, she owns and operates The Jabber Shack and is heavily involved in her community. Sue and her husband are from Vancouver, Washington and moved to Cathlamet around nine years ago. They found our little slice of heaven through their fishing endeavors. For several years they were fishermen, renting a camping spot at the Marina and mooring their boat in the summers. After making their home in Cathlamet, Sue wanted to start a business....

  • Teatime in the garden, for your plants

    Jamie J. Brown|Jul 11, 2024

    The heat wave we had offered a big boost to our gardens growth, and encouraged the faithful growers that summer has indeed arrived. The boost in vitamin D comes at a cost for both human and plant life as the intense heat can quickly sap the energy from all of us. While you are looking for a nice shady spot to enjoy an icy glass of tea, don’t forget to offer teatime to your garden as well. Tea leaves in the garden offer a healthy boost to plants and work to deter pests. It encourages healthy leaf growth with a boost of nitrogen, potassium, a...

  • Hunger at home, a national crisis

    Jennifer Figueroa|Jul 11, 2024

    It’s time for the 3rd annual Food drive competition between businesses around Cathlamet. The business that brings in the most donations will win the “Cup of Sunshine” chalice and subsequent bragging rights. Heading up this drive is Sue Zabel, local business owner of the Jabber Shack and someone who understands first-hand what it’s like to be in need “[cup of sunshine] started because I felt at one point in my life I needed help, and the food bank was there to help us.” Sue knew how hard it can be for families, especially in the summer “I t...

  • PUD report

    Sy Patterson|Jul 11, 2024

    Wahkiakum PUD met on the morning of July 2 and received the welcome news that the department of ecology fully funded the engineering project to extend the Westend water system over the Grays River bridge to Salme Hill. This grant for $395,000 will get the ball rolling, and has been a top priority for residents on the Westend of Wahkiakum county. The PUD shared pictures of the finished looping project that has taken place on Puget Island. Wahkiakum PUD tied water mains together to make the system more resilient. The next part of the project...

  • Brighter Futures Wahkiakum encourages whole-child health

    Jen Milliren|Jul 11, 2024

    Child & Adolescent Clinic, Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services, Cowlitz Family Health Center, Wahkiakum School District, CHOICE (Community Health Organization Improving Care and Equity), and ESD 112 comprises Brighter Futures Wahkiakum, a home-grown effort to improve health outcomes for children in the community. Partner agencies have come together in Wahkiakum to provide education and support to families, encourage well-child visits, increase access to emotional care, and help connect people to community services. Justin Helms stepped...

  • Artisanal Mastery: bread and bounty

    Jamie J. Brown|Jul 11, 2024

    An image of a rich, flakey croissant caught my eye, leaving me intrigued by the taste and the artist behind the masterpiece. The social media post did just as it had intended and lured me in for more than just a bite. Don and Kitty Speranza at Crippen Creek Farm are the chefs' extraordinaire behind the tasty images that caught my attention on a Puget Island Gardens post. The Speranzas have received a cottage license from Washington state, allowing them to sell their baked goods to the public at unique venues that offer pop-up opportunities,...

  • The Cascade Brass to perform free concert in Clatskanie

    Jul 11, 2024

    The Cascade Brass, a military brass band will perform a free concert at the Birkenfeld Theatre in Clatskanie. Cascade Brass, led by Staff Seargent James Cameron, is a five-member brass quintet whose members are citizen soldiers from the 234th Army Band of the Oregon National Guard. The quintet will perform twice in Clatskanie on Monday July 22. Cascade Brass performs classical music throughout the year in public and military events such as ROTC and Officer Candidate School commencement, changes of command, promotions, retirement, and...

  • Skamokawa News

    Jul 11, 2024

    TOO HOT. Well, there might be a few folks who love this heat wave, like haymakers, but I would much rather have temperatures in the 70-80 degree range and not the 90-100 degree range. It always amazes me that, despite how wet it was, in a very short amount of time we are dry as a bone. That being said, please be aware that a burn ban is in place and we hope that folks will be very careful with anything hot getting too close to something combustible. From machinery in the fields to your grills and BBQs, having a water hose or fire extinguisher...

  • Sherriff's report

    Jul 11, 2024

    July 1 2:52 p.m. A welfare check was requested on an elderly Cathlamet resident with mobility issues. Sheriff’s deputies responded. 1:43 p.m. Cathlamet emergency services transported a resident with an injury to the hospital. July 2 7:51 p.m. The Grays River ambulance responded to a Westend resident with breathing problems. 11:40 p.m. A person in Cathlamet turned in a key found it a parking lot. 2:51 p.m. A black and white dog was found on the Cathlamet bridge. 3:20 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies assisted a motorist on Main Street in Cathlamet who...

  • River of Life: Exploring the History of Dairy

    Jamie J. Brown|Jul 11, 2024

    The Skamokawa Valley, nestled in the heart of Wahkiakum County, is not only renowned for its picturesque vistas on the Columbia River and its vibrant location on Highway 4, but also for its rich dairy history, which flows like a river through the region’s cultural and economic landscape. From its early settlement as a logging community, the rich landscape includes the tradition of dairy farming. The Skamokawa Valley’s dairy history is a tale of resilience, innovation, and community. The Riv...

  • Submit a Legals or Public Notices ad

    Jul 11, 2024

    To submit a Legal advertisement, please email it to geri@waheagle.com, along with your phone number, and someone will contact you for payment. Thank you, The Wahkiakum County Eagle...

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  • Sergeant John Mason appointed as Wahkiakum County Sheriff

    Nick Nikkala|Jul 4, 2024

    On Tuesday morning, July 2nd, in the presence of a large audience, the Wahkiakum County Commissioners approved the appointment of Sergeant John Mason to the position of County Sheriff. Following a retirement party last Saturday that appeared to include every resident of the county, Mark Howie’s retirement as Sheriff officially began on July 1st. During the past year, he has mentored Sheriff Mason for the position and recommended his appointment to the County Commissioners. Following the a...

  • Wahkiakum school district adopts a four day week

    Jamie J. Brown|Jul 4, 2024

    The Wahkiakum School District received a stamp of approval for the Economy and Efficiency Waiver (WAC 180-18-030) by Washington OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) on June 28th. The Board of Education submitted the application following the June meeting and have been eagerly awaiting the announcement. Washington raised the waiver allotment from 10 to 30 this year. Wahkiakum is one of several districts that applied for the waiver. According to OSPI’s website, “part of the basic education requirements in Washington state mus...

  • Firefighter's Fifty Years of Voluntary Service

    Nick Nikkala|Jul 4, 2024

    During the Fire District’s regular Monday evening meeting on July 1, Cliff Kilponen was surprised when the dispatcher toned out his number and announced that as of today, Cliff Kilponen has served as a member of Pacific County Fire District 4 for 50 years. “I knew it had been somewhere around that long,” said Kilponen, “but I thought the anniversary was later in the year.” Assistant Fire Chief Nate Engleson had researched the department’s record books and found the entry where, on July 1, 197...

  • Cathlamet Town Council Report

    Julie O'Neil|Jul 4, 2024

    The Cathlamet Town Council met on Monday where the Mayor read a proclamation declaring July 1, 2024, as Sheriff Mark Howie Day in recognition of his dedicated service to the Town of Cathlamet and Wahkiakum County. Sheriff Howie addressed the Council, “I look forward to seeing you on the streets when I meet for coffee with the guys.” Enjoy your retirement, Sheriff Howie! A citizen expressed their concern about speeding all along Columbia Street. Suggestions were changing the speed limit to 20 MPH, just plain driving the speed limit and/or pai...

  • Workshop planned for Working Families Tax Credit

    Jul 4, 2024

    Working families who file their taxes with an individual taxpayer identifcation number (ITIN) or social security number may qualify to receive $315-$1,255 in returns through the Working Families Tax Credit. Collaborative Partners Initiative is conducting an outreach program in which they will provide free filing help to working families. The Working Families Tax Credit program provides a return of state sales tax for qualified low to mid-level income families. Events will take place throughout the summer including Bald Eagle Days on July 20,...

  • Finas Skeers

    Jul 4, 2024

    Finas Skeers was born May 28,1950 and died June 14, 2024, at his Puget Island home after a brief but losing battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, children, love, laughter, and tears. Finas grew up in Darrington, WA where he learned to love hunting, fishing, the timber industry, pranks, and partying. He met Vicki Brown, his future wife, on July 9, 1977. It was love at first sight, at least for Finas. He would proudly tell of seeing her for the first time and saying aloud, “that’s the woman I’m going to marry.” He success...

  • Kris Bergseng

    Jul 4, 2024

    Kris M. Bergseng of Cathlamet, died June 24th at age 54, after a recent cancer diagnosis. Kris was born to Albert and Patti (Tate) Bergseng on June 28,1969 in Longview. He grew up in Cathlamet and moved to Clatskanie, Oregon after high school. Eight years ago, he returned to Cathlamet. He worked various jobs as a carpenter, commercial fisherman and mill worker. In 1999, he joined the Pile Drivers Local 2416 and has been with the union for 25 years. Kris enjoyed fishing, clam digging, riding motorcycles, woodworking, skydiving, scuba diving,...

  • Tops and Tails in the Garden

    Jamie J. Brown|Jul 4, 2024

    It’s easy to stereotype common veggies and fruits growing in the garden to fit a specific culinary repertoire. Potatoes are mashers, lettuce makes a beautiful salad and corn is best eaten from the cobb. These norms hardly use some of our most common produce to the best of their abilities. This especially goes for those that grow beautiful tops above the ground, while their eaten counterpart digs deep within the earth. Carrots, radishes and other root vegetables are those mysterious garden anomalies that rarely are eaten for anything more t...

  • Skamokawa news

    Kay Chamberlain|Jul 4, 2024

    WET BEGINNING. As I start this column on the very last day of June, it is quite wet out here in West Valley, while that's not ideal for those wanting to get their hay crop in, it is good for the fire danger. With the Fourth of July holiday coming up and all the fireworks being lit off, this wetness should help keep our area a bit greener and wetter and hopefully, we will not see any fires caused by fireworks. However, a big drying trend is coming they say and with temperatures up in the mid-80s it will be great to get that hay crop, camp, or...

  • Sheriff's report

    Jul 4, 2024

    June 24 6:15 a.m. The Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol responded to a two vehicle collision in Skamokawa. One individual with an injury declined transportation to the hospital. 7:59 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance responded to a Puget Island resident with breathing difficulty. 8:21 a.m. Emergency services responded to a Cathlamet resident who had fallen. 4:48 p.m. A welfare check was requested on a Cathlamet resident. Deputies contacted the individual who declined assistance. 4:54 p.m. A caller in Cathlamet r...

  • Runaway Ronnie

    Jennifer Figueroa|Jul 4, 2024

    Eileen Eddie walked into the Wahkiakum County Eagle’s office with her daughter to place an ad, the subject, a 15-pound black and white poodle mix named Ronnie. A worried Eileen was now facing every pet owner’s nightmare: her sweet boy had run off and was now missing. Heartbroken but unwilling to give up on her pup, Eileen looked to her community for help and several business owners allowed her to put up lost signs on their windows and doors while others shared on social media, including loc...

  • Student Leaders Explore Nation's Capital

    Jamie J. Brown|Jul 4, 2024

    John C Thomas Middle School students recently explored the nation’s capital and the Big Apple June 17th-21st. Carrie Badger, the PE and Leadership teacher at JC Thomas, chaperoned Ryan Hurley, Shiloh Hoven, Abigail McKay-Beech, and Elias Cochran on the 5-day adventure. They joined students from Warrenton, OR, South Dakota, and California on a quest to learn about the nation’s history and see iconic monuments through WorldStrides, an experiential learning program. WorldStrides organizes opp...

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