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Darrell bids farewell My health issues are preventing me from doing the job you [The Eagle] engaged me to do. I have wanted to stop writing for a couple of months, but thought these issues would pass, and they haven't. I'm sorry for such a short...

 

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Rain and Boredom Wahkiakum County is one of the rainiest places in the nation with an annual accumulation of over 94 inches compared with the national average of 38 inches of rain annually. There are on average 126 sunny days per year in Wahkiakum...

 

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Grays River Floods Again The year 2021 began with the overflowing of the Grays River watershed. This is not an unusual event, but it does inconvenience many of the farmers who live in the Westend who...

 

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Westend Caroling Christmas traditions vary from place to place, so it didn't seem unusual to not have few or any trick-or-treaters on Halloween or to experience Christmas traditions in the remote...

 

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Tourist Attractions for the Locals This may seem a bit redundant for some; however, in defense of the readers who have been bombarding me with questions about the area and what to look for as a...

 

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Enjoying Hunting and Fishing As a boy growing up in the Pacific Northwest, it was expected that I would hunt and fish like my father. In 1963 at the age of 12 I took a hunter safety course sponsored...

 

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Churches in the Westend As the covid-9 fiasco and the governor’s edict closed many businesses throughout the county, churches have been affected as well, with many churches closed altogether or they have their services online. Many residents of...

 

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2020 Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Community Survey Wahkiakum Health and Human Services, in collaboration with Wahkiakum Community Network is asking county residents (adults 18 and older) to provide important feedback on views of...

 

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SR 4 Finally Open Back on January 23rd of 2020, most area residents remember when a good sized portion of a hillside slid, carrying rocks, mud and trees had fallen onto the roadway at mile point 25.5 on the KM Mountain. The hillside is now not...

 

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Why Do People Eat Meatloaf? I was first introduced to meatloaf growing up as a child in the 1950s by my German mother who told me it was a common dish among German people. As I grew older I realized that there were countless recipes not unlike the...

 

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The Evergreen State Washington became the 42nd state in the United States on November 11, 1889. A pioneer Seattle historian and realtor by the name of C. T. Conover gave the nickname "The Evergreen St...

 

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What Time Is It? Twice a year the time changes have caused those who forget to set their clocks to be either early or late. Daylight saving time (DST) in the United States is the practice of advancing clocks during autumn so that darkness falls...

 

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Unprecedented Social Phenomena We live in an era unlike any other that we know of. Each generation in this community has had to face things in their lives that the previous generation didn’t. A few examples would be the Azusa Revival in Los...

 

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Changes in the Westend: Only Time Will Tell It took over a thousand years of migration from western Asia to Egypt by the Hyksos (Shepherd Kings) to become the ruling majority and establish the 15th dynasty in Egypt from 1650-1550 BCE. This slow,...

 

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Rights of a Photographer We live in a society today where there are cameras everywhere. Cameras are so prolific that we take them for granted. While teaching a political science class at a mid-west college I gave an assignment to the class that was...

 

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Westend News Just another reminder that although there are no longer senior lunches at the Rosburg Hall, the Lower Columbia Community Action Program, better known as CAP, has begun delivering take out lunches to Rosburg Hall for pickup on Thursdays...

 

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The First Day of School It's so wonderful to see that our community's children are able to go back to school in spite of the covid-19 outbreak. I was pondering the different responses many of the...

 

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We are going to be okay During World War II in the Nazi occupied Netherlands, many of the populace were starving. One man whose family was going hungry decided to try to sell one of his family’s heirlooms, his grandfather’s gold pocket watch. He...

 

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Fishing in Southwestern Washington This past month I have witnessed a prolific amount of people along the Columbia River fishing. This is not an unusual event as it is not only the commercial fishermen trying to make a decent wage, but also the...

 

Students returning soon to Naselle schools

Naselle-Grays River School District classes will resume the week of Sept. 14 Following is an outline of the district's plan to educate students during the covid-19 pandemic. Superintendent of schools Lisa Nelson specified that there will not be any...

 

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What is happening with the SR4 Slide? Celeste Dimichina, the communications consultant for The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), has informed me of an update on the State Route 4...

 

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Appelo Archives Center Hires New Director The Appelo Archives Center is located at 1056 State Route 4 in Naselle. It has a new director named Annika Kay. She was born in Anaheim, Calif., and raised...

 

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Give Me Your Input I have often been approached by readers of The Wahkiakum County Eagle who have ideas for stories, some of which in no way, shape, or form can I print. I do not usually have trouble getting the stories of interest to the readers of...

 

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Where It All Goes Years ago I decided that I could save money by taking my trash to the KM Transfer Station. I saw all the recycle for glass, plastic, cardboard, etc. Although I was familiar with recycling, I wondered where all the rest of the trash...

 

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An Acquired Taste Over the decades I have had the opportunity to taste authentic cuisines from all over the world. One thing I have found in almost every culture is that they all use some form of grain and make that into bread, tortilla, or any other...

 

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