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

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Finns and Flowers In 1959 Washington State officially designated the coast rhododendron (Rhododendron acrophyllum) as the state flower; however, in 1892 it was really selected as the state flower by t...

 

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Hidden in plain sight The demographics of both Wahkiakum and Pacific Counties have indicated a rise in people moving into the area who are not familiar with the history or customs of the area. The...

 

Historical Stella post office gets a new coat

It has been almost 40 years since the Stella Historical Museum has been repainted. The cost for painting was approximately $8,500. These funds were acquired from dues from historical society members,...

 

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The Rosburg Legacy Everyone leaves a legacy in their lives that only a few may know or even remember; however, along life's journey there are glimpses of heaven to be seen from Cathlamet to Naselle....

 

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Gone but not Forgotten...Conclusion Anyone who has traveled west of the KM at this time of year has seen the many wonderful varieties of rhododendrons along the way. I knew almost nothing of these...

 

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Gone but not forgotten 2 The main reason you see my picture and e-mail address is so that I will be recognized by the community in which I serve. My motive is to be able to reach the community to...

 

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Gone, but not forgotten While coming back from Altoona after taking pics of Pillar Rock for The Focus on Wahkiakum, I took a detour down to Eden Valley. I was not looking to write this story, but the...

 

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Giants hold benefit concert at Grange Last Thursday, Grays River Grange #124 had a concert with Giants in the Trees as their record release benefit concert to benefit Moon Mertz who has multiple scler...

 

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Grange installs new sign for Meserve Park William Nelson Meserve 1867-1953 and his wife Harriet Alta Meserve 1878-1951 operated the Meserve Store at approximately the same location as the park lies...

 

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Loggers are Awesome The 9th Annual Loggers' Reunion at the Appelo Archives Center last Saturday in Naselle was a wonderful experience not only for the memories that were shared, but also for the...

 

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Reader Recipe Request: Chicken Enchiladas To some chicken enchiladas are a dime a dozen and I would have to agree. I have tried chicken enchiladas from every Mexican restaurant within a 50 mile radius and I would come to the same conclusion: I’ll...

 

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Some Things Change and Some Things Remain the Same Every generation is uniquely different than the previous one yet some things are still passed on. The newspaper is and has been traditionally the source for news and information. We have increased...

 

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Reader’s Request I am grateful and I give thanks to you the readers who have approached me with your favorable comments and suggestions. While at the Rosburg Store recently I was asked by a Wahkiakum County Eagle reader if I would post some local...

 

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My New Friends the Corvid Family Most people have met corvids yet did not know that was their name. The family of corvids I am referring to is birds of the Corvidae of which there are 120 species worldwide. Commonly recognized in English they are kno...

 

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Women Empowered Verses “Rule of Thumb” We use words and phrases every day without really knowing the origin of the words or phrases. For example the 1890's time period was referred to as the “Gay Nineties,” and this had no inference to...

 

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Life Transitions The reason I am writing this is because of a comment from a young man of 35 years of age who said Grays River had not changed in 20 years. I replied that in 35 years he would look back and see lots of change, to which he agreed....

 

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A Special Thanks to Eagle Readers As long as I have been here I have done a lot of exploring on these old legs along many of the rivers as well as putting a lot of miles traversing the roads in the area. I also have spent many hours at various museum...

 

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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 imag...

 

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[Editor's note: This column has been corrected: The initial version of this article incorrectly stated that the Naselle Lutheran Church had closed; the Naselle Congregational Church has in fact disbanded its congregation and passed its property to...

 

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Funny points to ponder, the beach, and a penny for your thoughts I only have one timetable and that is to meet my deadline for the Wahkiakum County Eagle, other than that I have no sense of time. I’ll give you an example and I have witnesses. On...

 

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It might be said “Who are you to tell us about trees?" I may know more or less about trees than most, however, from my observations, clear cutting of our forests leaves an ugly scar on the landscape that will clear up in time. I just do not like...

 

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After receiving many wonderful comments regarding my last article while out and about preparing for this article, it came to my attention that some clarification is in order. First of all, I have...

 

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Logging and rain As an inquisitive person, I have often wondered and I have been asked, what happens to all the water that is stored in the trees after they have been cut down, especially here in Wahkiakum County. The obvious is evaporation and then...

 

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While traveling over the KM Mountain one day in a fog, I suddenly came into a clear area where I could see the valley below covered in fog as the sun filtered through as if the forest below was covered with various colors of cotton candy. The...

 

Thieves make off with ambulance

From a Wahkiakum County Sheriff Department Bulletin: "WE NEED YOUR HELP! "Sometime between Tuesday night December 11th and early morning Wednesday December 12th, the Grays River Fire Hall District #3 was broken into and a blue and white ambulance...

 

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