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  • PUD consolidation

    David Olson, Mayor|Jul 17, 2024

    I wish to submit a correction and comment to your summary of the impacts of PUD/Town utility consolidation study in the “PUD Report” published in the July 11, 2024 edition of the Eagle. Your report states “Consolidation of these utilities could mean lower prices for consumers and greater efficiencies for utility operators.” This may be true for customers outside the Town of Cathlamet but is definitely NOT accurate for utility customers within the Town of Cathlamet. The PUD study states “the water bill for a residential customer inside the Town...

  • Mayor's State of the Town

    David Olson|Apr 10, 2024

    Mayor David Olson has released his Annual Report to the citizens of Cathlamet regarding the state of the Town. The Report summarizes notable developments during calendar year 2023. Organized by the various departments, it includes updates on finances, public works projects, events and projections for the future. There is also a section regarding the challenges facing the Town in 2024. A concluding section “Stormy Waters” summarizes current challenges in Mayor-Town Council relationships. The Mayor has expressed sincere thanks to Town Dep...

  • Court upholds Chinook challenge for recognition

    David Olson|Jan 16, 2020

    The federal district court for the Western District of Washington on Jan. 11 issued an order invalidating a Department of Interior rule that barred the Chinook Indian Nation from re-petitioning to restore its status as a federally recognized tribe. In its order, the court agreed with the Chinook that the government’s rule barring new petitions by previously denied tribes was arbitrary and capricious because the rules for recognition changed after the Chinook were previously denied in 2002. The Chinook had argued that new rules for recognition e...

  • Chinook Nation pursues tribal recognition in federal court

    David Olson|Jan 9, 2020

    The Chinook Indian Nation returned to federal court on Monday to carry forward their longstanding fight to re-petition the US government to restore federal recognition. Arguments by attorneys for the US Department of the Interior and the Chinooks took place before US District Judge Ronald Leighton at the historic Union Station courthouse in Tacoma. The Chinook Indian Nation rallied members and friends before the hearing and packed Judge Leighton's courtroom during two hours of oral argument...