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  • Citizen of the Year

    Diana Zimmerman|May 8, 2024

    Jan Silvestri is a bright and energetic woman, and as a friend so succinctly put it, "a doer." Though these days, she says she's "in second gear, in idle." This doer has led an adventurous life, caring for friends and family, and most anyone else who is lucky enough to cross her path. She's traveled extensively, and had many adventures, including descending deep into an opal mine in Australia. She is also the President of the local chapter of the Sons of Norway, and wholly dedicated to the...

  • Lilian Hale serves in legislature

    Diana Zimmerman|Apr 4, 2024

    Though we are just slipping into April, it has already been a remarkable year for Wahkiakum High School senior Lilian Hale. Last month, Hale was serenaded by the Washington State Legislature as she stood in proxy for her step-father, Representative Joel McEntire, during the final day of their last session while he was deployed for military duty. Hale is likely to remain the youngest person to ever serve in this capacity. One has to be 18 to do so and those senators and representatives welcomed...

  • Mules basketball season ends at state tournament

    Diana Zimmerman|Mar 7, 2024

    The season came to an end on Saturday at the State 2B tournament in Spokane for the Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team, and despite the disappointment of those last two games, this team brought plenty of excitement and several thrilling moments these last few months. Moments that won't likely be forgotten any time soon by teammates or their fans. On day one of the State 2B tournament, the Mules surprised fifth ranked Tri-Cities Prep when they beat the Jaguars 76-57 in a loser out game. The...

  • Mules go to Spokane

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 29, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team headed to Spokane this week to compete in the State 2B Tournament after beating Liberty (Spangle) in a regional matchup over the weekend. It was a real team effort in the Mules 66-53 win against Liberty, with nearly everyone adding to the score. The two teams were evenly matched during the first half, but in the third quarter, the Mules began to pull ahead and never looked back. Kyler Sause scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds, four assists, and two block...

  • Naselle girls named to All League Team

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 29, 2024

    The Naselle Comets girls basketball team’s season ended on February 15 after a loss to Willapa Valley in the double elimination District 4 1B tournament, but several players received post season honors when they were named to Columbia Valley All League teams. Freshman Aubrey Katyryniuk was named to the First Team, while sophomore Brooke Davis was named to the second team. Freshman Brianna Johnson and Sophomore Mylee Dunagan received honorable mentions. With only one senior, Gladys Wilson, g...

  • Comets Place Second in District 4 Tournament

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 29, 2024

    The Naselle Comets received top honors from the Columbia Valley League and are in Spokane this week for the 1B State Tournament. The Comets took second place in the District 4 1B tournament after losing to Mossyrock 79-35, but second place was good enough to continue to regional games over the weekend. A subsequent loss of 59-31 to Lummi Nation in their regional match up pit them against Columbia Adventist in a loser out match on Wednesday at the Spokane Arena at 2 p.m. The score was not...

  • A tough row to hoe

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 15, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team is taking the long road to the State 2B tournament after a 53-43 loss to Toledo last Wednesday night in the first round of the District 4 tournament sent them to the loser's bracket. "Wednesday night we just didn't play team ball, it's as simple as that," Coach Rob Garrett said. "We play as a team and we win that game for sure. We got comfortable and cocky, and Toledo outworked us. Wasn't the night we wanted but it's what we got and now it's time to...

  • "Ridiculous" and "disappointed": councilmembers and others vent frustration over budgets, mayor

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 8, 2024

    The Cathlamet Town Council received an update about the waterfront park, a forestry report, approved county funding for the pool and the library, and aired some of their grievances on Monday night. Mike Johnson, an engineer from Gray and Osborne shared the latest plans for the first phase of the town’s waterfront park, which included moving some of the fill to shape the grounds and make it more useable as a park, development of trails, a gazebo, some planted areas in the corners of the old lagoo...

  • Residents express frustration over water cancellation

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 8, 2024

    Frustrated Westend residents filed into the Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday morning to talk about water issues after they received notice from Wahkiakum Fire District 3 that volunteer firefighters would no longer be available for water deliveries to the community after April 11. About five years ago, the Grays River Fire Department saw a way to help residents during the driest two months of the year, according to Fire Chief Robert Maki. They had a truck with a t...

  • Mules are going to the post season

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 8, 2024

    Three Wahkiakum wrestlers are heading to regionals at Adna High School on Saturday after a successful weekend at sub-regionals. Harley Popp and Brody Ashe, who represented the Mule boys, ended their season at the boys’ sub-regionals held in Kalama. “They both wrestled hard but unfortunately don’t get to move on to regionals,” Coach Kyliegh Harlin said. “Those two boys have had so much improvement since the beginning of the season. They have worked so hard and picked up so many new things th...

  • Sause sets a new record for Mules

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 8, 2024

    The single game scoring record at Wahkiakum High School keeps climbing, and so do the Wahkiakum Mules basketball team's postseason dreams. The Mules finished off their regular season last week with an 85-39 win against Onalaska behind a huge contribution from senior Kyler Sause, who set a new single game scoring record for the boys with 44 points. "It was a great shooting performance by the whole team but specifically Kyler," Coach Rob Garrett said. "It's one thing to break the record but an ent...

  • Abdul Kariem closes out her senior year as a mentor to younger players

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 8, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team ended their season last Wednesday at home with a 62-20 loss to Toutle Lake, and celebrated Amirah Abdul Kariem, the lone senior on the team. Abdul Kariem scored six points in the Mules' final game. Payton Mendez added five points. Maddalena Fortuna had three points while Brienna Cothren, Jessie LeFever, and Samantha Dela Cruz added two points apiece. Toutle Lake 15 17 33 7 62 Mules 2 5 5 8 20 "The girls were tough all season long," Coach Ross Lofstrom...

  • High school to be site for emergency communication center

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    Four members of a local ham radio club were at the Wahkiakum School District Board of Director’s meeting last week to talk about plans that could potentially make Cathlamet, and the more specifically the school district, an Emergency Operations Center. According to Ron Wright, who is a member of the club, and acted as spokesman for them that day, the club has been working with the school district and the county emergency service to install a “very capable emergency radio system” on the school ca...

  • Westend to vote in special elections

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    Some voters in the Westend are being asked to make a decision about who will represent them on the Grays River Flood Control District and whether or not to pass a Naselle Grays River Valley School District replacement levy. Ballots have already been mailed for both of these special elections, to people living in the districts affected by these matters. Ballots are due on Feb. 6 for the Grays River Flood Control District where Director Position 2, currently held by Judith Johnson, is up for...

  • Mules reclassified

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    Reclassification is complete, and beginning next fall, for the next four years, the Wahkiakum Mules will be a 1B school. Enrollment is a major factor in classification, and while numbers have declined over the years, Wahkiakum’s Athletic Director and boy’s basketball coach Rob Garrett points out that the district has always been at the bottom of the 2B classification, in which enrollment ranges from 105 to 224. Now Wahkiakum is at the top of 1B. Garrett sees nothing but positives. And for old...

  • Mules score big, clinching second place in league

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team solidified their second place standing in the Central 2B League with three wins this week. They moved up to eighth place in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's RPI ranking for 2B teams, and have one more game left in the regular season to play before the district tournament begins for them next Wednesday. The Mules proved to be the comeback kids after a rough start in Adna last Wednesday. Adna came out hot, hitting six three pointers...

  • Mules beat Winlock

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team celebrated their second win of the season last week, beating Winlock 32-31 in a league game in front of a home crowd on Thursday. “I’m so proud of the girls,” Coach Ross Lofstrom said. “We were down eight in the fourth and didn’t give up. We played tenacious defense with Amirah Abdul Kariem and Payton Mendez forcing multiple turnovers late in the game. Sam Dela Cruz had her best game of the year, making free throws to seal the win. Jessie LeFever w...

  • Mules eye post-season after strong showing

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules wrestling team fared well at a mix-and-match meet in Onalaska last Wednesday. Lilian Hale won both of her matches and come home with a sportsmanship award in the form of a pin. “She always shows amazing sportsmanship,” Coach Kyliegh Harlin said. Zaya Ray went two for three in competition and teammate Lilly Snead was three for three. Mason Curl won both his matches, and Harley Popp won one of two. Brody Ashe lost both his matches but, according to Harlin, put up an int...

  • Animal group bids adieu to two founders

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    Two volunteers instrumental to the formation of the Wahkiakum Animal Advocates Group, President Rebecca Hompe and Treasurer/Secretary Anita Orchin, stepped down from the group on Jan. 15, and are looking forward to new challenges and experiences their newfound freedom will provide them. "I'm humbled to have been a part of WAAG and so proud of what we accomplished in our first four years," Orchin said. "The community embraced us, trusted us, and supported WAAG from the beginning. It's been...

  • Town, sheriff, confront parking enforcement standards

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 25, 2024

    Following a presentation by Minette Smith and Terrie Howell on a mentoring program through Wahkiakum Health and Human Services, the Cathlamet Town Council agreed to an increase for services provided by Forrest Mora, discussed a problematic parking spot on Main Street, and what to do with a recent windfall, thanks to a new cell tower contract. Mora requested a 20.3 percent increase for lawn maintenance which will now include roadside mowing previously completed by Freddy’s Mowing. He explained i...

  • Awesome Sause

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 25, 2024

    Last week was a thrilling week for Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball and their fans, as the team won two games back to back, first beating Toledo in overtime on Thursday, and then defeating a fifth ranked Toutle Lake the following night. While the wins took an effort from every Mule, it was senior Kyler Sause's week to shine. He scored 26 points both nights, hitting the game winning three in overtime to beat Toledo by one with just seconds left on the clock on Thursday. On Friday in Toutle Lake...

  • The quest to preserve "the most significant heritage home in the state"

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 25, 2024

    A bid to protect and preserve the home and estate of Julia Butler Hansen is underway thanks to Washington State Representative Joel McEntire and 11 bipartisan cosponsors, who introduced House bill 2310 to legislators on Jan. 11, proposing the creation of a state park heritage center at her historic Cathlamet home. Washington State Senator Jeff Wilson issued a companion bill in the senate, SB 6262, six days later. HB 2310 recognizes Hansen’s historic contribution as the first woman to chair a con...

  • Columbia Land Trust seeks new opportunities for conserving land

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 25, 2024

    Austin Tomlinson, the Natural Area Manager for Columbia Land Trust, spoke to about 40 people on Saturday at the Hope Center through the Wahkiakum Outdoors Program, about the history and the mission of the organization, and some of the projects they have been working on in the region and more locally. Columbia Land Trust’s work extends from the Pacific Ocean to just past the Dalles, and to Klickitat on the Washington side. Their headquarters are in Vancouver, where CLT began as a group of i...

  • Mecha Mules take third in Olympia

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 25, 2024

    The Mecha Mules traveled to Olympia over the weekend to compete against 30 other regional teams in a First Tech Challenge, where, according to the website, students are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in head-to-head challenges. At the WA Watt Interleague Tournament at Capital High School, the Mecha Mules were in second place after qualifiers, and third after a finalist knockout tourney, according to team mentor Ron Wright. They ultimately won a Connect Award...

  • "We'll keep battling to the end"

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 25, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team continues to make the most of this growing season, working through losses, getting stronger, and picking up the skills that will benefit them in the future. In recent weeks, they’ve had to forfeit a game because they lacked players, and a game was canceled because of wintry weather. This week, they were back at it in Kalama on Tuesday, where they lost to the Chinooks, 55-14. “We had quite a bit of time off,” Coach Ross Lofstrom said, “so it was a chall...

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