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Conservation district at work on the Elochoman

The Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Conservation District is currently working on a project on the Elochoman River, using log structures for stream restoration and salmon recovery. District Manager Darin Houpt...

 

Covid update:

The number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Wahkiakum County remained at six as of Tuesday, with 515 tests having been conducted so far. Numbers continue to rise in counties surrounding Wahkiakum, including Pacific County where they are up to 77...

 

Movie based on Pyle book opens for virtual viewing

A new movie, The Dark Divide, based on Grays River resident Robert Michael Pyle’s book Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide is opening in select theaters and for virtual viewing this weekend. The Dark Divide is about Pyle’s “perilous...

 

Port 1 okays bid for viewing dock

Wahkiakum County Port 1 Commissioners approved a bid for a project to build a viewing dock at the Elochoman Slough Marina and signed an interlocal agreement with Wahkiakum County for the use of County Line Park at their meeting last Thursday. The...

 

Skamokawa water main work starts next week

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Directors met Tuesday morning to listen to reports and approve a grant application, a preliminary budget, and a new reserve fund level. The PUD water crew repaired a water leak at the base of Puget Island bridge,...

 

Animal abuse trial set for November 16

Skamokawa residents Paul and Daria Lacy, who have plead not guilty on 11 charges of animal cruelty and two counts of transporting or confining a domestic animal in an unsafe manner, were in District Court with Judge Pro Tem Tim Hanigan on August 26...

 

Port 1 holds rate workshop

Wahkiakum County Port 1 held a rate and budget workshop on Tuesday afternoon to go over proposed changes and discuss possible policies regarding cancellations. The biggest proposed change was for the barbecue RV sites, which were $395 per month this...

 

Pikeminnow fishing becomes a business

Skamokawa resident Nancy Campiche did not want this story to be about her, but nearly every pikeminnow fisherman I approached on Tuesday said, "Talk to Nancy." "Pikeminnow are not an invasive...

 

How five families approach sending kids back to school

Deciding whether a child should attend school in person or continue remote learning this fall has been a very personal issue for many families in Wahkiakum County. I was able to catch up with five such families. Three have decided to return to...

 

Organizers pleased as virtual fair winds up

“It was a learning curve for all of us,” Wahkiakum County Fair Board President Joe Blalock said of this year’s Virtual Wahkiakum County Fair. Blalock, who is not only on the Fair Board, but is involved in 4-H, said that between seeing what the...

 

Covid-19 update:

The number of people to test positive for covid-19 in Wahkiakum County rose to six last week, with 447 tests conducted so far. There have been 529 confirmed cases in Cowlitz County. 117 are considered active, three people are currently hospitalized...

 

Anglers optimistic, but the fishing is slow

The August fishing season has brought a lot of fishermen to the Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet, but so far, it sounds like an exercise in frustration for a lot of the anglers. "The fishing...

 

Wahkiakum schools struggle for supplies for opening

The Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors met on Tuesday night as the district continued preparations for the coming school year, which begins on September 2. Principals have been working with staff, Superintendent Brent Freeman said, and the...

 

Wahkiakum PUD changes September meeting dates

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of commissioners listened to reports, changed the dates for September meetings, and continued discussing a succession plan for the general manager’s eventual retirement on Tuesday. General Manager Dave Tramble said...

 

Food programs addressing needs in Wahkiakum

If anyone in Wahkiakum County is struggling to put food on the table, it just doesn't have to be that way. There are a lot of resources available and a network of willing volunteers who want to...

 

Covid-19 update

The number of confirmed covid-19 cases in Wahkiakum County was holding steady at five as of Tuesday. The total number of cases has grown to 512 in Cowlitz County with 154 considered active. Pacific County is reporting 59 cases, three of which are act...

 

Poet, photographer cover the lower river

I don't usually stick my neck out and do reviews, but this time I will. I quite like The Tidewater Reach: Field Guide to the Lower Columbia River in Poems and Pictures, a collaboration between Robert...

 

Port 1 commission plans rate workshop

The Wahkiakum County Port 1 Board of Commissioners met briefly last Thursday to go over a few issues and schedule a budget and rate workshop. There has long been a receptacle at the port where people could dispose of their used oil. A service...

 

Updated: Snapping turtle makes appearance in Rosedale

On Friday evening, Deputy Billy Conrad of the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office was called to Rosedale to deal with a curious wayfarer that had drawn a crowd. "It looked like a boulder in the road,"...

 

Wahkiakum schools announce the plan for opening schools with hybrid learning

Wahkiakum School District administrators have been working long hours, consulting with Wahkiakum Health and Human Services, and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to create a plan for students to return to the classroom for...

 

Covid-19 update:

As of Tuesday, Wahkiakum County’s number of positive cases of covid-19 remains at five. Pacific County’s number has risen to 51, and the number of confirmed cases has reached 501 in Cowlitz County, with 241 considered active. Five have died, and...

 

Skamokawa couple plead innocent to charges

Skamokawa residents Paul and Daria Lacy pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of animal cruelty in the second degree and two counts of transporting or confining a domestic animal in an unsafe manner before Judge Heidi Heywood in Wahkiakum District Court...

 

Recycling business feels covid-19 impact

The trade war with China and more recently, covid-19, have sent the scrap metal market into a nosedive. It's not the first time Ben Elkinton has felt the pinch, and he's prepared to tighten his belt...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    August 6, 2020

Health department, school officials planning re-opening

For several months, staff at Wahkiakum Health and Human Services have been working quietly alongside Wahkiakum School District as they grapple with all the complex issues involved in starting the new school year in the midst of a pandemic, and for...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    August 6, 2020

PUD begins plan for manager's retirement

After a quick report from the general manager, the Wahkiakum PUD Board of Commissioners received an update on the broadband project from their consultant and began a discussion about setting up a policy for succession following the general...

 

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