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 By Ian Brandon    News    April 10, 2024

Commissioners report

The routine work of the Wahkiakum County Commissioners was overshadowed this week by a presentation by the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the depositing of dredge spoils inside the dike on Puget Island. The plan, which has been approved by the...

 
 By Ian Brandon    Community    April 4, 2024

Commissioners Report

At the regular Tuesday meeting of the Wahkiakum County Commissioners the board addressed a range of issues. Erica Zink from Health and Human Services introduced two members of the high school advocates program. These students get paid to be role...

 

Wahkiakum Senior recieves regional art award

Semuel Hoogendoorn, a senior at Wahkiakum High School, is one of the winners of the 2024 Southwest Washington regional high school art show. Semuel's painting, "Aunt Sam Sends Her Love", was inspired...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    February 8, 2024

"We don't do water."

As is sometimes the case, the public comment portion of the weekly meeting of the Wahkiakum County commissioners wound up as the main event. Several residents of Oneida Road came to the commissioners meeting directly from the recently-concluded Port...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    January 25, 2024

County Commissioners Report

Before the start of the weekly meeting of the Wahkiakum County Commissioners, at the courthouse on Main Street in Cathlamet, the room was buzzing with news of the fire at the docks in Ilwaco. The assembly of local officials speculated that the fire...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    January 18, 2024

County Commissioners Report

County commissioners met Tuesday in their regular session and approved several contracts for the new year. An agreement with the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce was renewed continuing their role as the economic development department for the county....

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    January 4, 2024

County employees will be trained in unique rehabilitative therapy

In the first Commissioners meeting of the year the board convened with Dan Cothren as chair. They began the meeting by reappointing the members of the County Fair board, the Board of Equalization, and by renewing the service agreement with the...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    December 14, 2023

County Commissioners Report

Wahkiakum County Commissioners held their last regular meeting before the Christmas break Tuesday. After weeks of work they approved the county budget for 2024 which included a one percent property tax increase. Increases in the county general fund...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    December 7, 2023

County Commissioner's Report

Wahkiakum County commissioners met Tuesday to approve some routine expenditures, but the majority of the meeting was focused on public comment. Town Council member Jeanne Hendrickson came to the meeting to tell the commissioners that she has found a...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    November 23, 2023

County seeks bids for new internet and phone system

The Wahkiakum County Commissioners met before the Thanksgiving holiday in a brief session. Work continues on the Hope Center as Health and Human Services settles into the building. Duncan Cruickshank asked the commissioners to authorize a request...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    October 19, 2023

County calls on Feds to assist in addressing Grays River flooding

The Wahkiakum County Commissioners have formally asked the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study to address flooding in Rosburg and Grays River drainages. The Eagle has detailed the effects of flooding in the Westend in numerous articles. The...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    October 19, 2023

Old school jazz in new(ish) digs

When many of us think of jazz we imagine cool cats in turtleneck sweaters or the smooth jazz of Kenny G. The members of the Black Swan Jazz band look further back for their inspiration. Three decades...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    October 12, 2023

Maui fears fuel local concerns

Wahkiakum County commissioners heard from Craig Brown at Tuesday’s otherwise brief meeting. Brown expressed concern at the lack of a coherent plan to evacuate areas of the county in the event of a wildfire. He implored the commissioners to create a...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    October 5, 2023

Volunteers grow over a ton of food in community gardens

County commissioners met Tuesday with Dan Cothren presiding and Lee Tischer and Gene Strong attending online. Several expenditures were approved along with declaring October as domestic violence awareness month. Caroline Backman gave an extensive...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    September 28, 2023

Beach replenishment of continual concern

County commissioners approved a number of practical measures Tuesday, and heard a comment about missing sand. Kevin Prestegard said he was “looking for sand” because he had lost approximately a quarter acre of beach at his south side Puget Isl...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    September 14, 2023

Commissioners hear jail request for funds to build walk-in freezer

Wahkiakum county Commissioners met on the third floor of the courthouse to conduct the people’s business. They allowed the Wahkiakum 4-H Leaders Council to close the covered bridge and approach for a fundraising dinner during the annual Columbia R...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    September 7, 2023

Commissioners increase deputy pay

Commissioners met the day after Labor Day to approve several important measures. First, the commissioners approved a letter of support for the development of a source for drinking water on Puget Island. Because the Island's drinking water crosses...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    August 24, 2023

Town council talks about street repair

Residents of Butler Street petitioned the city council for a remedy for the condition of their street. The homeowners said that the street, which is a patchwork of cement, asphalt and various repairs is desperately in need of replacement. The council...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    August 24, 2023

Commissioners hear about fair

Wahkiakum County commissioners met as usual on Tuesday. In public comment Kay Walters reported on a successful Wahkiakum County fair. She said that the market sale brought in a total of $26,000 and that 420 fair passes were sold on Thursday alone....

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    August 17, 2023

Commissioners approve support for PUD grant

Wahkiakum County commissioners met Tuesday and approved a letter of support for a PUD grant application for a feasibility study of the consolidation of the PUD Puget Island water system with the Town of Cathlamet water system. The commissioners also...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    August 10, 2023

Commissioners handle business in under an hour

The Wahkiakum County Commissioners approved a number of recommendations in less than an hour Tuesday. First up, was the approval of $69,750 to repair a retaining wall at the Wahkiakum clinic. Next was the renewal of the Workforce Southwest...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    August 10, 2023

Town council learns about Main Street program

The Cathlamet Town Council met Monday in regular session. County Commissioner Lee Tischer attended by phone and asked for an update on the high school sidewalk and the Erickson park skatepark. Mayor David Olson said that the planning and funding for...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    August 3, 2023

Commissioners talk retirement and new hires

Commissioners were in session Tuesday as usual. Due to the Retirement of Kelly Patterson the county is planning to hire a new community outreach specialist. Julie Johnston presented to the board that the position has become increasingly difficult...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    July 27, 2023

Commissioners learn about recruitment issues

County commissioners began their Tuesday meeting by approving $5,000.00 for a CPA to help with the auditor’s annual report, appointing Jason Will to the real property rights board, and renewal of the liquor license for the Cathlamet Chevron. Chris B...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    July 20, 2023

Commissioners take care of business

The Wahkiakum County commissioners discussed and approved several items in under an hour Tuesday. The District 1 (Puget Island) planning commission vacancy was filled by a unanimous vote with Ruby Wargnier. They also approved drafting an ordinance...

 

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