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Greetings, dear readers: I know it sounds strange, but I have discovered the world's greatest mouse trap. A neighbor suggested I try it since I have tried almost every type of mouse trap, as Trudy...

 

November's election includes vote on .02% sales tax

Sometimes voters can get overwhelmed with choices on the November 8 ballot. The .02% sales tax proposal is one that some might not take time to realize its importance for all residents. The sales tax increase is county wide on goods and services,...

 

Downriver Dispatches

"God save the King." I heard that for the first time this morning (Monday) as Britain laid Elizabeth II to rest at Windsor Castle. And the new King cried. And I cried. She's been in my world every...

 

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Fall is coming: One week from today will be the first day of fall. Small leaves are already starting to fall on Loop Road and the corn is looking good on the Zimmerman's farm. The new property...

 

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It feels like fall to me. It was cold this morning (Tuesday). Wet mornings, fog, plants nearing their last days, kids back at school and our lives move on into a new season. Fall is often a time of...

 

Renovations underway at Deep River Church

Eva Malerich and Krist Novoselic are leading a major renovation project of the historic Deep River Church. It's a major project with windows sent out to be redone, rotted outside wall boards being...

 

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Photo of the Week: The Wahkiakum PUD crew came to my house last week to remove an aspen tree that was growing too near the power line in my yard. Three very capable men came, Mark, Frankie and Scott....

 

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One week from today, August 25, will be September 1 and the first day of school for students at Naselle/GRV school. It’s been a short summer for many of us because it seemed summer didn’t truly...

 

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This year, summer feels more like spring or fall to me, but after spending two weeks inside experiencing covid for myself, and the nasty medicine to fight it, I will take any season. I am feeling...

 

Downriver Dispatches

I am so sorry to have missed last week's Dispatch. I was hit hard by Covid just after Finn Fest. I am embarrassed to say it was my own fault because being in a big, concentrated crowd from all over...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    July 28, 2022

Westend dairy hosts tour for blind students

Last week, youth who are attending a camp sponsored by the Department of Blind Services visited the Burkhalter Farm in Grays River. They are using the WSSB (Washington State School for the Blind) in V...

 

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Photo of the Week: Justin Laine sent out a great family shot of everyone in the family at a Finn Fest six years ago. The girls' costumes are so sweet. This shot reminds us how fast time passes and...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    July 28, 2022

Hendrickson resigns from N/GRV school board

July 19 Naselle/Grays River School Board Meeting (Updated: The print version incorrectly stated Chuck Hendrickson represented District 2 on the Naselle/Grays River Valley School District board of directors; he actually represented District 3 before...

 

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Happy Thursday to Finns and all others who are busy getting ready for next week's Finnish American Folk Festival that starts Friday, July 28. There is also a Memorial at Rosburg Hall for Bob...

 

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Dear Readers: It's Monday and it is getting hot. So, here's a flower garden report. Recently I realized I have a ferret around my property. The first time it was on my deck. The second time, it was...

 

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Dear Neighbors: (written on Monday) We all love July 4 for any number of reasons. I like having a long weekend to work in my yard and watch the fireworks down valley at the Zimmerman farm. They...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    July 7, 2022

Valley Cup becomes Naselle Coffee

As of July 1, Valley Cup Espresso in Naselle has changed hands and is now called Naselle Coffee. After 10 years, Gail Queener sold her latte stand to Hannah Footh who will now make coffee drinks for...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    June 30, 2022

N/GRV schools receive vocational ed grant

On June 21, the Naselle/Grays River Valley School Board of Directors met with discussions ranging from the official agenda to issues and questions raised from the public. The first portion of the meeting followed the usual openings with one...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Dear Readers: We live in a busy place this summer with a solstice that changed our weather almost at midnight when we suddenly went from a wet, cool day to a blazing hot sun that lasted several days,...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Summer has arrived and hopefully, the gift of warmth and sun. I have always liked Father's Day because it means summer is arriving. These days I am grateful for my community of friends and people who...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    June 16, 2022

NHS seniors show their fine character

Graduations are always fun and poignant. The 2022 graduating class was especially impressive. In his closing remarks, Principal Justin Laine described what he was most proud of in this class. "They ar...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Exciting Summer News: I learned at the Chamber of Commerce office last week that our two award winning robotics teams from both high schools, Wahkiakum and Naselle/Grays River, will be the Grand...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    June 16, 2022

GR habitat enhancement commission meets

Editor's note: This story has been updated to show correct email address for people interested in fillng the vacant commission seat to contact the district. Grays River Habitat Enhancement District landowners met with the newly formed district board...

 

Downriver Dispatches

All over our west county area, the high grass is winning. Some farmers have started their first cut of the summer, but then the rain keeps coming and messes with the whole process. But on the other...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    June 2, 2022

NHS Valedictorian Grace Hunt

Grace Hunt, daughter of Amy and Ed Hunt and granddaughter of Hank and Linda Nelson, has worked as hard as could possibly be expected in her last year in high school. With not only her senior year to c...

 

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