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  • Wahkiakum County Assessor heading north

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 13, 2024

    Wahkiakum County Assessor Falon Hoven’s last day on the job was Friday, June 7, 2024. She was offered and accepted the position of Chief Deputy Assessor for Whatcom County and will be starting in that position on June 17. Her new office will be in the County courthouse in Bellingham. That leaves the Wahkiakum County Commissioners with the decision of who to appoint to fill her position on an interim basis until the election in November, 2025. “My recommendation to the County Commissioners for...

  • Weekly West Wahkiakum Farmers Market starts June 14

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 6, 2024

    The Johnson Park Community Center (former Rosburg school) and the Grays River Grange have come together to sponsor the West Wahkiakum Farmers’ Market. This should prove to be a real boon for Wahkiakum and eastern Pacific County residents offering a plethora of locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, flowers, culinary mushrooms, eggs, honey, goat soaps and products, herbal remedies, baked goods, woodworking, jewelry, crafts, artwork, and more. The Market will take place from 2 to 6 pm every Friday from June 14 through October 25. On t...

  • NGRVSD Superintendent Lisa Nelson to continue in interim role

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 6, 2024

    The search for a replacement for retiring NGRV School District Superintendent Lisa Nelson is continuing since neither of the candidates were selected by the School Board of Directors on May 2 following two days of interviews. It was decided at that time an interim superintendent would be sought to fill the position until a permanent replacement could be selected. At the May 21 meeting of the Board of Directors, Chairman Bob Torppa discussed the possible candidates for the interim position. Two...

  • County Commissioners hold onsite meeting in Rosburg

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 6, 2024

    On Wednesday, May 29, the Wahkiakum County Commissioners held a special meeting on the Rosburg property of Rick and Kelli Ballif. The purpose of the meeting was to hear Columbia Land Trust's plans for breaching the Grays River dike to inundate bordering wetland and to hear the concerns of residents whose properties adjoin that wetland. Ramona Arechiga and Ian Sinks spoke on behalf of the Columbia Land Trust (CLT) noting the project is intended to provide an area of calm, nutrient rich water for...

  • Okie's Market store manager retires after 40 years

    Nick Nikkala|Apr 24, 2024

    Glenn Ray, the longtime manager of the Okie's Select Market in Naselle is retiring. On April 30, the reins will be passed on to Leonard McGrath who has served for a number of years as the Assistant Manager for the Okie's store in Ocean Park. Ray's work history is interwoven within the history of the Okie's stores themselves. Okie Johnson first opened the Naselle store in 1967. When deciding to retire, he passed the store on to his two daughters Carol and Joyce. The two sisters married two young...

  • Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie Announces Retirement

    Nick Nikkala|Apr 18, 2024

    After 34 years in law enforcement, Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie has decided it's time to retire. "I was always told by many retired cops that you will know when the time comes to hang up the uniform," said Howie. Following his quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2023, he came to realize he is no longer the invincible, hard-charging young man he used to be. "I want to enjoy the health and the fragments of youth I have left to have more adventures and not be a fatal statistic that a lot of...