The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

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 By Rick Nelson    News    January 23, 2020 

Speed limit changes proposed in Westend

By Rick Nelson The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is considering lowering speed limits on SR 4 through Rosburg and Grays River. The department is also considering modifications to the speed limits on SR 409 as it comes off the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 23, 2020 

Council covers many topics in 4-hour meeting

By Rick Nelson Four hours plus: The Cathlamet Town Council met Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting, starting at 6 p.m. and recessing into an executive session around 10:10 p.m. Needless to say, they covered a lot of ground: Some of the highligh...

 

Facts aren't hard to find

Fact checking: It seems most major newspapers now have fact checkers; The Eagle isn't a major newspsper, so we rely on trusted outside sources, notable the Associated Press. Here are links to others: https://www.snopes.com/, https...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 16, 2020

Governmental entities plan many projects around the county

One might think Tuesday's meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners turned into a reality TV news program. The morning started at 8 a.m. with a roundtable discussion by local governmental entities reporting their principle activities and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 9, 2020

Suits flying over DNR sustainable yield, murrelet habitat plans

Wahkiakum County, the Naselle/Grays River Valley School District (N/GRVSD) and other entities on Dec. 30 filed suit against the state Department of Natural Resources over the state marbled murrelet habitat management plan. And on Thursday, individual...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    January 9, 2020

Oregon Petition doesn't hold water

Darned if you do and darned if you don't? When I first started in this business in the 1970's, I remember an editor proclaiming that one shouldn't add editor's notes to letters to the editor. So, I sometimes let things go that I know are incorrect....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 9, 2020

Robots, crisis response and flu occupy board of commissioners

Persons attending the Tuesday meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners were in for a treat this week: The board entertained a visit from a robotics demonstration by students participatin...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 2, 2020

Rainier man recruiting volunteers to serve as designated drivers

"Cape is optional," reads the card recruiting people to serve their communities as designated drivers. They're superheroes, says Tony Cataldo of Rainier, Ore. For many years, Cataldo has encouraged and enabled volunteers to become safe, recognized...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 26, 2019

Eagle to appear on Thursday

On Tuesday, it appeared that the print edition of The Wahkiakum County Eagle would be delivered a day later than usual this week. The US Postal Office in Cathlamet closed down at noon on Tuesday,Christmas Eve, and we were unable to deliver this...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 26, 2019

2020 census work ready to start

Wahkiakum County residents will soon see information about the 2020 census coming their way. "It's pretty important because those numbers give you lots of things," local census coordinator Sandi Benbrook Rieder told the Wahkiakum County Board of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 26, 2019

Paving work completed at Skamokawa park

Commissioners of Port District 2 breezed through a light agenda when they met Dec. 17 in Skamokawa. Commissioners held a public hearing on their comprehensive plan update. They plan to vote on the plan at their January 20 meeting. Manager Jeff Smith...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 19, 2019

Pitbull attack on small dog spurs town action

Following an attack that led to the death of a small dog, the Town of Cathlamet is moving to enforce its ban of pitbulls in the town limits. The attack occurred on the evening of Dec. 8 at the DeBriae Fire Hall. Carol Wegdahl was inside the hall to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 19, 2019

Council addresses fees, varied issues with special meeting to come

With two new members at work, the Cathlamet Town Council tackled a variety of business at the December meeting on Monday. Town Attorney Fred Johnson issued oaths of office to Bill Wainwright and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 19, 2019

Commissioners OK 2020 budgets, address other issues

A short-handed Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners cruised through their pre-Christmas holiday meeting on Tuesday. Commissioners approved resolutions for the county's 2020 budgets, increasing property taxes 1 percent, and acting on a variety of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 12, 2019

Commissioners talk junk car ordinance, Johnson Park heating

Wahkiakum County commissioners addressed issues ranging from junk vehicles to transportation funding when they met Tuesday. In response to a question from an Elochoman Valley resident, Health and Human Services Director Chris Bischoff said a...

 

Tigers cool Comets for state 1B title

A young news editor once told the story: "Sports are like hunting bear with a switch," she said in her Arkansas drawl. "Sometimes you get the bear; sometimes the bear gets you, and sometimes you...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 5, 2019

Bridge water main repair will stop water flow to Puget Island

The Wahkiakum PUD water crew will soon have to stop water flow to Puget Island to replace a faulty valve, General Manager David Tramblie announced at the Tuesday meeting of the utility board of commissioners. The water crew recently replaced the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 5, 2019

Enhancement district seeks dredging of bay

Commissioners of the Grays River Habitat Enhancement District have set their sights on a big project: Clearing the channels of Grays River and Deep River across Grays Bay. They'll have support from the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners. The...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 5, 2019

Council nearing end of 2020 budget work

A short-handed Cathlamet Town Council made their second vote of approval for their 2020 budgets in a special meeting Monday night. Mayor Dale Jacobson was ill, so Council Member Ryan Smith presided as mayor pro tem. Also attending were Council...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    December 5, 2019

Comets crush ACH, play for state title Saturday

The Naselle Comet football team roared into the state Class 1B football championship with a 70-44 win over the Warriors of Almira/Coulee-Hartline last Saturday. The Comets will take on the top-ranked Odessa Tigers in the title game this Saturday, 12...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 28, 2019

Port 2 wraps up budget, works on comp plan

Commissioners of Wahkiakum County Port District 2 last week adopted their 2020 budget, heard suggestions to work on two Westend properties and approved improvemets at two parks. The commissioners approved a $1.05 million budget, highest in the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 28, 2019

County budget hearing set for Monday morning

Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners will hold a public hearing next Monday before beginning final deliberations on their 2020 budgets. Commissioners met Tuesday (as The Eagle went to press) with county fair officials to go over issues. The...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 21, 2019

Puget Island bridge work comes to an end

Photo and story by Rick Nelson Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include information received after the print edition went to press. Work on the Puget Island bridge is coming to an end...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 21, 2019

Commissioners address disputes from neighbors

Wahkiakum County Commissioners Dan Cothren and Mike Backman were asked to adjudicate neighborhood disputes at their meeting Tuesday. [Commissioner Gene Strong was out of town at a statewide meeting of county officials.] The first dispute involved...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 21, 2019

Council votes to reopen Butler St. parking lot

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council on Monday voted 3-1 to open their Butler Street lot to parking with a six-month deadline to begin improvements to the lot. The action was one of several initiatives from Council Member David Olson who also...

 

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