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

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 By Rick Nelson    News    October 22, 2020 

Commissioners approve new mental health job description for schools

Wahkiakum County commissioners approved creation of a new behavioral health position to work in local schools when they met Tuesday. Commissioners handled a variety of other business and set a schedule for working on departmental budget requests for...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 15, 2020

Chamber, commission critique business aid for covid-19 expenses

Tuesday was a day for discussions for Wahkiakum County commissioners and a variety of representatives of local organizations who came together for two online Zoom meetings. Economic relief for business was a major topic during the meeting of the...

 

Ballots are coming; it's time to vote

And so we've arrived at the point in the 2020 election season when Washington voters receive their mail-in ballots. The adoption of vote-by-mail has changed the dynamics of elections; although election day is Nov. 3, two weeks away, this will be the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 8, 2020

Hot timber market is good news for county

A hot timber market should bode well for Wahkiakum County's Current Expense Fund, county officials learned Tuesday. The county relies on revenue from state managed trust timber land to support the fund, which supports most courthouse offices. Last...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 24, 2020

Commissioners reject Columbia St. paving bids

Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners breezed through a light agenda Tuesday. At the recommendation of the Public Works Department, commissioners declined to accept bids for paving and other work on Columbia Street between Jacobson Road and SR...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 24, 2020

Port 2 relinquishes island, looks at 2020 budget

Commissioners of Port District No. 2 relinquished ownership of Coffee Pot Island and took a look at a proposed budget for 2021 when they met Sept. 14. Coffee Pot Island lies in the Columbia between the Port's Svensen Park in Puget Island and the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 17, 2020

Fairgrounds considered for fire evacuee's use

The Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds in Skamokawa may be called into service to house persons and animals displaced by regional wildfires. Commissioner Gene Strong brought the idea to the board of commissioners Tuesday, saying people evacuating from...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 10, 2020

Commissioners discuss vaccines, 2021 budgets

Wahkiakum County commissioners discussed vaccines and looked ahead to budget preparation for 2021 when they met Tuesday. Dian Cooper, executive director of the Cowlitz Health Center, which operates a clinic in Cathlamet, said clinics will start...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 3, 2020

County commission hears health director's report, acts on varied issues

Wahkiakum County commissioners breezed though a light agenda Tuesday, approving some personnel changes, discussing 9-1-1 telecommunication issues and hearing a report from the county's health department administrator. Health and Human Services...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 27, 2020

Sunny Sands residents should prepare for beach nourishment project

East Sunny Sands beach front residents have been warned to clear their frontages of personal property in preparation for placement of dredged sand spoils, Wahkiakum County officials announced this...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 27, 2020

Early gillnet boat makes marina visit

Long Beach resident Kent Craford came with friends and family to the Elochoman Slough Marina last Saturday to launch his gillnet boat, the John M. The 22-foot double ender boat reflects the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 20, 2020

County commission OK's 4-wheel drive for sheriff's department

In a brief meeting Tuesday, Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners approved purchase of two new patrol vehicles for the sheriff's office and acted on other business. Commissioners had some discussion about replacing the patrol vehicles before...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 13, 2020

No shooting zone proposed around Skamokawa Vista Park

Tent campers at Skamokawa Vista Park recently heard a thunk as something struck a tree and hit their tent. The object was a bullet, ricocheting from nearby target shooters on private property. They reported the incident to park officials and the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 13, 2020

Primary election

Updated vote tallies late last week for Washington's primary elections produced no changes in results for local, regional or state wide races. In primary elections, the candidates with the top two vote counts advance to the general election. Also,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 6, 2020

Council OK's parking lot concept; closes town dock; addresses other issues

By a 4-1 vote, members of the Cathlamet Town Council adopted a conceptual plan for developing their parking lot at the corner of Main and Butler streets when they met Monday. Among the other items of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 6, 2020

Candidates add votes in 2nd round of vote counting

Updated vote tallies late last week for Washington's primary elections produced no changes in results for local, regional or state wide races. In primary elections, the candidates with the top two vote counts advance to the general election. Also,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 6, 2020

Primary election

By Rick Nelson Washington's primary election on Tuesday weeded out candidates for state and legislative office, with the top two vote tallies advancing to the general election. Wahkiakum had two races on the ballot, both for county commissioner, and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 6, 2020

County replacing culvert on road near Deep River

Wirkkala Road near Deep River will be closed to traffic August 17-19, Wahkiakum County officials said Tuesday. The county road department will replace a small, failing culvert with a 9-foot diameter pipe. In June, 2019, Wirkkala Road resident Nick...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 30, 2020

Officials consider adding new restroom along SR 4, address other issues

By Rick Nelson Members of Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners would like to see an increase in public restrooms available to travelers. On Tuesday, they explored the concept with...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 30, 2020

Commissioners close courthouse, later re-open

Two days after Wahkiakum County officials opened the courthouse to the public, they closed it again. Three days later, they voted to open again. The officials learned that their janitorial contractor lacked sufficient personnel to provide the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 23, 2020

Courthouse opened Monday, closed Wednesday for cleaning

Two days after Wahkiakum County officials opened the courthouse to the public, they closed it again. The officials learned that their janitorial contractor lacked sufficient personnel to provide the schedule of cleaning required under the state...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 23, 2020

Ferry out of service Friday morning; repair ahead for courthouse

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday accepted a company's proposal to replace the heating and air conditioning system in the courthouse. Also Tuesday, Public Works Director Chuck Beyer announced that the ferry Oscar B. would be out of service...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 23, 2020

Port 2 adds health benefit for employees

Commissioners of Port District 2 approved a health insurance benefit for full time employees and agreed to honor some refund requests when they met via Zoom Tuesday afternoon. Initially, the port will pay for the health insurance costs for three full...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 9, 2020

Council addresses pool, dock, other issues

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council covered lots of ground when they met Monday, hearing bad news about dock repairs, setting up a park design plan for the Butler Street parking lot, and addressing...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 9, 2020

Commissioners express frustration with covid-19 rules

Wahkiakum County commissioners handled a variety of business Tuesday and, meeting as the county Board of Health, to express their frustration in dealing with the covid-19 pandemic. Commissioners supported a proposed grant request by Port District 1...

 

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