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 By Rick Nelson    News    December 13, 2018 

Commission covers guns, dredging, timber, other topics

It was almost a typical meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The board covered its usual variety of subjects----dredging, staffing, budgeting, bids, reports, and so on, but there was one difference. Commissioner Blair...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 6, 2018

County commission holds hearing on 2019 budgets

Wahkiakum County commissioners held a public hearing on proposed 2019 budgets Monday and addressed other business at their regular weekly meeting on Tuesday. Commissioners will take final action on the budgets later this month. Revenue for 2019 will...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 6, 2018

Council takes steps on 2019 budgets

The Cathlamet Town Council took first steps toward adopTing 2019 budgets at a special meeting Monday afternoon. Budget preparation has been delayed by illness ot Clerk/Treasurer Kerrie McNally. Recently hired interim Clerk/Treasurer Sylvia Costich...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 6, 2018

Planners accept Port 2 20-year disposal permit

The Wahkiakum County Planning Commission last Thursday accepted a recommendation for approval of a shoreline substantial development permit for Port District 2. The permit would cover a 20-year program for deposition of dredge spoils at Skamokawa...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 29, 2018

Strong edges Brady by two votes; recount set for next Wednesday

Incumbent Blair Brady outpolled challenger Gene Strong 6-2 when Wahkiakum County election officials tallied the final votes of the 2018 general election, but Strong led the final count by two votes, 1,189-1,187. With the margin that close, there...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 29, 2018

Cothren suggest county adopt anti-1639 ordinance

Wahkiakum County may soon join other counties and municipalities across the state in codifying opposition to new law created by voter approved Initiative 1639. The initiative requires a variety of measures designed to increase firearm safety and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 29, 2018

LLC suggested for future mental health services

Wahkiakum County commissioners voted Tuesday to support creation of a limited liability company to oversee mental health services in 2020. Currently, state and federal funds for mental health are managed by the Great Rivers Behavioral Health...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 22, 2018

Town council regroups for budget prep

With their clerk/treasurer out of commission, the Cathlamet town council is having to regroup and start anew in preparation of the town's 2019 budgets. Clerk/treasurer Kerrie McNally became ill in mid-October and a took a trip to a hospital for...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 15, 2018

Election Update: Strong pulls ahead in commission race; auditor issues warning

Challenger Gene Strong took a six-vote lead over incumbent county Commissioner Blair Brady in the latest count of Wahkiakum County general election votes. After the Thursday morning count, Strong, the former county sheriff, led Brady 1,188 to 1,182....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 15, 2018

Backman suggests 'partnership' for park improvement funding

Wahkiakum County commissioners will have a choice on how to fund improvements to the water and electric systems at County Line Park. The county owns the park but contracts with Port District 2 to operate and manage the park. On Tuesday, port...

 

Tri-Cities Prep edges Mules in overtime

It wasn't easy, but the third ranked Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars managed to defeat the 14th ranked Wahkiakum Mules 35-28 in overtime in the opening round of the state Class 2B football playoffs on Saturda...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    November 8, 2018

Local teams play for trophies in state volleyball tournaments

The Wahkiakum Lady Mules and Naselle Comettes will play today for seventh and eighth places in the Class 2B and Class 1B volleyball tournaments. Both teams lost their initial matches but followed with two wins to reach the medal rounds. The Lady...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 8, 2018

Election 2018: Incumbents take early leads with new exception--Gene Strong

Thursday update: Challenger Gene Strong took an six-vote lead over incumbent county Commissioner Blair Brady in the latest count of Wahkiakum County general election votes. After the Thursday morning count, Strong, the former county sheriff, led...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 8, 2018

Commissioners OK hike in broadband support

Wahkiakum County commissioners by a 2-1 vote Tuesday approved an increase in the match they'll provide for a feasibility study of county wide broadband capacity. A community-wide group spearheaded by Wahkiakum PUD Commissioner Gene Healy has formed...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 8, 2018

Statewide and regional issues and elections

Initiative 1631 concerning carbon tax for pollution reduction Wahkiakum County results: Yes 614, no 1,484, statewide yes 43.7 percent, no 56.3 percent. Pacific County results: Yes 2,463 no 4,892. Initiative 1634 concerning taxation of certain items...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    November 8, 2018

Mules upset Gulls to earn playoff berth

The Wahkiakum Mule football team is back in the state playoffs for the first time in five years. The young, 5-5 Mules controlled the ball to upset the 6-4 Raymond Seagulls 22-10 last Friday in...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 1, 2018

County budget: Good revenues and a suggestion for the Cathlamet library building

Wahkiakum county officials this week wrapped up initial steps in preparing their preliminary budgets for 2019. County commissioners met with department heads and others to go over requests line by line. Officials usually express concern that revenue...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 1, 2018

McEntire tackles Blake for 'cronyism'

As voters were preparing to return their vote by mail ballots this past week, a candidate for District 19 state representative faced late challenges. After a news story in the Chinook Observer reported Democrat incumbent Brian Blake has paid former...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    November 1, 2018

Mules blast Cardinals, start playoffs today

The Wahkiakum Mule football team got back on the winning track with a 41-22 win over the Winlock Cardinals last Friday. The win secured a third place finish for the Mules in the Central League's River Division and put them in a crossover playoff...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 25, 2018

Cothren, Mora meet director of WSU elk hoof rot research

Wahkiakum County Commissioner Dan Cothren and Dr. Boone Mora, a retired public health officer living in Skamokawa, traveled to Toutle last week to meet Dr. Margaret Wild, who has been selected to lead Washington State University’s research into...

 

Campaign dirt is getting out of control

The general election campaigning continues to boil and bubble. Among last Friday's bulk mail was an ad urging District 19 voters to write in Teresa Purcell's name instead of voting for either Republican Jim Walsh or Erin Frasier for district...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 25, 2018

Port 2 adopts budget, maintains current tax

Commissioners of Port District 2 adopted a budget for 2019 when they met October 16 at Skamokawa Vista Park. In adopting the district budget, Commissioners Lori Scott, Brian O’Connor and Lee Tischer declined to raise local property taxes the 1...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    October 25, 2018

Mules fall 55-0 to Kalama

The Kalama Chinook football team ran over the depleted Wahkiakum Mules for a 55-0 River Division victory last Friday night. Injury problems have hurt the Mules; in the past week they lost two starters to leg injuries and had a third taken from Friday...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 18, 2018

Weekend slide work planned for SR 4

An intense four days of slide stabilization work is set for this weekend on SR 4 near the Wahkiakum/Cowlitz county line. The work is scheduled Friday through Monday, with the contractor working...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 18, 2018

Town council, updates CAO, sees moratorium end

Members of the Cathlamet town council lifted a building moratorium, took steps to update the Critical Area Ordinace and handled other business when they met Monday. Clerk/Treasurer Kerrie McNally explained the reason for the update--state agencies...

 

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