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

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 By Rick Nelson    News    April 2, 2020 

Census data collection concerns councilor

A last minute understanding about US Census data collection has drawn concern from Cathlamet Town Council Member David Olson. Census day was yesterday (Wednesday) when people were to have responded to census questionnaires. Olson learned this week...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    April 2, 2020 

Doing business in time of pandemic

So, we're in Week 2 of the covid-19 virus quarantine. School was out and is now back in session, but no students are at school. Non-essential businesses have closed; the governor's office issued a 14-page document for guidelines on deciding who is...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 2, 2020 

County treasurers quizzed on potential tax date deferral

Editor's note: After this story was written, we received word from Wahkiakum County Treasurer Tammy Peterson that the Wahkiakum officials have extended the tax payment deadline to May 31. Please see separate article on this website for that...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 2, 2020 

Port 2 passes County Line Park to Port 1

Commissioners Lee Tischer and Austin Burkhalter of Port District 2 met by the online program Zoom on Tuesday and charged through their agenda in a seven minute meeting. Action items included: --Commissioners adopted a resolution formally passing...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 26, 2020

Local officials evolve response to covid-19

Wahkiakum County and the state of Washington have entered the era of the ark. To halt the rapid spread of the corona-19 virus, Governor Jay Inslee has limited gatherings to two people and ordered...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 19, 2020

County ramps up response for covid-19

 Schools, other closures mandated  Limits placed on groups Life as we know it is changing, and local health officials are joining those across the state, nation and world in clamping down on activities to slow the spread of the covid-19 virus....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 19, 2020

Town councils accepts bid for water line work

In a meeting kept short to reduce risk of exposure to covid-19 virus, the Cathlamet Town Council met Monday to accept a bid for a water main project and to handle other business. The council voted...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 12, 2020

H&HS director offers update on covid-19

Wahkiakum County Health Department officials continue to monitor the impact of the new covid-19 virus as it spreads across Washington state and the rest of the world. Although there are no cases in Wahkiakum County, the health department is taking...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 12, 2020

Island should receive beach nourishment

Eroding beaches on Puget Island should receive nourishment from dredge sand this year, county officials reported Tuesday. County Commissioner Dan Cothren said he and others had discussed dredging issues in the past week with Carla Ellis, a dredging...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 5, 2020

County health officials outline plans to deal with coronavirus

With the increase in the incidence of coronavirus illnesses in Washington, Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services officials have begun defining steps to deal with the new illness. Now named COVID-19, the virus originated in Wuhan, China, as an...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 5, 2020

Commissioners summary: Ferry shutting down March 11

Wahkiakum County commissioners breezed though a light agenda Tuesday before hearing a presentation from Health and Human Services Director Chris Bischoff on the spread of COVID-19 virus (see separate article in this edition). Commissioners accepted...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 27, 2020

County, Port District 2 consider land transfer at Vista Park

A transfer of land from Wahkiakum County to Port District 2 could lead to improvements at Skamokawa Vista Park. Port 2 officials presented the request for the transfer to the county board of commissioners on Tuesday; the county officials were...

 

Cathlamet author's historical saga continues

Cathlamet author Lilly Robbins Brock presented the second volume of her Bennett Family Saga during a visit to the Cathlamet Public Library last Saturday. Inspired by research into her own family's...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 20, 2020

Council adopts meeting change, tackles other issues

For the second month in a row, the monthly meeting of the Cathlamet town council on Monday reached the four hour length as council members tackled a variety of business items. Next month may not have...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 20, 2020

Commissioners adopt parks & recreation plan; ferry closure rescheduled

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a county parks and recreation plan despite citizen concerns it focuses too heavily on the Johnson Park facility at Rosburg. In other business, the board once again tabled a decision on removing trees...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 13, 2020

Voters reject bond proposal 912-454

Voters in the Wahkiakum School District have rejected a proposal to sell $38 million in bonds to renovate district school buildings. Initial votes counted Tuesday showed 912 voters opposed to the bonds, 66.72%, and 33.21% in favor. The Wahkiakum...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 13, 2020

Long ferry closure ahead; Westend road maintenance sought

The ferry Oscar B. will be out of service almost two weeks to go into dry dock for painting and repairs. The Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners authorized the shutdown during their meeting on Tuesday. Commissioners also fielded complaints about...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 13, 2020

County board handles varied topics

Wahkiakum County commissioners had a short but busy meeting Feb. 4, covering lots of ground. Some of the topics addressed were:  County staff are trying to arrange a meeting with the US Army Corps of Engineers dredging program staff to discuss...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 6, 2020

KM SR4 slide repair progresses; traffic may resume next week

Wednesday afternoon update from Tamara Greenwell, WSDOT Regional Communications Manager: "All of the soggy debris is behaving well under all the rain. It is surprisingly more stable than we thought...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 6, 2020

Coronavirus concerns addressed in county

By Rick Nelson With news about the new coronavirus 2019-nCOV that originated in China turning into a worldwide pandemic, Wahkiakum County health officers addressed the issue at the Tuesday meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners. The...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 6, 2020

County board handles varied topics

Wahkiakum County commissioners had a short but busy meeting Tuesday, covering lots of ground. Some of the topics addressed were:  County staff are trying to arrange a meeting with the US Army Corps of Engineers dredging program staff to discuss pro...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 30, 2020

WSDOT responds to slide cutting SR 4 on KM

Single lane passage coming soon No public logging road detour Health department adapting Wednesday meeting cancelled WSDOT using past & present knowledge CATHLAMET (Jan. 28) -- Washington Department of Transportation engineers hope to have a single...

 

School bond issue: Do it right 1st time

I think it's an admirable goal: If you're going to do something, do it right the first time. My coaches, Paul Spears and Terry Bonny drilled that into me during the seasons I was a Wahkiakum Mule football player, 1965-68, and I've honored it through...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 23, 2020

WSDOT planning repair to open SR 4 on KM Mountain

Washington Department of Transportation engineers hope to have a single lane of traffic open soon around the slide blocking SR 4 on KM Mountain. "Soon" is probably next week but possibly as early as late this week. District Construction Engineer...

 
 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...

 

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