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 By Rick Nelson    News    September 16, 2021 

Commissioners address mandate concerns

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday acted on a couple business items, discussed covid-19 vaccine mandates with constituents, and met in executive session to discuss potential litigation. The board approved a request from Chief Civil Deputy...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    September 16, 2021 

Mules top Vikes 28-24; host Onalaska this Friday

Photos by Todd Wilson The Wahkiakum Mule football team picked up its second win of the season last Friday, downing the Mossyrock Vikings 28-24. Because of the Vikings' low number of players, the teams...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 9, 2021

Town council hears community center plan; works on park, town hall improvements

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council reviewed plans to fund a manager for the Community Center in Cathlamet when they met Tuesday. Council members also approved concepts for improvements at town hall and Erickson Park, and they delayed action on bus...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 9, 2021

Commissioners address covid concerns

Wahkiakum County commissioners covered familiar ground and handled a variety of other business when they met Tuesday. In opening public comment, a speaker described discomfort caused by logging trucks passing by his house and raising dust, and of...

 

Mules shut out Ravens 32-0 in season opener

Photos courtesy of Todd Wilson The Wahkiakum Mule football team opened their season with a 32-0 shutout of the Raymond/South Bend Ravens last Friday. It was a win in the first game from new head...

 

Avoiding vaccinations, masks endangers all

The word on Facebook is that people opposing masking and other mandates to prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus will hold a demonstration today (Thursday) in front of the county courthouse to make their feelings known. I just can't understand...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 26, 2021

Parties planning path for community center managerial position

The effort to reconstitute the Community Center in Cathlamet took a step forward Tuesday at a meeting of center supporters and town and county officials. The center is operated on a cooperative agreement of the county and town. The county has been re...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 26, 2021

Commissioners okay fire district annexation, Columbia Street closure for paving

Wahkiakum County commissioners approved a road closure and fire district expansion and addressed a variety of other issues when they met Tuesday. Columbia Street will be closed from Jacobson Road to SR 4 on September 9 for paving work. Commissioners...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 19, 2021

Commissioners cover spray, covid, finances

Wahkiakum County officials covered a lot of ground, much of it from public comment, when the board of commissioners met Tuesday. Middle Valley resident Jerry Ledtke reported that recent herbicide spraying had apparently led to the death of six...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 19, 2021

Port 2 commission discusses Svensen Park, okays fee for park water

The development of Svensen Park on Puget Island was a major topic of discussion when the Port District 2 board of commissioners met Tuesday. Commissioners also discussed possible projects in western...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 12, 2021

New covid cases, another death announced; third doses availbable Aug. 18

Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services (WHHS) received positive test result notifications for four additional covid-19 cases in Wahkiakum County residents and also an additional covid related fatality, department Director Chris Bischoff...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 12, 2021

County commission OK's spare engine for county ferry

Wahkiakum County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the purchase of a spare engine for the ferry Oscar B. Commissioners also authorized the Public Works Department to contract with an engineering firm to survey county bridges, and they approved an...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 5, 2021

County begins review of Shoreline Master Program

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday hosted a public hearing to gather input on a proposed update of the county Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The board held another hearing last night (Wednesday) at Johnson Park in Rosburg. A report of that...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 5, 2021

Commissioners fly through short agenda

With a short agenda, Wahkiakum County commissioners breezed through their business meeting Tuesday. The board approved an expenditure of $34,182 to purchase a Ford F250 pickup to replace a 10-year...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 29, 2021

Port District 2 looking at spending, taxes

Where does the money go? Wahkiakum Port District 2 Commissioner Austin Burkhalter posed that question when the port commission met July 20 in Skamokawa. Burkhalter also suggested that because the port district has cash in the bank that the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 29, 2021

Commissioners OK closure for culvert

Wahkiakum County commissioners breezed through a light agenda when they met Tuesday, handling a bit of business and keeping up with current issues. Commissioners approved a two-day closure of Brooks Slough Road at milepost 2.5 to allow the County...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 22, 2021

County commission discusses center, other projects

Editor: This story has been corrected. An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the town is responsible for utilities and maintenance; in fact the town is responsible for utilities and maintenance. In addition: The town owns the building...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 15, 2021

County, Port 1 study County Line Park needs

What are the highest priority improvements at County Line Park? Local officials discussed them Tuesday at the meeting of the board of county commissioners, focusing on deteriorating walkways, water...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 15, 2021

SR 4 paving work to start Monday

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) learned Tuesday that contractor crews are scheduled to start the resurfacing work on Monday. The contractor will start at Skamokawa and work eastward to Coal Creek Road intersection near...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 15, 2021

Three run for mayor; primary election will narrow the field to two

Voters residing in the Town of Cathlamet city limits will soon decide which two of three candidates for mayor will appear on November’s general election ballot. The Wahkiakum County auditor’s Office will mail ballots and a local voter’s...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 15, 2021

Primary election ballots going out Friday in Cathlamet

Ballots for the 2021 August 3 Primary Election will be mailed to Cathlamet voters this Friday. Wahkiakum County Elections Coordinator Kaelee Dearmore said the local ballot consists of one race, Town of Cathlamet Mayor, with three candidates printed...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 8, 2021

County commissioners address community center, other issues

[Editor's note: This story has a correction: The remodel of a courthouse vault will cost an estimated $4,950, not $49.050.] Wahkiakum County commissioners heard a complaint about vaccination requirements and handled a variety of other business...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    July 1, 2021

Remembering Mark Doumit

I was deeply saddened last week to learn of the unexpected death of former Cathlamet resident Mark Doumit. I think my first memory of him was in 1979 or 1980 when I went to the old cannery building in Cathlamet to photograph some gillnetters....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 24, 2021

Commission OK's Chinook recognition resolution by 2-1 vote

By a 2-1 vote, Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting federal recognition of the Chinook Indian Nation. Commissioners also discussed covid-19 issues with members of the public and addressed staffing...

 

Covid-19 update

With the report of six new cases last Friday, Wahkiakum County's tally of covid-19 cases hit a total of 155, with 37 of those potentially active. A news release from Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services (WHHS) Operations Manager Duncan...

 

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