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 By Rick Nelson    News    October 11, 2018 

Updates: Puget Island bridge, SR slide work

Highway construction projects on SR 4 and the Puget Island bridge will impact traffic next week. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) contractors plan to finish work at the slide at Stella very soon, and a new slide stabilization...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 11, 2018 

Body found in river was that of Island resident

The body of a man found in the Columbia River last month has been identified as Puget Island resident Joe Abeyta. Clatsop County Medical Examiner Dr. JoAnn Giuliani said late Friday afternoon that fingerprints confirmed the identity. Abeyta lived...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 11, 2018 

Commissioners, public review dredging delays

Wahkiakum County officials covered a lot of issues when the board of county commissioners met Tuesday, but most of it revolved around erosion. County officials have been working for two years to set up a 10-year program with the US Army Corps of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    October 11, 2018 

Coons is the right candidate for assessor

For weeks, I've been waiting for the edition when we didn't have a letter to the editor regarding the election for county assessor. I've wanted to write an opinion column about the race, but I've wanted to avoid giving the impression that I'm...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    October 11, 2018 

Mules rip Toutle, host Toledo on Friday

The Wahkiakum Mules picked up a Central League/River Divison win with a 42-6 win over the host Toutle Lake Ducks last Friday. The Mules had no trouble with the Duck defense; they rushed for 310 yards and gained another 138 in the air as quarterback...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 4, 2018

Changes in store for recycling plastics

International affairs have caught up with Wahkiakum County's recycling program. The county, subsidized by state funding, operates the program that collects cans, paper, cardboard and plastics. The...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 4, 2018

Body of man found in river identified as Puget Island man

[Editor: This story has been updated to include more detail.} The body of a man found in the Columbia River last month has been identified as Puget Island resident Joe Abeyta. Clatsop County Dr. JoAnn Giuliani said late Friday afternoon that...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 4, 2018

County planning commission receives shoreline update

The Wahkiakum County Planning Commission last Thursday accepted a proposed update of the county's shoreline management program from the county commission's Real Property Rights Advisory Committee. Planners had recommended approval of a document in...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 4, 2018

Renaissance town proponents speak at county commission

` Proponents of a Renaissance theme cooperative farm in the Elochoman Valley presented their plans to concerned neighbors Tuesday before the county board of commissioners. JD Honoré and his wife, Shira, purchased a farm from Margaret and Dale...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 4, 2018

Permit reviews delaying Cape Horn dredging

The eroding beach at Cape Horn apparently won't receive dredged sand this year for beach nourishment. Wahkiakum County officials have been working for two years to obtain permits for dredge spoils deposits at Cape Horn and three spots on Puget...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    October 4, 2018

Mules swamp Vikes in homecoming

Photo by Diana Zimmerman The Wahkiakum Mules ran over the Mossyrock Vikings for a 58-21 football homecoming victory last Friday. In the first quarter, Chance Cothren scored on an 87-yard run and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 27, 2018

Valley residents concerned about Renaissance style town

Wahkiakum County commissioners heard concerns from Elochoman Valley residents Tuesday that a commune might start in their neighborhood and adversely impact their quality of life. Residents of the Monroe Acres development and other Elochoman Valley...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 27, 2018

Search groups locate 2 missing in woods.

Regional search and rescue units located two people who became lost in Wahkiakum area forests. On Tuesday, responders located a Naselle man, Pete Rigert, age 52, who had become lost Monday while hiking in the woods above his house near the Pacific...

 

Town of Taylor rightly has a long way to go

Elochoman Valley residents were surprised this weekend by an announcement that the new owners of the Strueby Farm plan to start a farming cooperative and build a Renaissance style village there. Word spread; neighbors began studying the project...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 27, 2018

Port 2 reviews proposed budget for 2018

Commissioners of Port District 2 went over their preliminary budget when they met Sept. 18 at Skamokawa Vista Park. The proposed budget totaled $1.058 million, down from $1.13 million budget for 2018 and $1.14 budgeted for 2017. The port expects to...

 

Tigers down Mules; homecoming Friday

Ranked third last week in the Associated Press state Class 2B football poll, the Napavine Tigers handed the Wahkiakum Mules a 39-20 defeat last Friday. The AP 2B poll almost looks like Central League standings: 1. Adna, 3. Napavine, 4. Kalama, 5. Rai...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 20, 2018

Council completes sewer rate appeal, lifts moratorium

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council worked their way through an appeal of a sewer rate for a business, lifted a building moratorium and handled other business at their monthly meeting on Monday. Steve and Paige Lake, owners of the Bradley House,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 20, 2018

Commissioners review dredge progress, broadband

Wahkiakum County commissioners reviewed the status of beach nourishment plans and handled other business when they met Tuesday. The board, acting as the commission for four flood control zone districts, is working with a consultant to obtain a...

 

Loggers edge Mules 32-27

When can a loss in a football game make one happy? For the Wahkiakum Mules, it was their performance in a 32-27 loss to the visiting Onalaska Loggers last Friday. The Mules had suffered a 34-0 loss...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 13, 2018

County board votes to provide local match for broadband study grant

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday voted to apply for an application for a grant to study the feasibility of creating a broadband network in the county. Government entities have had a committee studying creation of a broadband network, and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 13, 2018

Elochoman road closure may be lifted in October

Wahkiakum County commissioners plan to re-open the Elochoman Valley Road, probably in early October. Commissioners were ready Tuesday to open the road--closed last winter near milepost 7 because of potential landslide, but a request from Hancock...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 13, 2018

Commission OK's funds for office access security

Wahkiakum County offices may soon have significant security upgrades. On Tuesday, county commissioners authorized sheriff's office personnel to proceed with purchase and installation of electronic door locks for offices in the courthouse and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 13, 2018

DNR sets meetings on murrelet strategy

The Washington Department of Natural Resources and US Fish and Wildlife Service are preparing to gather input on their updated proposed amendments to their long-term conservation strategies for the marbeled murrelet. The endangered sea bird nests on...

 

Pirates pound Mules; Onalaska here Friday

The Adna Pirates aren't ranked first in the Associated Press Class 2B football poll for nothing: They're a good team. The Pirates took it to the Wahkiakum Mules for a 34-0 victory last Friday. The Mules had returned to the football poll after a few...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 6, 2018

Suicide prevention month: Resources available in the area

Suzanne Arnits came to the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners meeting Tuesday asking for a proclamation. She got that from the commissioners, but she also started a conversation. Arnits is an outreach coordinator for NAMI SW WA—the...

 

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