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

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 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 

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...

 

School officials unclear on status of fall sports

By Rick Nelson and Diana Zimmerman The covid-19 pandemic and subsequent responses to ensure people's health and safety are creating great uncertainty for school systems, and as July begins, participation in fall sports. The Washington...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 25, 2020

Port 2 considers health insurance, park trail work

Commissioners of Port District 2 discussed a potential health insurance plan for district employees and the plan for enhancing the waterfront trail at Skamokawa Vista Park when the board met via Zoom on June 16. Manager Jeff Smith said the port...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 25, 2020

Health director ready to apply for Phase 4 as soon as state will allow

As the covid-19 pandemic evolves around Washington, Wahkiakum County officials are looking to advance to a Phase 4 opening as soon as possible. "I'm ready (to apply) if the state will allow it," county Health and Human Services (H&HS) Director Chris...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 18, 2020

Commission OKs permit to expand Skamokawa water

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday approved a shoreline management permit that could lead Wahkiakum PUD to improve water supply in Skamokawa. Commissioners approved the permit despite a recommendation, on a 4-3 vote, from the county planning...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Open minds, open hearts needed now

Last week, word traveled by social media that people supporting the Black Lives Matter would hold "A March of Silence" on Friday afternoon, state wide. According to news reports, the event's purpose was to honor those lost to police brutality and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 18, 2020

Council declines to open swimming pool for 2020

By a 4-1 vote, the Cathlamet Town Council decided Monday not to open the municipal swimming pool this summer. The council cited a mix of concerns over the covid-19 pandemic and financial and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 11, 2020

County officials plan for opening of offices

By Rick Nelson With the state secretary of health approving Wahkiakum County's move to a Phase 3 opening for covid-19 virus restrictions, county officials are planning how to open their offices. Since the start of restrictions, the courthouse has...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 4, 2020

Cathlamet pool: Council to vote on opening for 2020 season

Town of Cathlamet officials have backed away from a Monday evening announcement that the town swimming pool wouldn't open for the 2020 season. Instead, the council is seeking public opinion about opening the pool or keeping it closed for the summer,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 4, 2020

Town council considers comp plan extension, change order protocol

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council acted on an update of the town's comprehensive plan and debated change order procedures and how to allocate CARES Act funds when they met Monday. The council vote...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    June 4, 2020

We should have done better

An anonymous comment drew our attention to a misstep in last week's edition in which we allowed the use of the term Chinaman in a letter to the editor. It was strange for us to see that term; it's an archaic term and not in our normal vocabulary. It...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 4, 2020

County commission okays CARES Act work

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday approved a budget for spending a large portion of their federal CARES Act funding to address issues arising from the covid-19 pandemic. Commissioners had planned to approve a formal request to the state...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 4, 2020

State okays Wahkiakum County move to Phase 3 opening

Wahkiakum County on Friday received word from the state Department of Health that the county can move to a Phase 3 opening status. Some guideline details remain to be worked out, sad Chris Bischoff, county Director of Health and Human Services....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 28, 2020

County officials seeking Phase 3 opening

By Rick Nelson Wahkiakum County could move to the less restrictive Phase 3 covid-19 opening, if county officials get their way. On Tuesday morning, Chris Bischoff, director of Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services (H&HS) told the board of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 21, 2020

Cathlamet pool will open, virus permitting

The Cathlamet Town Council covered lots of ground when they met Monday, with topics ranging from CARES Act funding and swimming pool to maintenance of town parks. The town will receive $25,000 in CARES Act funds which can be used in a variety of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 21, 2020

Senator: State faces challenging finances

As Washington state responds to the covid-19 pandemic, the Washington Legislature will have to address a huge revenue shortfall in a special session later this year, Sen. Dean Takko, D-Dist. 19, told local officials at a Tuesday roundtable meeting....

 

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