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 By Rick Nelson    News    August 11, 2022 

Herrera-Beutler concedes election to Joe Kent

Election officials across Washington state last week updated vote tallies from the August 2 primary election, and on Tuesday afternoon, incumbent Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler conceded her race with fellow Republican Joe Kent. According to the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    August 11, 2022 

What a week!

Last week turned out to be an exciting week for Eagle staff. You should know that we plan ahead to make sure we cover local events, such as the Finnish American Folk Festival that occurred July 29-31 in Naselle. Reporter Diana Zimmerman already had...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 11, 2022 

Change comes slowly for food service rules

Change is coming slowly to Wahkiakum County regulations covering festival food vendors and other food service, Health and Human Services Director Chris Bischoff said Tuesday. Bischoff's comments came in response to questions from vendor Bob Hill,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 4, 2022

Commissioners act on roads, hear report on SAIL

Wahkiakum County commissioners acted on road projects, heard a report about an activity program for senior citizens, and took care of other business when they met Tuesday. Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with Columbia Land Trust...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 28, 2022

Commissioners okay two part-time deputies

Wahkiakum County commissioners breezed through their meeting Tuesday, rolling over a light agenda and spending time discussing trust timberland management issues. Commissioners signed a public assistance grant agreement with the Washington State...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 28, 2022

Port 2 planning building improvements

Commissioners of Port District 2 worked over plans for upgrading facilities when they met Tuesday evening. The port has purchased the former Skamokawa United Methodist Church Building, now named the Carlton Appelo Center, and is in the process of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 21, 2022

EMS communications issue headed to ballot

Wahkiakum County voters will be asked to approve a boost to the local sales tax in an issue approved Tuesday for this November's general election. The tax would generate funds for improvements and maintenance of the radio system serving a variety of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 14, 2022

Commissioners, residents discuss road/erosion issues

Culverts, roads, boats and finances dominated the business at Tuesday’s meeting of the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners. During public comment citizens pointed out two long standing issues with roads and offered advice while urging action...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    July 14, 2022

Changes in letters policy

I've decided to implement some changes in The Eagle policy for letters to the editor. First and foremost, letters need to be shortened. In the past, the limit has been 350 words; starting with the July 23 edition, the limit is now 250 words. We seem...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    July 14, 2022

Short and to the point

Here's a short commentary coming from Tuesday's House Jan. 6 Committee. It's testimony from witness Stephen Ayers: "People dive into the politics, and for me, I felt like I had horse blinders on. I was locked in the whole time. The biggest thing for...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 7, 2022

Engineers doubt sewer expansion is feasible

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council addressed some thorny issues when they met Tuesday, including possible sewer system expansion in Rosedale and possible zoning changes for Main Street business properties. There were many questions, few answers,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 7, 2022

Sales tax hike would fund radio improvements (corrected)

(Editor's note: The language about the amount that would be added to the sales tax by the proposal outline below. Undersheriff Gary Howell on Thursday said the new tax for radio communications would be .02 percent, not as stated in the original...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 30, 2022

Commissioners okay fair barn project, security upgrades

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday approved contracts for constructing a small animal barn at the county fairgrounds and security upgrades for the county courthouse. Commissioners also reported progress in talks with the US Army Corps of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Change your democracy into an autocracy

Here's how you turn a democracy into an autocracy. Follow these steps: --Identify a group of citizens to vilify as The Enemy; it can be an ethnic group, immigrants, a political group/party, or other, such as the LGBTQ+ community. Identify them as thr...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 23, 2022

Pedal the Pacific riders overnight in Cathlamet

They came; they saw, they had a good time, and they headed out early Friday morning to catch the ferry on Puget Island and head to Astoria on the next leg of a bike ride to San Diego. "They" are 12...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 23, 2022

County officials seek way to pay for fairgrounds work

Wahkiakum County commissioners spent much of their Tuesday meeting discussing issues with constituents; they also worked with county fair officials to solve problems for financing improvements at the fairgrounds so that projects could be done before...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 23, 2022

Brady will be write-in commission candidate

Former Wahkiakum County Commissioner Blair Brady announced Tuesday he has filed to run as a write-in candidate for the District 3 seat on the county board of commissioners. Incumbent Commissioner Gene Strong filed for re-election to the position in...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 23, 2022

Town council OK's variety of ordinances

Cathlamet Town Council members on Monday covered a variety of new ordinances and wrestled with a request to lease the community center. Community Integrated Health Service contacted the town about leasing the community center, which has been closed...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 23, 2022

Port 2 names manager

Commissioners of Port District No. 2 on Tuesday adopted a resolution appointing Samuel Shogren as port manager. The port's previous manager resigned in January, and Assistant Manger Terina Davis has since served as interim manager. Shogren's first...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 16, 2022

Commissioners hear food vendor complaint, service program report

Wahkiakum County commissioners heard complaints about food service inspections for vendors and a report about a new program to provide assistance to people with a variety of needs. Puget Island resident Robert Hill told the board that application...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 9, 2022

Commissioners hear restroom concerns

Wahkiakum County commissioners responded to constituents' concerns when the board met Tuesday. Commissioners also authorized purchase of commercial quality refrigeration equipment for the county fair and further moves to address flood damage to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 2, 2022

Council meeting cancelled

(Editor's note: This story has been corrected to say that the council will meet Tuesday, June 21, not Monday, June 20, which is now the Junteenth Holdiay.) The regularly scheduled meeting of the Cathlamet Town Council set for June 6 has been...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 2, 2022

Highway work waiting on weather, call for bids

The Washington State Department of Transportation is still working to schedule two projects that will affect traffic between Longview and Astoria. The contractor is waiting for the right weather to complete work to add pavement markers and finish...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    June 2, 2022

Comet teams take home trophies in baseball, softball

The trophy case at Naselle High School became a bit more crowded this past weekend. The Comet boys track and field team placed second in the state Class 1B meet (see related story on this page); the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 26, 2022

Few surprises in candidate filings

There were few surprises from candidates for 2022 elections when the filing period ended last week. With county Assessor Bill Coons having announced his retirement; Deputy Assessor Falon Hoven filed for the office as an Independent. Cathlamet native...

 

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