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 By Rick Nelson    News    February 14, 2019 

County dredging plan meets new hurdle

The latest hurdle to finishing Wahkiakum County's permit applications to deposit dredge spoils on eroding beaches isn't very big, but it could delay any beach nourishment to next fall. A biological assessment of one of the county's four flood...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 14, 2019 

Petitioner appeals recall decision

The effort to recall Cathlamet's mayor and three council members has gone to the Washing State Supreme Court. The attorney for petitioner Bill Wainwright filed a notice to appeal on February 7. The state justices will review the filing and decide if...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 7, 2019

Measles outbreak misses Wahkiakum; vaccinations needed

The measles outbreak affecting the Portland-Vancouver area hasn't hit Wahkiakum County, yet. As of Sunday, 51 cases of the highly contagious disease had been diagnosed in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle. So far, there have been none locally, Chris...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 7, 2019

Commissioners' Summary

Wahkiakum County commissioners covered a wide variety of business at their Tuesday meeting, including having discussions on changes to ferry rates and use of the vacant Johnson House as a rental residence. Ferry patrons have complained about the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 31, 2019

Judge rules recall charges insufficient

Wahkiakum Superior Court Judge Donald J. Richter on Friday ruled that charges to recall Cathlamet's mayor and three council members were legally insufficient to proceed toward election. Cathlamet resident Bill Wainwright had filed the charges...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 31, 2019

State auditors have recommendations for town

The Town of Cathlamet came away with two recommendations after a Washington State Auditor's Office audit in late fall. Overall, the auditors said they found no problems with the town's numbers. However, they pointed out that the town clerical staff...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 24, 2019

Judge rules recall charges insufficient

Wahkiakum Superior Court Judge Donald J. Richter on Friday ruled that charges to recall Cathlamet's mayor and three council members were legally insufficient to proceed toward election. Cathlamet resident Bill Wainwright had filed the charges...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 24, 2019

Judge to rule on recall merit

The effort to recall Cathlamet's mayor and three council members took two steps forward this week. In a special meeting last Thursday, the council voted to pay initial legal expenses for the four respondents to the recall petition. On Tuesday, the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 24, 2019

Commission okays contract, requests; plans workshop on ferry issues

Wahkiakum County commissioners sailed through a light agenda Tuesday, taking action on some items of business and planning action for future meetings. Commissioners approved a three-year renewal of a...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 24, 2019

Council acts on wage issues, sets workshops

The Cathlamet Town Council started 2019 with a light agenda for their first meeting of the year. Council members voted unanimously to give employes a 3 percent cost of living adjustment. Interim Clerk/Treasurer Sylvia Costich said the increase would...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 17, 2019

Cathlamet recall heads to court

The effort to recall the mayor and three members of the Cathlamet Town Council will take another step next week. A hearing is scheduled at 11 a.m. in Wahkiakum County Superior Court to review the proposed ballot synopsis and determine the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 10, 2019

Commissioners consider Johnson House sale

Wahkiakum County commissioners stepped back from selling a house in Cathlamet and explored issues regarding burgeoning technology costs when they met Tuesday. In a public hearing about the board's proposal to declare the Johnson House surplus and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 10, 2019

Local agencies discuss variety of issues, projects

When representatives of local governmental and public service entities got together Tuesday, they covered a lot of ground ranging from economic development plans to the recall effort of members of the Cathlamet Town Council. The representatives get...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 3, 2019

Cathlamet residents file recall petition for mayor, 3 councilors

A group of Cathlamet residents have filed petitions to hold recall elections for Mayor Dale Jacobson and Council Members Sue Cameron, Jean Burnham and Ryan Smith. Under Washington law, elected officials may be recalled for misfeasance or malfeasance...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 3, 2019

CenturyLink outage affects 9-1-1, internet locally, nationwide

An equipment failure at a CenturyLink facility Thursday evening in Colorado caused local and nationwide outages to 9-1-1 dispatch centers, long distance telephone service and internet connections. CenturyLink reported the outage about 8:18 p.m....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 27, 2018

County plans to sell suprlus Cathlamet house

Wahkiakum County commissioners will hold a public hearing Jan. 8 to consider declaring the Johnson House surplus and putting it up for sale. The two-story building, at 80 Division Street, had been used as an extension of Health and Human Services...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 20, 2018

Eagle publishes combined edition this week

Eagle readers should be aware: This week's edition is unique in recent memory. Because the approaching Christmas and New Year holidays fall on Tuesdays, we've decided to publish an edition that combines this week's and next week's editions. This is...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 20, 2018

Commission OK's budgets, acts on other matters

Wahkiakum County commissioners raised taxes and adopted the 2019 budget when they met this Tuesday. Commissioners also discussed county fair funding, information technology support, and a variety of Health and Human Services issues. While the board...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 20, 2018

Council considers code of conduct, consultant

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council wrestled with a proposed code of conduct for meetings, approved their 2019 budget, gave town employees a raise and handled other items of business at their monthly meeting on Monday. Discussion of the resolution...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 13, 2018

Commission covers guns, dredging, timber, other topics

It was almost a typical meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The board covered its usual variety of subjects----dredging, staffing, budgeting, bids, reports, and so on, but there was one difference. Commissioner Blair...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 6, 2018

County commission holds hearing on 2019 budgets

Wahkiakum County commissioners held a public hearing on proposed 2019 budgets Monday and addressed other business at their regular weekly meeting on Tuesday. Commissioners will take final action on the budgets later this month. Revenue for 2019 will...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 6, 2018

Council takes steps on 2019 budgets

The Cathlamet Town Council took first steps toward adopTing 2019 budgets at a special meeting Monday afternoon. Budget preparation has been delayed by illness ot Clerk/Treasurer Kerrie McNally. Recently hired interim Clerk/Treasurer Sylvia Costich...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 6, 2018

Planners accept Port 2 20-year disposal permit

The Wahkiakum County Planning Commission last Thursday accepted a recommendation for approval of a shoreline substantial development permit for Port District 2. The permit would cover a 20-year program for deposition of dredge spoils at Skamokawa...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 29, 2018

Strong edges Brady by two votes; recount set for next Wednesday

Incumbent Blair Brady outpolled challenger Gene Strong 6-2 when Wahkiakum County election officials tallied the final votes of the 2018 general election, but Strong led the final count by two votes, 1,189-1,187. With the margin that close, there...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 29, 2018

Cothren suggest county adopt anti-1639 ordinance

Wahkiakum County may soon join other counties and municipalities across the state in codifying opposition to new law created by voter approved Initiative 1639. The initiative requires a variety of measures designed to increase firearm safety and...

 

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