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 By Rick Nelson    News    May 4, 2023

Homecoming

My father's father came from Sweden. He passed on some cultural traits that my father passed to me. One very important trait is that one should Never act as if one is special. At least that's how the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 27, 2023

Onward!

It is strange when your cancer doctor tells you that your cancer has conquered your body and you have what may be days to live. That's where I am. It's a slow moving lymphoma, and I've been under treatment since September, 2001. It has now attacked m...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 13, 2023

Interest rates boost county's 2023 revenue

Wahkiakum County's finances are in decent shape, Treasurer Tammy Peterson reported to the county board of commissioners on Tuesday. With the improving economy, interest rates paid on county invested money are also boosting revenue beyond...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 6, 2023

Commissioners act on SMP comments, pond net operational status

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday approved a response to the state Department of Ecology about changes to the county's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) and also for a change in use of fish taken from the test fish trap from research to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 30, 2023

Commissioners learn opioid settlement details

Wahkiakum County officials discussed details of how Washington is handling multi-million dollar settlements from suits against producers and distributors of opioid medications when they met Tuesday. They also made appointments to the county planning...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 23, 2023

Council handles utility bill relief requests, park plan reduction

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council on Monday addressed two requests for utility bill relief, and approved plans for pickleball, Waterfront Park design changes, and boundary line changes between the Elochoman Slough Marina and the town's former sew...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 23, 2023

County calls for bids on gym, break room

Some Wahkiakum County employees may be able to work out in county-owned gym facilities later this year. The sheriff's office and health department have found grant funding for gym facilities which...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 16, 2023

DNR updates county's timber revenue estimates

Wahkiakum County should receive $1.7 million in revenue this year from harvest of timber on state managed trust lands, the Department of Natural Resources reported Tuesday. The estimate is a bit lower than the $1.8 million reported last October, said...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 2, 2023

County pursues opioid settlement

Wahkiakum County officials took steps Tuesday to participate in settlements of two suits against opioid pill producers and distributors. Commissioners also proclaimed March as Red Cross Month, approved letters of support for Wahkiakum PUD's...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 23, 2023

Commissioners fill diking district vacancy

In a meeting that lasted just over 10 minutes, Wahkiakum County commissioners appointed Puget Island resident Mark Hoover to fill a vacancy on the board of commissioners of Diking District No. 1. Besides that, they approved previous meeting minutes,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 16, 2023

Commissioners consider shoreline program administrator

Wahkiakum County commissioners considered who would administer the county's Shoreline Master Program and acted on other business when they met Tuesday. Commissioners also approved a contract with an engineering firm to redesign the intersection of Ea...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 9, 2023

Council lowers sewer plan loan interest rate, reorders order of agenda

The Cathlamet Town Council on Monday passed resolutions establishing a policy for purchasing during emergencies, lowering the interest rate on the town's sewer plant construction loan, and modifying their meeting agenda format. The first resolution...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 9, 2023

Commissioners consider new food vendor fees

Wahkiakum County Commissioners covered a lot of ground when the met Tuesday, approving expenses for construction and other projects and previewing proposed changes in fees for food service vendors. Commissioners approved a contract for landscape desi...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 26, 2023

County approves inflation adjustment increases in pay

Most Wahkiakum County employees will receive an extra 3 percent increase to go along with already scheduled pay increases this year, county commissioners decided Tuesday. According to the board of commissioners’ proposal, the increases are “in...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 19, 2023

County lobbies Gov. Inslee on Fish & Wildlife

Wahkiakum County commissioners covered a variety of business when they met Tuesday. The board signed a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee requisition action on local wildlife issues; commissioners signed interlocal agreements to support the Cathlamet library...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 12, 2023

Commissioners cover ferry funding, erosion, shoreline program

Wahkiakum County commissioners signed letters to state legislators requesting increased funding for the county ferry Oscar B. and discussed other issues when they met Tuesday. The letters follow up meetings with Rep. Fey, chair of the House...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 5, 2023

Commissioners, legislators discuss priorities for session

Wahkiakum County Commissioners and District 19 legislators on Tuesday discussed issues the county board would like to see addressed in the coming session of the Washington State Legislature. Rep. Joel McEntire, R-Cathlamet, met with the board in...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 29, 2022

Commissioners set salaries, adopt budget

Wahkiakum County commissioners set salaries for elected officials and adopted the county's 2023 budget when they met Tuesday. The board also approved contracts for the Health and Human Service Department and a resolution and contract establishing a...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 22, 2022

County commission lobbies for increased funding for ferry

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday lobbied the chair of the state legislature's transportation committee for increased funding for county transportation services. The State of Washington covers 80 percent of ferry operation costs, but state st...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 15, 2022

County commission OK's Fire 2 annexation, county levy resolutions

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday authorized expansion of Skamokawa’s Fire District No. 2, passed resolutions setting tax levy rates for 2023 and addressed other items of business. Fire District 2 had presented petitions signed by at least...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 8, 2022

Council works on ordinances, considers Columbia St. speeds

The Cathlamet Town Council on Monday worked on ordinances, settling some and tabling others as they neared the end of their 2023 budget development process. Council members tabled or failed to pass ordinances establishing a subdivision process and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 8, 2022

Commission hears budget comment

Wahkiakum County commissioners this week took yet one more step toward setting budgets for 2023. In public hearings Monday, citizens complained about increases in property taxes, and commissioners indicated they might not increase some tax levies....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 1, 2022

County officials nearing budgetary finale

Wahkiakum County officials are nearing the end of the development of their 2023 budgets. On Tuesday, the board of commissioners met as the supervisors of the county's four flood control zone districts and set assessments and budget amounts for 2023....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 24, 2022

Town will receive grant for Waterfront Park

Surprise! Just weeks after learning their application for a state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant to construct Waterfront Park had been rated too low for funding, Town of Cathlamet offi...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 17, 2022

McKeen closes gap in prosecutor race

The election race for the position of Wahkiakum County prosecuting attorney became tighter Thursday with the second count of mail-in ballots. Incumbent Democrat Dan Bigelow led Independent challenger Holly McKeen 1,093 to 963 on Tuesday, a lead of...

 

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