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 By Rick Nelson    News    January 14, 2021 

Rains flood SR 4, county roads

Wahkiakum County commissioners dealt with the impacts January's heavy rain when they met Tuesday. The board voted to declare a state of emergency to allow fast track repair of a failing culvert on Salmon Creek Road. Public Works Director Chuck Beyer...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    January 14, 2021 

There is no choice: Impeach him again

We lost two more this week. Subscribers, that is, upset with my choice to run articles from the Associated Press detailing the lies and deceitful statements of President Donald Trump and his supporters. We saw the results of those lies last week...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 7, 2021

County officials concerned about regional health plan

Wahkiakum county officials said Tuesday they would lobby against a proposal to replace county health districts with region-wide districts. Officials fear they will lose local control over public health issues if decisions are made at a regional...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 7, 2021

County board gets start on new year

Wahkiakum County commissioners elected Gene Strong chair of the board for 2021 and acted on other business when they met Tuesday in their first meeting of the year. Lee Tischer, attending his first meeting as a newly elected county commissioner, was...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 24, 2020

Commissioners OK open space applications, bid Backman goodbye

Wahkiakum County commissioners breezed through business Tuesday in what was the last meeting of the year for the board and the last meeting as a member of the board for Mike Backman. Backman has served eight years on the board but lost his bid for a...

 

Opinion, yes, alternate reality, no

I hate to do this, especially in what should be a celebratory week, but this week, I'm going to toughen our standards for letters to the editor and refuse to print a letter that appears to be largely fiction. The writer repeats debunked claims that...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 17, 2020

Tischer leaves Port 2 board of commissioners

Commissioners of Port District 2 are looking for a new member of their board. It was the last meeting for Commissioner Lee Tischer, who represents the Puget Island portion of the district. He was elected to the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 17, 2020

Commissioners OK 2021 budgets, 1 percent levy increase

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday approved budgets for 2021 and, by 2-1 votes, raised county levy rates by 1 percent. County budgets, ranging from the General Fund to the Road Department total $26.19 million. The county's three levies total...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    December 10, 2020

County board works on budget

Time is running out for Wahkiakum County officials to complete their budget preparation process for 2021, and questions and concerns about revenue remain to be answered. The covid-19 pandemic has impacted the economy in a variety of ways, and the...

 

Masks, opinions and more

Throughout the fall season, The Eagle has printed letters to the editor reflecting a wide range of opinion. We have long been committed to providing that forum. Note that these, for the most part, are opinions. As seen on the increasingly widespread...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 19, 2020

Commissioners limiting meeting room access to combat covid spread

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday acted on a variety of business, including agreeing to reduce in-person access to their meetings. The board supported Commissioner Gene Strong's suggestion to limit visitors to just the people speaking on...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    November 5, 2020

Wahkiakum votes right

Updated with new results for Wahkiakum County commissioner based on Thursday's new count: Lee Tischer boosted his lead over incumbent Mike Backman to 1,602-1,194 (first report reversed totals on image showing returns). Incumbent Dan Cothren...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 29, 2020

Wahkiakum votes right; Tischer defeats Backman; Blake, Takko are losing

Initial results of the long anticipated general election are in, and Wahkiakum County voters showed a strong conservative streak, supporting Republican candidates and rejecting statewide issues. The...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 22, 2020

Commissioners approve new mental health job description for schools

Wahkiakum County commissioners approved creation of a new behavioral health position to work in local schools when they met Tuesday. Commissioners handled a variety of other business and set a schedule for working on departmental budget requests for...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 15, 2020

Chamber, commission critique business aid for covid-19 expenses

Tuesday was a day for discussions for Wahkiakum County commissioners and a variety of representatives of local organizations who came together for two online Zoom meetings. Economic relief for business was a major topic during the meeting of the...

 

Ballots are coming; it's time to vote

And so we've arrived at the point in the 2020 election season when Washington voters receive their mail-in ballots. The adoption of vote-by-mail has changed the dynamics of elections; although election day is Nov. 3, two weeks away, this will be the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    October 8, 2020

Hot timber market is good news for county

A hot timber market should bode well for Wahkiakum County's Current Expense Fund, county officials learned Tuesday. The county relies on revenue from state managed trust timber land to support the fund, which supports most courthouse offices. Last...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 24, 2020

Commissioners reject Columbia St. paving bids

Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners breezed through a light agenda Tuesday. At the recommendation of the Public Works Department, commissioners declined to accept bids for paving and other work on Columbia Street between Jacobson Road and SR...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 24, 2020

Port 2 relinquishes island, looks at 2020 budget

Commissioners of Port District No. 2 relinquished ownership of Coffee Pot Island and took a look at a proposed budget for 2021 when they met Sept. 14. Coffee Pot Island lies in the Columbia between the Port's Svensen Park in Puget Island and the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 17, 2020

Fairgrounds considered for fire evacuee's use

The Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds in Skamokawa may be called into service to house persons and animals displaced by regional wildfires. Commissioner Gene Strong brought the idea to the board of commissioners Tuesday, saying people evacuating from...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 10, 2020

Commissioners discuss vaccines, 2021 budgets

Wahkiakum County commissioners discussed vaccines and looked ahead to budget preparation for 2021 when they met Tuesday. Dian Cooper, executive director of the Cowlitz Health Center, which operates a clinic in Cathlamet, said clinics will start...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 3, 2020

County commission hears health director's report, acts on varied issues

Wahkiakum County commissioners breezed though a light agenda Tuesday, approving some personnel changes, discussing 9-1-1 telecommunication issues and hearing a report from the county's health department administrator. Health and Human Services...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 27, 2020

Sunny Sands residents should prepare for beach nourishment project

East Sunny Sands beach front residents have been warned to clear their frontages of personal property in preparation for placement of dredged sand spoils, Wahkiakum County officials announced this...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 27, 2020

Early gillnet boat makes marina visit

Long Beach resident Kent Craford came with friends and family to the Elochoman Slough Marina last Saturday to launch his gillnet boat, the John M. The 22-foot double ender boat reflects the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 20, 2020

County commission OK's 4-wheel drive for sheriff's department

In a brief meeting Tuesday, Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners approved purchase of two new patrol vehicles for the sheriff's office and acted on other business. Commissioners had some discussion about replacing the patrol vehicles before...

 

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