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 By Ruby Murray    News    January 26, 2012

School board considers dual sport athletics

The Wahkiakum School Board reviewed a policy prepared by athletic staff regarding dual sport participation, learned of an incident of drug abuse at school, and conducted routine business at its meeting Monday. The board learned that five high school...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    January 26, 2012

House committee hears bill to cut child care aid

On Thursday, January 12, the Washington House Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee held a hearing to examine Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to cut 4,000 families off of the Working Connections Child Care program for a savings of $50...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    January 19, 2012

PUD begins union negotiations, plans Feb. 21 meeting in Rosburg

(Editor's note: Our original headline had the incorrect date for a PUD meeting planned in Rosburg to consider a time for meetings in the Westend. The correct date is Feb. 21) The Wahkiakum County Public Utility District board met Tuesday to conduct...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    January 19, 2012

Bill would allow PUDs, ports to provide retail Internet

Wahkiakum Public Utility District commissioners are keeping an eye on Washington House bill 1711, which authorizes PUDs and rural port districts to provide retail telecommunications services to customers within or adjacent to their district. The...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    January 12, 2012

Sandbags available across the county

Emergency supplies to protect property from flooding are available at fire stations through the county, Wahkiakum’s Department of Emergency Management Coordinator Beau Renfro said. Renfro has both sand and sand bags available, but residents must...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    January 12, 2012

County residents register for emergency calling

At present, 208 Wahkiakum County residents have taken advantage of an Emergency Community Notification System offered through the Wahkiakum’s Sheriff’s Office, Department of Emergency Management, that sends emergency phone calls to their cell...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    January 5, 2012

PUD commission reviews infrastructure

During a short meeting Tuesday, Wahkiakum Public Utility District commissioners reviewed the district’s plan to maintain and replace its infrastructure. Gene Healy accepted his new role as president and began by thanking Commissioner Dennis Reid...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    January 5, 2012

Local resources can help keep resolutions

People who use the beginning of the year to consider lifestyle improvements may benefit from local support. While county residents are not statistically different from state residents on many health measures, there is room for improvement according...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    December 29, 2011

Library sponsors Teen Library Night

The Wahkiakum Community Network (WCN) wanted to see a safe, fun place for teens to spend time when they funded Cathlamet Public Library’s $2,000 proposal to create a Teen Library Night. The library hired Patrick Carrico, a local artist and...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    December 29, 2011

Irene Martin puts finishing touch on Bumble Bee

Flight of the Bumble Bee: the Columbia River Packers Association & a Century in the Pursuit of Fish, by Irene Martin and Roger Tetlow, is a tribute to the fishing communities of the Columbia and the company that employed thousands of workers and...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    December 22, 2011

Tsuga Gallery reopens

Cathlamet’s Tsuga Gallery, Janet Cimino’s gift and vision to the community, has re-opened following a remodeling that created more display space and a classroom area with a kitchen. The Tsuga Art Association runs the gallery and includes about 25...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    December 22, 2011

PUD considers health care

Wahkiakum Public Utility District commissioners will pass the gavel in their usual rotation in 2012. Commissioners agreed that Gene Healy will be president, Bob Jungers, vice-president, and Dennis Reid, secretary. The PUD did routine business and...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    December 21, 2011

School board considers 2-sport athletics

The Wahkiakum School Board asked district coaches to propose how student athletes could participate in two sports concurrently. The board continued the discussion it started in November with parents Lamar and Wendy Blix whose sons, in junior high...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    December 15, 2011

Liquor initiative bringing change to county consumers

While she waits for the outcome of two lawsuits filed to stop the implementation of Initiative 1183, which eliminates state-run liquor stores, Cathlamet Liquor Store owner Janelle Seaberg is considering what to do if the law takes effect on June 1....

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    December 1, 2011

Two-sport athletes at WHS?

The Wahkiakum School Board met the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and considered allowing student athletes to participate in two sports concurrently. Board members Tony Boyce and Tina Schubert were absent; vice-chairperson Mike Quigley conducted the...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    December 1, 2011

Census shows county's ethnic mix unchanged

According to the 2010 census the ethnic breakdown for Wahkiakum County’s population of 3,978 is 94 percent White. Black persons were .03 percent of the total, American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 percent, Asian persons 0.6 percent, Native...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    November 24, 2011

Veterans Day assembly celebrates freedom

The Veteran’s Day celebration at Wahkiakum High School has taken on a familiar form in recent years, with student leaders lighting a candle for each branch of service and reading essays or poems they write in Mrs. Tina Landroche’s classes. For...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    November 24, 2011

Port 1 raises rates, salaries, cuts rentals

Port District No. 1 commissioners raised management employee salaries 2.5 per cent at their meeting November 10. The manager’s annual salary will be $47,279 and the assistant manager’s $29,456. Both positions are full time and receive health...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    November 17, 2011

Veterans appreciate community's support

Veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam attended ceremonies at Wahkiakum High School on Wednesday, and Julius Wendt Elementary School on Thursday morning, last week. Elementary school staff wiped tears during the assembly, and they weren’t...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    November 17, 2011

PUD considers waiving water connection fee

During a brief meeting Tuesday, Wahkiakum Public Utility District Commissioners Dennis Reid and Gene Healy discussed reducing or waiving connection fees for the Western Wahkiakum Water Systems (WWWS) or the Puget Island Puget Island Water System...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    November 17, 2011

Donkey ball raise funds for coaching

The Donkey Ball game scheduled for this Saturday is being played to offset the cost of coaches’ stipends for the school district. Two years ago, with basic education suffering budget cuts, the Wahkiakum School District board decided to look at...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    November 10, 2011

Marine Resources Committee considers projects

The Wahkiakum County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is working through its second funding cycle and discussing more projects that could improve the local Columbia River fishery long-term. The committee includes Port District 2 commissioner Kayrene...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    November 10, 2011

Low income energy application deadline near

Wahkiakum residents who have received LIHEAP or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds in the past, or who think they may be eligible, must call to make an appointment on November 16. People who qualify receive funding for electricity, firew...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    November 3, 2011

PUD increases water, electric system rates

The Wahkiakum Public Utility District commissioners increased rates for its water and electricity customers at its regular meeting Tuesday. The board also agreed to travel to the west side of the county for the second meeting of the second month of e...

 
 By Ruby Murray    News    November 3, 2011

Census: Little change locally in 10 years

The 2010 census provides no big surprises for Wahkiakum county residents. The county grew four percent, from 3824 in 2000 to 3978. Averages can be misleading, but they offer food for thought. Wahkiakum County lines up with Washington state on many...

 

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