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Local teen, her family deal with cancer

Life can turn on a dime, it's said. I heard this story on a Wednesday morning. Before the day was over, it had taken a surprising and brighter turn, I'm pleased to say. Let's start at the beginning. I...

 

High water closes SR 4 west of Grays River

The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed SR 4 in the Seal River area near Rosburg because of high water. There is no estimated time for reopening. Here is the announcement that came Tuesday evening: WSDOT ALERT: SR 4 - CLOSED in...

 

Flooding in the Grays River Valley

Four or more inches of rain (perhaps even more) over two days brought flooding to the Grays River Valley. Photo by Darrell Alexander....

 

Covid-19 update

As of Wednesday morning, the number of Wahkiakum County residents to test positive since March for the covid-19 virus had grown to 60. Wahkiakum Health and Human Services considers 14 of those cases to be active. “Recovered is more of a math...

 
 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...

 

County not getting support it deserves

To The Eagle: Enough! If anyone wrote a book five years ago about a political scene as exists now, no one would publish it as it would be considered unbelievable. Plus today all parties have a different view of what is happening. We just had an an...

 

We're in for a soggy winter

To The Eagle: According to the Scottish thesaurus, highlanders have 421 words to describe snow. You’d think we’d have quite a few words for rain but apparently one word is enough for the likes of us. We just add a lot of adjectives in front of...

 

Interesting but unsurprising

To The Eagle: I find it interesting but unsurprising that all the local, state and national election down ballot victories achieved by GOP candidates remain uncontested, as well as apparently immune to all those cheating election officials,...

 

Poll watchers attempt to prevent corruption

To The Eagle: We hold these truths to be self evident: That Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016 and proceeded to restore the economy, improved the lives of people in almost every racial and social demographic, raising both employment and...

 

Helpful suggestion offered to paper

To The Eagle: Dear Mr. Nelson, I appreciate all the work you do as editor of The Wahkiakum County Eagle. I would like to ask you to reconsider your decision of not publishing letters that contain “fiction.” I believe it is valuable for each of...

 

Eagle Poetry Corner Number 4

River Raptor Rubaiyat Who would venture out on such a dark day, skimming over water cold and gray, where black rain spits sharp nails of foul weather? Tireless fishing marvel is the osprey. Hover steady, willing stealth by feather, quick to plunge...

 

May we all enjoy a healthy new year

IT'S A NEW YEAR--It's my first column of 2021, wow, we made it! We may be into a new year, but we still have the same ole weather, wet and wild! We even ended the first Saturday in January with a heck of a rain event, which also came along with some...

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, meetings and events usually listed here have been canceled or changed to online participation until further notice. The Eagle was advised of the following events: Online Recovery Meeting, Lower Columbia...

 

WSU Master Gardener On-line Workshop: Pruning Fruit Trees

Would you like to know more about how to prune your fruit trees? On January 13 from 6:00-7:15 p.m., WSU Master Gardener Art Fuller will show how to prune your fruit trees—and what not to do! A free 1 hour presentation will be followed by the...

 

LCC Foundation names Benefactor of the Year

The Lower Columbia College Foundation has named John and Cathy Natt as the 2020-21 Benefactor of the Year. Benefactor honorees have a history of providing charitable financial support to the foundation, and/or significant volunteer service to the...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Grays River Floods Again The year 2021 began with the overflowing of the Grays River watershed. This is not an unusual event, but it does inconvenience many of the farmers who live in the Westend who...

 

Sheriff's Report, January 7, 2021

December 28 — 10:03 a.m. A caller reported a lost wallet. 10:29 a.m. A caller reported that the bathrooms at Vista Park had been vandalized with spray paint. 10:36 a.m. A child alleged that a stepparent had spanked her with a flip flop at a...

 

WSU Master Gardener On-line Workshops: January

On Tuesdays at noon, and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., WSU Master Gardeners present weekly on-line free programs. No need to register, just pop in. Connection information (you must have a zoom account--sign up for one at zoom.us), then join from PC, Mac,...

 

Inslee modifies covid recovery protocols

On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee announced a new phased regional recovery plan for the State of Washington. The goal of the plan is to ease some restrictions, addressing the continued need for hospital capacity and health care during the pandemic...

 

"How to": Container Gardening

Do you want to grow a garden, but you're short on space? On January 12 at noon, WSU Master Gardener Steve Powers will explain ways to have a bountiful harvest from container grown veggies. A free 45 minute presentation/demonstration will be followed...

 
 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...

 

One more covid-19 case on Thursday; total number rises to 61 in county

One Wahkiakum County resident tested positive for covid-19 on Thursday, according to a press release from Wahkiakum Health and Human Services, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 61. Of these cases, 15 are considered active. The...

 

Total number of covid-19 cases rises to 62

Another Wahkiakum County resident tested positive for covid-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 62, with 16 considered active. The person is in self-quarantine. There is no known connection to Wahkiakum School District or St. James...

 

Two more cases on Monday for a total of 64

On Monday, Wahkiakum Health and Human Services learned that two more Wahkiakum County residents had tested positive for covid-19, bringing the total number of cases to 64. The health center is considering 12 of those cases to be potentially active,...

 

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