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Articles from the January 9, 2020 edition

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Flood stage

With a series of storms dumping over four inches of rain Sunday and Monday and continuing Tuesday, some local rivers and creeks were in flood stage. Above and right, the Grays River at Rosburg spread...

 
 By David Olson    News    January 9, 2020

Chinook Nation pursues tribal recognition in federal court

The Chinook Indian Nation returned to federal court on Monday to carry forward their longstanding fight to re-petition the US government to restore federal recognition. Arguments by attorneys for the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 9, 2020

Suits flying over DNR sustainable yield, murrelet habitat plans

Wahkiakum County, the Naselle/Grays River Valley School District (N/GRVSD) and other entities on Dec. 30 filed suit against the state Department of Natural Resources over the state marbled murrelet habitat management plan. And on Thursday, individual...

 

PUD board discusses broadband progress, Skamokawa water LOC

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday to listen to reports and to adopt two new resolutions. Commissioner Dennis Reid suggested that the current evaluation form for the general manager was too long and cumbersome. He said he...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    January 9, 2020

Oregon Petition doesn't hold water

Darned if you do and darned if you don't? When I first started in this business in the 1970's, I remember an editor proclaiming that one shouldn't add editor's notes to letters to the editor. So, I sometimes let things go that I know are incorrect....

 

We may be in danger of repeating history

To The Eagle: During the early 1930's the U.S.A. had just passed the jingoistic anti Japanese Act in Congress, shutting down Japanese immigration to America and institutionalizing anti-Asian bigotry in this country. At the time, Japan was a...

 

School district unveils new web site

Wahkiakum School District’s website has a whole new look. The address, http://wahksd.k12.wa.us/ , remains the same, but the new page is ADA compliant, can be read in several languages, is more informative, and can now be easily accessed by district...

 

Commissioners hear water warning, concerns about taxes

The Wahkiakum County Commissioners met briefly on December 31 to tackle a few issues before the New Year. Puget Island resident Liz Beutler asked for an update on beach nourishment for Pancake Point. “It’s the first of the year, so we’ve got...

 

Town of Cathlamet awarded $7,500 heritage grant

The Town of Cathlamet has announced receipt of notification of an award of $7,500 from the Lewis & Clark Trail Stewardship Endowment for the design, construction and installation of two Chinook Heritage signs at confirmed sites in Cathlamet...

 

Flea market Saturday at county fairgrounds

COLDER WEATHER COMING?--We've had some wind and rain but temperatures have been relatively mild for this time of year, with temps in the 50s, but the dampness and high humidity has still made me feel cold to the bone. However, forecasters are saying...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-7:15 p.m. Food Addicts, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 6-7 p.m. Senior Fitnes...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Navy Boxing Team Hawaii 1940 When I was six years old, my brother and I got a Christmas present we would never forget, two pairs of boxing gloves. These red gloves had a white face on the front with...

 

Sheriff's Report, January 9, 2020

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: December 30 – 5:46 a.m. A caller reported that a vehicle had struck a deer on SR 4 in the Rosedale area. 8:31...

 

WDFW approves first razor clam digs of the decade

Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for seven days of digging beginning Jan. 8. State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 9, 2020

Robots, crisis response and flu occupy board of commissioners

Persons attending the Tuesday meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners were in for a treat this week: The board entertained a visit from a robotics demonstration by students participatin...

 

Horse Gaming Series

We have an exciting Silver Buckle series planned for 2020. With the continued help of our arena master, Mike Doan, we have more improvements planned for the arena this year. With the help of Chuck and Cindy Cram, WAHSET coaches from Longview/Kelso,...

 

Free legal clinic set for Friday

The Charlotte House, a program of St. James Family Center, will host a free legal clinic on Friday, January 10 from 1-2:30 p.m., in Cathlamet and from 3-4:30 p.m., in Grays River. Lisa Walgdovel, an Attorney with Northwest Justice Project will help...

 

Next Nature Matters presentation set

Nature Matters presents Dr. Kris Homel and Derek Wiley: The History of Chum Salmon in the Columbia River: collapsed populations on the long road to recovery. In this presentation, Dr. Kris Homel, chum reintroduction coordinator with Oregon Department...

 

Winter recreational crabbing will open through end of January

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced recently that two additional marine areas of Puget Sound have re-opened for recreational crab fishing and remain open through Jan. 31, 2020. The portion of Marine Area 9 between the...

 

Interstate Bridge closure scheduled for nine days in September 2020

The closure this year of the northbound span of the Interstate Bridge will last for nine days in September 2020, ODOT announced in a public mailing. The closure is expected to create significant traffic snarls and delays. ODOT is also ramping up its...

 

Mule girls hammer out win over Lady Loggers

The Lady Mules ended the Christmas break with a loss but turned it around to add two more to their win column this week. Last Thursday, the team traveled to Rainier and lost 52--44 to the Mountaineers...

 

Mule wrestlers earn medals at North Beach

The Wahkiakum Mule wrestling team traveled to North Beach last weekend for the Brawl at the Beach. Jamil Dimaano and Braxton Johns took first place in their respective weight classes. Cayden Mendez took third in his division. Jenna Mellis won her...

 

Mule boys win on road, lose at home

The Wahkiakum Mule boys basketball team split games this week, losing one at home and winning one on the road. The Mules held the lead for much of the game against Napavine last Friday. After a bit...

 

Youth tournament raises funds for local players and new scoreboards

Mini Mule Parker Leitz on a drive for two during a game on Sunday in a tournament organized locally to raise funds for local youth to participate in tournaments throughout the year. Some of the money...

 

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