Articles from the January 11, 2024 edition

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Despite the odds, mentoring program plants its roots and starts to grow

The mentoring program at Wahkiakum Health and Human Services was on life support in late 2022 when Minette Smith, the Coalition Coordinator for the Wahkiakum Community Network, was challenged to get it going again. The program, which matches local yo...

 

Measles outbreak reported

Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services is responding to a measles outbreak in the area. Six confirmed cases of measles have been reported between Wahkiakum and Clark counties as of this printing, according to WCHHS. Six cases is of significant...

 
 By Grace Deng    News    January 11, 2024

Washington not meeting lead testing requirements for kids, audit finds

Washington is failing to meet Medicaid lead testing requirements for kids, even for children most at risk for exposure to the dangerous neurotoxin. That’s according to a recent state audit, which found that less than a third of children on...

 

Little Island Creamery dreams big

While Little Island Creamery offers an award winning Brie, butter, ice cream, and more, owners Dick McDonald and his sister Kathleen McDonald have also aspired to turn their property into an event...

 

You can make a difference through mentorship

Submitted by Minette Smith Come celebrate January as National Mentoring Month with the Wahkiakum Youth Mentoring Program (WYMP)! The coordinators are inviting the community to an informational meeting at the Hope Center on Jan. 30th at 6 p.m. WYMP...

 

Another perspective on hatcheries

To The Eagle: The title of an article in the Eagle last week “Analysis finds nearly all hatcheries hurt wild salmon populations” is technically accurate but there are OTHER opinions and OTHER analyses. I am not an expert in this field but I have...

 

Is the county wasting taxpayer money with reconation therapy?

To the Editor: Alcoholics Anonymous and Drug Addicts Anonymous are already available at in-person meetings and on telephone help-lines. Nonetheless, at their Jan. 2, 2024 meeting, the commissioners appropriated $13,000 to fund “Renconation...

 

The Eagle should be ashamed

To The Eagle: Those of us who are in fact “predominantly Orthodox Christians” took offense at the publication of that most yellow of journalistic emissions regurgitated by you in The Eagle on Dec. 28, 2023, from your AP overlords. That you would...

 

Please bring back poetry edition

To The Eagle: One of the things I look forward to after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays is The Wahkiakum County Eagle’s poetry edition the first week of January. When I moved here in 2018, I remember seeing a request for local readers to...

 

There's no need to reinvent the wheel

To The Eagle: PUD General Manager Dan Kay’s salary is now $15,756 per month. For many, that’s a yearly, not monthly, income. Meanwhile, 10.6% of the population of Wahkiakum County live below the poverty line. In Pacific county the poverty rate...

 

I welcome the changes to Letters

To The Eagle: I'm very glad to see that you will be upgrading the Letters policy, presumably in order to tone down the rhetoric and increase a civil discourse. The abuse of decency and fairness to promote narrow self-interests has been painful to see...

 

More snow (and crab)

ARE YOU READY? I was hoping that the frigid, possibly snowy, forecast would have warmed up and all the warnings for the super cold temperatures would have gone away by now, but nope— forecasters are still saying temperatures are going to plummet...

 

Sheriff's Report, January 11, 2024

December 31 10:10 p.m. A caller reported hearing shots fired at the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer. Another person said it was most likely fireworks. January 1 1:49 p.m. Rocks described to be the size of a cantaloupe...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Holiday Trauma. After the holidays, January can bring a pall onto our days. Death seems to land on holidays harder than the rest of the year. Rain, clouds and chills weigh heavily on us, bringing on...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Johnson Park Advisory Board 10:00 a.m. Johnson Park. West End Food Pantry, Johnson Park, 1- 5 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Noon, Hope Center 320 S 3rd St. Cathlamet. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Noon, Rosburg Hall, Rosburg. Community Library &...

 

Darlene Bjornsgard

On the morning of Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, Naselle resident, Darlene Jane Warra Bjornsgard, passed away at the age of 79. Darlene was born in Raymond on March 9, 1944, to parents George and Helvie...

 

Area Agency on Aging honors senior heroes

For the second year, the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington will honor "senior heroes," residents who have served older adults "with excellence and compassion," according...

 

Stephens is teacher of the month

KUKN clearly knows their ABCs. The radio station named J.A. Wendt kindergarten teacher Karrin Stephens Teacher of the Month after receiving a nomination for the educator from a senior at Wahkiakum...

 

Local VFW post recognizes emergency responders

Submitted by Bill Tawater Each year, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States selects an emergency medical technician, a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, a 911 dispatcher to receive...

 

A young team digs in for the long haul

The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team lost two more games this week to bring their record to 0-7 in conference and 1-8 overall. "We are a very young team and when the losses start stacking up it...

 

Mules win an "ugly game" on the road

The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team are currently in third place in the Central 2B league and another win this this week brings their record to 4-1 in the league and 7-3 overall. Last Thursday, t...

 

Wrestling team continues strong performance

Three girls continue to lead the Wahkiakum Mule wrestling team, according to Coach Kyliegh Harlin. Last week, Harlin said that Lilian Hale remains undefeated after five weeks of competition, and she, along with teammates Lilly Snead and Zaya Ray all...

 

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