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Articles from the January 11, 2024 edition


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

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 11, 2024

    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 youth with adults to provide social and emotional support, has not only been resuscitated, one year later it’s showing signs of health. It is also benefiting all involved, including three people who didn’t see those benefits coming: Smith and her co-wo...

  • Measles outbreak reported

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 concern to health officials; measles is a highly contagious and potentially serious infectious disease that can lead to severe complications, particularly among infants, pregnant women, and individuals with compromised immune systems. In a press release, WCHHS stated that they were not aware of any...

  • Washington not meeting lead testing requirements for kids, audit finds

    Grace Deng, Washington State Standard|Jan 11, 2024

    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 Medicaid born from 2014 to 2016 were tested for lead before they turned 6 years old. “We may think lead exposure is only an issue on the East Coast or in the Midwest – places with a history of industrial pollution and older homes,” the audit said. “However, this performance audit shows we can never be compla...

  • Little Island Creamery dreams big

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 11, 2024

    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 venue. Their new event coordinator, Delphine Criscenzo, is helping to make that happen. Criscenzo, who was born and raised in the south of France, has years of experience in community and event organizing for non-profits. "Finding the job at Little Island Creamery was serendipitous," Criscenzo said....

  • You can make a difference through mentorship

    Jan 11, 2024

    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’s mission is to strengthen youth connections to our local community by providing opportunities through adult support and community involvement. The goal is to build healthy minded, confident, and skilled young leaders. In 2022, due to staffing changes and Covid-19, Wahkiakum Youth Mentoring Program wa...

  • Another perspective on hatcheries

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 read many studies about this issue so I know there are a wide spectrum of scientifically based opinions about the effects of hatcheries on wild salmon. To read studies with a far different perspective than the ones cited in last weeks article I suggest you visit the “Hatchery and Wild Coexist” website...

  • Is the county wasting taxpayer money with reconation therapy?

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 Therapy” at Wahkiakum Health and Human Services. The treatment method has not been peer reviewed and no treatment outcomes have been published. I so informed the commissioners on December 29, 2023. In their evaluation of “Renconation Therapy”, its creators and evaluators at the Nebraska Center for Justice...

  • The Eagle should be ashamed

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 pass this article off as news is revolting. That the neo-Nazi regime of Mr. Zelenskyy is engaged in the persecution and slaughter of the priesthood of Russian Orthodoxy is a well-established fact. There is no excuse for this, nor for the support of the US taxpayer in his Nazi force’s attempt to depri...

  • Please bring back poetry edition

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 submit a poem for the Poetry Corner. Rick set aside a page each January to spotlight Wahkiakum poets. Well, that’s when I knew I was living in a truly special place. I sat down and set to work writing a poem. When I saw it in print a couple of weeks later, alongside poems by actual bona fide wri...

  • There's no need to reinvent the wheel

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 is 13.6% with the median household income at $58,889 per year. Pacific County Commissioner Lisa Olsen said “we are natural resource counties,” and therein lies the problem. “Community forests” have been supplanted by a pulp tree monoculture unsuitable for wildlife. Marine harvests of fish and other sea l...

  • I welcome the changes to Letters

    Jan 11, 2024

    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, particularly the way some folks bullied Rick even while he allowed them to speak. I have a few additional suggestions: One, require or suggest that a letter focus on one main issue; no grievance or kudo lists that are impossible to answer. Two, no inflammatory hyperbole or disrespect allowed (such...

  • More snow (and crab)

    Kay Chamberlain|Jan 11, 2024

    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 by the time you read this and you may need to be chipping ice or shoveling snow or both. My plan is to stay put and stay warm and I hope all of you who actually have to be out and about in the cold weather will find a way to stay warm and safe. Please keep your vehicle loaded with all the supplies y...

  • Sheriff's Report, January 11, 2024

    Jan 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 were reported to be in the westbound lane of SR 4 near a blind curve in the Flandersville area. 3:13 p.m. A caller reported possible trespassers on a neighboring Puget Island property. January 3 9:46 a.m. The Grays River ambulance and a deputy aided a person who was injured after a loader rolled...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Jan 11, 2024

    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 a sadness that only sunshine can heal. The traumas of our lives, whether they came in our childhoods, adult or elder years, stay with us. They usually can't just be tossed off. Whether it's something that happened around loss, fear or pain, it lives in our bodies from as early as childhood, into our...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 & Computer Center 12-5 p.m. Johnson Park, Rosburg SAIL Program, Exercise for Seniors, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Hope Ctr. 320 S. 3rd St. Cathlamet. Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, 7:30 p.m. Puget Island Fire Department, 7 p.m. District No. 4 Fire...

  • Darlene Bjornsgard

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 (Pollari) Warra. Darlene was raised in Naselle, attending the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District and graduating with the class of 1962. While Darlene was quick to note she "loved every job she ever had," she was most proud of co-founding Finn Ware with her sister in 1987. Darlene served people...

  • Area Agency on Aging honors senior heroes

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 to a press release. County, city, and civic leaders will gather to honor recipients who have been nominated by community members. 2023 Senior Hero Award Winners Caregiver of the Year – Kelly Patterson. Kelly regularly works with the senior community in Wahkiakum County, many of which do not have family...

  • Stephens is teacher of the month

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 11, 2024

    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 High School. Senior Avrey Wiltse-Hiatt volunteers in Stephens' classroom every Friday morning. She plans to get a degree in education and one day, have a kindergarten classroom of her own. Wiltse-Hiatt's nomination reads, "Mrs. Stephens is an extraordinary teacher. She inspires her students and fellow...

  • Local VFW post recognizes emergency responders

    Jan 11, 2024

    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 Public Servant Awards. Local VFW Posts submit a winner from each category to their State VFW Department Headquarters. The department then selects a single winner for each of the four awards and submits those to the VFW National Headquarters. The VFW National Emergency Medical Technician Public Servant...

  • A young team digs in for the long haul

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 11, 2024

    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 can be pretty disheartening," Coach Ross Lofstrom said. "The players have remained positive and focused on getting better every day. Almost all of the players have multiple years left so are focused on the marathon and building on fundamental skills." "These girls have shown a lot of heart and...

  • Mules win an "ugly game" on the road

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 11, 2024

    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, the Mules headed to Morton/White Pass where they beat the Timberwolves, 68- 59. "The Morton/White Pass game was a bit ugly," Coach Rob Garrett said. "With that being said, it was nice to see our boys stay calm in the fourth [quarter] and make good decisions even when the rest of the game didn't go qu...

  • Wrestling team continues strong performance

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 11, 2024

    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 took firsts in their classes at the Phil White Classic in Clatskanie on December 28. “We have a great group of kids with a lot of raw talent and hard workers,” Harlin said of the rest of the team. “We are super excited to see what these boys can a...

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