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Articles from the January 21, 2021 edition

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Fourplex fits the bill for expanded rentals

Rental property wasn't really in Ryan and Melissa Garrett's plans. They had just purchased a home in Wahkiakum County, where they both grew up and went to school and were now raising their kids, with...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 21, 2021

Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan

Dozens of business owners — from restaurant owners to bowling alley managers — told state officials that continued COVID-19 restrictions place small businesses at risk of permanent closure, but state healthcare officials said a rush to reopen...

 
 By Andrew Weiler    News    January 21, 2021

Town council declines approval for restaurant's outdoor dining permit

On Tuesday, the Cathlamet Town Council declined to pass a motion to "approve The Spar restaurant's right-of-way permit subject to agreed upon terms" in a 3 to 1 vote, which gives outdoor dining on...

 

Covid-19 update

As of Tuesday, 71 Wahkiakum County residents had tested positive for covid-19, with 18 cases considered active, and 1,155 tests conducted so far. This is an increase from 64 on Tuesday of last week. Pacific County added nine new cases on Friday, for...

 

PUD, county combine to support customers

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners on Tuesday heard reports, talked about energy assistance and succession planning, and adopted a resolution to enter into an interlocal agreement with Wahkiakum County that would provide $10,000 to...

 

Democrats left to clean up shambles

To The Eagle: The assault upon the seat of our government last Wednesday was an insurrection of the affluent. As key figures who invaded the Capitol have been steadily identified over the last five or six days, it’s remarkable how many had...

 

Divisiveness must end or we perish

To The Eagle: It is troubling to see how divided we've become as a society over this past year. One half of America was trashing the Federal Courthouse in Portland six months ago because of one man's actions, and now the other half has trashed the...

 

Writer recommends conservative newspaper

To The Eagle: I emailed to The Longview Daily News to cancel my subscription. They replied back with the cancellation notice signed by a person with its “business card,” a circulation rep from the Mid-Valley Media Group, the Democrat...

 

Violence at capitol was planned

To The Eagle: Last week we were treated to a ponderous editorial political polemic based on the elemental journalistic principle “size matters” (18½ inches). In counterpoint, here’s a more modest factoid collection: The insurrection-style...

 

Let's get back to the real world

To The Eagle: I can understand why the editor has tired of political fiction. A recently published letter promoting the thoroughly disproved electoral fraud conspiracy is a prime example. Repeating over and over again that 2 + 2 = 5 will never make...

 

School board looks ahead to 2021

On Tuesday, the Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors got an update on the budget, some of the superintendent’s thoughts about ways to fund renovations at the high school, and plans to return more students to a more regular schedule next...

 

Port 1 commission okays lighting bid

Wahkiakum County Port 1 Board of Commissioners discussed maintenance, rates, and more at their meeting last Thursday. Maintenance Manager Todd Souvenir, who has been working on a project to install LED lighting in the storage units, recently...

 

Inslee lowers eligible age for vaccinations

Just when residents of Washington will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine depends on how many doses the federal government delivers and how many the state can administer in a day. Currently, the state...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 21, 2021

Bill promotes restoration of voting rights

Formerly incarcerated people would automatically regain their right to vote if a proposed bill in the Washington State Legislature is approved. Rep. Tarra Simmons (D-Bremerton), the first formerly incarcerated person to serve in the Legislature,...

 
 By Patric Haerle    News    January 21, 2021

Inslee education budget inadequate, critics say

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but many parents and educators have expressed frustration that the governor’s budget does not adequately fund additional transportation...

 
 By Patric Haerle    News    January 21, 2021

Capital gains tax gets a harsh reception

A different take on Gov. Jay Inslee’s capital gains tax, less broad and friendlier to small family-owned businesses, will likely be introduced later in this year’s legislative session. “We are considering proposals similar to what the House has...

 

Local family lost everything to fire

NICE START--As this week begins, it's actually a pretty decent day after a somewhat cloudy and dampish beginning but the sun popped out this Sunday and gave us a very nice break. Last week, I turned in my column prior to all wind and rain that crashe...

 

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...

 

On-line Workshop: Making Homemade Paper from Plants

On January 26 from 12-12:45 p.m., WSU Master Gardener Karen Adams will teach how to make homemade paper. You may purchase a paper making kit for only $6, and follow along with Karen as she demonstrates on Zoom how to make paper with embedded flower...

 

Sheriff's Report, January 21, 2021

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 11 — 8:39 a.m. A Cathlamet resident said that she had been informed that someone had her social securit...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Darrell bids farewell My health issues are preventing me from doing the job you [The Eagle] engaged me to do. I have wanted to stop writing for a couple of months, but thought these issues would pass, and they haven't. I'm sorry for such a short...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 21, 2021

Port 2 commission hikes salaries, sets interviews with 2 candidates

Commissioners of Port District 2 boosted salaries and picked out two candidates to fill a vacancy on the three-person board when they met Tuesday. Commissioners Brian O'Connor and Austin Burkhalter recessed into executive session at the end of their...

 

On-line Workshop: Setting up a Greenhouse

Former WSU Master Gardener Nancy Chennault will explain everything you wanted to know about the care and operation of a hobbyist greenhouse. You will learn how to get started, what to buy regarding size, temperature control, lighting and...

 

Paul Pedersen

Paul Martin Pedersen, 76, of Cathlamet, died at the Hospice Care Center in Longview on January 16, 2021. He was born October 16, 1944 in Pasco to William and Ruby (Fleury) Pedersen. He was raised in Richland, graduated high school in 1962 and...

 

Alan Thayer

Alan "Al" John Thayer, 88, left this world peacefully at home on January 6, 2021. His loving wife of 62 years was by his side. Al was born in Providence, RI. He received a Forestry degree from the...

 

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