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Articles from the November 14, 2019 edition


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  • Veterans Day assembly focuses on Vietnam vets

    Darrell Alexander|Nov 14, 2019

    As I walked down the hallway at Naselle High School to their gymnasium last Friday, I was focused only on where to get the best pictures without disturbing their ceremony. As I was approaching the entrance to the gym, it suddenly hit me that it had been 50 years since I was drafted into the United States Army. As I took many pictures of the veterans and heard their stories, I was almost overcome with a multitude of diverse emotions. Like many veterans from the Vietnam War era, I never received...

  • Veterans Day at WHS

    Nov 14, 2019

    Above: US Navy veteran Dennis Reid talked to Wahkiakum students about his service in the US Navy at the Veterans Day Assembly at Wahkiakum High School on Friday. Below, right: Veterans were treated to a video created by Wahkiakum youth. Students explained what the word veteran meant to them and expressed appreciation for those who served. Below, left: An audience filled the Wahkiakum High School gym on Friday for the 2019 Wahkiakum High School Veterans Day Assembly. Guest speakers were Dennis...

  • PUD: Keeping up with inflation

    Diana Zimmerman|Nov 14, 2019

    The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners held rate and budget hearings and listened to reports on Tuesday. A $7 increase in the electric base rate for every customer and a two percent rate increase on the Western Wahkiakum Water System has been proposed. There will be no change for the Skamokawa Water System or the Puget Island Water System. “I think the increase being on the base fee for the electric is a good way to go, because we need to get more on to the base fee and off of the usage...

  • Port 1 offers to buy Johnson House

    Rick Nelson|Nov 14, 2019

    Wahkiakum County Commissioners on Tuesday tentatively accepted an offer from Port District 1 to purchase the county's Johnson House. Commissioners have wanted to sell the house on Division Street but maintain ownership of the land on which it sits for possible future county use. Port Manager Jackie Lea presented the offer to the county commission, suggesting a 10-year lease, after which the port would remove the house and pay $5,000 for it. Commissioner Gene Strong suggested the county would like a provision that would allow them access to the...

  • Thanks for the support

    Nov 14, 2019

    To The Eagle: Many thanks to those that recently trusted me with their vote as Cathlamet Town Council nominee. Helping turn the town around has been a strong, personal focus of mine for a couple of years now. Together, with the four other committed councilors, I feel really good about our ability to shape Cathlamet’s growth and future. What we need more than anything to be most effective though is additional input from both the town (and county’s) residents. We need to know how residents and tax payers want “their” town to look like. This ca...

  • Tax the rich?

    Nov 14, 2019
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    To The Eagle: First of all a person only becomes rich if he/she or someone in their family had a good idea or a needed product and went about developing it and marketing it. Which resulted in wealth from exchange for their products or services produced and delivered. “Tax the Rich” is not a new idea. Even the Beatles had a song about it. “Tax the rich and feed the poor till there are no poor no more.” Nice idea, but… Why should a person who has managed to gather some wealth be penalized by being required to support those who choose not to wo...

  • Norse Hall provides wonderful event venue

    Nov 14, 2019

    To The Eagle: Are you looking for a special venue for hosting a large family gathering or holiday party, a wedding and/or reception, public meeting or reunions? I was looking for a special indoor place this year, to celebrate my husband's retirement from the Town of Cathlamet Public Works, plus his 75th birthday party. Some persons might advise others to look in Cowlitz County. I believe in shopping locally when possible, so I chose the grand and historic Norse Hall on Puget Island. This local landmark is located at 444 SR 409, Puget Island,...

  • Mendacities, distortions will be recognized

    Nov 14, 2019

    To The Eagle: “There was no crime committed,” according to the Inspectors General of both the Dept. of Justice and the Dept. of State who exonerated Hillary Clinton after a three year investigation into her use of a private email server during her term as Secretary of State. Investigators found no “systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information by Clinton or her associates, nor was there evidence classified material had been compromised,” according to a State Department report presented to Congress. Regardless, Trump persist...

  • Will we get our $30 car tabs back?

    Nov 14, 2019

    To The Eagle: Just a little follow up about the $30 car tab I wrote last week. As we all know, the $30 car tab initiative passed and yet the Seattle mayor threatened the very voters that helped pass it by filing a lawsuit to block that initiative. She also threatened to cut more than 100,000 bus hours and would hamper free bus access for students and low-income residents. What a nice mayor. She and the legislators do not want to think that there are other alternatives such as eliminating unnecessary regulations, fees and taxes to private...

  • HIstorical Society holds Annual Board Meeting

    Nov 14, 2019

    The Wahkiakum County Historical Society held its Annual Board Meeting and pot luck dinner at the Cathlamet Fire Hall on Saturday, November 2. Besides the normal business meeting, curator Kari Kandoll presented her year end report, and David Olson presented a slate of officers nominated for the coming year. The slate of President - Linda Wright, Vice President - David Hansen, Treasurer - Frans Eykel, and Secretary - Tiffany Mora was approved. Guest speaker was Dan Hoggart of Puget Island, a...

  • Coming Events--Community Center in Cathlamet

    Meadow Meeder, Healthy Community Specialist|Nov 14, 2019

    Perspective is an important aspect to life, and it can be the tool to smooth over uncomfortable lumps of misunderstanding. To some, the holidays are an exciting time filled with food, family functions and abundant joy. To others, it can be painful, lonely and even depressing. With this divide, in my humble observation, I think it’s imperative to have compassion and understand both sides of the coin. In short, if you know somebody who may be feeling pain, loneliness or despair -- perhaps you have room at your table. If you are alone and in p...

  • Next In Their Footsteps event scheduled

    Nov 14, 2019

    Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop has announced the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. Trials and Tribulations of the Corps of Discovery by Ian Sampson will be held Sunday, November 17, at 1:00 p.m. Ian Sampson is a self-educated historian with a personal fascination in the story of the Corps of Discovery under the leadership of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Sampson emigrated from Australia in 1980, studied at the University of Idaho, and upon graduation has worked as an historian on small...

  • Council holding hearing on budgets today

    Nov 14, 2019

    The Cathlamet Town Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2019 budget revenues today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. in the DeBriae Meeting Room, Fire Hall, 255 2nd Street, Cathlamet. Staff will present budgetary reports, and the council will discuss a possible 1 percent increase to the town property tax levy. To comment on budgetary items, audience members are asked to sign in with their name and address. They will be called upon to comment in the order of sign-ups. Additionally, before speaking, speakers are asked to state their name for...

  • Family center bazaar is Nov. 23

    Nov 14, 2019

    St. James Family Center’s holiday raffle baskets are making an appearance at the “A Country Christmas” bazaar on Nov. 23 from 10-4 at the Family Center, 1134 Columbia St., Cathlamet. Spokesperson Nancy McCoy said, "We have a Wahkiakum County Bounty basket, River Mile 38 basket, Spa Basket, Mule Basket, Mexican Taco Night, Tea Time, Cookie Time, and the cutest Pink Unicorn basket every little girl would love to have, and several more. Tickets are $1 each, and all proceeds benefit the St. James Family Center’s programs for children and familie...

  • Coast Community Radio celebrates community

    Nov 14, 2019

    Over 120 members of Coast Community Radio celebrated KMUN and each other during the Annual Meeting and Breakfast held at the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall in Astoria. Everyone was well fed, volunteers received yearly awards and board members were elected. KMUN Annual awards were given for outstanding volunteers from the station. Donna Quinn (Astoria) was awarded The Director's Award. Reid Johnson (Seaside) was honored as Volunteer of the Year. Also re-elected were Tom Duncan (Astoria),...

  • Catherine Durham

    Nov 14, 2019

    Catherine Hazel Durham, 89, of Rosburg, died November 10, 2019 in Longview. She was born In Massena, New York on February 25, 1930. She attended school there and married Paul Durham. They raised their family there. She owned a restaurant for a time in Massena. They later moved to Asotin, where they owned and operated a mobile home park from 1972-1996, when they moved to Rosburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul in 2007, her brother Alfred Ashley and two grandchildren, Steffenee Allen and Daniel Durham. Survivors include sons...

  • Death Notice for Kerrie McNally

    Nov 14, 2019

    Kerrie E. McNally, 61, died November 11, 2019 in Vancouver. She was a longtime resident of Skamokawa. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday November 16, 2 p.m., at United Methodist Church in Skamokawa. Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will follow....

  • Lasagna dinner at fairgrounds Sunday

    Kay Chamberlain|Nov 14, 2019

    BACK TO DRIPPY--This past weekend saw some damp times and some dry times, but it was mostly damp on Saturday. Thankfully it was much drier on Sunday but there were still plenty of clouds about and some areas did get a few more showers and some had more fog, so it really depended on where you were. Looks like the upcoming weekend may be on the damp side, but I'll take that over ice and snow any day! SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays from November 14-20 are Rory Heywood, Tanner Collupy, Zachary Stewart, Layton Elliott, Roberta Trotter,...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Nov 14, 2019

    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 Fitness & Balance Class, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Sandra Sews, Community Center, Cathlamet, 10:30-Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. CathlameTones, Hotel Cathlamet, 6 p.m....

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Darrell Alexander|Nov 14, 2019

    A Historical Synopsis of Thanksgiving Everyone looks at Thanksgiving from a different perspective. To me it comes down to what are we really thankful for. For others it takes on a reverent religious meaning. Today Thanksgiving is our national holiday and occurs this year on Thursday, Nov. 28. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is recognized by most as the first Thanksgiving. For over two centuries, Thanksgiving was celebrated by individual...

  • Sheriff's Report, November 14, 2019

    Nov 14, 2019

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: November 4 – 10:08 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an ailing Skamokawa resident. 10:36 a.m. A caller was concerned about the safety of a truck and trailer traveling on SR 4 on Abe Creek Hill after it knocked down some tree branches. The caller was worried the driver might hit a power line. 2:15 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident who hit her head after her wheelchair went over the side o...

  • Bob Saari: At home in the trees

    Diana Zimmerman|Nov 14, 2019

    By Diana Zimmerman I heard Bob Saari mutter something and turned to find him struggling a bit with a rope he was using while perched in a tree nearby. I had been momentarily distracted by the breathtaking view of the Columbia River flowing far beneath the cliff side property belonging to Richard and Lorielee Schoen in eastern Wahkiakum County where Saari was working. His quiet frustration alerted me to a potential problem, and I suddenly found myself assessing the descent. I felt my stomach...

  • Loggers top Mules 50-0

    Rick Nelson|Nov 14, 2019

    The Wahkiakum Mule's 2019 football season came to an end in a 50-0 loss to top-ranked Onalaska Loggers last Friday night in the opening of the Class 2B football playoffs. The Loggers scored twice in the first quarter and twice in the second to lead 28-0 at halftime. While the Mules lost, Coach Eric Hansen was pleased with the young team's effort. "Our kids played hard, much better than last week against Winlock," Hansen said. "I was proud of them. They didn't back down." Onalaska's defense kept...

  • Lady Mules now at state

    Diana Zimmerman|Nov 14, 2019

    The Wahkiakum Mules are in Yakima today (Thursday) to begin play in the two day State 2B volleyball tournament after qualifying at district on Saturday. After losing to Kalama in three sets in the district semifinals last Wednesday, the Lady Mules rebounded in the loser’s bracket on Saturday, beating Toledo 3-0 and ultimately losing to Toutle Lake in four sets. It was enough to earn a fourth place finish and a spot at the state tournament. The scores for Wednesday’s loss to Kalama were 25-17, 25...

  • Naselle at state volleyball

    Diana Zimmerman|Nov 14, 2019

    After taking second place in the District 4 1B volleyball tournament last Thursday, the Naselle Comets traveled to Yakima this week to begin play in the State 1B volleyball tournament. At district, the Comets beat Firm Foundation in three sets in the quarterfinals and moved into the championship match later that evening, only to lose to Three Rivers Christian two sets to three. The Comets faced Pomeroy in the first round of the two day state tournament this morning (Thursday), playing at 9:45...

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