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Articles from the January 28, 2021 edition

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 By Rick Nelson    News    January 28, 2021

County commission deals with culverts, lobbying and plans for dredging

The Tuesday agenda for the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners was short on business items, but commissioners, staff and the public found plenty to discuss. Commissioners heard about drainage problems from a Risk Road resident; they heard reports...

 

Covid-19 update

As of Tuesday, the number of cases of covid-19 in Wahkiakum County had risen to 73, with 16 considered to be potentially active, according to Wahkiakum Health and Human Services. The Washington Department of Health was reporting that 1,201 tests had...

 

High school eases into fall sport activities

Mule football, volleyball, and cross country practice is expected to begin at Wahkiakum High School on Monday after the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Executive Board decided to allow three truncated seasons for athletics, begi...

 

Wahkiakum life

Photographer Genie Cary recently spotted this bird, tentatively identified as a finch, near her Rosedale residence....

 

Winter flora

Wahkiakum County’s high hills might have had snow early this week, but this flowering bush on Puget Island just caught a bit of frost. Photo by Rick Nelson....

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 28, 2021

Bill would establish office to investigate police use of force

Fred Thomas believes if an independent team had investigated his son’s death, the outcome would have been much different. In May 2013, 30-year-old Leonard Thomas was shot by Lakewood police sniper Brian Markert after a four-hour standoff between...

 

Will Joe donate his salary?

To The Eagle: Joe said at his inauguration “My whole soul is in this, bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation and I ask every American to join me in this cause. Uniting to fight the foes we face: anger, resentment and hatr...

 

Insubordination? Really?

To The Eagle: In the past three decades the attractive brick faced storefront on Main Street now known as The Spar has housed several iterations of the restaurant business: Birnie’s Retreat, then a Bavarian restaurant, then The Hungry Hippo, then...

 

Note to an arrogant fisherman

To The Eagle: Dear Mr. Longview PUD board of directors member. Yesterday I was checking to see what result the recent high water in the Elochoman had on the bank work done this summer. I saw you fishing and went over to say howdy and how was the...

 

Trump's big lie wasn't successful

To The Eagle: Georgia recounted its presidential election ballots three times before Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified that Biden had prevailed. Thereafter, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the New...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 28, 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 Sydney Brown    News    January 28, 2021

Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny for motivation

A person who unlawfully summons the police on someone could face a civil action lawsuit under a proposed law that is gaining traction in the Legislature. Senate Bill 5135 would allow an individual to pursue civil action against a person who called...

 

WAAG fundraiser set for Saturday

MIXED--At the end of last week, we woke up to thick frost and temperatures in the low 20s in West Valley, so that certainly meant another log on the fire for those who use wood heat! Sunday it was back to cool but damp conditions with a moment or...

 

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...

 

Governmental council surveying housing needs

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments is conducting a survey to assess the housing needs and issues of availability and affordability in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. Results from this survey will be incorporated into the finalized Housing...

 

Public comment sought for transportation plan amendment

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG), as the lead agency for the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO), invites the public to comment on the draft 2020 Southwest Washington Coordinated Public...

 

Sheriff's Report, January 28, 2021

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 18 — 12:58 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Puget Island resident complaining of chest pain. 2:19...

 

February gardening tips offered

On February 2 from 12:00-12:45 p.m., WSU Master Gardener Alice Slusher will go over crucial gardens tasks for the month of February, and help you solve problems that may occur in your garden, landscape, and lawn. With spring around the corner, now...

 

In Their Footsteps - Virtual Introduction to Backyard Owls

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop has announced the next virtual “In Their Footsteps” free speaker series event. An “Introduction to Backyard Owls” with Barbara Linnett will be on www.youtube.com/user/Lewisandclarknhp at...

 

Shona Heywood named to MSU dean's list

Each semester, students at Missouri State University who attain academic excellence are named to the dean's list. For undergraduate students, criteria include enrollment in at least 12 credit hours during the fall semester and at least a 3.50 grade...

 

Chamber calendar available

The Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce has announced that their annual calendar of events is now available. They may be accessed in the chamber’s building hall display, the community center and many businesses in town....

 

Nature Matters: Eavesdropping on the Ocean set for February 11

Samara Haver is a researcher at Oregon State University where she uses underwater microphones to study ocean sounds. Sound in marine environments is generated by many types of marine life, natural...

 

Cathlamet Public Library has Discover Passes for checkout

Check Out Washington makes a limited edition Discover Pass available through participating libraries. Cathlamet Public Library now has two Discover passes available for patrons to checkout and use for free admission to visit millions of acres of...

 

LCC Speech & Debate honored with conference awards

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team earned multiple team and individual awards at the Viking Invitational hosted by Western Washington University – the final Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) Designated Tournament of...

 

Practice Day of Kindess

Bill Ammons, of Kelso, invites everyone to join him in celebrating a Day of Kindess on February 1. Ammons started the campaign several years ago in the hopes that people will take the time to share kindness with one another. Share a smile with...

 

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