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Articles from the January 30, 2020 edition

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Coalition offering services for feral cats

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is offering free spay/neuter program for cats in the Wahkiakum County area during February. The coalition website (http://www.feralcats.com/) says services are no-cost for feral, stray, and barn cats (donations...

 

Progress report: KM slide repair is a challenging project

SR 4, west of Cathlamet remains closed because of a landslide near the eastern foot of KM Mountain. Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Communications Director Tamara Greenwell...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 30, 2020

WSDOT responds to slide cutting SR 4 on KM

Single lane passage coming soon No public logging road detour Health department adapting Wednesday meeting cancelled WSDOT using past & present knowledge CATHLAMET (Jan. 28) -- Washington Department of Transportation engineers hope to have a single...

 

Highway crew finds moving slope in initial response

GRAYS RIVER (Jan. 27) -- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has indicated to those who travel State Route 4 near West Fork Creek on the east side of KM Mountain should plan ahead fo...

 

School board hears bond comment

Any possible criticism about the school bond that may have surfaced at the Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors meeting last Wednesday was drowned out by the show of support from the crowd in attendance. Here are the comments from the...

 

School bond issue: Do it right 1st time

I think it's an admirable goal: If you're going to do something, do it right the first time. My coaches, Paul Spears and Terry Bonny drilled that into me during the seasons I was a Wahkiakum Mule football player, 1965-68, and I've honored it through...

 

Let's keep our Mules kicking!

To The Eagle: After reviewing long postponed and now essential repairs to Wahkiakum school buildings we reflected on everything that good school facilities mean to a community. Positives include increased property values as families and children...

 

Vote no school bond

To The Eagle: How good it is to have a few weeks to decide if we want to buy a $28.75 million house with a no down payment 22 year mortgage? Depending on the interest the cost could double. Not only that but some investor is making a profit on the...

 

Assessor offers recap of school district taxes

To The Eagle: I have been working on getting numbers for Wahkiakum School District 200 and after a bit of hair-pulling, I am ready to share them. The current taxable value of the district is $428.5M. This excludes $11.0M of value for properties...

 

WHS CTE/FFA News

Students in the Wahkiakum High School's FFA and the Career and Technical Education programs have been busy learning on campus and around the community. They've made several trips to the Beaver Creek...

 

Lawmakers move to ban high capacity magazines

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 24) -- Gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition would be outlawed under a proposed law moving through the state Senate. Supporters cite safety concerns, while opponents argue the...

 

County still divided by slide; ferry running

WILD WEEK!--The latter half of last week was really a rough one as not only did we get hit with some major flooding in our county, but we had a large landslide on KM once again, which, as you know by now, has shut down SR 4. The slide is approx. at...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-Noon. TOPS, Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-7:15 p.m. Sandra Sews, Community Center, Cathlamet, 10:30-Noon. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Book Club, Community Center, Cathlamet, 11...

 

What's happening at the Fair?

Greetings from the fair office! February is almost here! The fair board will hold a Valentine's Bingo this year at the Youth Building at the fairgrounds on February 1 at 6 p.m. Cards are 3 for $10 and will let you play all 20 games. We will have a...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Flooding in Grays River Every year the rains bring the chance of flooding to the Grays River watershed along with landslides. This is the beginning of a new year and we have had both. It is one thing...

 

Sheriff's Report, January 30, 2020

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 20 — 11:32 a.m. A caller reported that two individuals had been sitting in a car in the parking lot of...

 

LCC Speech & Debate earns awards at Pacific University

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team won 2nd place in Division II Sweepstakes at the Fred Scheller Invitational hosted by Pacific University. This was the final Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) Designated Tournament of...

 

N/GRV School Board Meeting Notes

The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District met for its monthly meeting on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Commons. After approval of the consent agenda, Graduation Policy 2410 was adopted as presented in December and Policy 1310,...

 

Frances Phelan

Frances Ann Phelan (LaFaive), 82, passed away on January 24, 2020 at Hospice Care in Longview, WA after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer. She was the wife of Mike Phelan who adored her during...

 

Chocolate Extravaganza set for February 13

The Charlotte House, a program of St. James Family Center, will once again offer boxes of delicious chocolates – prepared by local volunteer bakers, at their 20th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza. The sale will be held in the lobby of the Hotel...

 

PIFD collects donations for Doernbecher

Puget Island Fire Department members collected donations for Doernbecher Children's Hospital on Sunday. The volunteers collected $2056.70 in the annual Firefighters/Kiwanis Boot Drive. Left, l-r, are...

 

Free legal program offered

On February 13, at noon, Chris Roubicek, attorney in Castle Rock, will discuss the uses and abuses of Durable Powers of Attorney. Estate planning involves providing for the possibility of incapacity or incompetence. Durable Powers of Attorney are an...

 

WMC calls alert about scam

The Washington Medical Commission (WMC) has been alerted that scam artists are calling clinics, Dr. offices and pharmacies posing as the WMC or medical board. These scam artists have increased the deceptiveness of the tactics by using direct phone...

 

Auditions for ASOC set for February 10-11

Auditions for the Astor Street Opry Company’s production of: The Real Lewis and Clark (or How The Finns Discovered Astoria) will be held Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11 from 6-9 p.m., at the ASOC Playhouse, 129 W. Bond Street in...

 

Text to 911 now available in Cowlitz County

According to a press release from Cowlitz 911, they are the first 911 center in the State of Washington to begin accepting text messages integrated into their phone system to 911. The new technology improves 911 services by reducing the time it...

 

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