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Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition


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  • After fire, crabbers come together

    Luke Whittaker, Chinook Observer|Feb 1, 2024

    In the days after a devastating fire ravaged gear for eight local fishing vessels, the coastal and commercial fishing communities rallied to replace line, pots and buoys while restoring hope ahead of the commercial crab season. "The outpouring of love of the people that helped get the fleet back to fishing shape was simply like nothing I've ever seen before," said Dale Beasley, president of the Lower Columbia River Crab Fishermen's Association. "The local community support has been fantastic!...

  • High school to be site for emergency communication center

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    Four members of a local ham radio club were at the Wahkiakum School District Board of Director’s meeting last week to talk about plans that could potentially make Cathlamet, and the more specifically the school district, an Emergency Operations Center. According to Ron Wright, who is a member of the club, and acted as spokesman for them that day, the club has been working with the school district and the county emergency service to install a “very capable emergency radio system” on the school ca...

  • Publisher's Note

    Feb 1, 2024

    Changes—some temporary, some more long-lasting—continue at The Eagle. In the short term, our reporter and news editor, Diana Zimmerman, will be taking a much-deserved vacation. As regular readers know, Diana contributes the bulk of our news writing. Though our staff will be able to cover some of her responsibilities, we not be able to cover it all, and so for our Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 issues, you might notice us experimenting with alternative kinds of content or formatting, or you may see more stories from our partner news orgs, such as the Chi...

  • Retain Johnson for flood board

    Feb 1, 2024

    To The Eagle: The Grays River Flood Control District (GRFCD, formerly known as the Grays River Habitat Enhancement District) is holding a special election to fill position 2 on their board, currently held by Judith Johnson. I served as the unelected volunteer secretary for about 15 years and understand some of the obstacles and triumphs they can face. NGOs (non governmental organizations such as Columbia Land Trust) are purchasing land in our county, in the name of habitat and conservation. They regularly get most of the grant monies available...

  • Sheriffs uphold the constitution, not the governor

    Feb 1, 2024
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    To the Eagle: HB 2027 would require sheriffs, police chiefs, marshals, and reserve officers to maintain officer certification and comply with background investigations before a sheriff can file for candidacy. Now that sounds good, and that is what they are promoting. However, it also would grant the state Criminal Justice Training Commission the authority “to disqualify candidates seeking election as county sheriffs and decertify a sheriff at any time, for any reason.” If the sheriff is not doing the governor’s bidding, that sheriff will be de...

  • Get involved with Cathlamet Woman's Club

    Feb 1, 2024

    To The Eagle: GFWC-Cathlamet Woman’s Club’s first meeting of the year will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at noon, upstairs at the Hotel Cathlamet. We invite you to come and see what the club is all about. The Cathlamet Woman’s Club was originally organized in 1929 and was federated in 1930 under the Washington State and National Federation of Women’s Clubs. GFWC is one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s service organizations dedicated to community improvement through volunteer services. A few highlights of our club include: supporting...

  • Westend to vote in special elections

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    Some voters in the Westend are being asked to make a decision about who will represent them on the Grays River Flood Control District and whether or not to pass a Naselle Grays River Valley School District replacement levy. Ballots have already been mailed for both of these special elections, to people living in the districts affected by these matters. Ballots are due on Feb. 6 for the Grays River Flood Control District where Director Position 2, currently held by Judith Johnson, is up for...

  • Bingo, Flea Market at the Fair

    Kay Chamberlain|Feb 1, 2024

    PLENTY OF WATER. Well, while we had plenty of water around the area, I was happy that we didn't have any major flooding here in West Valley over the roads and such, so that was a big plus. This week’s forecast shows some dry days and it would sure be nice to dry out for a little bit. The only down side I see about drying out is that it's supposed to get down to freezing again and I could do without that, so be watchful if you have to be out and about in the early morning or late evening hours, as it might just be a little slick out. Here's h...

  • Sheriff's Report, February 1, 2024

    Feb 1, 2024

    January 22 8:50 a.m. High water was reported over Eden Valley Road. 11:13 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Skamokawa resident complaining of extreme back pain after a recent fall. 11:36 a.m. A caller reported that a white pickup was parked by the Rosburg store for several days. The caller said he would post a warning on Facebook about a possible tow. 2:23 p.m. A caller asked the sheriff’s department to notify a neighbor on Puget Island that he was not welcome and that he would be trespassed if he returned to his property. 6:58 p.m. A r...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Feb 1, 2024

    Suddenly it dawned on me, spring is here. Daffodils are up in my hydrangea barrel and the daffodils are starting to bloom at Naselle Coffee and yes, Bendog is snoring in the sun on the porch. Life is good and full and smiles are the best part of the day. Happy Spring, everyone. It might freeze, but then again, it might not, so that's why I'm smiling today. Brownsmead Flats: There are several things I want you to know about so let's start with the Brownsmead Flats folks from Oregon performing in...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Feb 1, 2024

    THURSDAY 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. Eastside Play & Learn Group, 1:30-3 p.m., St. James Family Center 1134 Columbia St. Cathlamet 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...

  • Mules reclassified

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    Reclassification is complete, and beginning next fall, for the next four years, the Wahkiakum Mules will be a 1B school. Enrollment is a major factor in classification, and while numbers have declined over the years, Wahkiakum’s Athletic Director and boy’s basketball coach Rob Garrett points out that the district has always been at the bottom of the 2B classification, in which enrollment ranges from 105 to 224. Now Wahkiakum is at the top of 1B. Garrett sees nothing but positives. And for old...

  • Kathy Durrah

    Feb 1, 2024

    Kathy Durrah gently passed away Jan. 26, 2024, at Ray Hickey Hospice Care in Vancouver. She had lived at Canterbury Gardens memory care for two years, and Kalama for a few months. Kathy was born Aug. 24, 1947, in Longview, and lived her whole life in Cathlamet, except during 1967-1971, when she lived in Wichita, Kansas, while Russ was in the Air Force. Kathy graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 1965 and married Russ Durrah, the love of her life, on Aug. 20, 1966, at the Skamokawa Methodist...

  • Betty Hutcheson

    Feb 1, 2024

    Betty Lea Hutcheson, 91, died on Jan. 25, in Longview, where she lived most of her life. She was born on March 17, 1932, and enjoyed her St. Patrick's Day birthday her entire life. Her parents, Lee Alva and Annabel (Hinton) Baker, moved from McAlester, Oklahoma, to Longview when she was a child. She graduated from RA Long High School in 1950 and married Clark Hutcheson on Oct. 6 of that year. He preceded her in 2020 after 69 years of marriage. Betty enjoyed home life, her family, and friends....

  • Mules score big, clinching second place in league

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team solidified their second place standing in the Central 2B League with three wins this week. They moved up to eighth place in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's RPI ranking for 2B teams, and have one more game left in the regular season to play before the district tournament begins for them next Wednesday. The Mules proved to be the comeback kids after a rough start in Adna last Wednesday. Adna came out hot, hitting six three pointers...

  • Mules beat Winlock

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team celebrated their second win of the season last week, beating Winlock 32-31 in a league game in front of a home crowd on Thursday. “I’m so proud of the girls,” Coach Ross Lofstrom said. “We were down eight in the fourth and didn’t give up. We played tenacious defense with Amirah Abdul Kariem and Payton Mendez forcing multiple turnovers late in the game. Sam Dela Cruz had her best game of the year, making free throws to seal the win. Jessie LeFever w...

  • Mules eye post-season after strong showing

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules wrestling team fared well at a mix-and-match meet in Onalaska last Wednesday. Lilian Hale won both of her matches and come home with a sportsmanship award in the form of a pin. “She always shows amazing sportsmanship,” Coach Kyliegh Harlin said. Zaya Ray went two for three in competition and teammate Lilly Snead was three for three. Mason Curl won both his matches, and Harley Popp won one of two. Brody Ashe lost both his matches but, according to Harlin, put up an int...

  • Animal group bids adieu to two founders

    Diana Zimmerman|Feb 1, 2024

    Two volunteers instrumental to the formation of the Wahkiakum Animal Advocates Group, President Rebecca Hompe and Treasurer/Secretary Anita Orchin, stepped down from the group on Jan. 15, and are looking forward to new challenges and experiences their newfound freedom will provide them. "I'm humbled to have been a part of WAAG and so proud of what we accomplished in our first four years," Orchin said. "The community embraced us, trusted us, and supported WAAG from the beginning. It's been...

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