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Articles from the February 3, 2022 edition

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Road work

Crews have been working in the Cathlamet area to improve safety for pedestrians crossing in at least three locations on SR 4, at Boege Road, Jacobson Road, and at the School Access Road, where...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 3, 2022

School levey passing in first count of votes

The Wahkiakum School District's four-year, $997,000 program and operations levy was passing when votes were counted Tuesday evening. The margin was close, 610 yes, 575 no, an approval rate of 51.48 percent. Wahkiakum County elections officials said...

 

Covid-19 update

There were five new reported cases of covid-19 in Wahkiakum County on Monday and two more on Wednesday after The Eagle had gone to press, bringing the cumulative total to 299, with 19 considered...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 3, 2022

Eroded channel needs fill, residents say

Wahkiakum County officials discussed further response to flood damage in East Valley and addressed other topics when the board of commissioners met Tuesday. In early January, heavy rain and melting snow sent a deluge down a Wilson Creek tributary,...

 

PUD commission low income assistance law

CETA, or the Clean Energy Transformation Act, has become a hot topic of conversation, General Manager Dan Kay told the Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. “It has two components,” Kay said. “It has a power supply side that...

 

Pioneer Association outlines center upgrade

A $165,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce in 2019 allowed the Pioneer Community Association to begin tackling some much needed repairs to the Pioneer Community Center. “It is good to remember how excited, relieved, and to so...

 

Remember, levies are for learning

To The Eagle Do you ever wonder what our education system would look like without the support from levy funds? Imagine this: You are a parent of two children so you must pack food, snacks, supplies, personal hygiene products, and drive your children...

 

We are citizens, not subjects

To The Eagle: Amongst the letters a few weeks back was a tutorial on constitutions. Comprehensive as it was, it omitted the crucial fact, the singular feature, that makes the U.S. Constitution absolutely unique among similar documents, both now and...

 

Vote yes for the levy and our future

To The Eagle: Looking back 25 years, in 1977 the levy request put before Wahkiakum voters was $375,000 ($6.19 per thousand) and it was easily approved by 80% of the voters. Every levy request since then has been approved, even in 2010 after the...

 

They'd rather have us count beans

To The Eagle: We recently voted by mail on the school levy and did so with complete confidence in the integrity of Washington’s postal voting system. Folks using the ballot drop box didn’t have to worry about it being suddenly moved to a distant...

 

Emergency Comms Test Shows Strong Results

Last weekend we completed another test of our county's ability to communicate during severe emergency conditions. This nation-wide activity is called Winter Field Day: Amateur radio stations from all...

 

Crystal Clark

Crystal Ann Clark died January 5, 2022, in Longview. She was born at Cowlitz General Hospital in Longview on October 26, 1969, to Robert and Linda Clark. She grew up in Cathlamet, spending her time at Marie’s where her Grandma Wendell cooked, at...

 

LCC Speech & Debate "Three-Peat" as Conference Champions

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team earned multiple team and individual honors at the Fred Scheller Invitational tournament hosted by Pacific University – the final...

 

Winners of the Winter Adult Reading Challenge announced

The new Beanstack reading challenges for children, adults, and teens are currently active through March 31 at . It is easy to register, then log book titles as you read them and win prizes. There is...

 

Youth fun with 4-H February 12 kickoff

Wahkiakum County 4-H will host a morning of free youth activities Saturday, February 12, 9 a.m. to noon, at Johnson Park in Rosburg. Wahkiakum County 4-H volunteers will host a variety of projects for youth ages 5 and up. All are welcome, no need to...

 

On the honor roll

Macie Elliott and Jessica Yurosko of Cathlamet were named to the Dean’s List at Eastern Oregon University for the 2021 fall term. They join 563 other students at the college who were able to achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or...

 

Free winter clothing items still available

CLOUDY START--As I begin this column, it's pretty cloudy with just a smattering of raindrops, but it appears we'll be seeing some more "real rain" a little later on, so I hope you've kept the boots and umbrellas by the door! For now, the snowflake...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, work night, 7:30 p.m. Puget Island Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. District No. 4 Fire Departm...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Apology: I need to correct a misunderstanding on my part about the Alpha Theta hanging baskets project. The baskets will be delivered at the high school the week of Finn Fest, not before. If you...

 

Sheriff's Report, February 3, 2022

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 23 —1:12 p.m. The Grays River ambulance aided a person who may have broken an ankle after falling off...

 

Correction/Clarification

In last week's report about the January meeting of the board of directors of the Naselle/Grays River Valley School District, The Eagle incorrectly reported that board Chair Chuck Hendrickson referred to a previous letter signed by all board members...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    February 3, 2022

House, Senate agree to delay long-term care

Washington’s highly-touted and highly controversial long-term care program will be delayed by 18 months, as lawmakers work to correct flaws in the program. Gov. Jay Inslee signed bills Jan. 27 to delay the WA Cares payroll tax on Washington...

 

WHS students take it to the Supreme Court

Some lucky Wahkiakum High School students in Don Cox's classroom participated in a mock trial recently with two lawyers from the Wahkiakum Prosecuting Attorney's office and a District Court Judge...

 

Island life

Above: A pair of bald eagles take a break in a fir tree on Puget Island. Below: A peregrine falcon keeps watch on Puget Island. Photos courtesy of Sarah Lawrence....

 

Ilwaco 44, Naselle 41

The Naselle Comet girls basketball team played aggressively on both offense and defense but couldn't quite pull out a win Monday, losing 44-41 to the highly ranked Ilwaco Lady Fishermen. Photos by...

 

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