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 By Rick Nelson    News    February 6, 2020

KM SR4 slide repair progresses; traffic may resume next week

Wednesday afternoon update from Tamara Greenwell, WSDOT Regional Communications Manager: "All of the soggy debris is behaving well under all the rain. It is surprisingly more stable than we thought...

 

One lane travel now open past SR 4 slide on KM Mountain

The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation has opened a lane for traffic past the landslide that has close SR 4 KM Mountain for 16 days. Here is WSDOT's later afternoon news release announcing the opening: A single...

 

Superintendent reviews road to develop building bond

Superintendent Brent Freeman addressed about 30 people at a meeting about the bond to remodel Wahkiakum High School last Wednesday. There were two courses of action when they began this process last...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 6, 2020

Coronavirus concerns addressed in county

By Rick Nelson With news about the new coronavirus 2019-nCOV that originated in China turning into a worldwide pandemic, Wahkiakum County health officers addressed the issue at the Tuesday meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners. The...

 

Do your due diligence

To The Eagle: I had the privilege to walk through the front doors of Wahkiakum High School in 1966 and leave through those same doors as a graduate 50 years ago this coming June. The school has undergone very little change since those days. The Mule...

 

Review the bond facts and vote yes

To The Eagle: Well, I have reviewed the bond facts. I am going to vote for the renovations. My one question is: Why is nothing mentioned about taking care of the flat roof on the high school? That was a mistake back when they built the school and we...

 

Need and costs in plan are balanced

To The Eagle: Wahkiakum School District is one of the great institutions in Wahkiakum County. Over the years it has dealt with most of Wahkiakum County’s greatest asset - its people. In the 50’s and 60’s the current buildings were constructed,...

 

School bond does not reflect real world costs

To The Eagle: First let me say that I am in favor of providing the best education possible in the best facility possible in our community. I think school facility maintenance and repair is an ongoing responsibility of school administration, not a...

 

Are common sense and taste gone?

To The Eagle: Well this past week has revealed that both common sense and taste have fallen into desuetude. I seem to recall a time when trials had real witnesses and entertainment involved more than scantily dressed women pelvic thrusting...

 

More thoughts on the school bond

To The Eagle: About 15 years ago, I met a fellow who was a retired school superintendent from Montana, visiting a mutual friend. During our conversation I asked him how tough it was to be a school superintendent. He said it was really pretty simple....

 

District needs a better plan

To The Eagle: I agree that our high school needs improvement and I’m all for giving the best for our students but I’m voting no on the school bond. The amount they’re proposing to improve is way too much. For that same amount it’s best to...

 

Wahkiakum has text to 911 since 2016

To The Eagle: An article in last week’s Eagle announced that Cowlitz County is the first 911 center in the state of Washington to have Text to 911. However, an important word was missing. It should have said that it was the first 911 center in the...

 

Not this time on schools

To The Eagle: I support our children and our schools but not this time; this property tax burden increase is way too expensive. Local homeowners’ taxes will go up 30 to 50 percent if this passes, let me repeat that, 30 to 50 percent. That is just...

 

At odds with school bond issue

To The Eagle: A message from Naselle School Board Chair: Chuck Hendrickson [Naselle school board chair] - Jan 25 7:09 PM “I’m school board chair at Naselle and have been following the discussion regarding your [Cathlamet] proposed renovation with...

 

School bond is proposed thievery

To The Eagle: The jackass party has done it [the Iowa fiasco] again. Blame the Russians, anyone? It proves that it has no claim or right to govern our nation. Go away sore losers, poseurs, fools. Take the pussy hats off and think for once. You...

 

Proposed school bond threatens local economy

To The Eagle: Do the math. If approved, your total property tax bill will swell from $7.92 per $1000 of assessed value to $11.29, a 42% increase. The percentage of your total tax bill paid to the school district jumps from 19% to 43%. Considering...

 

PUD cutting PI water Feb. 11 for repair

Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday morning to listen to reports, and to discuss the Western Wahkiakum Water System and the General Manager’s compensation. The PUD has had to make some adjustments due to the slide on KM. One...

 

F&W board discussing hatchery report, fish issues

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a workshop on hatchery reform, as well as consider land acquisitions and forest restoration projects in connection with its meeting Feb. 6-8. The commission’s work will kick off on Thursday at...

 

House passes clean fuels bill despite bipartisan opposition

By Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 30)--People will be asked to use a lot less gasoline and to convert to alternative clean fuels in the next 15 years if a proposal before the Legislature becomes law. After lengthy debate Jan. 30,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 6, 2020

County board handles varied topics

Wahkiakum County commissioners had a short but busy meeting Tuesday, covering lots of ground. Some of the topics addressed were:  County staff are trying to arrange a meeting with the US Army Corps of Engineers dredging program staff to discuss pro...

 

Proposed law offers protection for rights of domestic workers

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 29)--A measure designed to protect the health, safety, and overall well-being of domestic workers in Washington state has been sponsored by Democratic senators at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee and...

 

Senate bill would eliminate death penalty

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 31)--The death penalty would no longer be a sentencing option in Washington state if lawmakers enact a bill passed by the Senate on Jan. 31. Senate Bill 5339 has bipartisan support to eliminate the...

 

Crab feed in Rosburg is set for Saturday

MILD TO FRIGID--As this week began, which was Super Bowl Sunday, the morning sunshine was a real treat, even if it was quite nippy out. Some places got down to freezing while others were just close. Considering we were told we might have snow or...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. CathlameTones, Hotel Cathlamet, 6 p.m. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire...

 

Downriver Dispatches

SR 4 to Open As of Sunday afternoon SR 4 was still closed, yet a single lane had been prepared for traffic with the automatic signal light at each side of the slide area. A worker on site informed me that the road may be open this week, but not to...

 

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