Articles from the February 9, 2023 edition

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Wahkiakum High School receives OSPI's Distinguished School Award

Wahkiakum High School was one of four schools in the state of Washington this academic year to be selected by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a ESEA (Elementary and Secondar...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 9, 2023

Council lowers sewer plan loan interest rate, reorders order of agenda

The Cathlamet Town Council on Monday passed resolutions establishing a policy for purchasing during emergencies, lowering the interest rate on the town's sewer plant construction loan, and modifying their meeting agenda format. The first resolution...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 9, 2023

Commissioners consider new food vendor fees

Wahkiakum County Commissioners covered a lot of ground when the met Tuesday, approving expenses for construction and other projects and previewing proposed changes in fees for food service vendors. Commissioners approved a contract for landscape desi...

 

PUD reviews Island water source search

Water was a big topic of conversation at the Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, which started with a public hearing for the proposed conversion to a Puget Island Small...

 

Half full, or half empty?

To The Eagle: Why are there so many half-full, in the USA? The country has made it through a worldwide pandemic in much better shape than most of the rest of the world. Inflation, would not have been or be as bad, had not all oil companies kept price...

 

Deceptions are as American as apple pie

To The Eagle: How on earth did our country get to the sorry state it seems to be in? The answer requires a deep reach back into pseudo-history before ‘the fall.’ It may seem strange, but it explains much. It began with two amateurish mistakes. “Do...

 

Does Inslee think we're stupid?

To The Eagle: Regarding the January 26 article in The Eagle “Inslee: Homeless programs need more money,” does Inslee think we’re stupid? To say that the homeless consist of people with chemical addiction and mental problems is an insult. The real...

 

Coffee shop reopening after water disaster

Patty Vezaldanos is going to be 65 in 60 days, and she is dreaming about slowing down a little bit, spending fewer of her days each week in her shop, Patty Cakes Café and Roasting, which is located on...

 

Cathlamet man dies in traffic accident

Cathlamet resident John D. Ramsay died on February 3 following a January 25 accident on SR 4 west of Stella near Bunker Hill. According to the Washington State Patrol, Ramsay was driving a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire between a 2016 Toyota Highlander driven...

 

Longer school year proposed to reduce loss

Students should spend more time in school and less time on break so they retain the learning they acquire during the school year. That’s the opinion of Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, who has introduced a bill in the state Legislature that adds...

 

Winter has barely started, be ready

WET AND WILD--We ended last week with some very strong wind gusts in our area, and after a couple of those hefty ones, a tree went down and “bleep,” there went the power. When the ground is soggy after having just thawed out and then having some ste...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Free Senior Fitness and Balance Class, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, enter via door on 3rd, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Food Addicts, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 6-7 p.m. Cathlamet Fire...

 

Downriver Dispatches

In Bob Pyle's lovely second edition of "Sky Time in Grays River," he says, "Every day and every night of the shoulder season, winter into spring, the Swede Park census grows." He is referring to the...

 

Sheriff's Report, February 9, 2023

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 29 — 10:11 p.m. A caller said she would pick up her truck, which broke down on SR 4 in the Grays River a...

 

Johnson Park news

Johnson Park Valentine craft day coming up on February 11th 1-3 p.m. Come and paint a canvas picture, space is limited to 12 so please reserve a place soon. Denise Blanchard instructor 360-355-0472. A garden club is starting with the first meeting ni...

 

Duane Coulter

Duane E, Coulter, 59, of Spokane, formerly of Longview, died as a result of a motorcycle accident on January 20, 2023. He was born in Lemoore CA on September 15, 1963 to George and Joy Coulter. After his Dad’s discharge from the Navy the family r...

 

Death Notice for Barry Aiton

Barry J. Aiton died suddenly at home on January 24, 2023. More information to follow at a later date....

 

WordFest hosts Clark County poet laureate on Feb 14

Clark County Poet Laureate Armin Tolentino will read at WordFest on Tuesday, February 14, 6-8 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Avenue in Longview. In honor of Valentine's Day, Tolentino will read poems that explore family relationsh...

 

Covid update

One case of covid-19 was reported in the last week, according to the Washington Department of Health, bringing the cumulative total to 636 in Wahkiakum County. The number of hospitalizations and...

 

LCC hosts 50th annual speech & debate tournament

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team hosted and competed at the 50th Annual Michael Dugaw Smelt Classic on January 27-29. Twenty colleges and universities from six states attended, with over 150 students competing across 14...

 

WDFW seeks members for advisory group on hydraulic regulations that protect fish

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to fill up to seven positions on a volunteer committee that advises the Department in administering a state law designed to protect fish in Washington waters. That law,...

 
 By Renee Diaz    News    February 9, 2023

Crime victims get added confidentiality

Victims and witnesses who track perpetrators in prison to know when they are released will be able to keep their identities private, if a bill that passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support becomes law. “This bill creates a safer environment f...

 

Wilson bill clears way for inexpensive kit homes

Washington lawmakers should clear the way for inexpensive kit homes as one solution to the state’s affordable-housing crisis, says Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview. “A hundred years ago, people bought houses from the Sears catalog -- they came in a box...

 

Mules start districts with win over Toledo

The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team finished their regular season with a third place finish in the Central 2B League and moved into district play this week. Senior Kyler Sause had a career high...

 

Mule wrestlers shine in sub-regional tourney

McKenna Mendez, a Wahkiakum Mule wrestler, was a sub-regional champion following competition at a tournament on Saturday, according to Coach Ross Lofstrom. Joining her in the Mule winner's circle...

 

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