Articles from the February 11, 2021 edition

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Island life

A bald eagle kept watch from a cottonwood snag along West Little Island Road this week. Photo courtesy of Sarah Lawrence....

 

Mule football game rescheduled

The Wahkiakum Mules were scheduled to play a football game Monday at Toutle Lake. That game has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 4:30 PM....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 11, 2021

Vaccine, ferry, erosion issues concern county commission

Wahkiakum County commissioners addressed issues with covid-19 vaccinations and the county ferry when they met Tuesday. Commissioners also discussed formation of a flood control zone district at the end of the Altoona/Pillar Rock Road. Distribution...

 

Covid-19 update:

There were no new cases of covid-19 in Wahkiakum County in the last week, with the total standing at 81 cases. Nine cases are currently considered active. The Washington Department of Health is reporting that five people in the county have been hospi...

 

Democrats push new tax on billionaires

House Democrats are rallying around a proposal to tax Washington State’s billionaires. House Bill 1406 would impose a 1 percent tax on intangible assets, such as money or stocks, on people whose wealth exceeds $1 billion. The Washington State...

 

Fanny Jackson Coppin: An educator of educators

By Theron Hobbs, Jr. ©2021 There are millions of elementary and secondary classroom educators in the United States. These educators learn the techniques of teaching and get experiences in practicing how to educate others. This season of practicing...

 

Sports should wait until schools completely open

To The Eagle: As most people know the school district is taking great strides to bring back sports for the students. While sports might be important how can this be more important than the students’ education and safety? The school has set up a...

 

God help us, you say?

To The Eagle: A recent letter by a local conservative reactionary raises some questions and requires some rebuttal. How have we lefties “ruined our elections?” Your answer will be more credible if it omits any mention of the thoroughly debunked...

 

Governor defends regional reopening plan

Gov. Jay Inslee defended his plan to phase in the opening of businesses by region, saying he knows it goes too slow for some people. “Everybody can have a rational argument against what we’re doing, but you can’t argue with the results,...

 

Subminimum wage for disabled workers called 'unjust

By Patric Haerle, Washington State Journal In what is being labeled a civil rights issue by advocates, lawmakers are considering ending the decades old practice of paying workers with a disability less than the state minimum wage. Under the current...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    February 11, 2021

Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism

Homeless shelters would be located in many cities and counties and supplied with mental health, employment and police resources if a bill under consideration in the state Legislature is adopted. Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, sponsored SB 5107 to...

 

New suicide review team proposed in House bill

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating a problem already plaguing youth in Washington -- suicide. Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, says HB 1354 is key to finding out why rates of suicide are climbing in Washington and on how to stop the trend....

 

St. Catherine food bank serves 52 familes

Last Wednesday morning, a wall of boxes lined the sidewalk outside St. Catherine Catholic Church on Columbia Street. Volunteers Tom Gartski, Mike Swift, John Doumit, John Doumit, Jr., Fred Johnson,...

 

Council sets special meeting for candidates

The Cathlamet Town Council will hold a special meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. to interview candidates to fill a vacancy on the council. Council members will interview the candidates in open session; retire to closed session to discuss the...

 

Fairgrounds flea market canceled

ALL PREPARED?--If weather apps are to be believed, by the time you read this, you may be playing in some "white stuff" as snow was to begin falling on Wednesday, and continue for several days with nighttime temperatures in the teens. We all know...

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, meetings and events usually listed here have been canceled or changed to online participation until further notice. The Eagle was advised of the following events: Online Recovery Meeting, Lower Columbia...

 

LCNHP recruits for 2021 Youth Conservation Corps program

How would you like to work, learn, play, and serve in a national park? Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is currently recruiting for the 2021 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), a non-residential work-based education program for young men and...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Introducing Karen Bertroch I am pleased to be the new writer for the column Darrell Alexander has been doing so well. I know many, like me, will miss his pieces. I hope to bring information and news...

 

Sheriff's Report, February 11, 2021

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 31 — 6:03 p.m. A Cathlamet resident said she believed a neighbor was responsible for a windshield wiper...

 

Voice of Democracy youth essay winner

On February 5, Wahkiakum VFW Post 5297 presented Colton Vik, 1st place winner of Voice of Democracy youth essay competition, with a certificate and a cash award of $200. Left to right, Bob Roche,...

 

Death Notice for Kenneth Ford

Kenneth Ford, born August, 1947, died January, 2021....

 

WHS announces 1st semester honor roll

The Wahkiakum High School first semester honor roll for the 2020-2021 school year has been announced. 4.0 grade – point average: 9th grade: Klauvinia Cernal, Nathan Garrett, Galina Goldinov, Svetlana Goldinov, Lilian Hale, Solei Langan, Pierce Leav...

 

CWCOG announces monthly business pulse survey

The Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) is requesting assistance from area businesses to understand the effect of the pandemic-related restrictions on our community. Participants are asked to complete a brief 15 question survey....

 

Potential avian influenza threat

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will offer a free webinar to help poultry owners protect their birds from avian influenza as cases continue to increase worldwide. Although the webinar is free, space is limited so reserve a spot...

 

LCC Speech & Debate triumph at tournament

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team took third place in overall team sweepstakes out of 23 competing colleges at the Aztec Invitational Tournament, hosted by San Diego State University. This result shows that the Fighting...

 

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