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 By Diana Zimmerman    News    May 5, 2016

PUD commission discusses water, intertie

The public was invited to comment during a water use efficiency hearing at Tuesday’s Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners meeting, but only one member of the public was in attendance. The PUD’s goals are to reduce the amount of water...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 5, 2016

Day in the Life photo contest is Saturday, May 7

We are pleased to announce our annual photo contest, A Day in The Life of Wahkiakum County and Naselle. We invite Wahkiakum County and Naselle residents to shoot a photo on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in the Wahkiakum County and Naselle areas and enter...

 
 News    May 5, 2016

Ready for kindergarten!

Five-year-old children and their parents visited the kindergarten class at Naselle Elementary School last week to meet their teacher and get a preview of their class for next fall. Above, Kendall...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 5, 2016

Filing for election getting underway

The local election season is approaching. Filing for positions on the 2016 election ballots will run May 16-20. Candidates for local positions file in the county auditor's office, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Positions on the ballot...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    May 5, 2016

Debate continues over Jim Crow geography

Discussion about changing the names of Wahkiakum County geological features incorporating the name Jim Crow continued this week. The discussion started last month when Senator Pramila Jayapal of Seattle began a statewide review of geographic names...

 

Local attorney to close office

To The Eagle: I am announcing that I will be closing my Cathlamet law office, located at 99 Main St., effective June 30, 2016, in anticipation of retiring from the practice of law. During this transition time, I will finalize as many pending cases...

 

Student thanks teachers and staff

To The Eagle: I am a senior at Wahkiakum High School, and I’d like to give a shout out to all of the teachers and staff members of Wahkiakum High School who have helped me through the years. My principal, Stephanie Leitz, has been a crucial factor...

 

Movement to deny past is self delusional

To The Eagle: Many people feel that the changing of names of historical personages or sports teams will erase the ‘bad history’ that they are ashamed of. Our “history” can be improved and even enriched by hiding and or destroying the unfit...

 

Dropping Jim Crow would be a sign of respect

To The Eagle: This is the test of a statement read to the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday: Our Pledge of Allegiance contains principles that the United States of America stand for throughout this country. Our annual Bald Eagle...

 

Jim Crow represents disgraceful period

Editor's note: The original version of this letter was missing one sentence; this is the correct version. We apologize to the writer, Peter McGuire. To The Eagle: Fifty years ago I had the honor of serving in the United States Marine Corps. Six or...

 

Presidential candidates disturbing and depressing

To The Eagle: The choice of candidates campaigning for the highest honor of serving our country is rather disturbing and depressing. The Democrats can’t come up with a better candidate than Hillary? Sanders? Republicans are no better. The ballots...

 

Locals to raise money for American Heart Association

To The Eagle: A year has passed since the last American Heart Association Annual Walk. Last year your local team consisted of Sandy Boldt, Vickie Bergseng, Marnee Davis and myself. We reached our goal of $300. This year we are again walking to make...

 

Appreciative PTO planning for future

To The Eagle: The PTO would like to thank all who participated in the "Spring Blossom Bingo" event that was held last Friday. Although there wasn't as big a turnout as we hoped, it was still a lot of fun. I want to personally give a huge "Thank You"...

 

Finland resident has ties to Puget Island

To The Eagle: Hello from Pori, Finland! By a note of my family member by name Lindwall, I saw my mom’s name in your paper in an obituary of Henry Lindwall. He was one of the three Lindwall brothers Paul, Henry and Charles, from Pori, Finland to my...

 
 News    May 5, 2016

Jim Crow: The force of rigid separation

(Editor's note: To better understand the impact and force of Jim Crow laws, reporter Diana Zimmerman gathered the following information.) by Diana Zimmerman According to the Jim Crow Museum website run by Ferris State University, Jim Crow “was...

 
 News    May 5, 2016

Health study points to rural problems

By Diana Zimmerman This year, Wahkiakum finished last in a study that ranked health in the counties of Washington state. The study used information collected from a “variety of national data sources” and was published by the University of...

 

Happy Mother's Day to one and all

WONDERFUL WEEKEND--We certainly had a gorgeous weekend with lots of sunshine and warmth, which was perfect to bring in another new month, so I hope you had a wonderful May Day on Sunday. Hopefully you got a nice flower surprise in there as well! As I...

 

What's happening at the Fair?

Happy May to everyone. This month starts the busy season at the fair grounds. Several things will be going on at the fair grounds this summer. As you know we received a grant to upgrade the restrooms. As soon as Dollars for Scholars is over this...

 
 News    May 5, 2016

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Congregational Church, Noon. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, work night, 7:30 p.m. Puget Island Fire...

 

Quiet, caring angel takes care of stones

News from Naselle: As the school year winds down, the activities are still ongoing. This week’s sports calendar for the Naselle Comet teams is as follows: Thursday, high school track in Naselle at 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, high school track at the...

 

Work party set for cemetery

The Seal River Cemetery annual cemetery clean-up day has been set for May 21 at 1 p.m. in preparation for Memorial Day weekend. Many hands and tools/equipment make clean-up faster, said spokesperson Kari Kandoll, and the stories that are told are...

 

Sheriff's Report, May 5, 2016

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: April 25 — 9:15 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Cathlamet resident who had fallen. 12:22 p.m. The mental...

 

White Cane Days fundraiser set

Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs to be “Knights of The Blind” and local Lions Clubs, in partnership with the Northwest Lions Foundation (NLF) assist, protect and restore sight and hearing for children and adults in their communities. The...

 

Free smoke alarms available

The American Red Cross has launched a national campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. Fire-related deaths and injuries are highest in homes without smoke alarms. Fire experts agree that...

 

Seeking musicians to play at Bald Eagle Days

The Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking musicians to play at the 2016 Bald Eagle Days, Saturday July 16. For consideration submit either an mp3 file or video link by email to the Chamber at wchamber@cni.net. In addition, include fee...

 

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