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Articles from the March 4, 2021 edition

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Sea Lion's Retreat

A sea lion took a rest on Puget Island dock last week. Photos courtesy of Scott Echols....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 4, 2021

County commission supporting requests for SR 401, dredge spoils

Wahkiakum County residents on Tuesday called on the county board of commissioners to use their political influence to address problems in the region. Grays River resident Karen Bertroch asked the board to press the Washington State Department of Tran...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 4, 2021

PUD planning water main upgrades

Last month, one of the Wahkiakum County PUD’s water systems was showing a substantial loss in distribution, General Manager Dave Tramblie told the board of commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday. The water crew looked for a leak but wasn't able...

 
 By Andrew Weiler    News    March 4, 2021

Town council updates several town ordinances

On Monday, the Cathlamet Town Council swiftly passed several ordinances during a short council meeting. The meeting was delayed once again by technical issues related to Zoom and the idea of safely having in-person council meetings was proposed but...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 4, 2021

Covid-19 update

On Tuesday, the count of covid-19 cases in Wahkiakum County had reached 100. Of those, 19 were considered potentially active. According to the Washington Department of Health, 1,483 tests of county residents have been conducted, and five people in...

 

Evangelicals misinterpret references to Bible

To The Eagle: A contributor recently stated his opinion that our country’s Constitution was “divinely inspired.” That brings to mind the oft mentioned fallacy that America was founded as a Christian nation. Evangelicals misinterpret references...

 

Do we not understand the 1st amendment?

To The Eagle: I rarely write a letter to the editor, but last week something really struck me odd. A lady wrote "Why, Mr. Editor, do you print such rubbish instead of the informative interesting stuff? Having served in the military and being a red...

 

A word of thanks and gratitude

To The Eagle: We often take much for granted in our daily routines and along comes a severe storm. Our road crews, PUD crews and law enforcement are out risking life and limb to repair and maintain our roads and power systems so emergency vehicles...

 

Moving forward

To The Eagle: A big thank you to Wahkiakum Health Department, for their well organized covid vaccine distribution; they just called for appointment for my wife, I got both mine, with only a little tiredness after second one. Also for the fire...

 

Blatant irresponsible behavior exhibited

To The Eagle: The other day I had the chance to talk with one of our school's teachers and found out, to my surprise that they had refused the vaccine for Covid-19. I think that our teachers should be required to take this vaccine due to their...

 

Set the record straight

To The Eagle: A letter to the Editor described me as being childish. I guess that is one of the nicest things I have been called by those that can't seem to be cured of their Trump Derangement syndrome. That person’s letter comparing President...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 4, 2021

School super addresses maintenance needs

On February 16, the Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors got updates on the budget, the four day school week, and Superintendent Brent Freeman’s ongoing challenge to fund renovations at the high school. Budget Manager Shelby Garrett...

 

Season now open for spring chinook

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon on Feb. 23 approved this year’s spring Chinook angling season for the lower Columbia River, with low returns expected to once again impact recreational fishing. The 2021 forecast for upriver spring...

 

Wahkiakum life

An adolescent bald eagle keeps watch from a tree near Nassa Point east of Cathlamet. Photo courtesy of Sarah Lawrence....

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 4, 2021

House bill would ban certain choke holds

A ban on the use of chokeholds, military equipment, and most types of car chases by law enforcement passed the House of Representatives after lawmakers voted along party lines in a 54-43 vote Feb. 27. HB 1054 was the subject of much debate. Some...

 
 By Joseph Claypoole    News    March 4, 2021

Clean fuels bill approved by House

A low carbon fuel bill passed the state House of Representatives Feb. 27 in a 52-46 vote with every Republican voting no. Its next stop is the Senate. The bill directs the Department of Ecology to institute rules that require refineries to produce...

 
 By Patric Haerle    News    March 4, 2021

Ban of private prisons has bipartisan support

Washington’s only private detention center is proposed for closure. House Bill 1090 prohibits any person, business or government from operating private, for-profit detention facilities. It recently passed in the House of Representatives with...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 4, 2021

Police accounability legislation advances

Outrage over deaths of citizens in police custody sparked efforts by lawmakers to address racial equity, hiring and training, and the use of force within law enforcement. Now, nearing the halfway point in the 2021 legislative session, the steps towar...

 

New pet grooming business coming

MIXED--By the time you read this, we may be back to some soggy weather after a supposed dry spell, which is at least happening this Monday morning after some heavy fog. Of course those cloudy days often wind up a bit damp, but if we get any break...

 

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...

 

Nature Matters: Collaborating with Beaver for a Resilient Future

Jakob Shockey has been working professionally in Oregon’s streams, rivers, and wetlands for over eight years. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Beaver Coalition, an organization working to empower humans to partner with beaver...

 

Public radio pledge drive begins March 15

As the only local non-commercial broadcaster, Coast Community Radio operates its three stations by relying on funds from the community it serves. Because of the community's strong support, KMUN has been getting better and better for 38 years....

 

Downriver Dispatches

Highway 401: I'm writing this on Tuesday. I waited to finalize this column so I could report on the Wahkiakum County Commissioners' meeting in Cathlamet that I attended this morning. I went to speak...

 

Sheriff's Report, March 4, 2021

February 21 — 6:01 p.m. The Skamokawa ambulance and the Grays River Fire Department aided an ailing Skamokawa resident who was vomiting and had stomach and body pain. 10:02 p.m. A caller reported that a tree was blocking the eastbound lane of SR 4...

 

Pacific County warns of exposure at memorial service

Pacific County Public Health and Human Services is concerned that there was a high possibility of exposure to covid-19 for individuals attending a memorial service on February 19 at the Raymond Eagles. People who attended this event are asked to...

 

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