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  • PI bridge work starts Friday with relocation of osprey nest

    Rick Nelson|Mar 8, 2018

    Preservation work on the State Route 409 Puget Island Bridge is just around the corner, with work to relocate the osprey nest starting this Friday, and an open house planned for later this month. Big C Industries, a Longview based subcontractor, will install a beam topped by a platform on the concrete portion of the bridge to become a new location for the nest that has capped the bridge for years. The general contractor, Royal Bridge, has said the work needs to be done by March 15. Painters will...

  • Commissioners delay decision on fair event insurance requirement

    Rick Nelson|Mar 8, 2018

    A resolution to require supplemental insurance coverage for certain events at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds drew concern Tuesday. The resolution would change the county code to require a $2 million proof of insurance for events such as bull riding, demolition derby, stunt driving, boxing or fighting, or competitive racing of animals or vehicles. Members of the Wahkiakum Fair Foundation and other persons supporting fair activities expressed concern the policy would curtail many animal related activities. Commissioners agreed to delay action...

  • PUD commission considers water issues, discounts plan

    Diana Zimmerman|Mar 8, 2018

    On Tuesday, Wahkiakum County PUD's Board of Commissioners listened to reports and discussed several matters including discounts for low income seniors and disabled and a water rights permit application. An inspection of the water main on the Puget Island bridge has been completed, and Manager Dave Tramblie said that the engineering firm is recommending that the PUD blast and re-coat the ductal iron pipe sometime in the next 5-10 years. Commissioner Dennis Reid wondered if the work could be done...

  • Behind the scene look at public records bill veto

    Josh Kelety, WNPA Olympia News Bureau|Mar 8, 2018

    OLYMPIA (March 2) -- When Governor Jay Inslee vetoed Senate Bill 6617 on Thursday night, March 1, he had some time to spare. But not much. The governor had until 11:59 p.m. to decide whether to sign the controversial bill, veto it entirely, veto it partially, or let it pass without his signature. He faced the prospect that legislators might override his veto with a supermajority vote, a reasonable threat considering that the bill had been passed with an overwhelming majority on Feb. 23. It wasn’t until 9 p.m. that Inslee’s office sent out a p...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Mark Howie, Wahkiakum County Sheriff|Mar 8, 2018

    I am excited to announce that the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office is offering an eight-week Citizen’s Academy at the end of March. It has been several years since we have put on this very informative, interesting, and enjoyable course. Our academy mission is to enhance community partnerships by increasing our citizens’ understanding of the criminal justice system through education. The class takes place in Cathlamet on Fridays from 6-9 p.m. with a graduation celebration at the end. The topics covered during the academy include criminal inv...

  • WHS students take on role of health mentors

    Rick Nelson|Mar 8, 2018

    Students at Wahkiakum High School are being trained to be health mentors throughout the community. The training is the result of a state funded program, said Chris Bischoff, director of the county health department, at the Tuesday meeting of the board of county commissioners. "We've found the high school is the best place to start," he said. Eight students are receiving training to answer simple questions and offer basic advice to people with health questions. "These students have lots and lots of potential," commented Public Health Nurse...

  • Students urge lawmakers to pass gun regulations

    Taylor McAvoy, WNPA Olympia News Bureau|Mar 8, 2018

    OLYMPIA (March 6) More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area high schools rallied at the Capitol building in Olympia in support of gun legislation. They partnered with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and on Tuesday called on lawmakers to pass SB 6620 sponsored by Senator David Frockt, D-Seattle. The bill would increase the legal age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21. It also enhances background checks for assault rifles and creates a reporting program in schools so...

  • Coming Events Wahkiakum Community Center in Cathlamet:

    Kelly Shumar, WCC|Mar 8, 2018

    On March 19, 10 a.m. to noon, we will have a presentation on diabetic foot care and footwear here at the Community Center. If you are diabetic and have insurance, Medicare or on a Washington funded Medicaid plan, then the cost of shoes from Priority Footwear is covered. Please stop by for a free foot screening and receive a free pair of diabetic socks. Snacks provided. On March 21, 2-4 p.m., Wahkiakum Outdoors will host a presentation on honey bees and beekeeping by guest speaker Bill Holmes, president of the Cowlitz Bee Keepers Association....

  • Harold D. Almer

    Mar 8, 2018

    Word has been received of the death of former Skamokawa resident Harold Almer, 87, of Woodland. He was born April 16, 1930 in Denhoff, North Dakota, to Henry and Elizabeth Almer. He died at home March 4, 2018. He was a Korean Veteran, lifetime logger with Durrah and Martin Logging; he loved to fish and do wood working in his shop. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Laurie at home; daughter Debbie (Kelly) Melton of Cathlamet, sons Dwaine Almer of Skamokawa and David (Mykel) Almer of...

  • Richard B. Wirkkala

    Mar 8, 2018

    Richard Bernhard Wirkkala, 91, of Longview, died on February 5, 2018 at Hospice Care Center. Richard was born on March 28, 1926 in Deep River, Washington to Henry and Martha (Juselius) Wirkkala. He was one of 11 children and the last remaining. He attended school in Deep River before he joined the Army in 1944. During WWII, he was stationed in the South Pacific and after the war, he spent 3 years in the Army Reserves. On September 25, 1953 he married Putt, in Kelso, and she preceded him in...

  • Bradley House Inn cuts the ribbon

    Mar 8, 2018

    Friends and members of the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce gathered last Friday cut a ribbon in celebration of the Bradley House Inn, owned and operated by Paige and Steve Lake. The couple are offering a variety of antiques and vintage items and a couple bed and breakfast rooms. Photo by Meg Morris....

  • Chamber meets next Wednesday

    Mar 8, 2018

    The Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce will hold its next member meeting next Wednesday, 8a.m., at the Duck Inn in Skamokawa. One doesn't have to be a member of the Chamber to attend. The Chamber welcomes anyone who wants to contribute thoughts and ideas for the betterment of the community or wants to know what is happening locally. The Chamber is dedicated to supporting local business, encouraging economic development, and fostering community interaction and involvement....

  • Congresswoman Herrera Beutler asks Interior to analyze murrelet strategy

    Mar 8, 2018

    U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler in a letter last week urged U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to make sure the habitat conservation plan (HCP) for marbled murrelets is based on science and not politically motivated. Under the bird's long term conservation strategy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is requiring rural counties like Pacific and Wahkiakum to set aside state-managed trust timber land from possible harvests to protect the species, thereby jeopardizing the counties’ ability to harvest timber and generate r...

  • Lady Mules place 4th at state

    Diana Zimmerman|Mar 8, 2018

    After a tough start, the Wahkiakum girls basketball team won the next two games to claim fourth place at the 2018 State 2B tournament in Spokane last week. The team started the tournament on Thursday in the quarterfinals against Napavine, a team that had proved to be troublesome for them earlier this year. The Lady Mules struggled on offense, shooting 20 percent from two point range and 23 percent from three point range. It proved to be their undoing, and they lost to the Tigers 53-27. Macie Ell...

  • Comets leave state tourney after close 50-47 loss

    Diana Zimmerman|Mar 8, 2018

    The Naselle Comets boys basketball team ended their season with a 50-47 loss to Tacoma Baptist last Wednesday in the first round of the State 1B tournament in Spokane. The Comets led 36-33 after three quarters, but Tacoma Baptist outscored Naselle 17-11 in the fourth quarter to gain the win. Donny Edwards, the only senior on the team, led the Comets with 13 points. Corey Gregory scored nine points and Antonio Nolan had eight points; Jacob Eaton contributed seven points and seven rebounds. Cole...

  • Thank you, Comet BB; dental clinic coming

    Trudy Fredrickson|Mar 8, 2018

    News from Naselle: To the Naselle Comet basketball teams: Thank you for providing this community with a great season! Sports calendar for the coming week: Saturday, high school baseball at Wahkiakum at 12 noon; Tuesday, fast pitch at Montesano JV at 4 p.m.; Wednesday, high school baseball at Ocosta at 4 p.m., fast pitch in Naselle with Raymond at 4 p.m. Go Comets! The SmileMobile will be in Naselle on March 19-23, providing dental service to our community. It is operated by Arcora Foundation in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital, a...

  • Vintage & Antique Sale on Friday and Saturday

    Kay Chamberlain|Mar 8, 2018

    NOT BAD--After a chilly start, our last weekend didn't start out too bad, as that blue sky and sunshine was truly a welcome sight. We even got up into the 50's! Of course, we couldn't have two perfect days in a row, but at least part of Sunday was decent after another frosty start. Here's hoping we have more sun than rain this week, as my ole bones could sure use a warm up! WINNERS--Another great thing happened Saturday morning, as our Lady Mules fought back real hard and after a neck and neck, hair raising, blood pressure raising game, wound...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Mar 8, 2018

    March 8 thourgh March 15, 2018 THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-Noon. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-9 p.m. Girl Scouts, Community Center, Cathlamet, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Learn to knit, crochet and mend, Susan Sews, Community Center, Cathlamet, 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Congregational Church, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Puget Island Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. Port District No...

  • Contractor outlines plans for Island bridge work

    Jake Farrens, Big C Industries, Longview|Mar 8, 2018

    To The Eagle: Royal Bridge is committed to making the repair and repainting of the bridge as easy as possible on all residents of Cathlamet. We all know how excited everyone gets about the prospect of road construction in their community, but this particular project affects more than just the local people. A local fabrication shop, Big C Industries, located in Longview, has been subcontracted to build a temporary nesting site on the concrete portion of the bridge for the pair of osprey that have nested on top of the bridge for many years. Big...

  • Here's a list of the president's accomplishments

    James Roberts|Mar 8, 2018

    To the Eagle, I have met and chatted with Howard Brawn on several occasions but I had no idea he had such a flair for comedy. His letter last week proclaiming that Trump has accomplished such wonderful and amazing things in his first year left me with tears of laughter rolling down my well worn cheeks. I thought by listing his accomplishments I might find something to justify Mr. Brawn's laudatory statement but came up with the following. If this is success to be happy about there is something seriously wrong with our collective sense of...

  • Now we have fake time: Daylight Savings time

    Jerry Bain|Mar 8, 2018

    To The Eagle: Well folks, we're approaching the time of year when we begin Daylight Savings Time (DST), which is actually "Fake Time." That's right "Fake Time." No matter how we try to adjust the clock we cannot change the actual hours of daylight each day. Whether we realize it or not, the sun rises and sets at a certain time each day. We can change the clocks forward, backward, up or down and it will not change the hours of daylight. Yes I do not like "DST" and I am retired and can adjust my hours as I need; however, when I was working I had...

  • Curious reader has questions for letter writer

    Mar 8, 2018

    To The Eagle, I ask your wise, knowledgeable and frequent correspondent, Mr. Brawn, to please enlighten the ignorant among us on the sources of his valuable information. He appears to avail himself of links that I have not been able to access. I do admit that I do not subscribe to any Russian media. I wonder why our beloved GOP is not all over this heinous activity by the Democrats. It would be immensely gratifying if Mr. Brawn would provide a list of the accomplishments benefiting 99 percent of the American population enacted by the most,...

  • Sheriff's Report, March 8, 2018

    Eagle Staff|Mar 8, 2018

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: February 26 — 11:07 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident who may have had a stroke. 11:42 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Cathlamet resident with low blood oxygen levels. 1:34 p.m. A deputy and a Department of Corrections officer served a warrant at an Elochoman Valley home. February 27 — 9:24 a.m. A driver was cited for speed and having an expired registration. 12:10 p.m. The Grays Riv...

  • Washington becomes the fourth state to ban bump stocks

    Taylor McAvoy, WNPA Olympia News Bureau|Mar 8, 2018

    OLYMPIA (March 6) -- A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. SB 5922 passed both chambers in the Washington state legislature by slim margins and largely along party lines. The vote was 29-20 in the Senate and 56-41 in the House of Representatives. Gov. Inslee signed the bill on Tuesday, March 6. Starting July 1, 2018, bump stocks will be illegal to manufacture or sell and starting July 1, 2019 the accessory will be illegal to possess. The...

  • Bill to outlaw Atlantic salmon net pen farming before governor

    Alex Visser, WNPA Olympia News Bureau|Mar 8, 2018

    OLYMPIA (March 8) --The fate of the state’s fish farming industry is in jeopardy following the Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit new, renewed or extended leases on marine net pen farms that raise “nonnative” fish. The legislation passed the Senate on March 2 and is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk, where it awaits his signature before becoming law. Inslee has said on multiple occasions that he is in support of banning marine net pen facilities that use Atlantic salmon. House Bill 2957, sponsored by Rep. Kristine Lytton, D...

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