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Articles from the March 11, 2021 edition

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 By Rick Nelson    News    March 11, 2021

County officials wary of unfunded mandate

Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners on Tuesday turned their attention to the state legislature in Olympia. Commissioners agreed by consensus to a request from District Court Judge Heidi Heywood to lobby for changes in proposed legislation that...

 

River life

Hungry gulls form a smelt cleanup crew at the mouth of Birnie Slough. Photo courtesy of Frans Eykel....

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 11, 2021

State revenue forecast rosier than expected

Though unemployment and consumer uncertainty remain high, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council officials told legislators March 3 they felt optimistic a brighter economic future is on its way to Washington. Steve Lerch, the...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 11, 2021

WSDOT addressing SR 401 slide

SR 401 between Naselle and Megler was closed in late February after a particular section around milepost 4.5 become too unstable to safely support the vehicles passing that way each day, frustrating...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 11, 2021

Covid update

As of Tuesday, the cumulative number of covid-19 cases in Wahkiakum County had risen to 104, with 18 considered potentially active. According to the Washington Department of Health, 1,529 tests had been conducted, and five people had been...

 

Red tail hawk

A red tail hawk keeps watch from a tree along the Columbia. Photo courtesy of Sarah Lawrence....

 

Commit the sin and get the shot

To The Eagle: The Archdiocese of New Orleans last week released a statement advising Catholics that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is “morally compromised as it uses an abortion-derived cell line in the development, testing and production of its...

 

Not censorship but editorial discretion

To The Eagle: Excuse me sir, I did not suggest restricting free speech. I advocated separating the wheat from the chaff. I prefer to see printed here, items of quality. Naturally, what one considers trash, another might consider to be treasure. Our...

 
 By Patric Haerle    News    March 11, 2021

Senate okays capital gains tax by 1 vote

A tax on capital gains, the sale of assets like stocks and bonds, passed the Senate by a single vote March 6. The bill was first amended to remove the emergency clause, meaning the issue is likely to appear on the ballot later this year. The bill in...

 

State scholarship progam getting legislative boost

The College Bound Scholarship for Washington students is being reworked to reach more students across the state. Currently, students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches during the 7th or 8th grade sign a form with their guardian pledging...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Sports    March 11, 2021

Mules collar Bulldogs, looking for Napavine Tigers on Friday

Photos by Todd Wilson The Wahkiakum Mules raised their season record to 4-0 with a 47-6 football victory over the Stevenson Bulldogs last Friday. The Mules scored three times in the first and second...

 

Mule Cross Country

The Wahkiakum Mules cross country team headed to Toledo last Thursday to compete against runners from five other schools at a Central 2B meet. Senior Ellie Wiltse-Hiatt placed second in the girls’ three mile race with a time of 22:31.5. Junior...

 
 By Patric Haerle    News    March 11, 2021

Frontline workers cleared for vaccine

Essential frontline workers, such as grocery store employees, will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines later this month, Gov. Jay Inslee announced March 4. Others set to be vaccinated starting March 22 include workers in agriculture, food processing,...

 
 By Patric Haerle    News    March 11, 2021

Inslee signs bills helping students and teachers

By Patric Haerle Washington State Journal The return to in-person education in public schools is underway. Gov. Jay Inslee signed two bills March 2, assuring students affected by the pandemic can graduate on time. The first bill waived graduation req...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 11, 2021

Senate approves eviction protections

As the end of an emergency eviction moratorium looms over thousands of Washington renters, a bill requiring landlords to have just cause for evicting a tenant passed the House of Representatives in a 54-44 vote March 7. “Stopping evictions means...

 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

MIXED BAG--Saturday was a mix of weather from clouds to sunshine to rain and then repeated over and over, so the walk to the mailbox may have started out dry but by the time you came back up the driveway, it was raining! While not ideal, it sure...

 

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...

 

What's happening at the Fair?

Greetings from the fair office. I was on vacation last week and have a new grand baby, so know its time to get back to work. We will have the Flea market this Saturday and have over 10 vendors. I am sure if you come out you will find a treasure or...

 

Congressional art competition announced

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announced March 4 that her office is accepting submissions for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, grades 9-12, in Southwest Washington’s...

 

Downriver Dispatches

It's Sunday morning. I am grateful I get to spend time with you since this is the best time for me to write. It's a time to think about what is happening to us as a community and to us as families. I...

 

Sheriff's Report, March 11, 2021

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: February 28 — 9:57 p.m. A caller witnessed someone in a silver car dump kittens in front of a home on SR 4...

 

FAFF group seeks help from community

The Finnish American Folk Festival group in Naselle was given the gift of a building in Naselle.They have succeeded in using it as the Naselle Community Center for over two years. They are entering their third year and because of the pandemic, they...

 

St. Patrick's Day Parade to be held next Wednesday

The Misty Rivers Irish wolfhounds will host the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade on Wednesday, March 17. The sidewalk parade will gather across the street from the Butler Street Park at noon and commence down the east side of Main Street, cross in...

 

Next State Parks free day is March 19

Washington State Parks invites visitors to help celebrate the agency’s 108th birthday on Friday, March 19, by enjoying a state park for free that day. March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks free days in 2021, when visitors are not required to...

 

Wahkiakum Lions Club Student of the Month

Teylor Sauer is the January Student of The Month honored by the Wahkiakum Lions Club. She is pictured here with Lions President Brian McClain as he presented her with a certificate of accomplishment...

 

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