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  • WHS students extend fund raising work

    Mar 14, 2019

    Story and photos by Diana Zimmerman Doernbecher Week has become Doernbecher Days at Wahkiakum School District as the Key Club and students will spend the rest of March raising money for Doernbecher Children's Hospital located in Portland. Last year, Wahkiakum students raised $5,604.73. This year they've set a goal to raise $5,000. Wahkiakum sophomore Beau Carlson was at Doernbecher recently, recovering from an infection that followed a traumatic brain injury. His mother, Leihanna Carlson, was at...

  • County board voices opposition to bill to end non-tribal gillnetting

    Rick Nelson|Mar 14, 2019

    Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to contact the state senate to oppose legislation that would outlaw non-tribal gillnet commercial fisheries in Washington Jan. 1, 2023, and establish a buyout program for retiring licenses by Dec. 31, 2022. Proponents say gillnets are non-selective gear that ensnare wild and endangered salmon and with other species, they are not a good management, and they adversely impact the recreational fishing industry. Senate Bill 5617 would also establish a three-tier program to buy out gillnetters' license...

  • Not guilty pleas entered in animal shelter case

    Diana Zimmerman|Mar 14, 2019

    Debra Lawson, who has dropped Bean from her name due to a divorce, she said, was in court March 6 to plead not guilty to eight counts stemming from her ownership of Angel Wings, an animal sanctuary on Puget Island. Lawson has been charged with 1) failure to provide suitable food; 2) failure to provide facilities for animal waste disposal so as to minimize odors; 3) failure to tag dogs or cats with a unique identifying number; 4) failure to provide indoor facilities adequately ventilated to...

  • Puget Island bridge work will resume this month

    Diana Zimmerman|Mar 14, 2019

    Crews will be returning soon to complete the Washington State Department of Transportation’s deck replacement and painting project on the Puget Island bridge. With spring on its way, workers will be back to paint the bridge below the roadway; complete deck work, including sidewalk planks, curbing, drainage, and paving; and replace rivets and do steel repair work. Finally, there will be some finishing touches and removal of all the construction equipment. Single lane closures are tentatively s...

  • Eagle time

    Mar 14, 2019

    Smelt and other fish are migrating in local rivers, and photographer Genie Cary spotted these bald eagles last week in the Grays River Valley....

  • Listening and understanding needed

    Rick Nelson|Mar 14, 2019

    Commentary from me? No need for me to write something about national affairs; the letter writers have that covered. State issues: Our county's Republican and Democrat political parties are sponsoring a listening event this Friday, 6:30 p.m. at the Skamokawa Grange. The goal is to collect comment and input from the public about issues important in our area, issues which seem to be ignored by residents and politicians in the urban parts of our state which wield political power. I agree that denizens of the metropoleis have a hard time understandi...

  • Looking forward to car show

    Mar 14, 2019

    To The Eagle: Cheers! to the Fair. I was so glad to see an announcement of the up coming car show on June 1 mentioned in The Fair happenings. I had begun to think it was one of the best kept secrets in Wahkiakum Co. I'm glad to see it is going to carry on. I'm sure it will be different than before. That is OK. People attending gave a lot of business to our area. That would have been missed. Now let’s dig in and help The Fair Board out when and where we can. Carol McClain Skamokawa...

  • Consider the consequences of feelings

    Mar 14, 2019

    To The Eagle: Ref: Recent letters by Mike Swift, Howard Brawn and JB Bouchard. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the back and forth by members of this community; it truly is a pleasure to read the weekly excerpts from the combatants. I do have to say that I’m more in line with Howard than JB, and Mike hits the nail dead center (“There is no wisdom on the left.”) I have always felt that the primary force behind liberals has been feelings, regardless of actions or consequences as a result of those actions driven by feelings. Let’s take a look at...

  • Divided, we fail

    Mar 14, 2019

    To The Eagle: Divide and conquer is a saying meant for the battlefield, not in a country as great as ours, for political gain. But that seems to be in vogue now. Name-calling from the right seems more intense; now our president has made it a mainstay of his narrative. Don’t yell yet, as it comes from the left also, but definitely not with the same force as from the 35 percent or so who hang on his every word, still chanting "lock her up." Meanwhile, a large percent of Trump’s staff and associates are getting locked up, or are about to be. I f...

  • Now is the time to speak up

    Mar 14, 2019

    To The Eagle: Since I moved here 12.5 years ago (a newbie), I have heard that the government doesn’t listen to Wahkiakum County. We now have a chance for the state government beyond our legislators to hear us. The Democrats and Republicans (yes, working together for positive change for our county) are sponsoring a Listening Tour March 15 at the Skamokawa Grange starting at 6:15 with a dessert potluck. The Listening Team will be led by Don Schwerin, Chair of State Democratic Party Rural and Ag Caucus plus Small Business Caucus. The Moderator w...

  • Engineering, monitoring needed to develop lot

    Mar 14, 2019

    To The Eagle: As accurately reported last week by The Eagle, the Town of Cathlamet recently held a special council meeting regarding the infamous Butler Street property they purchased in 2018. At that meeting, Fred Johnson described the status of the existing restrictive covenant (RC) that applies to the property’s toxic issues in terms that sounded like there may be no toxic problems at all. In fact, he questioned whether the RC even applies to Butler Street property. A couple of people have quickly asked me about the apparent disconnect b...

  • WDFW director outlines salmon policy decisions

    Kelly Susewind, Director, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife|Mar 14, 2019

    OLYMPIA (March 8, 2019) -- In recent days, we have received a substantial number of comments about the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission's recent decision to modify the Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy and extend the use of gillnets on the river. We'd like to share some information that led to their decision. The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), approved the policy in 2013 with the intent of promoting orderly fisheries, advancing wild salmon and steelhead recovery, and...

  • Naselle bank building to become clinic site

    Mar 14, 2019

    The Bank of the Pacific will officially transfer ownership of the former Naselle branch building to the Ocean Beach Hospital this Friday. The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. with bank Chief Executive Officer Denise Portmann and members of the Ocean Beach Hospital management team. The hospital district plans to use the building as the new site of the Naselle Clinic. "We believe this transfer will be a benefit to the Ocean Beach Hospital and surrounding community members," said Eric Bjella, bank vice-president and marketing manager. The bank...

  • SON breakfast, music at Duffy's for St. Paddy's Day

    Kay Chamberlain|Mar 14, 2019

    SUNSHINE--This past weekend started out with two of my favorite things: sunshine and no snow! With several days last week ending with very cold, freezing temperatures and a couple of mornings beginning with quite a bit of snow, it was fairly challenging to think spring would be here soon. However, as I'm getting ready to send this in, we're back to rain after a gorgeous beginning on Monday which turned to rain by evening, and the forecasters say we're in for some milder temperatures this week with some clouds, some rain but yet maybe some sun...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Mar 14, 2019

    THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-7:15 p.m. Food Addicts, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 6-7 p.m. S.A.I.L., Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Sandra Sews, Community Center, Cathlamet, 10:30-Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Puget Island Fire Department, drill night, 7...

  • House bill eliminates some vaccine exemptions

    Madeline Coats, WNPA Olympia News Bureau|Mar 14, 2019

    OLYMPIA (March 6, 2019) -- In a 57-40 vote, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill that would eliminate the philosophical or personal objection used to exempt children from receiving the vaccines required to attend school in Washington. Engrossed House Bill 1638 adopted six amendments out of 42 requested before final passage. The companion bill, Senate Bill 5841, will be considered next. The measure was co-sponsored by 15 representatives and introduced by Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, the only Republican sponsor. “This is...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Mar 14, 2019

    Ingenuity in Wahkiakum County People have migrated as individuals, in small groups, and, in many cases, entire peoples have moved their life’s possessions and cultures to new horizons with the intention of creating a better life. Those who settled here in Wahkiakum County brought with them their talents and courage. Those who left their homes from other countries or from the eastern part of the United States braved the new frontiers in the Pacific Northwest. Those who traveled west by wagon train are the ones that fascinate me for several r...

  • Sheriff's Report, March 14, 2019

    Mar 14, 2019

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: March 4 – 3:02 a.m. A caller reported a large boulder blocking a lane of traffic near County Line Park. 7:59 a.m. A juvenile in Grays River was taken into custody after threatening to kill his parents. 8:05 a.m. A caller reported speeding log trucks on a Deep River road. 11:43 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an Elochoman Valley resident complaining of chest pain. 1:55 p.m. A caller found a back door open a...

  • March 2019 Wahkiakum Horse Gaming Series update

    Valerie Antijunti|Mar 14, 2019

    Only 2 months to go until the first gaming show of the series, May 11. Gates open for warm up at 8 a.m. Registration available at 8 a.m. First event starts at 10 a.m. I'd like to thank our sponsors: Troy and Corrine Slobig for donating the series high point buckles, again. They are for 12-18 yrs. old age group and the 19-35 yrs. old age group. New sponsor Rob Dixion, of Dixion Quarter Horse Ranch for the travel/gaming box. High point prize winner of the Novice group. Brim's Farm and Garden will also be joining as a series sponsor this year. I...

  • Jane Charles

    Mar 14, 2019

    Jane Ann Charles, 76, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 5th in Longview, WA. Jane is survived by her loving husband of 55 years Fred Charles. Also, missing her dearly are daughter Kellie, son Gilbert, brother Dennis & wife Louise Courtright, her grandchildren Tommy, Marlana, Chip, Gilbert Jr, Cara, Stevie, and great granddaughter Hazel, Hank the hound and Patches. Jane was born to Lorenzo (Roy) & Ethel Courtright October 4, 1942 at Cowlitz General Hospital in Longview, WA. "Little Janie Courtright" was loved by friends, neighbors and...

  • Death Notice for Robert Patterson

    Mar 14, 2019

    Robert Patterson, 55, of Skamokawa, died March 8, 2019 at SW WA Medical Center Vancouver. A memorial service will be held on Sunday Mar 17 at 4 p.m., at Vallley Bible church in Rosburg. A full obituary will follow next week. Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....

  • Death Notice for Kay Cochran

    Mar 14, 2019

    Lifelong resident Kay Cochran, 72, of Cathlamet, died on March 12 in a Vancouver care center. A funeral service will be held on Sunday March 17 at 1 p.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on Puget Island. A full obituary will follow next week. Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements....

  • 1st Annual Wahkiakum Autism Walk set for April 13

    Mar 14, 2019

    Join students, friends and family members for the 1st Annual Wahkiakum Autism Walk on Saturday, April 13 at the Wahkiakum High School track in Cathlamet. Starting at 10 a.m., participants can choose from a 5K or 1K walk. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds for a sensory room and pathways for children with Autism and special needs in Wahkiakum. Sensory rooms provide a safe place for children with special needs to go to calm or stimulate their senses. Indoor Sensory pathways for Autism, ADHD, and ADD students help to increase cognitive...

  • Goodroe and Blackburn appointed to AAADSW

    Mar 14, 2019

    Bernadette Goodroe of Cathlamet, and Pearl Blackburn of Rosburg were recently appointed to the Advisory Council of the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington (AAADSW), representing Wahkiakum County. Ms. Goodroe is a former member of the Cathlamet Town Council. Ms. Blackburn is a current member of the Skamokawa Grange #425 and the Wahkiakum County Fair Board. The Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington is a state-appointed public agency whose mission is to promote independence, choice, well-being, and...

  • St. Patrick's Day Parade to take place Sunday

    Mar 14, 2019

    The 25th annual Cathlamet St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place this coming Sunday on Main Street. The parade started in 1994 with Judy Brawn marching one wolfhound, Misty Rivers Echo, up and down Main Street. It grew slowly for the next few years, and then blossomed after Rick Nelson put a photo on the front page of The Eagle. Since then the parade has often been able to boast of having more Irish wolfhounds than the Portland and Seattle parades – usually between 15 and 20. The parade will assemble across the street from Bank of the Pac...

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