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 By Eagle staff    News    March 19, 2020

Updates offered on covid-impacts, information

The covid-19 is "the news" for the moment, with the disease spreading around the world and across Washington state. There's lots of information to digest. In coming days, The Eagle will add a covid-19 page to its website to do our best to keep our...

 

Governor orders Washingtonians to stay home

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended. This Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is similar to orders that other governors, in places...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 19, 2020

County ramps up response for covid-19

 Schools, other closures mandated  Limits placed on groups Life as we know it is changing, and local health officials are joining those across the state, nation and world in clamping down on activities to slow the spread of the covid-19 virus....

 

Wahkiakum courts announce covid-19 protocols

Wahkiakum County Courts (Superior Court, District Court, and County Clerk) understand many people are concerned about the COVID-19 health threat. We are working to make good decisions that protect the public and afford access to the courts. We have...

 

County commission meetings now limited to remote access

The Wahkiakum County Board of County Commissioners plans to restrict access to future meetings but make them available by internet connections. The information provided is for the board's March 24 meeting. Following is an announcement that came out...

 

Signs of closure

Above: Governor Jay Inslee announced statewide school closures on Friday to slow the spread of covid-19, and by Monday, the kitchen crew at J.A. Wendt Elementary School, including Michelle Wisner...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 19, 2020

Local schools close to avoid covid-19 spread

Like all other public schools in the state of Washington, Wahkiakum School District and Naselle/Grays River Valley School District have suspended classes until April 24 due to concerns about covid-19. All spring sports and other extracurricular...

 

Amidst trials, heroes will arise

To The Eagle: We are headed off to battle. It’s the beginning of a war against the virus. And much like wars we’ve fought in the past, each person has a part to play in this one. It is going to take sacrifice on the part of everyone. Is it fair?...

 

Remember your high school chemistry class

To The Eagle: For our next foray into the Climate Change Calamity we have to take a page or two from Chemistry 101. Our atmosphere is comprised of nitrogen 78 percent, oxygen 21 percent, and “other gases” 1 percent. The other gases include...

 

Cathlamet library closure announced

To The Eagle: Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, the Cathlamet Public Library will be closed until further notice. We have taken this difficult step out of concern for the health for our community, patrons, and volunteers. Evidence is compelling that...

 

Fantastic letter

To The Eagle: This might be the shortest letter ever. Fantastic, tremendous, really great...sure. Peace, James Roberts Cathlamet...

 

KM slide work moves to stabilization phase

As of March 10, the Washington State Department of Transportation 30-day emergency contract with Nutter Corporation for landslide cleanup and hillside stabilization work along State Route 4 west of...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 19, 2020

PUD commission hears progress reports

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Directors met briefly on Tuesday morning to hear reports and for discussion about consolidation and the broadband project. General Manager Dave Tramblie said that tree trimming bids were due on Friday. He had...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 19, 2020

Port 1 commission drops plan for Johnson House

The Wahkiakum County Port 1 Board of Commissioners made a final decision on the Johnson House, approved a new policy to deal with abandoned or unauthorized property, and agreed to take over maintenance and operation of County Line Park last Thursday....

 

Scores of people protest sex education directive

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (March 11)--Despite the governor’s warning to avoid crowds in the wake of the coronavirus, hundreds of concerned parents and residents converged on the Capitol Wednesday to protest Saturday’s passage...

 

Senate-House dispute kills data privacy bill

By Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (March 13)--Groundbreaking data privacy legislation designed to give consumers more access and control over their own digital data died on Thursday, even though it had been passed in both the House and...

 

Washington legislators make tampons tax-free

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (March 11)--Women in Washington state will soon be relieved of paying sales tax on products that are fundamental to their feminine health, thanks to action by lawmakers this week. Senate bill 5147 will...

 

Call ahead as lots of cancellations in store

WILD WEATHER--Last Thursday was a super gorgeous day and everyone was enjoying the sun and basically scoffing at the idea of the "snowflake" on their weather apps on their phones, until Friday morning, and then there it was: snow! It seems like...

 

Wahkiakum PUD closes facilities to customer access

PUD #1 of Wahkiakum County, Washington (Wahkiakum PUD) has closed facilities to customer access effective at close of business Monday, March 16, 2020. This is a proactive measure to limit exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus in order to protect...

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, all county buildings are closed to the public and the meetings and events usually listed here have been canceled until further notice....

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 19, 2020

Closures cascade for covid-19 response

The Port 1/Elochoman Slough Marina office will be closed to the public to protect customers and employees. Payments may be made by phone, mail, or payment drop box. For all customer inquiries, including applications for moorage, call 360-795-3501. Th...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 19, 2020

Family Health Center adapts to covid-19

The Family Health Center, including the clinic in Cathlamet has been making adjustments as needed to handle the current situation with covid-19. “We are following CDC and Washington Department of Health guidelines at all of our locations,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 19, 2020

Town councils accepts bid for water line work

In a meeting kept short to reduce risk of exposure to covid-19 virus, the Cathlamet Town Council met Monday to accept a bid for a water main project and to handle other business. The council voted...

 

Michael Balch

Michael Edward Balch died March 7, 2020 from kidney and heart failure. He bravely persevered through many health issues in the last months of his life. Mike was born March 21, 1958, in Bellingham, to Herbert and Nymah (Galyean) Balch. Mike had many...

 

Memorial for Robert Brons

A Memorial Service will be held for Robert Brons at a later date to be posted in The Eagle. His obituary was published in The Eagle on March 5, 2020....

 

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