Articles from the April 22, 2021 edition

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Signs of spring

With the arrival of the spring equinox comes the return of birds; and an osprey couple has returned to a nest on the Puget Island bridge. Photo courtesy of Sarah Lawrence....

 

Outdoor burning ban is extended

Department of Natural Resources along with Pacific, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Klickitat and County Officials are extending an Emergency Burn Ban in Wahkiakum County, WA. Due to lack of precipitation and dry conditions prompted a...

 

Six new covid-19 cases reported

On Monday, Wahkiakum Health and Human Services (WHHS) Director Chris Bischoff reported six new cases of covid-19 among Wahkiakum County residents. Bischoff said the patients were associated with the Naselle/Grays River Valley School District, and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 22, 2021

School board discusses IT strategic plan, funding inequities

By Rick Nelson The Wahkiakum School District board of directors discussed the need for an information technology (IT) strategy plan and what Superintendent Brent Freeman called funding inequities when they met Tuesday evening. The district needs to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 22, 2021

Covid-19 update

Wahkiakum County's number of cases inched up by two cases to 108 this week as cases mounted in nearby counties. In a Monday morning briefing, Chris Bischoff, director of Wahkiakum County Health and...

 
 By Andrew Weiler    News    April 22, 2021

Town planning work on water main

On Monday, the Cathlamet Town Council passed a motion to enter into contract with ARC Architects to perform on call work in 2021 for a variety of projects. “I’m very supportive of this. We have a number of projects that this is vitaly necessary f...

 

April is Autism Awareness Month

Contributed by Sarah Lawrence This month marks the 51st Anniversary of the first National Autism Awareness Month established by the Autism Society in April 1970. Autism is defined as a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to commun...

 

Please get yourself vaccinated for covid-19

To The Eagle: We are now over a year into the Covid 19 pandemic. In the early days of the pandemic, we could only prevent infection by masks, washing hands and surfaces and distancing from others. These measures helped but were not extremely effectiv...

 

Let's hope for a little sense

To The Eagle: The county commissioners and sheriff have spoken. Essentially they have said that any adult may own as many as he/she wants of single shot and semi-automatic firearms with unlimited magazine capacity. That is a pretty bold statement,...

 

Mitigating the slaughter is overdue

To The Eagle: Wahkiakum County Commissioners have adopted a resolution opposing infringement of rights guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment. I wonder how well they understand the boundaries of that “guarantee.” Former Supreme Court justice John Paul...

 

Guns and crosswalks discussed

To The Eagle: After reading last week’s Eagle I realize the weekly Sheriff’s Report now has competition for entertainment value. There were a couple of beauties that stood out last week. The runner up was the article about the county...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 22, 2021

New position approval spurs salary concerns in county courthouse

A request to create a new position at a new pay rate has spurred county officials to begin a new analysis of their salary schedule. The position, said Auditor Nicci Bergseng, is called Auditor Recording/Election Coordinator and would be paid at step...

 
 By Andrew Weiler    News    April 22, 2021

PUD OK's wi-fi pact, considers other issues

On Tuesday, the Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners held their bi-monthly meeting. General Manager Dave Tramblie gave an update about engineering for the Deep River water project. Tramblie concluded that by performing the engineering in...

 

Corrections/Clarifications

Last week's print edition incorrectly states that the county health department would hold a vaccination clinic on Friday. The clinic was actually held on Saturday; 120 shots were given....

 

Mules tame Tigers, Cards, lost at Toutle Lake

The Wahkiakum Mule baseball team won two of three games this past week. On Monday, the Mules defeated the Stevenson Bulldogs 6-2 in seven innings. Tanner Collupy pitched the first 5 1/3 innings. "He...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 22, 2021

Working families tax credit head for approval

A tax credit for working families in Washington passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote April 11, with lawmakers on both sides saying the exemption for low-income earners was a long time coming. “Expanding and fully funding the Working Families Tax...

 

SR 401 reopened with one lane

GORGEOUS--I hope all this sunny weather hasn't worn you out, as I know people were really out and about this past week, as the sunshine brought everybody out to soak up some Vitamin D, which we all needed! It was great to have such a nice stretch of...

 

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...

 

News from the Pioneer Community Association

by Suzanne Holmes, President On October 22, 2016, the Pioneer Community Association sponsored our first annual community-wide cleanup event in support of National Make A Difference Day. Every year, since 1992, millions of people across the United Sta...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Monday, always a day of promise. What's coming and who's coming and what should I do? For many of us, it seems to be about change, like retirement or moving or building a new house. Saturday I met a...

 

Sheriff's Report, April 22, 2021

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: April 11 — 3:34 p.m. A Puget Island resident reported the theft of a boat trailer. 4:34 p.m. The Cathlamet...

 

WSDOT opens bypass at SR 401 slide site

On April 15, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced that a one-lane bypass has opened on SR 401 where a slide closed the highway near the Megler-Astoria bridge. The WSDOT’s contractor, Big River Excavating, finished...

 

William Cox

William B. Cox May 31, 1942 – April 11, 2021 WB was born May 31, 1942, to Pearl and Everett Cox in Tulare, California. He graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1960. He was wed to Diane M. (Welty) Cox in 1965. Diane passed in June 2015. He...

 

Richard John West

Richard (Rich) was born September 9, 1949, in Longview and died April 1, 2021. Rich attended Skamokawa Grade School and graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 1967. He worked in Denver, Colorado at...

 

Randy Lewis

Randy Alan Lewis 6/6/1949 – 4/5/2021 Randy Alan Lewis passed on peacefully Monday, April 5, 2021 with his loving family members present. He had been battling late stage lung cancer since it was...

 

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