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Articles from the April 29, 2021 edition

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Earth Day

Earth Day Students in Cathlamet schools celebrated Earth Day on April 22 and also the school garden's seventh birthday, garden manager Robin Westphall said. Fifth graders planted apple trees in the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 29, 2021

WSDOT planning local highway projects

Motorists traveing SR 4 will experience two major projects this year. The Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT) has scheduled paving work from Skamokawa to Longview and the start of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 29, 2021

Commissioners act on elections position, hear weed spray concern

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday set the salary for a new elections supervisor position and planned a meeting of county officials to consider adjustments to their salary schedule. They also heard concerns about herbicide application; they...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    April 29, 2021

Covid-19 update

On Monday, Wahkiakum Health and Human Services reported that six more people had tested positive for covid-19 in Wahkiakum County, bringing the cumulative total to 114. Of those cases, 10 are considered active. As of Tuesday, there had been 5,242...

 

Justice system is what needs fixing

To The Eagle: Through the years, guns have been assembled in different ways for different purposes; some evil some good. Even though the 2nd Amendment was ratified in December 1791, there is nothing to add to it for gun control. The gun, whether it...

 

A hard look at the facts about guns

To The Eagle: Much ado on these pages when the county commissioners and sheriff reiterated the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Let’s look at the numbers: There are 32,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, U....

 

Vaccines are very effective

To The Eagle: I am writing to encourage each person 16 years old and older to receive a Covid vaccine. The vaccines have been shown to be very effective (95-100%) in preventing death and significant complications from Covid as well as preventing...

 

Indeed, inmates taking control of the asylum

To The Eagle: A Miami, Fla., private school chain, the Centner Academies, has informed its staff and teachers that anyone receiving their covid vaccination will not be permitted to interact with students and faculty. Teachers vaccinated over the summ...

 

Cars kill more people than guns

To The Eagle: Last week's Eagle letters were dominated by the AARP, in this case standing for the Association of Alternative Reality Proponents. Much ado was made about "mitigating the slaughter" by guns. Cars kill more people than guns. Gun...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 29, 2021

Local officials pan plan

Wahkiakum County officials and District 19 legislative representatives had little good to say about legislation reclassification of possession of small amounts of drugs. The legislation reclassifies possession as a misdemeanor, sending people into...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    April 29, 2021

Legislators report on session

The budget passed by the state legislature last week contains funding important to Wahkiakum County, District 19 legislators (Senator Jim Wilson and Representatives Jim Walsh and Joel McEntire) told the board of commissioners Tuesday. The budget...

 

Island life

A group of steers pause while grazing to check out their neighbor. Photo by Rick Nelson....

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 29, 2021

Legislature sends $59 billion budget to the governor

• Major transportation funding goes undone • Funnels billions to public health, childcare By Washington State Journal As the end of the mostly virtual legislative session drew near April 25, Washington state lawmakers passed a hefty $59 billion...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    April 29, 2021

School board accepts resignation, approves travel

In a special meeting on Tuesday, the Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors quickly moved through four matters, approving the resignation of middle school science teacher Jen Barry, a one year leave of absence for elementary school teacher...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 29, 2021

Governor gives protections to tenants, reduces help for landlords

Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law an automatic right for tenants to have an attorney, though it came with a catch — Inslee sent back two parts of the bill regarding landlord rental assistance. In a memo after the April 22 bill signing, Inslee said...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 29, 2021

Working families tax credit heads 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...

 

Be responsible pet owners, please

GRAY BEGINNING--It's a gray and drippy Monday morning to start the week and it looks like we will be fairly cloudy with a couple more drizzly days in the week ahead. However, if the forecast proves true, we will see temps in the 70's on Thursday, onl...

 

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! Thank you to Joe Blalock, Kay Walters, Diane Dyer and Pete Cooper for starting on the walkway from the office to the T-Building. And a huge thank you to Joe Blalock for finishing. The county commissioners purchased the...

 

Permit application deadline for special hunt May 26

Hunters can submit special hunt applications from April 26 through May 26 for 2021 deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and fall turkey seasons in Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct a random...

 

Sheriff's Report, April 29, 2021

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: April 18 — 2:16 p.m. A Deep River resident said that he heard someone in the timber behind his house screaming...

 

Johnson Park news

Proposed opening plan The advisory board of Johnson Park has voted to open three days a week; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening day will be April 27. This will be by appointment only. Anyone wanting to use the facility...

 

N/GRV School Board Meeting Notes

The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors held its monthly meeting on April 20. In personnel matters, the board acknowledged the resignations of Rachel Suomela, registrar, Robert Eaton, head football coach, Kathryn Green,...

 

Diane Gray

Diane Lucy Gray left this earthly life suddenly on April 19, 2021 in Longview, Washington. She was born on January 27, 1955 in Island Falls, Maine to John and Wilma Lynch. Following the family's move...

 

Danny Bighill

Daniel (Danny) J. Bighill died April 14, 2021, at his residence in Cathlamet. Danny was born in Ilwaco on December 12, 1954. He is survived by his three daughters, Amanda Martin, Becky Bighill and...

 

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