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Articles from the May 7, 2014 edition


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  • Wahkiakum Track and Field

    Diana Zimmerman, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    In Wahkiakum Mule Track and Field action this past week, sophomore Gunnar Blix traveled to Spokane Valley to compete in the 2014 Strandberg at Central High School. He took ninth in the shot put with a throw of 46’1” and 13th in the discus event with a throw of 119’11”. On Tuesday, the Mules traveled to Ilwaco to compete against five other teams in the Pacific County Invite. The boys came in sixth place with 31 points and the girls placed fourth with 56 points. Nevan Bingham took fifth place in t...

  • Mules split double header with Toutle Lake

    Diana Zimmerman, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    The Wahkiakum Mule baseball team lost two to Morton/White Pass last Thursday in a double header. Zach Brown pitched the first game, which the team lost 0-3. Hank Ferguson and Mason Mackey each hit a single. “Gunnar Blix pitched a good game,” Coach Kyle Hurley said regarding game two, which they lost 4-10. Blix also hit two home runs. He soloed on one and brought two in with the other. Travis Wegdahl’s sacrifice fly brought in another run. The team traveled to Toutle Lake on Monday and split...

  • Lady Mules play hard but lose double header

    Diana Zimmerman, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    The Wahkiakum Mule softball team faced Morton White Pass at home last Thursday and lost two games, but Coach Cindy Fudge had high praise for her team. The Mules dropped the first game 0-15. “I give a lot of credit to these girls,” Fudge said. “They made a valiant effort with three starters out. Shelby Robinson moved from right field to second base, Jem Dyer moved from left field to shortstop, and Morgan Elliott moved from shortstop to catcher. They didn’t complain. All the kids stepped up and...

  • High School Golf

    Nick Vavoudis, Coach|May 7, 2014

    The Wahkiakum Mule golf team avenged two short handed losses to Northwest Christian with 179-222 victory away at Hawks Prairie Golf Course in Lacy last week. The Mules finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th in the two team event. Austin Good medaled with a 41; Elliot Haney shot 43; Zach Calvert 45, and Brady LaBerge 50. The Mules shot 217 the last time they were at Hawks Prairie, so this was a nice improvement. The Mules' intra-team match record moves to 22-4 with one match left against four teams at Willapa Harbor Golf Course today (Thursday). The...

  • First lure coursing even of the season this weekend

    May 7, 2014

    The first lure coursing event of the season will take place this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, May 10 and 11, at Misty Rivers Plantation, 117 Cross Dike Road, on Puget Island. This event is sponsored by the Willamette Valley Basenji Club and sanctioned by the AKC. Racing starts each morning around 9 a.m., and runs until completion, which is generally mid afternoon. The dogs competing are all sighthounds, ranging from the small basenjis up through the giant Irish wolfhounds. They will spend the day racing with members of their own breed to...

  • Basketball banquet held last Sunday

    Kay Chamberlain, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    This past Sunday, the Wahkiakum High School basketball coaches held their annual banquet to honor the various team players and to say goodbye to the senior players who were just outstanding this year. Coach Bill Olsen and Assistant Coach Todd Souvenir agreed that these young men were just the easiest group of players to coach and were proud of each of them. Emotions ran high as Todd’s son, Shane, was one of those seniors who would be leaving the high school basketball courts behind, and who grabbed the highest honors, the most trophies and a...

  • Anglers get two more days to pursue spring chinook

    May 7, 2014

    The sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River will reopen for two days this week under an agreement reached Tuesday by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. Under that agreement, anglers can catch and keep one marked, hatchery chinook salmon Friday and Saturday as part of their daily catch limit from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Rooster Rock. Bank anglers, but not boat anglers, can also fish farther upriver to the deadline below Bonneville Dam. The adult catch limit also includes up to two...

  • Happy Mother's Day to one and all

    Kay Chamberlain, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    OFF AND ON--As this work week begins, it's been an off and on day for rain and sunshine, as it depends on where you were and at what time of the day you were there as to whether or not you were steaming in your car or pulling the hood up on your coat to keep from getting wet. This past weekend saw torrential downpours which made travelling quite dangerous and made staying home a real big relief. We may be drying out a bit they say and I'm sure we'd all enjoy that as this rain/sunshine mix has made the grass grow so fast that it's hard to keep...

  • Sheriff's Report, May 8, 2014

    May 7, 2014

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: April 28 – 9:13 a.m. An Elochoman Valley resident reported a domestic disturbance. 10:57 a.m. An Elochoman Valley resident reported a domestic disturbance. 12:41 p.m. A resident on the east end of the county reported that someone had been prowling around outside his house in the middle of the night. 5 p.m. A caller requested assistance for a motorized wheelchair that had broken down near the school....

  • WSU Master Gardener Plant Sale set for May 10 at fairgrounds

    May 7, 2014

    Are you looking for great plants at a reasonable price? Do you need advice on local plants and how to take care of them? Then the WSU Master Gardener Plant Sale is the place to be. It will be held on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cowlitz County fairgrounds. Rain is not a problem since the sale is held inside the floral building. Bringing kids is welcomed. Have them hang out at the Children’s craft table sponsored by the Washington State University Master Gardeners. Money received goes to support local youth gardening activities and a...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|May 7, 2014

    You will be seeing the Sheriff’s Office vehicles flying blue ribbons on the antennae this month. May 11–17 is National Police Week, honoring police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities around the nation. Our Wahkiakum County deputies are a dedicated, hard working group of guys that sacrifice a lot to be protectors, responders, and peacekeepers for the people of our county. Calls at 3 o’clock in the morning take them out of a deep sleep and into the rainy nights to respond to a disturbance or a crit...

  • PUD commission handles varied issues

    Diana Zimmerman, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    Wahkiakum PUD General Manager Dave Tramblie gave a report of recent activity, and the board discussed policies at Tuesday morning’s PUD Board of Commissioners meeting. According to Tramblie, a sailboat that ran into a power line on Birnie Slough caused a countywide outage last Friday. Failed insulators had to be replaced after another outage. Employees finally got to the heart of a recurring problem in the Elochoman Valley-Beaver Creek area when they discovered that some of their lines had b...

  • Layton Elliott: Music without limits

    Diana Zimmerman, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    His youthful appearance and quiet soft spoken manner belie local musician Layton Elliott’s nearly six decades on this planet, his gravelly baritone and mean guitar skills. Elliott really wanted a drum set when he was a young teen. What he got was a guitar from Montgomery Ward. Disappointment quickly turned to fascination. “I remember playing all day long,” Elliott said, “just to learn how to play. I had deep grooves in the ends of my fingers. When they started to bleed, I wrapped them with wh...

  • High school hosting mass band event

    Diana Zimmerman, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    On May 13, students from 12 southwest Washington school bands will fill Wahkiakum High School’s gym with a wall of sound in competition and performance in a Mass Band event. This is the first time the event has come to Cathlamet in music teacher Darla Mead’s memory. “We are expecting 260-280 students for the event,” Mead said. With two judges presiding, each band will perform a piece of their own choosing along with another selection that has been chosen from the set list of songs to be perform...

  • Food drive to be held May 10

    May 7, 2014

    The Cathlamet Postal Service, VFW, Wahkiakum Food Bank, Helping Hand Food Bank and high school students will pick up food donations at citizen mailboxes on Saturday, May 10. Participants are asked to have donations at their mailbox at their regular delivery time. Those who have P.O. boxes or anyone who misses Saturday can drop off their donation at the Post Office on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday the following week. Skamokawa Post Office will have a drop off container outside the post office on Saturday until 5 p.m. All food will be used at the...

  • Ferry utility connection costs rattle commission

    Rick Nelson, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    Wahkiakum County commissioners weren't happy Tuesday with estimates for improving utilities at the Puget Island ferry landing. The county is going to upgrade the landing to accommodate a new, larger ferry which will go into service in 2015. That ferry will require 3-phase power and a potable water line, neither of which are now located at the landing. Wahkiakum PUD has quoted $14,557.62 for the shore power and $10,597.22 for the water line. Those figures seemed high to Commissioners Blair Brady and Mike Backman (colleague Dan Cothren was...

  • Council fills vacancy, acts on timber, gas bids

    Rick Nelson, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    The Cathlamet Town Council filled a vacancy, approved timber harvest plans and rejected a bid for a Propane supply during a special meeting Tuesday. The council appointed former Council Member Bill Talbott to fill the vacant position held by Dick Swart, who resigned at the beginning of the month. The town advertised for persons interested in filling the vacancy, and Talbott was the only person to apply. Swart's position will expire next year and be on the 2015 election ballot. In other business, the town authorized the mayor and forestry...

  • Carlton Appelo to celebrate 92nd birthday May 10

    May 7, 2014

    A birthday reception honoring well known historian, Carlton Appelo, is scheduled for May 10th at the Appelo Archives Center at 1056 SR 4 in Naselle. The reception will be held from 11 am to 3 pm in honor of his 92nd birthday. Carlton has been a successful business man and is still President of the Wahkiakum West Telephone Company in Rosburg. Born in a fishing boat headed to Astoria in 1922, he was born closer to Deep River than Astoria, so his birthplace was listed as Deep River. Carlton’s father, C.A. Appelo, built the Appelo Deep River Store,...

  • Candidate for Congress coming to Cathlamet

    May 7, 2014

    Michael Delavar, Republican candidate for Washington’s Third Congressional District, will come to Cathlamet next week for a “Meet and Greet the Candidate” event. On May 14, 6:30 p.m., Delavar will host a town hall meeting at the Puget Island Fire Hall, 475 SR 409, Puget Island, Cathlamet. The public is invited. Delavar is running for Congress as a Republican against incumbent Jamie Herrera Beutler. “I am shocked at how she has violated her oath to support the U.S. Constitution, not to mention the violations of her campaign promises," in a ca...

  • Birth Announcement

    May 7, 2014

    Jarrett Anthoni Aegerter was born March 21. He is the son of Tony and Annalei Aergerter of Puget Island. He weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz., at birth and was 19.5 inches long. Grandparents are Jacque Burkhalter of Arlington and Fred and Kooki Aegerter of Puget Island....

  • Candidate filing starts next Monday

    Rick Nelson, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    Filing runs next week, May 12-16, for positions that will be on the summer and fall election ballots, and many county government positions will be open. County Auditor Diane Tischer, Commissioner Blair Brady and Assessor Bill Coons have already declared with the state Public Disclosure Commission that they will be candidates for re-election. Positions and current office holders include: Partisan positions County Commissioner District 3 (4-year term), filing fee $ 359.80, Blair H. Brady incumbent; precincts--Skamokawa, Deep River, Grays River...

  • Food bank asking for donations for sale

    May 7, 2014

    To The Eagle: Helping Hand Food Bank is looking for clean, resaleable items to be donated for a garage sale to be held May 23-24. The sale will be held at 54 Boege Road in Cathlamet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items may be dropped off Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the food bank, 90 Broadway in Cathlamet or call Joy Ferguson, 360-795-0635 for items needing to be picked up. Debbie Dobosh, Cathlamet...

  • Kindergarten round up will be held May 13

    Trudy Fredrickson, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    After the nice few days, the weekend turned into another wet one. Our son, Carl and his girlfriend Dion were here for the weekend from Seattle as well as other son, Shane. They had hoped to get some dry hiking in but that didn’t pan out, so they took the dogs for a damp one. It’s always so good to have kids home, and especially when they can do a few things around the place. Mom even got an oil change on the car. Thanks boys. And it was wonderful to see Dion again, such a delightful young lady. Good weekend, even if it did rain. News from Nas...

  • Young artists exhibit works in Hotel C.

    Diana Zimmerman, Wah. Co. Eagle|May 7, 2014

    Art was hung in the lobby of the Hotel Cathlamet on Saturday in an event by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Congress to showcase the creativity and talents of local youth. Rock ‘n’ Roll Congress is an after school program organized by mother and daughter duo Martie Vavoudis and Jillian Weiss to provide a fun learning environment for students who want to express their creativity in music and art. All the art was created by Wahkiakum youth, age four to 20. It will remain in the hotel lobby for viewing for the r...

  • WSU 4-H sewing volunteers offer youth summer 4-H sewing camp

    May 7, 2014

    A summer day camp, Sew for Fun, for youth wishing to learn how to sew will be held Monday through Friday, July 7-11, at the Catlin Grange. The class times for 1st and 2nd year students will be from 9 a.m. to noon; 3rd, 4th, and 5th year students will be from 1-4 p.m. Washington State University 4-H Sewing and Textile Volunteers will teach youth basic sewing skills and how to use and care for a sewing machine. Participants will learn straight stitching; hand sewing; how to work with a simple pattern; and how to use basic sewing supplies,...

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