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Articles from the May 8, 2024 edition


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  • Citizen of the Year

    Diana Zimmerman|May 8, 2024

    Jan Silvestri is a bright and energetic woman, and as a friend so succinctly put it, "a doer." Though these days, she says she's "in second gear, in idle." This doer has led an adventurous life, caring for friends and family, and most anyone else who is lucky enough to cross her path. She's traveled extensively, and had many adventures, including descending deep into an opal mine in Australia. She is also the President of the local chapter of the Sons of Norway, and wholly dedicated to the...

  • DeBraie retires

    Bill Coons|May 8, 2024

    Jerry DeBriae Logging, the largest private employer in Wahkiakum County, is ending its logging operations. Founded by Jerry DeBriae in 1967, DeBriae Logging employed over 130 people at its peak around the end of the millennia. Soon there will be a half dozen employees and they won't be engaged in logging. Asked about the decision to close, Jerry DeBriae said "There's no work". He and his son, Jerry Jr., decided to pull the plug around the end of last year. "We just decided it was time." An...

  • Newspapers of Wahkiakum County

    Kari Kandoll|May 8, 2024

    The first newspaper published in Wahkiakum county was the Cathlamet Gazette, which was established in 1887, by Alfred Davis. In 1889, Mr. George M. Cornwall obtained an interest in the Gazette and the paper was published under their joint management until the removal of Mr. Cornwall in 1899 to Portland, when he sold his interest to Mr. Davis taking a mortgage on the plant as security for payment. Mr. Cornwall subsequently foreclosed the mortgage and sold the plant. Mr. Davis continued the publication of The Gazette for some time longer,...

  • Donations Help our VFW Wahkiakum Post 5297

    May 8, 2024

    The local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wahkiakum Post 5297, operates in Cathlamet. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at the Cathlamet Fire Hall. Currently, there are 64 combat veteran members in the Post. We have about 270 veterans listed in Wahkiakum County. We believe there are many more veterans living within Wahkiakum County, but have not contacted us, and we would like to hear from you. As with most organizations, we have a hierarchy structure. We belong to District 16, which has a total of 7 posts in Southwest Washington. There are...

  • Town Council Report

    Stacey Lane|May 8, 2024

    Civility and cooperation guided the May 6th Town Council meeting on Monday night. Councilperson Stowe joined on Zoom while the rest of the council and the mayor worked together in person. The first order on the agenda was to vote April as Fair Housing Month. The proclamation was approved by all. Duncan Cruickshank presented the latest project from Wahkiakum Health and Human Services. Due to Wahkiakum county being considered a medically underserved area, the health department was able to secure a...

  • Correction

    May 8, 2024

    The talent show was listed in Wahkiakum County paper as being held at Johnson Park is incorrect. The play is being held at Naselle - Grays River Valley high school. Auditions May 7, 2024, and the talent Show on May 14th, 2024....

  • Spring Resource Event for Youth

    Jen Milliren

    Next week, Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services will host a Spring community resource event. Doors will be open at 25 River St. Suite D (next door to PUD on the river side of the building) from 10am-3pm on May 16th . The event will feature many local and regional agencies who provide resources to Wahkiakum residents. These resources range from youth to seniors, and include Housing and Energy Assistance Programs, Employment Services, Crime Victim Advocacy, Aging and Disability Services, Veteran Services, Parent and Family Support,...

  • How to write a family portrait workshop in Ilwaco

    Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging in-person conversation with Kristen Millares Young, a member of the 2024-2025 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program, on Saturday, May 11, 2024. The workshop will be offered in English at 1 pm and in Spanish at 2:30 pm. This workshop was rescheduled from its original date in January due to inclement weather. Tell the stories that have preoccupied, amused, and defined your family for generations. In this hour-long generative writing workshop,...

  • Student of the Month

    May 8, 2024

    Lions Club President Brian McClain & VP Terri Elfers presented Kyler Sauce with a Certificate of Achievement and a check to honor him as the Lions Club March Student of The Month. Kyler enjoys football, golf and basketball and was all-league 1st team in basketball. He is hoping to get on a basketball team in college. His goal is to become a nurse practitioner. He did not say where he is planing to attend college. Kyler is the son of Michaela Niemela....

  • Skamokawa News

    Kay Chamberlain|May 8, 2024

    ANOTHER WET BEGINNING. Once again I'm starting off this column with a whole lot of rain hitting my windows but the forecast is showing that we are in for a drying out and we'll be enjoying some wonderful dry, sunny days so I'm certainly hoping that forecast holds up, as it's been pretty soggy this past week. Here's to happy planting and beautiful gardens soon! SPECIAL DAYS. Those celebrating birthdays this coming week from May 9 thru 15 are: Kerry Brown, Christeena Bassi, Bryce McClain, Ashleigh Montgomery, Don Nicholes, Ashlenn Coleman, David...

  • Sheriffs Report

    May 8, 2024

    April 29 2:23 p.m. A Wahkiakum resident walked into the sheriff's office to ask what could be done regarding a deposit they made online to purchase a vehicle. When they got to the address where the vehicle was supposed to be located they discovered that the sale was a fraud. Deputies reccommended that the person contact their bank, block the user on facebook and change their paypal information. 2:45 p.m. A Cathlamet caller reported someone filing taxes in their name and using their social security number. 9:26 p.m. A Puget Island caller...

  • Wahkiakum on the Move gets a new ride

    Jen Milliren|May 8, 2024

    A new bus hit the road recently after Wahkiakum on the Move received a sizable donation. The 2022 Ford Starcraft Passenger Van strikes a bold comparison to the hardy stock of buses and vans that travel tireless miles across the county each day. Before this donation, WOTM’s fleet of six buses and vans ranged from 10 to 20 years old. The bus came from CHOICE Regional Health Network, which serves a seven-county region including our own. For years, CHOICE has partnered with health care providers, local governments, and a large number of social s...

  • Sign rehung at courthouse

    May 8, 2024

  • The Eagle Calendar

    May 8, 2024

    THURSDAY Johnson Park advisory board, 10:00 a.m. Johnson Park West End Food Pantry, Johnson Park, 1- 5 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Noon, Hope Center 320 S 3rd St. Cathlamet. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Noon, Rosburg Hall, Rosburg. Community Library & Computer Center 12-5 p.m. Johnson Park, Rosburg SAIL Program, Exercise for Seniors, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Hope Ctr. 320 S. 3rd St. Cathlamet. Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, 7:30 p.m. Puget Island Fire Department, 7 p.m. District No. 4 Fire...

  • Republican legislative staff move first to unionize under new WA law

    Jerry Cornfield|May 8, 2024

    Employees of the Washington Legislature could start pursuing union representation Wednesday and two groups of workers did. Both are Republican. Legislative assistants for GOP members of the state House and Senate want the recently formed Legislative Professionals Association to represent them. Petitions on behalf of workers in each chamber were filed with the Public Employment Relations Commission, which will certify the bargaining unit and conduct an election. More than 60% of the House and Senate assistants signed cards showing interest,...

  • Commissioners Report

    Ian Brandon|May 8, 2024

    After a week off due to the five Tuesdays in April, the Wahkiakum County Commissioners met to address several county issues. Duncan Cruckshank from Health and Human Services asked the commissioners to declare May mental health awareness month. The commissioners approved and chair, Dan Cothren, read the proclamation aloud to the audience and Zoom participants. Carrie Backman of the Marine Resources Council asked permission to spend an extra $1,400 for transportation costs, including personnel to assist with field trips for students to study the...

  • Snow Peak: Japanese outdoors firm opens 1st U.S. 'Campfield' in Long Beach

    Dan Driscoll|May 8, 2024

    Snow Peak, purveyor of Japanese-designed, “heirloom quality” camping gear and apparel, recently opened Campfield Long Beach. It is the famed company’s first Campfield in the U.S. “The site was chosen after years of careful searching,” says Campfield general manager Josh Simpson. “The Snow Peak board immediately fell in love with this area and purchased the unique Wildwood Park location as soon as possible after visiting it.” In the nearly four years since, Snow Peak has partnered with numerous...

  • Candidate filing period ends Friday

    Bill Coons|May 8, 2024

    Candidates began filing for some local offices early this week. Lee Tischer filed for re-election as County Commissioner for District #1, and Dan Cothren is seeking another term as County Commissioner for District #2. Both positions are for four years. Bob Jungers wants to serve another 6 years as PUD No. 2 Commissioner for District #2. Democratic and Republican Precinct Committee Officers (PCO) for all 11 county precincts have yet to attract any candidates except for incumbents Steve Puddicombe as Grays River Democratic PCO and Tom Merz as...

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