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Articles from the February 22, 2024 edition


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  • Care for a dip?

    M.D. Johnson for The Eagle|Feb 22, 2024

    Some people go to the ballpark for the nachos. That's me. Some go to the county fair for the Italian sausage sandwiches and elephant ears. Again, me. Y'all starting to see a common denominator here? Some go to the Cowlitz River in southwest Washington during the month of February-at least hopefully, they're going to the Cowlitz in February-for the social aspect and carnival atmosphere that is smelt dipping. And that's precisely why I love, and I mean absolutely love, smelt dipping. It's not for...

  • Lawmakers propose minimum age of 25 for high potency cannabis purchases

    Aspen Anderson for the Washington State Journal|Feb 22, 2024

    To protect young people from the dangers of high-strength cannabis, two bills have been proposed in this year’s Washington State Legislature. SB 6220, recently passed in the Senate, establishes the minimum purchase age for high-THC cannabis at 25 and older. The bill defines high THC as greater than 35% THC and mandates the Liquor and Cannabis Board to define concentration levels following extensive market research. THC is the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana. “When we legalized marijuana, we thought we were legalizing the plant,” Sen....

  • Bravo Eagle staff!

    Feb 22, 2024

    To the Eagle: I just felt the need to let you know what a nice job The Eagle staff are doing with the weekly paper. I had quit subscribing for several years due to all the left wing Associated Press articles and the constant bantering from the same folks in the letters to The Eagle section. Ugh! You’ve been covering interesting stories from around the area (and farther) and the “drama” seems to have stopped in the letter department. Job well done! I look forward to reading each week now. Teresa McMahon Puget Island...

  • Tourism shouldn't trump local needs

    Feb 22, 2024

    To The Eagle: Please forgive my delayed response to the front page article from Feb. 8 entitled "Ridiculous and disappointed." I have no knowledge of how community budgets work or how things are divided regarding county budgets. It does seem to me that funding to build up the infrastructure of a community with mental health services, affordable housing, and medical care—issues that last year's Health and Human Services survey revealed were top three concerns—should be given first priority, before projects that build-up tourism, such as the wat...

  • Change-the only constant

    Feb 22, 2024

    Dear Readers, The Eagle continues its journey of growth as we transition from one era to another. With our first focus group coming up this week, and other exciting innovations coming this summer, the publishers and our staff are excited to continue responding to the needs of our community. We are committed to providing timely and relevant news, culture, and information for the residents of Wahkiakum County by covering the matters that are most important to you. We also want The Eagle to be a means for expanding the world of Wahkiakum County...

  • Annual poetry edition part 2 submissions are open

    The Eagle will run a two-part poetry edition, this week, Feb. 22, and next, Feb. 29. Guidelines: The submission deadline for next week’s poetry issue is Monday Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. Any resident of Wahkiakum County or any subscriber to The Eagle, regardless of home address may submit. Please submit up to three poems. The Eagle will select one of them. All poets will be published. Maximum length of poem: 32 lines To submit, please email poems to brandon@waheagle.com. No PDFs, please. A Microsoft Word document is ideal, or simply cut and paste the p...

  • Skamokowa News

    Kay Chamberlain|Feb 22, 2024

    TOILETRY DRIVE. Something new has come up that folks can help out with and that’s a toiletry drive for the students at Wahkiakum High School. Some kids are unable to get the necessities that we all need to keep us clean and comfortable, so we are asking the community to help them out if possible. You can take things up to the high school; you can also bring needed items to the Skamokawa Grange Hall on Thursdays throughout the month of March and they’ll see to it that they get up to the school. Some of the requested items are feminine care pro...

  • Sheriff's Report

    Eagle Staff|Feb 22, 2024

    February 12 12:00 a.m. A caller reported that a car was parked by the shop at the summit of KM mountain and that a person was trying to enter the building. When deputies interviewed the subject they said that they were having trouble and knocked on the door thinking someone might be inside the building. 1:23 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance responded to a Cathlamet resident who was having trouble breathing. 7:42 a.m. The Wahkiakum County sheriff assisted a motorist stranded East of the summit of KM mountain who waved them down for help. 8:38 a.m. A...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Feb 22, 2024

    It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here, have, thus far, so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people,...

  • That potato that won't take its eyes off you? It could be a winner.

    Brandon J. Simmons|Feb 22, 2024

    Attendees of this summer’s annual Wahkiakum County Fair will have the opportunity to participate in a spate of free contests for the second year in a row. Last summer’s treasure hunt, pet rock, and daily rubber chicken toss so exceeded fair planners’ expectations that they decided not only to bring them back, but to expand the docket of activities. Members of the public are invited to submit their ideas for possible games. Fair staff hope that the games will be not only immense fun, but will also serve as a means for educating fairgoers about h...

  • Jean Smith

    Feb 22, 2024

    Editor's note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Eagle ran this obituary last week in an unedited state. We are reprinting the obituary this week in its final edited form. We apologize sincerely to Mrs. Smith's family for the error. Vera Jean Smith was born July 11, 1927, in Aberdeen, to Edwin and Ellen McEachern. She was their only child. Jean died at home on Nov. 26, 2023, at the age of 96. She married Dewey B. Smith on Aug. 5, 1944, at the age of 17, when Dewey was 19. They were married...

  • Mules will compete at state tournament Saturday

    Eagle Staff|Feb 22, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team are 13-4 in the 2B Central district and 18-6 overall after their win over Toledo Saturday (68-56). They lost to Toutle Lake Friday (58-53). The boys beat Ilwaco in overtime last Wednesday, Feb. 14, 67-63. In that game, the Fishermen took an early lead, but the Mules fought to catch up after half time, and with 1.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Kyler Sause hit a thrilling three point shot on an inbound pass to tie the game at 60-60. The Mules would...

  • Young entrepreneur stakes her culinary claim in the westend

    Karen Bertroch|Feb 22, 2024

    Johnson Park in Rosburg has a new business. Since acquiring the various permits and licenses needed to run a food business in the county, Kat See has opened My Infinity Foods, a new freeze-dried food business based in the Westend. For the past ten years, Kat has worked with her husband Erik on their fishing boat in Bristol Bay. She was in search of a business that could occupy her when she isn't fishing. Having long been fascinated by freeze-dried food, and the process of making it, she has now...

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