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Articles from the May 15, 2024 edition


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  • Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez will visit Naselle

    May 15, 2024

    Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) announced she will be holding her third set of mobile office hours in Naselle, Washington. Residents of Washington’s Third District will be able to walk in to get assistance with federal agencies like the VA, IRS, and State Department. The Congresswoman’s team will be available on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Naselle Timberland Library Meeting Room at 4 Parpala Road, Naselle, WA 98638. Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez has already recovered more than $1.7 million for 1,198 con...

  • Local races are set with one contested position

    Bill Coons|May 15, 2024

    Mike Backman seeks a rematch with Lee Tischer. They both filed for election as County Commissioner for District #1. Dan Cothren is unopposed in seeking another term as County Commissioner for District #2. Both positions are for four years. Bob Jungers is also unopposed in his quest 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 attracted a few more contenders. Steve Puddicombe as Grays River Democratic (D) PCO and Tom Merz as West...

  • Wahkiakum West goes solar

    May 15, 2024

    Wahkiakum West Communications has recently installed a solar array designed to produce 85 kilowatt hours of electric power. The system which went on line on Friday, May 10, 2024, is anticipated to meet 90 percent of the facility’s demand. “With the help of the PUD we upgraded our lighting last winter,” noted Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Ken Johnson. “That reduced our energy demand for lighting, and we used that demand figure for gauging our solar needs to achieve a 90 percent reduction over the course of the year. When you figure...

  • Clatskanie's Raymond Carver Writing Festival Features Regional Writers

    May 15, 2024

    Clatskanie’s claim to fame as the birthplace of world-renowned writer Raymond Carver will be celebrated May 17-18 during the annual Raymond Carver Writing Festival, an event which honors the craft of writing and supports the community of regional writers. The Raymond Carver Writing Festival is free and open to the public. “Where I’m Calling From,” the title of both a short story and a collection of stories by Carver, is the theme of this year’s festival which will begin Friday, May 17, at 5 p.m. at the Clatskanie Cultural Center (CCC), 75...

  • Stacey Lane flies to new territory

    Stacey Lane|May 15, 2024

    My brief experience working at The Wahkiakum County Eagle has taught me much. I have developed new skills, met great people and connected with wonderful organizations in the community. The challenges of getting a fresh publication out on a weekly basis has been exciting. This newspaper is a connecting point in our rural landscape that bridges us together. Having a place to express concerns, promote events and celebrate our citizens helps blend the varied systems that make up Wahkiakum County....

  • Changes at The Eagle

    Jacob Nelson|May 15, 2024

    This past year has been full of goodbyes at The Eagle. Since my father Rick’s death last year, we’ve worked to find a way to keep the paper going, both as an act of service to the community in which I grew up, and as a way of keeping my father’s and grandfather’s legacy alive. This week brings another goodbye. Stacey Lane is departing for an exciting new position she was working to create long before she started with The Eagle. She has done an excellent job in a very difficult time. We hired her to sell ads, but she took on reporting, billing...

  • Health & Human Services Offers Drug Test Strips for Harm Reduction

    Jen Milliren|May 15, 2024

    In the year 2000, my mother and I stood across from the television as the news anchors warned us of the newest drug sweeping the nation. That year it was ecstasy, or MDMA, and law enforcement officials said that this drug worries them more than any other. It was incredibly easy to overdose on. You overheat and seize until you die. I cried out in worry for my father, who was serving time in Cowlitz County jail for narcotics. 8-year-old me was convinced that because this drug existed, that my father would use it, and that he would die. My father...

  • Sharon Dee Stenlund

    May 15, 2024

    Sharon Dee (Meadows, Powers) Stenlund was born in Ryderwood, WA in 1939 and died April 16, 2024, at her home on Puget Island in Cathlamet, WA. Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Stenlund, in September 2023, brother Jim Meadows, son Kenneth Powers and Mother Dorthy Heikka. Sharon grew up seeking adventure that led her to racing powder puff cars, sailing with Paul on the Columbia River and San Juan Islands, kayaking the Kettle River, and birthing eight children. She was a teenage...

  • Washington is intercepting benefits for foster youth

    Grace Deng|May 15, 2024

    Despite pressure to end the practice, Washington continues to divert federal benefits owed to foster youth to fund the Department of Children, Youth and Families, which runs the state’s foster care system. That’s according to a report released last month by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego, which grades each state based on how well it protects these benefits. Nationwide, about 10% of foster youth are eligible for federal benefits, usually due to disability, Social Security accumulated by now-deceased paren...

  • Skamokawa News

    Kay Chamberlain|May 15, 2024

    NICE OUT. Well, we were wanting some nice weather and we finally got it, so I hope you're enjoying it. I have to say that I was a bit overwhelmed by the beginning of this dry spell when we went from 36 degrees in the morning to 91 by late afternoon last Friday, that was unexpected and way too hot for me! It looks like temps are much more to my liking this week as there will be some clouds and sunshine but it will be dry and in the upper sixties, much better for yardwork and outdoor chores I think. LIGHTS. Did you get to see the Northern Lights...

  • Sheriff's Report

    May 15, 2024

    May 6 10:29 a.m. A Skamokawa caller reported that four dogs and several puppies were dropped off at the end of West Valley Road. Wahkiakum Animal Advocacy Group (WAAG) was notified. 10:59 a.m. A Deep River resident let the Sheriff’s Department know that there was a county road sign left in their yard. 11:15 a.m. A Cathlamet resident requested transport to the hospital after experiencing symptoms of a chronic illness. 2:32 p.m. The Grays River ambulance responded to a Rosburg resident who had fallen. 8:58 p.m. A suspect was taken into custody a...

  • 2nd Annual Columbia River Author Festival

    May 15, 2024

    The Longview Public Library will host its second annual Columbia River Author Festival on Saturday, May 18th from 10 am – 4 pm at the library. The festival will celebrate local writers and their books featuring pop-up readings, an extensive book fair, children’s story times and activities, and more. The headlining author for the event is Tove Danovich, whose book Under the Henfluence: Inside the World of Backyard Chickens and the People Who Love Them, is a finalist for the 2024 Oregon Book Award in general nonfiction. She will be pre...

  • Grays Bay flooding and sea level rise workshop announced

    May 15, 2024

    Over the past year, community members and local leaders came together three times to discuss flood risk & sea level rise resiliency in the Grays Bay area. Washington Sea Grant, Pacific Conservation District, and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership collected their input to identify community-determined approaches to address local challenges posed by flooding and sea level rise and to create a Resilience Strategy. You are invited to review the Resilience Strategy, including the list of possible flooding and sea level rise resiliency projects...

  • Naselle Comets Track and Field results, May 8th at Naselle

    May 15, 2024

    The Naselle Comets Track and Field team hosted the District 4B Meet on May 8th at Naselle High School. Both the men’s and women’s team took first place among the eight schools that competed with 118 and 189 points, respectively. Congratulations, Comets! Naselle Men’s Varsity Results: 100 meters – 8. Gus Burkhalter 12.46, 16. Andy Rosas 13.20 200 meters – 7. Gus Burkhalter 25.51 400 meters – 1. Derek Suomela 52.00, 5. Jacob Pakenen 58.48. 7. Bo Dunagan 1:04.00 800 meters – 1. Derek Suomela 2:14.44, 10. Joey Sabey 2:50.88 1600 meters – 4. C...

  • Seal River Cemetery Annual Clean-Up Day

    May 15, 2024

    The Seal River Cemetery Association has scheduled their cemetery clean-up for Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at the cemetery outside of Rosburg on State Route 4. One of the biggest expenses we incur each year is the mowing of the cemetery, but this annual clean-up makes a big difference for the whole year. We appreciate Ed Stevens mowing the cemetery prior to our event. Many hands make the duties enjoyable and lots of stories can be heard from the different families involved in cleaning of the cemetery. Please come prepared for rain or sun, bring...

  • Tsuga Gallery to host Imagine Art

    May 15, 2024

    Saturday, May 18 Tsuga Gallery will host an exhibition showcasing the talent of aspiring young artists from the local area. Most of the artists are homeschooled and have been taking art lessons from Leslie Billington. Stop by to admire the artwork of these young artists aged 4-15. Tsuga gallery is a non-profit art co-op founded by the late Janet Kestetter Cimino in 2011. The purpose of the gallery is to provide a forum for the development of art and art education. If you are a local artist or belong to a group of artists and would like to have...

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