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Articles from the May 23, 2024 edition

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  • USCG seeks to federalize Rice Island anchorage

    Olivia Palmer|May 23, 2024

    As the president of Columbia River Pilots, Jeremy Nielsen is no stranger to the narrow and sometimes unforgiving waters that flow between the mouth of the Columbia and Portland. The river is a designated marine highway — and as on any highway, Nielsen said, travelers need stops to rest, fuel and do maintenance out of the flow of traffic. For commercial ships, anchorage grounds have long served that purpose. But as vessel traffic and size have increased in recent years, anchorage capacity has lagged, spurring concerns for safety along the w...

  • Fields Fir sale: Naselle ponders logging its watershed

    Riley Yusan|May 23, 2024

    NASELLE — At least twice, plastic flagging tipped locals off to the Fields Fir timber sale — a 174-acre harvest the DNR is proposing in the Lane and O’Conner Creek watersheds, which supply Naselle’s drinking water. It was a hunter both times. One saw ribbons left over from the timber cruise, and told his friend and longtime Naselle resident Rex Ziak about it. The other was Gavin Maxwell, also a longtime Naselle resident, who saw sale tags in late 2022. Not that there was anything to hide. For the DNR, this was business as usual, and a slow-mo...

  • To The Eagle

    May 23, 2024

    To The Eagle, The public is invited to a Memorial Day Ceremony next Monday, May 27, 2024, at 9 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery. The event, hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Wahkiakum Post #5297, will pay tribute to those men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country. For those that have difficulty standing, please bring a chair. The ceremony should last about 30 minutes. There will be no refreshments. Bill Tawater Commander Wahkiakum Post 5297...

  • Commissioners Report

    Ian Brandon|May 23, 2024

    The Wahkiakum County Commissioners had a brief meeting Tuesday but addressed an important topic. In the next couple of months two elected officials will be stepping down before their terms end. County Assessor Falon Hoven and Sheriff Mark Howie have both indicated that they will be resigning. The statutes are clear that the Commissioners have the power to appoint someone to fill out the remainder of the elected official’s term. The discussion on Tuesday was whether to notify the public by putting a notice in The Eagle for the position. Some c...

  • Town Council

    Ian Brandon|May 23, 2024

    In a Brief two hour and fifteen-minute meeting Monday the Town Council discussed several topics. In the public comment period, the Town Council read a letter asking the council not to cut down the large conifer tree that is damaging the the sidewalk at Strong Park. In the plan for the improvements to the park the tree is scheduled to be cut down. Because the tree is directly in front of the walking bridge the council members said that there were few options for saving the tree. Sarah Clark the council’s clerk asked the council if they would l...

  • Lewis and Clark Bridge Bill to be introduced

    Nathan Gilles|May 23, 2024

    It’s said that the map is not the territory. This statement, say critics, is especially true of the maps created by the U.S. Forest Service to inventory the nation’s largest carbon sinks: its mature and old-growth forests. In April 2023, under pressure from the Biden administration, the Forest Service completed its first-ever nationwide inventory of mature and old-growth forests found on federal lands. This inventory of older trees is part of an ambitious Biden administration plan to harness the power of our nation’s forests as a natur...

  • Skamokawa News

    Kay Chamberlain|May 23, 2024

    MIXED BEGINNING--As this week begins, we seem to have sunshine one minute, then it begins to get pretty windy and the clouds roll in as we get a bit of moisture falling on us. So when it's sunny, one has to hurry and get chores done quickly before Old Man Weather changes his mind again! If the forecast holds, we may have cloudy weather but no rain as this month winds down, but we'll just have to wait and see if that holds up or not. SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays from May 23-29 are Elle Britt, Bryson Havens, Mitch Moonen, Scarlet Eng...

  • Sheriff's Report

    May 23, 2024

    May 12 6:54 a.m. A Skamokawa caller requested Cathlamet emergency services after a fall. The person was transported to the hospital in Longview. May 13 4:24 a.m. A power outage was reported at the fish hatchery on Beaver Creek Road. The PUD was notified. 12:15 p.m. A Puget Island resident requested transportation to the hospital after suffering a cut to the leg. 2:56 p.m. A Skamokawa homeowner reported a neighbor screaming and threatening to hit them with a cane while they were using a leaf blower. The caller said that they had video of the thr...

  • Lewis and Clark Bridge Bill to be introduced

    May 23, 2024

    OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, says the destruction of Baltimore’s Key Bridge by an out-of-control container ship ought to raise concerns about Washington state’s aging river crossings, including Longview’s 95-year-old Lewis and Clark bridge. Wilson plans to introduce a bill for the 2025 legislative session to study vulnerability of bridges on Washington waterways to impacts from commercial vessels. Pier protection would be a major focus, including fenders and artificial reefs known as “dolphins” that ground ships before they can st...

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