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  • Rods and Reels offers more than cars

    Diana Zimmerman|Jun 4, 2015

    Luckily, the sun came out for the 10th Annual Rods and Reels Rod Run at the fairgrounds in Skamokawa on Saturday as locals joined tourists in what was not only a showcase for cars and trucks and motorcycles, but a social event for enthusiasts. Shane Pfenniger and his son Colton brought their first project, a rat rod, to the event. It doesn't run yet, but Pfenniger has already derived a great deal of pleasure in this creative puzzle before him. Cody Olsen spent six years working on his 1978...

  • Funding discussion leads to hot exchange

    Rick Nelson|Jun 4, 2015

    How to increase revenue and what to do with it turned into a hot topic at Tuesday's meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Mike Backman reported he wants to ask voters to approve a property tax levy to fund entities such as the county fair which have few revenue sources. Commissioner Blair Brady said he liked that idea. Commissioner Dan Cothren was absent and at a meeting in Olympia. Sheriff Mark Howie was at the meeting and commented that the idea had merit, but the county already has an unanticipated funding...

  • PUD sees promotion, varied activities

    Diana Zimmerman|Jun 4, 2015

    The electric crew was on hand as Tuesday’s Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioner’s meeting opened to join the commissioners in congratulating PUD employee Kevin Vik on his promotion to journeyman lineman. Vik rose to the position after four years of hard work and giving up many Saturdays for classes. “The journeyman lineman is probably the backbone of our industry,” said Commissioner Gene Healy. “We thank you for your hard work.” PUD Counsel Tim Hanigan reported that he would be attendin...

  • Commissioners hear clinic report, agree to advertise

    Rick Nelson|Jun 4, 2015

    Wahkiakum County commissioners handled a variety of business when they met Tuesday, including: --Dian Cooper, executive director of the Cowlitz Family Health Center, reported that the center is recruiting for new providers for the Cathlamet clinic. Two nurse practitioners have left this year because of family reasons, and the clinic is now staffed by temporary practitioners while recruiting occurs. The clinic is running in the black, she added. --Public Works Director Pete Ringen reported that a memorandum of understanding with the Corps of...

  • Streetlights work starting

    Jun 4, 2015

    A contractor will begin next Monday replacing five streetlights along Cathlamet's Main Street. Town Public Works Superintendent Duncan Cruickshank said Tuesday that the work should take about five days. The contractor will replace the old poles and lights. Much of the work will require closure of parking along one side of the street, Cruickshank said. The contractor will also have to cut into the sidewalk around the bases of poles to make electrical connections, so pedestrian traffic will be disrupted. The lights will resemble lights along...

  • Family center dealing with funding shortage

    Diana Zimmerman|Jun 4, 2015

    After receiving a tenth of the funds that United Way usually supplies each year, St. James Family Center has renewed their commitment to their core programs and are relying on donors while looking down alternative avenues for money to sustain the other work that they are doing. “Childcare and preschool have received priority with the generous donations that have been received thus far,” Beth Hansen, Executive Director of SJFC said. “Those programs will continue to be provided as planned.” With s...

  • Chloe Zimmerman, Naselle High School valedictorian

    Diana Zimmerman|Jun 4, 2015

    Chloe Zimmerman is the valedictorian for Naselle Grays River Valley High School's Class of 2015. This young woman with a keen mind and a love for books will attend Yale in the fall. Eventually, she plans to return to Seattle to attend the University of Washington to study Library Science. She is thrilled to be attending Yale, which she proudly admits has a 7 percent admittance rate. It was while visiting the school in New Haven, Conn., and another school back east, that she finally knew. "It...

  • Amethyst Wirkkala, Naselle High School salutatorian

    Diana Zimmerman|Jun 4, 2015

    Amethyst Wirkkala, salutatorian. It has a nice ring to it. So does Dr. Amethyst Wirkkala, anesthesiologist. The degree on which the Naselle/Grays River High School senior has set her sights will take her nearly twice as long to achieve as the period of time that it has been since she decided her career path, six years ago in sixth grade. "I really love science and math," Wirkkala said. "The program really interested me. I know I have the leadership skills that you have to have to be an...

  • Everyone loves a parade; do you?

    Shannon Gildea, WahkiakumWahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Director|Jun 4, 2015

    Now is the time to start prepping for our 2015 Bald Eagle Days Annual Community Parade. This year the theme is “The Mighty, Mighty Columbia River.” Put your thinking caps on, talk to your friends, family, and co-workers. Let’s get creative and celebrate our fantastic and mighty Columbia River! Build a float, get a group together and walk, show off your trucks, tractors, boats, motorcycles, and more! Get that special car out, get it all shined up, put your honey by your side and slow cruise the streets of Cathlamet in the parade! If walki...

  • Local students attend Cispus outdoor camp

    Ginger Hake, Wahkiakum Community Network Coalition Coordinator|Jun 4, 2015

    Eighth grade students from John C. Thomas Middle School and Naselle Grays River attended the Cispus Outdoor Education Camp in Randle for three days during the second week of May. The event was organized by Wahkiakum Community Network’s Coalition Coordinator, Ginger Hake. A leadership group of 12 high school students gave workshops on self control, communication, resource acquisition, and decision making. The middle school students also learned about alcohol and drug prevention and treatment. Deputy Mark Hake from the Wahkiakum County S...

  • Car show was a great success once again

    Kay Chamberlain|Jun 4, 2015

    WORK WEEK--At the start of this work week, it is definitely wet out there, so nobody has to go out and water the plants for a few days I guess. This dampness came on the heels of a very warm and toasty weekend, with Sunday being an especially muggy day, which just makes me wilt! While we're dealing with some raindrops right now, forecasters say we're going to zoom back up into some very high temperatures by the end of the week, so slather on the sunscreen, limit your time in the direct sun, drink those fluids and have a wonderful, fun-filled...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Jun 4, 2015

    THURSDAY Lecture Series, Cathlamet Community Center, 101 Main St., 10 a.m. - Noon. Preschool Story & Craft Time, Cathlamet Library, 4 p.m. Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Congregational Church, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, work night, 7:30 p.m. Puget Island Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. District No. 4 Fire Department, 7 p.m. Cathlamet Public Library Board of Trustees, 12:45 p.m. Westside Parent Support Group, Rosburg School,...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Jun 4, 2015

    Some good news I have to share is that incidents of thefts on Puget Island have plummeted in the past two months. One theft report of a boat motor was taken on East Little Island Road in May. The Sheriff's Office took only one theft report in the Elochoman Valley area and two theft reports of metal and garden tools in the Deep River area. Deputies have been working with neighboring residents to keep a close eye on people wandering in their neighborhoods or acting suspiciously. After the arrest of two known individuals on Puget Island, there...

  • Graduation, end of school coming soon

    Trudy Fredrickson|Jun 4, 2015

    News from Naselle: After 13 years of classes, homework, sports, and whatever other activities the students of the Class of 2015 has participated in, the new adventures of life are about to begin. This class has much to be proud of, classmates to cheer onward and upward, and goals for themselves to be set and reached. As each one of you goes forward into your own future world, I wish you good fortune, good health, the skills to reach the goals you wish to reach and most of all to believe in yourself. Congratulations to the Naselle-Grays River...

  • Sheriff's Report, June 4, 2015

    Jun 4, 2015

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: May 26 — 3:26 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an Elochoman Valley resident who was experiencing numbness in an arm and discomfort in her jaw. May 27 — 11:06 a.m. A tow truck was called after a vehicle got stuck in a creek in the Elochoman Valley. 11:10 a.m. A caller requested the removal of a vehicle that had been parked in a Cathlamet parking lot for four days. 2:03 p.m. A caller reported a knife at a Cat...

  • Quadcopter proves to be a challenging project

    Diana Zimmerman|Jun 4, 2015

    Luke Stacey, who recently moved to the midwest with his family, is a senior homeschool student who frequently took advantage of programs and opportunities offered at Wahkiakum High School. He approached Jeff Rooklidge, the science and engineering/robotics teacher for a final project, proposing to research and build a quadcopter. "This was an extremely challenging project for a high school student," Rooklidge said. "Luke has a strong curiosity which enables him to excel in all areas of his...

  • Lions honor final students of the month for this year

    Jun 4, 2015

  • Rostad graduates from WSU

    Jun 4, 2015

    Rebecca Rostad, the daughter of Bjarne and Katherine Rostad of Naselle (Deep River) has graduated from WSU with the high honor of Magna Cum Laude and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Rebecca was a salutatorian at Naselle-Grays River High School. Her parents are especially pleased at Rebecca's accomplishment because through her determination, she kept her grades high while taking time to visit them regularly during her mother's treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer this past...

  • Nelson receives Masters in Theological Studies

    Jun 4, 2015

    Former Cathlamet resident Jamie Nelson received his Masters in Theological Studies degree May 22 at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, Calif. He is the son of Rick and Mary Ann Nelson of Cathlamet. He graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 2001 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Idaho in 2006. He has taken a job in the admissions office of CDSP....

  • Entertainment News

    Jun 4, 2015

    Farmers Market: Ned and Lulu Heavenrich will perform from 4-6 p.m. Friday, June 5 on the Up-Beet Stage. Open Mic from 3-4 p.m. 59 West Birnie Slough Rd., Puget Island. For more information call 360-560-3785. At River Mile 38 Brewing (formerly Drop Anchor Brewery): Christine Darby will perform from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, June 6, on the Crow's Nest Stage during Live at Five, 285 Third St., Cathlamet. For more information call 360-355-4662....

  • Naselle-Grays River School to host teacher from China

    Jun 4, 2015

    Qingmei Wang from China has been awarded a fellowship from the U.S. Department of State to participate in the 2015 Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP). Qingmei will teach Chinese for a full academic year at Naselle-Grays River School. The school has participated in a nation-wide competition in order to host a TCLP teacher. TCLP is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, p...

  • Blood drawing set for June 17

    Jun 4, 2015

    The American Red Cross will hold a blood drawing June 17, 1-6 p.m., at the Valley Bible Church, Rosburg. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at le...

  • Date correction on workshop offered for youth

    Jun 4, 2015

    On June 20 from 2-4 p.m., WSU Master Gardeners will host a free program for kids (K-9). Youth will experience the world of insects through this interactive workshop. Fun activities will give students a first-hand look at insects and they will learn about all the good that bugs provides. The class will be held in the Floral Building at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds in Longview and is sponsored by Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners. Registration is limited, with June 15 being the deadline. To register, contact the WSU...

  • Longview invites visitors to 25th annual international Festival

    Jun 4, 2015

    Longview invites visitors to 25th annual International Festival Lower Columbia College Student Center will be alive with the cultures from around the world Saturday, June 6 as the Ethnic Support Council puts on its 25th annual International Festival in Longview. The event, co-sponsored by the LCC Multicultural Club, will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both floors of the student center and outside it. Admission is free, thanks to donations from Bruno’s Pizza, PeaceHealth, Longview Police Benefit Association and various individuals who c...

  • Wahkiakum Mule Golf

    Coach Nick Vavoudis|Jun 4, 2015

    Wahkiakum Mule golfer Elliot Haney struck the ball very well on the second day at the WIAA State Golf Championship in Richland at Columbia Pointe Golf Course. Just like most of the eight kids from the southwest district, he never could capitalize on the greens. With the exception of the state champion Kenneth Sheldon of Ilwaco, 72/72, 144, the entire southwest district struggled. Elliot shot 85/86 to finish 18th. The only other southwest district entrant to finish in the top 10 was Willapa Valley's Nicholas Betrozoff who finished eighth, 83/78....

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