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 By Rick Nelson    News    June 4, 2020

State okays Wahkiakum County move to Phase 3 opening

Wahkiakum County on Friday received word from the state Department of Health that the county can move to a Phase 3 opening status. Some guideline details remain to be worked out, sad Chris Bischoff, county Director of Health and Human Services....

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    June 4, 2020

Covid-19 update:

As of Tuesday night, 110 people in Wahkiakum County had been tested for covid-19, and the number to test positive remained at four according to the Washington Department of Health. Pacific County held steady at nine, while the number of positive...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 4, 2020

Cathlamet pool: Council to vote on opening for 2020 season

Town of Cathlamet officials have backed away from a Monday evening announcement that the town swimming pool wouldn't open for the 2020 season. Instead, the council is seeking public opinion about opening the pool or keeping it closed for the summer,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 4, 2020

Town council considers comp plan extension, change order protocol

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council acted on an update of the town's comprehensive plan and debated change order procedures and how to allocate CARES Act funds when they met Monday. The council vote...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    June 4, 2020

PUD commission hears project progress

The Wahkiakum PUD Board of Commissioners met briefly on Tuesday to listen to reports. General Manager Dave Tramblie said that the tree trimming contractor and the pole testing bids were on hold until the current health issue was resolved. The PUD...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    June 4, 2020

We should have done better

An anonymous comment drew our attention to a misstep in last week's edition in which we allowed the use of the term Chinaman in a letter to the editor. It was strange for us to see that term; it's an archaic term and not in our normal vocabulary. It...

 

Westend writer asks 'What now?'

To The Eagle: I told my son, that I would try to point to positive reasons for Biden, instead of negative Trump comments. I also said I’d have to close one eye, in order to not comment on his idiocy. That is extremely difficult, when during a...

 

Corrections/Clarifications

In last week's edition, we mixed up two organizations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. On the front page photo, VFW Post 5297 cancelled their Memorial Day Ceremony, placed the flags on the graves, and played taps on Memorial...

 

No leadership coming from the top

To The Eagle: Not sure if I'm glad I'm a white man or embarrassed to wake up still white after all these years. Watching what appeared to be a bored white police officer murder a black man, handcuffed and pleading for his life, is just too much....

 

Public input sought about opening pool

To The Eagle: We are saddened to announce that the Cathlamet swimming pool may not be opening this summer due to COVID-19 implications. After much consideration and impact analysis, the town council unanimously determined that pool operations do not...

 

Our way of life is under attack

To The Eagle: Our way of life is under attack, make no mistake about that. When a major political party such as the Democrats publicly take the side of the Chinese Communists over our own government in regards to the origin and spread of a pandemic...

 

Changes needed before celebration of diversity

To The Eagle: I woke up this morning in my warm bed recognizing my good fortune of being born white in this country. I also recognize the pain of those who were born any other color. The inequality and injustice in this country is sickening. We...

 

Make America great again

To The Eagle: The election is rigged unless I win. The news is fake unless it’s flattering of me. Everything is a hoax unless I tweet it. Nepotism is bad unless it’s my family. I’m the most transparent president but you can’t see my taxes. I...

 

Governor announces new phased reopening plan; face covering set for businesses

From the Washington State Governor's Office Gov. Jay Inslee announced last Friday the expansion of "Safe Start — Washington’s Phased Reopening Plan." The expansion came as the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order ended midnight Sunday. The...

 

Eat Well, Buy Local: Glory B Farms--Tom and April Zimmerman

My young nephew presented a Glory B Farms strawberry to me a few summers ago, cradled carefully as the special gift it was, in his small outreached hands. "Carrie. Try one." He spoke quietly and...

 

More businesses opening soon

WEEKEND--This past weekend marked the end of May and it ended in quite a racket really, as Saturday morning was booming with rolling thunder and later on, the pounding of some rain, but it was brief, so it was only noisy for a short amount of time...

 

Local TOPS chapter members continue to drop weight

Local TOPS chapter members continue to drop weight TOPS Club Inc. ("Take Off Pounds Sensibly") is the original, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization which has about...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    June 4, 2020

County commission okays CARES Act work

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday approved a budget for spending a large portion of their federal CARES Act funding to address issues arising from the covid-19 pandemic. Commissioners had planned to approve a formal request to the state...

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, all county buildings are closed to the public and meetings and events usually listed here have been canceled or changed to online participation until further notice. The Eagle was advised of the following...

 

Downriver Dispatches

An Incentive for Having a Garden Travelling through the West end of Wahkiakum County over the last several years has given me a little insight as to why people have a garden. It is mainly to supply th...

 

Sheriff's Report, June 4, 2020

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: May 24 — 1:12 p.m. A caller reported that a protection order had been violated. A deputy responded and...

 

Remains identified

Remains discovered by boaters on May 22, washed up along the shore of the Columbia River about a mile east of Nassa Point, have been identified as James V. Ponto, 49, of Portland. The remains were recovered by the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s...

 

"Quiet" Coast Community Radio membership drive a success

On March 11, it was business as usual in the KMUN studio. The annual Spring Membership Drive started with the programmers talking up the station in the hopes that listeners would call and donate what they could to the yearly operations budget. Two...

 

Fair farmers market date set

Farmers interested in participating in the Wahkiakum County Fair Farmers Market, to be held June 9 from 4 to 7 p.m., are asked to contact Lori Cagle by text or email: 360-703-7291 or lrcagle@gmail.com....

 

Rotary votes to cancel squirrel fest and tour de blast

On Tuesday, May 19 the Board of Directors with the Rotary Club of Longview voted to cancel this year’s 10th annual Squirrel Fest event that was scheduled for August 15 due to Covid-19. The event will return in the summer of 2021. In addition to...

 

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