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Articles from the June 6, 2024 edition


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  • Vicki Willette retires from St. James Family Center

    Tiffany Stewart|Jun 6, 2024

    Cathlamet preschool teacher Vicki Willette retires after thirty-one years in the classroom. Vicki grew up in rural Cathlamet, Washington and with the exception of a few years living out of state, she and her high school sweetheart Mike have always considered Cathlamet home. Vicki began working at St. James Family Center in 1993. The Family Center is the only licensed preschool and childcare facility in Wahkiakum County. Over the past thirty-one years she has come to know most of the young...

  • Weekly West Wahkiakum Farmers Market starts June 14

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 6, 2024

    The Johnson Park Community Center (former Rosburg school) and the Grays River Grange have come together to sponsor the West Wahkiakum Farmers’ Market. This should prove to be a real boon for Wahkiakum and eastern Pacific County residents offering a plethora of locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, flowers, culinary mushrooms, eggs, honey, goat soaps and products, herbal remedies, baked goods, woodworking, jewelry, crafts, artwork, and more. The Market will take place from 2 to 6 pm every Friday from June 14 through October 25. On t...

  • Bat tests positive for rabies in Wahkiakum County

    Jen Milliren|Jun 6, 2024

    A bat collected in Wahkiakum County has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found at a residence in Cathlamet, and was brought in to Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services to be sent off for testing. This is the first bat to test positive for rabies in Wahkiakum County since 2008. While no one reported being bitten by the bat, a dog may have been exposed during capture. This serves as a reminder to be cautious around wildlife, as well as making sure animals are up to date on pre-exposure rabies vaccination. Bats are important for our ecos...

  • Wahkiakum history

    Mildred Jones|Jun 6, 2024

    One of the coldest winters recalled by Island folks was in January 1930. It had been real cold for a few weeks, and on January 15 the Columbia River froze up. There was lots of snow on the ground and the river ice was from 6 to 18 inches deep. The county communities were isolated for two weeks. Farmers cream cans all filled, no mail came through, unless someone risked his life to get across the river. Groceries ran short in the stores, kerosene and gas were running short. A 9-year old girl,...

  • Washington will require insurers to reveal reasons for rate hikes

    Jerry Cornfield|Jun 6, 2024

    Insurers will soon have to provide customers a clear explanation for increases in their auto and home insurance premiums at the time of renewal. Beginning Saturday, companies must do so in writing if a policyholder requests it. In 2027, that information must be provided automatically and in easy-to-understand language on policy renewal notices. “If your insurance company is going to increase your premium, you have a right to know why,” Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said in a statement. “Hundreds of consumers, every year, have told us th...

  • "Surviving Summer" driver safety campaign

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Washington State Patrol (WSP), Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), and partner law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in a statewide “Surviving Summer: 90 Dangerous Days” campaign, with a goal of reducing serious injury and fatality collisions this summer. Since 2018, June, July, and August remain the highest consecutive 90-day stretch for traffic-related fatalities within Washington. According to the WTSC, 1,206 lives were lost on our roadways due to fatal crashes within these summer months between 2018 and...

  • NGRVSD Superintendent Lisa Nelson to continue in interim role

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 6, 2024

    The search for a replacement for retiring NGRV School District Superintendent Lisa Nelson is continuing since neither of the candidates were selected by the School Board of Directors on May 2 following two days of interviews. It was decided at that time an interim superintendent would be sought to fill the position until a permanent replacement could be selected. At the May 21 meeting of the Board of Directors, Chairman Bob Torppa discussed the possible candidates for the interim position. Two...

  • County Commissioners hold onsite meeting in Rosburg

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 6, 2024

    On Wednesday, May 29, the Wahkiakum County Commissioners held a special meeting on the Rosburg property of Rick and Kelli Ballif. The purpose of the meeting was to hear Columbia Land Trust's plans for breaching the Grays River dike to inundate bordering wetland and to hear the concerns of residents whose properties adjoin that wetland. Ramona Arechiga and Ian Sinks spoke on behalf of the Columbia Land Trust (CLT) noting the project is intended to provide an area of calm, nutrient rich water for...

  • Northwest tribes, feds dive into work on salmon revival in upper Columbia River

    Alex Baumhardy|Jun 6, 2024

    Three Northwest tribes and federal agencies are getting closer to understanding how to revive Chinook and sockeye salmon runs on the upper Columbia River that were once among the most abundant in the world but were decimated by dams over the last century. Leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Spokane Tribe of Indians met with leaders from three federal agencies and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in Portland on Wednesday to discuss progress on their historic agreement from...

  • Skamokawa News

    Kay Chamberlain|Jun 6, 2024

    VERY BRIEF. Due to technical difficulties, this column will be extremely short this week and I will try to do do a lot more "yakking" next week. I do hope you have all come through the buckets of rain and blustery wind storm that we have had to deal with this past Sunday and Monday. We had three inches of rain out here in West Valley, (so far) so it was not nice. SPECIAL DAYS. Those celebrating birthdays this coming week from June 6 thru 12 are: Brenden McClain, Justin Elfers, Elijah Doiron, Matalyn Longtain, Peyton Souvenir, Paige Ferguson,...

  • WSD Superintendent Search

    Ron Wright|Jun 6, 2024

    The Wahkiakum School District began its search for a replacement superintendent with an announcement carried throughout the state. The school board received many applications and invited five candidates for in-person interviews. These interviews are in process this week and next. During the in-person interviews each candidate meets with school board members and staff who represent the various departments at the school. Remaining staff and interested students are given the opportunity to meet the candidates at the end of the interview. After...

  • Sheriff's Report

    Ian Brandon|Jun 6, 2024

    May 27 7:30 a.m. A Puget Island caller reported being harassed while fishing. The caller claimed that the person was intentionally crossing fishing lines with the caller. 2:05 p.m. The Grays River Fire Department responded to a barn on fire in Deep River which spread to a residence. 4:19 p.m. A motorist was reported driving erratically in the Abe Creek area. 8:33 p.m. A Skamokawa caller reported someone burning trash. May 28 9:24 a.m. A Cathlamet caller requested medical attention after experiencing vomiting and chest pains. 9:37 a.m....

  • Oregon closes entire coast to mussel harvesting due to shellfish poisoning

    Jun 6, 2024

    Oregon authorities have closed the state's entire coastline to mussel harvesting due to an “unprecedented” outbreak of shellfish poisoning that has sickened at least 20 people. They've also closed parts of the Oregon coast to harvesting razor clams, bay clams and oysters. “We've had a paralytic shellfish poisoning event in Oregon that we have never seen in the state,” Matthew Hunter, shellfish program manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said during a briefing on Friday. The outbreak’s unprecedented nature was due both to t...

  • Naselle scoops up 11 medals at state track

    Patrick Webb|Jun 6, 2024

    Halle Miller put it into words better than anyone. "It's been a great season!" she exclaimed. The eighth grader expressed her excitement as the Naselle track team headed to pack up the district vans for the journey home from the WIAA 1B state meet. With them were 11 medals. Three were won by June Miller, who placed second in the high jump, second in the 400 meters in a time of 1:01.18 and third in the 200 in 26.61 seconds. Derek Suomela concluded his Comet sports career with two medals from...

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