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Articles from the June 13, 2024 edition


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  • PSP toxin pauses Willapa shellfish harvest

    Chinook Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    WILLAPA BAY — Commercial shellfish harvesters on Willapa Bay are hoping for a quick improvement in conditions after a harmful microorganism in coastal waters caused a surprising spike in the toxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). The Washington State Department of Health initially decided last week to close Willapa Bay and the entire Washington coast to the recreational harvest of shellfish. This came after shellfish samples were found to be high in the PSP biotoxin sometimes p...

  • Wahkiakum County Assessor heading north

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 13, 2024

    Wahkiakum County Assessor Falon Hoven’s last day on the job was Friday, June 7, 2024. She was offered and accepted the position of Chief Deputy Assessor for Whatcom County and will be starting in that position on June 17. Her new office will be in the County courthouse in Bellingham. That leaves the Wahkiakum County Commissioners with the decision of who to appoint to fill her position on an interim basis until the election in November, 2025. “My recommendation to the County Commissioners for...

  • Protective actions against highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Wahkiakum County

    Jen Milliren|Jun 13, 2024

    Wahkiakum County, June 12, 2024 — The federal agency Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is continuing to monitor and respond to a multistate outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus. H5N1 is widespread in wild birds worldwide and is causing outbreaks in U.S. poultry and dairy cows. Avian influenza A(H5N1) viruses have only rarely been transmited from person to person, but officials are taking precautions to mitigate ransmission from animals to people. This current outbreak has been circulating in wild birds around the world a...

  • Town Council declines to move forward on school sidewalk project

    Paula Marx-Rush|Jun 13, 2024

    On Monday, the Town Council convened a one hour special meeting to discuss the funding of the Cathlamet 3rd Street sidewalk project and whether the Town could afford moving forward with the project with the available funds. The Town’s total match under the current grant is $21,600 with $138,400 otherwise anticipated from the original grant request, for a total budget of $160,000. A lot has changed since the beginning of this sidewalk project which started in May of 2022. Since the start of this project, there are new federal regulations. R...

  • To The Eagle

    Jun 13, 2024

    Was Maureen the inspiration for the Eveready Bunnie? Attending the life celebration of Maureen Zacher Bockius at the Norse Hall a week ago, I had previously read the very replete discussion of her vast public service in The Eagle and was amazed at how much I didn’t know about her That got me thinking: didn’t Maureen’s career peak at about the same time that Eveready batteries came out with that iconic character the Eveready Bunny, the one that just goes and goes thanks to an amazing energy source? I’m wondering if some bright adverti...

  • Michael Robert Dowers

    Jun 13, 2024

    Michael Robert Dowers left his body behind at age 74, after a 40-year battle with rheumatoid arthritis. He died at his home on Puget Island on May 7, 2024. He was born April 19, 1950 in Borger Texas to Florence Wisheart and Clyde Dowers. Michael is survived by his brother Patrick Dowers, his daughter Keenan Dowers, her mother Jan Dowers, and his wife Christine Payne-Towler. After an active childhood spent on the docks of West Seattle, he embarked upon a life of art, music, publishing, and...

  • PUD Meeting focuses on trees and power lines

    Sy Patterson|Jun 13, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Public Utility District met on the first Tuesday of June. One of the key take aways from this meeting was the approval of Resolution no. 1286. This resolution is a vegetation management policy, otherwise known as the tree trimming policy. The purpose of this is to create a productive vegetation maintenance program, essentially helping Wahkiakum PUD deliver electric and water services in a safe and timely manner. The overall goal is to help the public understand that the number one cause of outages is falling trees. This policy...

  • WSD superintendent candidate public forum

    Ron Wright|Jun 13, 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. The first round of interviews is now completed. The school board has invited back two candidates for an additional interview, and to meet the public. The two candidates will be here sometime next week, June 17th-21st. The dates and times were not available at press time. This will be a great opportunity for anyone in...

  • Health & Human Services offer healthcare products through kiosk

    Jen Milliren|Jun 13, 2024

    On the porch below the Cathlamet Library sits what looks like a vending machine. It’s similar in size and shape, but instead of a large glass display of name-brand beverages and snacks, there’s a QR code and large text advertising FREE HEALTHCARE TESTS & SUPPLIES. As part of Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services’ preventative medicine rollout, a no-cost, self-service kiosk has been installed for use by the community. The kiosk offers a local solution to some urgent healthcare needs, while...

  • Tech rescue team crosses Columbia

    Luke Whittaker|Jun 13, 2024

    Most wouldn’t dare attempt swimming across the mighty Columbia River. Then there’s the South Pacific County Technical Rescue Team. Several members of a local surf rescue group completed the extraordinary endurance swim, just something some members like to do every few years. “We’re all a little insane,” joked SPCTR member Jeff Chabot, one of six members who completed the swim Saturday, June 1, along with team members Doug Knutzen, Sarah Andrews, Krista Barbic, Eduardo Mendez and Ericka Ha...

  • Skamokawa News

    Kay Chamberlain|Jun 13, 2024

    DRIZZLE. As another week begins, we've got a very damp Sunday going on, which actually worked out okay, as with all that nice weather, it was definitely time to get out there and do some yardwork and I "feel it" all over...ha! So, this drizzle saved me from going out and doing more work that my body would just as soon not do, so here I am....sitting inside, nice and dry. The forecast is showing more cloudiness and some mild temps, so that suits me just fine. The one day that it got up in the 90's here was just a tad bit much for me! Here's...

  • Sheriff's Report

    Jun 13, 2024

    June 3 5:55 a.m. The Skamokawa ambulance responded to a resident with breathing problems. 8:18 a.m. A caller in Eden Valley reported water over the road. County road crews put out high water warning signs. 9:50 a.m. A Cathlamet homeowner reported a neighbor blocking access to their property. Deputies advised the homeowner that the incident was a civil matter. 9:21 p.m. The Skamokawa ambulance requested Life flight to transport a person with breathing problems. June 4 8:33 a.m. A Cathlamet caller told deputies that they got an alert from their...

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