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Articles from the July 4, 2024 edition


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  • Sergeant John Mason appointed as Wahkiakum County Sheriff

    Nick Nikkala|Jul 4, 2024

    On Tuesday morning, July 2nd, in the presence of a large audience, the Wahkiakum County Commissioners approved the appointment of Sergeant John Mason to the position of County Sheriff. Following a retirement party last Saturday that appeared to include every resident of the county, Mark Howie’s retirement as Sheriff officially began on July 1st. During the past year, he has mentored Sheriff Mason for the position and recommended his appointment to the County Commissioners. Following the a...

  • Wahkiakum school district adopts a four day week

    Jamie J. Brown|Jul 4, 2024

    The Wahkiakum School District received a stamp of approval for the Economy and Efficiency Waiver (WAC 180-18-030) by Washington OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) on June 28th. The Board of Education submitted the application following the June meeting and have been eagerly awaiting the announcement. Washington raised the waiver allotment from 10 to 30 this year. Wahkiakum is one of several districts that applied for the waiver. According to OSPI’s website, “part of the basic education requirements in Washington state mus...

  • Firefighter's Fifty Years of Voluntary Service

    Nick Nikkala|Jul 4, 2024

    During the Fire District’s regular Monday evening meeting on July 1, Cliff Kilponen was surprised when the dispatcher toned out his number and announced that as of today, Cliff Kilponen has served as a member of Pacific County Fire District 4 for 50 years. “I knew it had been somewhere around that long,” said Kilponen, “but I thought the anniversary was later in the year.” Assistant Fire Chief Nate Engleson had researched the department’s record books and found the entry where, on July 1, 197...

  • Cathlamet Town Council Report

    Julie O'Neil|Jul 4, 2024

    The Cathlamet Town Council met on Monday where the Mayor read a proclamation declaring July 1, 2024, as Sheriff Mark Howie Day in recognition of his dedicated service to the Town of Cathlamet and Wahkiakum County. Sheriff Howie addressed the Council, “I look forward to seeing you on the streets when I meet for coffee with the guys.” Enjoy your retirement, Sheriff Howie! A citizen expressed their concern about speeding all along Columbia Street. Suggestions were changing the speed limit to 20 MPH, just plain driving the speed limit and/or pai...

  • Workshop planned for Working Families Tax Credit

    Jul 4, 2024

    Working families who file their taxes with an individual taxpayer identifcation number (ITIN) or social security number may qualify to receive $315-$1,255 in returns through the Working Families Tax Credit. Collaborative Partners Initiative is conducting an outreach program in which they will provide free filing help to working families. The Working Families Tax Credit program provides a return of state sales tax for qualified low to mid-level income families. Events will take place throughout the summer including Bald Eagle Days on July 20,...

  • Finas Skeers

    Jul 4, 2024

    Finas Skeers was born May 28,1950 and died June 14, 2024, at his Puget Island home after a brief but losing battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, children, love, laughter, and tears. Finas grew up in Darrington, WA where he learned to love hunting, fishing, the timber industry, pranks, and partying. He met Vicki Brown, his future wife, on July 9, 1977. It was love at first sight, at least for Finas. He would proudly tell of seeing her for the first time and saying aloud, “that’s the woman I’m going to marry.” He success...

  • Kris Bergseng

    Jul 4, 2024

    Kris M. Bergseng of Cathlamet, died June 24th at age 54, after a recent cancer diagnosis. Kris was born to Albert and Patti (Tate) Bergseng on June 28,1969 in Longview. He grew up in Cathlamet and moved to Clatskanie, Oregon after high school. Eight years ago, he returned to Cathlamet. He worked various jobs as a carpenter, commercial fisherman and mill worker. In 1999, he joined the Pile Drivers Local 2416 and has been with the union for 25 years. Kris enjoyed fishing, clam digging, riding motorcycles, woodworking, skydiving, scuba diving,...

  • Tops and Tails in the Garden

    Jamie J. Brown|Jul 4, 2024

    It’s easy to stereotype common veggies and fruits growing in the garden to fit a specific culinary repertoire. Potatoes are mashers, lettuce makes a beautiful salad and corn is best eaten from the cobb. These norms hardly use some of our most common produce to the best of their abilities. This especially goes for those that grow beautiful tops above the ground, while their eaten counterpart digs deep within the earth. Carrots, radishes and other root vegetables are those mysterious garden anomalies that rarely are eaten for anything more t...

  • Skamokawa news

    Kay Chamberlain|Jul 4, 2024

    WET BEGINNING. As I start this column on the very last day of June, it is quite wet out here in West Valley, while that's not ideal for those wanting to get their hay crop in, it is good for the fire danger. With the Fourth of July holiday coming up and all the fireworks being lit off, this wetness should help keep our area a bit greener and wetter and hopefully, we will not see any fires caused by fireworks. However, a big drying trend is coming they say and with temperatures up in the mid-80s it will be great to get that hay crop, camp, or...

  • Sheriff's report

    Jul 4, 2024

    June 24 6:15 a.m. The Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol responded to a two vehicle collision in Skamokawa. One individual with an injury declined transportation to the hospital. 7:59 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance responded to a Puget Island resident with breathing difficulty. 8:21 a.m. Emergency services responded to a Cathlamet resident who had fallen. 4:48 p.m. A welfare check was requested on a Cathlamet resident. Deputies contacted the individual who declined assistance. 4:54 p.m. A caller in Cathlamet r...

  • Runaway Ronnie

    Jennifer Figueroa|Jul 4, 2024

    Eileen Eddie walked into the Wahkiakum County Eagle’s office with her daughter to place an ad, the subject, a 15-pound black and white poodle mix named Ronnie. A worried Eileen was now facing every pet owner’s nightmare: her sweet boy had run off and was now missing. Heartbroken but unwilling to give up on her pup, Eileen looked to her community for help and several business owners allowed her to put up lost signs on their windows and doors while others shared on social media, including loc...

  • Student Leaders Explore Nation's Capital

    Jamie J. Brown|Jul 4, 2024

    John C Thomas Middle School students recently explored the nation’s capital and the Big Apple June 17th-21st. Carrie Badger, the PE and Leadership teacher at JC Thomas, chaperoned Ryan Hurley, Shiloh Hoven, Abigail McKay-Beech, and Elias Cochran on the 5-day adventure. They joined students from Warrenton, OR, South Dakota, and California on a quest to learn about the nation’s history and see iconic monuments through WorldStrides, an experiential learning program. WorldStrides organizes opp...

  • Waterfront park update

    Sarah Clark, Clerk-Treasurer|Jul 4, 2024

    The Cathlamet Town Council is thrilled to announce that the Town of Cathlamet has been awarded two grants totaling $583,420 to restore and develop the last piece of town-owned waterfront property, located near the marina, into a beautiful and accessible seven-acre recreational space. This is a multi-phased project which aims to create a serene area for both locals and visitors to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Columbia River. Given our community's limited outdoor recreational spaces, we conducted various surveys and workshops to...

  • Mecha Mules Visit Washington D.C.

    Amanda Heston|Jul 4, 2024

    If you were part of the email group receiving Evelynn Miller’s daily updates, you were privy to a student’s account of our daily activities. I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites and speak from a coach/chaperone's perspective. Josh Miller and I lead the four kids around DC to see sights including the Natural History Museum, Ford’s Theater, the Holocaust Museum, the National Archives, and the National Portrait Gallery. We toured the National Mall to see the Jefferson and Lincoln Memor...

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