Articles from the July 9, 2020 edition

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Downriver Dispatches

The Power of Water: Grays River Grange Landslide In some of the previous articles I have discussed the power of water and how it has affected our lives. It is more evident in Wahkiakum County every...

 

Please abide by the rules for health

MIXED BAG AGAIN--This past weekend was certainly a bit of everything, and as usual, we wound up with the "mostly cloudy" part on the Fourth of July until later on in the evening, when the skies cleared up and we saw the sun about 7:30 p.m. When we...

 

Holmes honored

The Cathlamet Woman's Club honored their 2019 Citizen of the Year, Suzanne Holmes, with the planting of a rose bush in the Julia Butler Hansen garden last Thursday. This year's red rose symbolizes...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 9, 2020

Council addresses pool, dock, other issues

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council covered lots of ground when they met Monday, hearing bad news about dock repairs, setting up a park design plan for the Butler Street parking lot, and addressing...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 9, 2020

Funding comes together for Pioneer Center upgrade

In August, thanks to the tenacity of the current Pioneer Community Association, the 125 year old Pioneer Church in Cathlamet might be getting a little TLC. "We're just really in limbo," Paige Lake...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 9, 2020

PUD addresses Westend water comments; progress on broadband

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday to talk about broadband infrastructure, financial consolidation, recent letters in the local newspaper, and to pass a resolution that provides information on assistance to ratepayers....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 9, 2020

Commissioners express frustration with covid-19 rules

Wahkiakum County commissioners handled a variety of business Tuesday and, meeting as the county Board of Health, to express their frustration in dealing with the covid-19 pandemic. Commissioners supported a proposed grant request by Port District 1...

 

Thanks to Town of Cathlamet

To The Eagle: My thanks to the Town of Cathlamet for spending the extra dollars to use skid-proof paint when they refurbished the wooden footbridge to the marina area. The slippery surface has been a problem, even with posted warnings- now much...

 

Corrections/Clarifications

In response to a report about the county board of commissioners meeting two weeks ago, Commissioner Dan Cothren has stated that the report that dredged sand would come to Pancake Point this year was incorrect and created false hopes; it is possible...

 

Intractable racism stains country's fabric

To The Eagle: Recent July 4th celebrants in the South displayed large Confederate battle flags flying from private property that were visible from many interstate highways and other public locations. Those flags are an arrogant declaration of white...

 

Legislators used media to plant fear

To The Eagle: The legislators did a good job using the media to spread the fear of covid to us. They mandated a law that we must wear a face mask; else we be slapped with jail time and a fine if we don’t. I’m no doctor but common sense tells us...

 

It should become more interesting

To The Eagle: Well, we're finally number one! After extremely useless and questionable leadership, our country has achieved the dubious honor of having more Covid-19 cases than every other country in the world. The United States has between 4...

 

Who's fanning the flames over racism?

To The Eagle: Thank you, J.B. Bouchard, for the education on white privilege. I didn't have a clue. I had been going down to Jim Crow Creek for 30 years without a racist thought until someone in Olympia educated me that it's racist. No, sir, I have...

 

Online forum for state senate candidates set for July 15

The Wahkiakum Republican and Democratic Subcommittee for Debates/Forums will host an online, virtual debate/forum July 15 for Legislative District 19 State Senate candidates. The debate/forum follows an earlier forum for candidates for the Wahkiakum...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 9, 2020

Covid-19 update:

As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases in Wahkiakum stands at five, with 235 tests conducted so far. There have been 18 positive cases in Pacific County, and 228 in Cowlitz County, 150 of which remain active. Across the river, there are now 44...

 

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...

 

Contractor to chip seal SR 4, SR 401

Travelers who use State Route 4, SR 401 and US 101 to go between Longview and the Astoria/Megler Bridge will need to plan ahead for delays as work to resurface several sections of the roadway gets underway. Beginning Tuesday of this week, the...

 

Kid's Garden Workshop: Painting Plant Markers

Looking for a fun time for your family? On July 10 at noon, Washington State University Master Gardener Tracy Morgan will demonstrate to youth how to make painted rocks for garden markers in your veggie garden. The program can be accessed on-line by...

 

Sheriff's Report, July 9, 2020

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: June 28 — 3:13 a.m. A Cathlamet resident reported that a former girlfriend and her boyfriend were having sex...

 

Human remains identified

On June 26, the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office received a report of human remains washed up on the shore of the Columbia River. The remains were recovered by the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office, and due to their...

 

School officials unclear on status of fall sports

By Rick Nelson and Diana Zimmerman The covid-19 pandemic and subsequent responses to ensure people's health and safety are creating great uncertainty for school systems, and as July begins, participation in fall sports. The Washington...

 

River traffic

River watcher spotted the US Navy's hospital ship Mercy headed up the Columbia on Tuesday. Photographer Genie Cary said the weather was too hazy, so here's a photo from her files. Photo by Genie...

 

Bill Wren

Bill Wren was surrounded by his family when he left for heaven on July 2, 2020. Bill lived his life well as a devoted, loving husband and father. He and Joan married in 1977 and raised 8 children in...

 

Coming Events: Community Center in Cathlamet

Have you read any good books lately? I have been trying to read more as a personal goal, but mostly to try and break up my slight attachment to technology. I’d like to hear what books you are reading- or what ways you tune out the technology. I...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 9, 2020

Insurance agency passes to new hands

By Diana Zimmerman James Sorensen officially took over the Farmers Insurance office in Cathlamet on July 1 following Linda Barth's retirement. Sorensen is from Vancouver but is making his home in...

 

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