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PI bridge closures set to start July 23

Full night time closures of the SR 409 Puget Island bridge are scheduled to begin Monday, July 23 "The full closure is necessary while crews remove aged timber decking and install a new deck, Tamara...

 

WSP emphasis patrols focus on commercial motor vehicle safety

Washington State Patrol (WSP) District 8 Commercial Vehicle Division (CVD) Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers (CVEO) will conduct a week-long emphasis focused on safe driving for commercial vehicles this month. District 8 serves...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 12, 2018

Educators, legislators discuss school funding inequalities

The Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors, along with teachers, staff, and former and current superintendents gave an impassioned plea to visiting Washington State legislators Dean Takko and Brian Blake to consider how to address a budget...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 12, 2018

Commissioners cover varied issues with legislators

Tuesday's meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners covered a lot of ground as the day started with a regional forum and moved into the board's regular business. The forum, hosted by the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Council of Governments, brings...

 

Puget Island bridge closures start soon

Overnight bridge closures of the Puget Island bridge are scheduled to begin next week as contractors begin replacing the roadway decking. The total bridge closures will occur 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. The Washington State Department...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 12, 2018

Berseng, Kuhl seek auditor job--Nicci Bergeng

When Wahkiakum County Auditor Nicci Bergseng stepped into the position left vacant by Diane Tischer, who retired in December 2017, she knew she was going to have to campaign to keep it every four...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 12, 2018

Bergseng, Kuhl seek auditor job--Matt Kuhl

Matt Kuhl is running for the position of Wahkiakum County Auditor. Kuhl graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 2003. He attended community college in Wenatchee and worked for the forest service, but...

 
 By Rick Nelson    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Unrest is unravelling fabric of Cathlamet

By Rick Nelson People are saying the next meeting of the Cathlamet town council (Monday, 6 p.m. in the Cathlamet fire hall) should be moved to a bigger venue, for they expect a large crowd to attend and protest the council's vote last month to...

 

More people need to get involved

To The Eagle: The Town of Cathlamet is about to spend money and many people’s time for a long overdue update to it’s legally required Town Comprehensive Plan. This updated Plan will allow the Town to accomplish two primary things. It will: a)...

 

Open swim to be held Bald Eagle Day

To The Eagle: Every day when my wife Lee and I make our way to the pool for lap swim we give thanks for the great way we have to exercise our no-longer-young-or-healthy selves. What we need is more company. It’s good that plenty of kids are still...

 

Pro or Amateur?

To The Eagle: As a local resident for some seven years, I would like to express several thoughts with the voters regarding our next county assessor. I will vote for Bill Coons, again. Why? When I bought my home here in Cathlamet, Bill Coons was my...

 

Grounds at pool are looking quite shabby

To The Eagle: Just wondering since the city seems to have unlimited funds if they might use some for the grounds at the pool. It looks pretty shabby. And speaking of the pool, it is open and the guards are doing a great job. Swim lessons begin July...

 

Writer offers comments on life in Wahkiakum

To The Eagle: After reading the letter from Elizabeth Brinker of June 21, I would like to address some of her issues with our little piece of heaven and the Grays River Valley, in particular. She did get two things right, it is beautiful where we...

 

Writer questions wisdom of use of town money

To The Eagle: The Town of Cathlamet is carrying a debt of $6,272,000 in principal plus interest of $3,658,000 that will accrue over the life of the various loans, for a total of about $9,933,000. According to the most recent census, the town had 532...

 

Assessor should be qualified; McClain isn't

To The Eagle: Like most voters, I consider candidates for office as applicants for a job. My duty is to examine their credentials and cast a vote for the most qualified. No matter how amiable a candidate is, if they can't cut the mustard, they won't...

 

Couple supports Howie

To The Eagle: Wahkiakum County is fortunate to have such a dedicated leader for our office of sheriff. Mark Howie and his professional staff help in maintaining order in our community, and especially in Deep River where we reside. We support Mark...

 

There's a better way to use town assets, money

To The Eagle: Start making money and stop spending money! I am concerned not only that the town is buying a parking lot and turning it into a “Green Space,” but that the cost of the new sewer plant is driving up sewer rates that really affect...

 

On the subject, we should have a say

To The Eagle: I do not know whom Prudence Diem was referring to in her July 5 letter to the editor when she stated “we still owe the county around $360,000 for hookups for Boege.” Certainly with her involvement with the Town Planning Commission...

 

Challenge of Champions event Friday, July 20

SURPRISE--As this past weekend began, we had a bit of a surprise, as we woke up to wetness on Saturday morning and had some off and on misty times throughout the morning. While I appreciated the unexpected watering, it was not appreciated by those...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-Noon. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-9 p.m. Girl Scouts, Community Center, Cathlamet, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Senior Citizen...

 

What's happening at the Fair?

Greetings from the fair office. I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July. This Saturday is the Flea Market at the fairgrounds. Tables are still available and only cost $10.00. Call the office for more information (360)795-3480. The fair will...

 

July activities offer loads of entertainment

Home again and loving it. This trip added nearly 7,000 miles to my car’s odometer, and I have gained a new housemate. My brother Dave is here to stay, and my sister and I are very happy to have him. We drove back to Floodwood, Minn., visited...

 

Sheriff's Report, July 12, 2018

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: July 2 — 5:02 p.m. A driver was cited for driving with a suspended license. 5:03 p.m. A Deep River resident...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 12, 2018

PUD board covers water, electrical issues

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners met quickly on July 3 to listen to reports and approve a capital asset policy. Commissioner Dennis Reid said he had been approached by a business owner who had asked if there was anything the PUD could...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 12, 2018

Commissioners handle varied business

The Wahkiakum County Commissioners met July 3 to field questions and concerns from residents and handle county business. Puget Island resident Nicki Seiler presented a letter signed by several of her neighbors regarding 6-8 parcels in the Pancake...

 

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