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Articles from the July 20, 2023 edition


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  • No rain on this parade

    Jul 20, 2023

    One more Bald Eagle Days weekend is in the books, and it was one fun-filled, busy weekend in Wahkiakum County with all kinds of activities and good weather to keep a lot of visitors, local people, and businesses smiling. Thank you to the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce and all the volunteers and people who keep this proud tradition going every year....

  • PUD considers grants and feasibility study

    Diana Zimmerman|Jul 20, 2023

    On Tuesday, the Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners discussed grants, including one to conduct a feasibility study on a consolidation of water systems, as well as other issues and potential issues that could affect the utility and its customers in coming years. General Manager Dan Kay said that five grants were submitted as of the last PUD meeting and they were now in the “hurry up and wait, follow up stage,” and that too was keeping them busy. After learning about a cybersecurity gra...

  • Port 1 addresses traffic issues

    Diana Zimmerman|Jul 20, 2023

    Wahkiakum County Port 1 Board of Commissioners met last Thursday for their July meeting to discuss traffic issues on port property and a few other matters. With increased traffic to the new River Mile 38 taproom, and some other changes around the marina, Port Manager Todd Souvenir had some suggestions to improve traffic flow, including a 5 mph speed limit. “It makes sense to slow it down a little bit,” Commissioner Scott Anderson said. “You’ve got a lot of boat traffic and a lot of people...

  • Commissioners take care of business

    Ian Brandon|Jul 20, 2023

    The Wahkiakum County commissioners discussed and approved several items in under an hour Tuesday. The District 1 (Puget Island) planning commission vacancy was filled by a unanimous vote with Ruby Wargnier. They also approved drafting an ordinance to prohibit unlicensed, unregistered or uninsured vehicles from parking within 10 feet of the fog line on county roads. The commissioners approved the closure of the Wahkiakum ferry July 26-27 for work on the ramp on the Oregon side and bumpers and lights on the Washington side. A 2-year agreement...

  • Former resident is still writing

    Jul 20, 2023

    To The Eagle: I was told by none other than Ralph Kaiser that just because I don't live in the valley any longer is no excuse to not write letters to The Eagle. Given that encouragement here goes. First, thanks, Ralph! Secondly, it's only fair to other avid readers of my somewhat frequent opinion pieces to continue from afar. Actually, Longview isn't that far but it sure seems like it after 13 years in the Elochoman. I suppose one of the most noticeable things is that it doesn't really get dark at night. I miss the night sky with the stars,...

  • Stop writing trash

    Jul 20, 2023

    To The Eagle: Well now, last week’s letter in The Eagle, written by none other than the Liberal Town Crier, with his usual anti-religious rants, went way beyond the nonsense that is typical in his letters. This time his ugly comments were clearly aimed at Christians. The writer went into some of his so called historical facts dating back to the 3rd and 4th century. Here is a real fact for you. That writer thinks people of faith are somehow ignorant, perhaps even foolish to believe in God; well just like Karl Marx. He thinks we should embrace h...

  • SR 433 Lewis and Clark Bridge closed

    Jul 20, 2023

    No pedestrian, bicycle or ambulance access for 10-hour window of closure Travelers using State Route 433 between Longview and Rainier, Oregon, will need to plan ahead and prepare for a lengthy detour during an up-to-eight-day closure of the Lewis and Clark Bridge. At 8 p.m. Sunday, July 16, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews from Combined Construction, Inc. closed the bridge to motor vehicle traffic to replace two expansion joints and a fractured floor beam. The bridge must be closed to ensure a long-lasting repair...

  • Second album cements sound for 3rd Secret

    Diana Zimmerman|Jul 20, 2023

    The sophomore album of 3rd Secret, The 2nd 3rd Secret, was released this June. This is the most recent creative adventure for local musicians Krist Novoselic, bass player for Nirvana, and his Giants in the Trees bandmates Jillian Raye and Jennifer Johnson. The band also includes Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, Bubba Dupree of Void, and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. According to Novoselic, you can hear the transition from Giants in the Trees to 3rd Secret in their first album, but the...

  • Wahkiakum school board approves budget and talks 1B

    Diana Zimmerman|Jul 20, 2023

    Wahkiakum School District might be going 1B. The district has one of the lowest enrollments in 2B, and Superintendent Brent Freeman cites safety concerns and post season opportunities as two reasons to approach the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association about adjusting the school’s current classification. He used the Kalama football team as an example. “They’ll have 80 on the sideline and we’ll have 18,” Freeman said. With such small numbers, Wahkiakum can’t field enough players for...

  • Next big event is the Wahkiakum Fair

    Kay Chamberlain|Jul 20, 2023

    WET START--As this work week begins, we are seeing some real rain here in West Valley and I can’t say I’m unhappy about it. My lawn and plants were looking a bit brown and miserable, so this unexpected summer drink was perfectly timed! I’m pretty sure those still in the midst of haying would not agree with that sentiment however, so I feel bad for those folks. Here’s hoping the upcoming forecast comes true and they can salvage those fields that still need to be harvested. Today, I’m thankful for the drink that our forests are getting and the s...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Jul 20, 2023

    THURSDAY Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Fire Protection District No. 1 Commissioners, Fire Hall, 5:30 p.m. Fire District No. 4, 7 p.m. Puget Island Fire Department, 7 p.m. Cathlamet First Aid Division, Fire Hall, 7 p.m. Skamokawa Fire Department, First Aid Division, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, ambulance training, 7 p.m. Free Senior Fitness and Balance Class, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, enter via door on 3rd, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Food...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Jul 20, 2023

    Kaye Wiemer has left us. She died last week, such a loss for all of us. She was a kind person, perfect for a pastor's wife. My story about Kaye is that at the last Finn Fest, she watched me struggling to walk to my car as I left. I sometimes have a problem with balance and fatigue catches me when I've not been drinking enough water. She sent me the most beautiful card, hand written, full of sincere encouragement and love. It made such a lovely gesture and it's in my little pile of cards to treas...

  • Department of Ecology predicts loss of normal rainfall

    Karen Bertroch|Jul 20, 2023

    The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a statewide drought advisory last Wednesday, July 12. The department said the state saw the warmest May on record and an abnormally dry spring and early summer, which resulted in an early snowmelt. The snowmelt caused an initial surge for snow-fed rivers and streams, but now most stream flows are projected to be below normal by as much as 75%. RCW 43.83B.011 states that drought conditions mean that a geographic area is expected to receive less...

  • EDWARD LEROY TRACY (ROY)

    Jul 20, 2023

    Roy was born in Auburn, WA on January 19, 1945, to Violet & Frank Tracy. Roy was the third of six children. After a lengthy illness and surrounded by his loving family he joined his beloved savior, Jesus Christ, on July 5, 2023. Roy was proceeded in death by his mother & father, Violet & Frank Tracy, brother Richard Tracy and sister Juanita Hyatt. Roy is survived by his beautiful, devoted wife of 57 years, Donna K. Tracy, his two amazing incredible sons and their wives, Edward Leroy Jr (Lee)/Renae Tracy, Michael Ray/Michelle Tracy, sister...

  • Pamela Jones

    Jul 20, 2023

    Pamela Jones, 53, of Cathlamet, died July 15, 2023 in a Vancouver hospital. She was born to Tom and Carol (Davis) Silvestri on March 7, 1970 in Auburn. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way in 1988. She had lived in the local area for about 20 years. She loved gardening, the beach, helping the elderly, her cats and especially her family. Pam is survived by her children Jessica Jones and Ryan Jones, two sisters Gina Menard and Paula Silvestri, her parents Tom Silvestri (Lorraine) and Carol Wray and a granddaughter. She...

  • Pickleball tourney results announced

    Jul 20, 2023

    The inaugural Cathlamet Pickleball Tournament was a smashing success, as more than 20 participants battled on the courts during Bald Eagle Days. The winners of the tournament were Cathlamet resident Julie Arness and her Pickleball/tennis partner, Shirley Derby of Longview. Despite rising heat, all the players appeared to have a good time and stayed hydrated. "This was really great," Cathlamet resident Anita Adams said. "We need to keep this going." Adams, and her husband, Chuck, were...

  • Skyline Golf Course announces winners

    Jul 20, 2023

    The winners of the Annual Rodahl Memorial Tournament at Skyline Golf were, left to right, Brad Carlson, Logan LaBerge, Pete LaBerge, and Brody Carlson. They were one of 11 teams at the tournament this year, and won by two strokes, hitting 14 under par. Courtesy photo....

  • Hunter Ed course offered

    Jul 20, 2023

    A Hunter Education Course is scheduled for August 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and August 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elochoman Slough Marina covered area. This is a traditional course that is designed for new or inexperienced hunters; however anyone who wishes can take this course. The course includes handling firearms safely, conservation, sportsmanship, and field training. This is considered an outside venue; the use of masks is optional. All students must pre-register online at WDFW-hunting-hunter ed-traditional course. Anyone born after...

  • Appelo Archives Center presents Nordic Arts

    Jul 20, 2023

    The Nordic Arts Musical Concert this year will be held July 29 at 5 p.m., with the opening reception beginning at 4:30. The venue will be at the Chinook Event Center, 811 SR 101. Presale tickets are available for purchase at Appelo Archives Center or online at AppeloArchives.org/NordicMusic. Tickets will also be available at the door. To enjoy the concert from your home, Live Zoom tickets are also available for purchase. This year’s musical concert features the duo Revontuli, with harp and kantele instrument performances by Valerie Blessley and...

  • Museum announces new exhibit

    Jul 20, 2023

    The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco announces the opening of Chinuk Ntsayka! We are Chinook: Photographs by Amiran White which will be on view August 4 to November 11. An opening reception will be held along with members of the Chinook Indian Nation on August 4 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are open to the public and free of charge. The exhibit will feature photographs by Amiran White, who has been documenting the Chinook Indian Nation and their decades-long fight for federal recognition for eight years. White was born and...

  • Cowlitz Indian Tribe announces new appointments

    Jul 20, 2023

    The Cowlitz Indian Tribe (Cowlitz) has announced the appointment of new leaders to three key positions within the tribe – Michael Watkins (Tribal Administrator), Dalton Fry (Director of Natural Resources), and William Saunders (Information Technology Director). Mr. Watkins previously served as the Executive Director of Health and Human Services for Cowlitz where he oversaw the delivery of traditional, modern, and culturally sensitive medical and social service practices to tribal members. Mr. Fry previously served as the Fish Distribution a...

  • Sheriff's Report, July 20, 2023

    Jul 20, 2023

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: July 10 — 8:57 a.m. A caller was concerned that a delivery driver was drunk after observing that he was shaky, smelled of beer, and could not do simple math. A deputy responded. The individual had problems with one of the field sobriety tests, but his preliminary breath test was 0.00 percent. 8:58 a.m. A caller said she was being harassed and threatened by a resident on West Valley Road. She was advised to c...

  • Port 2 talks comp plan and community input

    Diana Zimmerman|Jul 20, 2023

    The Wahkiakum County Port 2 Board of Commissioners heard reports from managers at their meeting on Tuesday. Vista Park continues to be extremely busy, according to Assistant Port Manager Terina Davis. The ice machine they installed earlier this year is proving to be a good investment. Last year, the port had to buy their ice, and would sometimes have to wait for it or run out. They earned a little less than $1,900 on the product at the park. Port staff speculated that it would take four or five...

  • Mud wrestling in Skamokawa

    Jul 20, 2023

    Though less well attended than in past years, the fighting spirit was alive at the fairgrounds, as more than one spectator was drawn into this year's mud pit. Char Montgomery was pronounced the winner after a friendly round of rock paper scissors broke the tie between her and Ruby Dallas. Photos by Ian Brandon....

  • Chalk it up to sidewalk art

    Jul 20, 2023

    The Sidewalk Art Contest drew artists of all ages. There were three winners per category: Age 9 & Under 1st Place Lyra Lane 2nd Place Adella Keys 3rd Place Birdie Friend Ages 10-15 1st Place Emma Meahs 2nd Place Renee Tobin 3rd Place Eloise Ages 16+ 1st Place Erin Grimshaw 2nd Place Klarah Niemela 3rd Place Vio Photos by Diana Zimmerman....

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