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Articles from the July 30, 2020 edition

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 By Rick Nelson    News    July 30, 2020

Officials consider adding new restroom along SR 4, address other issues

By Rick Nelson Members of Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners would like to see an increase in public restrooms available to travelers. On Tuesday, they explored the concept with...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 30, 2020

Covid-19 update: Wahkiakum has no 6th case; upticks increase the risk

Last week, due to an internal error, the Washington Department of Health reported a sixth confirmed case of covid-19 in Wahkiakum County. The error has since been corrected, and Wahkiakum’s total count for confirmed cases remains at five as of...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 30, 2020

Commissioners close courthouse, later re-open

Two days after Wahkiakum County officials opened the courthouse to the public, they closed it again. Three days later, they voted to open again. The officials learned that their janitorial contractor lacked sufficient personnel to provide the...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 30, 2020

Senate candidates speak in forum

The Wahkiakum Republican and Democratic Subcommittee for Debates and Forums recently hosted a virtual debate on Zoom for Washington's 19th Legislative District State Senate candidates. Jeff Wilson, a...

 

Listen to the heart's cry for a scalded nation

To The Eagle: That fellow is still waiting to publicly debate anyone who thinks defunding the police, anarchy, riots, looting and socialism are solutions to anything. Hope he packed a lunch. It’s gonna be a long wait. First, neo-socialism actually...

 

Who better to talk to?

To The Eagle: So many issues are before us and it’s all happening so quickly. I call our current national situation as a crisis. Three main areas are at the top of my list of concerns: 1) How do we help all Americans understand the Constitution?...

 

All should try to do a little bit better

To The Eagle: I am thankful to Olaf Thomason, Sr., and his friends for their service in defending this country from its enemies. I am confused and saddened as well at this gentleman’s reference to the “hate of country as seen in this paper....

 

Trump is master of distraction, deflection

Trump is master of distraction, deflection To The Eagle: The confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths in America are 4.4 million and 150 thousand. The highest infection and death rate in the world. Trump’s response to the pandemic? He blames China to...

 

Make the Stone Age great again

To The Eagle: Republican candidate Joel McEntire made a fun comment on talk radio last week. He allowed as how the K-5 sex education bill the Dems are pushing in Olympia is so pornographic in nature that he couldn’t describe the details on public...

 

What should have been

To The Eagle: Our Island crier sent several people and myself ‘studies’ of dubious nature. Seems these days one can find a study to fit our thoughts and pleasures. I appreciated the mail, and support of USPS, with double stamps, though the...

 

Dead animals left on Birnie Slough bridge

To The Eagle: A week ago I was driving on Puget Island. I made the stop on the bridge at Birnie Slough and saw, to my horror, a dead raccoon displayed on the top corner of the bridge, obviously placed there for all to see. It was disturbing to think...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 30, 2020

New stylist at work in old barbershop

Lisett Pena has opened House of Shades II in the old barbershop on Main Street, and already local clients, old and new, are keeping her busy. "I'm super grateful for the wonderful support in the...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 30, 2020

District 19 candidates speak on issues

The Wahkiakum County Republican and Democratic Team presented another candidate forum on Wednesday, this time with candidates for Washington State Legislative District 19 Representative, positions 1 and 2. Incumbent for position 1, Republican Jim...

 

Spectrum bringing broadband to Cathlamet

Spectrum this month announced the launch of its high-speed broadband and full suite of Spectrum services for residential and business customers in Cathlamet. Spectrum’s high-speed network means homes now have access to Spectrum Internet®, with...

 

Museum to reopen Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

TOASTY--As this week began, we started off very sunny and warm as there was no haze, no morning mist, only direct sunshine coming in my windows and it warmed up very fast. We were in the low 90s in no time! With sunshine forecast for the entire...

 

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...

 

I-5 Interstate Bridge closing for construction

The northbound span of the Interstate Bridge between Vancouver and Portland will close Sept. 12–20 as crews replace mechanical parts that help lift and lower the bridge. During the closure, travelers crossing the Interstate Bridge in both...

 

Children's library contest entries due tomorrow

Cathlamet Public Libary Children's Summer Reading Program "Imagine Your Story" contest entries are due Friday, July 31. Librarian Carol Blix reminds participants, "Please make sure stories, poems and art submitted have the author or artist's name,...

 

Organization collecting supplies for foster kids

The demand for resources among youth impacted by foster care is greater than ever during the pandemic as Treehouse kicks off its annual back-to-school drive season. “Literally any organization or group can host a drive, and it can be done...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Only Time Will Tell A century from now historians and the curiosity seekers will look back and ponder at the things that have occurred in the last year between 2019 and 2020. This recent pandemic, regardless of one’s opinion, has reshaped our...

 

N/GRV School Board Meeting Notes

The Naselle/Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors met for a budget hearing on July 21 followed by a regular meeting to conduct the district’s business. The district's business manager presented the proposed budget for the coming...

 

Sheriff's Report, July 30, 2020

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: July 20 — 12:03 p.m. A Puget Island resident reported that a political sign had been stolen. 2:05 p.m. A Puget...

 

Merle Brockway

Merle A. Brockway, 84, of Longview, died July 25, 2020 at his home. He was born in Oronoco, Minnesota on September 18, 1935 to Lloyd and Elsie (Roslach) Brockway. He was one of eight children. His family moved to Cathlamet where he was raised and...

 

Don Marsyla

Donald Nels Marsyla, known to many as "Soupy," 71, died at his home on Puget Island on July 25, 2020. Don was born to Mike and Elna (Nelson) Marsyla in Centralia on January 19, 1949. They moved to...

 

Hokkanen receives scholarship

Wahkiakum 4-H has awarded Novella Hokkanen a scholarship in the amount of $1,200 to continue "making the best better" in our world. She has been a 4-H member for nine years and has participated in...

 

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