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 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 31, 2014

Puget Island family scramble to escape fire

It was a few minutes before one in the morning on Thursday, July 24, when Darcy Tischer awoke to a smoke alert sounding its alarm. A light sleeper, she sprinted to her boyfriend's side. Tayler Stornet...

 

Naselle festival celebrates Finnish heritage

People gathered last weekend in Naselle for the biennial Finnish American Folk Festival. The festival's theme was "Nasel Heritage Days," and during opening ceremonies Saturday, Anna Ehrlund, left,...

 

Camaraderie pervades lure coursing event

There was a palpable sense of camaraderie and joy of the dog amongst the group of enthusiasts who joined Howard and Judy Brawn at their home, Misty River Plantation, on Puget Island last weekend for...

 

Throw a block party on National Night Out

Wahkiakum County's Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) say people don't need a good reason to throw a block party, but here's one anyway: August 5 is America's National Night Out, an annual community-building happening that raises awareness about...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 31, 2014

Longboard festival starts next Thursday

The 6th Annual Cathlamet Downhill Corral Longboard Festival will get underway next week in Cathlamet. The festival will have events for four days and bring over 1,000 people to Cathlamet to watch the competition. Streets where events are occurring...

 

Robert A. Haataja

Lifelong Wahkiakum County resident Robert A. Haataja, 91, died in Woodland, on July 16, 2014. He was born in Deep River on Sept. 4, 1922, one of twins (Mildred) born to August and Mary (Hanson) Haataja. He began working in the woods at an early age a...

 

Elsie Harriet Pedersen

A former Cathlamet resident, Elsie Harriet Pedersen, age 90, of Ocean Park, died at home on July 22, 2014. Elsie was born on September 4, 1923 to Jens and Martha (Vee) Hanson in Astoria. She attended and fulfilled her schooling in the Knappa...

 

Brush fires start along SR 4 at Stella

On July 22, at 2:30 p.m. Wahkiakum Fire District #4 responded to a mutual aid request from Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue for a wildland water tender and wildland brush truck. Tender 408 from District 4 Ocean Beach Highway station and Brush 405 from the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 31, 2014

Commissioners cancel moratorium on marijuana growing operations

With an ordinance being drafted to govern marijuana growing businesses, Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday voted 2-1 to end their moratorium prohibiting those businesses. Commissioner Blair Brady, who chaired a committee that developed the...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 31, 2014

PUD addresses varied items of business calling for attention

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, July 29 for regular business. The meeting was originally scheduled for August 5 but was moved to this Tuesday in order to accommodate everyone’s summer calendar. Commissioner Robert...

 

Puget Island Garage and Yard Sale founders say goodbye

To The Eagle: About 13 years ago, the wife and I started the Puget Island Garage & Yard Sales, now known as PIGYS. It was a way for us (Islanders), for a paltry $10, to afford ads in eight newspapers, posters in seven counties, numerous sites on the...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 31, 2014

Sheriff's Report

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: July 22 – 8:32 a.m. The Skamokawa Fire Department, the Cathlamet ambulance and deputies responded to a...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 31, 2014

Welfare check finds man deceased

On July 23, a deputy responded to a request for a welfare check when someone noticed that a resident had not been picking up his mail. David Willis, 64, of 22 N. Welcome Slough Road was found deceased at home. He had been dead for some time,...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 31, 2014

Two men arrested in stolen property sting

Wahkiakum County Sheriff Department officers arrested a Cathlamet man last week and charged him with theft of fishing gear, Sheriff Mark Howie reported July 24. Howie said during the previous week, a Cathlamet resident reported $650 in fishing poles...

 

Correction/Clarification

In last week's report of the judging of the Bald Eagle Parade, we omitted the name of fair princess Abbie Eaton and had an incorrect year for past Fair Queen Aaliya Montgomery. The report should have read: 3. Wahkiakum County Fair Royalty Abbie...

 

County officials implement outdoor burn ban

Effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 1, officials from Wahkiakum County will enact a ban on all outdoor burning. As of August 1, all land clearing, residential and silvicultural burning are banned until further notice. This burn ban does not apply...

 

Teen immunization rates show mixed results

Many Washington teens will start school unprotected from some diseases, including the cancer causing human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the state Department of Health (DOH). Only 12.5 percent of teen boys and 45 percent of teen girls had all th...

 

What's happening at the Fair?

Animal entries are in and it looks like we have good numbers, and yes we have some cows in the cow barn. Soon the Superintendents will be working hard to get the buildings and barns ready as fair is coming fast. We still have some open spaces on the...

 

The Eagle Calendar

July 31 - August 7, 2014 THURSDAY Grays River Fire Department, open meeting, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Congregational Church, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) GRVC at Johnson Park, activity...

 

It's almost time to make fair entries

TOASTY--The weekend was quite warm and temperatures are supposed to stay that way, so we hope you're staying lathered with sunscreen and drinking plenty of fluids. Don't forget your four-legged friends, as they are already wearing fur coats. It goes...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 31, 2014

County commission: Nudity problem resolved; no ordinance needed

Wahkiakum County commissioners decided Tuesday they wouldn't proceed with drafting an ordinance to regulate public nudity. Last week, a Westend couple requested the ordinance, saying a nudist had moved into the area and was offending people...

 

Hunter education classes scheduled

Hunter education classes scheduled Hunter education volunteers will hold a series of classes to cover the basics of hunting and firearm safety August 2, 8 and 9. The classes are a prerequisite for obtaining hunting licenses. Classes will be held at...

 

Musical performances schedule on Long Beach Peninsula

Headlining in venues ranging from small, intimate rooms to an outdoor, waterfront amphitheater, live musical performances can be heard up and down the Long Beach Peninsula this summer and throughout the year. Upcoming musical events include Blues...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 31, 2014

Postal service outlines plans for Skamokawa, Rosburg post offices

Mike McGuire, who oversees all the post offices in the 986-- zip code area for the United States Postal Service, spoke to residents this week in Rosburg and Skamokawa about the USPS plan to keep their local post offices open by reducing the number...

 

USPS will reduce hours at Rosburg Post Office

After the inch or so of rain in my rain gauge last week, it has been nearly perfect weather as far as I’m concerned. My kids and grandkids from California thought so, too. We had a houseful of family with our daughter and her two kids, our son and...

 

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