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Articles from the August 3, 2023 edition

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  • National Night Out celebrated

    Aug 3, 2023

    On Tuesday evening, Puget Island Fire Department hosted National Night Out, an event that is celebrating its 40th anniversary. A crowd turned out to talk to local deputies and volunteer firefighters, check out fire engines, and enjoy hot dogs, root beer floats, and some games. Photos by Ian Brandon....

  • Funds earmarked for PUD project

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 3, 2023

    Wahkiakum County PUD General Manager Dan Kay had some good news for the board of commissioners when they met on Tuesday. He recently received a call from Congresswoman Marie Gluesenkamp Perez who serves Washington’s 3rd District, letting him know that the PUD was being awarded nearly a million dollars for their project to find a secondary water source on Puget Island. Kay said the PUD asked for $2 million, but this was a very large chunk moving forward. “She is going to continue to look for oth...

  • MRC awards grants to local programs

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 3, 2023

    Every two years, the Wahkiakum chapter of the Marine Resources Committee awards grants to local applicants, supporting education, improving parks, and more. They recently announced their approved projects for 2023-2025. Carol Ervest was awarded $1,000 to teach a fish preservation workshop. The workshop will give participants a hands-on opportunity to learn how to preserve fish using an approved USDA pressure canning method, and provide information on other preservation methods like...

  • Editor's Note: The Eagle is here to stay

    Aug 3, 2023

    Rick Nelson’s death in June left big questions as to the future of The Eagle. Today we can provide some answers. The Nelson family continues to own and operate the paper. Rick’s son Jacob and his husband, Brandon J. Simmons, are taking on management of The Eagle. Jacob grew up working in the paper, and while he’s been in the technology industry for many years—currently working for Microsoft Research—he’s continued to help in ways behind the scenes throughout that time. Brandon is taking on a number of day-to-day operational roles; his backgro...

  • He sees his glass as completely full

    Aug 3, 2023

    To The Eagle: Admitting being wrong is not my strong suit, but I do, and will if proven to be so; not my opinions, but facts I use to come to those opinions. I would like to ask all, including Republicans, to consider that! For six years, I have commented on “The Big Lie” from our former president. Sixty three lawsuits proved this to be a big lie, yet more than half of Republicans still believe election 2020 to be stolen. Trump started with this: On election night in 2012, when President Barack Obama was reelected, Trump said that the ele...

  • Commissioners talk retirement and new hires

    Ian Brandon|Aug 3, 2023

    Commissioners were in session Tuesday as usual. Due to the Retirement of Kelly Patterson the county is planning to hire a new community outreach specialist. Julie Johnston presented to the board that the position has become increasingly difficult for one person to manage and asked the commissioners to approve a second full time position to assist with the work. The outreach specialist administers the PUD discount program, rental assistance program and works with the Area Agency on Aging and disabilities as well as coordinating with the area...

  • Need doubles at food banks

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 3, 2023

    Local food banks are seeing more traffic these days thanks to a trifecta of higher prices at the grocery store, a decrease in SNAP benefits, and no summer lunch program. If you think it’s just families with kids, think again. The pantries are getting visited by seniors more than ever, as they look for ways to extend their sometimes limited incomes. Tom Gartski at the St. Catherine Catholic Church/St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Cathlamet says numbers are up because of the price of food. “A lot...

  • Just plein fun

    Aug 3, 2023

    Leslie Billington, top right, offers an art class to a group of homeschooled children. They usually meet every Monday in her art studio, but this week they set up at the Elochoman Slough Marina for plein air painting, which simply means out of doors. Photos by Diana Zimmerman....

  • Prom on Saturday for senior citizens

    Kay Chamberlain|Aug 3, 2023

    NEW MONTH--A new month has begun and it’s fairly shocking to realize just how fast the time has gone by. I think my winter chores in January have yet to be accomplished so I’m way behind the eight ball this year! This week looks to be dry with only a hint of cloudiness, and temperatures more to my liking, so I hope you’re enjoying the sunny days. Here’s hoping these 70s stick with us at fair time as that would be nice and comfy. SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays from August 3-9 are Austin Smith, John L. McClain, Brian McClain, Treasur...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Aug 3, 2023

    THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, work night, 7:30 p.m. Puget Island Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. District No. 4 Fire Department, 7 p.m. Wahkiakum Fire District 2 Commissioners, Skamokawa Fire Hall, 7 p.m. Cathlamet Public Library Board of Trustees, 12:45 p.m. Free Senior Fitness and Balance Class, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, enter via door on 3rd, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Food Addicts...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Aug 3, 2023

    Finn Fest and School Projects Update The Finnish American Folk Festival scheduled for 2024 has been cancelled due to the likely unavailability of the school because of construction in the summer of 2024. As announced at the last School Board meeting, Lisa Nelson, Superintendent of the Naselle GRV School District, received a call in July confirming the $4.8 million grant for a major project in 2024. Since I just completed an interview with Lisa Nelson, Superintendent at the Naselle GRV Schools,...

  • Naselle/GRV School Board sets budget

    Karen Bertroch|Aug 3, 2023

    At the school board meeting on July 18, the Naselle Grays River Valley School Board adopted the proposed budget for the 2023-2024 school year, discussed policies, board goals and the next community survey. With updates from Superintendent Lisa Nelson and Principal Justin Laine, it was a meeting full of energy and promise for the coming year. Keeping in mind that the school district carries no debt at all and with news of funding coming for an important capital project next year in the amount of a $4.88M grant, the future of the school and its...

  • WSP announces new hit-and-run alert

    Aug 3, 2023

    The Washington State Patrol (WSP) announced Monday that the state’s new Hit-and-Run Alert system will begin operations on Tuesday Aug. 1, 2023. Authorized by the state Legislature earlier this year, the Hit and Run Alert system is a program of cooperation among state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, along with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to enhance the ability to identify and recover a fleeing vehicle involved in a serious injury or fatality hit-and-run collision. “Last year, our state saw over 300 hit...

  • BLM celebrates Great American Outdoors Day with free day-use access

    Aug 3, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management is waiving recreation day-use fees for visitors on August 4, 2023, in celebration of the third annual Great American Outdoors Day. The BLM is inviting all communities to explore the unique and diverse natural landscapes and recreation facilities available on their public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. For more information about the BLM’s recreation fee program, visit

  • Kaye Weimer

    Aug 3, 2023

    Frances 'Kaye' Weimer, 82, loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, and friend to many, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2023. Kaye was born on July 11, 1940 in Walla Walla, Washington, and moved to Seattle, Washington where she was raised with siblings Fred, Terry, and Pam. After graduating from high school, Kaye attended Pacific Lutheran University where she met and fell in love with her husband, Cliff Weimer. Cliff and Kaye were married on June 30, 1962. Their daughter,...

  • Wahkiakum Class of '63 reunion

    Aug 3, 2023

    The class of 1963 held their 60th high school reunion on July 15 in Skamokawa. Standing: (left to right) Dan Lloyd, Gary Emery, Sue (Bussone) Johnson, Zola (Worthington) Collins, Amanda (Tover) Chambers, Bev (Danielson) England, Cheryl (Nutter) Nelson, Loretta (Prestegard) Chevalier, Julie (Engelson) McKagan, Alice (Neely) Seaberg, Marilyn (Jacobsen) Lettlenmaier, Ken Brockway. Seated: Marvin Vik, David Gray, Gerald Davis, Sharon (Blix) Gorley, Monty Gorley, Ken Wright. Courtesy...

  • A Cornucopia of Treasures online auction set for October

    Aug 3, 2023

    The Friends of Skamokawa will host an online auction, “A Cornucopia of Treasures” via on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m., and run through Oct. 21 until 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to preview items for bid on October 6. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to operate and maintain the historic River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall-1894 Central School. This is their 30th auction. The link for the auction is If you have any items to donate for this event, contact FOS at 360-795-3007 or ema...

  • Sheriff's Report, August 3, 2023

    Aug 3, 2023

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: July 24 — 1:57 a.m. A deputy and the Cathlamet ambulance responded to a home on Morgan Drive to aid a person who was complaining of chest pain and respiratory issues. 3:01 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance responded to a home on Morgan Drive to aid a person complaining of chest pain and respiratory issues. 6:36 p.m. An Elochoman Valley resident said a deer was deceased and in her yard after being struck by a c...

  • Supporting families at St. James

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 3, 2023

    Esther Mendez is the Early Care and Education coordinator, Early Achievers coordinator, and a family support specialist at St. James Family Center. "She wears a lot of different hats, but she really is our expert on early care and education," SJFC Director Beth Hansen said. Family support and parent involvement are part of the focus of ECEAP, which stands for Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program and the Early Achievers Program, which sets a standard of care for children and families...

  • Chamber trio plans to invigorate business and tourism in Wahkiakum

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 3, 2023

    There are some new faces at the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce, and with them come new ideas and a new energy for supporting local business, as well as promoting tourism, future events, and economic development. Assistant Director Dan Lorenzen is the bridge between the last director, Monica Budd, and this new partnership. With nearly one year of experience at the chamber under his belt, he was able to help frame the new team's experience organizing this year's Bald Eagle Days. Joining Lorenzen...

  • Wahkiakum life

    Aug 3, 2023