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  • Holmes honey harvest

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 10, 2023

    A new family holiday has etched its way into Bill and Suzanne Holmes' lives, as friends, children, grandchildren, and more happily land at their home each summer to help with the honey harvest. "We are lucky," Bill Holmes said. "So many families split up and have little contact. All our girls get along. It is wonderful." Holmes took up beekeeping about a decade ago. It was, according to his daughter Sara Maurer, another in a long line of hobbies that Holmes immersed himself in until he was an...

  • Commissioners handle business in under an hour

    Ian Brandon|Aug 10, 2023

    The Wahkiakum County Commissioners approved a number of recommendations in less than an hour Tuesday. First up, was the approval of $69,750 to repair a retaining wall at the Wahkiakum clinic. Next was the renewal of the Workforce Southwest Washington reimbursement contract not to exceed $90,000. This contract helps county residents find jobs, get training, and helps local businesses find workers. Health and Human Services also renewed a contract with the state of Washington Department of Ecology to provide solid waste enforcement activities...

  • Town council learns about Main Street program

    Ian Brandon|Aug 10, 2023

    The Cathlamet Town Council met Monday in regular session. County Commissioner Lee Tischer attended by phone and asked for an update on the high school sidewalk and the Erickson park skatepark. Mayor David Olson said that the planning and funding for the sidewalk is done and construction should begin by October. The effort to construct the sidewalk started three years ago. The mayor told the commissioners that a $95,000 grant had been approved for the skatepark but that they were still in the planning phase. Jonelle McCoy from Washington...

  • Stirrup some fun at the fair

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 10, 2023

    One week from today, the 2023 Wahkiakum County Fair will open the gates to offer their annual late summer delights, and like this year’s motto, they plan to “Stirrup Some Fun." Fair Manager Patty Dursteler and her band of volunteers are really busy right now getting ready for those three days, Thursday through Saturday, August 17, 18 and 19. It’s time for all the final touches, Dursteler said, and for some reason, lots of meetings. Superintendents are preparing the Youth Barn, the T-Bui...

  • Bridge project solves flooding issues

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 10, 2023

    On Tuesday, Columbia Land Trust transferred responsibility for a new bridge on Risk Road to Wahkiakum County. The bridge was built last year as part of a project by Columbia Land Trust and funded by Bonneville Power Administration to improve habitat and rectify a problem with flooding in the area. "The bridge is here because we have had a long problem of flooding on Risk Road," Wahkiakum County Engineer Paul Lacy said. "Last winter we didn't have one drop of water go over the road, it went...

  • Osprey euthanized

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 10, 2023

    On August 3, one Cathlamet resident was on her daily walk around the track at Wahkiakum High School when she noticed what appeared to be a female osprey in distress at the base of its nearby nest. Thinking it had been shot, she and her partner made a call to the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Department, which forwarded the concern to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. WDFW Police did respond to a call of an injured osprey, Becky Elder wrote in an email. Elder is a Washington State F...

  • The Bible is divine in origin

    Aug 10, 2023

    To The Eagle: The literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy over the centuries provides conclusive evidence that the Bible is divine in origin. To date, 500 prophetic predictions in the Bible have been fulfilled. See “Ancient Prophecies Revealed (500 Prophecies Listed in Order of When They Were Fulfilled)” by Ken Johnson, Th.D. and “Every Prophecy of the Bible” by John F. Walvoord. The Old Testament is a collection of 39 ancient books written centuries before the New Testament. They contain over 300 specific prophecies concerning the first coming...

  • Maybe things aren't so bad after all

    Aug 10, 2023

    To The Eagle: I am so happy that Jacob and Brandon will continue where Rick Nelson left off. I have tried to promote small newspapers, as critical to our small communities. When I waved goodbye to Rick, I considered not only the loss of him, but all the information we might have lost as well. So thank you! We have so much to be thankful for, living in a small community. We share vegetables with friends and neighbors; we enjoy that every summer. The garden is going well and looks like we will be giving away grapes by the bucketful. I just...

  • Another view of Broken Gate Fire

    Aug 10, 2023

    To The Eagle: Thanks to Diana Zimmerman for her authoritative and interesting article involving the Fire Boss aircraft fighting the Broken Gate Fire on Sunday, July 23. My daughter lives near Red Deer, AB and her husband is an aviation mechanic who has worked for Buffalo Air in Yellowknife, NWT and Red Deer, and for Airspray in Red Deer. Both operate "borate bombers" so to be conversant with him I have researched the aerial firefighting industry. You can research the Fire Boss online but I was curious as to where the aircraft was based and her...

  • Smith got it wrong

    Aug 10, 2023

    To The Eagle: Jack Smith’s 45-page indictment charges seem to hit head on; the only mistake is his absentmindedness of who he indicted. Instead of USA vs Donald Trump, it should be USA vs Biden and his family, Kamala, Pelosi, Schumacher, Hillary, Obama, Cheney, Benny Thompson, Adam Kinzinger, Stephanie Murphy, Pete Aguilar, Jamie Raskin, Adam Schiff, Zoe Lofgren, General Milley, Fauci, Mayorkas, Garland, Romney, Pence, big government, big tech, big pharma, big MSM news and the list goes on, himself included. All they do is lie and twist the tru...

  • Correction/Clarification

    Aug 10, 2023

    Last week, Leslie Billington was incorrectly identified as Leslie Billingsley in a photo. She was the instructor of an outdoor art class for home schooled children....

  • Casting for Christmas play

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 10, 2023

    Do you have any interest in performing or singing in a play or musical? On Thursday, September 7, Joe Baker will hold a meeting to gauge interest in a community performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol during the holidays. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and will be held in what was the Cathlamet Community Center, the meeting room below the Cathlamet Library. Depending on turnout, auditions for several speaking roles and a choir will begin that night. All interested Wahkiakum C...

  • Dancing the night away

    Aug 10, 2023

    The Senior Prom added some excitement on Saturday night for the over-55 set at the Hope Center. The event was well attended, and people were anxious to get on the dance floor to show of their very best twist. Springsteen brought everyone to their feet. New friends were made. Photos by Ian Brandon....

  • Wahkiakum scenes

    Aug 10, 2023

  • Friday Farmers Market ending soon

    Kay Chamberlain|Aug 10, 2023

    MIXED WEATHER--While we have some clouds to start this work week, they say we’ll be heating up and drying. Personally, I really enjoyed the cool down. Of course, the cool down wasn’t too severe and our evening hours were still warm and a bit muggy at times. As always, our West Valley weather can be completely different from those just two miles up the road, so we just never know what we’ll run into when we leave the house. I do know that if it really rains mid-week like is forecast, I will be loving it and so will my plants. The heat is suppo...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Aug 10, 2023

    THURSDAY Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Free Senior Fitness and Balance Class, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, enter via door on 3rd, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Food Addicts, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 6-7 p.m. Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, Noon. Puget Island Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. Port District No. 1, 500 2nd St., Noon. District No. 4 Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire District No. 3 Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Grays River Fire...

  • What's happening at the Fair?

    Patty Dursteler|Aug 10, 2023

    Greetings from the fair office. Wow! Fair is here, are you ready? We are. I hope everyone has their entries ready to bring in on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday everything except floral, gardening and baking is entered and of course animals. Tuesday floral, gardening and baking come in and on Wednesday animals come in from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday the gates open for the fair. If you haven't bought your pass yet you still have time but on Thursday the price goes up so be sure and get your pass early. You can purchase them from the fair royalty or in...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Aug 10, 2023

    There's been a bit of rain on my .45 acre of property so it is now at least wet, if not soaked. Life is better for the roses. They love heat and need water so they are all doing well, but I simply have too many flowers and not enough energy to take care of them as I have for eighteen continuous summers. If you'd like to have any of my "movable" plants, let me know. In the Meserve files I borrowed from the Archive Center, I found an issue of the "Eagle" from June 3, 1948 with information on the P...

  • Sheriff's Report, August 10, 2023

    Aug 10, 2023

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: July 31 — 7:05 a.m. A driver said he struck a deer on SR 4 in the Grays River area. The vehicle was off the roadway, and no one in the car was injured. 3:24 p.m. A resident on Fernhill Road said a small grass fire started while he was mowing. A deputy and the District 4 Fire Department responded. 5:22 p.m. The Grays River ambulance aided a resident on Altoona/Pillar Rock Road who fell and injured a hip. 6...

  • Norse Hall wins coveted Cup of Sunshine

    Aug 10, 2023

    The Norse Hall brought in the most items in the second annual Cup of Sunshine food drive to win the coveted trophy, created by local artist Ruth Doumit. The food drive, organized by Jabber Shack owner Susan Zabel, ended on July 15 and brought in 575 pounds of food for local food banks. Photo by Diana Zimmerman....

  • District 4 gets a grant

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 10, 2023

    The District 4 Fire Department will receive an office upgrade after securing a 2023 House Bill 1168 computer grant through the Department of Natural Resources, according to District 4 volunteer and grant writer, M.D. Johnson. It is one of 55 $4,000 grants being given statewide, he said. Johnson, along with other district volunteers Beth Johnson and Chief Randy Hoven, were instrumental in getting the grant application submitted, and volunteer Justin Roberts, who is the district IT expert, put...

  • Monte awarded scholarship

    Aug 10, 2023

    Norse Hall awards $2500 scholarship to 2023 Wahkiakum High School graduate Clara Monte. Monte plans to attend Pacific Northwest Massage Academy this fall. Clara is the daughter of Sara and Cameron Monte. Courtesy photo....

  • Celebration of Life for Dan Bardsley

    Aug 10, 2023

    A Celebration of Life for Dan Bardsley will be held August 26, 1 p.m., at the Rat Tap Event Center, 90 Broadway, Cathlamet. Luncheon will be provided. His obituary was published March 2, 2023....

  • Seeking nominations for 2nd annual Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Senior Heroes Awards

    Aug 10, 2023

    If you know someone who goes above and beyond in helping older adults in our community, nominate them for a Senior Hero Award. A senior hero is a person who serves older adults with excellence and compassion. This is a great way to honor local champions who are dedicated to serving older adults. Nominations are open through September 30 and can be submitted online at Three award categories are available. A Caregiver of the Year is any professional caregiver who has provided exemplary caregiver service to older...

  • Oregon book award winner to read in Astoria

    Aug 10, 2023

    Casey Parks of Portland, author of the award-winning Diary of a Misfit and a reporter for the Washington Post, will speak in Astoria Sept. 8 at a reading and reception hosted by the Writer’s Guild of Astoria and Peace First Lutheran Church as part of the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour in partnership with Literary Arts. The free event will open with an introductory reading by Astoria writer Alyssa Graybeal, and begins at 7 p.m. at Peace First Lutheran Church, 565 12th St. in downtown Astoria. Parks, who spent a decade as a reporter at The O...

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