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  • Steam society gathers for meet at the marina

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 13, 2015

    The trumpet of steam engines could be heard at varying hours last weekend with several enthusiasts from the Northwest Steam Society in town for their annual steam meet."It was a good meet," Norm Davis, the event coordinator, said on Monday. "The water was good and the weather was great. The older participants and the new ones really seemed to enjoy their time here. The Wine and Cheese Soiree at Tsuga Gallery was a new twist and big hit." "The only negative is that we seemed to have less dock...

  • Detour on State Route 4 north of Cathlamet begins, Monday, August 17

    Rick Nelson|Aug 13, 2015

    Detour on State Route 4 north of Cathlamet begins Monday, August 17. Here's the latest (Friday morning) word from the Washington State Department of Transportation. Culvert replacement work will result in highway traffic being detoured onto Elochoman Valley, Foster and Risk roads. Here's the department's statement: "Drivers and bicyclists who use State Route 4 west of Cathlamet should plan for an eight-week detour this summer. "Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will temporarily close both directions...

  • County, Corps ready to start dredging permit process

    Rick Nelson|Aug 13, 2015

    Wahkiakum County officials and the US Army Corps of Engineers moved closer Tuesday to starting a project to place Columbia River Dredge spoils on Puget Island's East Sunny Sands eroding beach. Corps representative Karla Ellis, chief of the waterway maintenance division, reported the Corps solicitors had completed the memorandum of agreement for the county and Corps, and once it was signed, the parties could proceed with placing sand on the shoreline. Ellis said it will be the county's responsibility to obtain the environmental permits. She...

  • Commissioners hear drainage proposal, OK Clear Creek culvert agreements

    Rick Nelson|Aug 13, 2015

    Wahkiakum County commissioners acted on issues ranging from road repairs to personnel evaluations at their meeting Tuesday. Commissioners approved two engineering agreements for replacing a failing culvert at Clear Creek on the Elochoman Valley Road. The agreements are for services with consultants, Sargent Engineers, with funds coming from different sources for the two parts of the project. One part is the design of a bridge to replace the culvert. The second is to design the new road alignment to connect with the bridge. With Commissioner...

  • PUD commission denies request for discount on leak

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 13, 2015

    Grays River residents David Henderson and Colleen Haley appealed to the commissioners for a greater discount at the Wahkiakum County PUD board meeting on August 4 after a leak on their property generated a water loss that cost them $280.21. Their questions led to conversation about some of the issues that the PUD faces with the western Wahkiakum water system. The water had been shut off at their property for nearly two years, according to Henderson, and was recently turned on to prepare the...

  • First Thursday on Main Street

    Aug 13, 2015

    Willapa Hills band performed in front of the Cathlamet Pharmacy last week in the inaugural First Thursday events sponsored by local businesses. L-r are Kerrie McNally, Jennifer Johnson, Andrew Emlen and Jillian Raye. Photo by Diana Zimmerman....

  • Recyclables belong in bins, not on ground

    Aug 13, 2015

    To The Eagle: So, you are privileged to live in the Pacific Northwest, in cute little Cathamet, and are a resident (or perhaps not) of beautiful Puget Island. You are also privileged to have a recycle station provided for your use in this wonderful area. So I am perplexed as to why you have decided that you are also privileged to leave your cardboard etc., on the ground, next to the bins when they are full. I don't recall seeing a sign that says "Please feel free to leave items that will not...

  • Vandalizing mailboxes is absolutely a crime

    Aug 13, 2015

    To The Eagle: To the person or persons who vandalized and trashed the four mailboxes over the weekend of August 8 across from Fern Hill Road. Out of those four mailboxes, mine was the only one being used. The others are not being used because two neighbors are deceased and the other has moved. My question to you is this: What have I done to you that you would vandalize and trash our mailboxes? Where did you trash our mailboxes to? If you have any type of remorse or compassion in your heart, you would apologize to me face to face and replace my...

  • Artists thanked for efforts

    Aug 13, 2015

    To The Eagle: A variety of our community signs have received some much needed TLC and a few fresh coats of paint. I’d like to personally thank Ms. Kim Sharp and others for recognizing the sign refurbishments on Puget Island and throughout Cathlamet. These wonderful signs were spruced up through a partnership with the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce and the talented efforts of local artists at the Tsuga Gallery. Through continued efforts, teamwork, and unity, all of us can continue to grow and improve Cathlamet and Wahkiakum County for future g...

  • From the desk of the JA Wendt PTO

    Aug 13, 2015

    To The Eagle: Hello everyone. I do hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer, and making lots of memories. As you know the first day of school is fast approaching us and it is time to start buying all those school supplies and fresh new clothes. The Parent Teacher Organization wants to help out with some of the burden by allowing you to get the school supplies during conference time. The cost will be $25 and this will include a backpack. We would also like to send a reminder out that we will be having another Box Tops contest sometime dur...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Aug 13, 2015

    Our 6th deputy, Brian Hornback, is now graduated from the academy and on his field training with deputies on various shifts. Deputy Hornback graduated #1 in academics and #1 overall in a class of 30. He was competing against much larger agencies including Seattle PD, Clark County, and Vancouver PD. That is quite an accomplishment. Brian used to work as a corrections officer/dispatcher for the Sheriff’s Office. Now he is a welcomed member of patrol. You may have already noticed we now have deputies working longer hours into the evening and e...

  • Paddle boarding business comes to Skamokawa

    Kay Chamberlain|Aug 13, 2015

    COOLER--Last week's cooler weather certainly made me happy, as the bright sunny days were almost getting to be annoying. I was tired of hiding from the heat and sweating when I had to venture out in it. I know, the heat lovers are booing me, and I may regret wishing for rain, as once it starts, it may never stop, but for now, I was happy to see the rain that fell on Sunday. SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays from August 13-19 are Tim Schmitz, Jessica Scheik, Judy Smith, Kathleen Morgain, Steve McClain, Addy Hauff, Tyna Zink, Kassy Burdic...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Aug 13, 2015

    THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Congregational Church, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Puget Island Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. Port District No. 1, 500 2nd St., 5 p.m. District No. 4 Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire District, No. 3 Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, fire training, 7 p.m. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Wahkiakum County Real Property Rights Advisory Board, Courthouse, 6 p.m. Community Library & Computer Center, GRVC at Johnson Park,...

  • Volunteers invited for community center

    Trudy Fredrickson|Aug 13, 2015

    About a quarter of an inch of rain fell here in Grays River over the weekend, hardly enough to wet the ground but it sure felt nice. It doesn’t look too hopeful for more coming anytime soon. I see that most farmers are already feeding hay to their animals. Naselle news Only a couple weeks left before the new school year begins. Football practice and volleyball practice will begin on the 19th and the 24th respectively, prior to classes starting on August 31st. Teacher work days are scheduled for the 25th through the 27th. Here’s to another fun...

  • What's happening at the Fair?

    Patty Dursteler|Aug 13, 2015

    Wow! Fair is here. Hope everyone is ready. The Superintendents have been working hard to get their buildings ready. Next Monday entries start coming in. Check the fair book so you don't miss any deadlines. Monday entries include everything except livestock, gardening, floral and baking. You may enter between the hours of 3-9 p.m. Tuesday’s entries include floral, gardening and baking. These entries are accepted from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday animal entries are due. Market sale animals are to be here from 3-4 p.m. All other animals will need to be h...

  • Goodwill offers assistance

    Aug 13, 2015

    Goodwill Industries and Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council offer a program to help people continue their education, prepare for a career, go to college, or get a job. The program is open to people 16-24 years old with no diploma or GED, no job or little or no income. Services offered include preparation and assistance for high school completion or GED, job skills help, job placement assistance, assistance with college enrollment, computer training programs, support services and more. For more information contact Katie Miles...

  • Chinook run strong but suffers from temp

    Columbia Basin Bulletin|Aug 13, 2015

    A NOAA Fisheries biologist reported last week that summer chinook migration amounted to a record at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, but the strong return was significantly diminished by high water temperature mortalities. “I just wanted to highlight that we had a record return,” said Trevor Conder, referring to his presentation to the Technical Management Team in early August. “That indicates we had good ocean conditions and we had good river conditions … The problem is that we got hit with extremely poor river conditions” further upstrea...

  • Study: Septic tanks don't hold fecal bacteria

    Columbia Basin Bulletin|Aug 13, 2015

    The notion that septic tanks prevent fecal bacteria from seeping into rivers and lakes simply doesn't hold water, says a new Michigan State University study. Water expert Joan Rose and her team of water detectives have discovered freshwater contamination stemming from septic systems. Appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study is the largest watershed study of its kind to date, and provides a basis for evaluating water quality and health implications and the impact of septic systems on watersheds. "All along, we...

  • In the hall

    Aug 13, 2015

    Bob and Jenny Kizziar welcomed visitors to the first day of their art exhibit, "Clay and Fiber," at Redmen Hall last Saturday. Bob is a celebrated ceramicist, and Jenny, who has also mastered the craft, has moved on to another love, weaving. Several pieces have already sold, according to Jenny, but they will remain on display until the exhibit ends September 27. Above, Jenny Kizziar, far right, talks to visitors about her work. Right, Bob and Jenny Kizzar stand by one of his sculptures. Below,...

  • Cathlamet native writes of mission work

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 13, 2015

    Myrna Brown, née Fudge, who graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 1962, has written her first book, a romance, Of Unseen Things Above. Drawing from experience and imagination, Brown tells the story of a young woman named Thea from Cathlamet who feels called at a young age to mission work in Africa. Thea’s life and purpose is challenged by the people she meets, people whose struggles with health, poverty, and hunger become more immediate than her promise to her patrons at home to build a church...

  • Chamber seeing chili/chowder cooks

    Aug 13, 2015

    Do you make the best chili? Do you make the best chowder? Come prove it! Pack up and plan to spend a day near the River Mile 38 Brewery at the Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet. The event takes place September 5 and will be in conjunction with the Wooden Boat Show. For a copy of the registration form contact the Wahkiaum Chamber office, 360-795-9996, via email wchamber@cni.net, or stop in at 102 Main Street. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 25, and it is free to enter. This year the competition will run in a tournament-style...

  • Entertainment News

    Aug 13, 2015

    On Friday, August 14, Willapa Hills will perform on the Up-Beet Stage at the Puget Island Farmers Market, 59 W. Birnie Slough Rd., from 3-6 p.m. For more information call 360-560-3785. On Saturday, August 15 Downhillbillies (Alex and John Arness) will perform from 5-8 p.m. at River Mile 38 Brewing Co. on the Crow's Nest Stage during Live at Five. 285 Third St., Cathlamet. For more information call 360-355-4662....

  • Correction

    Aug 13, 2015

    In a press release in last week’s Eagle about the Fill the Bus campaign sponsored by Wahkiakum on the Move, it was stated that they would accept donations of clothing. That is incorrect. They are not accepting clothing items at this time. Also, donations will be collected for Wahkiakum and Naselle students.This information was provided by Kelly Reser, Transportation Coordinator for Wahkiakum on the Move....

  • Arnold Wirkkala

    Aug 13, 2015

    Arnold E. Wirkkala, 87, of Cathlamet, died August 8, 2015 at home. He was born in Deep River on June 15, 1928 to Henry and Martha (Juselius) Wirkkala. He was a lifelong Wahkiakum resident, attending school in Deep River and Naselle. He married Carol Carnes on March 24, 1954 and she preceded him in 2005. Arnold joined the Army and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. After returning home Arnold worked as a logger all of his working life. He was employed by Ray Burton Logging from 1959-1981 and Willapa Logging for 10 years prior to...

  • Richard R. Kandoll

    Aug 13, 2015

    Richard Roald Kandoll, formally of Deep River died June 15, 2015 in Vancouver, Washington. He was born November 10, 1926 in Astoria, Oregon to Emil Mathias and Johanna Magdalena (Amundsen) Kandoll. He graduated from Naselle High School in 1946. He served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He leaves behind three children Richard A. Kandoll of Naselle, Tammera R. (Kandoll) McGill of Vancouver and Victoria Kandoll of Long Beach and a sister Mabel (Kandoll) Herold of Yelm, WA. His parents and brothers Walter and Ernest Kandoll proceeded him in...

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