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Articles from the August 20, 2020 edition

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Puget Island bridge work begins Monday, August 24

Anyone traveling to and from Puget Island next week should expect some delays during the day as WSDOT plans to return to install the remainder of the bridge joint membranes on the Puget Island bridge. Crews will close a single lane of the highway...

 

Confirmed case of covid-19 in sixth Wahkiakum County resident

A sixth case of covid-19 was confirmed in Wahkiakum County today. The individual is in self-quarantine and is not symptomatic. Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services is working to identify anyone who may have an exposure risk because of contact...

 

Women's right to vote celebrated

On Tuesday, members of the Cathlamet Woman's Club turned out in force to observe and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing most...

 

County's first online fair now underway

Wahkiakum County Fair and WSU Wahkiakum County Cooperative Extension Service have launched the county's first online, virtual fair. The 112th in-person fair was cancelled this year because of the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 20, 2020

County commission OK's 4-wheel drive for sheriff's department

In a brief meeting Tuesday, Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners approved purchase of two new patrol vehicles for the sheriff's office and acted on other business. Commissioners had some discussion about replacing the patrol vehicles before...

 
 By Andrew Weiler    News    August 20, 2020

Town council takes next step to update dangerous dog ordinance

On Monday, the Cathlamet Town Council approved the redrafting of a breed specific ban on dogs within the city limits. Town Attorney Fred Johnson has been directed to draft a breed blind ordinance to be deliberated on at a future date. Also discussed...

 

Wahkiakum schools struggle for supplies for opening

The Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors met on Tuesday night as the district continued preparations for the coming school year, which begins on September 2. Principals have been working with staff, Superintendent Brent Freeman said, and the...

 

Wahkiakum PUD changes September meeting dates

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of commissioners listened to reports, changed the dates for September meetings, and continued discussing a succession plan for the general manager’s eventual retirement on Tuesday. General Manager Dave Tramble said...

 

Food programs addressing needs in Wahkiakum

If anyone in Wahkiakum County is struggling to put food on the table, it just doesn't have to be that way. There are a lot of resources available and a network of willing volunteers who want to...

 

SB 5395 does not teach sex

To The Eagle: I would like to address the false statements circulating, particularly on social media regarding a bill passed in the last session, SB5395, an act relating to comprehensive sexual education. First and foremost, SB 5395 is about health...

 

Writer shares some thoughts

To The Eagle: Come on now, did a writer last week really say "Workers of the World Unite?" I thought that Communist rallying cry died with Marx and Lenin but it lives somewhere on Puget Island. That is unbelievable after anyone with half a brain can...

 

People need to remove their blinders

To The Eagle: The image of rioters stomping the head of an unfortunate motorist in Portland this weekend was both horrifying and disgusting. The amount of hate and depravity it takes for persons to perpetrate that kind of violence on a complete stran...

 

4-Hers urged to enter the fair

To The Eagle: 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. Many events important to us have been canceled. The saddest of these to me, and possibly to you as well, was the cancellation of our county fair. Fortunately, 4-H leaders and other 4-Hers...

 

Corrections/Clarifications

An article in last week's edition about the graduation of Tyler Gorley incorrectly stated his parents live on Puget Island. They live in Cathlamet....

 

Think for yourself

To The Eagle: As the November election approaches I would like to encourage everyone, regardless of political affiliation, personal likes and dislikes, race, creed, color, religion, education or upbringing to consider the actual issues facing this co...

 

We must stop the slowdown of our mail

To The Eagle: With the recent announced slowdown of the U.S. mail, impacting the speed of the bills you mail out, the checks you receive in the mail and the prescriptions you receive by mail, it’s time to express your concern to your local...

 

Vista Park neighbor likes no shooting zone

To The Eagle: I agree with the no shooting zone around Vista Park as proposed by county commissioners. I own the tract bordering the park, and we do not allow hunting, as we are applying for wildlife grants to protect animals. Unless Vista Park resid...

 

Covid-19 update

The number of confirmed covid-19 cases in Wahkiakum County was holding steady at five as of Tuesday. The total number of cases has grown to 512 in Cowlitz County with 154 considered active. Pacific County is reporting 59 cases, three of which are act...

 

Grain harvest

Puget Island's grain harvest took place this last week. Left Grower Jared Vik and, right, John Vik keep watch as barley pours into a truck to be hauled away on the east Puget Island. Photographer...

 

FOS still accepting donations for auction

HOT, HOT, HOT!--Last weekend started out on a very toasty note, as temperatures were in the upper 90s at this house and even the "cool" side of the house registered 95, which is not exactly my idea of a cool day! With the traffic going non-stop in...

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, 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 events: Online Recovery Meeting, Lower Columbia...

 

Poet, photographer cover the lower river

I don't usually stick my neck out and do reviews, but this time I will. I quite like The Tidewater Reach: Field Guide to the Lower Columbia River in Poems and Pictures, a collaboration between Robert...

 

FOS announces October virtual auction

The Friends of Skamokawa will host an online auction, “A Cornucopia of Treasures” via 32auction.com Oct. 9,10 a.m., through Oct. 18, 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to preview items for bid on Oct.1. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to...

 

Updated: Hunter ed class canceled (corrected)

Due to Covid-19, there will be no hunter education class held in Cathlamet this year. There are a couple of options available. One is the deferred option. This is a one-year, once-in-a-lifetime option. The other is the on-line class with a newly...

 

A different model for Fall Pledge Drive

After closing the station during the Spring Pledge Drive, Membership Director Janet Fryberger, pivoted the messaging and donation to on air and on line, respectively. KMUN is modifying that model for this important fall drive August 17 through...

 

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