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  • Hawg heaven

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 31, 2023

    By Diana Zimmerman In the last 10 years or so, Cathlamet, and the Elochoman Slough Marina in particular, has become a favored fishing destination for sports fishermen. Hoping to further promote tourism, the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce now holds a fishing derby each spring and fall fishing season. Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 76 people signed up to participate in this season's Hook the Hawg fishing derby, bringing in 25 local contenders and the rest coming from out of town. The event ra...

  • The more you know: The best and worst times to travel for Labor Day weekend

    Aug 31, 2023

    OLYMPIA – People planning their final festivities of summer before all things pumpkin spice and yellow school buses return should consult the Washington State Department of Transportation’s holiday traffic volume charts to determine best times to travel during the Labor Day weekend. With the popular travel weekend fast approaching, now is the time to make plans for expected holiday congestion on most routes – whether by ferry, vehicle, bus, rail, foot, bicycle or plane. This year’s charts include US 2, Interstate 90 and I-5 between Lacey a...

  • In defense of Bidenomics

    Aug 31, 2023

    To The Eagle: Today I received an anonymous letter [in response to my last letter to the editor of The Eagle]: “Bidenomics is not working. Everyone is starving. Bidenomics is crazy.” No name added. (Used to be, people didn’t need to be anonymous.) So I will use this platform to respond. My wife and I are on social security, with no other retirement income -- she with only $840 a month, mine $2,100. We are not averse to high prices, and have made some adjustments to make it. So what are Bidenomics? Covid was remarkably disruptive to people’s liv...

  • POTUS contenders are too old

    Aug 31, 2023

    To The Eagle: Several things seem apparent to this perspicacious reader of The Eagle. First, without putting too fine a point on it, having just turned 80 it astonishes me that somebody my age would even want or consider running for POTUS. Regardless of qualifications, we're old men! And the other guy, at 77, has no business even considering another run. Being a serial liar, bully, cheat, and sniveling brat should be enough to disqualify him or anybody else with that kind of record from the highest office of our once great republic. Our...

  • What do parents know?

    Aug 31, 2023

    To The Eagle: Regarding the school board candidate interviews, I would ask if there is such a thing as science, or such a thing as history? Ever wonder what these really are? Do they represent some abstraction of reality and worthy process? Are they are some component of the sum-of-us, of what it means to be human, what it means to be moral, ethical, practical? My sense is some ‘school issues’ represent ‘parents’ talking to themselves out loud about subjects of which they know little. Regarding my home schooling experience, I came to find th...

  • Party declarations certified for Washington's 2024 Presidential Primary

    Aug 31, 2023
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    OLYMPIA — As required by state law, the political party declarations that voters must sign when participating in the 2024 Presidential Primary were certified Tuesday morning by Secretary of State Steve Hobbs. Washington’s voters do not register as members of a political party. However, state law RCW 29A.56.050 requires voters to declare on their ballot envelopes whether their party of preference is Republican or Democratic to have their votes counted in the Presidential Primary. The voted ballot inside the envelope will only count toward the...

  • School board candidates share their views--Chris Gartski

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 31, 2023

    There are four candidates competing for two positions on the Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors. Two candidates in one race were covered in last week's edition, and two more share their views this week. The pair are vying for a position being vacated by outgoing Director Paula Culbertson. What did I learn about all four candidates? They may all have different definitions for critical race theory or different ideas about how to help local students, but they all care about the kids....

  • School board candidates share their views--Brian Heston

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 31, 2023

    There are four candidates competing for two positions on the Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors. Two candidates in one race were covered in last week's edition, and two more share their views this week. The pair are vying for a position being vacated by outgoing Director Paula Culbertson. What did I learn about all four candidates? They may all have different definitions for critical race theory or different ideas about how to help local students, but they all care about the kids....

  • Mule football home opener Friday

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 31, 2023

    Wahkiakum High School football hosts Rainier this Friday in their home opener, starting at 7 p.m. The Mules got a soft start this last weekend with a three team jamboree in Toutle Lake, which included the home Duck team, and Fort Vancouver. Two of the three teams completed 10 plays before switching out, giving each team and their coaches an opportunity to see what was working and what wasn't. "It is a good time to go one hundred percent against other schools and see how you stack up," Coach...

  • After nine year halt, first gun admitted to any WA State museum

    Aug 31, 2023

    OLYMPIA – After more than two years of trying, Hans Schaufus finally surrendered his weapon to the Cowlitz County Historical Museum in Kelso. His 1904 Remington rifle is historic for more than just its age. It also is believed to be the first firearm donated to a museum in Washington state in nearly a decade. Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jeff Wilson this year fixed a Catch-22 in state law that made it impossible for museums and historical societies to accept donations of firearms. Washington’s strict firearms-transfer law, approved by vot...

  • Covered Bridge Dinner sold out

    Kay Chamberlain|Aug 31, 2023

    COOLING DOWN--As I begin this column on Sunday morning, it is cloudy, cool and calm and we’re not worried about getting unbearably hot, so that’s okay with me, as those 90 to 100 degree temperatures were too much for me. The forecasters say we may get some rain, so we’ll see how that plays out. Fires are destroying acres of timberland, which is a tragedy for all of us, animals included. As always, be mindful of the fire restrictions that are currently in place in our area. SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays Aug. 31-Sept. 6 are Nanea...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Aug 31, 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. AA Meeting, The Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Grays River Fire Department, open meeting, 7 p.m. West End Food Pantry, GRVC at Johnson Park, 1-5 p.m. Community Computer Center, GRVC at Johnson Park, 1-7 p.m. FRIDAY Wahkiakum County Injury Prevention Workgroup, River St. Meeting Room, 4 p.m. River City Strippers, St. Catherine...

  • Mad About Bats

    Aug 31, 2023

    Join Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day weekend, to celebrate the park residents that gobble up mosquitos and see with their ears! Special guests Rhys Thomas and David Lichtenstein will present a 30-minute comedy circus for all ages, sharing bat science through juggling, lasso work, puppetry, and more. On September 2 and 3, Mad About Bats will have an 11 a.m. performance at Fort Clatsop and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows at Netul Landing. At 7:30 p.m. join ecologist Dr. Tara Chestnut and Michael Hansen at Netul...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Aug 31, 2023

    Tomorrow means September has arrived. This means summer is waning, fall is coming, school starts, morning showers are back and hopefully rain is coming for our fields, flowers and rivers. The first day of school is so exciting, can you remember how it felt to put on new clothes and see your old friends, then meet new ones? Life should be like that every day, don't you agree? There are several important gatherings in September. September 13 at 5:30, the Grays River Flood Control District will...

  • Candidate for N/GRV School Board: Aris Campbell

    Karen Bertroch|Aug 31, 2023

    Each school board candidate has been given an opportunity to express in their own words what they feel voters would want to know about them. The following is information Aris Campbell provided: Background in education: I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Portland State University. This foundation gives me an insight into human behavior, cognition, and interpersonal relationships. As a school board director, such understanding is crucial and beneficial. It enables me to take a thoughtful approach to decisions affecting the...

  • Construction along SR 401 near Naselle starts Sept. 5

    Aug 31, 2023

    Over the last two and a half years, travelers along both directions of State Route 401 in Pacific County have been using a temporary single lane bypass road to travel through the area, but improvements are on the way. On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor, Rognlin’s Inc., will begin work to fully restore access along this stretch of roadway, also known as the Lewis and Clark Trail Highway. They also will stabilize the adjacent slope, located about seven miles south of Naselle near milepost 5. “We under...

  • David Spooner

    Aug 31, 2023

    David C. Spooner 83, of Cathlamet, died August 25, 2023 in Longview. Dave was born August 20, 1940 in Tacoma to Andrew and Margaret Spooner. Dave grew up in Clatskanie and Portland, Oregon before entering the Airforce at age 19. After leaving the military in 1963, he was a musician, playing the saxophone in many clubs and lounges with several bands in the Portland area. In 1967 he married Gladys Wegdahl Wright and moved to Cathlamet. He worked briefly at Tollycraft and Brusco Corp before joining Crown Zellerbach from 1972 to 1985. After that...

  • The play's the thing

    Aug 31, 2023

    Next 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 County residents, regardless of age and experience are invited. Baker is also looking for a sound person to provide sound e...

  • Skamokawa actor draws sword for Shakespeare

    Patrick Webb, Chinook Observer|Aug 31, 2023

    A Skamokawa man will appear in a Shakespearean play in Astoria during September. Darren Delano plays Banquo in a production of "Macbeth," which will be performed at the Ten Fifteen Theater in September. It is a return to performing after a 15-year break. "All the world is a stage, let's make the most of it," he states as his philosophy. He and his family have lived around the West Coast. They relocated to Skamokawa five years ago, a move he described as prompted by a desire to, "be closer to...

  • Sheriff's Report, August 31, 2023

    Aug 31, 2023

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: August 21 — 9:22 a.m. A caller asked for assistance after getting locked out of a running vehicle on Puget Island. The owner called back 10 minutes later to say he was able to gain access. 12:22 p.m. Law enforcement was requested at the courthouse to talk to an unaccompanied minor. The Department of Children, Youth and Families was contacted. 12:31 p.m. A caller asked for assistance after getting locked out o...

  • Naselle cross country has new coach, new team

    Aug 31, 2023

    From the Chinook Observer New coach. New team. High hopes. That’s Naselle cross country. The Comets have had programs over the years, predicated in large part on student interest. This year, high enthusiasm spurred the hiring of Amber Frank as head coach. Long-time Pacific County sports fans may recall Amber Hall, who ran track and cross country in an Ilwaco High School uniform, graduating in 2004. She has continued her passion for running into adult life. “This year is really to get our program going,” said Frank, who bushwhacked a pract...

  • Kids get hands on experience with large big trucks at PTO event

    Aug 31, 2023

    On Saturday, the Wahkiakum School District Parent Teacher Organization got off to a rousing start with what they hope will become an annual event, called a Back to School Touch a Truck. The event allowed youngsters to get a hands-on opportunity with a variety of large vehicles including an ambulance, more than one fire truck, a sheriff's patrol vehicle, a dump truck, and more. Sirens and horns were a huge hit with the kids, as well as a ropes course set up by a Longview Boy Scout troop. Photos...

  • Grounds improved at refuge office

    Diana Zimmerman|Aug 31, 2023

    When was the last time you stopped by the office at the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for Columbian White-tailed deer? The landscape surrounding the main office is more welcoming these days thanks to the hard work of volunteer Chris Davis and some local students involved in a Youth Conservation Corps each summer, according to Refuge Manager Jake Bonello. They have managed to create a more inviting, park like setting and Bonello hopes local residents will stop by and check it out and maybe enjoy a p...

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