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Articles from the September 1, 2016 edition

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  • Comments on proposed names in Brookfield area solicited by WA Committee of Geographic Names

    Sep 1, 2016

    The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names is looking for opinions on the recent proposal to change the names of Jim Crow Hill, Jim Crow Creek, and Jim Crow Point. Joe Budnick, who lived in the Brookfield area, suggested that Jim Crow Creek be changed to Harlows Creek; Jim Crow Hill would become Beare Hill; and Jim Crow Point take on the name of Brookfield Point. “Because local opinion is very important to the committee,” Caleb Maki, the executive secretary for the committee said, “we would like your opinion regarding this propo...

  • Warriors and widows catch more than fish

    Diana Zimmerman|Sep 1, 2016

    On Tuesday morning, 30 boats went out on the Columbia River in the early morning hours, ferrying 53 participants in the second annual Warriors and Widows Salmon Derby to prime locations for fishing. Only 21 came back with a fish, but everyone seemed to be having a good time. Altogether, they caught 348.5 pounds of fish. The event is organized by local volunteers and welcomes veterans and active servicemen and women as well as widows and children to Cathlamet to do a little fishing. And feel a...

  • Emergency responders train for mass casualties

    Diana Zimmerman|Sep 1, 2016

    Last Friday, local law enforcement and emergency personnel had an opportunity to practice their training along with other agencies in a full scale mass casualty incident at Wahkiakum High School. Several volunteers arrived early in order to be given life-like wounds by moulage artists. Overall, more than 160 people participated in the event. Only these so called victims, the volunteer criminals, high school staff and first responders knew exactly what was happening inside the school walls. The...

  • Elementary school library received $1,000 grant

    Diana Zimmerman|Sep 1, 2016

    Joyce Wilson, the library aide for Wahkiakum School District has done it again. Over her summer break, Wilson applied for and was awarded a Refreshing School Libraries to Engage Students grant from the Washington Secretary of State. This is the second time this year she found success with grants for the WSD libraries. “It’s exciting,” Wilson said. “Once I received the other grant I started getting more notices.” This grant allowed her to purchase $1,000 worth of non-fiction for elementar...

  • Expanded Wooden Boat Festival this weekend

    Sep 1, 2016

    The 2016 Cathlamet Wooden Boat Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Elochoman Slough Marina. Organizers have expanded the festival to two days this year. Frinley crafted wooden boats will be on display in and out of the water. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite boat in the show. Events over the two days will include: --There will be booths selling food and arts, crafts and interest items. --On Sunday morning there will be a swap sale in the covered area, free tables, nautical items only. Space is limited. For detai...

  • A message from the fire chief

    Sep 1, 2016

    To The Eagle: Attnention Skamokawa and Wahkiakum residents: Ever since the Skamokawa Fire District installed reflective (red) roadside signs, emergency responders have been telling us how much easier it is to find an address in our district than elsewhere, especially during foggy evenings. Alas, after standing three years, some of those signs have either gotten dirty, been covered by weeds, or been blown ajar. Since finding addresses quickly is vitally important, we are asking Skamokawa area residents to take a few minutes to check the...

  • County does not need taxes from drugs

    Sep 1, 2016

    To The Eagle: I see by last week’s edition that someone got a little fired up reading my letter (8/18/2016) regarding my opinion about not needing or wanting the sale of marijuana in our county. The person’s letter stated they had all the facts on their side, noting that they gleaned their facts about weed from something called “The Pot Book.” Really, give me a break, can you say propoganda? I wish people like the writer could have seen what drugs and alcohol use did to some of the soldiers I led while a sergeant in the US Army or the workers...

  • Purcell wins recount

    Rick Nelson|Sep 1, 2016

    A recount of votes for the Legislative District 19 Position 1 primary election last week confirmed that Teresa Purcell had finished second and will advance to the general election. In the final vote tally, Purcell led JD Rossetti 6,411 to 6,361. The margin was small enough to trigger a recount, and Purcell gained one vote in the recount. Republican Jim Walsh came out on top of the race for Position 1 with 28.96 percent of the vote, Democrat Purcell had 24.19 percent, and Rossetti, also a Democrat, had 24.0 percent. Purcell will face Walsh in...

  • Practicing for fall sports

    Sep 1, 2016

  • Mules and Comets play Friday night

    Kay Chamberlain|Sep 1, 2016

    SURPRISE--We started off last Saturday pretty wet here in West Valley, which was a bit of a surprise to me, as I had heard Astoria might get some drizzle but didn't think it would come inland quite so much, but hey, we'll take all the moisture we can get, and I didn't have to water the outside plants! For those not expecting any rain at all and who left windows down or other things outside, well, it was not a welcome sight. Considering we had some super hot days last week, this cooler batch of weather suits me just fine; might even be feeling...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Sep 1, 2016

    THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Congregational Church, 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. Cathlamet Public Library Board of Trustees, 12:45 p.m. Community Library & Computer Center, GRVC at Johnson Park, 1-5 p.m. West End Food Pantry, GRVC at Johnson Park, 1-5 p.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) GRVC at Johnson Park...

  • Schools in full swing; Comets at WHS Friday

    Trudy Fredrickson|Sep 1, 2016

    It’s hard to believe this year is nearly gone. What happened to summer? The leaves are already turning color. I hate to admit it but I’m really looking forward to fall, with cooler temperatures and a fire in the wood burning stove. Maybe I’m weird, but I do love the weather here, even the rain. News from Naselle: School is in full swing, homework, sports practice and competition has begun. New teachers, new students and a full schedule of events for the 2016-17 year. Let’s make this another good one for everyone involved. Sports calenda...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Mark Howie, Wahkiakum County Sheriff|Sep 1, 2016

    By Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie As I witnessed and partook in the activities that unfolded last Friday during our live exercise at the school I was struck with immense pride in the professional, collaborative, skilled teamwork displayed by all of our first responders under the most extreme pressure. Over 160 people participated in one of our county’s biggest mass casualty incident (MCI) training exercises to date. By now many people have heard about the active assailant MCI that has been eight months in the making. What you may not r...

  • WDFW resumes sale of fishing and hunting licenses

    Sep 1, 2016

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on August 27 resumed the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and the state Discover Pass through its network of about 600 dealers across the state. Customers were able to purchase those items by phone beginning Monday, Aug. 29, by calling WDFW’s licensing customer service number at (360) 902-2464. All license sales were halted last week in response to the discovery of a vulnerability in an outside vendor’s system that was recently exploited to expose personal information about customers in...

  • Entertainment News

    Sep 1, 2016

    Live Music at Puget Island Farmers Market, 59 W. Birnie Slough Rd. On Friday, September 2, The Downhillbillies will perform from 3-6 p.m., on the Up-Beet Stage. For more information call 360-560-3785. On Saturday, September 3 at River Mile 38 Brewing, David Johnson, 2-3:30 p.m.; Kara Haney, 3:30-5 p.m.; Jerry and Becky Ledtke, 5-6:30 p.m.; and 6:30-8 p.m., Hank and Lloyd will perform on the Crow’s Nest Stage, 285 Third St., Cathlamet. For more information call 360-366-4662....

  • Exhibit at Redmen Hall extended

    Sep 1, 2016

    The current exhibit at River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall covers the history of early commerce on the Lower Columbia Estuary and has been so popular that it has been extended. "Rolling on the River" will continue through the end of September. The last day will be Sunday, October 2....

  • WorkSource to hold information sessions

    Sep 1, 2016

    WorkSource in Kelso is holding information sessions for a training program to help individuals get jobs in technology or manufacturing. Individuals interested in learning more are encouraged to contact a career coach immediately and attend an information session as soon as possible. Information sessions are held the second and fourth Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m. at WorkSource, 305 S. Pacific Avenue, Suite B, Kelso. Contact Tammi Leclerc at or 360-578-4256. The program, called RebootNW, offers individualized training, job shadowing,...

  • HCA training offered

    Sep 1, 2016

    The Care Careers Academy is offering a state approved Home Care Aide training program. The Home Care Aide program is 75 hours and encompasses: CarePro Core Basics training (on-line), Diabetes, Mental Health and a hands-on HCA Skills training course. The on-line portion of this program is self-paced and can be accessed anywhere an internet connection is available. Diabetes, Mental Health and HCA Skills classes are available monthly and are available for CEU credits. Becoming a HCA allows graduates to work in in-home senior/disabled care settings...

  • Michael Riley

    Sep 1, 2016

    Michael Andrew Riley died August 24, 2016 at his home in Mt. Vernon. He was born January 18, 1961 in Longview, to Mary Lou and Larry Riley. He grew up in Cathlamet where he played football, basketball, and ran track at Wahkiakum High School, graduating with the class of 1980. Mike married Marie Lovell in 1983 and together they had six children: Brittanie, Asheley, Andrue, Walker, Collan, and Connar. They returned to Cathlamet in 1999 and finished the raising of their children there, each of his...

  • Best of Breed

    Sep 1, 2016

    Howard and Judy Brawn's Irish Wolfhound, Carroy Tory Cathey's Valley Girl "Valley" completed her AKC Championship at the Portland Expo Center July 24, 2016. She is shown in the photo with her handler, Shelby Miller and AKC Judge J. Owens on July 23 after being awarded Best of Breed in the competition. Photo by Steven Ross....

  • Birth announced

    Sep 1, 2016

    Tracy Elliott and Megan Kuhl of Cathlamet announce the birth of their son, Brantley Daniel Elliott. Brantley arrived at 1:17 a.m., on Monday, August 1, at St. John Medical Center, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length. His siblings are Cameron Elliott and Tyra Elliott of Cathlamet. Paternal grandparents are Henry Elliott and Carolynn Wishon, both of Cathlamet. Maternal grandparents are Dan Kuhl of Cassville Mo., and Dave and Sandy Hendrickson of Cashmere. Great grandparents are Wes and Winonna Davis of...

  • Lewis and Clark NHP connects boys and girls to an astronaut in space

    Sep 1, 2016

    As part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park NPS Centennial celebration, a group of local students and scouts will take part in a very important conversation September 3. Thanks to a partnership with a local amateur radio club, the youth will chat with astronaut Takuya Onishi, who is in orbit aboard the International Space Station, via radio transmission. The event is Saturday, Sept. 3, at the park's Netul Landing at the north end bus shelter. The public is welcome to attend. This...

  • Art in the Park set for September 17

    Sep 1, 2016

    Art in the Park will be held at the Hemlock Plaza at Lake Sacajawea on September 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Columbian Artists Association decided to take advantage of the cooler autumn temperatures and move the date for Art in the Park from August to September. This show will have the same great local artists and some new ones as well. There will be watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings offered. Professional photography, original designs in handcrafted jewelry, fused glass, and pine needle basket weaving are some of the art and fine crafts...

  • Chinook return is good, but fishing is slow

    Columbia Basin Bulletin|Sep 1, 2016

    Fall chinook salmon passage at Bonneville Dam is within expectations, but catch of the fish is lagging in the popular Buoy 10 fishery for recreational anglers. The finding prompted the two-state Columbia River Compact on August 25 to liberalize a catch restriction on unmarked chinook and coho salmon that had previously been set in place for the Buoy 10 fishery, and it added two new non-Indian commercial gillnetting nights to a fairly packed August of fishing for the gillnetters. In addition, the fall chinook fishery began this week for...

  • Clean recycling campaign kicks-off

    Ron Wright, 4-H Volunteer|Sep 1, 2016

    Did you see the new colors for the county's recycling bins? Brown for cardboard; red for tin and aluminum cans; forest green for #1 and #2 plastics; and safety green for mixed paper. Volunteers from the Wahkiakum 4-H Robotics Club and The Healthy Living Collaborative are teaming up with Wahkiakum County to repaint our county recycling bins at three locations. The repainting of the first pair was completed last week at the Puget Island Fire Hall. Thank you Fire District #1 for providing space to...

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