Articles from the September 14, 2023 edition

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Kite Festival at Vista Park

A rainbow shark swims through the sky on a perfect day for a kite festival. Photo: Ian Brandon....

 

Superintendant resolute after Supreme Court loss

Last Thursday, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled against Wahkiakum School District’s lawsuit asserting that it was the State of Washington’s responsibility to fully fund the district’s capit...

 

Council, mayor, wrangle over repairs to Butler street

Council, mayor, wrangle over repairs to Butler street By Diana Zimmerman According to the minutes from the August 21 meeting of the Cathlamet Town Council, when residents living on Butler Street...

 

Candidates express competing visions for Cathlamet: Joe Baker

Baker talks Butler Street, Waterfront Joe Baker is hoping to continue serving on the Cathlamet Town Council after being appointed to fill a vacant spot in March this year. Baker is a relatively new...

 

Candidates express competing visions for Cathlamet: Michael Severson

Michael Severson is challenging incumbent Joe Baker for his position on the Cathlamet Town Council. A recent transplant to Cathlamet, Severson hails from Hillsboro. After getting a mechanical engineer...

 

Essay contest to encourage and reward self-expression

Local VFW posts will soon hold three essay competitions: the Voice of Democracy for grade 9-12; the Patriots Pen for grades 6-8; and the Youth Essay for grades 3-5. Students are invited to write essays based on given patriotic themes; the essays are...

 

Stop the double standard

To The Eagle: Don’t you find it peculiar that, from day one when Trump became President in 2016, every day there was a front page headline from Democrats, liberals, and Republican-turned-RINOs trying to impeach him with false allegations? Even n...

 

Stop the blame game

To The Eagle: In last week’s Eagle, a writer made Biden-related comments that seem either ill-informed or disingenuous. So, in 350 words or less, here are my thoughts: By most accomplished economists’ metrics (Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, Ne...

 

Place credit (and blame) where due

To The Eagle: Last week a contributor treated us to a mixed menu of sour grapes, a sour attitude, and a hefty helping of disinformation. First, that perennial whine about gas prices supposedly being an indicator of the state of Bidenomics is...

 
 By Jessica Vik    News    September 14, 2023

Puget Island fire hall gets a fresh look

Last Friday morning a group of volunteers from the Puget Island Fire Department (PIFD) and Auxiliary showed up to help Jeremy Hilton, owner of Hilton Painting, give the firehouse a face lift. Before...

 

Gluesenkamp Perez visits Port 2, Wahkiakum West

Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Representative for Washington's 3rd District, made a couple stops in Wahkiakum County on Friday, including a visit with Port 2 officials in Skamokawa. From left to right:...

 

Book reading and signing this weekend

CLOUDY START--It’s a cloudy Sunday morning here in West Valley, which is certainly a big change from the day before when we woke up to bright sunshine and it wound up being a pretty day with temps in the mid-80’s. It’s a little more comfortable to do...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Puget Island Fire Department,...

 

Cathlamet to host public forum on emergency response systems

In response to public concern, the Town of Cathlamet will host a public forum at which members of the community will be briefed on existing emergency strategies in the event of wildfires and other potential events. “Due to Cathlamet’s hemmed in loc...

 

Sheriff's Report, September 14, 2023

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: September 3 — 8:15 p.m. A caller reported that two people were screaming obscenities at each other at the w...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Dear Readers: Let's start with the memory of September 11, 2001. Recruits into the service today may not have been born yet or may have been babies when it happened twenty-two years ago. How quickly...

 

Raymond Toste

Raymond M. Toste was born on March 29, 1944, in Scotia, CA. As a child, he attended Grant Union grammar school in Ferndale, CA. When he was young, his family moved to Cathlamet, WA, on the Columbia...

 

Fredrick Charles

Fredrick Charles passed away peacefully on July 26, 2023 in Longview, Wa after a courageous battle with dementia at age 82. Born in Tacoma, Wa in 1941. Fred had many talents, a master mechanic and a skilled wood craftsman. Among other things, he...

 

Agency to host planning meeting for elderly

The Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington will host two meetings to plan services for the next several years. The meetings will be held in October; all interested members of the public are invited to attend. The first hour-long...

 

Celebrated musician comes to Cathlamet

An award-winning composer-pianist will perform in Cathlamet as part of a long-planned reboot of a beloved Cathlamet landmark. Massachusetts-based Dan Kennedy will perform at the historic Pioneer Center, with its iconic white tower, as part of a tour...

 
 By Ian Brandon    News    September 14, 2023

Commissioners hear jail request for funds to build walk-in freezer

Wahkiakum county Commissioners met on the third floor of the courthouse to conduct the people’s business. They allowed the Wahkiakum 4-H Leaders Council to close the covered bridge and approach for a fundraising dinner during the annual Columbia R...

 

Ocean Beach Hospital to host Community Health & Wellness Fair

Ocean Beach Hospital and Medical Clinics (OBHMC) willl host a Community Health & Wellness Fair, aimed at fostering wellness, education, and community engagement. “The Community Health & Wellness Fair supports the well-being of the community we p...

 

Older citizens more likely to die in fires

OLYMPIA – People over the age of 65 face the greatest risk of dying in a fire, according to a recent report published by the U.S. Fire Administration. As people age, they may become unable to react quickly in emergency situations, or may take m...

 

Island life

A familiar sight on Birnie Slough: a great blue heron waiting intently for a fish to snatch. Photo by Ian Brandon...

 

Mules take a drubbing despite strong offense

The Wahkiakum Mules football team took a big hit in a non-conference game on Friday with a 62-29 loss to the combined Raymond/South Bend Ravens team. "Offense was spectacular," Coach Ryan Lorenzo...

 

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