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  • WDFW honors WHS teacher

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 6, 2022
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    Jeff Rooklidge, a science teacher at Wahkiakum High School, was named the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Educator of the Year for Region 5, which was "delighted to recognize [Rooklidge] for his work mentoring students to become the natural resource stewards of the future." "To win an award like that is because you are blessed by people that support and help you so much, that is certainly true of me," Rooklidge said. According to the WDFW piece on Rooklidge, he is "well known in...

  • PUD board considers Island water source, 2023 budget figures

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 6, 2022

    The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners heard from Mike Johnson, an engineer from Gray and Osborne, who gave an update on efforts to locate a secondary water source on Puget Island. Samples were taken from a well on Little Island, and according to the results, Johnson said, treatment would be necessary at that location, including chlorination and filtration using a manganese oxide filter media. The PUD could choose to move forward and try to find property for a well in that area or they...

  • County officials seek IT crew expansion

    Rick Nelson|Oct 6, 2022

    Wahkiakum County's elected officials spent a good amount of time Tuesday trying to resolve a conflict between security and deficit. Department heads and county commissioners agreed that they need to add a second person to their IT Department, but they're looking at a revenue shortfall next year and they're wondering how to cover the expense. With the county's budgeting process for 2023 about to start, commissioners asked department heads to identify the funding so that the position can be implemented. Department heads said the county's IT...

  • Hot market, new construction drive property value increase

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 6, 2022

    “This may shock you but we have been getting a lot of calls about value,” Wahkiakum County Assessor Bill Coons said. I asked him why property values were going up so much. Anyone watching the real estate market knows that the price of homes has been going up in Wahkiakum County. Like everywhere else. It turns out it all depends on one very specific moment in time. “The mandate for our office is to value property at noon on January 1 of each year at 100 percent of market value,” Coons said. ...

  • Engineering started for East Valley Rd.

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 6, 2022

    East Valley Road was washed out in a few spots near its terminus during last winter's wet weather and preliminary repairs have it looking a little primitive, frustrating at least one resident who lives nearby. According to Chuck Beyer, Wahkiakum County Public Works issued a request for proposals for design of three culvert failures within Wahkiakum County and chose Otak Engineering to start design work for repairs on East Valley Road. "Once a design for the repair and all permits have been...

  • Pirates hold off Mules

    Rick Nelson|Oct 6, 2022

    The Adna Pirates came to Cathlamet last Friday and left with a 12-6 win in a defensive battle with the Wahkiakum Mule football team. After a scoreless first quarter, the Pirates took the lead on a 2-yard run. The conversion kick failed, leaving Adna up 6-0. Zakk Carlson took the ball on the Adna kickoff and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. Dominic Curl kicked the conversion to give the Mules a 7-6 halftime lead. Adna poked the ball over the goal line on another 2-yard run...

  • Lady Mules win, lose in volleyball action

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 6, 2022

    The Wahkiakum Mules volleyball team split games this week, winning one on the road and losing one at home to bring their overall record to 4-5, and 1-1 in league play. The team started league play in Onalaska with a three set win against the Loggers, 25-11, 25-17, 25-14. "Ava Thomas had a great game at the service line with five aces and she chipped in one kill," Coach Kayli Hurley said. "Genevieve Fleming put up a couple of stuff blocks and showed big improvement at the net. Breyonna...

  • High School Sports

    Oct 6, 2022

    Football: 30 Naselle 54, Oakville 6 Comets move to 3-1 30 Adna 12, Wahkiakum 7 October 7 Naselle at Muckleshoot Tribal School, Auburn 7 Toledo at Wahkiakum Volleyball October 6 Rainier at Wahkiakum 10 Naselle at Columbia Adventist 11 Wahkiakum at Rainier 11 Naselle Varsity at Firm Foundation 13 Toutle Lake at Wahkiakum 13 Naselle at Mossyrock...

  • Understand the basics before complaining

    Oct 6, 2022

    To The Eagle: I’ve heard lots of people complain about and blame the Biden administration on our current inflation situation. The most recent example was Mr. Schreiber’s Eagle article last week about the price of gas. Gasoline, Natural gas, Brent Crude and West Texas Crude are all commodities that are traded on worldwide markets. These commodity “contracts” are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange by thousands of international players, both buyers and sellers. To assume an American President, whether Biden, Trump, Obama, Bush, etc., c...

  • Please continue to support our democracy

    Oct 6, 2022

    To The Eagle: The Republican party censured Jaime Herrera Beutler in 2021 because she stood up against Donald Trump and supported our Constitution and democracy. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler worked very hard for the constituents of the third congressional district. She worked well with our Senators, who are Democrats. She worked for all of us, even those of us who did not vote for her. This is how mature, smart elected officials do their jobs. We now have a choice in November. If you want to continue this type of representation in Congress,...

  • Inflation caused by corporate greed

    Oct 6, 2022

    To The Eagle: MAGA-man wrote an evocative letter last week, spoke his truth eloquently, but degenerated into Republican-speak about how “Democrats didn't (even) wait until after the election to stick it to us with $5.69 a gallon gas”- an issue perennial as crab grass and election cycles. Inflation at the pumps, supermarkets, and anywhere else consumers are feeling the burn, is the fault of industry -- not the fault of the customers buying their goods, or of the administration currently in power. Corporations have the power to raise prices wit...

  • Many Republicans have already left

    Oct 6, 2022

    To The Eagle: Calling all Conservatives. The real ones. Not the phonies. Ones whose cornerstone values are the Constitution, the rule of law, and institutions that make those possible. When are you going to take your party back? Yes, you who used to call yourselves Republican before your brothers and sisters swallowed the Kool-Aid of Putin’s puppet. And you, who still hold onto the Republican label, just because you have no place else to go. A political party without a moral core grounded in reality, not self-delusion, eventually s...

  • Where is the Republican party?

    Oct 6, 2022

    To The Eagle: Steve Bannon (Trump’s pardoned chief strategist) helped get Mussolini’s party back in power, 70 years after he was hung upside down. Giorgia Meloni and her far-right party, along with Hungary's autocratic leader tells U.S. conservatives to join his culture war, at CPAC. Ted Cruz calls CPAC crowd "dangerous radicals" to raucous applause, obviously in ‘jest’ for fodder. After winking at QAnon for years, Donald Trump is overtly embracing the baseless conspiracy theory, even as the number of frightening real-world events linked...

  • Corrections, Clarifications

    Oct 6, 2022

    We at The Eagle experienced "joys of publishing" moments after last week's edition came off the press. On Thursday, a reader shamed us for mixing "motor" with "mortar" on a story about a museum display. I guess we're more familiar with ordinances than ordnance. On page 1, a story said the Cathlamet Family Practice Clinic is open Tuesday through Thursday. Where did that come from? We know very well it should have been Tuesday through Friday. About dinner time on Wednesday, we learned from Facebook that the Mule football game time had been...

  • Couple opens shop for holiday decor

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 6, 2022

    Tracey and Nate's Treasures, or TNT, is open for business! Tracey McCallum and her husband Nate Richardson moved to their Elochoman Valley home, where the business is located, about four and a half years ago. "Cathlamet has been a good fit for us," McCallum said. "We love the community, we love our neighbors. We feel really blessed to be where we are." The pair use their unique talents and reclaimed, recycled, and repurposed wood and metal materials to make signs and holiday decor. "We do it tog...

  • Covid-19 update

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 6, 2022

    One more case of covid-19 was reported this week, bringing the cumulative total to 608 in Wahkiakum County, according to the Washington Department of Health. The number of hospitalizations rose by one to 43, and there have been nine deaths attributed to the virus. Disclaimer: With the easy accessibility of at home tests, the actual number of active covid-19 cases and actual cumulative numbers in the county, are hard to know. "Covid-19 is on a slight increase in cases around the state,” W...

  • FOS auction begins this Saturday

    Kay Chamberlain|Oct 6, 2022

    SHORT--Due to technical difficulties, once again this will be a very brief column. FOS AUCTION--The "Cornucopia of Treasures" online auction begins this Saturday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. and will go until Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. To take part in this important Friends of Skamokawa fundraising event, go to www.32auctions.com/auctionfos2022. FLEA MARKET--This will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds in Skamokawa. GIFT OF WARMTH--Please donate all your gently used or if possible new "warm" items for the Puget...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Oct 6, 2022

    THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, 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. Wahkiakum Fire District 2 Commissioners, Skamokawa Fire Hall, 7 p.m. Cathlamet Public Library Board of Trustees, 12:45 p.m. Free Senior Fitness and Balance Class, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, enter via door on 3rd, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Food Addicts Meeting, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet,...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Oct 6, 2022

    This is Dispatch #40 for the year. Eleven weeks remain in 2022. But hark, do not wail and worry, Christmas "stuff" is all over Fred Meyer, Costco and even Dollar General is ready. But please remember Thanksgiving after Halloween and before Christmas. I think it's the best holiday. Correction: Sometimes I get confused, move too fast and mess up. Last week's article on the Naselle GRV School Board meeting was written by this reporter, not Lisa Nelson. I moved too fast and did not type my name at...

  • Comets practice

    Oct 6, 2022

    The Naselle GRV High School Football Team practicing the day before the big homecoming game they won last Friday. Coach Kevin McNulty leads this team with a strong, but calm hand. The team works hard when no one is watching, so it seemed a good reminder to us all that behind the good plays they make, there is hard work, sweat and teaching from a skilled coach. Congratulations, Comets. Photo by Karen Bertroch....

  • New couple brings leadership and taxidermy

    Karen Bertroch|Oct 6, 2022

    Aris Campbell joined the school board officially at the last school board meeting. Later, he agreed to meet with me at his home where he, his wife, Megan and their two young children live on Upper Naselle Road. Both are working from home on-line as graphic designers. Aris attended Portland State studying psychology. Megan lived in Portland for 20 years and trained for graphic design. Aris wanted to come back to Naselle because of childhood memories of his grandparents, Francis and Lloyd...

  • October 11 WordFest celebrates coastal writers

    Oct 6, 2022

    WordFest will feature writers from Wahkiakum and Pacific counties on Tuesday, October 11, 6-8 p.m., at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1428 22nd Avenue in Longview. Peter Adams Young will read from his novel One Hundred Stingers, based on his experiences flying in the air war over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The trail was an extensive web of roads and paths winding through the jungles of Laos, connecting the ports of North Vietnam with Communist fighting forces in the South. The challenge of cutting...

  • Patricia Renfro

    Oct 6, 2022

    Patricia Renfro, 67 of Cathlamet, died September 26, 2022 in Longview. She was born in Hanford WA on July 9, 1955 to Bill and Thelma (Tover) Renfro. Her family moved to Puget Island before her dad was sent to France for military duty and they spent several years there. They returned to Puget Island where she attended school and graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 1974. Patty loved her summer job spent at a cannery in Alaska. She moved to Longview where she began her career at Longview...

  • Free legal clinic offered

    Oct 6, 2022

    The Charlotte House, a program of St. James Family Center, will host a Free Legal Clinic on Tuesday, October 18. John McKay, an Attorney with Northwest Justice Project, will be at Johnson Park from 9 a.m. – noon and in Cathlamet from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. He will help individuals with specific family law questions, such as how to get a divorce, determining primary custody and visitation and/or establishing child support. If you are interested in learning more about this clinic or to sign up you must call The Charlotte House at 360-795-6401 or tol...

  • Semi-annual library foundation book sale set for October 14-15

    Oct 6, 2022

    It’s time for the fall 2022 semi-annual Blanche Bradley Library Foundation book sale. The donations have been piling up since last spring so the back room is full of donated books. In addition to providing money to purchase reading materials, the money raised from previous sales recently purchased the chair and table that lives on the porch by the front door. In the past, the proceeds have been used to pay for things not covered by the Town of Cathlamet budget. The foundation has also donated to a library scholarship program which provides l...

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