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  • Wahkiakum introduces homecoming court

    Oct 19, 2023

    Senior princess Lana Goff, left, admires Senior King Zakk Carlson and Senior Queen Amirah Abdul-Kariem at Friday's Wahkiakum High School homecoming game. The Mules outmaneuvered the North Beach Hyaks from the get go, winning 58-18....

  • After setbacks, Pioneer Center finds its way

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 19, 2023

    The Pioneer Community Association will open the doors of the Cathlamet Pioneer Center, ushering in a new era for Cathlamet’s Pioneer Church as a public meeting venue and arts and performance center. A dedication is in the works for early November, and will honor the last 50 years of fundraising and rehabilitation. According to the President of the PCA, Suzanne Holmes, in 1973, the structure became the first and only building in Cathlamet to join the list of National Register of Historic P...

  • Herrera Beutler adds heat to lands commissioner race

    Jerry Cornfield, Washington State Standard|Oct 19, 2023

    Former congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler entered the race for Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands on Tuesday, giving Republicans a top-flight candidate in what's shaping up as one of next year's hottest electoral contests. Herrera Beutler, whose decision had been the subject of speculation for months, said she would focus on reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires, while working to preserve forest habitat and access to recreational areas. She said in an interview she would rely on gu...

  • Cash flows into race for congress

    Jerry Cornfield, Washington State Standard|Oct 19, 2023

    U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, a Democrat whose unexpected win in 2022 flipped a Republican-held seat in southwest Washington, has amassed $2.1 million for a re-election bid next year, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Gluesenkamp Perez hauled in $600,000 in the three-month period ending Sept. 30, outpacing Joe Kent and Leslie Lewallen, the two leading Republicans vying to challenge her next year. Kent, who Gluesenkamp Perez defeated by 2,629 votes in southwest Washi...

  • The wars of the Bible repeated

    Oct 19, 2023

    To The Eagle: As we are on the edge of a big Middle East War, we have Republicans bickering over who to lead Congress. We have one Republican senator holding up military promotions and appointments. Minority Republicans are intent on destroying this country. Republicans want to destroy the ‘deep state.’ Do they even know the meaning? A body of influential members of government agencies and military believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy. (In other words, anything they don’t agree with, which inclu...

  • I support Merz for School Board

    Oct 19, 2023

    To The Eagle: I would like to endorse Kandice Merz for school board. Kandice is a candidate with high moral standards, who has a true servant heart. She is actively involved in our community with her children, a business at the marina, works with youth at a local church. She is very approachable, humble and is deeply committed to making school a safe and better environment for children. I rarely endorse political candidates but give Kandice my 100% support. Steve Marshall Cathlamet...

  • Heston is a true centrist

    Oct 19, 2023

    To The Eagle: Brian Heston, a lifelong Lower Columbia resident, is running for position 2 on the School Board. Aside from his expertise in IT, which would be valuable for the school, and his volunteer work with the school’s robotics team, he brings no specific agenda to the table and isn’t funded by any outside groups. He is a true centrist whose primary concern is for the general student population and is well though of by school leadership. I encourage people to vote for Brian. Floyd Young Puget Island...

  • Heston is the better choice

    Oct 19, 2023

    To The Eagle: Brian Heston is my choice for Wahkiakum School Board position #2. With all the issues facing our young people today, it’s important to give our kids a good education, in a facility that is safe and a credit to our community. Our school board needs to build on the past, but look toward the future. After reading the newspaper articles and listening to both candidates I am convinced that Brian Heston is the better choice to do this job. Libby Vik Whitney Cathlamet...

  • A motivated PUD goes after big grants

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 19, 2023

    The Wahkiakum County PUD is awaiting grant funding, and continuing to seek more, in an effort to make more improvements to infrastructure around the county, as well as the security in their own office. They were just awarded a grant from the Department of Health to study the feasibility of a consolidation of the Cathlamet and PUD water systems, or, in other words, what it would mean for the PUD to acquire the town’s water and wastewater systems and customers. “Truly this is to address and mit...

  • County calls on Feds to assist in addressing Grays River flooding

    Ian Brandon|Oct 19, 2023

    The Wahkiakum County Commissioners have formally asked the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study to address flooding in Rosburg and Grays River drainages. The Eagle has detailed the effects of flooding in the Westend in numerous articles. The commissioners today asked the Army Corp to conduct a study to "assess the proximate and ultimate causes of fine sediment deposition and to determine short and long term solutions to remove fines collecting near the mouth of the Grays which contribute to the increased flood risk to communities..." The...

  • Holiday events begin this weekend

    Kay Chamberlain|Oct 19, 2023

    WET BEGINNING­—It was a wet and nasty Monday morning; I hope you were all able to stay dry, while we await the drying trend that is supposed to start Tuesday and last for several days. We've had some heavy morning fog on these drier days and it is my hope that everyone will turn their headlights on both day and night while driving. It is one of the easiest ways to practice defensive driving. Making yourself more visible during these foggy and rainy, low visible times is important and takes only a quick flick of a button or switch to keep you a...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Oct 19, 2023

    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, fire/ambulance, 7:30 p.m. Puget Island Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. District No. 4 Fire Department, 7 p.m. Food Addicts Meeting, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 6-7 p.m. Westside Play & Learn Group, Valley Bible Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Eastside play and learn group, St James family center 1:30-3 p.m. West End Food Pantry, Johnson Park, 1- 5 p....

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Oct 19, 2023

    One misty, moisty morning, when cloudy was the weather, I chanced to meet an old man dressed all in leather. Anyone remember this old nursery rhyme? I used to recite it to my kids when it was raining as they readied themselves for the school bus. It was my way of saying be smart about what coat you use today. The rain sure fell last night and continues today (Monday). And I think I heard we might have thunder this afternoon. Good day to clean house and nap. Fall means watching for the local...

  • Sheriff's Report, October 19, 2023

    Oct 19, 2023

    October 9 — 5:25 p.m. A caller reported a domestic disturbance at a Deep River home. Deputies and state patrol responded. One person was arrested for existing warrants in Skamania County. October 10 — 12:01 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Cathlamet resident with a possible broken hip. 5:44 am. The sheriff’s department was asked by an outside agency to be on the lookout for a stolen van that may have been used in a burglary and was last seen heading west on SR 4. 2:04 p.m. A caller asked for assistance after getting locked out of a vehicle....

  • Port manager gets his steps in

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 19, 2023

    Wahkiakum County Port 2 Manager Sam Shogren is busy. While continuing to work on the port’s comprehensive plan, he’s been talking to everyone he can, in an effort to seek funding to make improvements to the port property, and as he said, “create economic opportunity in the county.” This includes visits with staff from Marie Gluesenkamp Perez’s office, representatives from Patty Murray’s office, as well as State Representative Joel McEntire, and State Senator Jeff Wilson. He represented the local...

  • County crunches the numbers

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 19, 2023

    The results of recent survey conducted by Wahkiakum Health and Human Services discussed in an Eagle article last week were released online on Monday and can be viewed by clicking on a link found on the WHHS website at www.co.wahkiakum.wa.us/604/Wahkiakum-County-Community-Health-Assess. The report lists the top 10 issues, but also crunches the numbers on demographics, breaking down which issues were most important to each group. It provides a list of write-in issues, discusses the health...

  • Weyerhaeuser plant accused of water violations

    Mateusz Perkowski|Oct 19, 2023

    An environmental group has accused Weyerhaeuser of violating the Clean Water Act by discharging wastewater and stormwater containing pollutants from its Raymond lumber mill. The Twin Harbors Riverkeeper nonprofit has filed a federal complaint alleging the facility has violated its wastewater permits by failing to comply with federal effluent standards and reporting requirements. The lawsuit claims that Weyerhaeuser’s lumber mill regularly releases more wastewater than permitted as well as water that’s contaminated with oil and grease, tha...

  • Port earns praise, trims budget

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 19, 2023

    Manager Todd Souvenir and staff continue to make their mark on the Elochoman Slough Marina and the surrounding Port 1 environs, increasing access to power and water at campsites, and creating a more verdant setting. Commissioners temporarily waived the lid on discretionary spending last Thursday, allowing Souvenir to move forward with the purchase of new fire pits for the campsites, which were recently filled and leveled before being hydro seeded in the last month. Visitors have taken notice of...

  • Old school jazz in new(ish) digs

    Ian Brandon|Oct 19, 2023

    When many of us think of jazz we imagine cool cats in turtleneck sweaters or the smooth jazz of Kenny G. The members of the Black Swan Jazz band look further back for their inspiration. Three decades before the impeccable cool of Miles Davis or Dave Brubeck, the hazy shuffling and dizzy wailing of King Oliver's Creole jazz lent its air of seduction to New Orleans's red light district. And long before Herbie Hancock's concocted his funk-inflected jazz fusion, Jelly Roll Morton wove clean...

  • Madness, revenge, and finger food

    Brandon J. Simmons|Oct 19, 2023

    At first glance, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe might not readily lend themselves to dinner theater. The tales depict decomposing bodies, decapitation, torture, and disease. They conjure unsavory sites, smells, and sounds. In one story, a young man exhumes the body of his fiancee (who has been buried alive) and pulls out all of her teeth. More famously, in "The Tell-tale Heart," a mysterious narrator kills and dismembers an old man, before burying his remains under the floor-boards. Bon...

  • Oregon removes first hazardous vessel with new funding

    Oct 19, 2023

    The Oregon Department of State Lands this week reached a milestone in ensuring safe and healthy waterways statewide by removed the first hazardous vessel with newly approved funding. The FV Tiffany, a 200-ton former fishing vessel built in 1939, became a hazard when it sank and spilled fuel into the Columbia River near Rainer in 2021. The U.S. Coast Guard responded, cleaning up the fuel and refloating the vessel. DSL began monitoring the vessel while also seeking resources for removal. "The FV...

  • Mules beat Hyaks

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 19, 2023

    The North Beach Hyaks came to town on Friday, and gave the Mules a sense of what may come for Wahkiakum next fall if they make the shift to 1B and eight man football. The Hyaks were out maneuvered from the get go, and with second string Mule players seeing more minutes on the field than usual, Wahkiakum got their Homecoming win, and beat North Beach 58-18. Quarterback Zakkary Carlson threw for 175 yards, connecting 12 of 17. Two made it into the end zone. Sophomore Jayden Stoddard ran some...

  • Mules volleyball: individuals shine, even as team struggles

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 19, 2023

    Despite more losses, the Wahkiakum Mules volleyball team continues to find ways to shine as the season winds to a close. On October 5, the team traveled to Rainier and lost in three sets, 25-6, 25-9, and 25-15. Coach Kayli Hurley praised Amriah Abdul-Kariem for strong offensive play and Makayla Davis for great hustle and strong serves from the service line. On October 10, the Mules hosted Toledo and lost in three sets, 25-19, 25-16, and 25-8. Standouts that night included Zaya Ray and Sam Dela C...

  • Pumpkin patch open

    Oct 19, 2023

    The Pumpkin Patch and Fall Farm Stand at Little Island Farm and Flowers (above) is open every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are train rides for the kids, plenty o' pumpkins, apples, winter squash, decorative seasonal pieces, and local honey and jams. This is the fifth year that farm owners Kim and Michael Howell have opened their gates to this bit of fun. Pick up a Puget Island Autumn Passport while you are there, then stop by the Little Island Creamery and Puget...

  • Quilt exhibit a success

    Oct 19, 2023

    An exhibit of quilts created by local quilters, the River City Strippers, were on display on Friday at the River Mile 38 taproom. The group makes 100 patriotic quilts a year to give to veterans who participate in Honor Flights, an organization that celebrates servicemen with trips to Washington D.C. River City Strippers received more than $500 in donations at the exhibit, and one member, Esther Roche, was ecstatic. She wanted to express gratitude from the group. "Thank you for all the generous...

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