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  • Wilson arrested in Hong Kong

    Andre Stepankowsky, Chinook Observer|Oct 26, 2023

    Washington State Sen. Jeff Wilson was arrested in Hong Kong on Saturday, after airport security discovered an unlicensed gun in his luggage, according to a newspaper account. Through his spokesman, Wilson said the alleged offense was "an honest mistake." Wilson, a prominent local Republican, businessman, community booster and leader of the GOP's conservative wing, was taken into custody after a security screener spotted the gun, according to the Hong Kong-based publication The Standard and...

  • Fire district risks losing current rating

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 26, 2023

    Residents living in the District 4 Fire Department’s coverage area will have an opportunity to vote on a proposed levy increase this November when they receive their ballots, but prior to that, they are invited to attend an open house to learn more about the matter and see where their tax dollars go. Randy Hoven, the Fire Chief for District 4, said that the department’s most recent 10 year bond expired at the end of last year, and now they are hoping to add another $25,000 to their current bud...

  • Council wrestles with park budget

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 26, 2023

    The Town of Cathlamet continued to parse out details of the waterfront park design with engineers during a workshop last Monday. “At the last workshop we decided to move forward with a design that did not fill in the lagoons completely because of cost issues, but instead would provide an elevated pad on the westerly side adjacent to the westerly dike, for a picnic shelter,” Mike Johnson, an engineer with Gray and Osborne said. “We’ve further refined that concept in this updated site plan....

  • Voting has begun

    Oct 26, 2023

    12 million registered voters in Washington State, including over 3,000 in Wahkiakum County, can now vote in the 2023 General Election. The 18-day voting period began October 20. Ballots must be returned to a county drop box or voting center by 8 p.m. Nov. 7, or postmarked by Nov. 7 if mailed in, to be accepted. All 39 counties have races on the ballot in this election, with 3,095 offices up for election and 128 local measures to be decided. Secretary of State Steve Hobbs encourages all voters to use the state’s comprehensive system of resource...

  • Corrections/Clarifications

    Oct 26, 2023

    In last week’s Eagle, we incorrectly reported that the new electric vehicle (EV) charger on Butler Street is a “Level 1” charger. It is, in fact, a Level 3 charger, providing 50 kilowatts of power, and is capable of charging a small EV (40 kWh battery) in 32 minutes, a medium EV (65 kWh battery) in 52 minutes, and a large EV (90 kWh battery) in 1 hour, 12 minutes....

  • West End residents are accessible

    Oct 26, 2023

    To The Eagle: Karen Bertroch is spot on suggesting survey staff go through local groups in trying to reach west end residents. Her most recent Downriver Dispatches (Oct. 19) reminded me of when I helped serving CAP meals in Rosburg. A speaker came from Longview to share information on senior services. Our people looked around, twitched a bit and didn't look like they were paying much attention until the speaker said how happy she was to get to come to Rosburg, as her great grandparents lived here years ago and she came to visit in the summertim...

  • What's the charge?

    Oct 26, 2023

    To The Eagle: The mayor was quoted in the last issue of The Eagle, as saying that our new charger in town is a level one charger that will charge a car in 30 minutes. In fact a level one charger would put about 1.5 miles of charge in an electric car in half and hour. Level one is 120 volts like a household outlet and not at all efficient for charging an electric car. Eric Skemp Cathlamet...

  • Heston brings valuable experience

    Oct 26, 2023

    To The Eagle: Because our community is so small, we rely on people to wear many hats to provide necessary services. Brian Heston is running for the School Board’s position 2 this fall. Besides having a son in the local schools and volunteer experience with the Robotics team, he has an excellent background in IT and cybersecurity and is employed by Cisco, a well-known name in IT. He brings valuable IT expertise to the table and would be a valuable asset to the school district as it faces future IT challenges. I encourage people to vote for B...

  • Anderson's experience is key

    Oct 26, 2023

    To The Eagle: I believe Patty Anderson to be the best candidate for Wahkiakum School Board Position No. 4. If you have not had a chance to read her interview published in The Eagle on August 24, I would strongly recommend it. It is impressive! She has been an educator for 38 years in the public school system. During that time, Patty also was appointed to be a substitute principal when needed, a department head, and she coached volleyball teams from youth through the college level. She cares about the kids and the future of the school system...

  • Heston has the right stuff

    Oct 26, 2023

    To The Eagle: Brian Heston has what it takes to be a great school board member for us (position #2), and for our future. He is involved with kids in our school now as a mentor and as a parent. He works remotely from home here in Cathlamet for an industry-leading internet-era company: Cisco. His job is troubleshooting internet connectivity issues for customers, from very high-end companies to individuals. After growing up in Kelso, he and his family could be living anywhere in the world, but they chose Cathlamet. For the schools; for our...

  • A Wahkiakum classic, refreshed

    Karen Bertroch|Oct 26, 2023

    Looking at a map of Washington, the southwest corner is easy to overlook. For history buffs, it is an intriguing study because of the Indians, the immigrants, and the land itself. Irene Martin knows our history in an intimate way. She has researched, interviewed, traveled and recorded more than most of us will ever understand. Her 1997 book, “Beach of Heaven,” deserves to be on every bookshelf in every house in Wahkiakum County. It is a textbook all our students should be required to read. It is about more than our area or even our region; it...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Oct 26, 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, 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.m. Community...

  • Holiday events begin this week

    Kay Chamberlain|Oct 26, 2023

    CHILL COMING—It looks like temperatures are going to take a nosedive; we could be in for several days of near- or below-freezing temperatures. One had best prepare if you're out here in the sticks with exposed plumbing! The cold also means extra feed for your outdoor animals, as they need more to stay warm as well. It looks to be just a three day stretch of temps in the thirties, so that shouldn't be too bad. Let's hope for that "warmer winter" they've been talking about. SPECIAL DAYS—Celebrating birthdays this week are Maury Mooers, Mic...

  • Sheriff's Report, October 26, 2023

    Oct 26, 2023

    October 15 — 5:49 p.m. A caller reported that four pickups carrying kayaks were speeding on a Puget Island road. 8:57 p.m. A welfare check was requested for a resident on Risk Road. A deputy responded and found the individual alive and well. October 16 — 12:33 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident who fell. 8:45 a.m. A caller reported that two men in a red pickup shot a deer in the rock pit by the fairgrounds in Skamokawa. The caller said it appeared to be a doe. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified. 9:2...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Oct 26, 2023

    Good Morning, Neighbors! I just listened to the Ship Report on KMUN. Joanne Rideout and Gordon McCraw are my coffee friends every morning, and I plan my days around their weather forecasts. They are saying a cold front is coming this week with lower night temperatures for us on the coast and snow on the higher hills. So, it's true fall is stepping back so the inevitable wind and rain can take over. I should have cut the grass yesterday. Like many of you, colds and flu become an issue in the...

  • Change is coming to the school board

    Karen Bertroch|Oct 26, 2023

    In recent years, our national political culture has moved into a state of mistrust. And over the past months, it has become clear that even in our small school district, board meetings reflect mistrust. At the last meeting of the Naselle Grays River Valley School District on October 17, during public comment, it was again time to complain, insult, and berate the Board and the Superintendent. Adam Rose: “There is a lack of transparency, a dictatorship. During covid students were told not to protest. Coercion. Then redacted documents. Only t...

  • Why is a raven like a bistro table?

    Brandon J. Simmons|Oct 26, 2023

    When I first arrived, I wasn’t sure if I was in the right place. I had expected a blinking neon sign flashing GYROS! GYROS! But the building my maps app had directed me to was a simple, nondescript brick mixed-use commercial building in downtown Longview. There was no one else parked nearby. I decided to look around. No sign. No one walking by. My uncertainty grew. Then, perched ominously behind the tempered glass double doors opening onto the intersection, I saw a lanky individual, shrouded in a black cloak, and sporting a plague doctor’s mas...

  • Long-snubbed by Washington lawmakers, sunshine panel not ready to surrender

    Jerry Cornfield, Washington State Standard|Oct 26, 2023

    Those advising state lawmakers on ways to ensure Washington’s government operates transparently have grown pretty frustrated with the lack of interest in their advice. It reached the point earlier this year when the Public Records Exemptions Accountability Committee considered asking lawmakers to disband the advisory panel, concerned it had become, in one member’s words, a “perpetual task force that goes nowhere.” At a meeting Tuesday, members, still frustrated, agreed to make another run at getting lawmakers to heed the work they do. The panel...

  • Chad Niemela

    Oct 26, 2023

    Chad Allen Niemela, 49, lost his 4 year battle with cancer in the early morning of October 18, 2023.He passed away at home surrounded by his wife and children. Chad is remembered as an active, social, hard working, and loving man who was always there to help anyone in need. Chad and his wife, Michaela, had four children and many “extra” kids that he loved as his own. The family will hold a celebration of life November 5 at the local Rat Tap from 1-4 p.m. to honor Chad. Donations may be made at Bank of the Pacific to help support the family at...

  • Merlin Durrah

    Oct 26, 2023

    Merlin Homer Durrah was born March 31, 1940, in Longview, and died at home surrounded by his wife, Judy, and family on October 15, 2023. Merlin worked for Crown Zellerbach as a mechanic for many years and then drove log truck until Crown went out of business. He was a board member for the Wahkiakum West Telephone Company for over 30 years. He was also the sexton for the Grays River Cemetery beginning in 1983, after his uncle Norman Durrah died. Merlin lived his entire life in Grays River and...

  • Have the Mules turned their season around?

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 26, 2023

    The Wahkiakum Mules turned around early season losses to move into first place in the Central 2B Lower East/West league on Friday with a 21-12 win against Rainier. "Defense really played well tonight," Coach Ryan Lorenzo said. "I think they are starting to understand the defensive scheme we are running this year. Offense played really well. We had two turnovers in the red zone that we have to fix. For the most part, the athletes did their jobs and that's all we can ask for. Zakk Carlson had...

  • Mules close out a disappointing season

    Diana Zimmerman|Oct 26, 2023

    The Wahkiakum Mules volleyball team added two more to their loss column by Monday, bringing their record to 0-15 overall. A final game at home on Wednesday, too late for press time, ended their season. Hosting Winlock last Thursday, the Mules got their first set win of the season, but lost the next three to lose the match, despite some close scores. “The girls were pretty disappointed as they felt that with a few tweaks the outcome could have come out with a win for us, but overall it was a g...

  • Harvest festival at Little Island Creamery

    Oct 26, 2023

    Little Island Creamery hosted a community apple pressing and harvest event Sunday. Activities included face painting, tours of the creamery, folk music performed Donny Wages & Ian Brandon, carnival games, and wood-fire pizza. Photo courtesy of Little Island Creamery. Bring your own apples! Residents from around the county visited Little Island Creamery Sunday for an autumn harvest event. A neighbor brought an antique apple press, that was used to squeeze fresh cider....

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