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Articles from the January 12, 2023 edition


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  • Holiday surprise: Burst water lines flood elementary school

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 12, 2023

    Structural and system failures plagued Wahkiakum School District over the holiday break. Outside pipes burst in the bus garage and the grandstand two days after the big freeze taking Maintenance Supervisor Paul Lawrence, Transportation Supervisor Calvin Grasseth, and David McNally from the Town of Cathlamet away from their families on Christmas morning to contend with the issue and get it all shut off, according to Superintendent Brent Freeman. Freeman visits the facilities regularly, and did a...

  • Commissioners cover ferry funding, erosion, shoreline program

    Rick Nelson|Jan 12, 2023

    Wahkiakum County commissioners signed letters to state legislators requesting increased funding for the county ferry Oscar B. and discussed other issues when they met Tuesday. The letters follow up meetings with Rep. Fey, chair of the House Transportation Committee, and District 19 Senator Jeff Wilson. Commissioners requested a change to state statutes establishing the state's subsidy of ferry operations. The letters included spreadsheets showing that the current 80 percent subsidy doesn't cover all costs, forcing the county to use money...

  • Mules lose one game, win two

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 12, 2023

    The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team followed a loss to Morton/White Pass last Thursday with wins against Willapa Valley and Winlock this week. In the Mules 52-44 loss to MWP on Thursday, Zakk Carlson scored 16 points, Brodie Avalon had 13, and Kyler Sause added eight. Jacob Johnson had three points, and Dominic Curl and Titan Niemela had two apiece. "Going into the season, I think everyone would anticipate MWP to be the number one team in the league," Coach Todd Souvenir said. "I think the...

  • Lady Mules lost to Ducks, defeat T'wolves

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 12, 2023

    The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball returned to regular season play this week after Christmas break with a win and a loss. Last Wednesday, the Lady Mules lost 44-41 in a close game with Toutle Lake. "We struggled as a team," Coach Rob Garrett said, "but both Amirah [Abdul-Kariem] and Bailey [McKinley] really stepped it up offensively which gave us an opportunity to keep the game within reach. Amirah played great on both sides of the ball. In the end, unfortunately, we had too many mental...

  • Washington lawmakers set for 105-day session

    Renee Diaz and Alexandria Osborne, Washington State Journal|Jan 12, 2023
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    After two years of an online and hybrid Legislature that severely restricted legislators’ direct contact during the pandemic, the House and Senate chambers were full of people reuniting and greeting each other. at the opening of the state Legislature Jan. 9. A main issue at the start of the session was moving past the COVID-19 pandemic and adopting new rules and procedures that allows for in-person and remote participation. President of the Senate Denny Heck, the Lieutenant Governor, said community members sent the Senators to the l...

  • Star Program expresses thanks

    Jan 12, 2023

    To The Eagle: We want to thank all of the people of Wahkiakum County that helped The Star Program for the 2022 Christmas season; the families that took stars, the businesses where we were allowed to place star trees, and to the volunteers that helped with the heavy work. We also appreciate the monetary donations, which without we would not be able to complete another year of gift giving for the children of the county. Sincerely, NovaLee Knopp Director, Star Program of Wahkiakum County Not a Wahkiakum County funded agency...

  • The Sheriff's Corner

    Jan 12, 2023

    What the heck’s been happening in the Sheriff’s Office you ask? Well, several positive things happened in 2022 and are carrying over this year as well. Sometime this spring, patrol deputies along with the sheriff, undersheriff, and administrative assistant will be moving to the vacated space on the back side of the courthouse where the Health Department used to be. There will be a welcoming lobby for the public, more office space for the deputies and a more professional setting for employees and visitors alike. Victims reporting crimes in per...

  • Another view of the seaplane hangar

    Jan 12, 2023

    To The Eagle: I am neither for nor against a seaplane hangar at the marina, but a writer in this column has been giving you inaccurate, misleading, and flat out wrong information trying to convince you to vote against one. The Cessna Caravan he speaks of carries 11 passengers, not “2 to 6.” Being that the channel is over 150 ft. wide, there would be no crowding in the channel, even two Caravans could easily pass each other without a problem. Further USCG COLREGS Rule 18 e) states “A seaplane on the water shall, in general, keep well clear...

  • Parking lot comes with horrendous cost

    Jan 12, 2023

    To The Eagle: The Eagle recently announced that the Butler St parking lot’s first phase of construction is complete and partially ready for use. Town taxpayers though need to understand the horrendous cost they’ve incurred for this project: · Past Mayor Jacobson had the town pay over $60,000 to “a friend” for this literally contaminated lot. This was twice the then current appraised market value ... assuming it wasn’t contaminated.  About two years ago, current Mayor David Olson made developing the Butler St lot his personal agenda, and...

  • Cost of Butler Lot vexes town council

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 12, 2023

    The parking lot on Butler Street is paved and painted now, but grumbles at the Town of Cathlamet meeting last week regarding the process and its somewhat unsatisfying results prove it continues to be a source of vexation. An EV station has yet to be installed, and plans for a kiosk are still in the works, but according to Town Council Member Robert Stowe, the lot has already cost the town $600,000. "The way it looks now it's a fait accompli, we're stuck with it pretty much," Stowe said. "I...

  • Crab and oyster feeds will happen soon

    Kay Chamberlain|Jan 12, 2023

    BLUSTERY--As I begin this column, it is a very blustery Monday and the tree branches are breaking and debris is flying, so if you’re getting this windy weather, I hope you’ve managed to keep your outside things from flying away! I also hope you don’t have to be outside as falling tree branches can be detrimental to one's vehicle or your well being! It looks like we’re in for a soggy week, so keep those boots handy, as I believe we’re going to need them! SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays this coming week are Patty Calvert, Cindy Llo...

  • WSU Master Livestock Program to start February 2

    Jan 12, 2023

    Farming can be a good economic opportunity as well as a great lifestyle choice. The WSU Master Livestock Program teaches small acreage farmers management practices used when raising animals. Learn practices that will improve your property, provide sustainability for your farm, offer financial opportunities, and maintain healthy livestock. This course deals with the real-life issues landowners must address when trying to manage their farm. The 14-week course is offered online using the Zoom platform on Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m., February 2...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Jan 12, 2023

    THURSDAY Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Free Senior Fitness and Balance Class, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, enter via door on 3rd, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Food Addicts, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 6-7 p.m. Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, Noon. Puget Island Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. Port District No. 1, 500 2nd St., Noon. District No. 4 Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire District No. 3 Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Grays River Fire...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Jan 12, 2023

    FAFF is sponsoring the Skamokawa Swamp Opera who will be performing on Sunday, Jan. 22nd beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Naselle Community Center. The cost will be a suggested donation of $10. Refreshments served afterwards. The group is working on a set list centered around songs by and about the people of the lower Columbia River and they will also be selling CD’s after the concert. Contact Barbara Swanson for more information: 360-484-3602. Did you know the Naselle Clinic has 600 patients that come from all over the area? If you want to e...

  • Skamokawa Swamp Opera to perform in Naselle

    Jan 12, 2023

    The Naselle Community Center and Finnish American Folk festival presents "The Skamokawa Swamp Opera," a folk band made up of Wahkiakum County musicians. The concert will be held Sunday, January 22, 3 p.m., at the Naselle Community Center, 14 Parpala Road, Naselle. The cost will be a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Refreshments will be provided downstairs after the concert. CD's will also be on hand for purchase. The Skamokawa Swamp Opera was founded in 2013. The Naselle show will feature...

  • George Malakowsky

    Jan 12, 2023

    George Henry Malakowsky, 70, of Castle Rock, passed away in the arms of his loved ones on December 1, 2022 at St. John's Hospital. George was a lifelong logger. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Betty Jean, two daughters, Amy (Tyson) Humbyrd of Woodland and Cindy (Chris) Russell of Castle Rock; grandson Jeran Keogh (Josie Fix) of Cathlamet, who he raised; his stepsons Rob Keogh of Castle Rock, and Tony (Morgan) Keogh of Texas; grandchildren, Kaylee, Bethany, Michael, Austin, Garrett, Connor,...

  • Covid update

    Diana Zimmerman|Jan 12, 2023

    One more case of covid-19 was reported in Wahkiakum County over the last week according to the Washington Department of Health, bringing the cumulative total to 633. Meanwhile, the number of hospitalizations rose by two to 50, and the number of deaths attributed to the virus remains at 10. 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. “There is a new dominant variant in most of t...

  • FOS seeking vendors for antique sale set for March

    Jan 12, 2023

    The Friends of Skamokawa will host their annual Antique Sale on March 10, 11 and 12 this year, on Friday and Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. They are asking for any vendors who wish to participate to contact them for more information. You do not have to be present to sell. All proceeds help to maintain property and provide programs and services for the community through the FOS/River Life Interpretive Center. For further information contact Lori Cagle, office manager, Tuesday or Thursday from 10-2 at the Friends of Skamokawa...

  • Sheriff's Report, January 12, 2023

    Jan 12, 2023

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: January 1 — 9:44 p.m. The Grays River ambulance aided a Deep River resident. January 2 — 10:45 a.m. The Grays River ambulance responded to a Deep River home after a caller said he stopped by to check on the resident and found him unconscious. 1:25 p.m. A man was arrested following a domestic disturbance at a Rosedale home. 2:37 p.m. A caller reported that several fishermen were trespassing on his Elochoman Val...

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