Articles from the November 30, 2023 edition

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Grays River gorge

Grays River gorge, seen from Fossil Creek Road. Photo by Ian Brandon....

 

Vote certified, levy passed

Votes were certified on Tuesday and results remained unchanged. Joe Baker held off challenger Michael Severson in the closest race. Appointed during the last term, Baker will continue his position on...

 

Crime, taxes and artificial intelligence on tap as WA lawmakers prep for session

Rising costs of transportation projects. Using artificial intelligence in Washington classrooms. Preserving affordable housing. Spending proceeds from the state’s new capital gains tax and recent cap-and-trade auctions. Those are a few topics...

 

Geri Florek, cornerstone of Eagle for three decades, takes a bow

The story of Geri Florek is a story of the Wahkiakum County Eagle. Or perhaps, the story of the Eagle is a story of Geri. After 30 years, it's hard to tell anymore. Their tales are too intertwined....

 

Two lefts don't make it right

To The Eagle: Mr. JB Bouchard's letter in response to my letter made about as much sense as screen door on a submarine. Really, your reasoning for abortion is that women have died during childbirth? Using that insane logic means that in 100 years...

 

Two very different approaches

To The Eagle: The Chair of Washington State’s nonpartisan redistricting commission has stated our new district maps “were created in a bipartisan process with unprecedented public input.” The results have been “the doubling of...

 

Angler sentenced to 50 days in jail for salmon snagging violations

A Pacific County judge has sentenced a recreational fisherman to 50 days in jail, fined him $1,500, and imposed a five-year fishing license suspension for repeat salmon snagging violations, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)...

 

Local resident cries fowl

There was a lot to unpack at the Town of Cathlamet’s meeting last week. It began with one resident venting her frustrations about the town’s response to her earlier request to add more chickens,...

 

A beautiful shot

Wahkiakum High School Coach Rob Garrett, who ran a winning program for the girl’s basketball team for 10 years, is now turning his attention to the boys. His excitement just might be contagious. Twe...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY 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. Johnson Park Community Center Library & Computer Center noon—5...

 

Santa's coming to town

COLD ENOUGH? I guess it depends on where you live, but out in West Valley we were down in the lower twenties this past week and that’s plenty cold for me! It looks like we will be warming up later this week, though, so by the time you read this,...

 

Sheriff's Report, November 30, 2023

November 20 7:39 a.m. A resident on Altoona/Pillar Rock Road found an unfriendly dog on her porch. The Wahkiakum Animal Advocates Group was contacted and they advised the resident to call the humane society. 7:49 a.m. A welfare check was requested...

 

Downriver Dispatches

The holidays can be difficult due to sudden deaths, especially around Christmas. One unexpected death was the recent loss of Dale Dutcher from the Altoona Pillar Rock area, not too far from the end of...

 

Musical time travelers present an "Old-Fashioned Christmas"

It seems that, if you're a hearing person, you possess at least a passing familiarity with Christmas music. It's everywhere this time of year. The music of Christmas is so familiar that for many it...

 

Zen poets gather for reading

To celebrate the release of their omnibus anthology “Cascadian Zen: Writings from Cascadia in the Here and Now, Vol. I,” Watershed Press and the Seattle-based nonprofit Cascadia Poetics Lab will hold two waterfront readings on the Lower Columbia....

 

Parade, tree to light up downtown Cathlamet

Local organizers are combining two popular events this Christmas season in Cathlamet, with a tree lighting joining the lighted parade and vendor market. Santa Claus will make a special appearance at...

 

Dale Robert Dutcher

By Cheryl Dutcher Dale passed away peacefully on Nov. 21. Dale and I married on April 4, 1997 and began our life as a married couple in Rosburg, WA. In addition to myself, he is also survived by his...

 

Ruth Cary

Ruth “Genie” Cary was born in Silverton, Oregon, and attended grade school there. She moved to Pocatello, Idaho, where she graduated from high school. Returning to Silverton, she married and had her sons, Russell and Heath. She worked for the...

 

Lynda Ann Cooper

On November 12, 2023, Lynda Ann Cooper (née Collier Sherman) died peacefully in Longview at the age of 74, after a courageous and dignified battle with pancreatic cancer. Lynda was attended and...

 

Ronald Wiest, Sr.

Ronald A. Wiest, Sr., 66, of Longview, was born on Feb. 27,1957 in Seattle to J. Basil and Dianne (Cavanaugh) Wiest. He spent summers on Puget Island with Pat and Bob Ohrberg. Ronald joined the US Army for three years after high school. He worked in...

 

Petitions filed for initiative to erase Washington's ambitious climate law

Washington’s controversial carbon pricing scheme drew fire and praise Tuesday as critics turned in signatures for an initiative to repeal the program, while its architects, including the governor, vowed to fight the measure should it reach the...

 

Volunteers to receive stipends

Council members for the Town of Cathlamet passed a resolution last Monday that supports local volunteers for the Cathlamet Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department in the form of a stipend....

 

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