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Articles from the December 22, 2022 edition

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  • Garden center coming in the spring

    Diana Zimmerman|Dec 22, 2022

    Though winter is officially with us, activity at the coming Puget Island Gardens is anything but dormant. Gene and Dawn O'Neil, along with their assistant Natalie Fink, are busy dreaming, planning, and otherwise preparing for the opening of a garden center this spring. Gene O'Neil grew up gardening, and has had a long career in sales in the garden business. Dawn's career focus was on hospitality and food, with a specialty in pastry, and she has worked at the Four Season Hotel in Seattle, and...

  • Council declares vacancy, adopts 2023 budget

    Jamie Nelson|Dec 22, 2022

    Cathlamet town council members will be looking for an additional member to join their ranks in 2023. At their December 19 meeting, the council declared a vacancy in Council Position #3, formerly held by CeCelia Raglin. The action was taken in accordance with municipal code after a council member misses three consecutive meetings without requesting excused absences. Council members present at the meeting expressed gratitude for Raglin’s service. Information about the process for filling of the vacancy is forthcoming. In other business, the c...

  • County commission lobbies for increased funding for ferry

    Rick Nelson|Dec 22, 2022

    Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday lobbied the chair of the state legislature's transportation committee for increased funding for county transportation services. The State of Washington covers 80 percent of ferry operation costs, but state statutes contain a cap on that funding. When costs exceed the level covered under the cap, the county has to shift money from road department projects to cover the overage, Public Works Director Chuck Beyer explained. Overages have run between $100,000 and $200,000, he said. Is it possible to raise th...

  • Lady Mules win 2 of 3

    Diana Zimmerman|Dec 22, 2022

    The Wahkiakum Mules girls basketball team followed two wins with a loss this week. Last Wednesday, the Lady Mules traveled to Kalama and beat the Chinooks 57-46. "The Kalama game was a lot of fun," Coach Rob Garrett said. "Reigha [Niemeyer] was unconscious, shooting 7-11 from three point range, and leading the way with 31 points. I thought everyone did a good job in the game, working at their role to complete a team effort. Our defense looked solid most of the time, and we came out with a good...

  • Recounts make little difference

    Diana Zimmerman|Dec 22, 2022

    A recount requested by Joe Kent, who lost the race for U.S. Representative for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District to Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, did not change the outcome of the election. Instead, the undertaking, which cost Kent more than $48,500, only succeeded in extending Perez’s lead a little more. Wahkiakum’s recount was conducted last Thursday morning by Wahkiakum County Auditor Nicci Bergseng, Wahkiakum County Commissioner Gene Strong, Wahkiakum Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Shannon Edd...

  • Reject seaplane base at Cathlamet

    Dec 22, 2022

    To The Eagle: We are concerned Cathlamet residents who love this city we call home. But while I am an aviation enthusiast myself (but not a pilot), my family and I wanted to urge our fellow citizens to contact and petition the county commissioners to reject all proposals for a seaplane hanger, a seaplane ramp, or a seaplane base in any location near Cathlamet or on the Cathlamet channel. Last week, we explored the potential noise impact. This week: Impact 2: The false promise of economic impact. The reality is that the impact on local businesse...

  • Local wordsmith will be missed

    Dec 22, 2022

    To The Eagle: Nearing age 80 one gets used to friends passing but when they do it always causes new pain. Some more than others. I received an email from Judy Brawn telling me that Howard had passed away peacefully a week before the beautifully written obituary showed up in last week's Eagle. Howard and I have been crossing pens, rather than swords, for several years and became friends even though we both love our America with different visions for the country. In our respective youths we both signed up to die to protect her if needed....

  • Mr. Brawn wore his love of country on his sleeve

    Dec 22, 2022

    To The Eagle: I was saddened to learn of the passing of Howard Brawn in last week’s Wahkiakum Eagle. I will miss his insightful thoughts put to pen in his frequent letters to the editor; those letters were informative, not nasty or hateful as some other frequent writers. I have to wonder how many of us here know what an interesting, adventurous and exceptional life he lived and through it all he never forgot how blessed he was to live in this amazing country he loved so much and I mean every acre of it. Howard, or should I say Mr. Brawn, w...

  • Remind the government they are employees

    Dec 22, 2022

    To The Eagle: We all know for the money we spend on private businesses, we always get something in return like clothing, dining, etc. It also goes to pay salaries for their laborers. When private business is not prospering, depending on the situation, they have to lay off their laborers or close shop. We all know the government gets their money that pays salary to their employees, from laborers that worked in private businesses. Go online and search government agencies A-Z As you scan through that list and the amount of employees...

  • Visitor receives aid

    Dec 22, 2022

    To The Eagle: On a trip from the Long Beach Peninsula to a doctor's appointment in Vancouver last week, my oil light went on, so I drove into Cathlamet, looking for a gas station. I stopped at the Windermere office and had the great good luck of finding Bill Wilkins at his desk. Rather than send me off with no oil, he sent me across the street to the grocery store to buy two quarts of oil. When I got back, he took care of getting the car running again. He, along with a friend whose name I didn't catch, advised me to call ahead to Rebound to...

  • PUD staff describe state of the utility

    Diana Zimmerman|Dec 22, 2022

    Dennis Reid swore the oath of office after reelection to his position as a member of the Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, and General Manager Dan Kay and Auditor Erin Wilson gave a presentation on the state of utility. It was a time of coming out of covid-19 and what is going to be the new normal, Kay said, from whether to have meetings in person or hybrid, or how to address challenges like inflation and supply chain issues. According to the presentation, the mission of th...

  • Mule boys win 2, climb in rankings

    Diana Zimmerman|Dec 22, 2022

    The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team won two more games this week and found themselves rated the number 10 team among 2B schools in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Rating Percentage Index (RPI), which uses a formula of the winning percentages of teams, their opponents, and their opponents’ opponents, to rank teams in the state. On Wednesday, the Mules traveled to Kalama and beat the Chinooks 68-35. “Offense was created by our defense,” Coach Todd Souvenir said. “We g...

  • Hope everyone has a happy Christmas

    Kay Chamberlain|Dec 22, 2022

    BEEN COLD--I hope you survived the arctic blast that we had last week, as it certainly was chilly around these parts. Those low 20 degree temperatures certainly make my ole bones ache, along with making those roads slick with ice and heavy frost. By the time you read this, we may have already had another round of freezing temps and even some snow, but with ever changing weather models, I guess we will just have to wait and see what we get. Personally, I’d just as soon not have a white Christmas as I know a lot of folks are traveling over the h...

  • The Eagle Calendar

    Dec 22, 2022

    THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. District No. 4 Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, fire/ambulance, 7 p.m. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Wahkiakum Planning Commission, Courthouse, 6 p.m. Wahkiakum Commissioners, Courthouse, 9:30 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Free Senior Fitness and Balance Class, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, enter via door on 3rd, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Eastside Play & Learn...

  • What's happening at the Fair?

    Patty Dursteler|Dec 22, 2022

    Greetings from the fair! Wow, it is almost Christmas; things will be pretty quiet at the fairgrounds for the rest of the year. On January 14 we will have the monthly Flea Market and Sale in the T-Building. Tables are still only $10 and all you need to do is call the office, 360-795-3480. Then on January 21 we will hold a Crab and Oyster Feed at the Fairgrounds. The cost is $30 per ticket and are available at the Duck Inn, Maria's or by calling the office. February will be a very busy month for fair fundraising. We will have Valentine's Bingo...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Dec 22, 2022

    Christmas time can be intense. Just finding time to shop, decorate, pick up family members at the airport, make cookies, attend seasonal services or events, hosting family who've come to stay, seating family members at the table so there are no arguments, or adjusting to new grandchildren or marriage partners and other changes each year, can be tiring and emotional. And then we add in the deaths at Christmas. My Aunt Hattie died on November 27 this year, at age 97. She has been in contact with...

  • Sheriff's Report, December 22, 2022

    Dec 22, 2022

    Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including: December 12 — 12:52 a.m. A deputy and the Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident who was having difficulty breathing. 6:33 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident who was having a heart attack. 7:49 a.m. A welfare check was requested for two people in a Puget Island home. 10:54 a.m. An Alger Creek resident running a page on Facebook said she was receiving death threats online. A deputy c...

  • Darcy Tischer

    Dec 22, 2022

    Darcy Rae Tischer died December 3, 2022, in Vancouver Hospice with her family by her side after a long battle with health issues. Darcy was born to Lee and Diane Tischer in Longview on July 26, 1984. She attended school in Cathlamet, where she made many lifetime friends. She worked at the Bank of the Pacific until her health would not allow her to continue. Darcy married Jesse Aragon and had a daughter Leanndra; after they divorced, Darcy had a son Louis with Tayler Stornetta. Darcy had such a c...

  • Greg Wika

    Dec 22, 2022

    Gregory Alan Wika was born at Cowlitz General Hospital in Longview, on July 17, 1952 and died December 12, 2022 at the age of 70. His father, Oswald K. Wika (Ozzie) and his mother, Phyllis A. Foster Wika both preceded him in passing. Greg grew up on Puget Island and Cathlamet. He was a resident of Cathlamet and had been surviving Congestive Heart Failure when he died in Longview, at PeaceHealth St. John Hospital. Greg was a logger and fisherman and had owned/operated his own paving and striping...

  • Anne Allen

    Dec 22, 2022

    Anne Allen, 58, of Cathlamet, died December 12, 2022. She was born Ann Leslie Hummels to parents Les and Lucille Hummels of Woodland, and joined siblings Dean, Gene and Merry and then six years later, sister Carrie. Anne attended Woodland schools and graduated from Woodland High School in 1982. Annie was an animal lover from an early age – always having dogs and cats and even a boa constrictor at one point. She was mostly known for her love of horses. She spent most of her life in Woodland and had been a resident of Cathlamet since 2015. She i...

  • Lions Club Student of the Month

    Dec 22, 2022

    The Wahkiakum Lions Club is honoring Ruby Christianson as their November Student of The Month. Pictured is President Terri Elfers as she presents Ruby with a certificate of achievement and a check for her accomplishment. Ruby is a leader in the Weight Training program and has also been a TA for a freshman shop class. She is looking at going to a Trade School and hopes to work with a major construction company in the future. Ruby is a skilled artist. Because of that she has learned to be patient...

  • HS and MS students invited to compete in chess tourney

    Dec 22, 2022

    Wahkiakum County youth from grades 6-12 are invited to compete in the Southwest Washington High School and Middle School Chess Championships. The chess tournament, a Regional State Qualifier, will be held Saturday, February 4 at Centralia College. Entry is free and chess players of all abilities are welcome. For details, video and FAQ, visit

  • Students invited to participate in 4-H kick-off

    Dec 22, 2022

    Wahkiakum County and Naselle youth, grades K-12, are invited with their families to participate in the Wahkiakum County 4-H Kick-Off, at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds, Saturday, January 7, 10 a.m. to noon. Youth will have the opportunity to try a variety of hands-on projects available in 4-H, including arts, crafts, and robotics. This event showcases 4-H activities and clubs available to local youth and is open to non-4-H members and current 4-H members. There is no charge to participate. Materials are provided by Wahkiakum County 4-H...

  • TNT presents history of the local ferry

    Dec 22, 2022

    The Clatsop County Historical Society’s Thursday Night Talks (TNT) on January 19, 2023, presents the history of the ferry connection between Cathlamet, Puget Island and Westport, Oregon. The Clatsop County Historical Society’s TNT lecture series is a free event at Fort George Brewery on the third Thursday of each month. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with lectures beginning at 7:00 p.m. Seasonal beers on tap, food, and other beverages are available for purchase. Minors are welcome with an accompanying adult. For more information about this event or...

  • Local leader helps deliver community banking message to nation's capital

    Dec 22, 2022

    The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recently announced that community banker Denise Portmann, President & CEO of Bank of the Pacific in Aberdeen, was elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks. “It’s a privilege to be elected to represent our industry and shine a light on the work of the nation’s community banks, which build better communities,” Portmann said. “Denise is a respected member of her community and a dedicated advocate for our industry,” said ICBA Chairman Brad...

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