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Museum open for two more Saturdays

NOT NICE--As this week began, the smoke and fog combo that hit Sunday morning was really something to see, as that's just about all that you could see at my house! It was defintely not a good time to be outside and warnings were given to stay inside...

 

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We are going to be okay During World War II in the Nazi occupied Netherlands, many of the populace were starving. One man whose family was going hungry decided to try to sell one of his family’s heirlooms, his grandfather’s gold pocket watch. He...

 

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Fishing in Southwestern Washington This past month I have witnessed a prolific amount of people along the Columbia River fishing. This is not an unusual event as it is not only the commercial fishermen trying to make a decent wage, but also the...

 

How five families approach sending kids back to school

Deciding whether a child should attend school in person or continue remote learning this fall has been a very personal issue for many families in Wahkiakum County. I was able to catch up with five such families. Three have decided to return to...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 3, 2020

County commission hears health director's report, acts on varied issues

Wahkiakum County commissioners breezed though a light agenda Tuesday, approving some personnel changes, discussing 9-1-1 telecommunication issues and hearing a report from the county's health department administrator. Health and Human Services...

 

Students returning soon to Naselle schools

Naselle-Grays River School District classes will resume the week of Sept. 14 Following is an outline of the district's plan to educate students during the covid-19 pandemic. Superintendent of schools Lisa Nelson specified that there will not be any...

 

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What is happening with the SR4 Slide? Celeste Dimichina, the communications consultant for The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), has informed me of an update on the State Route 4...

 

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Appelo Archives Center Hires New Director The Appelo Archives Center is located at 1056 State Route 4 in Naselle. It has a new director named Annika Kay. She was born in Anaheim, Calif., and raised...

 

Mary Saari

Mary Ellen (Simukka) Saari, 85, of Naselle, WA, died peacefully on August 18, 2020, in Longview, WA. She was born on February 13, 1935, to Matt and Ester Simukka and was a life-long resident of, in her words, “good-ole Naselle.” She loved her...

 

Food programs addressing needs in Wahkiakum

If anyone in Wahkiakum County is struggling to put food on the table, it just doesn't have to be that way. There are a lot of resources available and a network of willing volunteers who want to...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Give Me Your Input I have often been approached by readers of The Wahkiakum County Eagle who have ideas for stories, some of which in no way, shape, or form can I print. I do not usually have trouble getting the stories of interest to the readers of...

 

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Where It All Goes Years ago I decided that I could save money by taking my trash to the KM Transfer Station. I saw all the recycle for glass, plastic, cardboard, etc. Although I was familiar with recycling, I wondered where all the rest of the trash...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    August 6, 2020

Covid-19 update:

The number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Wahkiakum County remained at five as of Tuesday night, with 371 tests having been conducted so far. Cowlitz County is reporting 457 cases with 244 considered active. Pacific County is up to 44 positive...

 

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An Acquired Taste Over the decades I have had the opportunity to taste authentic cuisines from all over the world. One thing I have found in almost every culture is that they all use some form of grain and make that into bread, tortilla, or any other...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    July 30, 2020

Officials consider adding new restroom along SR 4, address other issues

By Rick Nelson Members of Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners would like to see an increase in public restrooms available to travelers. On Tuesday, they explored the concept with...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Only Time Will Tell A century from now historians and the curiosity seekers will look back and ponder at the things that have occurred in the last year between 2019 and 2020. This recent pandemic, regardless of one’s opinion, has reshaped our...

 

N/GRV School Board Meeting Notes

The Naselle/Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors met for a budget hearing on July 21 followed by a regular meeting to conduct the district’s business. The district's business manager presented the proposed budget for the coming...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Odd Behavior Explained In a previous article in The Wahkiakum County Eagle, I wrote about the importance of cats in the county. This story was partly inspired by the feral cats I saw at Deep River...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    July 23, 2020

Virtual fair will use pictures, videos

It will be a wholly different Wahkiakum County Fair this year, much of it thanks to youth who are leading the way. Wahkiakum County Fair Manager Patty Dursteler has been working on new computers and a much improved internet service at the...

 

Officials report efforts to deal with issues

Local officials covered a lot of ground July 14 when they met for a round table and meeting of the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners. l In the roundtable hosted by the Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Council of Governments, State Sen. Dean Takko and Rep....

 

Lions Club berries available to order

NICE--We're finally getting a bit more summer-like weather and with that, it means our gardens need a little extra drink and it also means more people out and about on the waterways, so be extra careful out there. Then of course, the increased...

 

Katherine Rostad

Katherine Lee Rostad, at 66 years old, died on July 18, 2020, of a 12-year battle against cancer. She was the loving wife of Bjarne Rostad. They spent 42 wonderful years together. Born in Longview,...

 
 By Rob Hilson    Sports    July 23, 2020

Local athletes contribute to Babe Ruth team

The Lower Columbia Sr Babe Ruth baseball team travelled once again to Ernie Aiken Field in Astoria, Oregon on Monday afternoon to take on the Vancouver Mavericks. Lower Columbia had just come off a...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Let There Be Light As a bored teenager walking down the aisles of my high school library perusing the book shelves for nothing in particular, one book caught my eye and would forever change the way I looked at light. I even asked myself why this...

 

Wedding set for July 18

Peter and Nancy McGuire and Robert and Carol Virkelyst announce the marriage of Keely McGuire and Mark Virkelyst on July 18, 2020 on Harstine Island. Keely is a 2012 graduate of Naselle High school...

 

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