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 By Rick Nelson    News    February 14, 2019 

County dredging plan meets new hurdle

The latest hurdle to finishing Wahkiakum County's permit applications to deposit dredge spoils on eroding beaches isn't very big, but it could delay any beach nourishment to next fall. A biological assessment of one of the county's four flood...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    February 14, 2019 

Thieves take specially equipped wheelchair van

When Grant Turner goes out with his friends, it takes a little planning. Turner, who became a quadriplegic after an accident in 2015, can't drive. His friends come to him, and drive him in his own...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    February 14, 2019 

Attorney general issues I-639 warning to law enforcement

• Washington state sheriffs call upon Second Amendment rights • Opposition of gun law sparks lawsuits in state • Some sheriffs refuse to uphold gun initiative OLYMPIA (Feb. 12, 2019) The state attorney general has stepped in with a warning to...

 

Correction/Clarification

The Downriver Dispatches column in last week’s edition incorrectly stated that the Naselle Lutheran Church had closed; the Naselle Congregational Church has in fact disbanded its congregation and passed its property to the Finnish American Folk...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 14, 2019 

Petitioner appeals recall decision

The effort to recall Cathlamet's mayor and three council members has gone to the Washing State Supreme Court. The attorney for petitioner Bill Wainwright filed a notice to appeal on February 7. The state justices will review the filing and decide if...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    February 14, 2019 

Consultant, community leaders discuss development

Becky McCray, a consultant who comes from a very small town in Oklahoma, visits small communities, encourages conversation and leaves them with ideas for improvement. McCray met with a group of elected officials and interested citizens on Friday...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-7:15 p.m. Food Addicts, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, 6-7 p.m. S.A.I.L.,...

 
 By Madeline Coats    News    February 14, 2019 

Legislators aim to end Daylight time switches

• Bill could avoid health risks by allowing year-round observation of daylight saving • Daylight saving time could become permanent in Washington state • Federal law must approve year-round daylight saving in Washington state OLYMPIA (Jan. 30,...

 

Officers seize animals at Island farm

At 7 a.m. on Monday morning, the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant for animal neglect and animal cruelty at Angel Wings Pet Sanctuary on Puget Island, which is owned and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 7, 2019

Measles outbreak misses Wahkiakum; vaccinations needed

The measles outbreak affecting the Portland-Vancouver area hasn't hit Wahkiakum County, yet. As of Sunday, 51 cases of the highly contagious disease had been diagnosed in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle. So far, there have been none locally, Chris...

 

Officials discuss combining port districts

Last week, commissioners from Wahkiakum County Port Districts 1 and 2 met to discuss the pros and cons of consolidating, entering into an inter-local agreement to share services, or remaining as they are. Several community members were in attendance....

 

Wahkiakum weather

We love our weather, as evidenced this past week. Wednesday's sunset, above, photographed by Frans Eykel, and Thursday's blooming daffodils, photo by Rick Nelson....

 

Human actions may destroy spring chinook

Once spring-run chinook salmon disappear, they are not likely to re-emerge, indicates genetic analysis of the revered wild fish in a study led by the University of California, Davis. Prompt conservation action could preserve spring-run chinook, as...

 

PUD commission covers strategic issues

There was a lot to talk about at the Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday morning. Commissioner Dennis Reid brought up two issues during open discussion. He suggested that they do away with the resolutions regarding salary...

 

Town rates increase

Cathlamet residents may have noticed that their water and sewer bill increased this month. During a meeting to discuss details for a job announcement at the Town of Cathlamet last Wednesday, acting Treasurer Sylvia Costich reminded the town council...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hope Center, 3rd & Maple, Cathlamet, Noon. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, work night, 7:30 p.m. Puget...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 7, 2019

Commissioners' Summary

Wahkiakum County commissioners covered a wide variety of business at their Tuesday meeting, including having discussions on changes to ferry rates and use of the vacant Johnson House as a rental residence. Ferry patrons have complained about the...

 

New Main Street shop filled with creations

Angie Whitehead has opened a little shop on Main Street in Cathlamet, where she sells lovely and fun handmade decorative items. Whitehead and her two sisters, Daria and Donna, have filled the shop...

 

Law officers shun new firearms law

• Some Sheriffs, including Wahkiakum’s Mark Howie, feel I-1639 violates 2nd Amendment • Refuse to enforce the law unless federal court upholds it By RaeLynn Ricarte Colville Statesman-Examiner The number of Washington law enforcement and govern...

 

Local woman travels long road to establish leatherwork business

Kylie Thacker is designing her life, one bag at a time, with her leather smithing business, Truant Leather Co. And as she says herself, "what brought me here is not a perfect line, it's a web of all...

 

Quake response plan recommended for schools

• Bill to prepare public schools for catastrophic emergencies • Plan may provide more resources to schools in the case of an emergency A plan may go into effect to better prepare Washington state public schools for natural or human-caused...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 31, 2019

Judge rules recall charges insufficient

Wahkiakum Superior Court Judge Donald J. Richter on Friday ruled that charges to recall Cathlamet's mayor and three council members were legally insufficient to proceed toward election. Cathlamet resident Bill Wainwright had filed the charges...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 31, 2019

State auditors have recommendations for town

The Town of Cathlamet came away with two recommendations after a Washington State Auditor's Office audit in late fall. Overall, the auditors said they found no problems with the town's numbers. However, they pointed out that the town clerical staff...

 

In the boot

On Saturday, Puget Island Fire Department volunteers Jared Vik (left) and Sherrill Bollen (not pictured) collected donations from drivers crossing the Birnie Slough bridge in the annual Fill the Boot...

 

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