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Pikeminnow fishing becomes a business

Skamokawa resident Nancy Campiche did not want this story to be about her, but nearly every pikeminnow fisherman I approached on Tuesday said, "Talk to Nancy." "Pikeminnow are not an invasive...

 

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...

 

Ref. 90 asks voters to approve or reject comprehensive sexual health ed

Editor Rick Nelson's note: There's a lot of brouhaha about Ref. 90 and Senate Bill 5395, the subject of the referendum. SB 5395 has been described as so pornographic it can't be discussed in public. There's a bit of hyperbole there, maybe a lot more...

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and meetings and events usually listed here have been canceled or changed to online participation until further notice. The Eagle was advised of the following events: Online Recovery Meeting, Lower Columbia...

 

On the beach

After years of permitting, pumping of dredged sand along eroding Pancake Point properties commenced on the upriver end of the project at 10 a.m. Saturday, area resident Paul Vik reported. A 24 hour...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 27, 2020

Sunny Sands residents should prepare for beach nourishment project

East Sunny Sands beach front residents have been warned to clear their frontages of personal property in preparation for placement of dredged sand spoils, Wahkiakum County officials announced this...

 
 By Andrew Weiler    News    August 27, 2020

Council considers town hall improvements

On August 17, the Cathlamet town council members discussed a number of agenda items not elaborated on in last week’s edition of The Eagle. Those items include a request for proposals (RFP) approval for improvements on town hall’s office...

 

Celebration of flags

The Town of Cathlamet hosted a program Tuesday morning to celebrate the installation of a flag pole at Town Hall and the donation of two Flags. Veteran Bob Roche of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5297...

 

Covid-19 update:

The number of people to test positive for covid-19 in Wahkiakum County rose to six last week, with 447 tests conducted so far. There have been 529 confirmed cases in Cowlitz County. 117 are considered active, three people are currently hospitalized...

 

Corrections/Clarifications

Hunter ed class It has been difficult to achieve precise wording of hunters education class developments. Previous articles should have stated: Deferral hunter applications: -- Must not have failed a hunter education class in the last 12 months. --...

 

Anglers optimistic, but the fishing is slow

The August fishing season has brought a lot of fishermen to the Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet, but so far, it sounds like an exercise in frustration for a lot of the anglers. "The fishing...

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and meetings and events usually listed here have been canceled or changed to online participation until further notice. The Eagle was advised of the following events: Online Recovery Meeting, Lower Columbia...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 27, 2020

Early gillnet boat makes marina visit

Long Beach resident Kent Craford came with friends and family to the Elochoman Slough Marina last Saturday to launch his gillnet boat, the John M. The 22-foot double ender boat reflects the...

 

Puget Island bridge work begins Monday, August 24

Anyone traveling to and from Puget Island next week should expect some delays during the day as WSDOT plans to return to install the remainder of the bridge joint membranes on the Puget Island bridge. Crews will close a single lane of the highway...

 

Confirmed case of covid-19 in sixth Wahkiakum County resident

A sixth case of covid-19 was confirmed in Wahkiakum County today. The individual is in self-quarantine and is not symptomatic. Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services is working to identify anyone who may have an exposure risk because of contact...

 

Women's right to vote celebrated

On Tuesday, members of the Cathlamet Woman's Club turned out in force to observe and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing most...

 

County's first online fair now underway

Wahkiakum County Fair and WSU Wahkiakum County Cooperative Extension Service have launched the county's first online, virtual fair. The 112th in-person fair was cancelled this year because of the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 20, 2020

County commission OK's 4-wheel drive for sheriff's department

In a brief meeting Tuesday, Wahkiakum County's board of commissioners approved purchase of two new patrol vehicles for the sheriff's office and acted on other business. Commissioners had some discussion about replacing the patrol vehicles before...

 
 By Andrew Weiler    News    August 20, 2020

Town council takes next step to update dangerous dog ordinance

On Monday, the Cathlamet Town Council approved the redrafting of a breed specific ban on dogs within the city limits. Town Attorney Fred Johnson has been directed to draft a breed blind ordinance to be deliberated on at a future date. Also discussed...

 

Wahkiakum schools struggle for supplies for opening

The Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors met on Tuesday night as the district continued preparations for the coming school year, which begins on September 2. Principals have been working with staff, Superintendent Brent Freeman said, and the...

 

Wahkiakum PUD changes September meeting dates

The Wahkiakum County PUD Board of commissioners listened to reports, changed the dates for September meetings, and continued discussing a succession plan for the general manager’s eventual retirement on Tuesday. General Manager Dave Tramble said...

 

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...

 

Corrections/Clarifications

An article in last week's edition about the graduation of Tyler Gorley incorrectly stated his parents live on Puget Island. They live in Cathlamet....

 

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