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One lane travel now open past SR 4 slide on KM Mountain

The contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation has opened a lane for traffic past the landslide that has close SR 4 KM Mountain for 16 days. Here is WSDOT's later afternoon news release announcing the opening: A single...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 6, 2020

KM SR4 slide repair progresses; traffic may resume next week

Wednesday afternoon update from Tamara Greenwell, WSDOT Regional Communications Manager: "All of the soggy debris is behaving well under all the rain. It is surprisingly more stable than we thought...

 

Superintendent reviews road to develop building bond

Superintendent Brent Freeman addressed about 30 people at a meeting about the bond to remodel Wahkiakum High School last Wednesday. There were two courses of action when they began this process last...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 6, 2020

Coronavirus concerns addressed in county

By Rick Nelson With news about the new coronavirus 2019-nCOV that originated in China turning into a worldwide pandemic, Wahkiakum County health officers addressed the issue at the Tuesday meeting of the Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners. The...

 

PUD cutting PI water Feb. 11 for repair

Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday morning to listen to reports, and to discuss the Western Wahkiakum Water System and the General Manager’s compensation. The PUD has had to make some adjustments due to the slide on KM. One...

 

F&W board discussing hatchery report, fish issues

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a workshop on hatchery reform, as well as consider land acquisitions and forest restoration projects in connection with its meeting Feb. 6-8. The commission’s work will kick off on Thursday at...

 

House passes clean fuels bill despite bipartisan opposition

By Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 30)--People will be asked to use a lot less gasoline and to convert to alternative clean fuels in the next 15 years if a proposal before the Legislature becomes law. After lengthy debate Jan. 30,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 6, 2020

County board handles varied topics

Wahkiakum County commissioners had a short but busy meeting Tuesday, covering lots of ground. Some of the topics addressed were:  County staff are trying to arrange a meeting with the US Army Corps of Engineers dredging program staff to discuss pro...

 

Proposed law offers protection for rights of domestic workers

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 29)--A measure designed to protect the health, safety, and overall well-being of domestic workers in Washington state has been sponsored by Democratic senators at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee and...

 

Senate bill would eliminate death penalty

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 31)--The death penalty would no longer be a sentencing option in Washington state if lawmakers enact a bill passed by the Senate on Jan. 31. Senate Bill 5339 has bipartisan support to eliminate the...

 

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. CathlameTones, Hotel Cathlamet, 6 p.m. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire...

 

Bill would recognize forests' carbon benefits

By Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 29)--Washington state legislators are organizing bipartisan support for the timber industry amid the realization that forestry draws carbon from the atmosphere and could help the state meet its...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 30, 2020

WSDOT responds to slide cutting SR 4 on KM

Single lane passage coming soon No public logging road detour Health department adapting Wednesday meeting cancelled WSDOT using past & present knowledge CATHLAMET (Jan. 28) -- Washington Department of Transportation engineers hope to have a single...

 

Coalition offering services for feral cats

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is offering free spay/neuter program for cats in the Wahkiakum County area during February. The coalition website (http://www.feralcats.com/) says services are no-cost for feral, stray, and barn cats (donations...

 

Progress report: KM slide repair is a challenging project

SR 4, west of Cathlamet remains closed because of a landslide near the eastern foot of KM Mountain. Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Communications Director Tamara Greenwell...

 

Highway crew finds moving slope in initial response

GRAYS RIVER (Jan. 27) -- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has indicated to those who travel State Route 4 near West Fork Creek on the east side of KM Mountain should plan ahead fo...

 

School board hears bond comment

Any possible criticism about the school bond that may have surfaced at the Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors meeting last Wednesday was drowned out by the show of support from the crowd in attendance. Here are the comments from the...

 

Lawmakers move to ban high capacity magazines

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 24) -- Gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition would be outlawed under a proposed law moving through the state Senate. Supporters cite safety concerns, while opponents argue the...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-Noon. TOPS, Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-7:15 p.m. Sandra Sews, Community Center, Cathlamet, 10:30-Noon. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Book Club, Community Center, Cathlamet, 11...

 

Lawmakers hear pitch to replace gas tax with fee per miles driven

By Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 24) -- Washington state lawmakers will consider a gradual transition from the state’s current gasoline tax to a system that would charge drivers fees based on how many miles they travel. This...

 

Sweeping regulation takes aim at vaping

By Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (Jan. 23) -- Legislation requested by the governor's office and supported by Democratic senators aims to ban flavored nicotine vaping products and impose sweeping regulations on the vaping industry. If...

 

Monday update on KM slide removal

Here's the Monday update from the Washington State Department of Transportation about efforts to clear the slide blocking SR 4 on KM Mountain: • On Saturday, high wind and rain delayed tree removal. • Crews did not work on Sunday. • On Monday,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    January 23, 2020

WSDOT planning repair to open SR 4 on KM Mountain

Washington Department of Transportation engineers hope to have a single lane of traffic open soon around the slide blocking SR 4 on KM Mountain. "Soon" is probably next week but possibly as early as late this week. District Construction Engineer...

 

More detail on school bond issue

My apologies. So many details to try to get right in last week's story about the Wahkiakum School District's 22-year $28.75 million bond to renovate the high school that I completely forgot a really...

 
 By Eagle Staff    News    January 23, 2020

Slide cuts SR 4 on KM Mountain

SR 4 will be closed for an undetermined time because of a landslide blocking the highway near the eastern base of KM Mountain. The slide occurred late Thursday afternoon, dumping debris over a...

 

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