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Washington legislators make tampons tax-free

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (March 11)--Women in Washington state will soon be relieved of paying sales tax on products that are fundamental to their feminine health, thanks to action by lawmakers this week. Senate bill 5147 will...

 

Wahkiakum PUD closes facilities to customer access

PUD #1 of Wahkiakum County, Washington (Wahkiakum PUD) has closed facilities to customer access effective at close of business Monday, March 16, 2020. This is a proactive measure to limit exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus in order to protect...

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, all county buildings are closed to the public and the meetings and events usually listed here have been canceled until further notice....

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 19, 2020

Closures cascade for covid-19 response

The Port 1/Elochoman Slough Marina office will be closed to the public to protect customers and employees. Payments may be made by phone, mail, or payment drop box. For all customer inquiries, including applications for moorage, call 360-795-3501. Th...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 19, 2020

Family Health Center adapts to covid-19

The Family Health Center, including the clinic in Cathlamet has been making adjustments as needed to handle the current situation with covid-19. “We are following CDC and Washington Department of Health guidelines at all of our locations,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 19, 2020

Town councils accepts bid for water line work

In a meeting kept short to reduce risk of exposure to covid-19 virus, the Cathlamet Town Council met Monday to accept a bid for a water main project and to handle other business. The council voted...

 

Closures in the Community

1. Johnson Park Super Sale, March 21. 2. Liberty Theatre, Astoria, until late April. 3. Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife online meetings. 4. Cathlamet Library, until further notice. 5. Lower Columbia College, through April 24. 6 Wahkiakum PUD office...

 

She's out of here

The Oscar B. went out of service yesterday (Wednesday) to go to drydock in Vancouver for a mandated hull inspection and other maintenance. The closure is scheduled to last through March 20. For more...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 12, 2020

Wahkiakum schools join others in closing for covid-19 safety

Like all other public schools in the state of Washington, Wahkiakum School District has suspended classes until April 24 because of concerns about covid-19. All spring sports and other extracurricular activities are suspended as well. “It’s a...

 

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center announces its first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Here is a news release from Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Departments on March 16: Over the weekend, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center announced its first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a patient. This case is a Lewis County...

 

Wahkiakum PUD Closes Facilities to Customer Access Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Wahkiakum PUD has announced it's closing to public access effective Tuesday. Here's their announcement: Cathlamet, WA – March 16, 2020 – PUD #1 of Wahkiakum County, Washington (Wahkiakum PUD) will be closing facilities to customer access...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 12, 2020

H&HS director offers update on covid-19

Wahkiakum County Health Department officials continue to monitor the impact of the new covid-19 virus as it spreads across Washington state and the rest of the world. Although there are no cases in Wahkiakum County, the health department is taking...

 

Washington Presidential Primary Election Preliminary Results

Democrats Wahkiakum State Michael Bennett 2 1,556 Joseph R. Biden 32.5% statewide 241 332,701 Michael Bloomberg 11% statewide 99 113,106 Cory Booker 1 1,049 Pete Buttigieg 5.8% statewide 46 59,675 John Delaney 0 456 Tulsi Gabbard 9 8,526 Amy...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 12, 2020

Cathlamet schools make covid-19 plans

Sanitization efforts have increased and there is a big focus on hand-washing, but officials are otherwise trying to keep things normal for students at local schools, as they prepare for a possible threat of COVID-19. It’s business as usual for...

 

Town council: The rest of the story

Composing last week's edition was too easy. On Thursday, we learned why: We had omitted the section of the town council report that was jumped off Page 1. Here it is, and, on March 12, with a correction about a council workshop. Council members discu...

 
 By Diana Zimmerman    News    March 12, 2020

PUD board approves raise for manager; adjusts rates

Dave Tramblie, general manager for the Wahkiakum PUD, received a 5 percent raise last week, effective for the district’s February, 2020, payroll, when the board of commissioners adopted a resolution to adjust his salary to $12,112.80 per month....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    March 12, 2020

Island should receive beach nourishment

Eroding beaches on Puget Island should receive nourishment from dredge sand this year, county officials reported Tuesday. County Commissioner Dan Cothren said he and others had discussed dredging issues in the past week with Carla Ellis, a dredging...

 

Legislature promotes timber industry as carbon negative

The legislation will make forestry sector more competitive amid carbon-emission fees Forestry advocate says the industry reduces state’s net carbon emissions by 12% By Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (March 9)--Washington state...

 

Sex education becomes public school requirement

Supporters say sex education will benefit students by giving them a greater understanding of sexual health Opponents fear the content could be graphic and too mature for children By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (March 9)--Public school...

 

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. Senior...

 

Legislature bans free single use plastic bags

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA (March 9)--Consumers will need to remember to bring their own reusable shopping bags if they want to avoid the fee that a new law will put on plastic bags. Senate Bill 5323 will ban retailers and grocers...

 

Governor orders restrictions on gatherings and food and entertainment facilities

Following are two news releases from Gov. Jay Inslee's office regarding mandated closures and restrictions on public gatherings: Sunday, March 15 release: Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement tonight (Sunday, March 15) that further expands...

 

Updates for town council, county commissin, Port 2 commission meetings

Two local governmental boards have set up procedures to attend meetings by phone, and the Port District 2 commission meeting set for Tuesday has been postponed two weeks. Here are details as of Monday afternoon: Cathlamet Town Council meeting...

 

COVID-19 response by Wahkiakum County--senior lunches going drive-through

Following is a brief update on covid-19 response from Chris Bischoff, executive director of Wah. Co. Health and Human Services: Senior Lunches We have directed the three senior lunches to no longer provide sit down meals for seniors. At this point,...

 

Gov. Inslee announces details about closures and gatherings

Here's a press release with details about the closures and limitations on gatherings announced earlier today by Washington's governor: Gov. Jay Inslee announced today (Monday) an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure of...

 

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