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The Snow and the Thaw

The Snow: White-tail deer check out a nearby noise in Puget Island snow. Central and eastern Wahkiakum County dealt with snow last weekend; the Westend dealt with an ice storm. Photo by Rick Nelson....

 

SR 401 closed near Astoria-Megler bridge

Because of roadway settlement from heavy rainfall, both directions of State Route 401, also known as Lewis and Clark Trail Highway, between Megler and Naselle are closed and will remain closed for an extended period of time. On Monday, for the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 18, 2021

Commission hears storm response report; OK's capital improvement plan

Wahkiakum County commissioners received an annual report of tax refunds and approved a two-year county Capital Improvement Plan when they met Tuesday. Commissioners and staff also discussed the impact of last weekend's severe winter weather and...

 

PUD manager recounts crews efforts to respond to storm outages

On Tuesday, General Manager Dave Tramblie gave an overview of the utility’s response to this weekend’s winter storm at the Wahkiakum County PUD Board of Commissioner’s meeting. “The guys started at 11 p.m. on Friday night,” he said. “The...

 

Covid-19 update

On Wednesday four more people in Wahkiakum County tested positive for covid-19, bringing the total to 87. According to the Washington Department of Health, 1,354 people have been tested, three people have been hospitalized, and 1,348 doses of the...

 

Port 1 commission OK's kayak launch site at marina

In an effort to improve kayakers' experience coming in and out of the Elochoman Slough Marina, Wahkiakum County Port 1 decided to provide an alternate place for them to enter and exit the water. The k...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 18, 2021

Bennett named to Port 2

Commissioners of Port District No. 2 on Tuesday selected Puget Island resident Allen Bennett to fill a vacancy on their three-person board of commissioners. Commissioners interviewed two candidates, Bennett and Mike Backman, also of Puget Island....

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, 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...

 

N/GRV School Board Notes

Submitted by Superintendent Lisa Nelson The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors held monthly meetings on January 19 and February 16. On January 19, Principals Laine and Flood updated the board on the school educational...

 

WWII vet tells his story

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Wahkiakum VFW Post No. 5297, whose charter was signed on January 7, 1946, after young servicemen, who had returned to the community from foreign locales after World War II decided to form a local branch of the...

 

Year-round-school may come to Washington

, Summer months come to an end; children head back to school, but they've experienced summer learning loss and now require remedial education. Every year, teachers across the US say the first month of school after summer break usually is spent...

 

Covid-19 total rises to 91 on Friday

Four more Wahkiakum County residents tested positive for covid-19 on Friday, according to a press release from Wahkiakum Health and Human Services. This brings the cumulative total to 91, with 16 considered potentially active. The individuals are in...

 

Five more test positive for covid-19; county total rises to 96

Wahkiakum Health and Human Resources reported that five more Wahkiakum County residents had tested positive for covid-19 on Monday, bringing the cumulative total to 96, with 15 considered potentially active. The individuals are in self-quarantine....

 

Island life

A bald eagle kept watch from a cottonwood snag along West Little Island Road this week. Photo courtesy of Sarah Lawrence....

 

Mule football game rescheduled

The Wahkiakum Mules were scheduled to play a football game Monday at Toutle Lake. That game has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 4:30 PM....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    February 11, 2021

Vaccine, ferry, erosion issues concern county commission

Wahkiakum County commissioners addressed issues with covid-19 vaccinations and the county ferry when they met Tuesday. Commissioners also discussed formation of a flood control zone district at the end of the Altoona/Pillar Rock Road. Distribution...

 

Covid-19 update:

There were no new cases of covid-19 in Wahkiakum County in the last week, with the total standing at 81 cases. Nine cases are currently considered active. The Washington Department of Health is reporting that five people in the county have been hospi...

 

Democrats push new tax on billionaires

House Democrats are rallying around a proposal to tax Washington State’s billionaires. House Bill 1406 would impose a 1 percent tax on intangible assets, such as money or stocks, on people whose wealth exceeds $1 billion. The Washington State...

 

Governor defends regional reopening plan

Gov. Jay Inslee defended his plan to phase in the opening of businesses by region, saying he knows it goes too slow for some people. “Everybody can have a rational argument against what we’re doing, but you can’t argue with the results,...

 

Subminimum wage for disabled workers called 'unjust

By Patric Haerle, Washington State Journal In what is being labeled a civil rights issue by advocates, lawmakers are considering ending the decades old practice of paying workers with a disability less than the state minimum wage. Under the current...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    February 11, 2021

Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism

Homeless shelters would be located in many cities and counties and supplied with mental health, employment and police resources if a bill under consideration in the state Legislature is adopted. Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, sponsored SB 5107 to...

 

New suicide review team proposed in House bill

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating a problem already plaguing youth in Washington -- suicide. Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, says HB 1354 is key to finding out why rates of suicide are climbing in Washington and on how to stop the trend....

 

St. Catherine food bank serves 52 familes

Last Wednesday morning, a wall of boxes lined the sidewalk outside St. Catherine Catholic Church on Columbia Street. Volunteers Tom Gartski, Mike Swift, John Doumit, John Doumit, Jr., Fred Johnson,...

 

Council sets special meeting for candidates

The Cathlamet Town Council will hold a special meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. to interview candidates to fill a vacancy on the council. Council members will interview the candidates in open session; retire to closed session to discuss the...

 

The Eagle Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, 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...

 

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