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Locals protest mandates

A group of people gathered last Friday in front of the courthouse to demonstrate against state wide mandates for wearing masks to combat the spread of the covid-19 virus. A smaller group returned...

 

Covid-19 update

On Wednesday, another Wahkiakum County resident tested positive for covid-19, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 196, with 13 considered to be potentially active. “New cases are starting to level off, which is great, but hospitalizations...

 

Corrections/Clarifications

A correction on last week's clarification of reporting of the Port District 2 board of commissioners meeting in the Aug. 19 edition: Park hosts have allowed overflow parking on a grassy field at the park, but never on the drainfie...

 

Masking rules vary for school athletics

The fall sports season has begun at Wahkiakum Schools, and with it comes new requirements designed to try and keep students and the community safe during a pandemic. Here are some of the practices that will affect football, volleyball, and cross...

 

The Eagle Calendar

The Eagle urges all organizations to inform us of any changes in your schedule since the covid restrictions. THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)...

 

Scammers turning to contact tracing schemes

Wahkiakum Health and Human Services has learned of an increase in the number of scams related to covid-19 and contact tracing. According to a press release from the department, some people have been receiving alerts on their phones that take them to...

 

Heritage signs honor Cathlamet's Chinook history

On Monday, Chinook Heritage signs were installed at Queen Sally's Park, which is located next to the Pioneer Community Center in Cathlamet, as well as near the new viewing deck at the Elochoman...

 

Salmon fishing to close on portion of lower Columbia River

– A section of the lower mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam will close to all salmon fishing beginning Sept. 4, state fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced Sept. 2. The closure, which follows a separate closure on Chinook...

 

Covid-19 update

The cumulative number of covid-19 cases rose to 195 this week in Wahkiakum County after two cases were reported last Wednesday, and four more on Tuesday. Of those cases, 23 are considered potentially active. There have been 11 known...

 

Volunteers step up to raise sunken boat

By Diana Zimmerman One particular sport fisherman was looking forward to spending the early hours fishing on the Columbia River last Thursday when he stepped out on D Dock at a busy Elochoman Slough...

 

Corrections/Clarifications

To clarify reporting of the Port District 2 board of commissioners meeting in the Aug. 19 edition, a car port on the Svensen Park site actually belongs to former park hosts. Park hosts have connected their RV's to the park's drainfield, and overflow...

 

The Eagle Calendar

The Eagle urges all organizations to inform us of any changes in your schedule since the covid restrictions. THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. Senior Citizen Luncheon, Rosburg Hall, Noon. Skamokawa Fire Department, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire...

 

Wahkiakum West Studying Expanding Services

Last week Ken Johnson, CEO at Wahkiakum West, announced that they are working with three distinct issues at the company. The first involves recent malfunctions that periodically took down the ability to call long distance. They are working to remove...

 

Pelicans at the waterfront

A pod of pelicans stops by occasionally to put on a show for visitors to the waterfront at the Elochoman Slough Marina this summer, usually around low tide. Photos courtesy of Todd...

 

On the waterfront

The salmon are running; the boats are out off Cathlamet, and these anglers had three fish to process. Photos by Rick Nelson....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 26, 2021

Parties planning path for community center managerial position

The effort to reconstitute the Community Center in Cathlamet took a step forward Tuesday at a meeting of center supporters and town and county officials. The center is operated on a cooperative agreement of the county and town. The county has been re...

 

Covid-19 update

Editor’s note: After this week’s print version went to press on Wednesday, The Eagle received notice of two more covid-19 cases occurring during the week. This brings Wahkiakum to a cumulative total of 191 cases with 20 of those potentially activ...

 

Wahkiakum school board hears concerns about state's mask mandates

The Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors moved their meeting outside on Tuesday to accommodate a large group that was there to express their frustrations about a mask mandate issued by Governor Jay Inslee, mostly centered around their lack...

 

Buoy 10 to close to Chinook retention later this week

The Buoy 10 fishery on the lower Columbia River will close to Chinook salmon retention beginning Friday, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced today. Strong fishing effort at Buoy 10, combined with sustained high catch rates, meant...

 
 By Andrew Weiler    News    August 26, 2021

Council votes to support community center staff

The Cathlamet Town Council on Aug. 16 voted to approve to fund 40% of the cost of a part time coordinator position at the community center, subject to the county agreeing to both hire and fund the remaining 60% of the position. The town currently...

 

The Eagle Calendar

The Eagle urges all organizations to inform us of any changes in your schedule since the covid restrictions. THURSDAY Cathlamet Fire Department, 7 p.m. District No. 4 Fire Department, drill night, 7 p.m. Grays River Fire Department, fire/ambulance, 7...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    August 26, 2021

Commissioners okay fire district annexation, Columbia Street closure for paving

Wahkiakum County commissioners approved a road closure and fire district expansion and addressed a variety of other issues when they met Tuesday. Columbia Street will be closed from Jacobson Road to SR 4 on September 9 for paving work. Commissioners...

 

At the fair

Photos by Diana Zimmerman....

 

Smoky skies

A smoky haze colored the setting sun on Friday the Thirteenth. Photo by Genie Cary....

 

County fair gets underway today

Head on over to Skamokawa this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to check out the Wahkiakum County Fair! Entries are coming in and are looking pretty good, though the number of them is down a little this year, said Fair Manager Patty Dursteler. “I can...

 

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