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  • NGRVSD Superintendent Lisa Nelson to continue in interim role

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 6, 2024

    The search for a replacement for retiring NGRV School District Superintendent Lisa Nelson is continuing since neither of the candidates were selected by the School Board of Directors on May 2 following two days of interviews. It was decided at that time an interim superintendent would be sought to fill the position until a permanent replacement could be selected. At the May 21 meeting of the Board of Directors, Chairman Bob Torppa discussed the possible candidates for the interim position. Two...

  • County Commissioners hold onsite meeting in Rosburg

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 6, 2024

    On Wednesday, May 29, the Wahkiakum County Commissioners held a special meeting on the Rosburg property of Rick and Kelli Ballif. The purpose of the meeting was to hear Columbia Land Trust's plans for breaching the Grays River dike to inundate bordering wetland and to hear the concerns of residents whose properties adjoin that wetland. Ramona Arechiga and Ian Sinks spoke on behalf of the Columbia Land Trust (CLT) noting the project is intended to provide an area of calm, nutrient rich water for...

  • Northwest tribes, feds dive into work on salmon revival in upper Columbia River

    Alex Baumhardy|Jun 6, 2024

    Three Northwest tribes and federal agencies are getting closer to understanding how to revive Chinook and sockeye salmon runs on the upper Columbia River that were once among the most abundant in the world but were decimated by dams over the last century. Leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Spokane Tribe of Indians met with leaders from three federal agencies and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in Portland on Wednesday to discuss progress on their historic agreement from...

  • WSD Superintendent Search

    Ron Wright|Jun 6, 2024

    The Wahkiakum School District began its search for a replacement superintendent with an announcement carried throughout the state. The school board received many applications and invited five candidates for in-person interviews. These interviews are in process this week and next. During the in-person interviews each candidate meets with school board members and staff who represent the various departments at the school. Remaining staff and interested students are given the opportunity to meet the candidates at the end of the interview. After...

  • Oregon closes entire coast to mussel harvesting due to shellfish poisoning

    Jun 6, 2024

    Oregon authorities have closed the state's entire coastline to mussel harvesting due to an “unprecedented” outbreak of shellfish poisoning that has sickened at least 20 people. They've also closed parts of the Oregon coast to harvesting razor clams, bay clams and oysters. “We've had a paralytic shellfish poisoning event in Oregon that we have never seen in the state,” Matthew Hunter, shellfish program manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said during a briefing on Friday. The outbreak’s unprecedented nature was due both to t...

  • New SUN Bucks Program Supports Summer Food Access for Washington Children

    Washington Department of Health|May 30, 2024

    More than 500,000 Washington children will receive funds this summer to help buy food through a new Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program called SUN Bucks. In December 2022, the federal government authorized a permanent, nationwide Summer EBT program to support children’s access to food during the summer months. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) received federal approval to implement SUN Bucks in April 2024 and is partnering with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to distribute these b...

  • Astoria choir sings "Macabre"

    David Olsen|May 30, 2024

    Astoria’s 40+ voice North Coast Chorale will sing its first-ever concert in Wahkiakum County, Sunday, June 9th at 4:00 pm. The concert will be given at the Little Island Creamery, 448 E. Little Island Road, Puget Island (Cathlamet). The Chorale performance will feature “Macabre” choral music from legendary Broadway musicals “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Phantom of the Opera”. The Chorale has for more than 30 years performed major choral works not only in Astoria but throughout the Pacific North...

  • Commissioners discuss repairs, upgrades

    Ian Brandon|May 30, 2024

    The Wahkiakum County Commissioners met Tuesday to conduct regular county business. In the public comment period, Mark Vik told the commissioners that the Corps of Engineers plan to deposit dredge spoils on Puget Island was a felony. He told the commissioners that this was only the beginning of the federal governments plan to take private property and that the county should sue the Corps. Dan Cothren said frankly “why would I spend county money to sue the federal government?” The commissioners approved a letter of support for a grant proposal by...

  • Grays Bay flood & sea level rise workshop series wrap-up

    Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky|May 30, 2024

    Over the past year, community members and local leaders came together three times to discuss flood risk and sea level rise resiliency in the Grays Bay area. Washington Sea Grant, Pacific Conservation District, and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership collected their input. They identified community-determined approaches to address local challenges posed by flooding and sea level rise and to create a Resilience Strategy. You are invited to review the Resilience Strategy, including the list of possible flooding and sea level rise resiliency pro...

  • Fields Fir sale should be protected as Legacy Forest

    Robert Michael Pyle|May 30, 2024

    I thank the editors of the Chinook Observer and the Wahkiakum County Eagle for their extensive reporting on the future of the Fields Fir proposed timber sale on Naselle’s watershed land. Riley Yusan did a fine job of soliciting and including views from many of the people involved both within and without the logging community. While the respected voices quoted in the piece covered much of the fact, opinion, and guesswork about this proposed project, there is one important aspect of this story that was not fully represented. That is the q...

  • Greetings from the fair office

    Patty Dursteler|May 30, 2024

    The busy season has arrived at the fairgrounds. This Saturday is the 5th annual "CRUZIN TO THE FAIR” car show. DJ Ray Bartley will be back playing music for us in the youth building. There will be a silent auction and raffle. Burgers and Polish sausages will be served as well as strawberry shortcake. Biscuits and Gravy will be served from 7am until 10:30. The Lions club will be having bingo, and we have several vendors setting up in the cow barn. The T-Building rumage sale will be open, with lots of new stuff, added this last week. Come on d...

  • Mecha Mules visit the other Washington

    Ron Wright|May 30, 2024

    To start off the day our team headed off to the Natural History Museum. On the way there google maps was being quite obstinate, specifically Amanda’s Google maps. However, mine worked perfectly well so I lead the group to the museum. The museum was covered with plenty of beautiful pieces of the history of our world. There were statues, fossils, and gems everywhere you looked. It was impossible to rip my eyes from any of the gorgeous sights. As we wandered the museum, it was quickly noticeable there were six sections: Animals, Fossils, Human H...

  • Skamokawa News

    Kay Chamberlain|May 30, 2024

    SKAMOKAWA NEWS by Kay Chamberlain 360-795-3425 - klouise49@outlook.com NICE START. After a rather damp and gloomy weekend, this Monday morning, which is Memorial Day, is letting us see a whole lot more sunshine and for that I am very thankful. I know there are a lot of ceremonies and things going on to commemorate this solemn occasion dedicated to all those that gave their lives while serving our country. May we never forget those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and may their families know that we will never forget them. SPECIAL...

  • Why no one knows exactly how much old-growth forest we have left

    Nathan Gilles|May 30, 2024

    It’s said that the map is not the territory. This statement, say critics, is especially true of the maps created by the U.S. Forest Service to inventory the nation’s largest carbon sinks: its mature and old-growth forests. In April 2023, under pressure from the Biden administration, the Forest Service completed its first-ever nationwide inventory of mature and old-growth forests found on federal lands. This inventory of older trees is part of an ambitious Biden administration plan to harness the power of our nation’s forests as a natur...

  • USCG seeks to federalize Rice Island anchorage

    Olivia Palmer|May 23, 2024

    As the president of Columbia River Pilots, Jeremy Nielsen is no stranger to the narrow and sometimes unforgiving waters that flow between the mouth of the Columbia and Portland. The river is a designated marine highway — and as on any highway, Nielsen said, travelers need stops to rest, fuel and do maintenance out of the flow of traffic. For commercial ships, anchorage grounds have long served that purpose. But as vessel traffic and size have increased in recent years, anchorage capacity has lagged, spurring concerns for safety along the w...

  • Fields Fir sale: Naselle ponders logging its watershed

    Riley Yusan|May 23, 2024
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    NASELLE — At least twice, plastic flagging tipped locals off to the Fields Fir timber sale — a 174-acre harvest the DNR is proposing in the Lane and O’Conner Creek watersheds, which supply Naselle’s drinking water. It was a hunter both times. One saw ribbons left over from the timber cruise, and told his friend and longtime Naselle resident Rex Ziak about it. The other was Gavin Maxwell, also a longtime Naselle resident, who saw sale tags in late 2022. Not that there was anything to hide. For the DNR, this was business as usual, and a slow-mo...

  • Lewis and Clark Bridge Bill to be introduced

    Nathan Gilles|May 23, 2024

    It’s said that the map is not the territory. This statement, say critics, is especially true of the maps created by the U.S. Forest Service to inventory the nation’s largest carbon sinks: its mature and old-growth forests. In April 2023, under pressure from the Biden administration, the Forest Service completed its first-ever nationwide inventory of mature and old-growth forests found on federal lands. This inventory of older trees is part of an ambitious Biden administration plan to harness the power of our nation’s forests as a natur...

  • Lewis and Clark Bridge Bill to be introduced

    May 23, 2024

    OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, says the destruction of Baltimore’s Key Bridge by an out-of-control container ship ought to raise concerns about Washington state’s aging river crossings, including Longview’s 95-year-old Lewis and Clark bridge. Wilson plans to introduce a bill for the 2025 legislative session to study vulnerability of bridges on Washington waterways to impacts from commercial vessels. Pier protection would be a major focus, including fenders and artificial reefs known as “dolphins” that ground ships before they can st...

  • Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez will visit Naselle

    May 15, 2024

    Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) announced she will be holding her third set of mobile office hours in Naselle, Washington. Residents of Washington’s Third District will be able to walk in to get assistance with federal agencies like the VA, IRS, and State Department. The Congresswoman’s team will be available on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Naselle Timberland Library Meeting Room at 4 Parpala Road, Naselle, WA 98638. Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez has already recovered more than $1.7 million for 1,198 con...

  • Wahkiakum West goes solar

    May 15, 2024

    Wahkiakum West Communications has recently installed a solar array designed to produce 85 kilowatt hours of electric power. The system which went on line on Friday, May 10, 2024, is anticipated to meet 90 percent of the facility’s demand. “With the help of the PUD we upgraded our lighting last winter,” noted Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Ken Johnson. “That reduced our energy demand for lighting, and we used that demand figure for gauging our solar needs to achieve a 90 percent reduction over the course of the year. When you figure...

  • Clatskanie's Raymond Carver Writing Festival Features Regional Writers

    May 15, 2024

    Clatskanie’s claim to fame as the birthplace of world-renowned writer Raymond Carver will be celebrated May 17-18 during the annual Raymond Carver Writing Festival, an event which honors the craft of writing and supports the community of regional writers. The Raymond Carver Writing Festival is free and open to the public. “Where I’m Calling From,” the title of both a short story and a collection of stories by Carver, is the theme of this year’s festival which will begin Friday, May 17, at 5 p.m. at the Clatskanie Cultural Center (CCC), 75...

  • Stacey Lane flies to new territory

    Stacey Lane|May 15, 2024

    My brief experience working at The Wahkiakum County Eagle has taught me much. I have developed new skills, met great people and connected with wonderful organizations in the community. The challenges of getting a fresh publication out on a weekly basis has been exciting. This newspaper is a connecting point in our rural landscape that bridges us together. Having a place to express concerns, promote events and celebrate our citizens helps blend the varied systems that make up Wahkiakum County....

  • Changes at The Eagle

    Jacob Nelson|May 15, 2024

    This past year has been full of goodbyes at The Eagle. Since my father Rick’s death last year, we’ve worked to find a way to keep the paper going, both as an act of service to the community in which I grew up, and as a way of keeping my father’s and grandfather’s legacy alive. This week brings another goodbye. Stacey Lane is departing for an exciting new position she was working to create long before she started with The Eagle. She has done an excellent job in a very difficult time. We hired her to sell ads, but she took on reporting, billing...

  • Health & Human Services Offers Drug Test Strips for Harm Reduction

    Jen Milliren|May 15, 2024

    In the year 2000, my mother and I stood across from the television as the news anchors warned us of the newest drug sweeping the nation. That year it was ecstasy, or MDMA, and law enforcement officials said that this drug worries them more than any other. It was incredibly easy to overdose on. You overheat and seize until you die. I cried out in worry for my father, who was serving time in Cowlitz County jail for narcotics. 8-year-old me was convinced that because this drug existed, that my father would use it, and that he would die. My father...

  • Washington is intercepting benefits for foster youth

    Grace Deng|May 15, 2024

    Despite pressure to end the practice, Washington continues to divert federal benefits owed to foster youth to fund the Department of Children, Youth and Families, which runs the state’s foster care system. That’s according to a report released last month by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego, which grades each state based on how well it protects these benefits. Nationwide, about 10% of foster youth are eligible for federal benefits, usually due to disability, Social Security accumulated by now-deceased paren...

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