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 By M.D. Johnson    News    March 28, 2024

Lots of stuff to do this spring

I reckon at this point it’s officially Spring. Or least it would appear so based on the lilacs, Italian plums, peaches, apricots, daffodils, and on and on in bloom here at the house. The jetty sparrow...

 
 By Jerry Cornfield    News    March 28, 2024

New Washington law will allow traffic cameras on more city streets and county roads

Drivers in Washington state may soon face better odds of getting caught on camera if they run a red light, speed through a work zone on a city street or fail to stop at a crosswalk. A new law signed Tuesday makes it possible for cities and counties...

 

Five takeaways from the 2024 Washington legislative session

Thursday marks the end of this year’s legislative session. Lawmakers put the finishing touches on legislation, approved budget proposals, and prepared to bail out of Olympia. Barring an unexpected special session, they are not scheduled to return u...

 
 By MD Johnson    News    March 21, 2024

WHS students really "dig" shellfish

On Thursday, March 14, five young ladies from Wahkiakum High were treated to the latter learning center, a facility that many know by a different name – The Long Beach Peninsula. Lead by Kyle H...

 

WA Legislature ramps up school construction spending

Washington lawmakers approved plans on Wednesday to spend $306 million more on school construction. The funds are part of the capital budget passed by the House and Senate. The legislation now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for a final sign-off. T...

 

Gluesenkamp Perez's Amendment to Cut Wasteful Spending Passes House

Yesterday, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) and Rep. Chuck Edwards’s (NC-11) bipartisan amendment, including their Federal Use it or Lose it Leases (FULL) Act, passed the House of Representatives as a part of the USE IT Act which now heads to t...

 

Officers soon will be allowed to work part time

Washington remains 51st in the nation for police officers per capita, and one answer to that problem might be allowing officers to work part-time. SB 5424, sponsored by Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, awaits the governor's signature. “The idea b...

 
 By Stacey Lane    News    March 21, 2024

Trumpets of Spring

Daffodils announce the coming of springtime, heralding in the warmer days like nature’s trumpets. They can be seen planted in flowerbeds, along roadsides and in abandoned homesteads. They are u...

 

Free tax help for the working families tax credit

The Collabrorative Partners Initiative will be offering county residents free help with the working families tax credit at the Cathlamet Fire Station on Saturday, March 30th from 12:30pm-4:30pm, and at the DeBriae Meeting Room 255 2nd Streetin...

 

Chinook tribe to receive major funds

Before the colonization of what is now the United States, the Clatsop lived on the south shore of the Columbia River. At the river’s mouth, where the Columbia rushes into the Pacific Ocean, were t...

 

Initiative to prohibit state income taxes has its day in Olympia

In a packed hearing room on Tuesday, Washington lawmakers heard loud and clear from members of the public that many do not want an income tax in their state, county, or city. 6,000 signed in either for or against a citizen backed initiative that...

 

Car Crashes into Naselle High School

The Naselle-Grays River School District is assessing damage to Naselle High School after a vehicle crashed into the building on Saturday, March 3 at around 8:22 p.m. The district is still determining how much repairs will cost. Emergency responders...

 

State Senate pitches new spending

Elementary school children, unhoused residents, electric vehicle owners and soccer fans are all covered in the Washington Senate’s capital budget proposal. Budget writers on Thursday released their $1.3 billion plan, which funds construction and infr...

 

Undocumented Individuals Seeking Professional Licensing

Undocumented individuals are now a small step away from pursuing careers in nursing, dentistry, architecture, psychology, among others. Careers monitored by the Department of Licensing were...

 

Officials propose solutions for Westend water

At Ron Thielen’s house near the end of Oneida Road in Wahkiakum County, Wash., an engineered rainwater collection system is his source of water. He is not alone. There are no water facilities along this stretch of State Route 4, from the Wahkiakum C...

 
 By Eagle Staff    News    February 29, 2024

Wilson secures 1.5 million to curb sea lions

A $1.5 million appropriation to combat sea lion predation on the lower Columbia River and its tributaries was approved by the state Senate Friday as it passed a $71.6 billion operating budget bill....

 

Bill would allow alcohol in adult establishments

Washington currently has the fewest adult entertainment establishments per capita in the country. The reason? They are not allowed to serve alcohol. But if a bill in the state Legislature wins approval, Washington could soon join the rest of the...

 

Ag census finds growth for shellfish, cranberries

Twenty-nine Pacific County shellfish farms produced $43.25 million in oysters and clams in 2022, according to just-released results of the U.S. Census of Agriculture. This more than doubles the $20.8 million sold by 27 producers in 2017, when the...

 

Forestland, salmon streams transferred to Willapa refuge

The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge received a significant boost earlier this year when more than 2,000 acres of industrial timberland and a network of salmon streams came under its protection. Last...

 

Miss Hale is going to Washington.

The Washington State Legislature that is. Wahkiakum High School senior Lilian Hale will act as proxy for her step-father, Washington State Representative Joel McEntire during the final days of the current session of the legislature. It took approval...

 

Lawmakers propose minimum age of 25 for high potency cannabis purchases

To protect young people from the dangers of high-strength cannabis, two bills have been proposed in this year’s Washington State Legislature. SB 6220, recently passed in the Senate, establishes the minimum purchase age for high-THC cannabis at 25 a...

 

That potato that won't take its eyes off you? It could be a winner.

Attendees of this summer’s annual Wahkiakum County Fair will have the opportunity to participate in a spate of free contests for the second year in a row. Last summer’s treasure hunt, pet rock, and daily rubber chicken toss so exceeded fair planners...

 

Is .08 blood alcohol content too much to drive?

To curb traffic fatalities, lawmakers are proposing reducing the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. SB 5002 amends the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for driving a motor vehicle from .08% to .05%. Typically, consuming less than one...

 

Legislation would impose fines for untreated sewage discharge

A proposal to fine counties and cities when untreated sewage is released into Puget Sound is part of an effort to save dwindling salmon runs. The bill, proposed by Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, imposes a 1-cent-per-gallon fee on municipal discharges of...

 

Writer's Guild hosts three regional authors at upcoming reading

The Writer’s Guild of Astoria will host an author reading on Saturday, March 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in honor of Women’s History Month. The event is free to the public and will feature three authors from the lower Columbia region: Marianne Mon...

 

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