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  • Rose dedication for Woman's Club "Citizen of the Year"

    Pearl Blackburn|Jun 20, 2024

    The GFWC-Cathlamet Woman's Club gathered with the community on Flag Day, Friday, June 14th, at the Julia Butler Hansen rose garden to celebrate Julia Butler Hansen's 117th birth date and to honor our 2023 Citizen of the Year, Jan Silvestri. A velvety black red rose named Ink Spots was planted in Jan's honor. Her rose is planted alongside the roses of the other citizens of the year going back to 2006. Music was provided by Susan Bate singing "America the Beautiful" with rain drops falling. The...

  • Board Approves Interim Superintendent

    Jamie J Brown|Jun 20, 2024

    A regular meeting of the Wahkiakum School District Board of Education convened at the high school library Tuesday, June 18th at 5:30. The full house was awaiting the news on a decision of the choice the board would be making as leadership for the district after current Superintendent Brent Freeman announced his retirement in May. The board unanimously voted to suspend the current search and to select an interim replacement, Ric Palmer. Palmer will begin his duties on July 10th and work through...

  • EO Media Group announces changes to newspaper operations

    The Chinook Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    EO Media Group is making substantial changes across the company, including layoffs and reductions in print frequency at several newspapers. EO Media Group, a fourth-generation, family-held media company, operates 12 newspapers in Oregon and Washington, including the Chinook Observer and the regional agriculture publication Capital Press. During the past year, advertising revenues have dropped and operating expenses have increased substantially. As a result, the company needs to make these changes to stabilize its operations. Despite the cuts,...

  • 2024 Cathlamet Library Summer Reading Program

    Jun 20, 2024

    Parents often say that summer is the most difficult time to find things for their kids to do. Research shows that children who read during the summer do much better in school in the fall. Town Librarian, Vicki Franklin suggests enticing your kids to read by attending the Cathlamet Library's Summer Reading Program "Adventure Begins at Your Library". They'll read books, earn prizes, and have fun. Summer break is typically a time for kids to kick back, indulge in a little extra screen time, play outside and embrace the kind of freedom that only...

  • Town Council Report

    Julie O'Neil|Jun 20, 2024

    At the Cathlamet Town Council Monday night the Council members debated several issues. However the Resolution of Adopting Rules of Decorum for Council meetings was postponed until all Town Council members were in attendance. The Council approved the bid for a new ambulance manufactured by Braun Northwest. Wahkiakum County will pay for the ambulance, but the Town of Cathlamet was required to conduct the bidding process. The mayor reported that the Swimming Pool Advisory Committee met Monday morning and discussed the future of the kiddie pool,...

  • How WA plans to use $32 million to help asylum seekers

    Grace Deng|Jun 20, 2024

    Washington officials are working to distribute around $32 million in state funding this year to aid asylum-seekers, as hundreds of migrants live in tents in the Seattle area. Of the $25 million allocated to the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, $20 million will go to community organizations to create a statewide network to deliver coordinated support to migrants and asylum-seekers. The state is using what’s known as a “hub and spoke model” for its Washington Migrant and Asylum Seeker Support Project. The refugee office is revie...

  • Cycling to fight sex trafficking

    Paula Marx-Rush|Jun 20, 2024

    This year, local, Kim Sharp stopped by The Wahkiakum Eagle to let us know “Their back!!!” When asked to whom she was referring, she smiled and handed me a business card which read, “Pedal The Pacific - Cycling for a World Where People are Not for Sale.” This year’s group of seven women are cycling from Seattle to San Diego to raise awareness, educate peers, fundraise for leading nonprofits, and develop leaders who believe that no voice is too small to make a difference. I had the privilege...

  • Bubbleheads make a splash

    Patrick Webb|Jun 20, 2024

    Naselle technology students put on the national map this month. The Bubbleheads” placed ninth in a team robotics competition that attracted entries from four continents. Their coach, Rudi Rudolph, returned from the East Coast bubbling with praise. “Students did a great job at the competition,” he said. “I am proud of their accomplishments and their drive to succeed. Every year teams are learning design ideas from each other, making it tougher to get to the top.” The Naselle team consists...

  • Coach praises the 'Fierce Five'

    The Chinook Observer|Jun 20, 2024

    As the dust settles on Naselle's WIAA state track accomplishments, coaches are already looking ahead. Some middle school-age athletes contributed to high school successes, including points that helped the Comet team become District track champions. Two advanced to the 1B state meet, where June Miller earned three medals and Halle Miller placed well in two events. June set a school record of 26.61 seconds placing third in the 200 meters final. But earlier in their own middle school competitions,...

  • Masons honor kids for 'doing the right thing'

    Jun 20, 2024

    These smiling faces belong to Naselle schoolchildren who earned Citizenship Awards from Occident 48, the Masons lodge, in Ilwaco. Students in the lower grades were honored for what the group’s master, Mike Carmel, called, “doing the right thing when no one was looking.” They are pictured with guest speaker, Daniel Garcia, the Pacific County sheriff. Back row, left to right, are Margrit Engelson, Jake Erickson, Dakotah Williams, Marvin Tucker and Karsen Green. At front are Grace Brown, Quinn...

  • Skamokawa News

    Kay Chamberlain|Jun 20, 2024

    CRAZY WEATHER. As this week begins, we had a mix of everything, which included thunder and buckets of rain mixed in with sunshine and blue skies, and it really depended on where you were as to what you had at your house and when you had it, but all in all, it was a day of "what's next?" I think. We did enjoy some nice days earlier, along with some wet ones, but now that it is officially Summer, let's hope the dry and sunny forecast shows up and dries out our webbed feet a bit, ha! SPECIAL DAYS. Those celebrating birthdays this coming week from...

  • PSP toxin pauses Willapa shellfish harvest

    Chinook Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    WILLAPA BAY — Commercial shellfish harvesters on Willapa Bay are hoping for a quick improvement in conditions after a harmful microorganism in coastal waters caused a surprising spike in the toxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). The Washington State Department of Health initially decided last week to close Willapa Bay and the entire Washington coast to the recreational harvest of shellfish. This came after shellfish samples were found to be high in the PSP biotoxin sometimes p...

  • Wahkiakum County Assessor heading north

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 13, 2024

    Wahkiakum County Assessor Falon Hoven’s last day on the job was Friday, June 7, 2024. She was offered and accepted the position of Chief Deputy Assessor for Whatcom County and will be starting in that position on June 17. Her new office will be in the County courthouse in Bellingham. That leaves the Wahkiakum County Commissioners with the decision of who to appoint to fill her position on an interim basis until the election in November, 2025. “My recommendation to the County Commissioners for...

  • Protective actions against highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Wahkiakum County

    Jen Milliren|Jun 13, 2024

    Wahkiakum County, June 12, 2024 — The federal agency Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is continuing to monitor and respond to a multistate outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus. H5N1 is widespread in wild birds worldwide and is causing outbreaks in U.S. poultry and dairy cows. Avian influenza A(H5N1) viruses have only rarely been transmited from person to person, but officials are taking precautions to mitigate ransmission from animals to people. This current outbreak has been circulating in wild birds around the world a...

  • Town Council declines to move forward on school sidewalk project

    Paula Marx-Rush|Jun 13, 2024

    On Monday, the Town Council convened a one hour special meeting to discuss the funding of the Cathlamet 3rd Street sidewalk project and whether the Town could afford moving forward with the project with the available funds. The Town’s total match under the current grant is $21,600 with $138,400 otherwise anticipated from the original grant request, for a total budget of $160,000. A lot has changed since the beginning of this sidewalk project which started in May of 2022. Since the start of this project, there are new federal regulations. R...

  • PUD Meeting focuses on trees and power lines

    Sy Patterson|Jun 13, 2024

    The Wahkiakum Public Utility District met on the first Tuesday of June. One of the key take aways from this meeting was the approval of Resolution no. 1286. This resolution is a vegetation management policy, otherwise known as the tree trimming policy. The purpose of this is to create a productive vegetation maintenance program, essentially helping Wahkiakum PUD deliver electric and water services in a safe and timely manner. The overall goal is to help the public understand that the number one cause of outages is falling trees. This policy...

  • WSD superintendent candidate public forum

    Ron Wright|Jun 13, 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. The first round of interviews is now completed. The school board has invited back two candidates for an additional interview, and to meet the public. The two candidates will be here sometime next week, June 17th-21st. The dates and times were not available at press time. This will be a great opportunity for anyone in...

  • Health & Human Services offer healthcare products through kiosk

    Jen Milliren|Jun 13, 2024

    On the porch below the Cathlamet Library sits what looks like a vending machine. It’s similar in size and shape, but instead of a large glass display of name-brand beverages and snacks, there’s a QR code and large text advertising FREE HEALTHCARE TESTS & SUPPLIES. As part of Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services’ preventative medicine rollout, a no-cost, self-service kiosk has been installed for use by the community. The kiosk offers a local solution to some urgent healthcare needs, while...

  • Tech rescue team crosses Columbia

    Luke Whittaker|Jun 13, 2024

    Most wouldn’t dare attempt swimming across the mighty Columbia River. Then there’s the South Pacific County Technical Rescue Team. Several members of a local surf rescue group completed the extraordinary endurance swim, just something some members like to do every few years. “We’re all a little insane,” joked SPCTR member Jeff Chabot, one of six members who completed the swim Saturday, June 1, along with team members Doug Knutzen, Sarah Andrews, Krista Barbic, Eduardo Mendez and Ericka Ha...

  • Skamokawa News

    Kay Chamberlain|Jun 13, 2024

    DRIZZLE. As another week begins, we've got a very damp Sunday going on, which actually worked out okay, as with all that nice weather, it was definitely time to get out there and do some yardwork and I "feel it" all over...ha! So, this drizzle saved me from going out and doing more work that my body would just as soon not do, so here I am....sitting inside, nice and dry. The forecast is showing more cloudiness and some mild temps, so that suits me just fine. The one day that it got up in the 90's here was just a tad bit much for me! Here's...

  • Vicki Willette retires from St. James Family Center

    Tiffany Stewart|Jun 6, 2024

    Cathlamet preschool teacher Vicki Willette retires after thirty-one years in the classroom. Vicki grew up in rural Cathlamet, Washington and with the exception of a few years living out of state, she and her high school sweetheart Mike have always considered Cathlamet home. Vicki began working at St. James Family Center in 1993. The Family Center is the only licensed preschool and childcare facility in Wahkiakum County. Over the past thirty-one years she has come to know most of the young...

  • Weekly West Wahkiakum Farmers Market starts June 14

    Nick Nikkala|Jun 6, 2024

    The Johnson Park Community Center (former Rosburg school) and the Grays River Grange have come together to sponsor the West Wahkiakum Farmers’ Market. This should prove to be a real boon for Wahkiakum and eastern Pacific County residents offering a plethora of locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, flowers, culinary mushrooms, eggs, honey, goat soaps and products, herbal remedies, baked goods, woodworking, jewelry, crafts, artwork, and more. The Market will take place from 2 to 6 pm every Friday from June 14 through October 25. On t...

  • Bat tests positive for rabies in Wahkiakum County

    Jen Milliren|Jun 6, 2024

    A bat collected in Wahkiakum County has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found at a residence in Cathlamet, and was brought in to Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services to be sent off for testing. This is the first bat to test positive for rabies in Wahkiakum County since 2008. While no one reported being bitten by the bat, a dog may have been exposed during capture. This serves as a reminder to be cautious around wildlife, as well as making sure animals are up to date on pre-exposure rabies vaccination. Bats are important for our ecos...

  • Washington will require insurers to reveal reasons for rate hikes

    Jerry Cornfield|Jun 6, 2024

    Insurers will soon have to provide customers a clear explanation for increases in their auto and home insurance premiums at the time of renewal. Beginning Saturday, companies must do so in writing if a policyholder requests it. In 2027, that information must be provided automatically and in easy-to-understand language on policy renewal notices. “If your insurance company is going to increase your premium, you have a right to know why,” Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said in a statement. “Hundreds of consumers, every year, have told us th...

  • "Surviving Summer" driver safety campaign

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Washington State Patrol (WSP), Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), and partner law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in a statewide “Surviving Summer: 90 Dangerous Days” campaign, with a goal of reducing serious injury and fatality collisions this summer. Since 2018, June, July, and August remain the highest consecutive 90-day stretch for traffic-related fatalities within Washington. According to the WTSC, 1,206 lives were lost on our roadways due to fatal crashes within these summer months between 2018 and...

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