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School board addresses variety of issues

The Wahkiakum School District Board of Directors met on Tuesday to discuss several issues, including a possible rental fee for facilities, approve collective bargaining agreements and contracts, and listen to reports from administration. After...

 

River life

An egret searches for supper along SR 4. Photo by Rick Nelson....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 20, 2018 

Council completes sewer rate appeal, lifts moratorium

Members of the Cathlamet Town Council worked their way through an appeal of a sewer rate for a business, lifted a building moratorium and handled other business at their monthly meeting on Monday. Steve and Paige Lake, owners of the Bradley House,...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 20, 2018 

Commissioners review dredge progress, broadband

Wahkiakum County commissioners reviewed the status of beach nourishment plans and handled other business when they met Tuesday. The board, acting as the commission for four flood control zone districts, is working with a consultant to obtain a...

 

Life-long collector opens Cathlamet shop

A new shop, D's Art Antiques and Collectibles, opened on Main Street in Cathlamet last month. It's full of treasures collected by Dee Syfert-Subramaniam, who bought property in Skamokawa a few years...

 

Port 1 commission OK's marina sewer repairs

The Wahkiakum County Port 1 Board of Commissioners went over reports and discussed facility issues at last Thursday’s meeting. The port is down to one sewer pump after installing their spare. Hoping to avoid the same problem in the future, they...

 

PUD covers quakes, exits and carbon use

The Wahkiakum PUD Board of Commissioners held a quick meeting on Tuesday morning. Commissioner Bob Jungers asked to have a line item added to next year’s budget to allow for the acquisition of spare high side bushings for the transformer in...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-9 p.m. Girl Scouts, Community Center, Cathlamet, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Learn to knit, crochet and mend, Sandra Sews, Community Center, Cathlam...

 

N/GRV School Board Notes

The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors met Tuesday for its monthly meeting in the Middle School Commons. In personnel matters, the board approved the hire of George Garcia, bus driver, and the resignation of Sylvia...

 

Couple undertake historical tourism project

When an anonymous donation was made to Tsuga Gallery to create new signs for historic homes and structures in the community, Cathlamet resident Paige Lake was more than happy to step up. “I was pretty excited that they let me take it on,” Lake...

 

Salmonid fisheries closed because of low returns

By The Columbia Basin Bulletin With the fall chinook run on the Columbia River running about 75 percent of what was already a low preseason expectation, Oregon and Washington closed salmonid fishing from the river’s mouth to the Oregon/Washington...

 

Fall weather

A sign of fall? A heavy rain shower dumped on Cathlamet Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, regional timber companies announced that recent rainfall made it possible for them to re-open their timberlands....

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 13, 2018

County board votes to provide local match for broadband study grant

Wahkiakum County commissioners on Tuesday voted to apply for an application for a grant to study the feasibility of creating a broadband network in the county. Government entities have had a committee studying creation of a broadband network, and...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 13, 2018

Elochoman road closure may be lifted in October

Wahkiakum County commissioners plan to re-open the Elochoman Valley Road, probably in early October. Commissioners were ready Tuesday to open the road--closed last winter near milepost 7 because of potential landslide, but a request from Hancock...

 

Retired sheriff challenges incumbent commissioner--Blair Brady

Incumbent Blair Brady is running for a fourth term as a Wahkiakum County commissioner, and part of his work has been to fight not only for this county, but for all the counties in the state. "I'd...

 

Retired sheriff challenges incumbent commissioner--Gene Strong

According to former Wahkiakum County Sheriff Gene Strong, four years ago he became a write-in candidate for county commissioner in a race against incumbent Blair Brady, somewhat unintentionally. This...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 13, 2018

Commission OK's funds for office access security

Wahkiakum County offices may soon have significant security upgrades. On Tuesday, county commissioners authorized sheriff's office personnel to proceed with purchase and installation of electronic door locks for offices in the courthouse and...

 

Companies restore timberland access

After a rainy weekend, the collaboration of several private landowners has opened previously closed forest land to public access. Dave Boyd, Columbia River Region manager for Hancock Forest Management, on Monday said the ownerships include Campbell...

 

The Eagle Calendar

THURSDAY Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m.-Noon. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Community Center, Cathlamet, 6-9 p.m. Girl Scouts, Community Center, Cathlamet, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Walking Group, Community Center, Cathlamet, 9 a.m. Senior Citizen...

 

Naselle teachers and district board of directors reach salary agreement

On September 10 the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors met during a special Board meeting and approved (4-0) a proposed two-year (2018-19 & 2019-20) salary agreement with the teachers. The new contract establishes an 11.2...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 13, 2018

DNR sets meetings on murrelet strategy

The Washington Department of Natural Resources and US Fish and Wildlife Service are preparing to gather input on their updated proposed amendments to their long-term conservation strategies for the marbeled murrelet. The endangered sea bird nests on...

 

Widows and Warriors derby is a good time on the river

If the smiles and laughter on Thursday afternoon were anything to go by, the fourth annual Wahkiakum Warriors and Widows Salmon Derby was a great time for both participants and volunteers. All the...

 
 By Rick Nelson    News    September 6, 2018

Suicide prevention month: Resources available in the area

Suzanne Arnits came to the Wahkiakum County board of commissioners meeting Tuesday asking for a proclamation. She got that from the commissioners, but she also started a conversation. Arnits is an outreach coordinator for NAMI SW WA—the...

 

PUD board addresses water systems

Water rights and an aging Western Wahkiakum Water System were the hot topics at the Wahkiakum PUD Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. Mike Johnson, an engineer from Gray & Osborne was on hand to talk to the commissioners about the process of...

 

States close river to steelhead retention

By The Columbia Basin Bulletin With an estimated 40 percent decline in the forecasted steelhead run upriver of Bonneville Dam, the states of Oregon and Washington last week closed the mainstem Columbia River to steelhead retention. The states made th...

 

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