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Times have changed?

To The Eagle, I was born and raised in Cathlamet, moved to Portland after graduation and worked in Portland and and Vancouver. I moved to Long Beach Washington in 1995 and worked there for 25 years. In 2020 I retired and moved back to my hometown of...

 

Code of Conduct

To The Eagle, I just watched the video of the last council meeting held on April 15th. I was appalled by the total lack of respect from one specific council member. Robert Stowe was both disreputable and childish. He interrupted the sheriff and the m...

 
 By Jacob Nelson    Opinion    April 10, 2024

Publisher's Note

Our learning process at The Eagle continues. Last week, we published a letter to the editor signed by “Eric Arthur Blair.” Many astute readers pointed out that the name was the real name of author George Orwell. We slipped up in publishing this let...

 

Call for Town Manager

To The Eagle, I’ve been very outspoken for a long time about the need for the town to change its governance to allow the hiring of a professional town manager. A town manager would work closely with our competent Clerk Treasurer to oversee the daily...

 

Former Mayor Speaks Out

To The Eagle, Mayor Olson’s list of accomplishments is growing. He is experienced, organized, and deft at two related issues key to the TOC’s success: networking, and fundraising. That he finds himself under attack from members of the city cou...

 

Need for Paramedics

To The Eagle, I would like to know why the county can’t afford to pay a full-time paramedic. We need one. We have a few older people that live in town, Skamokawa, and the island that would benefit from having one. My nephew might have lived if t...

 
 By Mark Howie    Opinion    April 4, 2024

See for yourself

To The Eagle, As Sheriff of this County, I stay away from publicly commenting on Town of Cathlamet politics as much as possible, but on certain occasions and in the name of truth and correcting misconceptions, I must speak. I believe the attack on...

 

Regarding the censure

To The Eagle, I am writing to express my deep concern and frustration regarding the behavior exhibited by certain members of our town council during meetings. As a concerned citizen who attends council meetings, I was appalled by the lack of...

 

State of the Town

To The Eagle, I have periodically been involved with our current mayor working on town-related issues for several years. After reading the censure letter and his rebuttal comments, a couple of things stood out to me. Firstly, I am embarrassed on his...

 
 By Jacob Nelson    Opinion    April 4, 2024

Publisher's Note

Last week, I attended the Story Discovery at the Scale conference held at Stanford University.The conference brought together a mix of reporters, publishers, technologists, and academics to discuss tools and resources to help news organizations of...

 
 By Jacob Nelson    Opinion    March 28, 2024

Publisher's note

Public meeting coverage in the paper has been sparse for a while now. This is a short-term problem due to staffing. We support public meeting coverage as a vital component of local news and we are working to get this content back in the paper as...

 

Submissions to the paper

The Wahkiakum County Eagle News is an independently owned newspaper dedicated to reporting events, stories and interests in our region. Our focus on local happenings is our top priority. If you have something of interest to submit, please send it to...

 

A Wahkiakum County survival guide

To The Eagle, Following last week’s head-scratching opinion piece on retraining farmers, I couldn't help but feel the urge to rally a few of us Eagle readers – you know, us common folk – to brainstorm a 'new resident survival guide' for those mulli...

 

Welcome...But

To The Eagle, In regards to the letter from E.S. Simpson. We welcome newcomers to our community but why do you want to change our way of life? I was born and raised here. My dad, Mel Coates, was the local butcher, cattle hauler and owned a frozen...

 

When in Rome...

To The Eagle, There is an old expression that you could benefit from: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. The fine citizens of Wahkiakum County do not need anyone to come in from the outside to tell us how to live our lives or what direction on the...

 

Retrain our farmers to support veganism

To The Eagle: I am new to Wahkiakum County and, like many here, appreciate the natural beauty of the area. In September, when I first arrived last year, the trees, birds in flight and peaceful cows all contributed to a scene which, at first, seemed...

 

Support the 2024 Wahkiakum High School golf program

To The Eagle: As Wahkiakum High School’s head golf coach, it is an honor to announce that our 2023 state champion girls golf team and boys golf team are back in action this month for the start of another Spring season! Each one of our student athlete...

 

Longview Masonic Lodge #263 continues bikes for books program

To The Eagle: The Longview Lodge of Masons, like most fraternal organizations today, is shrinking in numbers. Despite being down to about forty members they continue to finance a bikes for books program that promotes literacy throughout the Longview...

 

Superintendent thanks voters

To the Voters of Naselle-Grays River Valley School District: I am writing to express my gratitude to the voters who supported the recent EducationalPrograms and Operations levy. Your commitment to investing in the education of our children is...

 

Bravo Eagle staff!

To the Eagle: I just felt the need to let you know what a nice job The Eagle staff are doing with the weekly paper. I had quit subscribing for several years due to all the left wing Associated Press articles and the constant bantering from the same...

 

Tourism shouldn't trump local needs

To The Eagle: Please forgive my delayed response to the front page article from Feb. 8 entitled "Ridiculous and disappointed." I have no knowledge of how community budgets work or how things are divided regarding county budgets. It does seem to me...

 

Change-the only constant

Dear Readers, The Eagle continues its journey of growth as we transition from one era to another. With our first focus group coming up this week, and other exciting innovations coming this summer, the publishers and our staff are excited to continue...

 

Make Puget Island a 'no hunting' zone

To The Eagle: This time of year, our weekends are cursed with the early morning cacophony of shotguns, aimed at innocent Canada geese stopping here to rest and recuperate from their arduous journey along the Pacific Migratory Flyway. What a terrible...

 

Publisher's Note

Changes—some temporary, some more long-lasting—continue at The Eagle. In the short term, our reporter and news editor, Diana Zimmerman, will be taking a much-deserved vacation. As regular readers know, Diana contributes the bulk of our news wri...

 

Retain Johnson for flood board

To The Eagle: The Grays River Flood Control District (GRFCD, formerly known as the Grays River Habitat Enhancement District) is holding a special election to fill position 2 on their board, currently held by Judith Johnson. I served as the unelected...

 

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