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  • Wahkiakum history

    Mildred Jones|Jun 6, 2024

    One of the coldest winters recalled by Island folks was in January 1930. It had been real cold for a few weeks, and on January 15 the Columbia River froze up. There was lots of snow on the ground and the river ice was from 6 to 18 inches deep. The county communities were isolated for two weeks. Farmers cream cans all filled, no mail came through, unless someone risked his life to get across the river. Groceries ran short in the stores, kerosene and gas were running short. A 9-year old girl,...

  • Citizen of the Year

    Diana Zimmerman|May 8, 2024

    Jan Silvestri is a bright and energetic woman, and as a friend so succinctly put it, "a doer." Though these days, she says she's "in second gear, in idle." This doer has led an adventurous life, caring for friends and family, and most anyone else who is lucky enough to cross her path. She's traveled extensively, and had many adventures, including descending deep into an opal mine in Australia. She is also the President of the local chapter of the Sons of Norway, and wholly dedicated to the...

  • Student of the Month

    May 8, 2024

    Lions Club President Brian McClain & VP Terri Elfers presented Kyler Sauce with a Certificate of Achievement and a check to honor him as the Lions Club March Student of The Month. Kyler enjoys football, golf and basketball and was all-league 1st team in basketball. He is hoping to get on a basketball team in college. His goal is to become a nurse practitioner. He did not say where he is planing to attend college. Kyler is the son of Michaela Niemela....

  • Tech Talk:

    Steve Carson|May 1, 2024

    Do you wonder why your video call keeps buffering or that large file download seems to take forever? Understanding internet speed boils down to three key terms: bandwidth, latency, and download/upload speeds. Bandwidth: Imagine a highway. Bandwidth is the number of lanes – the more lanes, the more data can flow simultaneously. This translates to how much data you can download or upload at a given time, measured in megabits per second (Mbps). Latency: Think of latency as the speed limit on that highway. It's the time it takes for data to t...

  • Thank you from Dorothy McFarland

    May 1, 2024

    A huge “Thank-You” to everyone who attended my 90th Birthday Party and for all the beautiful flowers and cards. It was such a wonderful day seeing friends and family that I hadn’t seen in so long. Thank you to Stephanie at the Rat Tap On Broadway for such a lovely venue and also Todd Souvenier at Cathlamet Marina for the use of the covered area. Most of all, “Thank You” to my kids for putting on such an Amazing Day!! I’m truly blessed!! Sincerely, Dorothy McFarland...

  • Okie's Market store manager retires after 40 years

    Nick Nikkala|Apr 24, 2024

    Glenn Ray, the longtime manager of the Okie's Select Market in Naselle is retiring. On April 30, the reins will be passed on to Leonard McGrath who has served for a number of years as the Assistant Manager for the Okie's store in Ocean Park. Ray's work history is interwoven within the history of the Okie's stores themselves. Okie Johnson first opened the Naselle store in 1967. When deciding to retire, he passed the store on to his two daughters Carol and Joyce. The two sisters married two young...

  • Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie Announces Retirement

    Nick Nikkala|Apr 18, 2024
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    After 34 years in law enforcement, Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie has decided it's time to retire. "I was always told by many retired cops that you will know when the time comes to hang up the uniform," said Howie. Following his quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2023, he came to realize he is no longer the invincible, hard-charging young man he used to be. "I want to enjoy the health and the fragments of youth I have left to have more adventures and not be a fatal statistic that a lot of...

  • Telecommunicator Week 2024

    Apr 18, 2024

    We would like to personally recognize the dedication and commitment to their community, the silent heroes, the ones who are the calm in the storm, the ones you call for help on your worst day. Officer Vernon Barton, 31 years of service to Wahkiakum County. Officer Jo-Ann Barton, 25 years of service to Wahkiakum County. Officer Aric Cothren, 24 years of service to Wahkiakum County. Officer Asia Robbins, 5 years of service to Wahkiakum County. Officer Emily Davenport, 3 years of service to Wahkiakum County. Officer Charli Dursteler, 1 year of...

  • Returning to Finland

    Lissa Brewer Eo-Washington State Standard|Apr 10, 2024

    Karl Marlantes’ latest novel, “Cold Victory,” is historical fiction set in post-World War II Finland, where tensions play out on a battlefield of snow and ice under the northern lights. In the book, two men, an American and a Russian, agree to a cross-country ski race. Five hundred kilometers, just over 300 miles, spread over 10 days in the middle of an Arctic winter. Meanwhile, their wives strike up a friendship that’s clouded by harsh realities. ‘I sort of see this world, ‘Deep River’ and now ‘Cold Victory,’ and I have in my mind, I have a...

  • Mayor's State of the Town

    David Olson|Apr 10, 2024

    Mayor David Olson has released his Annual Report to the citizens of Cathlamet regarding the state of the Town. The Report summarizes notable developments during calendar year 2023. Organized by the various departments, it includes updates on finances, public works projects, events and projections for the future. There is also a section regarding the challenges facing the Town in 2024. A concluding section “Stormy Waters” summarizes current challenges in Mayor-Town Council relationships. The Mayor has expressed sincere thanks to Town Dep...

  • 93rd Birthday for Sotka Twins

    Kari Kandoll|Apr 10, 2024

    The twins were born April 6, 1931 in Astoria, to Abraham Fredrik Lyla and Katherine (Sackrison) Sotka whose grandparents had immigrated to the United States from Finland. The couple settled in Eden Valley. Corliss and Norman graduated in 1949 from Naselle Grays River High School. Corliss married Joseph Edward Florek in November 1950 and Norman married Phyllis Rae Boldt in February 1951. Joseph and Corliss’ children are: Joseph Edward, Jerrold Samuel (deceased), Carolyn, Kristy, Katherine J...

  • Lilian Hale serves in legislature

    Diana Zimmerman|Apr 4, 2024

    Though we are just slipping into April, it has already been a remarkable year for Wahkiakum High School senior Lilian Hale. Last month, Hale was serenaded by the Washington State Legislature as she stood in proxy for her step-father, Representative Joel McEntire, during the final day of their last session while he was deployed for military duty. Hale is likely to remain the youngest person to ever serve in this capacity. One has to be 18 to do so and those senators and representatives welcomed...

  • Meet the Mayor

    Stacey Lane|Apr 4, 2024

    Mayor David Olson will host another open forum with muffins and coffee in the meeting room at the Cottage Bread & Breakfast, 380 Una Ave, Cathlamet from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Citizens, residents or anyone interested are invited to drop by for complimentary muffins and coffee to discuss issues, ask questions, or raise any concerns regarding the activities of the Town of Cathlamet or any challenges facing the community. Mayor Olson states “These open forums are to spark citizen discussion and i...

  • Letter of censure brought to Town Council

    Katie Frankowicz for KMUN special to The Eagle|Mar 28, 2024

    Tensions between Cathlamet leaders bubbled up again last week as a majority of town councilors expressed frustration with Mayor David Olson through a signed “censure” letter. The letter, written by Councilor Robert Stowe and provided to the mayor at the March 18 council meeting, does not carry legal weight or entail direct consequences for the mayor. But it does spell out dissatisfaction with Olson’s actions and behavior. The letter followed several months of marked tension between Olson and several councilors. The letter accuses Olson of cr...

  • STEM Related Field Trips For Students

    Mar 28, 2024

    Students in the Wahkiakum School District participated in two field trips in March to experience local industry. At the elementary school, the students of Mrs. Shelly Olsen and Mrs. Jamie Brown had the opportunity to travel to Astoria, OR to the Columbia River Maritime Museum for a tour and to participate in an Underwater Learning Lab at the Barbey Maritime Center next door. With a little bit of history and direction, students built a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) from pieces of PVC pipe press...

  • Censure Resolution

    Robert Stowe|Mar 28, 2024

    This Document is an official Censure of the Mayor of Cathlamet, David Olson, by the Town Council of Cathlamet due to his continuing and expanding interference in Council work/duties/meetings. These actions include but are not limited too: Initiating denigrating letters/emails/conversations with others including the PUD, MRC and Chamber of Commerce regarding council-member roles, duties and responsibilities; orally casting aspersions on Council Members during public meetings and aggressively interrupting/barking disagreement with statements...

  • The Mayor's response

    David Olsen|Mar 28, 2024

    TO THE EAGLE: I am saddened by a recent censure resolution offered by Councilmember Robert Stowe without prior notice and supported by two other Council members. Regardless of the split vote, as Mayor I promise to do my level best to regain the trust of the entire Council so we can resume working together on behalf of the Town we love. I will start immediately by re-introducing a resolution to obtain outside help to restore good working relationships. As to the censure, I invite anyone to attend a Town Council meeting to see with your own eyes...

  • Grays River Grange News

    Krist Novoselic|Mar 21, 2024

    Rex Ziak is the presenter of the movie, “Natural Timber Country”. He made a name for himself as a Lewis and Clark historian. He also heads the Oban Society, whose mission is “To foster peace, friendship, and reconciliation among families and nations. The mission is to repatriate battlefield souvenirs from World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Yosegaki Hinomaru (Japanese Good Luck Flags).” Rex discovered the flag story during a visit to the country with his wife, Keiko. Keiko has her own Hinomaru story, which is common of what most Ja...

  • Thank you to Grays River voters

    Mar 14, 2024

    To The Eagle: I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the Grays River Flood Control District voters for studying the ballots and voting to re-elect me to work for you as a Commissioner. I sincerely thank the District constituency who helped make my campaign a success. I’m ready to continue side by side with the Commissioner team to represent resident land owners in addressing the challenging issues of Grays River flood control. Paddling upstream in the storms, Judy Johnson, GRFCD Commissioner Rosburg...

  • All Fired Up

    M.D. Johnson|Mar 14, 2024

    There's been a lot of water under the proverbial bridge for 26-year-old Jason Lewis: from Maricopa, Arizona, to Cathlamet, to South Korea, and to the Long Beach Peninsula. A 2016 graduate of Wahkiakum High School, Lewis is currently enrolled in the Washington State Fire Academy, along with 24 of his fellow cadets, including Hannah Mendez and Leanne Campbell, both with the Cathlamet Fire Department. Recently, The Eagle had a chance to slow Lewis down for a few minutes. Get his thoughts on 'life...

  • Let's spill the dirt!

    Stacey Lane|Mar 7, 2024

    Some think that the holidays are the highlight of the year. If you are a gardener, you know that your favorite day is when the nurseries start stocking up with garden goodies. Who doesn’t love the feel of new gloves and crisp seed packets? You likely spent the long gray winter days pouring over seed catalogs and dreaming of fresh tomatoes right off the vine. The challenges of weather, pests and soil struggles seem miles away. The snow reminds the hopeful gardener that it’s a bit early to put...

  • Student of the Month

    Mar 7, 2024

    The Lions Club honors Sem Hoogendoorn as the February Student of The Month. Sem has come a long way after experiencing debilitating problems associated with the pandemic. He is now getting good grades and is heading to college in the fall. He has been accepted at more than one college and has not made his choice yet. He is considering teaching, social work, or therapy. Working with people is high on the list of goals. Sem is an artist who paints, does line art, digital art, and colored pencils....

  • Wahkiakum Poets Corner

    Feb 29, 2024

    Golden Daffodils looking up holding springtime like a cup Warm spring rain robins singing in the twilight Full moon rises spreading gold over umber mountains Beverley Wallace Grays River Dad, I stare at the photo suspended on my wall and see my father’s face. His bright eyes gazing down at me, The corners of his mouth slightly lifted; tears filled my eyes. The fire that burned brightly inside you had been smothered. You fought the battle long and hard until all your strength had been washed away. I gazed down at him his decaying flesh had m...

  • Skamokowa News

    Kay Chamberlain|Feb 22, 2024

    TOILETRY DRIVE. Something new has come up that folks can help out with and that’s a toiletry drive for the students at Wahkiakum High School. Some kids are unable to get the necessities that we all need to keep us clean and comfortable, so we are asking the community to help them out if possible. You can take things up to the high school; you can also bring needed items to the Skamokawa Grange Hall on Thursdays throughout the month of March and they’ll see to it that they get up to the school. Some of the requested items are feminine care pro...

  • Downriver Dispatches

    Karen Bertroch|Feb 22, 2024

    It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here, have, thus far, so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people,...

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