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Time to get the hip waders out?

NICE, THEN SOGGY--It was certainly nice to enjoy some sunshine this last Friday and Saturday, as it was a much needed break that gave the high waters time to recede and gave all the outdoor lovers a time to stroll or bike in some dry conditions,...

 

LCC online winter lecture series offered

Lower Columbia College (LCC) has announced the line-up for the Winter 2021 Community Conversations lecture series. LCC's free, online, weekly lecture series focuses on a different theme each quarter. This quarter's theme is "Get the Message."...

 

WSU On-line Workshop: Writing a Will

On January 19 at noon, Attorney Chris Roubicek, of Castle Rock, will address the importance of having a will. A will is a legal document that allows you, not the Washington legislature, to determine where your estate will go. Wills are necessary for...

 

What's happening at the Fair?

Greetings from the fair office; hope everyone had a great new year. Thanks to everyone who donated their time in the first Christmas lighting at the fairgrounds; it was a huge success. Also, thank you to all of you who came out and drove through....

 

Downriver Dispatches

Rain and Boredom Wahkiakum County is one of the rainiest places in the nation with an annual accumulation of over 94 inches compared with the national average of 38 inches of rain annually. There are on average 126 sunny days per year in Wahkiakum...

 

VFW honors local emergency responders

Each year, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United State selects emergency medical technicians, law enforcement and firefighter personnel to receive Public Servant Awards. Local VFW Posts submit a...

 

Library offers five mobile hotspots through CARES act

Washington State Library (WSL) announced that Cathlamet Public Library was selected to receive a $2,000 grant to advance digital equity in Wahkiakum County. Provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the...

 

Eagle Poetry Corner Number 4

River Raptor Rubaiyat Who would venture out on such a dark day, skimming over water cold and gray, where black rain spits sharp nails of foul weather? Tireless fishing marvel is the osprey. Hover steady, willing stealth by feather, quick to plunge...

 

May we all enjoy a healthy new year

IT'S A NEW YEAR--It's my first column of 2021, wow, we made it! We may be into a new year, but we still have the same ole weather, wet and wild! We even ended the first Saturday in January with a heck of a rain event, which also came along with some...

 

WSU Master Gardener On-line Workshop: Pruning Fruit Trees

Would you like to know more about how to prune your fruit trees? On January 13 from 6:00-7:15 p.m., WSU Master Gardener Art Fuller will show how to prune your fruit trees—and what not to do! A free 1 hour presentation will be followed by the...

 

LCC Foundation names Benefactor of the Year

The Lower Columbia College Foundation has named John and Cathy Natt as the 2020-21 Benefactor of the Year. Benefactor honorees have a history of providing charitable financial support to the foundation, and/or significant volunteer service to the...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Grays River Floods Again The year 2021 began with the overflowing of the Grays River watershed. This is not an unusual event, but it does inconvenience many of the farmers who live in the Westend who...

 

WSU Master Gardener On-line Workshops: January

On Tuesdays at noon, and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., WSU Master Gardeners present weekly on-line free programs. No need to register, just pop in. Connection information (you must have a zoom account--sign up for one at zoom.us), then join from PC, Mac,...

 

"How to": Container Gardening

Do you want to grow a garden, but you're short on space? On January 12 at noon, WSU Master Gardener Steve Powers will explain ways to have a bountiful harvest from container grown veggies. A free 45 minute presentation/demonstration will be followed...

 

Christmas was quiet; crab feed canceled

OFF AND ON--As I begin this column, we're having some of that mixed weather where it sunshines one minute and rains the next and sometimes it does both at the same time! It looks like we are still in for some showers this week but it is mixed with...

 

Nature Matters: Oregon's Lost Sea Otters

It is hard to appreciate the cultural importance and ecological significance of a species that disappeared from Oregon’s coastal waters over a century ago. What has the loss of sea otters meant to Oregon’s indigenous peoples? What does their...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Westend Caroling Christmas traditions vary from place to place, so it didn't seem unusual to not have few or any trick-or-treaters on Halloween or to experience Christmas traditions in the remote...

 

Robert Michael Pyle nominated for award

Gray's River author Robert Michael Pyle has been nominated to receive a $15,000 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Pyle's work Nature Matrix: New and Selected Essays is one of 10 being considered for the award. Judges are...

 

Inslee budget highlights

Compiled by the Faith Action Network Last week, Governor Inslee issued his proposed budget for the 2021-2023 biennium and policy recommendations, and here are highlights. For more detail, see the full text on his website. The total 2021-23 biennial...

 

Museum receives glass display cases

Wahkiakum Historical Society member Frans Eykel lent a hand as one of 12 glass display cases landed at the Wahkiakum County Historical Museum on Dec. 22. Curator Kari Kandoll said the cases came from...

 

Happy Holidays to one and all

WET AND WINDY--As this weekend before Christmas winds down, we are having some very wet and windy conditions, so in other words, normal weather just before the Christmas holiday. It seems when we all want to do that last minute shopping, the weather...

 

State Parks offers two free days in January

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits. The first free day is Friday, Jan. 1, which gives visitors the opportunity to...

 

WDFW offers special hunt drawing for early hunter reporting

Hunters who report their 2020 black bear, deer, elk, or turkey hunting results by Sunday, Jan. 10, will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2021, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials...

 

Downriver Dispatches

Tourist Attractions for the Locals This may seem a bit redundant for some; however, in defense of the readers who have been bombarding me with questions about the area and what to look for as a...

 

New book highlights Corps of Discovery

The Columbia River Reader (CRR) of Longview has compiled into a book a 33-episode series chronicling the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s journey of discovery. Author Michael Perry wrote the columns for the reader in time for the 200th anniversary of...

 

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