The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Residents thankful for help with sand placement


To The Eagle:

It's important to us as recent Cathlamet residents to thank all that have played a part in helping the Cape Horn area property owners sign the Right of Entry document.

This last effort has taken all of us over two and a half years to finally get to this point of achievement, and because of this time invested for our need of the sand replenishment, we can finally move forward with the final details to get on the Corp of Engineers’ calendar.

Thank you to all of County Commissioners; Blair Brady, Mike Backman and especially our District Commissioner Dan Cothren. These commissioners frequently drove to meetings, took and made many phone calls from concerned residents to many officials, answered E-mails and wrote letters for our behalf and even visited our neighbors to answer questions. A special thank you goes out to Beth Johnson for her help in keeping us connected, and Chuck Beyer for keeping up with the permits, studies and attending the many meetings required. Thank you to our County Attorney Daniel Bigalow for the countless hours of proofing our docs and even resubmitting forms to protect our property and ownership.

Knowing that all this hard work and financial investment wasn't just for the good of us as Cape Horn residents, I would like to address the property owners of Puget Island who are having concerns about the Right of Entry document. I realize there are many different reasons and questions that a few of you still have - and respect that you have rights, but I would encourage you to give yourself the opportunity to get the correct information you really deserve to make your final decision. The hard working people I've mentioned above are willing to explain, listen and help you with your concerns. I know they would support a group meeting or private visit to listen and answer all your questions. They have been nothing but respectful and supportive to all of us on the Cape.

We all want to be good neighbors here in Cathlamet, and I hope you will support those on the Island that are in danger of losing their homes to the river and most certainly the value of their properties because of all the sand that has washed out into the Columbia.

Randy and Trish Shroyer



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