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

Downriver Dispatches

News of Western Wahkiakum County and Naselle


Some Things Change

and Some Things Remain the Same

Every generation is uniquely different than the previous one yet some things are still passed on. The newspaper is and has been traditionally the source for news and information. We have increased our ability to communicate on a global scale unprecedented in history. The internet as well as cell phones have closed the gap in the communication field; however, sometimes even with all this technology, information is not passed on as far as one might think.

With all this technology there sometimes occurs a communication breakdown in which not one person is necessarily at fault. Have you ever found out about an event that you would have loved to attend but it was already over? It has happened to me here in the Westend and I am supposed to be the one who brings you, the readers, this information. Try as I may I believe you can help. If you know of a community event and you are not sure if it will be in The Wahkiakum County Eagle, then send me an e-mail and I will make sure to include it in the paper. I want to thank those of you who have given me some insights as to what the readers want to hear about concerning the area from Grays River west to Naselle. I will endeavor to keep you posted to upcoming events as soon as I find out.

Westend News

Do you want to meet new people and get to know the community, then perhaps the Grays River Grange #124 is the place for you. The Grange has been serving western Wahkiakum County since 1902. It is located just west of Duffy’s on State Highway four. Grange Master Krist Novoselic is the one to contact about Grange activities, meetings, or rental of the Grange. Anyone interested or who just has questions can call the Grange at 360-465-2268.

The Naselle/Grays River Valley Seniors luncheon meets every Wednesday at noon for all those who are 55 and older; also the potluck will be at the Valley Bible Church on every fourth Wednesday. Anyone inspired to volunteer or who would like further information, please contact the Naselle/Grays River Valley Seniors President Diane Hollenbeck at or phone her at (360) 465-2991. Anyone interested in renting the Rosburg Hall is encouraged to contact Sonja Kruse at 465-2251 or Barbara Rose at 465-2251. Thursday luncheon at noon at the Rosburg Hall is sponsored by the Community Action Program (CAP) out of Kelso/Longview. Thursday’s menu consists of beef stroganoff, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, and tapioca pudding. Any questions, contact Denise Rae at (360) 425-3430 extension 259.

Set your calendar for April 13 at the Grays River Valley at Johnson Park for their Easter Crafts for Kids from 1-3 p.m. For more information call 360-465-2310.

For those of you who are new to the area and are in need of food, then I suggest you go see Shonda Ware at the Westend Food Pantry.

Naselle News

The Appelo Archives is proud to announce their Eighth Annual Logger's Reunion on April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are honoring all loggers this year. For those of you who may not be aware of this fact, logging is the most dangerous job statistically followed by fishermen. Come and hear from former loggers as they tell their stories. Everyone is welcome to attend. For information please contact Kelly Shumar at the Appelo Archives 360-484-7103 or

The Finnish-American Folk Festival of Naselle will be announcing their next event to be held at the new Naselle Community Center at 14 Parpala Road in Naselle in May. It will be a concert with local artists.


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