Inslee praises Nelson
June 8, 2023
Editor’s Note: In mid-May, Rick Nelson and his family received a letter from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. Here is what he had to say:
Dear Rick, Mary Ann, Jacob, and Jamie:
Trudi and I were deeply saddened to hear that Rick recently entered hospice care. Please know that we are keeping your entire family in our prayers during this difficult time. Words are inadequate to express the depth of our appreciation for Rick’s contributions to the Wahkiakum County community, but I wanted to take a moment to recognize his decades of exemplary journalism.
Local newspapers have long been a crucial part of the fabric of a community. Those who work for these publications keep their neighbors informed, offer a forum in which to discuss ideas, and ask important questions about the issues of the day. For forty years, Rick Nelson kept the people of Cathlamet, and indeed all of Wahkiakum County connected to one another through the power of the press.
Since 1963, Rick has been an easily recognizable sight in his old, canopied pickup with his well-worn camera bag, sparkling blue eyes, wry sideways smile, and the reporter’s notepad peeking out of his chest pocket. No matter the issue, residents trusted him to tell the truth without fear or favor—a trust he repaid time and time again.
On behalf of a grateful state, thank you for the sacrifices Rick and your entire family made to bring Wahkiakum County residents the news each day for four decades. Again, please know that Trudy and I are praying for peace and comfort for your family as you navigate this chapter.
Very truly yours,