Wahkiakum County, WA

Wahkiakum Democratic Party endorses Brent Hennrich

Last Saturday morning the Wahkiakum County Democratic Party took the unusual step of endorsing a candidate before filing opened this week: Brent Hennrich for Congress to replace Jaime Herrera Beutler. The number one reason? He is easy to talk with. He is not imposing or glad-handing. He listens. He looks...
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Winners of Great White Tail Run announced

Saturday, May 14, the 38th annual Great White Tail Run sponsored by Wahkiakum 4-H was held on the Julia Butler Hansen National Refuge. The first person to cross the finish line was Gage Gifford in the 2 mile event, Rochelle Cothren was the top 2 mile female finisher. Two mile...
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Covid-19 update

With no new official cases to report in the last week, the cumulative number of cases in Wahkiakum County stands at 313, with two cases considered active. Disclaimer: With the easy availability of at home tests, it's impossible to know exactly how many cases of covid-19 are actually currently active in the county.
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Vivian Olsen

Vivian Luella (Wika) Olsen passed away peacefully at home as she wished on April 15, 2022 at the age of 89. Vivian was born to Torleif and Hazel Wika on August 18, 1932 on Puget Island, Washington. As a child she attended school on Puget Island and then onto Cathlamet...

Sheriff's Report, May 19, 2022

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including:. May 8 — 9:34 p.m. A caller was on foot and lost in the vicinity of Brooks Slough and SR 4. She said she left a friend’s home and did not want to return. A deputy took her to a gas station.

County officials dealing with economic impacts

Wahkiakum County officials find themselves dealing with the good, the bad and the ugly. The good is an increase in revenue from rising investment interest rates and state timber excise tax revenue; the bad is a cooling of timber markets that is chipping away at revenue from logging on county trust timber lands, and the ugly is the inflationary impact on fuel used to power modes of transportation.

Officers investigate unaccompanied death

Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Department have investigated an unaccompanied death at a residence on Bradley Mountain and determined the victim died of a massive heart attack, Sheriff Mark Howie reported Friday. Robert Conner's wife told officers that she found him unresponsive in his recliner chair Wednesday morning. She called the...

Auction scheduled for scholarship funds

For the second year in a row, Wahkiakum Dollars for Scholars is holding an online auction to raise money for scholarships that will support local students. Auction items can be previewed at, but bidding begins at 2 p.m. on May 26 and ends on June 12 at 6 p.m.

PUD commission starts long term planning

The Wahkiakum PUD Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and talked about supply chain issues, weather, and projects in the county. General Manager Dan Kay said that he and Auditor Erin Wilson were collecting information for long term planning, which he hoped would be a collaborative project. “This could take a...

Mules shoot well in state trap meet

In mid-April, Wahkiakum High School trap shooters Henry Bassi, Greydon Luce, and Braden Avalon traveled to Wenatchee to compete in the FFA State Trap Tournament. According to their coach and teacher, Kyle Hurley, Bassi shot 80/100, Luce shot 76/100, and Avalon shot 61/100. The night before the state shoot, the...

Reporter issues pie baking challenge

Part of my family's lore is that a young Ronald Reagan, during his days on the radio, would come in to my maternal grandfather's restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa, where surely he must have enjoyed slices of my Grandma Clarissa's pie with his cuppa Joe. Like many women of that...

Students study salmon rearing

Wahkiakum High School FFA and Career and Technical Education (CTE) students recently went to the Deep River net pens (above) and helped by releasing salmonids. The students learned how to measure FPP (fish per pound). Right: The CTE class learned about hatchery operations from Darren at the Beaver Creek Hatchery.

Covid-19 update

By Diana ZimmermanWith no new official cases of covid-19 reported in the last week, the cumulative number in Wahkiakum County remains at 313 according to Wahkiakum Health and Human Services, with three cases still active from last week. Disclaimer: With the easy availability of at home tests, it's impossible to...

CWCOG asks public for input

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG), as the Longview-Kelso-Rainier Metropolitan Planning Organization and lead agency for the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization, invites the public to comment on the draft 2023 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The UPWP is a regional transportation planning work program describing how state and...

Holly McKeen announces candidacy for prosecutor

Cathlamet native Holly McKeen this week announced she will be a candidate for Wahkiakum County prosecuting attorney. McKeen is a 2003 Wahkiakum High School graduate. She is now a deputy prosecutor in Cowlitz County and resides in Cathlamet. “My step-father, Fred Johnson, is the former prosecutor of Wahkiakum County,” she...

Body discovered on beach

A body washed up onto the beach at Little Cape Horn on Saturday, May 7 and was found by a walker who lived nearby. The Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Department received the phone call at 11:21 a.m. and two deputies responded. The coroner, Dan Bigelow, arrived a little later. The...

Robotics team grateful for support

The outpouring of support for our Wahkiakum 4-H and High School Mecha Mules robotics team has been heartwarming. We have 20 sponsors so far. We especially want to thank the Sons of Norway, Helgeland Lodge #30 for their overwhelmingly generous contribution. And the Wahkiakum Amateur Radio Club for their dedication to leading-edge tech.

Toledo ends Mules' baseball season

The Wahkiakum Mules baseball team saw their season end during the first round of district play on Saturday in a 7-2 loss to Toledo. “[Toledo was] able to jump out to an early lead on us, and we never quite found our rhythm to mount a comeback,” Coach Garrett Radcliffe said. “They threw their ace, arguably one of the top five pitchers in the league, for most the game and he was dealing.”