Columbia County Spotlight

Sports

FALL SPORTS FORECASTS: Scappoose football's 21 potential seniors aim for return to Class 4A championship

July 20, 2017 South County Spotlight - Sports Jake McNeal
Indians will seek Seven-Mile War revenge at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens

Longview Border Crossers will host Scappoose Crown Zellerbach Walk

July 20, 2017 South County Spotlight - Sports Jake McNeal
Free 10-kilometer walk from Miller Park covers sidewalks and a 20-mile stretch of the trail between Scappoose and Vernonia on the way to the Scappoose Farmers Market on July 29

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Opinion

Letters

July 21, 2017 South County Spotlight - Opinion Pamplin Media Group
Life along the Columbia River as it was; pot farm problems; farmland in peril; thanks Sen. Johnson

Education budget improves, but we're not there yet

July 15, 2017 South County Spotlight - Opinion Rep. Brad Witt
At $8.2 billion, budget marks 11% increase --- but $200 million more needed to hit target
  • Letters

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Concern for St. Helens marijuana grow operation on city property; Oregon is violating 2nd Amendment
  • CRFR report exposes more than division chief findings

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Duty vehicles for personal use, political retaliation and much more noted in report
  • Your home is being invaded - act before it's too late

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Commentator Hal Ritz warns you will be victimized in your own home and in broad daylight if Trump's BPA proposal passes
  • Letter

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Letters to the editor published July 7, 2017: Columbia City's Joe Turner sounds off on the Oregon Transportation Plan
  • Tax reform will wait, except for rollback on small businesses

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Rep. Brad Witt lives in Clatskanie and represents Oregon's 31 District. He can be reached at Rep.BradWitt@state.or.us.
  • Spotlight's new look honors past, embraces the future

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    PMG President Mark Garber delves into the messaging behind the Spotlight's new look and name, all with an eye to the future of community…
  • Scappoose School Board mishandled Jupe evaulation, digging a deeper hole

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Elected Scappoose school officials make misteps in management of district superintendent, fault the Spotlight for reporting
  • Letters to the editor

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    A call for community help for Brenda Havlik; supports the Bakers following PUD fiascos; a first-hand opinion regarding the city of St.…
  • Building community, one smile at a time

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    We remain in control of our own destinies, and you can make a change for the better by a simple act of kindness.
  • It's a bad time to push the National Popular Vote agenda

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    We should avoid making lasting changes to our historical election processes and to rush a circumvention of our national Constitution.
  • With lawsuit settlement, turbulent PUD likely to now appear ... settled

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Despite $1.3 million settlement with former employees, the numerous issues dominating PUD discourse for the past three years remain…
  • Letters

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Thank you for Memorial Day support, questions about Portland mayor's attempt to limit free speech for the right.
  • Letters

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Angst agaisnt those who pushed prosecution of the Bakers, making it a successful spring wine tasting at the Watts House
  • A Gen Z perspective: Technology zaps positivity, but there is a way out

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Jacob Munoz, a junior at Scappoose High School, talks about the positivity gap he sees in his generation, and offers one easy fix
  • Letters to the editor

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    As Memorial Day approaches, veterans reps from Scappoose and St. Helens offer commentary on ways to honor veterans and their service.
  • Bold actions needed to address state's $1.6 billion deficit

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatkskanie, offers a synopsis of some legislative actions being pursued to address the state's looming budget deficit.
  • The importance of 'adequate' administration

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Scappoose School District Superintendent Stephen Jupe offers information about school administrators factor into the student-learning…
  • Letters

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Warnings from the state AG's Office, new leadership at the Scappoose VFW, Byte Sized has big FIRSTs, a score of political ramblings, and…
  • Letters

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Spotlight readers sound off about the upcoming election, the Port of St. Helens rezone effort, and much more in this week's letters…
  • For transgender athletes, situation and feelings come into play

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Chase Bakkensen, a junior at Scappoose High School, seeks answers to his questions about transgender athlete competition.
  • Restrictions on ADUs loosen in wake of housing crisis

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Rep. Brad Witt, a Clatskanie Democrat, discusses legislative actions regarding the housing crisis, as well as efforts to protect vehicle…
  • Letters

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Seventeen letters that pretty much cover Columbia County's sweeping political landscape as the May 16 election closes in. Ballots were…
  • PUD leaves the door wide open for speculation

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Nancy Ward ran was was elected to the Columbia River PUD board of directors in the November 2016 election. She received 62 percent of votes…
  • How to foster relationships with confident Christians

    South County Spotlight - Opinion
    Ciara Dreeszen is a junior at Scappoose High School, where she focuses on journalism and creative writing. She plans to attend Oregon State…

Features

Smart homes: Embracing the age of hi-tech living

May 19, 2017 South County Spotlight - Features Darryl Swan
Smart home technology is an increasingly popular --- and affordable --- option for everyday homeowners.

The realm of uncertainty

February 17, 2017 South County Spotlight - Features Courtney Vaughn
Family of 10-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy is at the mercy of time, drug companies

Sustainable Life

Electric Vehicle showcase opens in downtown Portland

July 23, 2017 Jeff Zurschmeide
EV advocacy group Forth launches new push for EVs as 2017 Oregon Legislature approves new rebates for buyers

Portland only so-so for national survey of green buildings

July 21, 2017 Steve Law
The Rose City is topped by many of its peers for promoting green building certification, construction

Contract Publishing

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