Columbia 911 director submits resignation letter

Columbia 911 director submits resignation letter

Date of departure unclear as board of director candidates file for May election

Scappoose Vision Dance spins to third-place state title

Scappoose Vision Dance spins to third-place state title

State championships a bittersweet honor for seniors as team brings home trophy

New Scappoose officer is native of Columbia County

New Scappoose officer is native of Columbia County

Kolten Edwards joins Scappoose Police Department after working in Columbia County Jail

Undersheriff demoted after misconduct allegations

Undersheriff demoted after misconduct allegations

Investigation leads to staffing shakeups at Columbia County Sheriff's Office

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia County Clerk Betty Huser (left) administers the oath of office to recently appointed Scappoose City Councilor Joel Haugen (right.) Haugen was appointed Monday to fill a vacant seat on the council.
March 25, 2017

Haugen back on Scappoose City Council

by Courtney Vaughn
Joel Haugen appointed to fill vacant council seat after former Councilor Barbara Hayden resigned
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Students at Lewis and Clark Elementary School raised more than $3,600 for Jump Rope for Heart.
March 24, 2017

JUMPING ROPE, RAISING FUNDS

by Nicole Thill
Lewis and Clark students raise record funds for Jump Rope for Heart
March 24, 2017

Three compete for seat on CRFR board

by Nicole Thill
Niles, Feige running uncontested while others file to run against one another for open position


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Some residents are concerned loose building codes could allow developers to erect tall buildings along the St. Helens waterfront. Currently, the tallest building in the area is the Muckle Building on the Strand, which is ????
March 24, 2017

Talks about St. Helens building height restrictions raises…

by Nicole Thill
Some residnets raise concerns about compromised views and property values
THE ST. HELENS BACKPACK PROGRAM RECEIVED A $3,000 DONATION EARLIER THIS MONTH FROM EMPLOYEES AT NUSTART ENERGY LP, WHICH WAS DELIVERED BY STEVE KOBER, KELLY DOWELL AND ROBERT DOWELL. ADDITIONALLY, THE PROGRAM RECEIVED ANOTHER $340 CASH AND FOOD SUPPLY DONATION FROM THE COMPANY. THE BACKPACK PROGRAM PROVIDES HUNDREDS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH FOOD SUPPLIES TO KEEP CHILDREN FROM GOING HUNGRY OVER THE WEEKEND WHEN THEY ARE NOT IN SCHOOL. THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS AND NOW SERVES 165 STUDENTS AT MCBRIDE ELEMENTARY, LEWIS AND CLARK ELEMENTARY, ST. HELENS MIDDLE AND ST. HELENS HIGH SCHOOLS. EMPLOYEES FROM NUSTAR ENERGY HAVE REGULARLY MADE DONATIONS TO THE PROGRAM, HELPING KEEP SUPPLY SHELVES STOCKED AND THE VOLUNTEER-BASED PROGRAM RUNNING. 

THE ST. HELENS BACKPACK PROGRAM RECEIVED A $3,000 DONATION EARLIER THIS MONTH FROM EMPLOYEES AT NUSTART ENERGY LP, WHICH WAS DELIVERED BY STEVE KOBER, KELLY DOWELL AND ROBERT DOWELL. ADDITIONALLY, THE PROGRAM RECEIVED ANOTHER $340 CASH AND FOOD SUPPLY DONATION FROM THE COMPANY. THE BACKPACK PROGRAM PROVIDES HUNDREDS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH FOOD SUPPLIES TO KEEP CHILDREN FROM GOING HUNGRY OVER THE WEEKEND WHEN THEY ARE NOT IN SCHOOL. THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS AND NOW SERVES 165 STUDENTS AT MCBRIDE ELEMENTARY, LEWIS AND CLARK ELEMENTARY, ST. HELENS MIDDLE AND ST. HELENS HIGH SCHOOLS. EMPLOYEES FROM NUSTAR ENERGY HAVE REGULARLY MADE DONATIONS TO THE PROGRAM, HELPING KEEP SUPPLY SHELVES STOCKED AND THE VOLUNTEER-BASED PROGRAM RUNNING. 

THE ST. HELENS BACKPACK PROGRAM RECEIVED A $3,000 DONATION EARLIER THIS MONTH FROM EMPLOYEES AT NUSTART ENERGY LP, WHICH WAS DELIVERED BY STEVE KOBER, KELLY DOWELL AND ROBERT DOWELL. ADDITIONALLY, THE PROGRAM RECEIVED ANOTHER $340 CASH AND FOOD SUPPLY DONATION FROM THE COMPANY. THE BACKPACK PROGRAM PROVIDES HUNDREDS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH FOOD SUPPLIES TO KEEP CHILDREN FROM GOING HUNGRY OVER THE WEEKEND WHEN THEY ARE NOT IN SCHOOL. THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS AND NOW SERVES 165 STUDENTS AT MCBRIDE ELEMENTARY, LEWIS AND CLARK ELEMENTARY, ST. HELENS MIDDLE AND ST. HELENS HIGH SCHOOLS. EMPLOYEES FROM NUSTAR ENERGY HAVE REGULARLY MADE DONATIONS TO THE PROGRAM, HELPING KEEP SUPPLY SHELVES STOCKED AND THE VOLUNTEER-BASED PROGRAM RUNNING. 

COURTESY PHOTO - Volunteers accept a donation from employees of NuStar Energy LP.
March 24, 2017

DONATIONS BENEFIT BACKPACK PROGRAM

by Nicole Thill
$3,000 donated to St. Helens program that feeds low-income children when school is out of session
Miranda
March 24, 2017

Miranda tapped as port's interim executive director

by Courtney Vaughn
Miranda has served in leadership role at Port of St. Helens for several years
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Riders wait in line to board a CC Rider bus in downtown Portland headed for Columbia County. The bus agency announced it will soon require riders to buy monthly passes and bulk tickets online.
March 24, 2017

CC Rider announces online ticket sales

by Courtney Vaughn
Riders will soon be limited in purchases made with cash
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The 'Rainbow Readers' from Sauvie Island Academy took first place in their region during the annual Oregon Battle of the Books. The team will now compete at the state level in early April.
March 24, 2017

HITTING THE BOOKS: SCAPPOOSE STUDENTS EXCEL AT OREGON BATTLE OF…

by Nicole Thill
Sauvie Island Academy, Otto Petersen students show off reading prowess in annual competition
OSP PHOTO - Debris and vehicles block east and westbound lanes of traffic on Highway 30 Wednesday morning, just east of the Sauvie Island Bridge. One man was killed in the crash, while three other drivers were injured.
March 22, 2017

Scappoose man killed in fatal crash on Highway 30

by Courtney Vaughn
Five car crash Wednesday morning leaves one dead, three injured
Keyser
March 17, 2017

6 candidates file for 2 seats on Port of St. Helens Commission

by Courtney Vaughn
Two seats are up for election this May, for Positions 4 and 5. Filed candidates include Melinda Bernert, Natasha Parvey-Leskowich, Robert Keyser, Megan Kunkel-Hallstone and Chris Iverson.

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Mar 17, 2017

Candidates file for boards

by Nicole Thill
Residents file to run for elected spots on Scappoose and St. Helens boards
Williams
Mar 17, 2017

St. Helens visitors center representative steps down

by Nicole Thill
Gretchen Williams leaves position, interim office administrator named to fill spot
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The St. Helens City Council is discussing options to generate revenue or save money in the coming fiscal years, including the potential of restructuring the municipal court system.
Mar 17, 2017

St. Helens considers fund reallocation, restructuring in next…

by Nicole Thill
Finance director discusses budget options with St. Helens City Council
Mar 17, 2017

Four now vying for seat on Scappoose council

by Courtney Vaughn
One applicant to be appointed by council after candidate interviews Monday
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Equipment on the construction site of Dutch Canyon Estates in Scappoose preps a water-logged parcel Monday, March 13.
Mar 17, 2017

Home development company fined for wetlands violations

by Courtney Vaughn
D.R. Horton never obtained proper permitting before moving soil on designated wetland in Scappoose
COURTESY PHOTO - Volunteer Lowell Bauer helps Addison Wells with the construction of her birdhouse on Saturday, March 11. Volunteers from the library helped create basic templates for the children to follow using seven pieces of wood. The children helped on every step, while the volunteers helped the children with the more technical parts of the birdhouse construction.
Mar 17, 2017

BIRDHOUSE BUILD

by Nicole Thill
Volunteers help children at Columbia City Community Library celebrate spring with birdhouse creation
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - One student from every grade level at the elementary school was chosen at random to help dump buckets of green slime on Salisbury and Scott last week. Students who reported any time reading outside of school had their names put in a drawing for the honor.
Mar 17, 2017

SLIME TIME

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens students read for more than 2,000 hours to slime their Lewis and Clark principals
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center in Scappoose still seems relatively empty, but officials say a board of directors has been formed and efforts to secure new tenants and industry partners are underway.
Mar 17, 2017

New center for manufacturing and research making quiet progress

by Courtney Vaughn
Board of directors handling R&D efforts for OMIC and partner agreements for new tech site in Columbia County
Mar 17, 2017

Scappoose schools change visitor policy

by Nicole Thill
Policy, new rule impose stricter rules for school site visitors
COURTESY PHOTO - This photo of a home on McBride Street was one of 13 properties declared a nuisance by the city municipal code for the junk and debris that was piled up in the yard. The St. Helens Police Department code enforcement officer and city building inspector have been trying to identify properties like this to get homeowners to clean up.
Mar 17, 2017

St. Helens is cracking down on code violations

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens city staff address yards full of 'junk' that violate municipal code by issuing citations