Family of missing St. Helens woman fundraising to pay for search efforts

Family of missing St. Helens woman fundraising to pay for search efforts

Plans to hire K9 search team off the table, family still organizing searches The family of Cheryl...

Scappoose city councilor, wife named in defamation lawsuit

Scappoose city councilor, wife named in defamation lawsuit

Riley Baker, son of Columbia River PUD Director Dave Baker, sues Mark and Debbie Reed for...

St. Helens school officials approve $49 million bond

St. Helens school officials approve $49 million bond

Campaign team already organzied, ready to promote benefits of bond The St. Helens School Board on...

Man sentenced for attempted murder of Scappoose police officer

Man sentenced for attempted murder of Scappoose police officer

Repeat offender Eric Caldwell sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for 2015 robbery,...


Columbia County's Latest News

August 31, 2016

Warrants of the Week

by Darryl Swan
Jennifer Ann Taggart Jennifer Ann Taggart, 33, is a female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. Taggart is on probation for possession of…
August 29, 2016

Scappoose Police Department logs

by Nicole Thill
Scappoose Police Department Saturday, Aug. 20 Vern Runyan, 62, was cited for speeding, driving uninsured and driving while suspended following a traffic stop on N.W. Peak Road near N.W. EJ Smith…
August 28, 2016

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership announces dinner and art gala

by Nicole Thill
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership will host its 17th annual fundraising dinner and art gala Saturday, Oct. 15, to benefit outdoor programs for kids. The gala will be held at the Columbia…


August 28, 2016

Unemployment in Columbia County increased in July

by Nicole Thill
Payroll employment in Columbia County dropped by 40 jobs in the month of July with the county losing a total of 340 jobs, a press release from the State of Oregon Employment Department reported…
August 28, 2016

Marijuana income exceeds $25 million in Oregon

by Nicole Thill
As of July 31, the Department of Revenue has processed $25.5 million in marijuana tax payments this year. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25 percent tax on their recreational…
August 26, 2016

PCC names new chair, vice chair

by Nicole Thill
The Portland Community College board of directors on Thursday, Aug. 18, named Gene Pitts as chair and Kali Thorne-Ladd as vice chair for the 2016-17 academic year, according to a press release…
August 27, 2016

Fundraiser for Scappoose youth sports held in September

by Nicole Thill
The Scappoose Youth Football Association is hosting a South County Spirits Tasting event on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Scappoose Veterans Park, 33163 SW JP West Rd. Proceeds from the…
CENT investigators meet with St. Helens police officers on the scene of a potential drug crime in St. Helens. The specialized narcotics investigation team was recently reformed in Columbia County.
August 26, 2016

Narcotics team returns to Columbia County

by Courtney Vaughn
Officials hope CENT will quell other crimes County law enforcement officials hope a newly revitalized narcotics team can help prevent other common crimes. The Columbia Enforcement Narcotics…
PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - The cover of a calendar for sale benefiting the Columbia Humane Society.
August 26, 2016

Calendar showcases volunteer firefighters and furry friends

by Nicole Thill
Columbia River Fire and Rescue is selling a 2017 wall calendar to benefit the Columbia Humane Society. The calendar features photos of volunteer firefighters in Columbia County with different…
August 26, 2016

Mercedes crashes into cow

by Nicole Thill
Two people walked away from a single-vehicle crash with no injures after striking a cow on the roadway in Warren on Saturday, Aug. 21. At 1:16 a.m., Austin Gilbert-Renner, 19, was driving a…

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SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Oregon school districts have until Oct. 1 to submit a draft plan to the Oregon Department of Education outlining when districts will test for lead in water, radon gas and pest management practices. ODE passed the regulations last week on Aug. 17.
Aug 26, 2016

Oregon education officials mandate healthy schools plans

by Nicole Thill
School districts have until October to create draft guidelines for water, radon testing and pest management Local school districts have until Oct. 1 to submit draft versions of a health and…
PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue Crews respond to a tug boat fire on Sunday, Aug. 21, in Rainier. A mechanical failure in the engine compartment is believed to have started the fire.
Aug 26, 2016

CRFR crews put out six blazes over three-day span

by Nicole Thill
Brush fires sparked during weekend of excessive heat Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to six fires between Friday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 21, when excessive heat warnings and…
PHOTO COURTESY OF SCAPPOOSE FOURSQUARE CHURCH - Volunteers from the Scappoose Foursquare Church hand out cotton candy during the second annual City Fest event in 2014. Attendees can get school supplies and backpacks and enjoy live music and free food at this year's event on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug 26, 2016

City Fest helps prep students

by Nicole Thill
Church will provide students in need with supplies, clothes, haircuts Scappoose Foursquare Church will host its fourth annual City Fest on Saturday, Aug. 27, to help students get prepared for…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A Portland to Coast relay walker treks along Highway 30  just north of Havlik Drive in Scappoose. The 35th annual Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast relay was held on Friday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 2016

Runners and walkers to participate in annual relay

by Pamplin Media Group
The 35th annual Hood to Coast Relay will be held Friday, Aug. 26, as thousands of runners complete a 200-mile long relay race from Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood to Seaside. Racers begin the…
Aug 25, 2016

'Out of the Darkness' community walk aids suicide prevention

by Courtney Vaughn
A community walk to raise awareness and prevent suicide will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, at Scappoose High School. The date marks World Suicide Prevention Day, with events like the Columbia…
Aug 25, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office logs

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Friday, Aug. 12 Wade Goodwin, 49, transient, was arrested on an outstanding warrant on Old Portland Road near Port Avenue in St. Helens. Wednesday, Aug. 10 Jeff…
Aug 24, 2016

Warrants of the Week

by Darryl Swan
Brenda Lee Warden Brenda Lee Warden, 45, is a female with blond hair and blue eyes. She is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 200 pounds. Warden is on probation for possession of methamphetamine.…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: SHANNON O. WELLS - An Honor Flight of Oregon group of World War II veterans pose for a group photo at the U.S. World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. in September 2015. The nonprofit Honor Flight grroup is seeking veterans from the Gresham, Portland and surrounding areas for the next trip Sept. 28-Oct. 2.
Aug 23, 2016

Honor Flight seeks veterans for free trip to Washington, D.C.

by Pamplin Media Group
Nonprofit group transports World War II vets to see memorials - Honor Flight of Portland is calling on World War II veterans in Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, Hood River, Clackamas,…
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Aug 23, 2016

Man arrested for trying to ship marijuana to California

by Courtney Vaughn
A suspicious package received at All About Mail in Scappoose earlier this month turned out to be marijuana. Employees notified the Scappoose Police Department after a man dropped off a package…
Aug 23, 2016

St. Helens Police Department logs

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens Police Department Friday, Aug. 12 Brian Gerald Vanavery, 52, of Aloha, was arrested on an outstanding warrant at the city docks. Thursday, Aug. 11 Officers took a report of an…