Man sets fire to homes hours after release from jail

Man sets fire to homes hours after release from jail

Daniel Fahrenwald was arrested in August for arson in Scappoose before setting more fires

Snow days force school districts to reconsider calendars

Snow days force school districts to reconsider calendars

Columbia County schools must make up lost educational hours after more than seven snow days called

Learning languages one afternoon at a time

Learning languages one afternoon at a time

'Intercambio' afterschool club at Sauvie Island Academy aims to create community of language...

Veterans to get heartfelt gesture in time for Valentine's Day

Veterans to get heartfelt gesture in time for Valentine's Day

RSVP volunteers gather for annual MLK day service project, Valentines for Veterans

Snow covered hillside

Snow covered hillside

Snowfall sticks around for 7 days, leaving gorgeous scenes and dangerous roads

Snowfall causes shutdowns, state of emergency

Snowfall causes shutdowns, state of emergency

Heaviest snowfall in decades grinds traffic to a halt, forces closures

Scappoose High student to perform in comedy improv

Scappoose High student to perform in comedy improv

Elizabeth Riutta to appear in family-friendly show, 'Impulse,' in late January


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MU_Davis
January 24, 2017

St. Helens man arrested after police find drunk teen in back seat

by Courtney Vaughn
Suspect described as sexual predator with history of sexual abuse charges involving minors
SCAPPOOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO - A woman is attended to after she and several mail trucks were struck by an SUV in the Scappoose Post Office parking lot. According to police, the 83-year-old driver struck a woman, then ran over a snow bank and struck a Postal Service truck head on, before hitting another vehicle.
January 23, 2017

Woman hit, dragged by SUV in Scappoose Post Office parking lot

by Courtney Vaughn
Victim recovering from injuries after SUV hit her and several other vehicles
Manley
January 20, 2017

Clatskanie man arrested on corruption of a child charges

by Nicole Thill
Investigation shows suspect used social media to set up encounters with underage girls


January 20, 2017

Fourth of July fireworks in doubt, St. Helens councilors warns

by Nicole Thill
City agrees not to pay for display, asks volunteers to form fundraising committee
PHOTO COURTESY OF LACEY PLUMER - St. Helens Mayor Rick Scholl smiles outside of Dutch Bros Coffee in St. Helens on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Scholl used his tractor to help plow parking lots of local businesses during a snow storm that paralyzed much of the Pacific Northwest. Scholl, who operates a yard maintenance business, used his own equipment to help plow parking lots and spread rock salt in troubled areas. Business owners and St. Helens residents praised Scholl on social media for his generous help. St. Helens Public Works Department crews also worked throughout the snow storm to clear major streets of snow and ice, while also keep storm drains clear to prevent localized flooding when the snow melted.
January 20, 2017

Ice is SNOW problem for St. Helens mayor

by Nicole Thill
Mayor Rick Scholl volunteered to plow parking lots for local businesses during snow storms last week
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Carl Coffman presents his idea to build a 36-unit condo-style housing complex in St. Helens using old shipping containers that have been retrofitted for habitation. Coffman is a developer who works in Portland, but has been working to renovate the Muckle Building in St. Helens since 2011.
January 20, 2017

Developer proposes shipping container housing complex in St.…

by Nicole Thill
36 stacked containers would provide affordable housing for families, developer says
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Construction of a paper conversion and packing facility by Cascades Tissue Group began in August 2016. The 47-acre site will house a facility that is expected to create at least 71 local jobs.
January 20, 2017

Paper packing mill likely to receive tax break extension

by Nicole Thill
Cascades Tissue Group on track to extend enterprise zone benefits from three to five years
COURTESY PHOTO - Six-year-old Aria Cole holds up a handmade snowflake she crafted during the monthly Columbia City Community Library craft day Saturday, Jan. 14.
January 20, 2017

Snowflakes and snowmen

by Nicole Thill
Children create wintery paper products during Columbia City library craft day
PHOTO COURTESY OF HANK STERN - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden speaks at a town hall event in Columbia County on Sunday, Jan. 22.
January 20, 2017

Wyden visits St. Helens

by Nicole Thill
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden makes an appearance on Sunday, Jan. 15
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Port of St. Helens Commissioner Pauette Lichatowich holds up documents during a port meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18. Lichatowich echoed complaints from citizens that the port fails to provide adequate information to the public.
January 20, 2017

Port kept oil company's lease expansion details muddy

by Courtney Vaughn
Public decries lack of transparency as Global Partners expands footprint

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Debbie Reed (left) is sworn into office by Philip Griffin, the PUD's attorney. Reed was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Columbia River PUD Board of Directors.
Jan 20, 2017

Reed appointed to serve on PUD board

by Courtney Vaughn
Debbie Reed, who lost the November election to Nancy Ward, gets nod from PUD board to serve 2 years
Oates
Jan 16, 2017

Mail theft investigation nabs 3 arrests

by Courtney Vaughn
Investigation into stolen mail and checks continues as victims from three counties are identified
Hogue
Jan 13, 2017

St. Helens police lieutenant completes FBI academy

by Nicole Thill
10-week training courses teaches valuable, important skills to police officers
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - CRFR and SFD board of directors are assessing the value of retaining a volunteer coordinator position, which had formerly been funded by a FEMA grant.
Jan 13, 2017

Fire districts mull cutting volunteer coordinator

by Nicole Thill
CRFR directors weigh position's merits and funding allocations for next fiscal year
Stewart
Jan 13, 2017

Stewart named Elks Teen of the Month

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens Elks Club selects Tatum Stewart for recognition, award
MAP COURTESY OF CITY OF SCAPPOOSE - A map shows the portion of Scappoose near the Scappoose Industrial Airpark that will now be part of city limits.
Jan 13, 2017

Scappoose city limits just got bigger

by Courtney Vaughn
Annexation of 358 acres of airport property signals realization of urban growth plans
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Troy Monson was hired as the principal of Scappoose Middle School in December and began working in the district in early January. Previously Monson worked for the Newberg and St. Helens school districts.
Jan 13, 2017

Scappoose Middle School hires new principal

by Nicole Thill
Former Newberg vice principal, counselor joins Scappoose School District
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A new year often brings new personal goals and resolutions, like diet and exercise. Experts say the key to creating new habits, or stopping old ones, is starting small and being gentle with yourself.
Jan 13, 2017

RESOLUTIONS: BEATING SELF-DEFEAT

by Courtney Vaughn
Baby steps and realistic goals are keys to adopting behavioral changes
SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - The roof on a marina at Happy Rock Moorage collapsed early Wednesday, after bearing the weight of a large accumulation of snow. The structure caught fire when the roof fell on several propane heaters in use.
Jan 13, 2017

Marina roof collapses, catches fire amid heavy snowfall

by Courtney Vaughn
Marina owners used space heaters in effort to prevent rooftop snow accumulation
Mace
Jan 11, 2017

St. Helens man indicted on 20 child sex abuse charges

by Courtney Vaughn
Investigators say teen victim reported abuse dating back when she was 5 years old