Boundaries for St. Helens elementary schools finalized

Boundaries for St. Helens elementary schools finalized

School board approves new boundary plan with 3 to 1 vote

Could cottage housing be just what Scappoose needs?

Could cottage housing be just what Scappoose needs?

City weighs merits of clustered development as affordable housing solution

Future uncertain for Scappoose superintendent

Future uncertain for Scappoose superintendent

School board evaluates performance of Stephen Jupe, results of which are unclear

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Honoring the fallen

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New tributes to be unveiled in Columbia City for Memorial Day

New tributes to be unveiled in Columbia City for Memorial Day

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A forensic sketch of one of the suspects in the homicide case.
May 26, 2017

Police release photo, sketch of suspect in St. Helens man's…

by Nicole Thill
Portland Police Bureau seeks help ID'ing Larry Van Dolah's killer
PHOTO COURTESY OF CASA FOR KIDS OF MULTNOMAH, WASHINGTON AND COLUMBIA COUNTIES - Karin Miller has been hired to fill a new program manager position at the St. Helens office of CASA for Kids. Miller brings a robust background in social programs.
May 26, 2017

CASA hires program manager for St. Helens office

by Courtney Vaughn
Karin Miller, Columbia County native, will oversee new position with child advocacy agency
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Toby Heym, left, helps Niciah Winslow, right, program a vinyl cutter that will be used to cut out a specially designed image using a computer-assisted design software. Students made their own custom designs, which were then printed on vinyl sticker material.
May 26, 2017

Middle-schoolers learn basics of computer-based designing

by Nicole Thill
Design and modeling elective to be offered in the fall using programs, laser cutter


COURTESY PHOTO - Students in Rachel Hanson's geography class have been collecting postcards throughout the school year as a part of their geography class at Columbia County Christian School. The students have gotten post cards from around the world from friends and strangers alike.
May 26, 2017

Around the world in 140 postcards

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County students receive postcards from strangers in dozens of countries
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Columbia River PUD employees convene at the district office for a meeting in September 2015, the week before four of them were fired. The terminated employees later filed suit against the PUD and settled for $1.3 million. Left to right: Serena Brooks, Heidi Ralls, John Nguyen, Sheila Duehring, Valarie Koss and Steve Hursh.
May 24, 2017

Columbia River PUD settles with former employees for $1.3 million

by Courtney Vaughn
Settlement reached in lawsuit filed by four employees for wrongful termination, retaliation
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Columbia River Corps students Cole Benshoof, Dylan Lobby, Gloria Montoya, William St. John, Skyler Sample and Jared Swatski stand in the school's native plant nursery. The students work on conservation programs throughout the school year including the native plant nursery.
May 23, 2017

Project helps preserve native plants

by Nicole Thill
Pick up a mock orange bush for $10 and support student learning at Columbia River Youth Corps
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - A stolen excavator was recovered at a Rainier residence last week. Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies served a search warrant last week and discovered the piece machinery and other stolen building materials.
May 22, 2017

Rainier man arrested for theft of heavy machinery

by Nicole Thill
Derek Kelley, 40, arrested; property recovered through sheriff's office search warrant
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Kristen Hoffmeyer looks up from a desk in her office at the Columbia County District Attorney's Office. Hoffmeyer will serve as interim district attorney for the county until a new DA is appointed by the governor.
May 19, 2017

Hoffmeyer takes over as interim DA

by Courtney Vaughn
Kristen Hoffmeyer will serve until governor finds new district attorney
COLUMBIA COUNTY ROADS DEPARTMENT PHOTO - A truck equipped with a plow makes its way along roads in Columbia County after the region got roughly a foot of snow in January. The county estimated about $670,000 worth of damage from the snow storm.
May 19, 2017

FEMA denies disaster money for January winter storms

by Courtney Vaughn
County's share of statewide request was $670K for snow storm damage
CITY OF SCAPPOOSE PHOTO - A cleanup crew including Scappoose city and parks officials, along with a county commissioner and other volunteers, assembles at Chapman Landing in Scappoose last Saturday, May 13. In all, 29 volunteers descended on the area along the Multnomah Channel, collecting nine bags of recyclable material, 31 bags of garbage, a tire and hazardous waste. Another Multnomah Channel cleanup is planned for Saturday, Sept. 16.
May 19, 2017

Volunteers descend on Chapman Landing for cleanup

by Courtney Vaughn
County commissioner, Scappoose city manager, city councilor and parks committee officials among large group of volunteers

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Officers Shaun Barrett, Troy Gainer and Travis Killens are recognized by Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller (seated below) during a Scappoose City Council meeting Monday, May 15. Each of the officers will receive plaques for recent incidents where they demonstrated excellent judgement and service while on duty.
May 19, 2017

Officers recognized for going 'above and beyond'

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose police officers recognized for recent actions while on duty in April
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May 19, 2017

Some new, some familiar faces for Scappoose, St. Helens school…

by Nicole Thill
Longtime Scappoose board member ousted by newcomer; St. Helens newcomer runs unopposed
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The St. Helens School District school board during a meeeting Tuesday, May 16, discusses potential attendance boundaries for the elementary schools in fall when Columbia City Elementary School. The board has revised and tweaked plans since late April and will likely approve a final version at next week's regular board meeting.
May 19, 2017

Board moves toward reopening Columbia City School

by Nicole Thill
District announces hiring of principal; revises attendance boundaries for elementary schools
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Pictured are some of the seniors from the Scappoose High School band and choir holding trophies they earned at their respective competitions. 
May 19, 2017

Scappoose music ensembles rank high at state

by Nicole Thill
Band and choir take third- and fourth-place titles in 4A class
COURTESY PHOTO - High school seniors in the St. Helens High School band display the trophy they received at the competition.
May 19, 2017

St. Helens band takes second at state

by Nicole Thill
High school band earns second place title at competition with 12 other schools
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May 19, 2017

Incumbent fends off well-funded challenge to hold Columbia 911…

by Nicole Thill
Despite hefty campaign spending, candidate Tyler Miller does not make board in Zone 5 race
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Sarah Cluff, left, reacts to a realistic looking arm wound fashioned out of makeup, that was applied by CERT volunteer Joe Errante. Cluff and her daughter, Shelby, both volunteered to play victims in the training for the first time this year.
May 19, 2017

CERT-ified for disaster response

by Nicole Thill
Newest class of Community Emergency Response Team graduates complete six-week program
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A bee buzzes around a tulip in Woodburn.
May 19, 2017

Your garden can help the environment

by Courtney Vaughn
Consider pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds when deciding what to plant around your home
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River PUD Director Rob Mathers (left) shares his thoughts on naming the district's new substation after Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose. To the right, PUD Board President Jake Carter looks on.
May 19, 2017

New Scappoose substation named after Sen. Betsy Johnson

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia River PUD will name new facility Betsy Johnson Substation
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A young girl leans out the passenger side window of a car Tuesday evening to drop her mother's ballot off at a drive-through drop box in the Columbia County Courthouse parking lot. Voters had until 8 p.m. Tuesday to submit ballots to the county elections office.
May 18, 2017

Despite more registered voters, election turnout down

by Courtney Vaughn and Nicole Thill
Races for school district, Port of St. Helens, CRFR and 911 boards see little voter enthusiasm