China on the Columbia

China on the Columbia

County, port have high hopes for major project with Beijing ties A development company controlled...

Iconic signal fails at St. Helens intersection

Iconic signal fails at St. Helens intersection

Repairs expected this weekend The old-fashioned traffic signal at the intersection of Old...

Principal hired at Scappoose High School

Principal hired at Scappoose High School

Administrative positions at Otto Petersen, Warren remain unfilled Scappoose High School has a new...

Police: Drunk driver nearly hits several STP cyclists

Police: Drunk driver nearly hits several STP cyclists

Lake Oswego man arrested for alleged DUII, reckless endangerment A man driving while intoxicated...

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July 21, 2014

'Close call' for St. Helens family as garage catches fire

by Spotlight news staff
CRF&R chief credits boys for 'good thinking' in fire response Firefighters extinguished a blaze in the garage of a two-story house in St. Helens early Friday morning, July 18, according to…
by: FILE PHOTO - Keith Locke.
July 18, 2014

St. Helens City Council agrees to partially fund history book

by Mark Miller
At work session, council directs half of funding sought for project The St. Helens City Council voted to steer $2,000 to a book project backed by the Columbia County Museum Association on…
by: MARK MILLER - Michelle Graham (left) beams after receiving flowers from Superintendent Stephen Jupe of the Scappoose School District, upon relinquishing chairmanship of the school board to Will Kessi (right).
July 18, 2014

Local school boards name chairmen

by Mark Miller
Kessi, Jarman elected unanimously to lead boards Both the Scappoose and St. Helens school districts’ boards of directors elected new chairmen at organizational meetings this month. The outgoing…
by: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Paul Scharf measures the width of a driveway Wednesday at a home he built. Scharf was recently fined by the Department of Environmental Quality for water quality violations at this housing development in Scappoose.
July 18, 2014

Scappoose developer fined for water quality violations

by Courtney Vaughn
A local housing developer is being fined $13,650 for water quality violations at a housing development site in Scappoose. According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Paul…
by: CREDIT: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP:  JOHN SCHRAG - This 1938 Alfa Romeo got a lot of attention Saturday morning on Main Street Forest Grove, where a parade of classic cars set out for a Vineyard Driving Tour as part of the weekend festivities surrounding the  Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance.
July 19, 2014

Classic cars converge in Oregon

by John Schrag
You can see more than 300 stunning automobiles in Forest Grove on Sunday If you see some head-turning cars around the Portland area this weekend, don’t be surprised. The Forest Grove Concours…
July 18, 2014

Car crashes into fence after driver gives chase to deputy

by (none)
One person was arrested and another cited and released Thursday afternoon in Rainier, following a 19-minute vehicle pursuit by a Columbia County Sheriff's deputy. According to the county…
July 11, 2014

City: St. Helens bluff can't be removed

by Mark Miller
Planning Commission: Proposed excavation not suitable for neighborhood The St. Helens Planning Commission decided unanimously to deny a permit sought by a developer seeking to raze a north St.…
by: SAMANTHA MOLLENHOUR - Samantha Mollenhour (right) with Evan Kirtland, an athlete she coaches. Mollenhour mentors athletes of all ages for the Special Olympics Oregon.
July 11, 2014

Making kids special

by Courtney Vaughn
Volunteer coach helps local athletes shine at Special Olympics An estimated 1,200 local athletes will compete in the Special Olympics Oregon state games this weekend, on Saturday, July 12, and…
by: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Kierra Skinner, Alyssa Richardson and Kelsey Reid gather with candles at St. Helens High School to remember Seeaira Hicks. More than 150 people showed up to a candlelight vigil held Tuesday evening for the late teen.
July 11, 2014

Community pays tribute to teen who died in highway wreck

by Courtney Vaughn
Family and friends gathered at St. Helens High School on the evening of Tuesday, July 8, to remember 16-year-old Seeaira Daun Hicks, who was killed Sunday morning in a crash on Highway 30. Hicks…
by: MARK MILLER - Children swim and play at Eisenschmidt Pool Tuesday, July 8, as temperatures approach 90 degrees outside. The covered pool also boasts two water slides and rock climbing walls for patrons to enjoy.
July 11, 2014

Eisenschmidt Pool to Scappoose: Come on in, the water's fine!

by Mark Miller
Manager proposes Scappoose join recreational district The district for Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens should expand to include the city of Scappoose and the surrounding area, the pool’s manager…

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by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - A unit train of tanker cars carrying crude oil in Scappoose last month. The Portland & Western Railroad, which is a short line, operates locomotives provided by BNSF Railway and other major railroad companies to move unit trains along the rail line through Columbia County.
Jul 11, 2014

Oil train reports available on website

by Spotlight news staff
P&W: About 3 trains per week traveling to Port Westward Members of the public can now find out about the movement of trains in their community that are laden with crude oil from the Bakken oil…
by: FILE PHOTO - The former Bank of America in Rainier, which the Port of St. Helens purchased several months ago.
Jul 11, 2014

Credit union could occupy port property

by Courtney Vaughn
The Rainier branch of the St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union could find itself in a new home soon. Port of St. Helens commissioners discussed a draft resolution Wednesday, for a request…
by: MARK MILLER - The Freedom Market in Kelso, Wash., located on Westside Highway. The store opened for business Tuesday, July 8.
Jul 11, 2014

Marijuana sales begin in Longview area

by Mark Miller
Oregonians can purchase drug in Washington, but possession, consumption remain illegal here Two stores in the Longview-Kelso metropolitan area were among 24 establishments licensed this week in…
by: FILE PHOTO - Stephen Jupe.
Jul 11, 2014

Scappose schools chief makes the grade

by Spotlight news staff
School board members 'pleased,' 'impressed' with Jupe The Scappoose School District board of directors is happy with the performance of the district’s superintendent, Stephen Jupe, it announced…
by: FILE PHOTO - Terry Moss.
Jul 10, 2014

Police crackdown leads to 14 arrests Wednesday

by Spotlight news staff
St. Helens chief: 'We can't afford to sit by and wait' Some 14 criminal suspects were arrested in south Columbia County Wednesday, July 9, as part of a crackdown billed as “the largest tactical…
by: MARK MILLER - Neal Sheppeard (left), St. Helens Public Works Department interim co-director, oversees his agency's efforts to clear brush as emergency responders searched for a person who had reportedly fallen from the North River Street bluff Tuesday, July 8. It was ultimately determined that it was a false report.
Jul 08, 2014

Apparent false alarm triggers St. Helens search and rescue

by Mark Miller
CRF&R: No one fell from River Street bluff Tuesday, despite reports Emergency responders and St. Helens Public Works Department crews responded Tuesday, July 8, to reports that someone may have…
by: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - The aftermath of a fatal rollover crash on Highway 30 west of Rainier Sunday, July 6. 16-year-old Seeira D. Hicks of St. Helens, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.
Jul 07, 2014

16-year-old from St. Helens killed in Highway 30 crash

by Spotlight news staff
A rollover crash on Highway 30 early on the morning of Sunday, July 6, left the car's 16-year-old driver dead and injured her 16-year-old passenger, police said. The 1993 Subaru driven by St.…
Jul 04, 2014

Regulators fine investment adviser

by Darryl Swan
Adviser Frederick Allan Bieber, 67, subject of state, local probes into business practices A Washington man who runs an insurance agency in St. Helens has been barred from operating as an…
by: COURTESY OF HEATHER MOAR - The wreckage of Bottoms Up Tavern bartender Heather Moar's car after another vehicle crashed into a row of parked cars in front of the Burlington bar late Saturday, June 28. According to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Jennifer Lynn Oscar of St. Helens was well above the legal blood alcohol concentration limit at the time she crashed into Moar and others' cars.
Jul 04, 2014

Police: Drunk driver crashed into cars outside strip club

by Mark Miller
Wreck was late at night along Highway 30 in Burlington A car smashed into a row of parked vehicles along Highway 30 through Burlington late Saturday night, June 28, sending the driver to the…
by: MARK MILLER - Paulette Lichatowich, a Columbia City resident, urges the Columbia County Board of Commissioners to withhold support from the Port of St. Helens' plans to seek a special status from the state for its industrial lands in north Columbia County at a meeting last month. A top port official said this week the application is 'on hold' due to lack of support.
Jul 04, 2014

Port application 'on hold,' official says

by Mark Miller
Deadline for regionally significant industrial lands designation passed last week The Port of St. Helens is reconsidering its plans to submit an application to the state that could see…