Farming a dream: Seely mint farm finds sweet success

Farming a dream: Seely mint farm finds sweet success

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Warming center opens early amid cold snap

Warming center opens early amid cold snap

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Scappoose kicks off Christmas events

Scappoose kicks off Christmas events

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Highway 30 safety corridor to be decommissioned

Highway 30 safety corridor to be decommissioned

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Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Downtown St. Helens, looking north along South 1st Street. The historic heart of the city has traditionally been called 'Old Town,' sometimes spelled 'Olde Towne.' However, the St. Helens City Council opted Wednesday, Nov. 19, to rename the neighborhood as the 'Riverfront District.'
November 21, 2014

What's in a name? St. Helens rechristens 'Old Town'

by Mark Miller
Downtown to be officially referred to as 'Riverfront District' Old Town is history. That’s what a resolution adopted by the St. Helens City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 19, accomplishes, as far as…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Anne Scholz and Keith Forsythe address the Scappoose City Council Monday evening, Nov. 17, regarding the Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens. The Greater St. Helens Parks and Recreation District, which manages the pool, expressed interest this year in annexing Scappoose into the district, but backed out Tuesday after hearing from the council.
November 21, 2014

Pool district pulls request to include Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
Board members backed out after Scappoose City Council aimed for expanded services After welcoming Scappoose to be annexed into the Greater St. Helens Parks and Recreation District, board members…
Photo Credit: FILE - Columbia City School sits unused for the time being. The St. Helens School District, which owns the building, closed the old sixth-grade school after the 2011-12 school year to save money. However, with its finances improving, the district is now planning to reopen the school for the 2015-16 school year.
November 21, 2014

Survey: More want 6th-grade Columbia City School

by Mark Miller
SHSD yet to decide on new configuration for schoolhouse closed in 2012 Partial results from a survey conducted earlier this month by the St. Helens School District show a strong popular…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Kelly Marks (center) speaks at a meeting of South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce board members in the Columbia City council chambers Tuesday, Nov. 18. Also pictured: board member Molly Hruska (left) and executive director Linda McDougle (right).
November 21, 2014

Chamber closes visitor center for rest of year

by Mark Miller
Board: Closure needed to do 'member outreach effort' ahead of 2015 The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has shut its doors for the rest of the year amid what chamber officials described…
November 21, 2014

CASA for Kids to dissolve; Portland-based group stepping in

by Mark Miller
St. Helens staff will come under another CASA's umbrella A Columbia County group that recruits, trains and coordinates special advocates for children in foster care is dissolving at the end of…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - New home construction in southwest Scappoose. The southernmost city in Columbia County, Scappoose did not add population from 2013 to 2014, according to preliminary estimates from the Population Research Center. However, development is ongoing in parts of the city.
November 21, 2014

Columbia County is home to more than 50,000

by Mark Miller
Growth rate trails state average, rate in tri-county area Preliminary population estimates for 2014 released Tuesday, Nov. 18, by Portland State University’s Population Research Center show…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - The building that houses Heller Enterprises and Tactical Ammunition on Milton Way in St. Helens, where Internal Revenue Service agents reportedly seized computers and records Friday, Nov. 14.
November 21, 2014

IRS investigating manufacturing business in St. Helens

by Courtney Vaughn
Attorney says search warrant served for potential unpaid tax Internal Revenue Service agents seized computers and records from Heller Enterprises, a St. Helens business, on Friday, Nov. 14, and…
Photo Credit: COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPER - A map shows the planned coal transport activities proposed by Ambre Energy at the Port of Morrow. The proposed project was halted, but Columbia Riverkeeper says the proper environmental review was never completed.
November 28, 2014

Columbia Riverkeeper: Coal project's review was blocked by feds

by Courtney Vaughn
Documents show interagency conflict among Army Corps of Engineers over environmental impact statement U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scientists out of Portland were hushed by their Washington,…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF JAY TAPPAN - Organizers of the annual Merchant's Toy & Joy Benefit Auction in front of a Columbia River Fire & Rescue vehicle, from left to right: Jay Tappan, Lynne Tappan, Linda McDougle, Mike Dunning, Pam Hemstock, Jo Ann Turvey, Luanne Kreutzer, Monica Cade, Keirney Glenn-Barham, Linda Glenn-Barham and Merle Pence dressed as Santa Claus, with Debbie Ritthaler and Michele Hicks seated.
November 21, 2014

Annual auction will once again help families in need

by Courtney Vaughn
Toy & Joy set for Dec. 6 at Columbia County Fairgrounds Columbia River Fire & Rescue and the Toy & Joy Committee have teamed up again for the 32nd annual Merchant’s Toy & Joy Benefit Auction.…
November 21, 2014

'Small Business Saturday' planned in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
SHEDCO coordinates promotions by 11 local businesses Every year, in a time-honored holiday tradition, millions of Americans come together to jostle and jockey for marked-down merchandise at…

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Photo Credit: KOIN 6 NEWS - One of the handouts at the Adolescent Sexuality Conference held in Seaside on April 7 and April 8.
Nov 21, 2014

Sex ed conference draws response from school officials

by Carla Castano
Some question material taught at annual conference in Seaside SEASIDE (KOIN 6) — Students as young as 11 from across the state have been attending a sex conference held in Seaside for the past…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Sheila Duehring, accounting manager for the Columbia River PUD, outlines proposed expenditures for 2015. The budget proposes to stave off rate increases to customers in 2015.
Nov 21, 2014

Columbia River PUD reviews $33.6M in spending

by Courtney Vaughn
No rate increases planned for 2015, despite rising power costs Columbia River People’s Utility District proposes to spend $33.6 million in 2015, without raising power rates to customers. A 2015…
Nov 21, 2014

CC Rider offering 'Black Friday' shuttle

by Mark Miller
New service to give passengers round-trip transportation to local stores For a modest round-trip fare, Columbia County Rider will shuttle shoppers to big-box stores in Scappoose and St. Helens…
Nov 21, 2014

Tired of turkey? Bag your own bird on Sauvie Island

by Mark Miller
Mark Altstetter shares tips for cooking duck, goose It has become the traditional centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table. Many Americans have grown accustomed to eating turkey — a ponderous,…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - The intersection of Maple Street and Highway 30 by Scappoose Middle School, as viewed from the northeastern corner of the junction. Two boys were hit by a car while crossing the highway across from their school last Friday, Nov. 14.
Nov 18, 2014

Crash in front of Scappoose Middle sends 2 boys to hospital

by Mark Miller
Police: Teen driver cited after striking students in crosswalk Two boys who attend Scappoose Middle School were struck and injured by a car Friday, Nov. 14, while leaving school. The boys, ages…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Firefighters respond to a house fire on Hollywood Road in rural Deer Island on Thursday, Nov. 13. The structure is believed to be a total loss, according to Columbia River Fire & Rescue.
Nov 17, 2014

Fire consumes Deer Island home

by Mark Miller
Family, pets flee blaze A house in rural Deer Island was destroyed in a dramatic fire Thursday evening, Nov. 13, taking most of the personal possessions of the family that lived there with it,…
Photo Credit: FILE - Voters approved a property tax levy to keep the Columbia County Jail open and increase its capacity to hold local inmates in May. However, an exodus of jail staffers over the past several months has constrained the ability of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office to hold both people awaiting trial and people who have been sentenced to jail time.
Nov 14, 2014

Passage of levy no panacea for county jail

by Mark Miller
Months after Columbia County voters approved a property tax measure to keep the county’s jail open, staffing levels at the facility remain critically low, and inmate capacity is limited. The…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Scott Nance, a Scappoose resident whose daughter Carrie became an organ donor after a fatal car crash in 2004, speaks at the 'Lifesavers Breakfast,' an annual fundraiser put on by Donate Life Northwest at the Oregon Convention Center, on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Nov 14, 2014

Scappoose father of organ donor keynotes 'Lifesavers Breakfast'

by Mark Miller
Scott Nance: Allowing daughter to be posthumous donor was 'difficult,' but rewarding A Scappoose man whose teenage daughter was an organ donor gave the keynote address at a fundraising breakfast…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Amanda Normine (center), who leads the 'Twilight in St. Helens' group, speaks during a planning meeting at Sunshine Pizza in St. Helens on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Also pictured are Gretchen Williams (left) and Liz Esposito (right).
Nov 14, 2014

Forks to continue hosting 'Twilight' event

by Mark Miller
Wash. organizer wants over $13k from St. Helens planners; group to counter offer Even if a major organizer of an annual celebration of the “Twilight” fantasy series brings her event to St.…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Landowners stand in line to sign in at the annual meeting of members in the Sauvie Island Drainage Improvement Co. on Thursday, Nov. 6.
Nov 14, 2014

SIDIC elects appointed members to 5-man board

by Mark Miller
Annual meeting of members sees incumbents returned A process begun in January to increase the size of the Sauvie Island Drainage Improvement Co. board of directors was completed last Thursday,…