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German students enjoy three weeks in Scappoose

German students enjoy three weeks in Scappoose

Scappoose High students to visit Germany in spring as part of GAPP exchange Nine students and one...

Cattle in felony case endured inhumane care

Cattle in felony case endured inhumane care

More than two years after Oregon Humane Society and Columbia County teamed up to seize a herd of...

'Amazing kids' honored for contributions, tackling causes

'Amazing kids' honored for contributions, tackling causes

Before he was a 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medalist ice skater, four-time world champion and...

Four arrested at Clatskanie home with drugs, guns and cash

Four arrested at Clatskanie home with drugs, guns and cash

Four people were arrested at a home in Clatskanie Tuesday morning where methamphetamine, heroin,...

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October 31, 2014

Huge money edge for most incumbents

by Mark Miller
Callahan leads Martwick in campaign cash; Heimuller, Johnson, Witt have outraised, outspent challengers Incumbents running for reelection to the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Board of County…
Photo Credit: FILE - Columbia City School, which the St. Helens School District plans to reopen next year. The ultimate configuration of the school has not yet been determined.
October 31, 2014

Public survey offered on Columbia City School

by Spotlight news staff
As the St. Helens School District prepares to decide what it should do with the shuttered Columbia City School, which it plans to reopen next fall, it is giving members of the community a chance…
October 31, 2014

Utility district votes to hire investigator

by Courtney Vaughn
The Columbia River People’s Utility District’s board of directors met in executive session Tuesday evening, Oct. 28, during a special meeting, to discuss how to handle a complaint filed by a PUD…
October 31, 2014

Scappoose may offer better financing to local improvement…

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose city councilors voted unanimously last week to tentatively approve an ordinance that allows the council to set interest rates for local improvement districts. The ordinance will be up…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Casey Jolissaint speaks to the Sauvie Island Academy school board about her qualifications Sept. 22 in the school library. Jolissaint was ultimately selected from a field of four applicants to the seat vacated by Matt Brubaker at the board's October meeting.
October 31, 2014

St. Helens woman appointed to charter school board

by Mark Miller
Casey Jolissaint named to vacant seat on SIA board A divided school board at Sauvie Island Academy named Casey Jolissaint of St. Helens as its newest member Monday, Oct. 27, citing a desire for…
Photo Credit: JOHN BREWINGTON - Syrina Revis is showered with glitter after being crowned as homecoming queen at Scappoose High School on Friday, Oct. 17.
October 31, 2014

Homecoming royalty crowned at local schools

by Mark Miller
Scappoose, St. Helens high schools choose homecoming courts Scappoose High School and St. Helens High School named their 2014 homecoming courts this month. At Scappoose High, Syrina Revis was…
October 30, 2014

Poll: Kitzhaber, Merkley still up

by Peter Wong
A new New York Times/CBS News poll has Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber up by 6 points over Republican Dennis Richardson, and Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley by 12 points over Republican Monica…
October 30, 2014

Ballot measure would create state endowment for student aid

by Peter Wong
Measure 86 has not produced the passions generated by other Oregon ballot measures in the Nov. 4 election, but if voters approve it, its long-term significance may dwarf the others. Measure 86…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - Multiple oak trees in St. Helens were toppled in the Saturday, Oct. 25, windstorm, including this tree that smashed through the roof of a home.
October 27, 2014

Trees fall onto St. Helens homes during windstorm

by Mark Miller
Three large oak trees fell during a windstorm Saturday, Oct. 25, causing damage to several homes on South 14th and 15th streets in St. Helens, Columbia River Fire & Rescue reported. Fire Chief…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON STATE POLICE - The pickup truck driven off the road by a 16-year-old south of Vernonia. The driver and two passengers were hospitalized with injuries after the single-vehicle crash Saturday night, Oct. 25.
October 27, 2014

Vernonia teens injured in Highway 47 crash

by Spotlight news staff
With six teenage passengers, 16-year-old driver hits tree alongside road Three teenagers, including the 16-year-old driver of the pickup truck in which they were riding, were injured in a crash…

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Oct 27, 2014

Teen driver leads police on pursuit through Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
A 16-year-old boy led Oregon State Police on a vehicle pursuit Sunday evening in the Scappoose area. According to Lt. Gregg Hastings of the OSP, a state trooper stopped two eastbound cars, both…
Photo Credit: COURTEST KOIN 6 NEWS/LAURA FENN - This tree knocked down power lines on Southwest Vista in Portland on Saturday.
Oct 26, 2014

Thousands in region without power Sunday

by Jim Redden
Thousandsof households in the Portland area were without power Sunday morning following Saturday's wind storm, according to Portland General Electric. As of 5:10 p.m. Sunday, Portland General…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River PUD directors listen to a budget presentation Tuesday evening, before discussing employee issues within the district. Some employees have reached out to directors with complaints of harassment by management.
Oct 24, 2014

Employees lament work environment at Columbia River PUD

by Courtney Vaughn
Employees report bullying and intimidation by management; board speaks out about complaints Columbia River People’s Utility District is one of the most fiscally sound agencies in the county, but…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Jason Johnson, a representative of Portland Community College, addresses the audience at a public meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, on PCC's plans to build an educational center in Columbia County.
Oct 24, 2014

PCC puts emphasis on 'community' at public forum

by Mark Miller
College planning Columbia County center for 2017 Officials from Portland Community College returned to south Columbia County on Tuesday, Oct. 21, for a public forum on their plans to open an…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Warren Elementary School hosts its fall bazaar Saturday, Nov. 1. Proceeds from the bazaar will go toward purchasing new library books for the school.
Oct 24, 2014

School bazaars coming up

by Mark Miller
Scappoose, St. Helens schools to benefit from fall fundraising events Holiday bazaars are being held for the benefit of several local schools next month. The fall season into winter, with its…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose city councilors hold a video conference meeting Monday evening via Skype with Greg Prothman of The Prothman Company. Prothman is helping the city select a new city manager.
Oct 24, 2014

Scappoose narrows its search for city manager

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose city councilors are reviewing three applicants to fill the city manager position at a more permanent basis. The council met in an executive session Monday evening, Oct. 20, to review…
Oct 24, 2014

Theft from Friends of the Fair fund suspected

by Courtney Vaughn
St. Helens police have investigated allegations of embezzlement of more than $10,000 that occurred from a Columbia County Friends of the Fair Youth Livestock Auction fund. the Columbia County…
Photo Credit: SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A unit train carrying crude oil makes its way through Columbia County. Environmental watchdog groups like Columbia Riverkeeper recently petitioned the Department of Environmental Quality to reconsider a permit issued for Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery oil transloading operations.
Oct 24, 2014

Groups petition DEQ

by Courtney Vaughn
Environmentalist organizations are petitioning state environmental regulators to reconsider an air quality permit issued for an oil terminal at Port Westward, north of Clatskanie. Oregon…
Photo Credit: FILE - 'Captain' Jonny Rush with his bus. For the past 20 years, Rush has operated the bus as a mobile fish store up and down the Highway 30 corridor and nearby communities.
Oct 24, 2014

Famous 'Fish Bus' to donate proceeds to Relay for Life

by Mark Miller
The Columbia County Relay for Life will be getting a boost from one of the county’s most colorful businesses. “Captain” Jonny Rush, owner and proprietor of a mobile fish-mongering business he…
Oct 24, 2014

Fall harvest celebrated with games, candy

by Mark Miller
On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Grant Watts Parent Organization is putting on its annual Fall Harvest Festival in the gymnasium at Grant Watts Elementary School. At the festival, which is geared…