Officers recognized for going 'above and beyond'

Officers recognized for going 'above and beyond'

Scappoose police officers recognized for recent actions while on duty in April

Board moves toward reopening Columbia City School

Board moves toward reopening Columbia City School

District announces hiring of principal; revises attendance boundaries for elementary schools

Incumbent fends off well-funded challenge to hold Columbia 911 Communications seat

Incumbent fends off well-funded challenge to hold Columbia 911 Communications seat

Despite hefty campaign spending, candidate Tyler Miller does not make board in Zone 5 race

Despite more registered voters, election turnout down

Despite more registered voters, election turnout down

Races for school district, Port of St. Helens, CRFR and 911 boards see little voter enthusiasm

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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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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 - 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
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

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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
Keyser
May 16, 2017

Iverson, Keyser prevail in Port of St. Helens race

by Courtney Vaughn
Incumbent, former commissioner win seats among 6 candidates in port commissioner races
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia County Commissioners Alex Tardif, Margaret Margruder and Henry Heimuller mull the latest draft of the county's Transportation System Plan during a meeting Wednesday, May 3.
May 12, 2017

County unlikely to build most projects in road plan

by Courtney Vaughn
Commissioners note aspirational tone of proposed 20 year transportation plan
COURTESY PHOTO OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - From left to right: Giovanna Anderson, Rebecca Freitag, Isabella Hayward and Mayor Rick Scholl. Freitag was the winner of the fourth- through fifth-grade poster contest.
May 12, 2017

'If I Were Mayor...'

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens contest winners selected, recognized at city council meeting
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Children at the park
May 12, 2017

PLAYING AROUND

by Courtney Vaughn
New playground equipment brings more visitors to Heritage Park in Scappoose
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Port of St. Helens Commissioners Mike Avent (left) and Larry Ericksen grapple with spending additional money for attorney's fees to rezone property in Clatskanie. Commissioners ultimately approved the $15,000 expenditure.
May 12, 2017

Port authorizes another $15K for rezone, drawing moans

by Courtney Vaughn
Commissioners grapple over return on investment for Port Westward expansion efforts
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The St. Helens School District has proposed a budget that reduces staffing levels by roughly 10 instructional positions. The cutbacks could be lessened at the middle school and high school with state money for career and technical education programs, but those numbers have not been finalized.
May 12, 2017

St. Helens schools prep for staff cuts

by Nicole Thill
District staff try to minimumize cuts, trim budget in other areas
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Kalina Rico, a Scappoose Middle School student, previews books that will be up for sale to the public during the Friends of the Scappoose Public Library's spring book sale next Saturday, May 20. The book sale will offer books of all genres for no more than $2.
May 12, 2017

Discounted, free books offered at Scappoose Public Library

by Courtney Vaughn
Friends of the Scappoose Public Library's monthly sale May 20 will offer bargain prices, free books for children
PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews respond to a house fire on Clark Road west of Deer Island on Sunday, May 7. The cause of the fire, which killed two dogs and several chicks, is still under investigation.
May 12, 2017

Deer Island house fire displaces family

by Nicole Thill
Several pets killed in blaze; homeowners not home at the time
PHOTO COURTESY OF NAMI COLUMBIA COUNTY - Ellis Amdur of Edgework, NAMI volunteer Teri Robinson, and St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss during a 'Thin Blue Lifeline' crisis intervention training for first responders in Februrary. NAMI will hold its annual fundraiser 5K walk next Sunday, May 21, in Portland to support programs for training and mental health support.
May 12, 2017

5K walk will benefit NAMI Columbia County

by Courtney Vaughn
Mental illness organization seeks participants for only annual fundraising walk