Students get their hands dirty with garden volunteer

Students get their hands dirty with garden volunteer

Fourth-graders learn about the gardening process, from planting to weeding Fourth-grade students...

Scappoose School District hires new Grant Watts principal

Scappoose School District hires new Grant Watts principal

Educator Jennifer Stearns hopes to build sense of family, community at elementary school The...

Magruder top spender in commissioner's race

Magruder top spender in commissioner's race

Some campaigns have thousands in unspent donations Seven candidates are vying for two seats on...

From heroism to homeownership

From heroism to homeownership

Man who rescued woman from fire is newest recipient of home from Habitat for Humanity The family...

Open house seeks input on St. Helens waterfront designs

Open house seeks input on St. Helens waterfront designs

Residents map out ideas, give feedback on proposed framework A crowd of more than 100 people...

Agencies help rescue owl from fishing line

Agencies help rescue owl from fishing line

Firefighters, sheriff's deputies, aid Columbia County Dog Control to help bird trapped in tree...

The rundown: County commissioner hopefuls weigh in

The rundown: County commissioner hopefuls weigh in

Ballots for the May 17 primary were mailed Wednesday, April 27. Here is a rundown of candidates...

Scappoose schools assess resources, plan for growth

Scappoose schools assess resources, plan for growth

District hires DLR Group to look at district assets in light of projected student growth, needs...

Scappoose High to roll out new bell schedule

Scappoose High to roll out new bell schedule

Change in daily class structure will be third change in three years for high school Scappoose...

In Columbia County, rent rates mirror bigger cities

In Columbia County, rent rates mirror bigger cities

Per capita wages lower, but fair market rate rent in same ballpark as Portland's Columbia County...

Hyde leads effort to sue feds

Hyde leads effort to sue feds

President of AOCC says BLM's plan ignores needs of rural counties The Association of O&C Counties...


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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Mark Morud, Victor Nieves-Garcia, Beau Groom, Nathaniel Nguyen and James Brady will represent the Scappoose Future Business Leaders of America chapter during the national competition in June. The boys will spend four days competing against 11,000 other students.
May 06, 2016

Scappoose students qualify for national FBLA conference

by Nicole Thill
Five juniors and seniors will travel to Atlanta to compete Five students from Scappoose High School will travel to Atlanta in late-June to compete against 11,000 students from across the country…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A roughly 70-foot long ditch created in McCormick Park on the disc golf course was refilled by city staff last week. Thad Houk, parks supervisor for the Public Works Department, said he will likely replant vegetation in the area when the ground is not so muddy.
May 06, 2016

State issues violations to St. Helens over rogue disc golf ditch

by Nicole Thill
Lack of action would result in $2,000 fine for the city An improperly excavated and unauthorized ditch in McCormick Park was refilled in late April after state officials determined the ditch…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A display case at the St. Helens Public Library showcases mixed-media pieces by Luanne Kreutzer. Many of the pieces are available for sale.
May 06, 2016

Former bookshop owner's art shown at St. Helens library

by Nicole Thill
Pieces from mixed-media artist Luanne Kreutzer displayed in third part of library's quarterly art show The third installment of the St. Helens Library Quarterly Art Show will feature the work of…


PHOTO COURTESY OF NEIL FORD - Students from the St. Helens Robotics and Engineering Club pose for a group photo under the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The team traveled to Missouri last week to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships.
May 06, 2016

St. Helens robotics team returns from world championships

by Nicole Thill
Students and team leaders said they're excited to apply newly learned skills to competition next year The St. Helens High School Robotics and Engineering Club earned the opportunity to compete…
Sheriff's deputies discuss strategy for addressing a trespassing and criminal mischief incident on railroad property on Kallunki Road in the Quincy area during a protest gathering in 2014. The city of Clatskanie is considering restructuring its police department and contracting with Columbia County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement coverage.
May 06, 2016

Sheriff could absorb Clatskanie police duties

by Courtney Vaughn
A plan being considered by the city of Clatskanie would transfer oversight of the city’s law enforcement to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The city’s police department has faced financial…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Firefighters test out a newly acquired ladder truck at the Scappoose Fire station in Scappoose. The truck was donated to the district by Portland Fire & Rescue.
May 06, 2016

Scappoose Fire gets ladder truck donation

by Courtney Vaughn
Truck donated by Portland Fire & Rescue offers more capability, increased safety Jeff Pricher beamed as he hopped in the bucket and ascended 70 feet up in the air. Pricher, a division chief with…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Cascades Tissue Group is considering Scappoose as a possible new location, among several other cities. The company has yet to choose a location, but tax breaks could provide extra incentive to the paper products manufacturer.
May 06, 2016

Cascades considering new site in county

by Courtney Vaughn
Paper products company possibly expanding operations into Scappoose Cascades Tissue Group could be eying another site in Columbia County outside of their current operation at the former Boise…
KOIN - One person died in a trench collapse along SW 54th in Portland, May 5, 2016
May 05, 2016

Trench collapses in SW Portland, one man dies

by KOIN 6 News
Emergency crews said the recovery of the man's body will take some time A 27-year-old man is presumed dead after an 80-foot long trench collapsed and trapped him under about 9 feet of dirt near…
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May 04, 2016

Scappoose man arrested for Washington bank robberies

by Courtney Vaughn
A Scappoose man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with several bank robberies in Vancouver, Wash. Officers from the Scappoose Police Department worked with the Vancouver Police…
(Image is Clickable Link) Brad Whisnant
May 06, 2016

You no longer need to suffer with PN

by Brad Whisnant
The following is paid content provided by Pinpoint Acupuncture in St. Helens. Pinpoint Acupuncture can be reached at 503-397-1505 It’s pretty common to talk with or know people that have numb…

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May 02, 2016

Woman drowns on Sauvie Island

by Courtney Vaughn
Paddle boarder went under and never resurfaced A 28-year-old woman drowned Sunday afternoon at Collins Beach on Sauvie Island. Ha Khuong Vo Dang of Portland was paddle boarding at Collins Beach…
(Image is Clickable Link) SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Candidates for Columbia County Board of Commissioners, Positions 1 and 3, met with editorial staff from the Spotlight, KOHI 1660 AM and Vernonia's Voice at the Spotlight's office in Scappoose April 25 and April 26. The Position 1 candidates pictured here include (facing, from left to right): Wayne Mayo, Margaret Magruder, Joel Yarbor, Susan Conn and Brady Preheim. The primary election is Tuesday, May 17.
May 06, 2016

Candidates meet with news agencies for panel discussion

by Darryl Swan
Video footage available on Spotlight's YouTube channel of panel discussion with Columbia County commissioner candidates Candidates for seats on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners,…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River PUD directors discuss the recently adopted board governance policy during a meeting Tuesday, April 19. Pictured left to right: President Jake Carter and Directors Craig Melton and Richard Simpson.
Apr 29, 2016

Governance policy restricts speech, note taking of PUD directors

by Courtney Vaughn
New rules set guidelines for board actions, and even discipline of directors A new board governance policy for Columbia River People’s Utility District directors is being criticized by two of…
PORT OF ST. HELENS PHOTO - An aerial view of Scappoose Industrial Airpark shows the area that could be poised for a new Advanced Manufacturing Research Center developed by Portland Community College. Land at the airport has long been eyed for future industrial growth.
Apr 29, 2016

PCC preps for Scappoose land purchase

by Courtney Vaughn
State to review PCC business plan next month Portland Community College is moving closer to purchasing property in Columbia County. PCC board members last Thursday, April 21, delegated authority…
Apr 29, 2016

Police logs

by Darryl Swan
April 16 to 25 St. Helens Police Department Monday, April 25 Tyson James Geck, 20, of Portland, was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender following a minor in possession…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Candidates discuss issues Monday during a candidate forum.
Apr 29, 2016

COUNTY CANDIDATES TALK ECONOMICS, GROWTH DURING FORUM

by Courtney Vaughn
Candidates for Position 1 on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners discuss everything from the county's economic outlook, to homelessness and marijuana during a candidate forum Monday,…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Tim McCann and Don Scott, volunteers with the Curtis Heritage Education Center, talk to students in Erika Reardon's fourth-grade class about the history of the Oregon Trail, Thursday, April 21. The volunteers brought a 170-year-old covered wagon to the school to teach students more about pioneers on the Oregon Trail.
Apr 29, 2016

Stepping back in time

by Nicole Thill
Fourth-graders get hands-on with historical covered wagon that traveled the Oregon Trail The parking lot of Otto Petersen Elementary School resembled a living history museum last week for…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Jake Feakin, a Columbia River People's Utility District lineman; Jake Carter, a business representative from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and a PUD board director; and Andy Larson, a West Oregon Electric Cooperative lineman, speak with a group of high school students at a career expo Tuesday, April 26. Feakin later showed the students some of his work equipment and explained what he does as a lineman.
Apr 29, 2016

Students, industry pros participate in career fair

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County students meet with more than 60 colleges, businesses and apprenticeship coordinators As many as 1,300 students from across Columbia County attended the first career expo held at…
PHOTO COURTESY OF PATRICK BIRKLE - Friday, April 22, is Earth Day. Since 1970, the observance has helped raise awareness about environmental issues. Several Earth Day events are scheduled Saturday, April 23, in Columbia County.
Apr 22, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with county events

by Nicole Thill
Clean up events planned throughout the county People around the world will celebrate the 46th annual Earth Day on Friday, April 22. With the first recognized Earth Day sanctioned by the United…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Members of the St. Helens Waterfront Redevelopment Project advisory committee create mock-up designs in February of what they want to see on the former Boise Cascade veneer plant property the city now owns. Three of those streamlined designs will be on display during next week's open house.
Apr 22, 2016

Open house offers visions of waterfront

by Nicole Thill
Waterfront Redevelopment Project open house is Wednesday, April 27, starting at 5:30 p.m. After months of planning, St. Helens residents will be able to visualize what redevelopment of the…