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St. Helens history book project getting off the ground

St. Helens history book project getting off the ground

Author, museum group looking for stories, photos of city's yesteryears The Columbia County Museum...

Scappoose woman poised for promising aviation career

Scappoose woman poised for promising aviation career

April Long launches into PCC's aviation maintenance program At 30, April Long had yet to settle...

Retired teacher steers efforts to expand Crown Zellerbach Trail

Retired teacher steers efforts to expand Crown Zellerbach Trail

Joel Haugen hopes to expand recreational options for Crown Zellerbach Trail After two descents...

Boat ride is wish come true for OC senior

Boat ride is wish come true for OC senior

When Sher Johnson found out that Betty Pointer, 88, had never been on a boat and would love to go...

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Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - People file out of the Columbia County Courthouse Wednesday morning after an evacuation was ordered, following a bomb threat. The building was cleared and access was reopened within an hour.
August 27, 2014

Courthouse evacuated after bomb threat

by Courtney Vaughn
The Columbia County Courthouse in St. Helens was evacuated Wednesday morning after a bomb threat. Employees and visitors filed out of the courthouse just before 11 a.m. after officials asked…
August 29, 2014

12-year-old girls arrested for starting fire

by Courtney Vaughn
Two St. Helens girls were arrested Monday evening after they admitted to starting a wildfire that spread to a nearby home on Shore Drive. According to the St. Helens Police Department, the fire…
Photo Credit: FILE - A St. Helens police cruiser helps establish a perimeter around the Columbia County Courthouse during a bomb scare in early May. Some law enforcement officials say jail funding uncertainty caused crime in the county to trend upward for first half of year.
August 22, 2014

Crime stats on the rise for the year

by Courtney Vaughn
Data suggest an uptick in 2014 crime occurrences, but story still unfolding In the wake of a recent burglary spree in St. Helens, law enforcement officials say crime rates may not decline for a…
John Kitzhaber.
August 22, 2014

DSL deals blow to coal export proposal

by Steve Law, Courtney Vaughn, Darryl Swan, and Mark
Removal-fill permit denied by agency; Port Westward suggested as alternative site For the first time, a government agency has rejected a permit sought for one of the coal export facilities…
Keith Locke.
August 22, 2014

Locke to run for St. Helens mayor again

by Mark Miller
Peterson, on council since 1980s, seeking seventh term St. Helens Mayor Randy Peterson is facing a challenge from longtime City Councilor Keith Locke this year, in a rematch of the 2010 election…
John Brewington.
August 22, 2014

Conn draws 2 challengers for city council position

by Mark Miller
John Brewington, Lonnie Lee running for St. Helens seat Susan Conn will not receive a bye as she runs to be elected in her own right to the St. Helens City Council in the Nov. 4 general…
Photo Credit: FILE - Warren Elementary School, the smaller of Scappoose's two K-3 elementary schools. The superintendent of the Scappoose School District is hoping that enough families take him up on a request that they move their students to the school that the district will not have to select students at random to transfer from Grant Watts Elementary School, which is located in Scappoose proper.
August 22, 2014

Superintendent asks parents to request transfer

by Mark Miller
Jupe: More students needed at Warren to even out class sizes The superintendent of the Scappoose School District has asked parents of students at Grant Watts Elementary School to consider asking…
August 22, 2014

DEQ issues air quality permit to CPBR over objections

by Spotlight news staff
Permit gives nod to crude oil operations at Port Westward facility The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a new permit for the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward on…
August 22, 2014

No contest in Scappoose election

by Courtney Vaughn
Joel Haugen will run unopposed to fill seat being vacated by Larry Meres Despite a tumultuous political year for the city of Scappoose, November’s upcoming election will leave four of five City…
August 22, 2014

Scappoose officer shoots, kills dog

by Courtney Vaughn
A dog was shot and killed by a Scappoose Police officer Sunday afternoon in the 52000 block of NW 4th Street. According to the department, officers received complaints from a neighbor that the…

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Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Robert Salisbury (second from left) reads a letter on behalf of his client, Rich Bailey (left), at a school board meeting in the St. Helens School District office Wednesday, Aug. 13. In his letter, Salisbury sharply criticized school board member Ray Biggs (right) for statements Biggs made at a board meeting last month claiming Bailey's construction company hired undocumented workers.
Aug 15, 2014

School board member again at center of controversy

by Mark Miller
Ray Biggs draws litigation threat after claiming construction company hires 'illegal aliens' A school board member in the St. Helens School District apologized Wednesday, Aug. 13, after claiming…
Photo Credit: FILE - A biplane takes off from Scappoose Industrial Airpark at a previous Wings & Wheels event. The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is putting on the event, which is sponsored by Oregon Aero, for its fourth year Saturday, Aug. 23.
Aug 15, 2014

'Young Eagles' taking to Scappoose skies at Wings & Wheels

by Mark Miller
Car, motorcycle show and business expo also in the cards Wings & Wheels returns to Scappoose Industrial Airpark for its fourth year on Saturday, Aug. 23, with airplane rides for children, a car…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Anita Ott-Veile (right foreground), outgoing principal of South Columbia Family School, speaks as the Scappoose School District's new principals look on at a Monday, Aug. 11, school board meeting. Left of Ott-Veile is her successor at the Family School, Lori Bogen. In background, from left to right: Warren Elementary School Principal Laura LaMarsh, Otto Petersen Elementary School Principal Whitney Hessong, Scappoose Middle School Principal Ron Alley and Scappoose High School Principal Andy DeBois.
Aug 15, 2014

Scappoose schools filling vacancies

by Mark Miller
Otto Petersen, Warren get new principals New principals have been hired to lead Otto Petersen and Warren elementary schools, giving the Scappoose School District a full slate of administrators…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - A piece by Scappoose artist Jennifer Bolhofner, entitled 'Barriers of Enderism,' sits in the window of a vacant storefront on Columbia Boulevard. Bolhofner's artwork, which she said is inspired by the two years she spent in the Pacific island territory of Guam, is on display as part of a St. Helens Economic Development Corp. effort to repurpose empty storefronts in St. Helens as sidewalk art galleries.
Aug 15, 2014

Artwork brightens empty storefront in Houlton

by Mark Miller
'Storefront Art' project began last July; local artists display work in vacant buildings The work of a Scappoose artist is now on display for passersby looking through the windows of an…
Photo Credit: FILE - The bluff that S. St. Helens LLC wants to remove in north St. Helens.
Aug 15, 2014

St. Helens bluff decision appealed to state board

by Mark Miller
Developer seeks to have city's denial of project permit overturned The unanimous decision by the St. Helens Planning Commission to deny a crucial permit for the demolition of a rocky bluff in a…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - A sleepy Friday at the Florence Park Outdoor Market south of Scappoose. Dealers at the flea market sell a variety of wares. Market manager Ken Page says it has built up a small but loyal customer base as of its second year in operation.
Aug 15, 2014

Weekend markets fill community niches

by Mark Miller
Two Scappoose-area markets serve different functions Whether someone is searching for a bargain, looking for local goods or simply out for a good time, two weekend markets in the Scappoose area…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Watermelon lovers will rejoice at the All-Island Watermelon Festival on Sauvie Island next Saturday, Aug. 16 - and they might learn a thing or two from the emergency preparedness fair that will accompany it.
Aug 15, 2014

Sauvie Island gets juicy with Watermelon Festival

by Mark Miller
In Longview, it's time to celebrate rodent life with the 3rd Annual Squirrel Fest Sauvie Island is having its All-Island Watermelon Festival this weekend, on Saturday, Aug. 16. The festival at…
Photo Credit: FILE - The cartoon Indian used as a mascot by Scappoose High School. While the school may be able to keep its nickname 'the Indians,' the mascot and other imagery may be on the chopping block in any agreement between the Scappoose School District and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for the use of the name.
Aug 15, 2014

State rep advises school officials on mascot

by Mark Miller
Sherrie Sprenger: 'This is an opportunity for school districts to ... reach out to their tribes' An Oregon state representative from Scio was a special guest at a meeting of the Scappoose School…
Aug 15, 2014

St. Helens choir changes name, becomes the River City Singers

by Mark Miller
The Columbia Chorale of Oregon has renamed itself to become the River City Singers, the St. Helens choir announced Monday, Aug. 11. Angie Misumi, the group’s secretary, said the name change was…
Aug 15, 2014

Police apprehend man on Cornelius Pass Road

by Mark Miller
A man was taken into custody Monday, Aug. 11, after reports he was walking along Northwest Cornelius Pass Road and refusing to yield to vehicle traffic. Adam Hill, a 30-year-old man identified…