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Kids create at Camp Invention

Kids create at Camp Invention

Day camp gives students space, materials, ideas to design and build For 45 local kids, last week...

Dredge spoils dump plan spurs discontent on Sauvie Island

Dredge spoils dump plan spurs discontent on Sauvie Island

Coast Guard seeking to dredge sediment from Superfund site, dump it in river A U.S. Coast Guard...

PUD explores rate increases as power costs spike

PUD explores rate increases as power costs spike

Change in costs could mean higher fixed rates A projected 6.9 to 8 percent climb in energy rates...

Scappoose boy leads local effort for diabetes cure

Scappoose boy leads local effort for diabetes cure

Henry Kilman, who turns 13 on July 4, prepares for trip to nation's capital to advocate for Type...

For an evening, veneer property gate is opened

For an evening, veneer property gate is opened

Open house held to update public on waterfront efforts More than 100 people packed into the...

Forest officials keep a smoldering eye on fire risks

Forest officials keep a smoldering eye on fire risks

Fireworks, cigarettes, unattended fires could cause woodlands to go up in smoke One of the driest...

Scappoose High grad adds his touch to CZ Trail

Scappoose High grad adds his touch to CZ Trail

18-year-old builds four new benches for public use on trail Ty Lukinbeal may be fresh out of...


Columbia County's Latest News

COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - A fire that scorched the inside of a residential kitchen in St. Helens and sent a man to the hospital Friday, June 26, left cabinets and appliances with significant damage.
July 03, 2015

Neighbors rescue man from house fire in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
CRF&R chief credits David Taber for saving resident's life A man was hospitalized after inhaling smoke from a kitchen fire in St. Helens on Friday morning, June 29, according to Columbia River…
SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - A Scappoose firefighter fights a blaze started in an abandoned log pile near Crown Zellerbach Road and Miller Road in Scappoose Friday, June 26.
June 26, 2015

Abandoned log fire in Scappoose likely human-caused

by Courtney Vaughn
Fire smolders for hours in remote area near Crown Zellerbach Road Scappoose Fire District was called to a brush fire early Friday morning, June 26, started in a remote area by human activity.…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Jim Tierney, executive director of the nonprofit Community Action Team Inc., leads off a 'Community Conversation on Poverty' in St. Helens on Tuesday, June 30.
July 03, 2015

Nonprofits, government agencies huddle for poverty talk

by Mark Miller
Bonamici stops by 'Community Conversation' in St. Helens Several dozen representatives of nonprofit groups, public agencies and more met Tuesday, June 30, for a “Community Conversation on…
COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - The sidewalk repair program is intended to get cracked and broken sidewalks in St. Helens, such as this one, fixed and finished to the city's engineering standards this summer.
July 03, 2015

St. Helens to repair sidewalks on request this summer

by Mark Miller
Segments most in need of work will be prioritized Broken sidewalk in St. Helens? Let the city take care of that for you. The city of St. Helens announced this week that it is restarting its…
July 03, 2015

Grant secures Rotary fountain funding in Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
Target build date now set for summer 2016 A years-long effort in Scappoose to build a water splash fountain in Heritage Park finally got the rest of the funding it needed to be realized. City…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - The Wieners take the stage Saturday evening at Veterans Park, wrapping up the live music lineup for Scappoose Summerfest.
July 03, 2015

Summer comes in hot for Summerfest

by Courtney Vaughn
Festival met with unusually high temps Attendees were greeted with some of this year’s hottest temperatures Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, as Scappoose Summerfest returned to Veterans…
COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - Fireworks light up the night over the Columbia River, during a previous Independence Day celebration in St. Helens.
July 03, 2015

Independence Day festivities planned in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
St. Helens Community Foundation is lead organizer this year The St. Helens Community Foundation is putting on an Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 4, in the Riverfront District of St.…
July 03, 2015

With attractions for all, Rainier Days aims to please

by Spotlight news staff
Fireworks, music and more on the 4-day itinerary Rainier is going all out next week for its annual summer celebration, Rainier Days in the Park. From Thursday, July 9, to Sunday, July 12, the…
FILE - An all-alumni reunion will be held at Scappoose High School on Saturday, Aug. 1.
July 02, 2015

Scappoose school reunion in the works for August

by Spotlight news staff
All student, staff alumni invited to attend event at Scappoose High The Scappoose Alumni Association is organizing a reunion event for anyone who has ever attended or been on staff at Scappoose…
COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - Columbia River People's Utility District crews work on a power pole damaged after a truck crashed into it Tuesday night, June 30.
July 01, 2015

Truck crash leads to overnight power outage in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
CRPUD: Power cut to about 1,500 customers during repairs About 1,500 customers of the Columbia River People's Utility District, which provides electricity to most residents of south Columbia…

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Jul 01, 2015

SAFE receives $5,000 grant to support work

by Spotlight news staff
PGE Foundation gives money to group for education program SAFE of Columbia County has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the PGE Foundation to provide education on healthy relationships and…
OREGON STATE POLICE PHOTO - A Jeep Cherokee rests on the shoulder of Highway 30 Friday, June 26 after it struck a stopped Hyundai Sonata. A Columbia County Sheriff's Office SUV was also hit in the crash.
Jun 29, 2015

Sheriff's deputy hit in three-vehicle crash on Highway 30

by Courtney Vaughn
Oregon State Police is investigating a three-vehicle crash on Highway 30 that damaged a Columbia County Sheriff's Office vehicle Friday evening, June 26. According to OSP, 54-year-old Diane…
COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - What Columbia River Fire & Rescue characterized as a 'large grass fire' burns on property owned by Boise Cascade Co. south of downtown St. Helens Thursday afternoon, June 25.
Jun 26, 2015

Grass fire burns on veneer property land

by Mark Miller
CRF&R: Fire controlled, no damage to surrounding property A spark from a lawnmower cutting grass on the Boise Cascade Co. property in St. Helens was blamed for igniting a grass fire just outside…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - BG Aguirre, principal of St. Helens High School, speaks at a Wednesday, June 24, school board meeting about the dearth of credit recovery options for students at her school. Also pictured: Jessica Pickett, business manager for the St. Helens School District.
Jun 26, 2015

Principal: St. Helens High needs summer school

by Mark Miller
Students who fall behind may be unable to make up failed courses St. Helens High School is struggling to keep students on track to graduate, and without credit recovery options like summer…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - The South Columbia Family School is located next to Warren Elementary School.
Jun 26, 2015

Charter school to serve high-schoolers

by Mark Miller
South Columbia Family School, which provides home-school services, expanding to K-12 A charter school in the Scappoose School District that serves home-schooling families will expand its…
COURTESY PHOTO - A photo taken in 1999 shows water accumulated over Dutch Canyon Road in Scappoose that feeds into a nearby wetland. Some say the continuation of a housing subdivision will destroy water flow to the wetland.
Jun 26, 2015

New housing threatens established wetland

by Courtney Vaughn
Neighbors of new Dutch Canyon Estates subdivision say it would compromise a healthy wetland Property owners near the Dutch Canyon Estates subdivision in Scappoose say a new phase of development…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A cyclists makes his way along the Crown Zellerbach Trail. Recently, a misplaced sign on an access point to the trail in Vernonia indicated a permit was needed. The sign has since been removed.
Jun 26, 2015

Permits needed for Weyerhaeuser timberland, not for CZ Trail

by Courtney Vaughn
Public access to the Crown Zellerbach Trail in Vernonia has not been changed, despite a recent mishap with signage. Vernonia residents responded to signs posted at a gate on the CZ Trail there,…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose city councilors Barbara Hayden, Jason Meshell, Scott Burge, Joel Haugen and Rich Riffle discuss agenda items during a council meeting Monday, June 15. They approved a $15 million budget for 2015-16 that evening.
Jun 26, 2015

Scappoose approves $15 million budget

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose city councilors approved a $15.1 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes more robust funding for economic development and water system improvements. The city plans…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Kathi Gobel, executive assistant to the St. Helens School District's board of directors and superintendent, holds up an hourglass that was the school board's parting gift for Mark Davalos, who was not at the meeting Wednesday, June 24. Also pictured: Gordon Jarman (left) and Jeff Howell (right), members of the school board.
Jun 26, 2015

St. Helens superintendent skips last school board meeting

by Mark Miller
Chairman: Appreciates Davalos' work on behalf of school district Mark Davalos, outgoing superintendent of the St. Helens School District, was a no-show at his final scheduled school board…
COURTESY OF TAMMY BELWOOD - People chat and take a look at classic cars at the Highway 30 Cruise-In on Saturday, June 20, out in front of Scappoose High School.
Jun 24, 2015

Big turnout for Scappoose 'Cruise-In'

by Mark Miller
Money raised for Scappoose Middle School's science department The Highway 30 Cruise-In at Scappoose High School last Saturday, June 20, featured some 135 vehicles, according to a key organizer.…