100 YEARS YOUNG

100 YEARS YOUNG

St. Helens woman celebrates milestone birthday Longtime St. Helens resident Lillian Mickelson...

NOT DISTRACTED BY DISTRACTED DRIVING VIOLATIONS

NOT DISTRACTED BY DISTRACTED DRIVING VIOLATIONS

Local law enforcement officers say distracted driving violations are not a priority, few cited in...

Scrap metal thefts perplex center staff

Scrap metal thefts perplex center staff

Two thefts at St. Helens Senior Center reported within two weeks Donations to a scrap metal...

New details emerge about methanol plant proposal

New details emerge about methanol plant proposal

Clatskanie facility would create hundreds of jobs; exec claims plant would use 3,600 gpm of water...

Tardif wins county commissioner seat

Tardif wins county commissioner seat

CC Rider ballot measure rejected by voters Alex Tardif captured enough votes in Tuesday’s...


Columbia County's Latest News

May 25, 2016

Warrants of the week

by Darryl Swan
John Todd Olsen John Todd Olsen, 53, is a male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 165 pounds. Olsen is on probation for manufacturing marijuana. Anyone with…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Some Oregon businesses could be hit with more taxes under an initiative that will be on the November general election ballot. A state analysis of the initiative found that it could raise about $6 billion for state budgets, but might 'dampen' employment and growth around the state.
May 23, 2016

State business tax plan would raise billions, but could 'dampen'…

by Paris Achen
SALEM — A proposed tax on the sales of large businesses would generate more than $6 billion in biennial state revenue starting in 2017-19, but it also would slow income, employment and…
(Image is Clickable Link) SUBMITTED PHOTO - Japanese knotweed is listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the world’s worst invasive species. It’s found in Columbia County, and the Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District has launched an initiative to control and prevent its spread.
May 23, 2016

Noxious weeds off to an early start

by Darryl Swan
Stretch of warm spring weather has aided the early proliferation of noxious weeds, such as purple loosestrife and Japanese knotweed An unseasonably warm spring has not only kicked many an Oregon…


May 23, 2016

Gas leak reported near Berg Road

by Nicole Thill
Firefighters investigating, repairing leak A gas leak Monday left Berg Road closed while firefighters investigated the hazard. Students at Warren Elementary School were evacuated from the…
Dolores Jean McBride
May 23, 2016

Dolores Jean McBride

by Courtney Vaughn
Aug. 17, 1929-May 8, 2016 Dolores Jean McBride, who preferred to be called Jean, passed away Mother’s Day, May 8, 2016, at age 86, surrounded by family and loved ones. She had heart problems for…
May 23, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office Crime Logs

by Darryl Swan
Crime logs for the week Columbia County Sheriff's Office Saturday, May 14 Marylynn Alfaro-Aguirre, 23, of Vernonia, was arrested on an outstanding warrant following a domestic disturbance at a…
PHOTO COURTESY OF JORDAN MARTIN - Jordan Martin, a sophomore at St. Helens High School, had a Confederate battle flag stolen from his truck on Wednesday, May 11. Martin filed a police report for the theft with the St. Helens Police Department.
May 22, 2016

Students asked to remove Confederate flags from vehicles

by Nicole Thill
Several students stage protest after a flag went missing from a truck while in the St. Helens High parking lot On two separate occasions, students at St. Helens High School were asked to remove…
May 22, 2016

Musical performance to be held at First United Methodist Church

by Nicole Thill
The River City Singers will hold their annual vocal concert, “In Memoriam,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 560 Columbia Blvd. The annual performance is…
May 22, 2016

Watershed council host workshop for owners of floating homes

by Nicole Thill
The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council will host a workshop titled, “Living on the Water: Meeting for Floating Home Owners and Managers,” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at the Rocky Point…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Metro's Jennifer Wilson, left, gives guidance to Portland State student Jeremiah Green.
May 21, 2016

Native Plant Center gets help from community

by Andrew Kilstrom
Metro, volunteers aim to repopulate native plants at Smith and Bybee Wetlands Oregon, and more specifically the Portland area, has changed drastically in the past couple centuries or so. With…

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Glen Bolen of OTAK explains plans for a public safety training facility to be constructed in Scappoose by Portland Community College.
May 21, 2016

Public safety training facility next for Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
After announcing plans for a robust manufacturing and research campus in Scappoose, Portland Community College is also seeking review of a public safety training facility in the same vicinity. A…
May 21, 2016

St. Helens man awarded $1.6 million in lawsuit against Safeway

by Nicole Thill
An 85-year-old St. Helens man was awarded $1.627 million in Multnomah County Circuit Court following a lawsuit he filed against Safeway. Christopher Armstrong-Stevenson filed a lawsuit against…
May 21, 2016

'Roots of Resilience' raises $10,000 for SAFE

by Nicole Thill
SAFE of Columbia County held its second annual fundraiser, Roots of Resilience, on May 6 to raise money for the organization’s programs for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and…
PHOTO COURTESY OF LEONARD CLICK - The St. Helens High School band performs during the state competition in Corvalis, Friday, May 13.
May 21, 2016

St. Helens band takes fifth at state

by Nicole Thill
The St. Helens High School wind ensemble tied for a fifth-place rating at the State 5A Band Championship, Friday, May 13, which was hosted at Oregon State University. During the competition, the…
May 21, 2016

Statewide unemployment remains steady in April

by Nicole Thill
Unemployment in Oregon remained at 4.5 percent for the month of April, the rate that was reported in March, data released Tuesday, May 17, from the State of Oregon Employment Department show.…
Boynton
May 20, 2016

Jarrett Boynton named 'Elks Teen of the Month

by Nicole Thill
The St. Helens Elks Lodge has selected Jarrett Boynton as the Elks Teen of the Month for April. Boynton is a senior at St. Helens High School and will graduate as one of three valedictorians in…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Jennifer Nelson reads a letter to directors of the Columbia River PUD during a special meeting Thursday, May 12. Nelson and more than 30 other employees say they want interim manager John Nguyen to be appointed as the permanent PUD manager.
May 20, 2016

Recruitment of PUD manager delayed

by Courtney Vaughn
32 PUD employees sign letter supporting appointment of John Nguyen as GM Columbia River People’s Utility District directors haven’t agreed on many major decisions lately, and the hiring of a…
SCAPPOOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO - Officers and deputies make several arrests at a home on Dahlgren Road in Scappoose, while investigating credit card fraud. In all, 10 arrests were made in connection to drug crimes and fraud.
May 19, 2016

Stolen credit card leads to 10 arrests

by Courtney Vaughn
Heroin, methamphetamine found in Scappoose house Investigation of a stolen credit card in Scappoose led to the arrest of 10 people over the course of a week in connection with drug possession…
May 13, 2016

Sauvie Island Academy hosts annual auction fundraiser

by Nicole Thill
The Sauvie Island Academy Parent Teacher Club will host the 15th annual SIA benefit auction at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 21. Proceeds from the auction help support the school by providing classroom…
May 15, 2016

County to host transportation system open houses

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County will host open house meetings for the public to come learn about transportation system investments recommended for the county, and provide feedback and suggestions about future…