Scappoose traffic could be state's worst by 2035

Scappoose traffic could be state's worst by 2035

Three- to five-hour traffic congestion spurts possible on Highway 30, project manager says A...

St. Helens discusses land buy from mayor, but takes no action

St. Helens discusses land buy from mayor, but takes no action

St. Helens City Council unlikely to make fast decision about purchase St. Helens city councilors...

First pot shop in St. Helens opens doors

First pot shop in St. Helens opens doors

Hundreds of customers within days of opening, city floats ordinance to tax recreational sales On...

FUN AT THE FAIR

FUN AT THE FAIR

Columbia County Fair & Rodeo in full swing, runs through the weekend The Columbia County Fair and...


Columbia County's Latest News

July 24, 2016

St. Helens gravel company issued citation by DEQ

by Nicole Thill
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $9,890 water quality violation against Eagle Star Rock Products in St. Helens, for discharging turbid water from its facility at 35365…
July 24, 2016

National Night Out planned for Aug. 2

by Nicole Thill
Police and firefighters from Scappoose will jointly host a National Night Out in downtown Scappoose, next to Heritage Park from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. Police and fire agencies will serve hot…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: KEVIN HARDEN - Portland's average home prices have shot up to more than $400,000, according to new RMLS figures.
July 23, 2016

Average Portland home price hits record $412,000

by Jim Redden
The average sales price of a home in the Portland region hit a new record high of $412,000 in June, up 2.4 percent from the previous month and 11.5 percent from a year ago. The jump happened…


PARIS ACHEN - Bud Pierce appears alone Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association gubernatorial debate in Silverton. Gov. Kate Brown declined to participate in any debates until September.
July 23, 2016

Pierce relying on GOP donors to fund gubernatorial campaign

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Salem oncologist contributed nearly $1.4 million to his own campaign for governor SILVERTON — GOP gubernatorial nominee Bud Pierce said Friday that he is unlikely to invest any more of his own…
July 22, 2016

St. Helens Police Department hires new officer

by Nicole Thill
The St. Helens Police Department swore in one new police officer and one reservist officer during a St. Helens city council meeting, Wednesday July 20. Evin Eustice, who was hired as a full-time…
July 23, 2016

Unemployment in Oregon increases in June

by Nicole Thill
Statewide unemployment increased to 4.8 percent in June from 4.5 percent in May, according to data released by the State of Oregon Employment Department. Factors for the rise in unemployment…
July 23, 2016

Veterans Stand Down scheduled for September

by Nicole Thill
A Veterans Stand Down event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion located at 58892 Sausler Road, St. Helens, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Stand Down is an…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Former Scappoose Police Chief Douglas Greisen was awarded $4.1 million in federal court Thursday. Greisen filed a lawsuit against his former supervisor, former City Manager Jon Hanken, alleging retaliation.
July 22, 2016

Federal jury awards former Scappoose police chief $4.1 million

by Darryl Swan
Jury found former City Manager Jon Hanken retaliated against former Chief Douglas Greisen after concerns voiced about budgeting, city finances A federal jury on Thursday awarded a former…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - St. Helens High School Principal BG Aguirre briefs a room of students and parents about the school's new college preparation program called Advanced Placement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, in January. A initiative on the November ballot seeks to direct state funding towards education programs like this one that support college preparation.
July 22, 2016

IP65 would pump more than $500k into Scappoose, St. Helens…

by Nicole Thill
Initiative Petition 65 analysis from ECONorthwest shows benefit to school districts Scappoose and St. Helens school districts could receive upward of $500,000 each if voters approve a proposed…
July 22, 2016

Financial estimates frame discussion about repurposing of lagoon

by Nicole Thill
Market analysis estimates more than $56 million net value using wastewater lagoon as disposal facility Details about how St. Helens could benefit financially from repurposing the city’s…

Don't miss the local news

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A sign on 1st Street in St. Helens delineates a two-hour parking limit during business hours. St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss said some individuals have abused the city's lax parking restrictions to live out of their vehicles in downtown St. Helens which has become a source of frustration for business owners.
Jul 22, 2016

St. Helens cracking down on homeless camping downtown

by Nicole Thill
City could expand codes to prohibit establishment of sleeping areas and cooking in public spaces In an effort to give law enforcement more power to prevent homeless people from living out of…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Heavy equipment is used for site grading and construction preparation near Old Portland Road in Scappoose. The site is one of many housing developments going in near an area believed to contain archaeological artifacts.
Jul 22, 2016

Is new development destroying prehistoric artifacts?

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose residents fear building boom could ignore ancient relics underground As development presses on throughout south Scappoose, some fear important pieces of Native American history could…
Jul 22, 2016

Pot measures placed on pause in Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
City Council seeks more time before approving ballot measures for prohibiting and taxing recreational marijuana Scappoose city councilors unexpectedly postponed a vote to put two marijuana…
PHOTO COURESTY OF THE ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT - The St. Helens Police Department is looking for information about the driver of this 1990s model Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver of the truck is accused of firing a handgun at the driver of another vehicle in St. Helens on Saturday, July 16 following a verbal altercation at a gas station.
Jul 22, 2016

Angry man fires shots at car on Highway 30, police investigating

by Nicole Thill
Officers look for suspect in argument that turned to road rage on Highway 30 St. Helens police are investigating an incident involving a man driving a 1990s model Chevrolet pickup truck who shot…
Jul 18, 2016

Police search for suspects in robbery, assault case on Sauvie…

by Nicole Thill
Victim reportedly held down, pepper sprayed Oregon State Police are looking for two suspects involved in an assault and armed robbery on Walton Beach on Sauvie Island last week. On Wednesday,…
Jul 21, 2016

Safe rides home offered at fairgrounds

by Courtney Vaughn
This year, a program partnership between Emmert Motors and Columbia Funeral Home will offer rides home to fair attendees who are too intoxicated to drive. The Safe Rides Home program was…
Jul 20, 2016

Warrants of the Week

by Darryl Swan
Daniel Douglas Wallin Daniel Douglas Wallin, 28, is a male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. Wallin is on probation for criminal mischief I.…
PHOTO COURTESY OF SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Fire crews respond to a late night call in the Chapman area on Thursday night, July 14. Two residents in the home were able to make it out of the house after smelling smoke.
Jul 15, 2016

Fire destroys home in Chapman area

by Nicole Thill
Two residents displaced as result, being helped by family and friends wo Columbia County residents have been displaced from their manufactured home in the Chapman area following a fire Thursday…
SCAPPOOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO - Cash and an assortment of drugs were found in the 1998 Chrysler Sebring driven by Stacey Bowan of Portland. Bowen was arrested during a traffic stop in Scappoose.
Jul 18, 2016

Traffic stop leads to discovery of heroin, methamphetamine

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose police find drugs, scale and cash in woman's car A Portland woman who was arrested last week in Scappoose for an oustanding warrant was found to have more than 25 grams of heroin, as…
Jul 17, 2016

Traffic delays anticipated in late July

by Nicole Thill
The Multnomah County Transportation Division will be conducting several chip paving projects on rural roads in the north Multnomah County area and on Sauvie Island during the month of July. Work…