Complaints, concerns prompt camping closure at McCormick Park

Complaints, concerns prompt camping closure at McCormick Park

Campers routinely break park and campground rules, use the park facilities inappropriately ...

CRFR considers contract with retiring chief

CRFR considers contract with retiring chief

Fire chief will likely work part-time with district later in July UPDATE: The Columbia River Fire...

Fire board denies work-back contract with retiring CRFR fire chief

Fire board denies work-back contract with retiring CRFR fire chief

Board fails to pass needed vote to approve aggreement In a special meeting Thursday night, the...

Two remain hospitalized after boat crash

Two remain hospitalized after boat crash

Guided fishing boat believed to have struck smaller vessel in Multnomah Channel Two men remain...

UPDATE: Single fire chief will oversee two local fire districts in July

UPDATE: Single fire chief will oversee two local fire districts in July

Columbia River Fire and Rescue and Scappoose Fire District approved a contract to share chief...

Finding the father she never knew

Finding the father she never knew

Scappoose woman traces her father's history all the way to his World War II crash site This year...

When the carnival comes to town

When the carnival comes to town

St. Helens River Festival brings carnival rides, live music, beer garden and family festivities...

St. Helens High School - Class of 2016

St. Helens High School - Class of 2016

Seniors from St. Helens High School celebrated their graduation on Friday, June 10. Family,...

Scappoose High School - Class of 2016

Scappoose High School - Class of 2016

Seniors from Scappoose High School celebrated their graduation on Saturday, June 11. Despite a...


Columbia County's Latest News

June 26, 2016

Contract awarded in Columbia City Hall renovation project

by Nicole Thill
The Columbia City City Council unanimously approved a contract with K Restoration to begin work on the city’s Community Hall restoration and remodel project during a special meeting Wednesday,…
June 26, 2016

Waterfront planning open house scheduled

by Nicole Thill
The city of St. Helens will host an open house event regarding the St. Helens Waterfront Redevelopment Project planning on Wednesday, July 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Columbia River Receptions and…
June 26, 2016

St. Helens schools approve budget for next fiscal year

by Nicole Thill
The St. Helens School District board of directors unanimously approved a $40.8 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year during a regular board meeting Wednesday, June 22. The adopted budget…


PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MILES VANCE - Titania (Sara Fay Goldman) sleeps while her fairies dance in Experience Theatre Project's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at The Round in Beaverton on Friday, June 24.
June 25, 2016

Shakespeare heads outdoors, with some timely political drama

by Bianca Pahl
Lo, tradition wafts solftly through Portland's nature, with gentle, warm summer nights graced by fair ensemble, hastening a season of performance that spills into the eve' beginning this…
June 25, 2016

Unemployment in county remains relatively unchanged

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County added fewer jobs to the nonfarm payroll than seasonally expected for the month, according to data from the Oregon Employment Department. Normal gains for May average 140 jobs,…
June 25, 2016

PUD will get FEMA reimbursement

by Nicole Thill
Columbia River People’s Utility District will receive $379,600 in public assistance funding from the Federal Emergency Management Association for recovery from the damage caused by severe winter…
June 25, 2016

Law library gets new librarian

by Nicole Thill
The Columbia County Law Library has announced the hiring of a new librarian, Pam Schultz Davis. Davis, a member of the Oregon State Bar on inactive status, will be in the library Tuesdays and…
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June 24, 2016

Dog licensing to be handled by Sheriff's Office

by Courtney Vaughn
Online system could be in the works Dog licensing will be handled by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office as of July 1. Columbia County commissioners voted to approve the change Wednesday, June…
PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN BREWINGTON - A contingent of Girl Scouts makes its way down Columbia Boulevard during the annual St. Helens Kiwanis Day Parade on Saturday, June 18.
June 24, 2016

River Festival, parade kick off summer fun in St. Helens

by Darryl Swan
Crowds turned out in St. Helens from Thursday, June 16, through Saturday, June 18, for a lineup that included 13 Nights on the River, the St. Helens Kiwanis Day Parade and the return of the St.…
COLUMBIA COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT PHOTO - Columbia County Commissioner Tony Hyde saws a log in a ceremonial grand opening for the CZ Trail Saturday, June 18, near the Alder Creek bridge.
June 24, 2016

Crown Jewel of Columbia County

by Courtney Vaughn
Crown Zellerbach Trail gets official opening ceremony A ceremonial grand opening for the CZ Trail was held Saturday, June 18, near the Alder Creek bridge. The former logging road was converted…

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Bridget Caton, 11, and Lliam Wallace, 10, craft paper airplanes following a set of directions provided during the 'Paper Plane Flight School.' Several tables were set up with sheets of colored paper, markers and directions for several different styles of paper planes for the children to make.
Jun 24, 2016

LEARNING TO FLY

by Nicole Thill
The St. Helens Public Library kicked off its summer reading program earlier this week and began hosting a slew of summertime activities for children, teens and adults. A "Paper Plane Flight…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Ruth Lundberg (center) and Laura Wallner (right), special guests at the ceremony from Riverside Training Centers, helped cut the ribbon during the playground dedication. Rotary Club President Terry Moss and Riverside employee and City Council member Ginny Carlson looked on while the women did the honors.
Jun 24, 2016

Campbell Park outfitted with zero-gravity swings

by Nicole Thill
Special swings for children with disabilities installed by Rotary Club volunteers A new piece of playground equipment with two swings for children with special needs was officially dedicated…
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - Mainstreet Program Coordinator Anya Mocha and St. Helens High School alumna Lindsey Smith sit by one of the completed planters placed near the Columbia County Courthouse Plaza in downtown St. Helens. Smith completed two planters with mirror images of spawning male salmon that frame a bench currently installed near the plaza.
Jun 24, 2016

Community service and artwork come together

by Nicole Thill
Former St. Helens student creates artistic planters Two colorfully painted planter boxes in the St. Helens Courthouse Plaza feature the artistic work of Lindsey Smith, a recent St. Helens High…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The Columbia County Education Campus graduating class during their ceremony, Friday, June 17.
Jun 24, 2016

CCEC class of 2016 celebrates graduation

by Nicole Thill
Students in the 2016 Columbia County Educational Campus graduating class celebrated their accomplishments during a ceremony held at the school Friday, June 17. Nineteen students graduated, with…
OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY PHOTO - A retreiver cools off in a small plastic wading pool. The Oregon Humane Society advises pet owners to get a small kiddie pool for their dogs if they can, to keep them cool during hot sumer months.
Jun 24, 2016

Pet safety urged as temperatures heat up

by Courtney Vaughn
On a Monday after a record heat wave in Oregon, Roger Kadell catches up on calls. He’s the lone dog control officer for Columbia County. The job gives him a large radius to cover and limited…
Jun 23, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office logs

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County Sheriff's Office Saturday, June 11 Luke Dykes, 38, of Clatskanie, was arrested for DUII following a traffic accident on Highway 30 at milepost 55 near Clatskanie. James Hall, 26,…
Jun 22, 2016

Columbia City Police Department logs

by Nicole Thill
Columbia City Police Department Wednesday, May 18 Officers conducted an investigation involving reckless driving and eluding on Pacific Street near Highway 30. The case remains open. Tuesday,…
Jun 22, 2016

Warrants of the Week

by Darryl Swan
Owen Ross Castonguay Owen Ross Castonguay, 34, is a male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 138 pounds. Castonguay is on probation for attempt burglary I and…
Jun 21, 2016

St. Helens Police Department logs

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens Police Department Thursday, June 9 Officers assisted the Columbia County Sheriff's Office with a domestic dispute at a residence in the 34000 block of N. Buck Way in Deer Island.…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Xander Perkins looks for the owner of a lost pomeranian as he carries him up the hill at Roger Tilbury Park in Beaverton. This photo won first place in lifestyle photography for a non-daily news source in the 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism awards.
Jun 20, 2016

Pamplin newspapers win top honors in regional contest

by Pamplin Media Group
Three first-place wins and a total of seven awards for Northwest news Pamplin Media Group newspapers won seven awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 contest. The…