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Columbia Emergency Planning Association to merge with Columbia County Emergency Management as...

Called a 'disgrace,' cannon yanked from McCormick Park

Called a 'disgrace,' cannon yanked from McCormick Park

Members of the St. Helens VFW requested the cannon be removed prior to Veterans Day Seven months...

Enterprise zones get revamped

Enterprise zones get revamped

New terms lock in tax breaks for businesses for up to five years, while securing betterment fees...

Person of interest in St. Helens homicide case in custody

Person of interest in St. Helens homicide case in custody

Jesse Allen Lane, 28, called 'key individual' in homicide of Portland's Apache Rose Hightower A...

CAT, three other cities fund housing study

CAT, three other cities fund housing study

Community Action Team received financial support, partnership from the city of St. Helens this...

Going back in time

Going back in time

Members of the Columbia County chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism will host demo...

Scappoose to purchase property to expand parks

Scappoose to purchase property to expand parks

Two sites near Veterans Park and Chapman Landing will be acquired by city A $340,000 land...


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PHOTO COURTESY OF TROY HANNEMANN - Taylor Krumm and Jordan McCoy look over the burnt remains of the fifth-wheel trailer. The couple had stored personal belongings in the trailer while moving out of an apartment before the fire broke out.
September 30, 2016

Fifth-wheel trailer fire displaces couple in Deer Island

by Nicole Thill
A couple in Deer Island lost all of its belongings and a family pet on Wednesday, Sept. 28, after a fire destroyed the fifth-wheel trailer where they were temporarily staying. The fire broke out…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Chris Aarseth stands in the pirate room of the haunted house, which has been decorated by his fiancé, Cheryl Lyn Malloneé, on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Opening night for the haunted house is Friday, Sept. 30.
September 30, 2016

Vacant Old Town building morphs into 'Scare Factory' this October

by Nicole Thill
CNC hosts its first haunted house, 'Nightmare on Mainstreet' St. Helens’ only stand-alone haunted house, “Nightmare on Main Street,” opens this weekend, part of a citywide, month-long…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - This decorative pumpkin, modeled after a film prop from the 1990s Disney TV film 'Halloweentown,' will be lit during a special ceremony Saturday, Oct. 1, in St. Helens. The event kicks off the Spirit of Halloweentown festvities for the month.
September 30, 2016

Parade, pumpkin lighting signal start of 'Spirit of…

by Nicole Thill
Two community-centered events planned for Saturday, Oct. 1, starting at 4:30 p.m. The month-long agenda of Halloween-themed community events, fundraisers, haunted tours and celebrity guest photo…


SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Buses are parked in a lot near Scappoose in 2015. A new bus storage facility planned in Scappoose could hold more than 30 buses for Durham School Services.
September 30, 2016

Scappoose approves plans for bus storage site

by Courtney Vaughn
Up to 33 buses would be parked at the facility, operated by Durham School Services Scappoose planning commissioners last Thursday, Sept. 22, approved a site design review for a nearly…
September 30, 2016

Electric ratepayers question PUD's deposit requirement

by Courtney Vaughn
Existing customers could be asked to pay $200 deposit A routine practice of collecting a deposit from electric customers has some Columbia River People’s Utility District ratepayers perplexed.…
PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY RSVP - Roger Trudeau, pictured third from right, was named Volunteer of the Month by Columbia County RSVP. Pictured left to right: Larry Liewer, director of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, My Fair lady Princess Judy Thompson (Scappoose), Trudeau, and My Fair Lady Princess Shirley Walker (St. Helens).
September 30, 2016

Scappoose man named RSVP volunteer of the month

by Courtney Vaughn
Roger Trudeau of Scappoose faithfully volunteers his time each month at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Scappoose. The Scappoose resident is there every month to help unload a truckfull of…
September 29, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office logs

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Thursday, Sept. 15 Dennis Wentz, 49, of Rainier, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and Shelly Wentz, 49, of Rainier, was arrested for possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine…
September 27, 2016

St. Helens Police Department logs

by Nicole Thill
Monday, Sept. 12 Eduardo J. Martinez, 22, of St. Helens, was arrested on an outstanding warrant at a residence in the 500 block of S. 13th Street. Caitlin Elizabeth Inskeep, 31, of Salem, was…
September 26, 2016

Scappoose Police Department logs

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Friday, Sept. 16 Savannah Eastman, 21, was arrested on an outstanding Deschutes County warrant in the 31000 block of New Kirk Road. Nicholas Mullican, 35, was arrested for possession of…
COURTESY PHOTO - Two oversized light ornaments from the 2015 Let it Glow project. Volunteers made 30 of the ornaments to hang in the Columbia Courthouse plaza in December.
September 25, 2016

St. Helens decorating project earns award

by Nicole Thill
A two-phase holiday decorating project hosted by the St. Helens Economic Development Corp. called “Let it Glow” last December earned the “Best Downtown Beautification Project” award on Thursday,…

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Sep 25, 2016

Sheriff's Office hosting jail tour Thursday

by Nicole Thill
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is hosting an open house, including an opportunity to tour the Columbia County Jail, on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 6 p.m., according to a release from the…
Sep 24, 2016

Planning commission accepting applicants

by Nicole Thill
The city of St. Helens is now accepting applications from people interested in serving on the St. Helens Planning Commission. The commission meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.,…
Sep 24, 2016

Passenger in stolen car, police pursuit sentenced

by Courtney Vaughn
Elisha Marie Howell, the woman who was a passenger in a car theft and police pursuit case, was sentenced last Thursday, Sept. 15, to 18 months in state prison and three years of probation after…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Signs along Highway 30 are designed to show visitors where to locate businesses and locations of interest in town. The city received a $40,000 matching grant to develop a new wayfinding system that will include ideas for new signage.
Sep 23, 2016

St. Helens to define standard brand to direct motorists

by Nicole Thill
City receives $40,000 in matching grants to develop wayfinding master plan in 2017 The city of St. Helens will receive a $40,000 matching grant from Travel Oregon to develop a wayfinding master…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A covered picnic shelter in McCormick Park. The city will build a second covered shelter by next summer thanks to a $15,810 matching grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation.
Sep 23, 2016

Plan for a picnic

by Nicole Thill
City receives grant to build second covered shelter in McCormick Park McCormick Park will be the home to a second covered picnic structure by next summer thanks to a $15,810 grant from the…
COURTESY PHOTO - Nicholas Brendon and Emma Caufield as Xander and Anya in the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' in the late 1990s. Both actors will visit St. Helens on Oct. 29.
Sep 23, 2016

Another 'Buffy' actor added to Spirit of Halloweentown lineup

by Nicole Thill
Emma Caufield, who played "Anya" on the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will pose for photos with series co-star Nicholas Brendon Fans of the 1990s and early 2000s TV series, “Buffy the…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The Scappoose School District is seeking approval from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to retain the Indians mascot and associated imagery. A public meeting to get feedback on which aspects the community most wants to retain is scheduled for early October.
Sep 23, 2016

Scappoose school staff, tribal officials host open house to…

by Nicole Thill
Discussions with Confederated Tribe of Grand Ronde to keep Indians mascot countines The Scappoose School District countinues to seek approval to retain the Indians mascot and associated imagery,…
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Sep 23, 2016

Clatskanie, officials face defamation lawsuit

by Courtney Vaughn
Woman says city officials and mayor's husband spread rumors of an affair A Clatskanie business owner is suing the city, its mayor, the mayor’s husband and Clatskanie City Manager Greg Hinkelman…
Sep 23, 2016

Narcotics team busts meth trafficking operation

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia County's recently revived Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team helped bring down a methamphetamine trafficking operation. The CENT team, working with narcotics investigators from the…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Dave Baker, a director with the Columbia River PUD, defends himself against complaints lodged by the PUD's general manager.
Sep 23, 2016

PUD board votes to discipline, withhold pay from director

by Courtney Vaughn
Narrow vote came after complaints of internal policy violations After a tense public hearing Tuesday evening to consider complaints filed against Columbia River People’s Utility District…