Memorial site for St. Helens teen restored

Memorial site for St. Helens teen restored

Family finds support after memorial site for Seeaira Hicks vandalized Sunday was a bittersweet...

Superintendent: SHS threat 'worrying,' but students never in danger

Superintendent: SHS threat 'worrying,' but students never in danger

Student responsible for shooting threat has been identified, disciplined by school The...

Scappoose reluctant to consider legal marijuana zones

Scappoose reluctant to consider legal marijuana zones

City looks at zones where cultivation and dispensing could work In anticipation of a moratorium...

This malamute's a beaut!

This malamute's a beaut!

Alaskan malamute from Scappoose wins Best of Breed He’s not even 4 years old, but Mick is...

Columbia City School to become K-6

Columbia City School to become K-6

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March 04, 2015

St. Helens bluff dispute to come before Oregon Court of Appeals

by Mark Miller
Developer appealing LUBA decision from January A development company seeking to raze a basalt outcropping in north St. Helens has appealed an Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals decision from this…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Janel Campbell (left) addresses Scappoose Schools Superintendent Stephen Jupe (right) at a community forum Monday, March 2, in the Scappoose High School auditorium.
March 06, 2015

After Scappoose school scares, parents vent frustration

by Mark Miller
Scappoose School District: Culprits found, but no specifics on disciplinary action The superintendent of the Scappoose School District explained the district's response to threats discovered at…
COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - Columbia River Fire & Rescue personnel strap Roy Hettinga, 64, into a stretcher after a bicycle-versus-car crash in uptown St. Helens on Monday, March 2.
March 02, 2015

Bicyclist hospitalized after St. Helens collision

by Mark Miller
Police: No citation issued to driver in Houlton District crash A 64-year-old man was transported to a Portland-area hospital with injuries Monday, March 2, after the bicycle he was riding…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Bert Mueller, a retired football coach at St. Helens High School, speaks in support of replacing the grass field at Ackerson Stadium with artificial turf at a school board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25.
February 27, 2015

Enthusiasm shown for turf field project at St. Helens school…

by Mark Miller
Officials: Legal process will be followed for $2.2M loan St. Helens School District officials sought to dispel the suggestion that a $2.18 million state loan approved last month is being…
Photo Credit: SHILA NELSON - Shila Nelson takes a smoke break outside FARA Fitness Center in St. Helens. The city is considering ways to limit smoking in some public areas.
February 27, 2015

Councilors want action after St. Helens 'smoke-free' forum

by Mark Miller
Committee will look at potential changes to smoking ordinance Public testimony at last month’s public forum at St. Helens City Hall on how the city could limit tobacco use and exposure was…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Port of St. Helens commissioners Collen DeShazer, Mike Avent and Robert Keyser discuss matters during a port meeting earlier this year. The three commissioners are up for re-election this year.
February 27, 2015

Four challengers file for Port of St. Helens seats

by Courtney Vaughn
New candidates cite increased public involvement; jobs, quality of life as priorities Four candidates have filed for three seats on the Port of St. Helens board of commissioners. The filing…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF GLOBAL PARTNERS LP - A diagram of Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward shows the layout of the site where crude oil is transferred from rail to ship. Additions to the site are planned, to allow for ethanol production.
February 27, 2015

Bio-refinery one step closer to ethanol production

by Courtney Vaughn
Crude oil transfer station set to receive permit to add ethanol production at site A state permit needed for the expansion of Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery to include ethanol production is…
Photo Credit: COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL PHOTO - BASKA
February 26, 2015

Ex-police sergeant indicted on child sex charges

by Courtney Vaughn
Sheriff's office says additional victims identified A former Vernonia police sergeant was indicted Thursday on three counts of first degree sexual abuse and one count of luring a minor. Gene…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON STATE ARCHIVES - The preamble to the Oregon Constitution is part of the historic document that needs vital repairs.
February 25, 2015

Schoolchildren asked to help restore Oregon Constitution document

by Shasta Kearns Moore
A $60,000 campaign would restore and permanently display the 158-year-old document To address a longtime funding shortage, the Oregon secretary of state's office has issued a challenge to…
Photo Credit: FILE - Otto Petersen Elementary School has additional capacity for students coming from outside the Scappoose School District, according to Superintendent Stephen Jupe on Monday, Feb. 23.
February 25, 2015

School boards approve open enrollment

by Mark Miller
Applications to be accepted next month School boards in the Scappoose and St. Helens school districts approved open enrollment for the 2015-16 school year this week. Applications for open…

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Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - A sign posted outside the main entrance to Warren Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 24. A staff member in the school office said the school was under a lockout.
Feb 24, 2015

Warren Elementary goes into lockout over graffiti

by Mark Miller
Incident comes on heels of Feb. 18 disruption Less than a week after Scappoose schools closed early due to a threatening message scrawled on a bathroom wall at Scappoose High School, another…
Photo Credit: COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Emergency crews respond to a crash on Apiary Road Thursday, Feb. 19. A man was killed after he lost control of the log truck he was driving.
Feb 23, 2015

Scappoose man killed in log truck crash

by Courtney Vaughn
A 60-year-old Scappoose man was killed Thursday morning, Feb. 19, when the log truck he was driving ran off the road on Apiary Road. According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Martin…
Photo Credit: COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - DARREN LOFTESNESS
Feb 23, 2015

Man arrested near Clatskanie after setting home on fire

by Courtney Vaughn
Deputies, police use stun gun on man who threatened police after reportedly starting blaze Deputies from Columbia County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Friday evening near Clatskanie who set…
Feb 21, 2015

Man killed by train near Kalama

by Phil Hawkins
A man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train traveling southbound near Kalama, Washington on Saturday afternoon. The victim, whose identity has yet to be released by the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s…
Photo Credit: FILE - Agnes Petersen demonstrates her vigor with a cheer routine at a candidates' forum last May. Petersen was disqualified from the ballot because she is older than 75, a decision she unsuccessfully appealed.
Feb 20, 2015

Gov. Brown looks to scrap mandatory retirement for judges

by Mark Miller
St. Helens attorney Agnes Petersen knocked off ballot last spring over age After her office as secretary of state turned down an attempt by St. Helens-based attorney Agnes Petersen to run for…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Several Scappoose police cars parked outside Scappoosecap High School Wednesday, after the school found a written threat in a bathroom on campus.
Feb 20, 2015

Scappoose school shooting threat deemed hoax

by Courtney Vaughn
Suspects identified, but no arrests made The Scappoose School District couldn't release any further details of Wednesday's school shooting threat, but school district superintendent Stephen Jupe…
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Feb 20, 2015

Former school board member files complaint against SHSD

by Mark Miller
Freeman: Board violated policy, law in taking out $2.2M loan A former school board member says the St. Helens School District appears to be in violation of a board policy and possibly Oregon law…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Senior citizens eat lunch and socialize at the St. Helens Senior Center at noon Wednesday, Feb. 18. Cheryl Young, the center's manager, said it provides more than 30,000 meals every year.
Feb 20, 2015

Seniors ask to own their St. Helens center

by Mark Miller
Manager: City should transfer title, but keep paying water, sewer, some upkeep For 37 years, the nonprofit St. Helens Senior Center, Inc., has operated out of a city building on the southeast…
Photo Credit: COLUMBIA COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT PHOTO - Columbia County Road Department employees Jeremy Tull and Kelley Lungberg pave a street in an unincorporated area on a summer day in 2014. The county estimates it would need millions more in revenue each year to properly maintain infrastructure.
Feb 20, 2015

County roads face mounting costs from repairs, maintenance

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia County would need more than $70 million in additional funding over the next five years to complete needed repairs and maintenance of the county’s roads, according to the county’s Roads…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - El Taco Man taco truck prepares orders for customers. The taco truck will soon have to close up shop.
Feb 20, 2015

Highway 30 taco truck set to close

by Courtney Vaughn
A temporary food cart selling tacos from a trailer along Highway 30 in Scappoose is being forced to close by March 1. El Taco Man food truck was given a temporary permit in December to operate…