County fair and rodeo draws record crowds, TV crews

County fair and rodeo draws record crowds, TV crews

Attendees enjoy fair foods, rides and rodeo; few injuries or security incidents reported The...

Supplies, electronics stolen from Columbia Pacific Food Bank

Supplies, electronics stolen from Columbia Pacific Food Bank

Police recover some items, suspect arrested shortly after More than $700 worth of electronic...

Kimberly Brown to return for 'Spirit of Halloweentown' festivities in fall

Kimberly Brown to return for 'Spirit of Halloweentown' festivities in fall

Actress from movie filmed in St. Helens says she will return for a two-day visit For the second...

No charges in fatal crash that killed St. Helens mom

No charges in fatal crash that killed St. Helens mom

Lack of evidence to prove gross negligence; timeline elapses to cite for careless driving More...

Road rage on Highway 30 sends two to hospital over weekend

Road rage on Highway 30 sends two to hospital over weekend

Two others arrested on multiple charges including reckless driving, driving while suspended...

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...

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...

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 29, 2016

Over span of 2 weeks, 2 watercraft capsize

by Nicole Thill
Rough waters in area north of Sand Island blamed Two different watercraft have capsized in the Columbia River in an area just north of St. Helens within the past two weeks. Reports from the…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The remnants of a 113-year-old church building sit on the corner of the Yankton Community Fellowship property on Wednesday, July 27. The building was torn down this week, but had not been used for more than storage in many years.
July 29, 2016

Historic church building torn down in Yankton

by Nicole Thill
One day after court case ends, building is torn down A 113-year-old church building on Pittsburg Road in Yankton was torn down this week after a court case to preserve the historic building was…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A unit train carrying tanker cars marked for ethanol travels through the county earlier this summer. Port of St. Helens commissioners say they want ethanol shipments by rail to be done with only the newest model of tanker car, for safety.
July 29, 2016

Port to Global Partners: Update tankers

by Courtney Vaughn
Port of St. Helens wants ethanol transloading company to use stronger, newer rail cars to ship hazardous materials Port of St. Helens commissioners are asking Global Partners LP to switch to the…


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - My Fair Lady contestants answer prepared questions during the 2016 pageant at the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. Pictured left to right: Linda Kissinger, Claudia Oblack, Judy Thompson, Shirley Walker and Lillibell Welter.
July 29, 2016

Oblack crowned queen of My Fair Lady pageant

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia County has a new queen. Claudia Oblack of Vernonia was crowned queen during the 2016 My Fair Lady pageant last Wednesday, July 20, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. In true pageant…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose Police Sgt. Dennis Viereck and Officer Matt Dorick respond to the scene of a crash Wednesday afternoon in Scappoose. The officers now wear lighter uniforms and use their first names to identify themselves, in an effort to connect better with the community they patrol.
July 29, 2016

Scappoose police ditch formality for better policing

by Courtney Vaughn
Department launches new uniforms, IDs and big push for community outreach When Scappoose Police Sgt. Dennis Viereck and Officer Matt Dorick arrive on the scene of a rear-end crash in Scappoose,…
July 28, 2016

Fair festivites and all-around amusements at county fair grounds

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County Fair and Rodeo draws crowds, provides entertainment and photo ops Events at the 101st Columbia County Fair and Rodeo in St. Helens drew crowds of thousands over the five-day…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Hazel Stanley of Scappoose plans to celebrate her 100th birthday this weekend with friends and family. Stanley lives at Brookdale Rose Valley.
July 28, 2016

Scappoose woman is centenarian

by Courtney Vaughn
Hazel Stanley celebrates 100th birthday Hazel Stanley of Scappoose turned 100 on Thursday, July 28. Stanley, who lives at Brookdale Rose Valley, will be joined by family and friends on Saturday,…
SCAPPOOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT - A collection of items was recovered from a vacant house south of Scappoose. The items are believed to have been stolen from unlocked cars in the Southwest Barta Court and Southwest Meadowbrook Drive area on the evening of Monday, July 11.
July 26, 2016

Police recover items from rash of car thefts

by Darryl Swan
Victims of car thefts in Southwest Barta Court and Southwest Meadowbrook Drive area asked to contact po During the course of an investigation into a rash of vehicle thefts earlier this month,…
July 26, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff Office logs

by Pamplin Media Group
Sunday, July 17 Jason Johnson, 39, of St. Helens, was arrested for parole violation and possession of methamphetamine on Burma Road near Tarbell Road in Scappoose. Saturday, July 16 Kennith…
July 25, 2016

Scappoose Police Department logs

by Nicole Thill
Tuesday, July 19 Officers assisted the Department of Human Services with a welfare check in the 52000 block of N.E. Second Street. Friday, July 15 Josiah Pittman, 40, was cited for driving…

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Jul 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…
Jul 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…
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.
Jul 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…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: KEVIN HARDEN - Portland's average home prices have shot up to more than $400,000, according to new RMLS figures.
Jul 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…
Jul 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…
Jul 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…
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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…
Jul 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…