Watts House holiday decor is one-of-a-kind antique artistry

Watts House holiday decor is one-of-a-kind antique artistry

Public tours open through Dec. 18 to view seasonal trees and decorations

Anchors away!

Anchors away!

Christmas Ships Parade visits St. Helens, Columbia City this weekend

Hyde reflects on challenges, rewards of career in politics

Hyde reflects on challenges, rewards of career in politics

Tony Hyde will soon wrap up a nearly 20-year career as county commissioner

O, Christmas tree

O, Christmas tree

St. Helens Christmas tree lighting scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10

St. Helens adopts plan for waterfront development

St. Helens adopts plan for waterfront development

City Council approves document outlining land use parcels, open space, guiding principles for...

Scappoose school-based health center 'likely won't happen'

Scappoose school-based health center 'likely won't happen'

Concerns about timeliness of the project could halt the health center altogether

St. Helens robotics club launches campaignof community fundraisers

St. Helens robotics club launches campaignof community fundraisers

Students prepare business plans and seek sponsorship funds from community

District puts health center for Scappoose students on hold

District puts health center for Scappoose students on hold

Grant funding not enough to cover build out of facility, officials say

PUD: Nancy Ward cannot serve on board

PUD: Nancy Ward cannot serve on board

Despite winning 62 percent of votes, Ward will not be seated by current board


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COURTESY PHOTO - From left to right: Gov. Kate Brown, Principal Ray Brown, and Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, pose for a photo.
December 09, 2016

Principal Ray Brown honored as 'Oregon Civics Educator of the…

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County educator, school principal honored by Oregon governor and state reps
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A child meets with Santa Claus at the Watts House in 2015. Santa will return this year on December 16.
December 09, 2016

Santa will return to Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
Limited space still available for 'Evening with Santa' at Watts House
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Thousands flocked to St. Helens for the Spirit of Halloweentown festivites in October. Some residents and business owners, however, had mixed reactions to the event. The St. Helens Economic Development Corp. will hold a meeting next Tuesday to collect feedback from the public, which will be presented to the St. Helens City Council.
December 09, 2016

SHEDCO to gather tourism ideas, community input

by Nicole Thill
Public meeting to discuss St. Helens' approach to tourism scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Jacqueline Meabe and Dakota Worlitz monitor a computer screen while figuring out how to code their robot to complete certain tasks. On a Monday afternoon, Worlitz learned how to program a camera sensor using an online coding video before assisting Meabe.
December 09, 2016

Robotics clubs on the march in St. Helens schools

by Nicole Thill
Programming and engineering clubs like the St. Helens Middle School Code Club enhance skills, teach new concepts
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Matt Sumner, a worker at My Next Step, fixes a jewlery case display at the front of the store. Sumner has been helping the shop move into its new location and has enjoyed staying busy with his work.
December 09, 2016

Retail store in St. Helens that teaches employment skills reopens

by Nicole Thill
My Next Step finds a new location after being closed for five months
SPOTLIGHT GRAPHIC - This graph illustrates the numbers of homeless students enrolled in Columbia County school districts in the past four years. While trends fluctuate, staff say the numbers can be misleading if homeless students or families don't report it to the school.
December 09, 2016

Homeless rate among Scappoose students spikes, St. Helens claims…

by Nicole Thill
Numbers lower than statewide averages, but still concerning to staff
Baker
December 09, 2016

Hearings continue in defamation case against Reeds

by Courtney Vaughn
Attorney for Mark and Debbie Reed claims Reed's speech is constitutionally protected
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A Small Business Saturday promotion tote bag is stuffed with dog treats and toys at All About Pets in Scappoose. The business was one of several that participated in Small Business Saturday with special promotions and sales.
December 09, 2016

Retailers say 'Shop Small' approach is catching on

by Courtney Vaughn
Mixed reaction to Small Business Saturday, but store owners say community supports shopping local
December 08, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office

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The Columbia County Sheriff's Office logs for Monday, Nov. 21
Barnes
December 07, 2016

Warrants of the Week

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Columbia County warrants of the week: Barnes, Goodall, Yeramian, Lane

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COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE PHOTO - The interior of a Bay Liner boat docked at the St. Helens Marina was damaged by smoke and flames Tuesday after the boat caught fire. The blaze caused an estimated $25,000 in damages.
Dec 06, 2016

Boat fire in St. Helens likely caused by electrical problems

by Courtney Vaughn
Firefighters respond to fire in 42-foot long boat docked at marina
Dec 06, 2016

St. Helens Police Department log

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St. Helens Police Department logs: Oct. 29 to Nov. 7
Dec 05, 2016

Scappoose Police Department logs

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Scappoose Police Department weekly logs: Nov. 21 to Nov. 26
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - High school mentors Bryce Trabucco, back left, and Sam Shiel, back right, supervise a group of FIRST LEGO League students setting up a LEGO gameboard for a robot to drive across. Different students spend time building each LEGO structure from a predesigned kit.
Dec 02, 2016

BUILDING A FUTURE, PIECE BY PIECE

by Nicole Thill
Students create FIRST LEGO League club with fourth- through sixth-graders
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Jan Stites, one of the Warming Centers' lead volunteers, stocks shelves with donated hats and scarves in anticipation of the center's opening night on Friday, Dec. 2. Stites said she is expecting freezing tempertaures in early December, and the center will likely open its doors several nights next week.
Dec 02, 2016

Warming Center opens for homeless on cold nights

by Nicole Thill
More volunteers needed to staff Friday nights and weeknights that drop below freezing
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The Scappoose School District board of directors devoted a work session to discussing the anticipated school-based health center on Monday, Nov. 28. During the two-hour meeting, health care providers, project leaders, community members and school board members held candid conversations about what could be offered at the health center and how students would access its services.
Dec 02, 2016

Scappoose school-based health center still in limbo

by Nicole Thill
Staff, school board, project leaders and parents continue to ask questions during planning process
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A large, industrial- size paper products plant operated by Cascades Tissue company is under construction near the Scappoose airport. The city, which boasted the highest population growth in Columbia County, is also seeing the highest rate of industrial and commercial growth.
Dec 02, 2016

Scappoose tops charts in county's population growth

by Courtney Vaughn
Metropolitan housing costs, industrial growth considered factors driving people to relocate
SANDERS
Dec 02, 2016

Sanders snags seat on Scappoose council

by Courtney Vaughn
After near tie between two candidates, final vote tally puts Sanders ahead
Firefighter Paul Liebig of the Scappoose Fire District weighs two of the turkeys donated to the Share and Care program. Share and Care is accepting donated frozen turkeys, new clothing items and canned food until Dec. 16, when donations will be distributed to families in need just in time for Christmas.
Dec 02, 2016

Share and Care fills holiday void

by Courtney Vaughn
Holiday donation program still in need of donations to serve less fortunate families
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Santa Claus visits with 5-year-old Taylor Townsend inside the Watts House on Monday, Nov. 28. Santa greeted hundreds of children on Monday who waited in line to sit on his lap.
Dec 02, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

by Nicole Thill
The annual Watts House Christmas lighting ceremony draws a crowd