Scappoose to vote on new park rules for smoking, drinking

Scappoose to vote on new park rules for smoking, drinking

Councilors expected to vote July 5 on ordinances to ban smoking, require permits for alcohol ...

Pies, painting, and pride

Pies, painting, and pride

Celebrate 4th of July with these family friendly activities Months of fundraising, planning, and...

Two-story home declared total loss after fire in St. Helens

Two-story home declared total loss after fire in St. Helens

No injuries reported, cause of fire under investigation Fire crews responded to a major house...

Pet safety urged as temperatures heat up

Pet safety urged as temperatures heat up

On a Monday after a record heat wave in Oregon, Roger Kadell catches up on calls. He’s the...

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 ...


Columbia County's Latest News

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The Columbia River Fire and Rescue board of directors failed to get the needed three votes to approve a temporary work contract with the district's retiring fire chief last week. A special meeting scheduled that was scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, with the contract approval listed again as an agenda item was canceled for unknown reasons.
June 24, 2016

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

by Nicole Thill
Board fails to pass needed vote to approve aggreement After a vote to approve a temporary contract with Columbia River Fire and Rescue’s retiring fire chief unexpectedly did not pass last week,…
July 01, 2016

New preschool program accepting applications

by Nicole Thill
Preschool-aged children in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties will have more options for enrolling in preschool programs thanks in part to a partnership between the St. Helens School…
CLINE
June 30, 2016

Clatskanie man arrested for sex abuse

by Courtney Vaughn
A 79-year-old Clatskanie man was arrested Wednesday, June 29 for sex crimes years ago involving at least one young girl. Karl Cline of Clatskanie faces two counts of first degree sodomy, seven…


JONES
June 30, 2016

Arrests made in widespread mail, identity theft case

by Courtney Vaughn
Investigators still searching for third suspect who may have stolen mail Two people were indicted earlier this week on nearly 40 counts of mail fraud and identity theft, and investigators are…
STONE
June 30, 2016

Man booked for attempted murder after shooting near Vernonia

by Courtney Vaughn
An altercation between two men in Vernonia last Thursday, June 23, led to the arrest of a 26-year-old man for attempted murder, attempted assault and other charges. Kodiack Glenn Stone, of…
June 29, 2016

Warrants of the Week

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Joseph Scott Childers Joseph Scott Childers, 35, is a male with brown hair and green eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 185 pounds. Childers is on probation for custodial interference. Anyone…
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…

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Jun 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,…
Jun 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…
Jun 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…
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.
Jun 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…
Jun 26, 2016

Dredging project complete at Scappoose Marine Park

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Recently completed dredging has created better access for boaters at Scappoose Bay Marine Park. Prior to the dredging work, boats in the lower Willamette and Columbia rivers were bottoming out…
Dickerson
Jun 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.
Jun 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.…
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…