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For an evening, veneer property gate is opened

For an evening, veneer property gate is opened

Open house held to update public on waterfront efforts More than 100 people packed into the...

Forest officials keep a smoldering eye on fire risks

Forest officials keep a smoldering eye on fire risks

Fireworks, cigarettes, unattended fires could cause woodlands to go up in smoke One of the driest...

Scappoose High grad adds his touch to CZ Trail

Scappoose High grad adds his touch to CZ Trail

18-year-old builds four new benches for public use on trail Ty Lukinbeal may be fresh out of...


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OREGON STATE POLICE PHOTO - A Jeep Cherokee rests on the shoulder of Highway 30 Friday, June 26 after it struck a stopped Hyundai Sonata. A Columbia County Sheriff's Office SUV was also hit in the crash.
June 29, 2015

Sheriff's deputy hit in three-vehicle crash on Highway 30

by Courtney Vaughn
Oregon State Police is investigating a three-vehicle crash on Highway 30 that damaged a Columbia County Sheriff's Office vehicle Friday evening, June 26. According to OSP, 54-year-old Diane…
COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - What Columbia River Fire & Rescue characterized as a 'large grass fire' burns on property owned by Boise Cascade Co. south of downtown St. Helens Thursday afternoon, June 25.
June 26, 2015

Grass fire burns on veneer property land

by Mark Miller
CRF&R: Fire controlled, no damage to surrounding property A spark from a lawnmower cutting grass on the Boise Cascade Co. property in St. Helens was blamed for igniting a grass fire just outside…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - BG Aguirre, principal of St. Helens High School, speaks at a Wednesday, June 24, school board meeting about the dearth of credit recovery options for students at her school. Also pictured: Jessica Pickett, business manager for the St. Helens School District.
June 26, 2015

Principal: St. Helens High needs summer school

by Mark Miller
Students who fall behind may be unable to make up failed courses St. Helens High School is struggling to keep students on track to graduate, and without credit recovery options like summer…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - The South Columbia Family School is located next to Warren Elementary School.
June 26, 2015

Charter school to serve high-schoolers

by Mark Miller
South Columbia Family School, which provides home-school services, expanding to K-12 A charter school in the Scappoose School District that serves home-schooling families will expand its…
COURTESY PHOTO - A photo taken in 1999 shows water accumulated over Dutch Canyon Road in Scappoose that feeds into a nearby wetland. Some say the continuation of a housing subdivision will destroy water flow to the wetland.
June 26, 2015

New housing threatens established wetland

by Courtney Vaughn
Neighbors of new Dutch Canyon Estates subdivision say it would compromise a healthy wetland Property owners near the Dutch Canyon Estates subdivision in Scappoose say a new phase of development…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A cyclists makes his way along the Crown Zellerbach Trail. Recently, a misplaced sign on an access point to the trail in Vernonia indicated a permit was needed. The sign has since been removed.
June 26, 2015

Permits needed for Weyerhaeuser timberland, not for CZ Trail

by Courtney Vaughn
Public access to the Crown Zellerbach Trail in Vernonia has not been changed, despite a recent mishap with signage. Vernonia residents responded to signs posted at a gate on the CZ Trail there,…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose city councilors Barbara Hayden, Jason Meshell, Scott Burge, Joel Haugen and Rich Riffle discuss agenda items during a council meeting Monday, June 15. They approved a $15 million budget for 2015-16 that evening.
June 26, 2015

Scappoose approves $15 million budget

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose city councilors approved a $15.1 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes more robust funding for economic development and water system improvements. The city plans…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Kathi Gobel, executive assistant to the St. Helens School District's board of directors and superintendent, holds up an hourglass that was the school board's parting gift for Mark Davalos, who was not at the meeting Wednesday, June 24. Also pictured: Gordon Jarman (left) and Jeff Howell (right), members of the school board.
June 26, 2015

St. Helens superintendent skips last school board meeting

by Mark Miller
Chairman: Appreciates Davalos' work on behalf of school district Mark Davalos, outgoing superintendent of the St. Helens School District, was a no-show at his final scheduled school board…
COURTESY OF TAMMY BELWOOD - People chat and take a look at classic cars at the Highway 30 Cruise-In on Saturday, June 20, out in front of Scappoose High School.
June 24, 2015

Big turnout for Scappoose 'Cruise-In'

by Mark Miller
Money raised for Scappoose Middle School's science department The Highway 30 Cruise-In at Scappoose High School last Saturday, June 20, featured some 135 vehicles, according to a key organizer.…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (right), D-Ore., talks to Jason and Jessica Smith outside the home on North 10th Street that they are restoring. The Smiths, who live in St. Helens, are participants in a federal housing rehabilitation program geared toward low-income families in rural areas.
June 19, 2015

Vacant house becoming a home for young St. Helens family

by Mark Miller
Bonamici visits site of restoration, which is supported by CAT, USDA Until a few months ago, the house on the southeast corner of North 10th and West streets was one of the many vacant buildings…

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., gestures while addressing a crowd at the Cabin in Vernonia on Friday, June 12.
Jun 19, 2015

Wyden talks about energy, trade, more at town hall

by Mark Miller
Senator addresses crowd in Vernonia hours after trade vote fails in House A crowd of several dozen turned out to greet Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., as the state’s senior senator visited the Cabin in…
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Jun 19, 2015

Tobacco ban adopted for St. Helens city parks

by Mark Miller
Smoking, use of smokeless tobacco a class B violation under new ordinance Starting July 17, the use of tobacco products will be prohibited in St. Helens city parks. The St. Helens City Council…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose City Councilor Jason Meshell
Jun 19, 2015

Scappoose backtracks on marijuana businesses

by Courtney Vaughn
Council says allowing dispensaries would be violation of its own city codes After approving a business license program for medical marijuana dispensaries in mid-April, Scappoose city councilors…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - A chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, with signs warning against trespassing, separates property owned by Boise Cascade Co. from downtown St. Helens. The city is expected to take possession of the property at the end of the month.
Jun 19, 2015

Closing time nears for Boise Cascade property in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
Deal expected to close June 30, with paper mill site agreement on deck Ahead of an expected closing date of Tuesday, June 30, the St. Helens City Council moved Wednesday evening, June 17, to…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - The basalt outcropping that S. St. Helens, LLC, has been seeking to raze rises above houses on North 10th, 11th and 12th streets. Because of the topography, the streets are divided into non-contiguous segments in the neighborhood, with 12th Street curving around the landform north of Columbia Boulevard to become 11th Street.
Jun 19, 2015

Appeals court affirms St. Helens bluff decision

by Mark Miller
Ruling marks 4th denial in a row for developer seeking to excavate rock The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, June 10, against a developer seeking approval for the demolition of a basalt…
FILE - The old Muckle Building in St. Helens, owned by Carl Coffman, is being eyed as the prospective site for the city's first medical marijuana dispensary.
Jun 19, 2015

St. Helens OKs marijuana zoning rules

by Mark Miller
Business license ordinance still requires compliance with federal law The St. Helens City Council approved amendments to its community development code that could pave the way for marijuana…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Water juts out of a sprinkler head to irrigate a lawn along Highway 30 in Scappoose. The city's water department is asking residents to cut back the amount of water they use, starting with reduced irrigation.
Jun 19, 2015

Scappoose asks residents to voluntarily reduce water use

by Courtney Vaughn
Amid dry season, city seeks to reduce demand on water resources Scappoose officials are asking city residents to scale back on their water usage. Darryl Sykes, the city’s water treatment plant…
ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO - Six reserve officers recently graduated the Reserve Academy. Pictured left to right:  Peter Odell and Julia MacPhee with Scappoose Police, Kolten Edwards and Brian Rickman with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Dylan Gaston and Jamin Coy, with St. Helens Police.
Jun 19, 2015

Reserve program bolsters local law enforcement

by Courtney Vaughn
South Columbia County agencies gain volunteers after recent graduation Three of Columbia County’s law enforcement agencies now have new volunteer officers after the recent graduation of six…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River People's Utility District Directors Harry Price (far left), Jake Carter and Craig Melton (far right) listen to comments from President Dave Baker during a meeting Tuesday, June 16. Not pictured: Director Richard Simpson
Jun 19, 2015

PUD votes for settlement with ex-employee

by Courtney Vaughn
The Columbia River People’s Utility District’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday, June 16, to offer a settlement agreement to John Nguyen, a former employee who sued the utility over claims he…
COURTESY OF KANNIKAR PETERSEN - A concept illustration of Antonia Doggett's mural as it could appear on a blank exterior wall of the post office on Columbia Boulevard in St. Helens' Houlton District.
Jun 19, 2015

Rhino mural planned for St. Helens post office

by Mark Miller
Public art project intended to make beige space 'more interesting' The post office in St. Helens could become the canvas for the city’s newest public art project. Kannikar Petersen, a member of…