Sowing knowledge in Rwanda

Sowing knowledge in Rwanda

Sauvie Island farmer travels to Africa to teach agricultural techniques Farmers from The Pumpkin...

Columbia County Christian School roars on

Columbia County Christian School roars on

A decade after start, CCCS closes in on a full K-12 curriculum and a new school It has been a...

Small churches stay steady, stick to Scripture

Small churches stay steady, stick to Scripture

Pastors emphasize community, relationships in congregations It has become an article of faith for...

Clatskanie eatery to host methanol plant luncheon

Clatskanie eatery to host methanol plant luncheon

CCET: Hump's Restaurant reopening suggests 'economy is on the rise' The executive director of the...

Scappoose officer files BOLI complaint

Scappoose officer files BOLI complaint

Sgt. Doug Carpenter alleges city officials retaliated against him for whistleblowing A Scappoose...

Loan boosts worker training at Cascades Tissue

Loan boosts worker training at Cascades Tissue

Company closes in on September launch of retooled tissue machine, adding jobs State and local...

Columbia Funeral Home changes hands

Columbia Funeral Home changes hands

Funeral directors from Oregon City are new owners After 14 years of owning St. Helens’...

Building autism awareness

Building autism awareness

Scappoose woman seeks to build support group for parents of children with autism Connie Gunn...

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April 25, 2014

Oil spills on railroad tracks in Rainier

by Mark Miller
DEQ: Train engine, not tanker car, source of spill A small oil spill occurred along the Portland & Western Railroad in Rainier earlier this month, according to state and fire district officials.…
by: PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. HELENS HIGH SCHOOL - Students Josh Farrell (left) and Angelina Hansmann (right) rehearse a scene from the first act of 'Our Town,' a play being put on at St. Helens High School this week. Farrell plays George and Hansmann plays Emily in the classic American drama.
April 22, 2014

St. Helens High play opens this week

by Mark Miller
St. Helens High School Drama is presenting the dramatic play “Our Town” this weekend, beginning with an opening night performance Thursday, April 24. The play is set in a fictional New Hampshire…
by: COURTESY OF THE ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT - The remainder of the supply of coffee at the St. Helens Senior Center. Police say thieves stole dozens of cans of the Folgers Classic Roast, but appeared to leave the Classic Decaf alone.
April 21, 2014

Thieves abscond with St. Helens Senior Center coffee

by Mark Miller
Somebody got between St. Helens seniors and their coffee earlier this month, according to city police. Police said thieves broke into a storage shed at the St. Helens Senior Center sometime…
by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - A Scappoose house on NW Maria Lane near Veterans Park is slated to become a transition house, which is intended to help people struggling with addiction and poverty to achieve stability.
April 21, 2014

Neighbors to voice concerns over Scappoose transition house

by Robin Johnson
Iron Tribe house is for adults and children recovering from poverty and addiction Scappoose residents concerned about a transition house slated to open on NW Maria Lane, near Veterans Park, are…
by: FILE PHOTO - Greisen
April 18, 2014

Police chief appeals termination by city

by Robin Johnson
Personnel Review Committee of city councilors to be formed Monday Following a decision by Scappoose’s interim City Manager Don Otterman last week to issue Scappoose Police Chief Douglas Greisen…
by: ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT - Allen
April 18, 2014

St. Helens police raid 'chop shop'

by Darryl Swan
Police descend on St. Helens residence and force way inside after clues lead to operation A phone call from a curious neighbor led investigators to a chop shop in St. Helens and the recovery of…
April 18, 2014

Meet and greet candidates at Village Inn

by Mark Miller
Judge, commissioner hopefuls will give short speeches, field questions The public is invited to a Friday, April 25, meet-and-greet with candidates for nonpartisan races on the May 20 primary…
by: MARK MILLER - Port of St. Helens Commissioner Mike Avent (far left) gestures as he speaks with a group of concerned citizens at the port office Friday, April 11. Also pictured around the table, from left, are Paulette Lichatowich, Jim Lichatowich, Danner Christensen, Annie Christensen, Brady Preheim and Tammy Maygra.
April 18, 2014

Port officials field questions from critics

by Mark Miller
Mike Avent: 'I know they're frustrated,' but 'good to have dialogue' The inaugural edition of “Coffee with a Commissioner,” a Port of St. Helens event offering members of the public a chance to…
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April 18, 2014

Scappoose School Board passes sex ed policy

by Robin Johnson
Board member Lisa Maloney dissents, arguing policy places district at risk The Scappoose School District Board of Directors voted 4-1 Monday, April 14, to implement a sexual education policy to…
April 18, 2014

Scappoose to hold interviews for city manager position

by Robin Johnson
The Scappoose City Council in a special meeting Thursday, April 10, selected six candidates to interview for the position of city manager. The city in February hired Prothman and Associates, a…

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Apr 18, 2014

More in line to ban medical marijuana dispensaries

by Mark Miller
Scappoose, Rainier may follow other municipalities with ban A moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries similar to those already approved in several other Columbia County cities and by the…
by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Sauvie Island Academy student Haylee Hopkins addresses the Scappoose School District Board of Directors about the level of funding granted to the charter school.
Apr 18, 2014

School board fields funding inequality concerns

by Robin Johnson
Sauvie Island Academy adminstrators, students confront Scappoose School Board Students, teachers and administrators of Sauvie Island Academy addressed the Scappoose School District board Monday,…
by: FILE PHOTO - The Scappoose Drainage Improvement District must now spend roughly $20,000 a year cutting vegetation from the Scappoose levee.
Apr 18, 2014

SDIC makes progress with levee accreditation

by Robin Johnson
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moves into second phase The Scappoose Drainage Improvement Company is moving forward with an analysis of Scappoose’s levee. The SDIC contracted the U.S. Army Corps…
by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Cary Wacker, chaplain with Columbia River Fire & Rescue.
Apr 18, 2014

Cary Wacker fulfills his calling through service

by John William Howard
To those who don't attend Warren Community Fellowship or fight fires as part of Columbia River Fire & Rescue, odds are Cary Wacker isn't a name most would recognize. He's not listed on the…
Apr 18, 2014

Judge's award of fees in jail mail suit under appeal

by Mark Miller
Sheriff: Insurance company for county made decision An appeal of Judge Michael Simon’s decision last month ordering Columbia County to pay more than $802,000 in legal fees over a lawsuit it lost…
by: MARK MILLER - St. Helens City Planner Jacob Graichen gestures toward a streetscape concept rendering projected onto a screen at the Wednesday, April 16, St. Helens City Council work session.
Apr 18, 2014

St. Helens councilors weigh in on streetscape design options

by Mark Miller
Concepts portray trees down center of Highway 30, elevated bicycle lanes and beyond As part of St. Helens’ ongoing corridor master plan project, the St. Helens City Council discussed a range of…
by: ROBIN JOHNSON - Josiah Bartles of GX International rides the slopes of the Scappoose Skatepark to prepare for performances with the faith-based group.
Apr 18, 2014

International group rolls through county with message of faith

by Robin Johnson
A team of skateboarders and dancers from Kansas City, Mo., toured through south Columbia County last week, spreading a message of hope and faith in the community. GX International teams travel…
by: MARK MILLER - Hand soap and paper towel dispensers in a restroom at the Columbia County Courthouse bear the Aramark Uniform Services logo. Columbia County officials say they will own the equipment at the end of a one-year contract extension with Aramark, which stocks supplies in county buildings.
Apr 18, 2014

County renegotiates Aramark contract at reduced costs

by Mark Miller
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved a contract extension with Aramark Uniform Services, which provides supplies and services in county buildings, that sharply reduces the amount…
by: ROBIN JOHNSON - A fire consumed a Scappoose apartment Tuesday, April 8. Investigators believe the fire was set by a lighter in the hands of a child, who suffered minor burns.
Apr 11, 2014

Fire destroys Scappoose apartment

by Robin Johnson
Child playing with a lighter is suspected as the cause The Scappoose Rural Fire District responded to a fire at Creekside Apartments, located at 52520 SW Fourth Street in Scappoose, on Tuesday…
by: SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Yankton Arthur Academy, from which about 20 laptops and other equipment was stolen over the weekend, according to Principal Michael Arthur.
Apr 07, 2014

Yankton Academy burglarized over weekend

by Mark Miller
Laptops, projectors among items stolen from charter school About two dozen pieces of electronic equipment were stolen from Yankton Arthur Academy in a break-in over the weekend, the school's…