Scappoose woman killed in explosion

Scappoose woman killed in explosion

Flammable gas ignited by sparks, responders concluded A woman was killed Thursday afternoon...

Scappoose Rotary Fountain slated for 2016

Scappoose Rotary Fountain slated for 2016

Water play fountain will be gift to city once complete Scappoose may not be getting a pool any...

Midway building new veterinary hospital

Midway building new veterinary hospital

Warren animal practice expanding at current location Midway Veterinary Hospital is constructing a...

Lawmaker, tourism expert offer economic solutions

Lawmaker, tourism expert offer economic solutions

Columbia County and the state as a whole have a bright future if they can address infrastructure...

Utility district attorneys resign

Utility district attorneys resign

Both of the Columbia River People’s Utility District attorneys are stepping down at the end...

Making do

Making do

Students, staff at CCEC learn, bond and grow, but facility is aging poorly Behind the St. Helens...

Farming a dream: Seely mint farm finds sweet success

Farming a dream: Seely mint farm finds sweet success

Seely peppermint patties now sold in Whole Foods stores across the U.S. “We started this out...

Warming center opens early amid cold snap

Warming center opens early amid cold snap

Volunteers provide warm space for people in need over weekend With temperatures plunging into the...

Scappoose kicks off Christmas events

Scappoose kicks off Christmas events

A number of Christmas-themed events are coming up next month in Scappoose. On Monday, Dec. 1, the...

Highway 30 safety corridor to be decommissioned

Highway 30 safety corridor to be decommissioned

ODOT plans safety improvement projects in '16, '17 After almost four years, the safety corridor...

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November 28, 2014

'Twilight' event gets green light

by Mark Miller
SHEDCO agrees to sponsor event if organizers raise $10k by March 2015 Organizers are moving toward staging an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the release of “Twilight,” the vampire…
November 28, 2014

County misses out on good jobs news

by Spotlight news staff
Despite Oregon's biggest job gains in 19 years, Columbia County lags expectations This month, Oregon saw its best monthly employment report in almost 20 years. But Columbia County still shed…
Photo Credit: FILE - Scappoose High School, where the Coats are performing on Friday, Dec. 12. The a cappella group is based in Seattle.
November 28, 2014

A cappella group to perform in Scappoose

by Spotlight news staff
The Coats, an a cappella singing and comedy group, will perform a show in the Scappoose High School auditorium on Friday, Dec. 12. The holiday concert is being presented by the high school's…
Photo Credit: SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Moss
November 28, 2014

Despite warnings, phone scams still prevalent

by Courtney Vaughn
Phone scams targeting seniors are still prevalent, despite warnings from law enforcement, local officials say. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson and St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss both…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - marked by pot holes and mud, making it difficult for drivers to access the Scappoose Senior Center Thrift Store. The city of Scappoose voted to accept the road into its maintained roads system.
November 28, 2014

Repairs slated for Dutch Canyon Road to thrift store

by Courtney Vaughn
The road leading motorists to the Scappoose Senior Center Thrift Store is marred by muddy potholes and loose gravel, but improvements are on the way. Scappoose city councilors voted unanimously…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - A conceptual drawing of the proposed Columbia County Christian School site included in the private school's facility proposal. The school is looking at a $1.5 million commercial property at the corner of Millard Road and Fisher Lane in Warren as a prospective permanent location, among other sites, but it is short on cash available to buy the land.
November 28, 2014

Columbia County Christian School envisions new building

by Mark Miller
Only holds a small amount of cash it needs to buy land The Columbia County Christian School is looking to build a new, permanent school facility in the St. Helens area, but it does not yet have…
November 28, 2014

Disability support group looks to cultivate local network

by Mark Miller
FACT plans 'meet-and-greets' in St. Helens, Clatskanie A nonprofit organization that serves families of children with developmental disabilities has expanded its reach into Columbia County, and…
November 28, 2014

'Reindeer Run' set for Dec. 6

by Spotlight news staff
The fifth annual “Reindeer Run” will be held Saturday, Dec. 6. Each year since 2010, the Reindeer Run is organized as a holiday benefit in the St. Helens area. The event includes a 5k, 10k and…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Vernonia City Hall on a rainy November day. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has said it will provide public notice for an informational meeting in Vernonia on the Oregon LNG project proposal, to be held in January 2015.
November 25, 2014

Comments sought on proposed LNG pipeline

by Spotlight news staff
Oregon LNG project would transit Columbia County The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has initiated a public comment period on a project that would construct a pipeline to transport…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - The aftermath of a fire on Bedell Road that destroyed a single-wide trailer home. The family renting the home was away at the time of the fire on Thursday, Nov. 20, and came home to discover the trailer had burned to the ground, according to Columbia River Fire & Rescue.
November 24, 2014

Deer Island trailer home destroyed by fire

by Mark Miller
Dog perishes as mobile home burns to ground A single-wide trailer home was completely destroyed by fire on Thursday, Nov. 20, in rural Deer Island, Columbia River Fire & Rescue said. According…

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Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Downtown St. Helens, looking north along South 1st Street. The historic heart of the city has traditionally been called 'Old Town,' sometimes spelled 'Olde Towne.' However, the St. Helens City Council opted Wednesday, Nov. 19, to rename the neighborhood as the 'Riverfront District.'
Nov 21, 2014

What's in a name? St. Helens rechristens 'Old Town'

by Mark Miller
Downtown to be officially referred to as 'Riverfront District' Old Town is history. That’s what a resolution adopted by the St. Helens City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 19, accomplishes, as far as…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Anne Scholz and Keith Forsythe address the Scappoose City Council Monday evening, Nov. 17, regarding the Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens. The Greater St. Helens Parks and Recreation District, which manages the pool, expressed interest this year in annexing Scappoose into the district, but backed out Tuesday after hearing from the council.
Nov 21, 2014

Pool district pulls request to include Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
Board members backed out after Scappoose City Council aimed for expanded services After welcoming Scappoose to be annexed into the Greater St. Helens Parks and Recreation District, board members…
Photo Credit: FILE - Columbia City School sits unused for the time being. The St. Helens School District, which owns the building, closed the old sixth-grade school after the 2011-12 school year to save money. However, with its finances improving, the district is now planning to reopen the school for the 2015-16 school year.
Nov 21, 2014

Survey: More want 6th-grade Columbia City School

by Mark Miller
SHSD yet to decide on new configuration for schoolhouse closed in 2012 Partial results from a survey conducted earlier this month by the St. Helens School District show a strong popular…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Kelly Marks (center) speaks at a meeting of South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce board members in the Columbia City council chambers Tuesday, Nov. 18. Also pictured: board member Molly Hruska (left) and executive director Linda McDougle (right).
Nov 21, 2014

Chamber closes visitor center for rest of year

by Mark Miller
Board: Closure needed to do 'member outreach effort' ahead of 2015 The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has shut its doors for the rest of the year amid what chamber officials described…
Nov 21, 2014

CASA for Kids to dissolve; Portland-based group stepping in

by Mark Miller
St. Helens staff will come under another CASA's umbrella A Columbia County group that recruits, trains and coordinates special advocates for children in foster care is dissolving at the end of…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - New home construction in southwest Scappoose. The southernmost city in Columbia County, Scappoose did not add population from 2013 to 2014, according to preliminary estimates from the Population Research Center. However, development is ongoing in parts of the city.
Nov 21, 2014

Columbia County is home to more than 50,000

by Mark Miller
Growth rate trails state average, rate in tri-county area Preliminary population estimates for 2014 released Tuesday, Nov. 18, by Portland State University’s Population Research Center show…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - The building that houses Heller Enterprises and Tactical Ammunition on Milton Way in St. Helens, where Internal Revenue Service agents reportedly seized computers and records Friday, Nov. 14.
Nov 21, 2014

IRS investigating manufacturing business in St. Helens

by Courtney Vaughn
Attorney says search warrant served for potential unpaid tax Internal Revenue Service agents seized computers and records from Heller Enterprises, a St. Helens business, on Friday, Nov. 14, and…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF JAY TAPPAN - Organizers of the annual Merchant's Toy & Joy Benefit Auction in front of a Columbia River Fire & Rescue vehicle, from left to right: Jay Tappan, Lynne Tappan, Linda McDougle, Mike Dunning, Pam Hemstock, Jo Ann Turvey, Luanne Kreutzer, Monica Cade, Keirney Glenn-Barham, Linda Glenn-Barham and Merle Pence dressed as Santa Claus, with Debbie Ritthaler and Michele Hicks seated.
Nov 21, 2014

Annual auction will once again help families in need

by Courtney Vaughn
Toy & Joy set for Dec. 6 at Columbia County Fairgrounds Columbia River Fire & Rescue and the Toy & Joy Committee have teamed up again for the 32nd annual Merchant’s Toy & Joy Benefit Auction.…
Nov 21, 2014

'Small Business Saturday' planned in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
SHEDCO coordinates promotions by 11 local businesses Every year, in a time-honored holiday tradition, millions of Americans come together to jostle and jockey for marked-down merchandise at…
Photo Credit: AMBRE ENERGY - A map shows the planned coal transport activities proposed by Ambre Energy at the Port of Morrow. The proposed project was halted, but Columbia Riverkeeper says the proper environmental review was never completed.
Nov 28, 2014

Columbia Riverkeeper: Coal project's review was blocked by feds

by Courtney Vaughn
Environmental group obtains documents from Army Corps of Engineers after legal battle Columbia Riverkeeper said Friday, Nov. 21, that interagency documents it received from the U.S. Army Corps…