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Potential St. Helens ferry faces obstacles

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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE COLUMBIA COUNTY MUSEUM ASSOCIATION - E. J. Peterson at age 85, posing with some of his baskets in 1980, a year before his death. Peterson's baskets have become popular with collectors in the St. Helens area, and the Columbia County Museum Association is hoping to gather as many of them in one place as it can for its Oct. 15 open house.
September 29, 2014

Local museum group to showcase E. J. Peterson baskets

by Mark Miller
Late Swedish immigrant wove baskets, which have become collectors' items A special event at the historic Columbia County Courthouse next month will showcase a piece of St. Helens history —…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - School officials and police outside St. Helens High School on Friday, Sept. 26, shortly after students returned to school after being temporarily evacuated due to an improvised explosive device found in a student's locker.
September 26, 2014

Explosive device at St. Helens High School prompts evacuation,…

by Mark Miller
Classes resume with no injuries Classes were disrupted at St. Helens High School on Friday morning, Sept. 26, by a bomb scare. School officials said a student alerted staff that another student…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF TIM MOSTERDYKE - New play equipment at McBride Elementary School. The largest piece of new equipment, the zipline, has additional work scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26.
September 26, 2014

McBride playground nears completion

by Mark Miller
Zipline work not yet finished; PTO already looking to next big project at school Work is almost complete on McBride Elementary School’s new playground. The Parent Teacher Organization for the…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - A portable basketball hoop alongside Second Street in Columbia City. A new ordinance will require hoops such as this one to be either permitted or removed from the right-of-way.
September 26, 2014

Columbia City to require permit, insurance for on-street hoops

by Mark Miller
Ordinance is culmination of public process City councilors in Columbia City adopted an ordinance last Thursday, Sept. 18, imposing restrictions on basketball hoops in the right-of-way on or…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Port of St. Helens commissioners listen to commentsand from Tammy Maygra regarding a proposed methanol plant at Port Westward. Maygra and others raised concerns about whether Northwest Innovation Works, LLC, would pay its workers a living wage.
September 26, 2014

Methanol plant idea sparks concern

by Courtney Vaughn
Concerns from both the public and a commissioner regarding a proposed $1 billion methanol production plant at Port Westward were vetted Wednesday evening, Sept. 24, during a Port of St. Helens…
September 24, 2014

Missing Hillsboro hunter found dead

by Courtney Vaughn and Doug Burkhardt
Body of Jon Hill, 37, located in Columbia County The search for a Hillsboro man who was reported missing Sunday afternoon after he did not return from a hunting trip ended tragically Tuesday…
September 24, 2014

National day of remembrance to converge in OC

by Raymond Rendleman
Mt. View Cemetery has only memorial for victims locally - More than 6,000 people are murdered every 10 weeks nationwide, and that number includes vehicular homicide. Since 1978, there have been…
September 24, 2014

Man killed in logging accident southwest of Vernonia

by Mark Miller
Donald J. Wolcott dead at scene after tree falls on him A 61-year-old man died Wednesday, Sept. 24, after a tree fell on him and pinned him to the ground, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office…
September 23, 2014

Almost 2,000 PGE customers lose power

by Mark Miller
PGE: Outage started before noon, resolved by 3 p.m. Almost 2,000 customers of Portland General Electric experienced a power outage that affected Sauvie Island, the Linnton neighborhood of…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - The Houlton district of St. Helens, looking east along Columbia Boulevard at the intersection of North 21st Street. Houlton has historically been a commercial area, but while many businesses continue to thrive in the neighborhood, there are a number of vacant storefronts and available retail space.
September 19, 2014

New incentive for new business on St. Helens 'Main Street'

by Mark Miller
Business Plan Competition offering $25K in grant, loan to would-be entrepreneurs The St. Helens Economic Development Corp. and a group of sponsors are hoping to revitalize the commercial heart…

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Photo Credit: FILE - The Columbia City Community Library, which is run by volunteers and supported by donations, occupies a two-classroom portable outside the shuttered Columbia City School. The school may need the portable space after its planned reopening next year.
Sep 19, 2014

School reopening may (or may not) force library to move

by Mark Miller
Columbia City Community Library operates in unused school portable When the St. Helens School District closed the Columbia City School in 2012 due to budget cuts, a serendipitous beneficiary was…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - The Scappoose High School Chamber Choir, under the direction of Kristen J. Caldwell (right), sings 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at an assembly for Grant Watts Elementary School students. Children under the tutelage of Lynnda Fuller, the district's music teacher for kindergarten through third grade, learned the song and its history in time for the bicentennial of its writing Monday, Sept. 15.
Sep 19, 2014

Bicentennial program blends music, history

by Mark Miller
Scappoose students celebrate 'Star-Spangled Banner,' learn why it was written Two hundred years ago last weekend, a fleet of warships bombarded a fort at the mouth of Baltimore Harbor. The…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PORTLAND RISING TIDE - Demonstrators, including Sunny Glover, chained to a makeshift metal tripod, block railroad tracks at the Port Westward industrial park in a protest against crude oil trains Thursday, Sept. 18. The protest, which was spearheaded by activist group Portland Rising Tide, was cleared shortly before midnight.
Sep 19, 2014

Environmental activists block tracks at Port Westward

by Joel Iwanaga
Police remove demonstrators against oil-by-rail PORTLAND (KOIN 6) — Activists opposed to oil train shipments blocked tracks that lead to an oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River at Port…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - A sketch from the final report produced by the Sustainable Design Assessment Team, a panel of architectural, engineering and economic experts that visited St. Helens earlier this year, illustrating its proposal for the redevelopment of the old Boise Cascade Co. veneer plant property south of Old Town. The centerpiece of the new waterfront would be a civic park plaza. A pier with historic ships moored alongside it would extend out into the Columbia River.
Sep 19, 2014

SDAT report paints rosy picture for St. Helens

by Mark Miller
Team: Potential for 100,000 tourists per year; housing, railroad are obstacles A team from the American Institute of Architects that visited St. Helens this spring offers an optimistic take on…
Sep 19, 2014

St. Helens considers a tax on marijuana

by Mark Miller
Mayor: intent is to raise tax revenue, push marijuana businesses outside Following the lead of its counterpart down the road in Scappoose, the St. Helens City Council discussed the possibility…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Construction crews continue bridge replacement work on JP West Bridge in Scappoose. The county-owned bridge is expected to be re-opened in early October.
Sep 19, 2014

JP West Bridge expected to reopen by Oct. 1

by Courtney Vaughn
Construction work on JP West Bridge is expected to wrap up by Oct. 1. JP West Bridge has been in the process of being replaced since July 7, according to Columbia County's Roads Department. A…
Photo Credit: JOHN HOWARD - 'Ultra' Al Miller takes a light jog through Scappoose. Miller will embark on his 35th consecutive Portland Marathon on Oct. 5.
Sep 19, 2014

Deer Island man gears up for 35th Portland Marathon

by Courtney Vaughn
Al Miller doesn’t consider himself an athlete. He calls himself an “average Joe,” but there’s nothing average about the 60-year-old Deer Island resident’s track record. On Sunday, Oct. 5, Miller…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A construction crew works on a D.R. Horton housing development site at the Dutch Canyon Estates in Scappoose. The city voted Monday to lower System Development Charges related to water meter installations.
Sep 19, 2014

Scappoose lowers fee for new single family homes

by Courtney Vaughn
Home developers are getting a break on system development charges, or SDCs, in Scappoose. City councilors voted unanimously Monday, Sept. 15, to lower water and sewer SDCs for developers that…
Keith Locke.
Sep 19, 2014

St. Helens councilors discuss ferry to Washington

by Mark Miller
Locke: Time is right to explore water link between St. Helens, Woodland Reviving an idea that has been around for years, but has never come to fruition, St. Helens City Councilor Keith Locke…
Sep 19, 2014

Scappoose votes to double proposed tax on marijuana

by Courtney Vaughn
Two weeks after approving a tax on any marijuana products sold in Scappoose, city councilors voted to double that tax amount, should marijuana become legal to sell in the city. The revised vote…