Signs of glory

Signs of glory

'Daughter church' of Canaan Community Church offers ministry for deaf and hard of hearing ...

Candidates vetted during Elks Lodge forum

Candidates vetted during Elks Lodge forum

In a test of poise, experience and political savvy, 11 candidates answered questions and...

Miller named Scappoose police chief

Miller named Scappoose police chief

Scappoose City Manager Larry Lehman announced Wednesday, Oct. 15, that Norman Miller will serve...

The dirt on the depletion fee

The dirt on the depletion fee

Depletion fee for aggregate rock increase splits candidates in county race; industry says any...

Turning the tide on domestic violence

Turning the tide on domestic violence

Scappoose grad overcomes nightmare of abuse experienced as a teen At 17, Patricia had her life...

Nonprofit helps dropouts obtain GED certificates

Nonprofit helps dropouts obtain GED certificates

Pacific NW Works offers prep classes 3 days per week, plus GED testing, job skills training...

Scappoose High student earns accolades for anti-bullying video

Scappoose High student earns accolades for anti-bullying video

Kayla Miller speaks out after being alerted to student mockery, harassment on social media app...

Local museum group to showcase E. J. Peterson baskets

Local museum group to showcase E. J. Peterson baskets

Late Swedish immigrant wove baskets, which have become collectors' items A special event at the...

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Columbia County's Latest News

October 18, 2014

St. Helens, Columbia City adopt marijuana tax

by Mark Miller
City moves on marijuana tax on hope it will be 'grandfathered' should statewide legalization occur The St. Helens City Council voted to approve an ordinance taxing legal marijuana sales, in…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - St. Helens School District Superintendent Mark Davalos presents options for reopening the shuttered Columbia City School at a public forum Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the cafeteria of McBride Elementary School.
October 17, 2014

Reboot of Columbia City School discussed at public meeting

by Mark Miller
School planned to open in 2015; configuration not yet determined The St. Helens School District on Wednesday, Oct. 15, held the first of two planned community forums to present information about its…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Members of the St. Helens Planning Commission (foreground), St. Helens City Council (background) and City Planner Jacob Graichen (far left) at a joint meeting Wednesday, Oct. 15.
October 17, 2014

Street trees under scrutiny in St. Helens planning

by Mark Miller
Debate over bedrock, leaves, what to plant at joint meeting A debate over the merits and possibilities of planting trees along St. Helens sidewalks and streets took up much of the discussion at…
October 17, 2014

Beyond city limits, St. Helens makes library cards available

by Mark Miller
Free nonresident cards provided with grant money In St. Helens, the public library is a city service. City residents pay to support the St. Helens Public Library through their taxes. It makes…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF CARY WACKER - A basketball toss game at a previous Harvest Jam. Children can win candy by playing the various games at the event.
October 17, 2014

Church offers alternative, 'no-scare' Halloween for families

by Mark Miller
Harvest Jam offers candy, family fun without costumes or frights Families who want a less spooky Halloween experience are welcome to attend an alternative event at Warren Community Fellowship,…
October 17, 2014

Trial date for Scappoose priest set

by Courtney Vaughn
A trial date for Father Michael Patrick of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose has been set for Feb. 9 on a charge that Patrick attempted to lure a minor into his vehicle. Patrick faces…
Photo Credit: SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Police and St. Helens High School administrators remain outside the school after law enforcement officials had swept and cleared the facility following the discovery of a homemade bomb on Sept. 26.
October 17, 2014

Second student arraigned for St. Helens bomb scare

by Courtney Vaughn
A St. Helens High School student was arraigned Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Columbia County Circuit Court for his suspected involvement in last month's bomb scare at St. Helens High School. The…
October 17, 2014

Watchdog group further appeals port rezone application

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental watchdog group, has filed an appeal to re-examine a state Land Use Board of Appeals decision on the request to rezone nearly 840 acres of primary…
Johnnie Lee Gonzales.
October 10, 2014

Three arrested in courthouse bomb threat investigation

by Mark Miller
Police: Suspects made calls to delay pending court appearances Three people were jailed Friday morning, Oct. 10, after being arrested in connection with a series of bomb threats called into the…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Construction equipment at a lot on Southeast 2nd Street, where Bi-Mart Corporation is looking to build a 32,000 square-foot store. The application for development has yet to be heard by the Scappoose Planning Commission.
October 10, 2014

Bi-Mart submits plans for new Scappoose store

by Courtney Vaughn
Eugene-based company seeks to build a 32,000 square foot store After months of preparatory grading at a site on Southeast 2nd Street in Scappoose, Bi-Mart Corporation has filed an application…

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Oct 10, 2014

Courthouse target of bomb threats

by Courtney Vaughn
The past week saw two bomb threats called in to state courts Not one, but two bomb threats were called in to Columbia County Circuit Court administrators over the past week. Monday morning, Oct.…
Oct 10, 2014

Columbia City climbs aboard marijuana taxation bandwagon

by Mark Miller
Young, Fromm seek to discourage pot businesses from city Columbia City has become the latest south Columbia County community to consider a tax on sales of marijuana products. City councilors…
Photo Credit: NANCY WHITNEY - Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky reads a petition signed by 235 people calling for the Port of St. Helens to end its lease agreement with Global Partners, LP at Port Westward. The petition cites concerns about the safety of trains carrying crude oil and concerns over Global Partners' legal compliance.
Oct 10, 2014

Petition presses port to nix oil train operations

by Courtney Vaughn
Port of St. Helens commissioners were handed a petition with 235 signatures Wednesday, Oct. 8, calling for an end to oil trains. The petition, which the nonprofit conservation group Columbia…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia County Board of Commissioners meet during a staff session in July to review applicants for the new Jail Operating Citizen Advisory Committee. The committee will be tasked with overseeing the spending of jail levy funds.
Oct 10, 2014

New jail committee takes final shape

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia County's newly formed Jail Operating Citizen Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 14. The committee was formed to oversee the spending of revenue from the county's jail levy…
Photo Credit: OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY PHOTO - A cow with eye cancer was one of 170 seized in July 2012 by the Oregon Humane Society from Jane Baum and William Holdner. Holdner and Baum were convicted of a combined 122 animal neglect charges Friday.
Oct 07, 2014

Cattle owners convicted of 122 animal neglect charges

by Courtney Vaughn
Oregon Humane Society says case is one of the largest ever prosecuted in state A high-profile animal cruelty case came to a close Friday, Oct. 3, when Columbia County residents William Holdner…
Oct 10, 2014

Mostly stand-pat report cards for schools

by Spotlight news staff
Lewis & Clark, McBride elementaries in St. Helens rated Level 4 after no rating in last report Report cards for Scappoose and St. Helens public schools released Thursday, Oct. 9, by the Oregon…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Amy Painter, widow of the late Rainier Police Chief, Ralph Painter, talks to news media in March 2013 after a court hearing in the murder trial for Daniel Butts. Butts is accused of shooting and killing Ralph Painter in 2011.
Oct 03, 2014

Murder suspect in police chief death will be forcibly medicated

by Courtney Vaughn
Daniel A. Butts, the man charged with the 2011 shooting death of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter, will be brought back to the Oregon State Hospital, where he is to be forcibly medicated, a…
Photo Credit: FILE - St. Helens City Hall, where city councilors typically meet for an afternoon work session and evening meeting twice every month. At Wednesday's work session, the St. Helens City Council agreed that proposed taxes on marijuana sales in St. Helens should not be lower than they were set in Scappoose.
Oct 03, 2014

St. Helens modeling pot tax on Scappoose

by Mark Miller
Councilors, police chief seek to avoid being 'cheapest game in town' if marijuana legalized Members of the St. Helens City Council agreed Wednesday, Oct. 1, that the city should follow the lead…
Wayne Mayo.
Oct 03, 2014

Candidate says voter pamphlet is inaccurate

by Courtney Vaughn
The November 2014 voter guide pamphlet is slated to be mailed to households in a couple weeks, but county commissioner candidate Wayne Mayo says it contains a discrepancy in his candidate…
Photo Credit: FILE - Disused railroad tracks run through the wilderness of the Oregon Coast Range. Trail enthusiasts are planning to convert the rail corridor into a multipurpose trail linking Banks and Tillamook. The so-called 'Salmonberry Corridor' would link up with the Banks-Vernonia State Trail and could eventually form part of a continuous route between Scappoose and the Oregon Coast.
Oct 03, 2014

Salmonberry Corridor inches closer to reality

by Doug Burkhardt
Plans to build 86-mile trail between Banks and Tillamook moving ahead Plans to create a recreational trail along the defunct railroad corridor that stretches between Banks and Tillamook appear…