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Maritime Heritage Festival will liven up Old Town

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Jason Meshell.
July 25, 2014

Scappoose creates police review panel

by Courtney Vaughn
Ad hoc committee formed to offer oversight assistance for police department Scappoose city councilors this week took the first steps to renew and refresh dialogue about the city’s police…
by: COURTESY OF THE OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT - A chart shows the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Columbia County has remained consistently above that of the state of Oregon as a whole for the past several years. Unemployment has trended steadily downward since 2009, the peak of the economic recession.
July 25, 2014

County officials push for industrial growth

by Courtney Vaughn
State employment data shows Columbia County lags behind state; construction leads recovery Columbia County economic leaders are hoping industry will lead the way in economic recovery. Data…
by: COURTESY OF CRYSTAL NAGEL - An image shared on Facebook by Crystal Nagel purports to show what appear to be welts on the back of Paxton Pitts, Nagel's 2-year-old son. Pitts' father's fiancee pleaded guilty this month to assaulting the child, but she served less than a day in jail before being released. Nagel now says she wants Oregon to adopt stronger statutes to deal with perpetrators of child abuse.
July 25, 2014

Petition calls for Oregon child abuse law, citing St. Helens case

by Mark Miller
Supporters of 'Paxton's law' outraged over early release of convicted abuser A new petition on Change.org calling for Oregon’s governor and legislature to adopt a law against child abuse has…
Andrew Kaza.
July 25, 2014

Johnson draws new challenger

by Mark Miller
Andrew Kaza nominated by Independent Party to run for state Senate State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, will face an opponent on the November general election ballot after all, despite no…
July 25, 2014

Incoming SHS principal 'excited' to join community

by Mark Miller
DeBois passed up opening at his Hillsboro school to seek Scappoose job When the principal at Liberty High School in Hillsboro announced his resignation this year to take another job, it might…
July 21, 2014

'Close call' for St. Helens family as garage catches fire

by Spotlight news staff
CRF&R chief credits boys for 'good thinking' in fire response Firefighters extinguished a blaze in the garage of a two-story house in St. Helens early Friday morning, July 18, according to…
by: COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY ECONOMIC TEAM - Representatives of Columbia County and the Port of St. Helens among a delegation from the Pacific Northwest that visited China in May: fourth from left, Chuck Daughtry of the Columbia County Economic Team; to Daughtry's right, Clatskanie City Manager Greg Hinkelman; to Hinkelman's right, Paula Miranda from the Port of St. Helens.
July 18, 2014

China on the Columbia

by Mark Miller
County, port have high hopes for major project with Beijing ties A development company controlled by China’s government wants to build a factory at Port Westward, and it has initiated a series…
by: MARK MILLER - Cars treat the intersection of Old Portland Road and S. 18th Street in St. Helens as an all-way stop Wednesday, July 16. The four-way, three-way traffic light failed last Friday in the latest of a spate of mechanical issues that has plagued the old-fashioned signal, according to St. Helens' public works supervisor.
July 18, 2014

Iconic signal fails at St. Helens intersection

by Mark Miller
Repairs expected this weekend The old-fashioned traffic signal at the intersection of Old Portland Road and South 18th Street in St. Helens has been out for the past week. Stop signs are up at…
by: FILE PHOTO - Keith Locke.
July 18, 2014

St. Helens City Council agrees to partially fund history book

by Mark Miller
At work session, council directs half of funding sought for project The St. Helens City Council voted to steer $2,000 to a book project backed by the Columbia County Museum Association on…
by: MARK MILLER - Michelle Graham (left) beams after receiving flowers from Superintendent Stephen Jupe of the Scappoose School District, upon relinquishing chairmanship of the school board to Will Kessi (right).
July 18, 2014

Local school boards name chairmen

by Mark Miller
Kessi, Jarman elected unanimously to lead boards Both the Scappoose and St. Helens school districts’ boards of directors elected new chairmen at organizational meetings this month. The outgoing…

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by: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Paul Scharf measures the width of a driveway Wednesday at a home he built. Scharf was recently fined by the Department of Environmental Quality for water quality violations at this housing development in Scappoose.
Jul 18, 2014

Scappoose developer fined for water quality violations

by Courtney Vaughn
A local housing developer is being fined $13,650 for water quality violations at a housing development site in Scappoose. According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Paul…
by: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose High School, which will be led by new hire Andy DeBois next year. DeBois has been vice principal at Liberty High School in Hillsboro for the past four years.
Jul 16, 2014

Principal hired at Scappoose High School

by Mark Miller
Administrative positions at Otto Petersen, Warren remain unfilled Scappoose High School has a new principal, the superintendent of the Scappoose School District announced Wednesday, July 16.…
by: CREDIT: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP:  JOHN SCHRAG - This 1938 Alfa Romeo got a lot of attention Saturday morning on Main Street Forest Grove, where a parade of classic cars set out for a Vineyard Driving Tour as part of the weekend festivities surrounding the  Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance.
Jul 19, 2014

Classic cars converge in Oregon

by John Schrag
You can see more than 300 stunning automobiles in Forest Grove on Sunday If you see some head-turning cars around the Portland area this weekend, don’t be surprised. The Forest Grove Concours…
Jul 18, 2014

Car crashes into fence after driver gives chase to deputy

by (none)
One person was arrested and another cited and released Thursday afternoon in Rainier, following a 19-minute vehicle pursuit by a Columbia County Sheriff's deputy. According to the county…
by: FILE PHOTO - Bicyclists participating in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, a race from Seattle to Portland, ride through Scappoose in 2012.
Jul 14, 2014

Police: Drunk driver nearly hits several STP cyclists

by Spotlight news staff
Lake Oswego man arrested for alleged DUII, reckless endangerment A man driving while intoxicated almost struck several bicyclists participating in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic…
Jul 11, 2014

City: St. Helens bluff can't be removed

by Mark Miller
Planning Commission: Proposed excavation not suitable for neighborhood The St. Helens Planning Commission decided unanimously to deny a permit sought by a developer seeking to raze a north St.…
by: SAMANTHA MOLLENHOUR - Samantha Mollenhour (right) with Evan Kirtland, an athlete she coaches. Mollenhour mentors athletes of all ages for the Special Olympics Oregon.
Jul 11, 2014

Making kids special

by Courtney Vaughn
Volunteer coach helps local athletes shine at Special Olympics An estimated 1,200 local athletes will compete in the Special Olympics Oregon state games this weekend, on Saturday, July 12, and…
by: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Kierra Skinner, Alyssa Richardson and Kelsey Reid gather with candles at St. Helens High School to remember Seeaira Hicks. More than 150 people showed up to a candlelight vigil held Tuesday evening for the late teen.
Jul 11, 2014

Community pays tribute to teen who died in highway wreck

by Courtney Vaughn
Family and friends gathered at St. Helens High School on the evening of Tuesday, July 8, to remember 16-year-old Seeaira Daun Hicks, who was killed Sunday morning in a crash on Highway 30. Hicks…
by: MARK MILLER - Children swim and play at Eisenschmidt Pool Tuesday, July 8, as temperatures approach 90 degrees outside. The covered pool also boasts two water slides and rock climbing walls for patrons to enjoy.
Jul 11, 2014

Eisenschmidt Pool to Scappoose: Come on in, the water's fine!

by Mark Miller
Manager proposes Scappoose join recreational district The district for Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens should expand to include the city of Scappoose and the surrounding area, the pool’s manager…
by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - A unit train of tanker cars carrying crude oil in Scappoose last month. The Portland & Western Railroad, which is a short line, operates locomotives provided by BNSF Railway and other major railroad companies to move unit trains along the rail line through Columbia County.
Jul 11, 2014

Oil train reports available on website

by Spotlight news staff
P&W: About 3 trains per week traveling to Port Westward Members of the public can now find out about the movement of trains in their community that are laden with crude oil from the Bakken oil…