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Paulette Lichatowich.
May 01, 2015

Fresh faces, mostly, desired in outcome of Port Commission races

by Darryl Swan
Arguably no other public agency in Columbia County has generated as much statewide controversy and sustained local discussion over the last few years as has the Port of St. Helens. Most of the…
JESSE SPRINGER - Editorial cartoon for the issue of May 1, 2015
May 01, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for May 1, 2015 Chalk champions As walkers, we would like to thank the chalk artist’s encouragement at Veterans Park in Scappoose. Rich and Judy Phelps Scappoose Marijuana…
May 01, 2015

Lawsuit halting local activists' efforts violates First Amendment

by Greg Wasson
The Columbia County clerk has certified prospective petitions filed by two members of CC SAGE — a group of Columbia County activists — seeking to initiate an ordinance outlawing most oil…
April 24, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters for the issue of Friday, April 24 Lichatowich is a ‘breath of fresh air’ In November 2011, a Port of St. Helens commissioner came into a room full of people celebrating the election of…
(Image is Clickable Link) Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie
April 24, 2015

Help is available for those still finding their economic footing

by Rep. Brad Witt
It’s no secret that a lot of Oregonians are still trying to regain their footing after surviving a punishing recession. Thankfully, there have been, and still are, some programs available to…
April 17, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Readers
Letters for the week of April 17, 2015 A pleasing ‘Keeping the Faith’ article for Easter I had thought I would send a thank you note to reporter Mark Miller by snail mail, but that does not seem…
(Image is Clickable Link) Sen. Betsy Johnson
April 17, 2015

Advance of fast-track, contradictory laws is bad for Oregon

by Sen. Betsy Johnson
By Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose The 2015 Oregon Legislature is shaping up to be one of contradictions — more gun control for those who obey the law but possibly more government protection for…
(Image is Clickable Link) Rep. Brad Witt
April 17, 2015

State health care reforms showing results

by Rep. Brad Witt
By Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie As you know, one of the state’s main responsibilities, along with education and public safety, is human services. Under this huge umbrella is health care. Every…
Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
April 10, 2015

Body cameras mark next step for enforcing law

by Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Police officers have been recording their conversations out in the field at least since the advent of the mini-cassette recorder. Throughout my 26-year career, law enforcement has used audio…
April 10, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for April 10, 2015, issue If you love the county, vote yes on Measure 5-243 Measure 5-243 is an initiative that raises our county aggregate extraction fee 35 cents per ton.…

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Apr 03, 2015

Reflections on autism awareness in the Spotlight

by Darryl Swan
April is Autism Awareness Month, and this is the third year in which the Spotlight has launched an information campaign around autism awareness. We anticipate that some of our readers have…
Apr 03, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for April 3, 2015 To the Columbia County commissioners Now, let us move on to your attempt to place a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities and recreational marijuana,…
Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose
Mar 27, 2015

Frohnmayer's Oregon blueprint

by Sen. Betsy Johnson
Nine years ago, Dave Frohnmayer — then president of the University of Oregon — was invited to speak to the Oregon Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the…
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie
Mar 27, 2015

Letters focus on education funding, student tests

by Rep. Brad Witt
We receive a lot of letters from constituents, and other stakeholders, on a myriad of issues. The latest flurry of emails has come from parents, teachers, and administrators regarding funding…
Mar 27, 2015

Letters

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Letters to the editor for March 27, 2015 County is undermining medical marijuana program This letter is in response to the Columbia County commissioners’ comments published in a March 13 article…
Mar 24, 2015

Seeking relief for the family of St. Helens' Jennifer Warren

by Rep. Brad Witt
By Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie This session I introduced a bill to address what I felt was a gross inequity in current statute, namely some provisions of the Oregon Tort Claims Act. HB 2644…
Mar 24, 2015

Letters

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Letters from readers for March 20, 2015 DeShazer’s sudden interest in transparency I was unable to attend the last Port of St. Helens meeting, so first, let me say thank you for the informative…
Mar 13, 2015

Too often with the Internet, the proof is in the accusation

by Darryl Swan
An important news story came across our radar this week that’s worth further exploration. It didn’t have anything to do with explosive oil trains, or government spending gone awry, or the Second…
Mar 13, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for March 13, 2015 Voters can see through miners’ efforts on depletion fee increase An article in the Wednesday, March 4, St. Helens Chronicle highlights the rock miners’…
Mar 06, 2015

Letters

by Pamplin Media Group
Letters to the editor for March 6, 2015 Intent in the Second Amendment This is in response to Mr. Chris Brumbles letter in last week’s paper (see “An open letter to Commissioner Earl Fisher,”…