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Rep. Brad Witt
January 23, 2015

78th Assembly enters on themes of disparity, inequality

by Rep. Brad Witt
Last week we opened the legislative session for 2015; this is the 78th Assembly. The opening is largely ceremonial, with swearing in for representatives and the inauguration of Gov. John Kitzhaber…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Marty Liesegang
January 26, 2015

Despite signs to the contrary, success found on Sauvie Island…

by Marty Liesegang
It’s good to be a waterfowler and live in Columbia County. We are blessed to live right in the middle of some of the best duck and goose hunting in the country. Spread throughout the county are…
January 23, 2015

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters for the Jan. 23, 2015, issue Veterans host wood raffle The Scappoose Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4362 will raffle off a load of wood at the Grocery Outlet parking lot on Jan. 30-31.…
January 16, 2015

A community on the rails

by Darryl Swan
Anybody who has lived around railroad tracks knows the allure. Images inspired from generations ago conjure romantic notions of solitary figures walking the tracks, or kids testing their balance…
January 16, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters for the Jan. 16, 2015 issue Thanks for your help on depletion fee initiative I would like to thank all of those who helped get signatures on the initiative for Safer Roads, Bridges & CC…
January 09, 2015

St. Helens right to consider 'smoke-free' designation

by Swan, Darryl
The Spotlight’s front-page story last week, titled “St. Helens explores 'smoke-free community' designation,” captured the imagination, enthusiasm and — in many cases — ire of many in the…
January 09, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for the week of Jan. 9, 2015 Vote to tax an industry is a scary concept This is a scary concept, wherein the citizens of a county have the right and authority by vote to…
January 02, 2015

Much already in the works for 2015

by Darryl Swan
As the arrival of the New Year is a time to reflect on the past, so too is it an opportunity to look toward the future and, if it calls for it, make the necessary adjustments for improvement. In…
December 26, 2014

Legislators face early task of improving governor's budget plan…

by Darryl Swan
The 2015-17 budget proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber shows the importance of both addition and subtraction. The plan, released earlier this month, raises some important, and quite familiar,…
December 26, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters to the editor for Dec. 26, 2014 Open letter to LIUNA and fellow workers The following is an open letter to my union and other workers on the issue of export terminals, such as that being…

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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Marty Liesegang
Jan 26, 2015

For this hunter,the most important forked-horn I have known

by Marty Liesegang
After a long hiatus, I have finally found the time to bring back the outdoor column. So, with the help of Darryl Swan, editor of the Spotlight, we have decided to bring the column back on a…
(Image is Clickable Link) Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, represents Senate District 16
Dec 25, 2014

Drones, 'Big Data' and privacy concerns among takeaways from…

by Sen. Betsy Johnson
If drones are on your Christmas wish list, keep an eye on the 2015 Oregon Legislature. As mandated by Congress, drones — or unmanned aviation vehicles — are to be integrated into the national…
Dec 19, 2014

It's a wonderful life, Columbia County

by Darryl Swan
It seems like the Christmas holiday season excites hypersensitivity to bad news. Just this week, reports that Pakistani Taliban religious extremists stormed a military school in Peshawar and…
Dec 19, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for Dec. 19, 2014 Big fuel Christmas bonus All this concern, all this blathering ink fretting that the poor oil drillers may not be able to drill profitably below $50 per…
Dec 12, 2014

Welcome back, Mr. Sykes

by Darryl Swan
Our news last week that Mike Sykes, one of Scappoose’s native sons, would be taking over the role of city manager in Scappoose has been widely received as a positive development. Indeed, we have…
Dec 12, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for the Dec. 12, 2014, issue CASA will exist in Columbia County I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, volunteer and would like to address a question that has…
Dec 08, 2014

What's in a name? For Old Town rebrand, not much ... at least,…

by Darryl Swan
The St. Helens City Council is on the right track when it voted to rechristen the Old Town — or is it “Olde Towne”? — neighborhood as the city’s “Riverfront District.” One criticism, however, is…
Dec 08, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters to the editor for the Dec. 5 issue What has happened to America? Want to commit legal murder? Become a police officer. What has happened to America? It has become a police state. No one…
Dec 08, 2014

Letters

by Mark Miller
Letters to the editor for the Nov. 28 issue Donations needed for Share and Care This year, the Kiwanis Club of Scappoose, along with the Scappoose Fire Department, will once again sponsor the…
Dec 08, 2014

Like public transit? Then please support a depletion fee increase

by Thelma Bonar
As chief petitioner on the successful health district dissolution initiative, I am gathering signatures on a new initiative to increase the Natural Resource Depletion Fee. This initiative is to…