Hood to Coast runners will travel through Columbia County

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Residents should be advised about areas where traffic could cause delays, event organizers say

Governor signs transportation funding bill

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Gov. Kate Brown officially signed the $5.3 billion legislation Friday but plans to hold a ceremonial signing in Ontario, Bend, Medford, Eugene and…

St. Helens band parents host fundraiser

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Fundraiser planned for Tuesday, Aug. 29, at pizza shop to support band patrons program.

Two arrested for Scappoose burglaries

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Multi-agency investigation reveals stolen items, drugs in vehicle and apartment

Eclipse viewing glasses recommended

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ISO-compliant glasses strongly recommended to safely view solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21

Statewide unemployment remains steady

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Unemployment rate remains near record low of 3.6 percent recorded in May, below national rate

Celebrity guests to return for Spirit of Halloweentown

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Actress Kimberly Brown to return for 2017 Spirit of Halloweentown festivities

Warrants of the Week

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People being sought by Columbia County Community Corrections as published Friday, Aug. 18

Columbia County police activity

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Scappoose PD, St. Helens PD and Columbia County Sheriff's Office logs published Aug. 18, 2017

Sessions has 'serious questions' about Oregon's pot market

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In a letter to Gov. Kate Brown, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated DOJ's authority to enforce federal marijuana laws.

Port still shoring up access details for possible expansion…

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As expansion awaits county vote, Port and PGE agree dock access needs to be addressed

Childhood obesity in county exceeds national rate

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OSU study shows improvements in physical activity when 'tool kits' are used in rural schools

STAR STUDENTS

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Incoming kindergarteners prep for the fist day of school at Kinder Camp at Scappoose schools

PUD urges support for federal dam oversight legislation

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Electric district is co-litigant in ongoing battle over environmental management of Columbia River Power System

Dart Creek culvert replacement project on hold

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St. Helens area construction project plans halted after bids exceed grant funds

'Citizens Day in the Park' draws a crowd

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Free event planned by city's mayor attracts 100s of St. Helens residents over the weekend

Dancing for a cause

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Scappoose Senior Center will host dance, raffle this weekend to benefit Meals on Wheels

Consider a pain-free option for cavity treatment

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Sponsored: Columbia River Dental presents a pain-free alternative to traditional cavity care.

It's official: You have to be 21 to buy tobacco

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Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation on Wednesday to raise the age to buy tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21.

President OKs disaster funds for winter snow event

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Columbia County will receive federal funds to help with infrastructure repair costs from January snow and ice storm

St. Helens man arrested for child sexual abuse

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Police suspect more victims after children's clothing, pornography found in home

Black Tie & Blue Jeans event breaks fundraising record

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Columbia Learning Center rakes in $140,000 with annual fundraising dinner and auction

D.R. Horton nabbed again by state for wetlands, erosion…

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Home builder faces $66,000 DEQ penalty for wetlands pollution, soil control violations

Wings & Wheels draws runners, vintage wheels to airport

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Runners hit the pavement for half marathon as military vehicles make their way to Scappoose

Columbia County Pride event canceled

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Event organizers cite concerns over air quality, heat during St. Helens event

Three fire agencies respond to Sauvie Island blaze

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Neighbor of fire victims sets up fundraiser bank account for seven people displaced by the fire

Wyden announces reversal of federal grant denial at…

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden also hosts candid question and answer session with Columbia County residents

Scappoose computer lab turns into design workshop

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Scappoose Middle Schoolers learn hands-on graphic design work to create sellable products

Scappoose weighs tax breaks for businesses

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Enterprise zones encourage new development, hiring, at cost of property tax revenue

Portland boy injured in go-kart towing crash in Rainier

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11-year-old taken by Lifeflight to hospital Monday; crash under investigation

President says disaster funds could help Oregon cities,…

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Trump administration at first declined to provide funding after the state asked for help in March. Gov. Kate Brown's June appeal shook some FEMA…

A looming battle for Chapman Landing?

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Columbia County, city of Scappoose at odds over ownership of waterfront property

County looks to implement new fraud, ethics hotline

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New system would allow anonymous reporting of suspicious or improper behavior by county employees

Kids and cops mingle during National Night Out

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Annual public safety community outreach event offered food, dunk tank, demonstrations

Hayes leaves military behind in hopes of moving Port forward

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Doug Hayes, new Port of St. Helens executive director, has history of fostering economic development abroad

Padawan practice

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Children take part in 'Jedi Training' at the St. Helens Public Library this week

One year in, Scappoose and St. Helens fire agencies reflect…

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Sharing staff resources has positives and negatives, but generally works well, staff say

Scappoose teen collects 400 glasses for Lions Club…

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Chase Hill, donates glasses and hearing aids for use by low-income residents

Heatwave, hazy air, fire danger hit Columbia County

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National Weather Service issues three different warnings for Pacific Northwest this week

18-year-old drowns while swimming near Sauvie Island

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Body of Jonathan Walker recovered by dive team after friends say he jumped off a boat and never made it back to shore

No decision yet on Port Westward farmland rezone

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Columbia County commissioners opt to reconvene Sept. 13 for vote on major rezone at Port Westward

Man who flashed officers rearrested for drugs

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Kent Senef, 54, had previous run-in with officer in Scappoose just a few months prior

Columbia River PUD will soon decide on rate…

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Amid BPA rate increase of 5.4 percent, PUD slated to vote on new rates in August

$4.1 million case against former Scappoose city…

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U.S. District Court judge denies motion for new trial, says not warranted unless it's clear jury erred

Introducing Charles T. Parker Way

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New access road to Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center gets dedication ceremony

Sunshine and smiles at Columbia County Fair & Rodeo

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Carnival rides, 4-H events, festive foods, entertainment draw crowds to 2017 event

Pacific Camps program back on the road

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Pacific Camps St. Helens replaces bus destroyed by arson through community donations

Discarded cigarette butt to blame for house fire

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Flames spread from bucket to fence to rooftop at home on Steinke Road earlier this week

Scappoose School District appoints Alley as interim…

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District also agrees to hire NextUp Leadership to conduct search for full-time superintendent

Hay pile combusts at storage facility in St. Helens

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Columbia River Fire and Rescue and Calaway Hay Products employees work together to put out flames

St. Helens School District considers interim high…

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Superintendent Scot Stockwell offers plan to appoint temporary principal until January recruiting efforts launch

Dismissing investigation, state fire agency retains…

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Ron Youngberg, who retired from CRFR after harassment probe, serving with state Fire Marshal's Office

Dowsett to retire next week from St. Helens Middle…

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Carol Dowsett announces intent to retire from school district; interim principal to be appointed

Hit and run driver identified by St. Helens Police…

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Driver of a Jeep Cherokee backed into another vehicle, drove away last week; woman cited by police

St. Helens city councilor finds comfort in…

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Michelle's Love, Columbia County-based operation, helps single mothers with cancer

Bracing for Bucket Sale, summer projects in full…

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Sponsored: Eric Dahlgren writes about the upcoming Saturday, July 29, Bucket Sale at Dalghren's Do It Best

County's first Pride parade and festival postponed

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Organizers cancel event planned for Aug. 12, citing heat and air quality concerns

Scappoose School Board to pay departing Jupe…

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Board silent on reasons for departure of Stephen Jupe, who received mostly positive performance reviews

NO DECISIONS ON SODA TAX

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St. Helens finance director proposes tax to council, but questions halt adoption for further review

County set to reconsider Port rezone application

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Public hearing scheduled for review of farmland rezone efforts near Port Westward

More than a fix

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Teens use duct tape to craft useful projects during summer reading program hour at Scappoose Public Library

Columbia County has a new DA

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Jeffrey Auxier is sworn in as Columbia County District Attorney during ceremony Friday, July 14

Cascades Tissue unveils $64M conversion plant

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New industrial paper products facility in Scappoose praised by governor as win for rural jobs growth

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo returns

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Carnival, live music, magic show, rodeos and 4-H showmanship return to fairgrounds

Human-caused wildfire burns 30 acres near Clatskanie

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Oregon Department of Foresty continues to investigate; crews remain on scene to monitor hot spots

Man drowns during fishing trip on Multnomah Channel

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Erik Peterson, 49, of Portland fell overboard while setting up fishing poles before dawn Sunday morning

Amid boom, construction industry laments shortage…

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State says construction trades show third highest number of job vacancies in Oregon

Cornelius Pass Road to be transferred to state

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State transportation budget calls out new access roads to manufacturing center, gives Corn Pass to ODOT

Proposed St. Helens shipping container homes clear…

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St. Helens Planning Commission approves conditional use permit for 8-unit housing structure

Scappoose School District begins task of new…

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School board reviews one proposal from consultant firm, agrees to hear in-depth presentation before making decisions

St. Helens School Board sets bidding policies for…

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District will implement pre-screening process for bids before competitive process starts

Class project: Renovate for return on investment

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Students in the Renovations and Remodeling program at St. Helens High School sell three-bedroom house within days

Standing the test of time

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Children learn about Oregon's ancient technologies, try to develop tools based on historical designs

Return date for McCormick Park cannon unknown

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105-mm Howitzer Cannon not yet returned while decommissioning procedures take place locally

Columbia City teen honored by Oregon VFW officials

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Teen recognized for award-winning essay; season for 2017-18 essay contest begins now for new entries

My Fair Ladies dine, shine together

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Luncheon honors current My Fair Lady court, alumni alongside Avamere residents

Cigarette blamed for home fire in St. Helens

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Investigators say cigarette was thrown into wicker basket, starting blaze that left $55K in damages

Arson fire leaves summer program without bus…

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Pacific Camps St. Helens program must figure out how to transport students for field trips; one minor arrested by sheriff's office

Power outage in Chapman expected to last four days

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Some residents say they will be without basic necessities like phones and toilets for 11 hours a day during planned West Oregon Electric outage

A little about myself

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Sponsored content: Leigh Ammon, DMD, of Columbia River Dental offers a quick and friendly glimpse into her personal and professional life

We're here to help you enjoy life

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Sponsored content: Brad Whisnant takes stock of Pinpoint Acupuncture's offerings and mission to help clients improve the quality of their lives.

Our commitment to 'Shop Local'

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Sponsored content: Eric Dahlgren discusses his commitment to shopping local and looks at a busy summer and forthcoming popular Bucket Sale.

Best practices for painting projects

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Sponsored content: Dave Marble, the manager of Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, brings summer paint project options to the table for homeowners

Discover homeownership, even without a down payment

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Sponsored content: Want to own a home? Pat Olson of Guild Mortgage explains how it is possible through a variety of great loan programs.

Praise for program coordinators

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St. Helens school staff recognize partnerships with volunteer program coordinators during board meeting

St. Helens city staff probe support for soda tax

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St. Helens staff make the rounds to gauge community support for a tax on sugary drinks, and gain backing from county's public health agency

Report: Retired CRFR division chief harassed,…

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CRFR staff complaints included intimidation, abusive language, harassment, and dangerous unprofessionalism

Giants in the Trees to play Rainier Days

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Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will perform live at Rainier Days in the Park with his new band on Saturday, July 8

Firefighters respond to brush fire

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No injures or damage reported after wild fire that kept crews on scene for two-and-a-half hours

St. Helens crime reports lower on Fourth of July

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City's police department reports lower arrests, fewer calls for help on summer holiday than previous years

Bonamici vows to advocate for social assistance,…

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Congresswoman visits St. Helens to talk housing and veterans issues with constituents in her district

Scappoose to develop new park

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Grant money will pay for new 2.5-acre park at Seely Lane with covered pavilion, marking one of four developed recreational sites in Scappoose

Tensions run high as Legislature reaches…

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In a rare Saturday session, a committee hammered out details of a multi-million-dollar plan to invest in transportation.

Transportation package survives in committee, heads…

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The compromise measure will raise $5.3 billion over a 10-year period through hikes in gas tax, registration fees and other mechanisms.

Letters

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Scappoose officers overreacted; not liking St. Helens pot farm; a better educational model; and an offer of clarity from Global Partners LP

Principal at St. Helens High leaves district

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BG Aguirre leaves St. Helens to take new position at Portland Public Schools at Skyline K-8 school

Warm, dry weather prompts fire ban in Columbia…

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Fire officials also warn about firework safety during the holiday; dry weather can cause dangerous conditions

OMIC announces 7 industry partners

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Manufacturing research and development facility making major headway with industry collaboration

House fire displaces two in Rainier

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Blaze causes $200K in damage to the home; Cause of fire undertermined; no were injuries reported

CCMH faces lawsuit over child sex abuse

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Former patient claims he was abused by a counselor at Columbia Community Mental Health in 1990s

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