Memorial Day ceremonies slated throughout metro area

Memorial Day ceremonies slated throughout metro area

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a time to honor and remember those who have...

IN THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE

IN THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE

Ted Burns, a high school senior, will participate in Memorial Day service at Veterans Park in...

Set in Stone secures coveted festival gig

Set in Stone secures coveted festival gig

St. Helens band set to perform during Portland's Rose Festival Rozone concert series AJ Hendricks...

Scappoose residents: City needs improved trails, community center

Scappoose residents: City needs improved trails, community center

Scappoose residents: City needs improved trails, community center With improvements to Heritage...

State releases $7.5 million for innovation center

State releases $7.5 million for innovation center

Center will provide key resources to manufacturers, suppliers and students State legislators...

New details emerge about methanol plant proposal

New details emerge about methanol plant proposal

Clatskanie facility would create hundreds of jobs; exec claims plant would use 3,600 gpm of water...


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TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATION
May 29, 2016

As spending on lobbying increases, transparency remains murky

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Businesses, special interest groups and governments have increasingly invested in lobbying Oregon lawmakers and other state officials over the last nine years. And based on spending data…
May 29, 2016

Vendors for St. Helens market wanted

by Nicole Thill
Local farmers, artisans and craftspeople are invited to join forces with local business owners Gainor Riker and Patricia Forbes in creating a St. Helens Sunday Market. Forbes is seeking at least…
May 29, 2016

Emergency Prepardness Fair planned for June 4 in Columbia County

by Nicole Thill
Columbia River Ford Institute Leadership Program participants are hosting an emergency preparedness fair Saturday, June 4, at the Columbia River Foursquare Church in St. Helens from 10 a.m. to 2…


May 29, 2016

County unemployment unchanged in April new release states

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment was unchanged in April at 10,680, according to a May 24 press release from the Oregon Employment Department. Seasonally adjusted…
PHOTO COURTESY OF SCAPPOOSE YOUTH FOOTBALL - Registration for the fall season of Scappoose Youth Football will be open until July 1.
May 28, 2016

Scappoose Youth Football registration open until July

by Nicole Thill
Registration for Scappoose Youth Football is open for children in third- through sixth-grade until July 1. Students in the program play on teams of 30 and the number of teams is determined by…
May 28, 2016

Gas leak closes road in Warren earlier this week

by Nicole Thill
A gas leak Monday morning left Berg Road in Warren closed while firefighters and NW Natural workers investigated and repaired the leak shortly after noon. According to Columbia River Fire &…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Debbi Brimacombe, right, and Elizabeth Griffith, a third-grader at McBride Elementary School, look at a winged aphid crawling on a leaf in the school's garden Tuesday, May 24.
May 28, 2016

BUGS, SLUGS AND GRUBS

by Nicole Thill
McBride Elementary students learn all about bugs that live in the school's garden with the help of volunteers On Tuesday, May 24, a group of 25 students who are participating in McBride…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Joe Mauck, the building and construction teacher, works with students Richard Shadley, Austin Dragoo, and Kayla Jerome, to mark the center beams of the the roof where the students plan to put in a skylight. Building the house is expected to be a two-year project for students at the high school.
May 28, 2016

TAKING ON A TINY HOUSE

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens High School students work on a new tiny house project after completing two others before For the second time in five years, students at St. Helens High School are learning…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: DARRYL SWAN - Scappoose's Bryann Liday (right), along with daughter Paige, 10, and son Layne, 9.
May 27, 2016

A Mother's Day moment

by Darryl Swan
Paige Liday, 9, scores prize packages for mom as winner of the Spotlight's 2016 Mother's Day essay contest Scappoose's Bryann Liday (right), along with daughter Paige, 10, and son Layne, 9,…
May 26, 2016

St. Helens man injured in home burglary, officers searching for…

by Nicole Thill
A St. Helens man was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after being seriously injured while trying to stop a burglary in progress at his home on 16th Street in St. Helens. Shortly before 3…

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SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Phase I of the Gateway Sculptures Project, which saw the installation of two lantern-like, blue obelisks on Milton Creek Bridge on Highway 30, was completed in 2014. The total cost of the project was $50,000, a cost the Arts and Cultural Commission plans to exceed with the Phase II sculpture.
May 27, 2016

Arts commission launches online fundraising campaign

by Nicole Thill
Phase 2 of Gateway Sculptures Project to make use of crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter The St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission will launch a $16,000 fundraising campaign Wednesday, June 1,…
Salisbury
May 27, 2016

New principal named for Lewis and Clark Elementary for next…

by Nicole Thill
Dustin Salisbury, current vice principal, will transition into role as Principal Cathy Carson readies to retire after 11 years at school Lewis and Clark Elementary School announced this week…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A CC Rider bus waits at a stoplight in Scappoose during a routine route. The bus agency is slated to get two new buses, one of which will offer easier access to riders in wheelchairs.
May 27, 2016

CC Rider to add new buses to fleet

by Courtney Vaughn
Two new buses will replace worn out models CC Rider is slated to add two new buses to its fleet. The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved two purchase orders Wednesday — one for a…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Scappoose High School band director Larry Jackson leads the symphonic band during a rehearsal in December. The symphonic band is one of four musical ensembles that will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, at the end of May.
May 27, 2016

Scappoose musicians venture to British Columbia for competition

by Nicole Thill
Band and choir students excited to perform with friends at the end of the school year Band and choir students at Scappoose High School will get the chance to become international travelers at…
May 25, 2016

Warrants of the week

by Darryl Swan
John Todd Olsen John Todd Olsen, 53, is a male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 165 pounds. Olsen is on probation for manufacturing marijuana. Anyone with…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Some Oregon businesses could be hit with more taxes under an initiative that will be on the November general election ballot. A state analysis of the initiative found that it could raise about $6 billion for state budgets, but might 'dampen' employment and growth around the state.
May 23, 2016

State business tax plan would raise billions, but could 'dampen'…

by Paris Achen
SALEM — A proposed tax on the sales of large businesses would generate more than $6 billion in biennial state revenue starting in 2017-19, but it also would slow income, employment and…
(Image is Clickable Link) SUBMITTED PHOTO - Japanese knotweed is listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the world’s worst invasive species. It’s found in Columbia County, and the Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District has launched an initiative to control and prevent its spread.
May 23, 2016

Noxious weeds off to an early start

by Darryl Swan
Stretch of warm spring weather has aided the early proliferation of noxious weeds, such as purple loosestrife and Japanese knotweed An unseasonably warm spring has not only kicked many an Oregon…
Dolores Jean McBride
May 23, 2016

Dolores Jean McBride

by Pamplin Media Group
Aug. 17, 1929-May 8, 2016 Dolores Jean McBride, who preferred to be called Jean, passed away Mother’s Day, May 8, 2016, at age 86, surrounded by family and loved ones. She had heart problems for…
May 23, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office Crime Logs

by Darryl Swan
Crime logs for the week Columbia County Sheriff's Office Saturday, May 14 Marylynn Alfaro-Aguirre, 23, of Vernonia, was arrested on an outstanding warrant following a domestic disturbance at a…
PHOTO COURTESY OF JORDAN MARTIN - Jordan Martin, a sophomore at St. Helens High School, had a Confederate battle flag stolen from his truck on Wednesday, May 11. Martin filed a police report for the theft with the St. Helens Police Department.
May 22, 2016

Students asked to remove Confederate flags from vehicles

by Nicole Thill
Several students stage protest after a flag went missing from a truck while in the St. Helens High parking lot On two separate occasions, students at St. Helens High School were asked to remove…