Beauty of Books

Beauty of Books

Repurposed book art on display at St. Helens Public Library A set of 16 art pieces fashioned out...

Wyden, students engaged at St. Helens town hall

Wyden, students engaged at St. Helens town hall

Questions asked by students, community members during meeting with Ron Wyden U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden...

CRFR divison chief retires amid investigation

CRFR divison chief retires amid investigation

Ron Youngberg, a 25-year veteran, opted for early retirement as probe neared end A 25-year...

From Scappoose to the Super Bowl

From Scappoose to the Super Bowl

David Mayo says playing in NFL was a childhood dream David Mayo is about to embark on what may be...

Miss Oregon Teen Rodeo Ready to Reign

Miss Oregon Teen Rodeo Ready to Reign

St. Helens teen plans for coronation next Saturday St. Helens teen Baylee Crawford will begin her...

Scappoose school officials explore the possibility of implementing construction tax

Scappoose school officials explore the possibility of implementing construction tax

The levy would generate revenue for school district capital projects if approved by school board...

Counting the homeless

Counting the homeless

Annual homeless count offers supplies, meals while gauging community needs Quantifying Columbia...

State education board OKs exception for mascot ban

State education board OKs exception for mascot ban

Scappoose School District likely to keep Indians mascot with approval from tribe SALEM - The...

Sparks fly in St. Helens fireworks discussion

Sparks fly in St. Helens fireworks discussion

City Council considers whether it should investment in a fireworks display for Fourth of July...

County OKs petition for Melton recall

County OKs petition for Melton recall

Columbia River PUD director given the option to resign Columbia River People’s Utility...

St. Helens students chip in for day of service

St. Helens students chip in for day of service

Middle school students serve the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day On Monday, Jan. 18,...

Cards of love for those who served

Cards of love for those who served

Seniors craft valentine cards for veterans on national day of service Margie Ebert carefully...

Labor of love

Labor of love

Animal recovery is CHS shelter manager's reward Lisa Beggio knelt down to pet the scarred head...

Columbia River Fire and Rescue Division Chief subject of an internal investigation

Columbia River Fire and Rescue Division Chief subject of an internal investigation

Divison Chief Ron Youngberg placed on paid administrative leave as investigation nears end A...

After 60 years in St. Helens, Semlings closes

After 60 years in St. Helens, Semlings closes

Business owner cites economic reasons for shutdown Semlings Pharmacy, a St. Helens drugstore that...

Signatures submitted in recall effort against Melton

Signatures submitted in recall effort against Melton

Petition to recall Columbia River PUD director Craig Melton yields more than 560 signatures...

Sheriff's deputies to aid militia standoff in Burns

Sheriff's deputies to aid militia standoff in Burns

Columbia County sheriff's deputies will aid in patrols near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Two...

Columbia River Fire & Rescue Fire Chief announces retirement

Columbia River Fire & Rescue Fire Chief announces retirement

CRFR chief expected to retire in June but will stay until department hires a replacement Longtime...

Peace Candle holds bright history

Peace Candle holds bright history

Its real flame may have burned out years ago, but the Peace Candle of the World in Scappoose...


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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - GED student Marquez Goldsby works in the lobby of Londer Learning Center last April.
February 11, 2016

Oregon GED students still struggling

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Critics say easier passing score isn't enough of a change Masked in Oregon’s recent celebration of higher graduation rates was the fact that 26 percent of the state’s students did not graduate…
COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL PHOTO - LUMIJARVI
February 05, 2016

Clatskanie man arrested for child sex crimes

by Courtney Vaughn
Two-year investigation culminates in arrest A 20-year-old man from Clatskanie was arrested Friday on multiple sexual abuse charges stemming from a lengthy, two-year investigation involving…
PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE  - Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to a structure fire at Cornerstone residential treatment facility on Saturday morning, Jan. 30.
February 05, 2016

Bedding catches fire at treatment center

by Nicole Thill
Fire crews respond to non-injury fire at Cornerstone residential treatment center Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to a structure fire at Cornerstone, Columbia Community Mental…
Moss
February 05, 2016

Trevor Moss recognized as Elks 'Teen of the Month'

by Nicole Thill
The St. Helens Elks Lodge named Trevor Moss, a senior at St. Helens High School, the Elks Teen of the Month for December. Moss was recognized for his commitment to extracurricular activities,…
February 05, 2016

Suspects identified in tire slashings in St. Helens

by Nicole Thill
Two juveniles linked to series of St. Helens tire slashings in January The St. Helens Police Department has identified two suspects involved in a string of tire slashings that occurred in early…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Andrew Stamp, a real estate attorney, speaks to the St. Helens City Council Wednesday, Feb. 3. Stamp represented Jennifer Plahn, a marijuana business hopeful and St. Helens resident, during an appeal hearing Wednesday night.
February 05, 2016

Permit issued for marijuana nursery

by Nicole Thill
City council unanimously approved conditional use permit for business on Columbia Boulevard In a unanimous vote Wednesday, Feb. 3, the St. Helens City Council approved a conditional use permit…
MICHAEL CURRY DESIGN  - A 20-foot tall water fountain designed by Michael Curry is one of several features set to be installed at Heritage Park in Scappoose. The fountain design has been scaled down, but will still be a tree-like fountain that can be activated with a button.
February 05, 2016

Heritage Park Improvements moving forward

by Courtney Vaughn
City contracts with firm to design fountain, playground and landscape improvements Long-awaited improvements to Heritage Park are advancing. City councilors in Scappoose approved a bid award to…
SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - Firefighters with the Scappoose Fire District put out a blaze in 2015. The district will use grant money from the Port of St. Helens to help buy new emergency responder radios.
February 05, 2016

Port awards $156,500 in grants to partner agencies

by Courtney Vaughn
Eight agencies in Columbia County will get a boost to fund projects with grant money from the Port of St. Helens. In its second round of a recently unveiled Intergovernmental Partnership…
A comparison of political campaign finance activity from recall proponents and an anti-recall group shows a wide disparity in spending.
February 05, 2016

Recall opponents mount well-funded defensive campaign

by Courtney Vaughn
Group opposing recall election for Craig Melton heavily outspends recall proponents A recall election to remove Craig Melton from the Columbia River People’s Utility District board of directors…
PHOTO COURTESY OF ARRAN EDMONSTONE - Birds of prey, like this kestrel falcon, can be spotted on Sauvie Island. The Audubon Society of Portland will also have several birds on hand for people to see up close.
February 05, 2016

'Raptor Road Trip' may draw hundreds to Sauvie Island

by Nicole Thill
Coordinated event intended to bring awareness to wintering birds on Sauvie Island For some birds, the onset of winter marks a time to migrate to warmer climates. For others, however, it is time…

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT - Graffitti markings like this were also discovered on a church building Monday morning. People who may recognize the markings or might have information about suspects are enocouraged to contact the St. Helens Police Department.
Feb 01, 2016

St. Helens Police seeking suspect information in vandalism…

by Nicole Thill
Two accounts of graffitti reported in separate locations over the weekend Two accounts of vandalism at two separate locations were reported to the St. Helens Police Department on Monday morning,…
Feb 01, 2016

Dutch Bros., Columbia Pacific Food Bank announce Valentine's Day…

by Darryl Swan
Dutch Bros. Coffee is partnering with Columbia Pacific Food Bank on Valentine's Day to help increase food availability in Columbia County. On Sunday, Feb. 14, any drink purchased at the…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - St. Helens High School Jazz Band members Alec Martinson and Donovan Jacob perform during the Beats and Eats benefit dinner and concert on Saturday, Jan 23. Members of the band stayed after their performance to enjoy dinner and a performance by Portland band Soul Brassanova.
Jan 29, 2016

Music fills the night air

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens High School held inagural Beats and Eats fundraiser last weekend The St. Helens band program hosted its first annual Beats and Eats fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 23, for a crowd of…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The field the softball team currently uses for practice and games has no on-site facilities. Superintendent Stephen Jupe said the district is considering moving the softball field to a new location, but did not provide specifics.
Jan 29, 2016

Scappoose schools athletic programs scrutinized

by Nicole Thill
Public forum expected to highlight results of an audit about inequality in late February The results of an audit of the Scapppoose School District’s athletic program initiated last July will be…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - While images like this Native American in a full feather headdress will likely need to be changed, discussion about Native American-themed artwork is not regulated by the Oregon State Board of Education's strict ban on Native American mascots. To keep the mascots, agreements between school districts and federally recognized tribes to keep the mascots must be approved by the board.
Jan 29, 2016

With tribal sign-off, Scappoose likely to keep 'Indians' mascot

by Nicole Thill
Superintendent talks to tribal leaders about ways to retain mascot Although a formal agreement must still be reached, it’s “very likely” the Scappoose School District mascot will remain the…
MELTON
Jan 29, 2016

Recall election of PUD director set for Feb. 23

by Courtney Vaughn
Ballots expected to be mailed Feb. 3; Craig Melton fires back with complaint to state Voters in Subdivision 2 of the Columbia River People’s Utility District will vote by Feb. 23 to either keep…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River PUD Director Dave Baker (left) and President Jake Carter address ongoing division within the board during a public meeting Jan. 21. Recent unrest over a recall election and ongoing legal issues infused discussions during the meeting.
Jan 29, 2016

PUD board weathers political storm

by Courtney Vaughn
District unveils $550K storm expenses; grapples with board governance policy Columbia River People’s Utility District recently sustained an unprecedented storm causing damage to its equipment,…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A Ferris wheel ride was part of the 2015 Scappoose Summerfest carnival. Last year's event organizers say there is no festival being planned for this year, due to a lack of community attendance and involvement.
Feb 02, 2016

Scappoose Summerfest unlikely to happen

by Courtney Vaughn
Event organizers say no event planned for 2016 After years of an annual summer festival, members of the Scappoose Boosters confirmed there is no Summerfest planned for 2016. The annual weekend…
JOHN BREWINGTON - Hundreds filled the cafeteria at Scappoose Middle School for a town hall session with city leaders last Saturday, Jan. 23. Feedback will be compiled as the City Council formulates its short- and long-term goals this year.
Jan 29, 2016

Survey: education, economy top priorities for Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
Residents weigh in during town hall session, adding a parks priority to the mix Scappoose residents want a more robust parks and trails system, greater availability of jobs and the best…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward in Clatskanie will transition to ethanol in the wake of a crashing crude oil market, company officials announced Thursday. The loss of crude oil resulted in 28 jobs being cut at the facility.
Jan 28, 2016

Layoffs announced at Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery

by Courtney Vaughn
28 jobs cut as facility transitions from crude oil to ethanol The Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery in Clatskanie will no longer ship crude oil from its facility for the time being. Global Partners…