Priest arrested for allegedly luring minor

Priest arrested for allegedly luring minor

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County imposes moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

County imposes moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

Facilities banned until May 2015 in unincorporated areas Days after the cities of St. Helens and...

Scappoose fires police chief Greisen

Scappoose fires police chief Greisen

Termination to be effective May 8; provides 60-day severance Scappoose interim City Manager Don...

Egg-cellent egg hunts

Egg-cellent egg hunts

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Scappoose officer files BOLI complaint

Scappoose officer files BOLI complaint

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Loan boosts worker training at Cascades Tissue

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Columbia Funeral Home changes hands

Columbia Funeral Home changes hands

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by: ROBIN JOHNSON - A fire consumed a Scappoose apartment Tuesday, April 8. Investigators believe the fire was set by a lighter in the hands of a child, who suffered minor burns.
April 11, 2014

Fire destroys Scappoose apartment

by Robin Johnson
Child playing with a lighter is suspected as the cause The Scappoose Rural Fire District responded to a fire at Creekside Apartments, located at 52520 SW Fourth Street in Scappoose, on Tuesday…
by: SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Yankton Arthur Academy, from which about 20 laptops and other equipment was stolen over the weekend, according to Principal Michael Arthur.
April 07, 2014

Yankton Academy burglarized over weekend

by Mark Miller
Laptops, projectors among items stolen from charter school About two dozen pieces of electronic equipment were stolen from Yankton Arthur Academy in a break-in over the weekend, the school's…
by: MARK MILLER - Agnes Petersen, who has practiced law in St. Helens since 1960, is running for the third position on the Columbia County Circuit Court as a write-in candidate. Petersen filed to appear on the May 20 ballot, but was rejected because she is older than 75. The Oregon Constitution requires judges to retire at the age of 75, and the state contends that allowing older candidates to run for judge would create an 'illogical, wasteful situation' because they are ineligible to serve.
April 11, 2014

Attorney targets mandatory retirement with lawsuit, write-in…

by Mark Miller
Agnes Petersen seeks judgeship despite law setting retirement age of 75 Longtime St. Helens-based attorney Agnes Petersen was disqualified from appearing on the May 20 ballot as a candidate for…
by: PHOTO COURTESY OF SCAPPOOSE RURAL FIRE DISTRICT - A fire at Beaver Bark in Scappoose caused between $150,000 to $200,000 in damage to a front-end loader.
April 11, 2014

Fire destroys front-end loader

by Robin Johnson
Beaver Bark fire is third in a year to damage equipment at business A front-end loader caught fire Monday at Beaver Bark, a Scappoose landscaping company located on West Lane Road. Scappoose…
by: PHOTO COURTESY ANDY DEMKO - Rainier Junior/Senior High School student David Placido, whom History Club advisor Andy Demko said will talk about agriculture in 1853 at this year's Rainier Revisited.
April 11, 2014

Historical reenactment coming to Beaver Homes

by Mark Miller
Rainier teacher, students hosting event, which will benefit food pantry For the fifth year in a row, students from the Rainier Junior/Senior High School History Club are hosting a history…
by: ROBIN JOHNSON - Tom Ford, commander of the Scappoose Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4362, voices concerns to the Scappoose City Council over a recently installed pathway that sweeps past the Armed Forces Memorial in Veterans Park.
April 11, 2014

Scappoose veterans say bocce court path encroaches on memorial

by Robin Johnson
City officials, VFW compromise to find solution Members of the Scappoose Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4362 appeared at a Scappoose City Council meeting Monday, April 7, to voice concerns over a…
by: MARK MILLER - Tribal Tech team captains Robert Ohling, left, and Travis Gardner, right, unload Scappoose High School's robot from a trailer at the school Wednesday, April 9.
April 11, 2014

Scappoose robotics team competes in regional competition

by Robin Johnson and Mark Miller
School delivers strong second-year performance in robotics contest Some Scappoose High School students have been spending their spare time in a shop behind the school trying to perfect their…
by: MARK MILLER - The small house at 58240 Old Portland Road in McNulty, which is surrounded by industrial land owned by the Port of St. Helens, is part of the one-acre property the Port Commission approved for purchase Wednesday, April 9.
April 11, 2014

Port of St. Helens to buy house in McNulty

by Mark Miller
Purchase fills geographic hole in port's industrial holdings Port of St. Helens commissioners voted to approve the purchase of an acre of property that includes a small house in the McNulty area…
April 11, 2014

Scappoose awards timber harvest bid

by Robin Johnson
Clear-cut will likely bring in more than $600,000 for city The Scappoose City Council voted unanimously Monday, April 7, to award a bid from Columbia Vista Corp. of Vancouver, Wash., to…
Greisen
April 11, 2014

Scappoose fires police chief Greisen

by Robin Johnson
City issues police chief 30-day notice to terminate contract without cause The city of Scappoose on Tuesday, April 8, notified Scappoose Police Chief Doug Greisen it was terminating its…

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by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Students with the SHS leadership class divided into groups to plan and organize the schools annual Doernbecher Days fundraiser.
Apr 04, 2014

SHS set to host Doernbecher Days

by Robin Johnson
High school events raise money for childrens hospital Scappoose High School will hold its 11th annual Doernbecher Days fundraiser for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland this month.…
by: FILE PHOTO - A unit train hauling crude oil passes the intersection of Havlik Road and Highway 30 in Scappoose. State regulators say Global Oil LP exceeded its volume allowance of oil shipments from its transloading facility in Port Westward, near Clatskanie.
Apr 04, 2014

DEQ fines Global Oil $117,000 for permit violation

by Robin Johnson
State says company far exceeded volumes allowed under current permit The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on March 27 issued a civil penalty in the amount of $117,292 to a crude oil…
Apr 04, 2014

St. Helens, Columbia City impose moratorium on medical marijuana

by Mark Miller
Cities follow new state law in banning dispensaries Two cities in south Columbia County are saying “no” to medical marijuana, at least for the time being. The city councils of Columbia City and…
Grant Watts Elementary School Kindergarten students hold finger-print plates. The students' artwork will be auctioned off at the event, as well as many other items. Left to right: Kennady Hoag, Kayleigh Fraser and Paxton Squires.
Apr 11, 2014

Grant Watts Elementary to hold annual auction

by Robin Johnson
Scappoose elementary school readies for its 18th annual spring auction Grant Watts Elementary School will hold its 18th annual Spring Auction Saturday, April 12, to benefit the school's…
by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Bill Marinelli, a Scappoose bocce player, said the courts will be constructed to accommodate various rules of play.
Apr 04, 2014

Bocce enthusiasts break ground on new courts

by Robin Johnson
Bocce project slated for completion in Scappoose Veterans Park by June Bocce e Luce, a Sherwood company that specializes in building bocce courts, broke ground on a project in Scappoose’s…
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Apr 02, 2014

Our newspapers won't be downsizing staff or shrinking in size

by Mark Garber
Local news — news about your city, your community, your neighborhood — is the future of journalism. No one in the media business disputes that notion. Investors as savvy as Warren Buffet are…
by: COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL - Googins
Apr 04, 2014

Scappoose man arrested on attempted murder charges

by Darryl Swan
Police arrest Thomas Googins, 43, after he allegedly attacked a woman with a knife St. Helens police on Saturday morning, March 29, arrested a Scappoose man on charges including attempted murder…
by: COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL - Sims
Apr 04, 2014

Former bookkeeper indicted on theft charges

by Darryl Swan
St. Helens woman allegedly wrote checks to herself totaling about $13,000 A former bookkeeper and account manager for SAFE of Columbia County, formerly known as the Columbia County Women’s…
Thompson
Mar 31, 2014

Police arrest St. Helens man on DUII charges, attempting to elude

by Robin Johnson
Police deploy spike strip in effort to halt fleeing suspect St. Helens and Oregon State Police officers arrested a St. Helens man Friday, March 28, at about 9 p.m. on DUII charges and for…
by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Ron Washington, owner of Ron Rico's BBQ To Go, flips ribs in his steel-drum grill Wednesday, March 26.
Mar 28, 2014

Hot pursuit

by Robin Johnson
Ron Rico's BBQ to Go is realization of a dream for Warren resident Ron Washington started cooking when he was 7 years old and today credits his mother, Joyce Washington, for instilling in him a…