Rarely used faucets in St. Helens schools test high for lead

Rarely used faucets in St. Helens schools test high for lead

Retesting clears one building, plans to replace or cap fixtures in others in place Out of 200...

Family of St. Helens woman organizes search

Family of St. Helens woman organizes search

Relatives of Cheryl Hart became concerned after she stopped communicating with them The family of...

Hearings for PUD director delayed

Hearings for PUD director delayed

Columbia River People's Utility District Director Dave Baker faces two complaints against him,...

Jury convicts St. Helens man of attempted murder

Jury convicts St. Helens man of attempted murder

Robert Goin found guilty on all counts after representing himself in court Robert Simms Goin, the...


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PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: SHANNON O. WELLS - An Honor Flight of Oregon group of World War II veterans pose for a group photo at the U.S. World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. in September 2015. The nonprofit Honor Flight grroup is seeking veterans from the Gresham, Portland and surrounding areas for the next trip Sept. 28-Oct. 2.
August 23, 2016

Honor Flight seeks veterans for free trip to Washington, D.C.

by Pamplin Media Group
Nonprofit group transports World War II vets to see memorials Honor Flight of Portland is calling on World War II veterans in Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, Hood River, Clackamas,…
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August 23, 2016

Man arrested for trying to ship marijuana to California

by Courtney Vaughn
A suspicious package received at All About Mail in Scappoose earlier this month turned out to be marijuana. Employees notified the Scappoose Police Department after a man dropped off a package…
August 23, 2016

St. Helens Police Department logs

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens Police Department Friday, Aug. 12 Brian Gerald Vanavery, 52, of Aloha, was arrested on an outstanding warrant at the city docks. Thursday, Aug. 11 Officers took a report of an…


August 22, 2016

Scappoose Police Department logs

by Darryl Swan
Scappoose Police Department Monday, Aug. 15 Officers conducted a welfare check in the 33000 block of S.W. JP West Road. Sunday, Aug. 14 Cindy Wilson, 62, was arrested on an outstanding Scappoose…
COURTESY PHOTO - Portland bicyclist Jay Kapp recently completed a cross-country bike ride to raise funds for CASA.
August 19, 2016

Bicyclist raises money for CASA

by Nicole Thill
Portland bicyclist Jay Kapp recently completed a cross-country bike ride that raised $3,598 for CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington and Columbia Counties, according to a press release…
August 21, 2016

County commissioners approve zone change in Scappoose UGB

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the rezoning of a 2.3 acre parcel on Highway 30 in Scappoose from rural residential to highway commercial. The land is owned by Scappoose…
August 20, 2016

Recreational burning banned in Scappoose, St. Helens

by Nicole Thill
Due to excessive heat warnings over the weekend, a complete burn ban has been put in effect by the Scappoose Fire District and Columbia River Fire and Rescue from now until further notice. On…
August 19, 2016

Unemployment rates rise in Oregon

by Nicole Thill
Unemployment rates in Oregon rose to 5.2 percent in July, a 0.4 percent increase from the unemployment rates recorded in June, a press release from the Oregon Employment Department states. The…
August 20, 2016

St. Helens arts commission seeking applicants

by Nicole Thill
The city of St. Helens is currently accepting applications for volunteers interested in serving on the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission. The commission is a project-oriented board that…
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August 19, 2016

Citing attorney-client privilege, DA sides with fire district in…

by Darryl Swan
The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office determined last week an investigative report into complaints brought against a former division chief at Columbia River Fire and Rescue does not…

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Aug 19, 2016

PUD appoints interim manager for second year

by Courtney Vaughn
John Nguyen will stay on as interim GM after board opts not to recruit candidates John Nguyen will serve another year as interim manager of the Columbia River People’s Utility District after a…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Alyssa Stutzer, a kindergarten teacher at Warren Elementary School, helps a classroom of children participating in a 'Kinder Camp' get ready for snack time by passing out hand sanitizer. Kinder camp gives children with little to no preschool experience some exposure to a classroom setting before the first day of school.
Aug 19, 2016

'Kinder Camps' teach kids how to be students

by Nicole Thill
Programs in Columbia County schools teach pre-k students what to expect when they start kindergarten On a Tuesday morning at Grant Watts Elementary School, soon-to-be-kindegarteners sit at…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Jim Tierney, executive director of Community Action Team, speaks to the St. Helens City Council on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Tierney along with other staff from CAT asked the City Council to start figuring out ways to better serve the growing homeless population in St. Helens.
Aug 19, 2016

Social service pros press St. Helens staff for better homeless…

by Nicole Thill
Creating a shelter would be 'a starting point,' some say As the homelessness rate in Columbia County continues to rise, officials in St. Helens have been passing regulations to negate effects on…
Aug 19, 2016

St. Helens awarded grant to fund transportation improvement plan

by Nicole Thill
The city of St. Helens will likely receive a $175,000 grant to create a detailed transportation plan to improve access from Highway 30 to the city’s waterfront property along the Columbia River.…
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Aug 18, 2016

Scappoose man turns in self for setting fire to homes

by Courtney Vaughn
34-year-old Daniel D. Fahrenwald cops to setting trio of fires A man is in jail after turning himself in Sunday for setting homes on fire, including one he lived at. Police say Daniel D.…
Aug 18, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office logs

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Sunday, Aug. 7 Boe Loosli, 34, of St. Helens, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, probation violation and giving false information to police following a…
Aug 17, 2016

Warrants of the Week

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Thomas Dewitt Williams Thomas Dewitt Williams, 51, is a male with blond hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 167 pounds. Williams is on probation for two counts of assault…
Aug 16, 2016

St. Helens Police Department logs

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens Police Department Wednesday, Aug. 3 Officers took a report of a 42-inch flat screen television that was stolen from a residence in the 100 block of N. 7th Street. Tuesday, Aug. 2…
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY/KELLY NILES - A wildfire burns on timberland owned by Weyerhaeuser in Scappoose. The fire was likely caused by a campfire that was not properly extinguished, investigators say.
Aug 15, 2016

Four arrested for fire on Weyerhaeuser property

by Courtney Vaughn
Four people have been arrested in connection with a fire on Weyerhaeuser Co. timber property in Scappoose. A fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, on timberland off Holaday Road near…
Aug 15, 2016

Scappoose Police Department logs

by Darryl Swan
Scappoose Police Department Monday, Aug. 8 Craig McKay, 64, was arrested for unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, assault IV and harassment following an investigation in the 33000 block of E.…