SAFE executive director announces departure

SAFE executive director announces departure

Naaman Cordova-Muenzberg cites personal reasons for leaving after four-year stint

Public input sought on St. Helens plan for urban renewal

Public input sought on St. Helens plan for urban renewal

More than 40 people turn out for open house hosted by city

Hawaii trip costs Port of St. Helens $13K

Hawaii trip costs Port of St. Helens $13K

Association of Pacific Ports conference in Maui boasted luxury hotel stays and subsidized...

Land owner appeals Scappoose annexation

Land owner appeals Scappoose annexation

Property owner objects to prospective development on nearly 360 acres near airport

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SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - City Administrator John Walsh speaks to the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group in November about the city's consideration of filling its wastewater lagoon with dredge spoils from Portland. The city may receive state funding to conduct further studies of the lagoon to determine the project's feasibility.
February 24, 2017

St. Helens could get $1.5M from state for lagoon project

by Nicole Thill
Rep. Brad Witt introduced house bill to allocate funds on emegency basis
PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURIE WHITE - Students at Otto Petersen Elementary School pose for a photo with Lisa Beggio, operations manager at the Columbia Humane Society, on Thursday, Feb. 16, after recently completing a fundraiser to benefit the shelter. The students collected $132 to give to the shelter.
February 24, 2017

Holiday donations delayed by snow

by Nicole Thill
Otto Petersen Elementary students finally get to deliver donations after December collections
PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY JACKSON - Pictured are: Allison Wills, alto saxophonist; Destiny Huffman, flutist; Gilroy; Hayden Liao, euphonium; and Cory Tobin, clarinetist.
February 24, 2017

ENCORE! ENCORE!

by Nicole Thill
Scappoose High School students perform in All NW Wind Symphony held in Seattle


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - St. Helens High School AVID site coordinator Tonya Arnold speaks during a school board meeting Wednesday,  Feb. 22. Behind her stand two AVID students, Teja Ojeda Ronan and Fernando Garcia, and two mentors, Kyleah Puyear and John Chabala, both St. Helens High alumni. The students and mentors each shared a brief story about how the college prepartion program has helped them personally and academically.
February 24, 2017

St. Helens schools get $20K over last two weeks

by Nicole Thill
Elementary and high schools find money in corporate grants, sweepstakes and contests
Philip Griffin (far left), attorney for the Columbia River PUD, explains the process for moving forward with a special election vote to annex additional ratepayers into the PUD's voting boundary during a meeting Feb. 21. To the right, Directors Rob Mathers and Debbie Reed.
February 24, 2017

PUD: Annexation vote likely, but new voters can't run for office…

by Courtney Vaughn
Electric district aims to have ballot measure ready by May
COURTESY PHOTO - Principal Lisa Tyler holds up a homemade giant check after a school assembly at McBride Elementary School. The school recently won $10,000 in a sweepstakes contest sponsored by Campbell's Soup Company.
February 21, 2017

McBride Elementary School wins $10K sweepstakes

by Nicole Thill
School received money after entering online contest sponsored by Campbell Soup Company
February 20, 2017

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February 20, 2017

Vernonia man suspected in shooting still not located

by Nicole Thill
Sheriff's Office continues to investigate Saturday afternoon shooting that injured one in Vernonia
COURTESY OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION - Bottle deposits in Oregon will double to 10 cents on April 1. Under a bill proposed in the Legislature, even cans for which only a 5-cent deposit was paid can be redeemed for the full 10 cents until Sept. 1, 2018.
February 18, 2017

Oregonians could see bottle deposit windfall under bill

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state's bottle and can deposit will double to a dime April 1.
FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor published Feb. 17
February 18, 2017

Letters

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Letters to the editor, including a statement on the increasingly dangerous traffic on Highway 30, the VFW's rescheduled wood raffle, perceived problems with the Oregon Ds, and expectations the…

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Feb 24, 2017

Local Eagle Scout plans benefit concert

by Debbie Wheeler
On February 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Scappoose High School a performance featuring local musicians will showcase some of Joshua Wheeler's original compositions.
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Scappoose Police Sgt. Dennis Viereck and Officer Matt Dorick work the scene of an incident in 2016. Scappoose Police Department, like other local law enforcement agencies, does not check for citizenship status in its routine duties.
Feb 17, 2017

Law enforcement: 'We don't enforce immigration law'

by Nicole Thill and Courtney Vaughn
Sheriff and police agencies say immigration mostly falls beyond scope of their responsibility
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The Scappoose High School softball team currently practices on a field near the Scappoose District Office, but the location does not provide access to restrooms, locker rooms or a concession stand, which the boys baseball team has. The district is now looking to address those inequalities by either moving the team or building restrooms at the current field.
Feb 17, 2017

Scappoose school officials pitch plans to address softball field…

by Nicole Thill
One year after anti-gender discrimination audit, district develops two draft action plans
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The Columbia River Fire and Rescue board of directors talks about planning for the 2017-18 fiscal year budget during a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14. The budget process for the fire district will begin sometime in March.
Feb 17, 2017

Columbia River Fire and Rescue board hones budget priority…

by Nicole Thill
Board of directors discusses items to address in 2017-18 budget planning process
COURTESY PHOTO OF CHIP GARDES - Katelyn Wells and Addison Wells at the Columbia City Community Library on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Feb 17, 2017

From my heart to yours

by Nicole Thill
Children gets hands-on with Valentine's Day crafts at Columbia City Community Library
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Firefighters make their way down a dock near the St. Helens waterfront during a training exercise day.
Feb 17, 2017

Training day

by Courtney Vaughn
Regional fire agencies team up for marine, helicopter rescue techniques
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The St. Helens Police Department released its annual report this week indicating call volume, case load and items of interest for the 2016 calendar year.
Feb 17, 2017

Data mark decline in calls for St. Helens police in 2016

by Nicole Thill
Police chief says case load has been consistent; department still understaffed
COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue firefighters were called to the 66000 block of Bishop Creek Road in Goble earlier this week when a chimney fire started and spread to other parts of the home. No one was injured in the blaze.
Feb 17, 2017

Chimney fire in Goble causes $30K of damage

by Nicole Thill
Fire spread from chimney to other parts of building on Feb. 12
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Feb 17, 2017

Nancy L. Herrling

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July 9, 1934-Feb. 9, 2017 - Nancy L. Herrling went to Heaven on February 9, 2017, at the age of 82.
Naaman Cordova-Muenzberg
Feb 17, 2017

SAFE executive director announces departure

by Nicole Thill
Naaman Cordova-Muenzberg cites personal reasons for leaving women's shelter and resource center for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse after four-year stint