CAT, three other cities fund housing study

CAT, three other cities fund housing study

Community Action Team received financial support, partnership from the city of St. Helens this...

Going back in time

Going back in time

Members of the Columbia County chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism will host demo...

Scappoose to purchase property to expand parks

Scappoose to purchase property to expand parks

Two sites near Veterans Park and Chapman Landing will be acquired by city A $340,000 land...

Police say body found near St. Helens was Portland woman

Police say body found near St. Helens was Portland woman

Death of Apache Rose Hightower being investigated as homicide UPDATE: A person of interest has...


Columbia County's Latest News

September 29, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office logs

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Thursday, Sept. 15 Dennis Wentz, 49, of Rainier, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and Shelly Wentz, 49, of Rainier, was arrested for possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine…
September 27, 2016

St. Helens Police Department logs

by Nicole Thill
Monday, Sept. 12 Eduardo J. Martinez, 22, of St. Helens, was arrested on an outstanding warrant at a residence in the 500 block of S. 13th Street. Caitlin Elizabeth Inskeep, 31, of Salem, was…
One of the most recent photos of Jesse Lane, provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
September 26, 2016

Police search for person of interest in St. Helens homicide case

by Courtney Vaughn
Jesse Allen Lane, 28, of Jackson County wanted for questioning in homicide of Portland's Apache Rose Hightower Investigators are asking for the public's help to locate a 28-year-old man…


September 26, 2016

Scappoose Police Department logs

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Friday, Sept. 16 Savannah Eastman, 21, was arrested on an outstanding Deschutes County warrant in the 31000 block of New Kirk Road. Nicholas Mullican, 35, was arrested for possession of…
COURTESY PHOTO - Two oversized light ornaments from the 2015 Let it Glow project. Volunteers made 30 of the ornaments to hang in the Columbia Courthouse plaza in December.
September 25, 2016

St. Helens decorating project earns award

by Nicole Thill
A two-phase holiday decorating project hosted by the St. Helens Economic Development Corp. called “Let it Glow” last December earned the “Best Downtown Beautification Project” award on Thursday,…
September 25, 2016

Sheriff's Office hosting jail tour Thursday

by Nicole Thill
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is hosting an open house, including an opportunity to tour the Columbia County Jail, on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 6 p.m., according to a release from the…
September 24, 2016

Planning commission accepting applicants

by Nicole Thill
The city of St. Helens is now accepting applications from people interested in serving on the St. Helens Planning Commission. The commission meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.,…
September 24, 2016

Passenger in stolen car, police pursuit sentenced

by Courtney Vaughn
Elisha Marie Howell, the woman who was a passenger in a car theft and police pursuit case, was sentenced last Thursday, Sept. 15, to 18 months in state prison and three years of probation after…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Signs along Highway 30 are designed to show visitors where to locate businesses and locations of interest in town. The city received a $40,000 matching grant to develop a new wayfinding system that will include ideas for new signage.
September 23, 2016

St. Helens to define standard brand to direct motorists

by Nicole Thill
City receives $40,000 in matching grants to develop wayfinding master plan in 2017 The city of St. Helens will receive a $40,000 matching grant from Travel Oregon to develop a wayfinding master…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A covered picnic shelter in McCormick Park. The city will build a second covered shelter by next summer thanks to a $15,810 matching grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation.
September 23, 2016

Plan for a picnic

by Nicole Thill
City receives grant to build second covered shelter in McCormick Park McCormick Park will be the home to a second covered picnic structure by next summer thanks to a $15,810 grant from the…

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COURTESY PHOTO - Nicholas Brendon and Emma Caufield as Xander and Anya in the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' in the late 1990s. Both actors will visit St. Helens on Oct. 29.
Sep 23, 2016

Another 'Buffy' actor added to Spirit of Halloweentown lineup

by Nicole Thill
Emma Caufield, who played "Anya" on the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will pose for photos with series co-star Nicholas Brendon Fans of the 1990s and early 2000s TV series, “Buffy the…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The Scappoose School District is seeking approval from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to retain the Indians mascot and associated imagery. A public meeting to get feedback on which aspects the community most wants to retain is scheduled for early October.
Sep 23, 2016

Scappoose school staff, tribal officials host open house to…

by Nicole Thill
Discussions with Confederated Tribe of Grand Ronde to keep Indians mascot countines The Scappoose School District countinues to seek approval to retain the Indians mascot and associated imagery,…
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Sep 23, 2016

Clatskanie, officials face defamation lawsuit

by Courtney Vaughn
Woman says city officials and mayor's husband spread rumors of an affair A Clatskanie business owner is suing the city, its mayor, the mayor’s husband and Clatskanie City Manager Greg Hinkelman…
Sep 23, 2016

Narcotics team busts meth trafficking operation

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia County's recently revived Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team helped bring down a methamphetamine trafficking operation. The CENT team, working with narcotics investigators from the…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Dave Baker, a director with the Columbia River PUD, defends himself against complaints lodged by the PUD's general manager.
Sep 23, 2016

PUD board votes to discipline, withhold pay from director

by Courtney Vaughn
Narrow vote came after complaints of internal policy violations After a tense public hearing Tuesday evening to consider complaints filed against Columbia River People’s Utility District…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Shirley Palm and Bob Schmore, both of Columbia City, browse through a selection of books during the Columbia City Celebration, Saturday, Sept. 17. Both said they were having a great time at the event despite the wet weather.
Sep 23, 2016

Despite weather, record turnout reported for Columbia City…

by Nicole Thill
Fundraising totals to benefit community library expected to exceed previous years While rainy conditions were not what Columbia City Celebration event organizers expected Saturday, Sept. 17,…
Sep 22, 2016

Columbia Soil & Water Conservation district to host auctions,…

by Nicole Thill
Food and spirits from Columbia County Brewing will be offered, along with silent and live auctions, Saturday evening, Oct. 8, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion to…
Sep 22, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office logs

by Nicole Thill
Saturday, Sept. 10 John Olsen, 46, of Scappoose, was arrested for driving while suspended and probation violation following a report of a suspicious vehicle at the St. Helens Chevron Station on…
Sep 21, 2016

Archaeologist to speak at St. Helens library

by Nicole Thill
The St. Helens Public Library will host a lecture with archaeologist Don Hann on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium, 375 S 18th St. Hann will give a presentation titled,…
Sep 14, 2016

Warrants of the Week

by Darryl Swan
Monica Dawn Cain Monica Dawn Cain, aka Monica Dawn Kellar, 43, is a female with blond hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. Cain is on probation for mail theft…