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SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor about the significance of Memorial Day and an approach from MoveOn Columbia County to address the growing partisan divide in American politics.
May 19, 2017

Letters to the editor

by Pamplin Media Group
As Memorial Day approaches, veterans reps from Scappoose and St. Helens offer commentary on ways to honor veterans and their service.
FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie. Witt represents Oregon's House District 31. He can be reached at Rep.BradWitt@state.or.us.
May 14, 2017

Bold actions needed to address state's $1.6 billion deficit

by Rep. Brad Witt
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatkskanie, offers a synopsis of some legislative actions being pursued to address the state's looming budget deficit.
FILE PHOTO - Scappoose School District Superintendent Stephen Jupe
May 13, 2017

The importance of 'adequate' administration

by Stephen Jupe
Scappoose School District Superintendent Stephen Jupe offers information about school administrators factor into the student-learning equation.


FILE PHOTO  - Spotlight's letters to the editor for the edition of May 12, 2017. The Spotlight delivers weekly, informed commentary from across Columbia County.
May 12, 2017

Letters

by Readers
Warnings from the state AG's Office, new leadership at the Scappoose VFW, Byte Sized has big FIRSTs, a score of political ramblings, and much more.
May 05, 2017

For transgender athletes, situation and feelings come into play

by Chase Bakkensen
Chase Bakkensen, a junior at Scappoose High School, seeks answers to his questions about transgender athlete competition.
FILE PHOTO - Political opinions dominate the conversation in the May 5, 2017, letters to the editor section.
May 05, 2017

Letters

by Readers
Spotlight readers sound off about the upcoming election, the Port of St. Helens rezone effort, and much more in this week's letters installment.
OREGON STATE LEGISLATURE - Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie
May 05, 2017

Restrictions on ADUs loosen in wake of housing crisis

by Rep. Brad Witt
Rep. Brad Witt, a Clatskanie Democrat, discusses legislative actions regarding the housing crisis, as well as efforts to protect vehicle owners' privacy.
FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor published April 28.
April 28, 2017

Letters

by Readers
Seventeen letters that pretty much cover Columbia County's sweeping political landscape as the May 16 election closes in. Ballots were mailed Wednesday. Here's a chance to find out who your…
FILE PHOTO - Ward
April 28, 2017

PUD leaves the door wide open for speculation

by Nancy Ward
Nancy Ward ran was was elected to the Columbia River PUD board of directors in the November 2016 election. She received 62 percent of votes to serve as the PUD's Subdivision 1 representative.…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dreeszen
April 28, 2017

How to foster relationships with confident Christians

by Ciara Dreeszen
Ciara Dreeszen is a junior at Scappoose High School, where she focuses on journalism and creative writing. She plans to attend Oregon State University after graduation to pursue a career as an…

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FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor published in the April 21 issue of the Spotlight.
Apr 21, 2017

Letters

by Readers
More than 84 inches of commentary originating from the Columbia County community. Political hopefuls have their fans and detractors out in force as the May 16 special districts election comes…
PORT OF ST. HELENS IMAGE - An aerial shot of Port Westward, on the Columbia River
Apr 14, 2017

Port launches yet another bad PR campaign

by Darryl Swan
The Port of St. Helens Commission advanced an application to rezone high quality farmland into industrial property, but is not sharing application details with the public. Not only is it a bad…
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Apr 14, 2017

Letters to the editor

by Readers
Candidate endorsements for school boards, Port of St. Helens; Readers speak out against Port efforts to re-zone farm land; Reflecting on the origins of Easter
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:  - 'I watched people attempt to defend themselves from a higher tax rate without the proper appraisal, they had no way to defend themselves. This was very sad to watch, especially considering this county is so poor anyway.' - Daniel Knutson, Scappoose
Apr 07, 2017

Letters

by Pamplin Media Group
Missile program would be a waste, getting fleeced with Columbia County tax assessments, enough already with tax-happy Oregon, on candidate stumps
FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt
Apr 01, 2017

Grants help cities be strategic about economic development…

by Rep. Brad Witt
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, and Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, hosting town hall meetings Saturday, April 1, in St. Helens and Vernonia.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY - A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from a THAAD battery located on Wake Island during the U.S. Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency's Flight Test Operational (FTO)-02 Event 2a. During the test, the THAAD system successfully intercepted two air-launched ballistic missile targets, the agency reported.
Mar 31, 2017

Letters to the editor

by Readers
Missile defense is a national priority, stumping for a return of Chris Iverson to the Port of St. Helens Commission.
FILE PHOTO -  Some residents are concerned loose building codes could allow developers to erect tall buildings along the St. Helens waterfront. Currently, the tallest building in the area is the Muckle Building on the Strand, which is 55 feet.
Mar 31, 2017

Building height restriction needed to preserve waterfront

by Jeannine "JJ" Duehren
Jeannine 'JJ' Duehren is a long-time small business owner, including owner of rental properties in St. Helens. She is spearheading an effort to preserve height restrictions for buildings along…