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April 18, 2014

Letters

by Spotlight readers
Letters to the editor for the issue of April 18, 2014 Wondering about ‘without cause’ in chief firing I have been a resident of the city of Scappoose for over 50 years and I feel that the…
April 18, 2014

Waiting on the facts in Greisen case

by Swan, Darryl
Editorial The complexities surrounding the city of Scappoose’s investigations into allegations against Chief Douglas Greisen are many and varied. To view the story in a fair light, it is crucial…
by: FILE PHOTO - Dickerson
April 18, 2014

We'll work together to make the most of what we have

by Jeff Dickerson
A weekly column from Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson on the state of Sheriff's Office and Columbia County Jail operations The criminal justice system in Columbia County consists of the…
April 15, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Swan, Darryl
We need responsible, not reckless, oil transports After the 2013 explosion in Lac-Megantic, Canada, it should’ve become immediately clear that Bakken crude was not like other crudes. Now we know…
by: FILE PHOTO - Dickerson
April 15, 2014

The county jail serves many purposes

by Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Jails serve both as the community’s last resort for solving public safety dilemmas and as a critical piece to the overall criminal justice program in every county. Whether or not we are forced…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Danner Christensen
April 04, 2014

Consider the other pieces of community stewardship

by Danner Christensen
To the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, the Port of St. Helens Commission, State Sen. Betsy Johnson and State Rep. Brad Witt: I live in Columbia County, two blocks outside of the St.…
by: FILE PHOTO - Dickerson
April 04, 2014

Sheriff's Office hard at work, despite cuts

by Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson is contributing a weekly informational column about Sheriff's Office and Columbia County Jail operations Rumors and assumptions about the Sheriff’s Office…
April 04, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Readers
For Speedy, a requiem Speedy, the beloved 60-year-old turtle at Grant Watts School, has reached the end of her life. We students have come to love her in the library, where she modeled quiet…
March 28, 2014

Reader's letters

by Darryl Swan
Wants study on effects of increased rail traffic Global Partners LLC’s application to increase its permitted oil shipments via the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is based upon the…
March 24, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Swan, Darryl
Questions about jail How many jail beds do we need to support our local and county police patrols? How many jail beds do we need to support our local county courthouse? How many jail beds need…

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Mar 24, 2014

A wrap on the 'short session'

by Rep. Brad Witt
The Oregon Legislature wrapped up the 2014 “short session” Friday afternoon, March 7, just a little under the 35-day deadline. Overall, I think it was a very productive session with some…
Mar 24, 2014

Port is the key to local oil-by-rail concerns

by Michael Sheehan
I would like to respond to arguments raised by proponents of the increasing number of the highly explosive petroleum trains now coming through our communities. First, it’s clear that the…
Mar 14, 2014

Estate of Jennifer Warrendeserves the right to seek justice

by Darryl Swan
Columbia County legislators Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and attorney James Horn of the St. Helens law firm Olsen & Horn LLC, deserve recognition for their…
Mar 14, 2014

Oil-by-rail risks still in play

by Darryl Swan
There was a collective sigh of relief in Columbia County last week when the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order modifying regulations for crude-by-rail shipments hailing…
Mar 14, 2014

Letters

by Swan, Darryl
Letter to Port of St. Helens commissioners This letter is submitted for the record and as a formal request for the resignation of Commissioner Colleen DeShazer. If Commissioner DeShazer does…
by: FILE PHOTO - Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Mar 14, 2014

No scare tactics, but possiblejail closure is scary

by Darryl Swan
I am writing to you on my concern for the future of our jail and what I believe it will mean for our community. While no one can know for sure the degree to which the loss of the county jail…
Mar 14, 2014

Letters

by Swan, Darryl
Real need for jail levy Columbia County’s current jail problem is controversial and profound. Apparently — even though the additional levy amounts to nothing greater than an average tank of gas…
Mar 14, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
You are welcome Thank you for featuring new pastor, Rev. David Hutchinson, of Plymouth Presbyterian Church in the Spotlight newspaper. The write-up was so nicely done. We appreciate all you do…