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FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt
March 25, 2017

Legislative report: Pole truck permits, Bill of Rights for…

by Rep. Brad Witt
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, discusses pole truck permits, Bill of Rights for siblings of foster children, and private grave site access
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Equipment on the construction site of Dutch Canyon Estates in Scappoose preps a water-logged parcel Monday, March 13.
March 24, 2017

Letters

by Readers
More questions about Scappoose School District's Open Enrollment policy, Port Commission options, violations apparently no problem for DR Horton homebuilders
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - WITT
March 19, 2017

Success of OWEB's programs, budget allocation in context of…

by Rep. Brad Witt
Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, notes the value of Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board natural resources initiatives, and notes their significance in light of the state's budget crisis.


FILE PHOTO - JUPE
March 17, 2017

Placing Scappoose School District's long-range planning in…

by Stephen Jupe
Scappoose School District Superintendent Stephen Jupe offers talking points about the district's long-range plannning initiatives.
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The Scappoose Kiwanis Club annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. at Grant Watts Elementary School.
March 17, 2017

Letters to the editor

by Pamplin Media Group
Donations for Scappoose Easter Egg hunt, assessing the value of our citizenship (i.e. What is more important, watching sports and checking Facebook or being a citizen?) and expectations of a…
March 14, 2017

My View: Commission applauded for following the science

by Joan Dukes
A Kitzhaber policy has failed to meet its own goals, so panel 're-balanced' it.
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Allen: Many citizens believe consent is mandatory. Police officers insist citizens understand consent is voluntary, so why are they against the legislation?
March 10, 2017

Where do we draw the blue line?

by Bill Allen
Op-ed from St. Helens resident Bill Allen regarding proposed legislation requiring police officers to give a Miranda-like warning prior to conducting searches
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Letters published 3/10/2017
March 10, 2017

Letters to the editor

by Readers
The passing of anti-poverty warrior Bruce Hugo; annexed floating homes in Subdivision 1 should be able to run for, and hold, PUD office if they have 2 or more years in service area; Scappoose…
FILE PHOTO - Witt
March 10, 2017

With housing in mind, bills offer a leg up for low-income…

by Rep. Brad Witt
Weekly legislative update by Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie. Witt serves House District 31
March 03, 2017

Letters

by Readers
Letters response to Chris Brumbles' 'Spoiled brats' criticism of Democrat response to Trump presidential decisions.

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ASSOCIATION OF PACIFIC PORTS PHOTO - Port of St. Helens Commissioner Larry Ericksen, right, accepts an award during the Association of Pacific Ports Winter Conference in Maui, Hawaii. The Port spent $13,000 for three commissioners and its executive director, Patrick Trapp, to attend the annual event, which included fishing trips, golf outings and stays at a luxury hotel.
Mar 03, 2017

Is Port officials' trip to Hawaii worth the $13K price tag? Your…

by Darryl Swan
The Port of St. Helens sent four people on a trip to Hawaii to attend an training and networking conference. Three commissioners --- a majority of the commission --- and the outgoing executive…
FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt
Feb 24, 2017

Sponsored legislation allows veterans to 're-enter' education…

by Rep. Brad Witt
Guest column by Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, who represents Oregon's House District 31. He can be reached at Rep.BradWitt@state.or.us.
FILE PHOTO - Letters published 2/24
Feb 24, 2017

Letters

by Readers
'Crybaby' response to Lions girls hoops upheaval, taking issue with 'Spoiled Brats' claim by Oath Keepers rep, perceived problems with the St. Helens lagoon and waterfront redevelopment projects
Feb 10, 2017

Public records overhaul encouraged, but doubtful it will make a…

by Darryl Swan
Though discussion focused on a revised public records process in Oregon is a positive step forward, the law needs more teeth, and public officials need to make a stronger committment to…
FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor published Feb. 10, 2017
Feb 10, 2017

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor published in the Feb. 10 issue. Readers comments on Port of St. Helens operations, the St. Helens City Council, and special thanks for road workers' response during…
PORT OF ST. HELENS - Larry Ericksen
Feb 03, 2017

A different point of view

by Larry Ericksen
Larry Ericksen was elected in May 2015 to serve in the Position 3 seat on the Port of St. Helens Commission. He lives in Scappoose.
FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor for Feb. 3, 2017
Feb 03, 2017

Letters

by Readers
Readers and Global Partners LP weighs in on recent question about Port of St. Helens transparency with operations at Port Westward.