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As publisher of the Spotlight, I have been remiss in not more strongly heralding recent additions to our small but very capable newspaper team. The most recent addition is Tyler Graf, a University of Oregon graduate who spent a couple years cutting his teeth at the Daily Journal of Commerce and working freelance prior to joining the Spotlight as a reporter. Earlier, Jeannet Santiago, who has extensive experience in marketing, advertising and publication sales, started as the Spotlight's new advertising sales representative.

And, going back to 2009, Stover E. Harger III joined The Spotlight as news editor from our sister publication, The Beaverton Valley Times. Stover brought with him strong credentials, an impressive journalism award or two and an instinct for finding the compelling stories that has given us a better sense of the community we live and work in, and has made the Spotlight a stronger publication.

I have been exited to bring Tyler, Jeannet and Stover on board, and together with our more tenured and equally talented staff members we are energized more than ever to deliver a quality, innovative community news publication that consistently informs and entertains our readership, and as well inspires meaningful community dialogue.

Equally exciting is the recent outpouring of community participation in the Spotlight. This week, we have the inaugural 'Field Notes' column by Scappoose resident and business owner, Marty Liesegang. Marty can frequently be seen in the Roadrunner Gas and Grocery, and when fall arrives his business is ground zero for all the outdoorsmen-like scuttlebutt concerning who's hunting what and where - and whether they're having success or not. And with his English degree in tow, it was only natural to approach Marty about putting his experience and expertise to good use in the Spotlight's sports section. He gladly obliged, and his column premieres in this edition on page B3. We look forward to future submissions, and if anyone has an outdoor topic he or she wants Marty to explore, drop him a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or shoot us an e-mail here at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Secondly, the Spotlight has launched a new narrative feature entitled 'Looking Back.' Our aspiration here is for readers of any age to submit articles reflective of their experiences living in Columbia County - whether it's a high school graduate reminiscing of the school year recently passed or a war veteran reflecting on experiences half-a-century ago . This week we published the first of a five-part series expertly penned by Alice Cheek Cave, who lived in the Chapman area around the time of the Great Depression and spent most of her life around the Scappoose-St. Helens area. Please see page A12.

And, below on this page, you can find John Riutta's latest installment of his always intriguing 'From Under My Hat' column.

These are the stories that give voice to a community newspaper, and I look forward to adding yours to the list.

As always, we welcome all submissions, including op-ed pieces and letters to the editor.

Thank you for reading.

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