Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Scappoose Community and Senior Center gradually reopening

Scappoose Community and Senior Center gradually reopening

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Center is recovering from both pandemic and internal turmoil, with volunteers leading repair work, classes.
Smith, Niles lead in Columbia County commissioner race

Smith, Niles lead in Columbia County commissioner race

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No candidate cleared the 50% mark. The top two vote-getters will advance to the November election.
Stout snags Republican nomination in House District 31

Stout snags Republican nomination in House District 31

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The Columbia City Republican will head to his third straight general election.
Columbia City voters approve tax levy for police

Columbia City voters approve tax levy for police

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The rate is increasing, but despite that, voters appear to be supporting the measure by a wider margin than before.
St. Helens Police Log: Assault, vandalism reported on…

St. Helens Police Log: Assault, vandalism reported on…

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The St. Helens Police Department runs down calls for service from April 22-May 3, 2022.
Primary is end of beginning of 2022 election

Primary is end of beginning of 2022 election

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Former Oregon Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) iwill start running for governor backed by $1.75 million in contributions from Nike CEO.
Official RSVP program to end this year

Official RSVP program to end this year

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CRF&R will no longer sponsor senior volunteer program, but federal policy means no one else can take over for two years.
St. Helens High Wind Ensemble notches state championship

St. Helens High Wind Ensemble notches state championship

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St. Helens overtook West Albany, a perennial favorite, to capture the title at Oregon State University.
Columbia County students honored in 'If I Were Mayor'…

Columbia County students honored in 'If I Were Mayor'…

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All three of St. Helens' first-place winners made the podium at the state level for the Oregon Mayors Association.
Oregon leaders worried by mega-drought fire season

Oregon leaders worried by mega-drought fire season

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The sustained dry periods make trees and other vegetation more likely to ignite if hit by lighting or human carelessness.
Committee OKs St. Helens budget, adding back youth librarian

Committee OKs St. Helens budget, adding back youth librarian

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The Budget Committee, meeting May 12, approved a budget that also adds two police officers.
Political notebook: Schrader trouble, Kristof cash, more

Political notebook: Schrader trouble, Kristof cash, more

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Political moves continue as the May 17 primary election voting deadline nears.
Port of Columbia County officially terminates NWIW lease…

Port of Columbia County officially terminates NWIW lease…

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Port commissioners terminated their legal agreement with Northwest Innovation Works.
Oregon concedes housing love-letter ban is unconstitutional

Oregon concedes housing love-letter ban is unconstitutional

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State attorney general's office agrees to pay Realtors $64,000 for costs in fighting legislation seeking to address discrimination
Columbia Arts Guild hosting spring show

Columbia Arts Guild hosting spring show

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Spring art show planned for Saturday, May 14 at the St. Helens Community Center.
St. Helens eyes Central Waterfront improvements

St. Helens eyes Central Waterfront improvements

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Improvements include addressing the city's 39-acre wastewater treatment plant facility.
Spirit Mountain funds Oregon inmates working in prison…

Spirit Mountain funds Oregon inmates working in prison…

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$7,500 grant restarts nonprofit Lettuce Grow's programs in correctional facilities whose participants have reduced recidivism
Primary vote counting could drag into June

Primary vote counting could drag into June

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A new Oregon law allows mail-in votes to be counted if they arrive at election offices a week after the May 17 primary.
BLM announces $586k for Columbia County

BLM announces $586k for Columbia County

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Bureau of Land Management distributes funds from timber revenues to 18 Oregon counties
St. Helens city website taken down by attack

St. Helens city website taken down by attack

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UPDATE: The city says data is still safe and secure. Web service has been restored.
Decision time in Columbia County as May 17 primary…

Decision time in Columbia County as May 17 primary…

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Just over a week remains before voters select candidates for state and local seats.
LUBA rejects Columbia County's rezone approval

LUBA rejects Columbia County's rezone approval

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Appeals board finds county did not have sufficient evidence to approve 837-acre rezone.
Proposed St. Helens budget to get close scrutiny May 12

Proposed St. Helens budget to get close scrutiny May 12

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The city budget committee will explore a proposed budget and will look at changes to the library and the police department.
Nonprofit's event space embroils Oregon gubernatorial…

Nonprofit's event space embroils Oregon gubernatorial…

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Attorney general says tax-exempt group typically can provide venue for in-kind contributions, as long as third party is hosting
Columbia City asks voters to fund police levy

Columbia City asks voters to fund police levy

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Ballot measure 5-287 would increase property tax levy over last five-year levy.
Columbia County commissioner candidates attend forum

Columbia County commissioner candidates attend forum

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Rainier Chamber of Commerce hosts forum to question four candidates for Columbia County Board of Commissioners
St. Helens City Council OKs tourism contract for Tina Curry

St. Helens City Council OKs tourism contract for Tina Curry

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The council voted unanimously to approve a contract and expressed satisfaction with a recently released audit.
Survey open for community health needs assessment

Survey open for community health needs assessment

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Public health officials seek community input on 'strengths, needs and challenges impacting health.'
Poll: Drazan tops list of Republicans for Oregon governor

Poll: Drazan tops list of Republicans for Oregon governor

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More than 25% still undecided, but former House leader emerges from 19-candidate field with 19% of sample.
Scappoose drama program ends year with Charlie Brown

Scappoose drama program ends year with Charlie Brown

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Scappoose thespians performed 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' for spring musical.

Friends, family honor 101-year-old Scappoose woman

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Friends, family honor 101-year-old Scappoose woman
A birthday bash for longtime resident Millie Gobel was held Tuesday at Brookdale Rose Valley.

St. Helens Garden Club to hold plant sale Saturday

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St. Helens Garden Club to hold plant sale Saturday
This is the big annual fundraiser for the group, which helps maintain park areas and historic places.

Tourism audit focus of May 4 St. Helens City…

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Tourism audit focus of May 4 St. Helens City…
The topic of a recently released audit and a new contract for event coordinator Tina Curry will be discussed May 4.

Portland Community College's OMIC director to leave

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Portland Community College's OMIC director to leave
Andrew Lattanner will leave training center at the end of May, after nearly three years as director.

St. Helens Police Log: Boat stolen on River Street

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St. Helens Police Log: Boat stolen on River Street
The St. Helens Police Department lists some notable calls for service from April 16-28, 2022.

Scappoose Police Log: Deli worker busted stealing…

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Scappoose Police Log: Deli worker busted stealing…
The Scappoose Police Department rounds up calls for service from April 11-28, 2022.

Asian Oregonians report bias crimes, discrimination

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Asian Oregonians report bias crimes, discrimination
Recent survey finds nearly half of respondents experienced race-based harassment or threats

Democratic governor candidates participate in forum

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Democratic governor candidates participate in forum
Party activists gather at Sunriver with ballots in the mail ahead of the May 17 primary election.

St. Helens exploring idea of boat to take visitors…

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St. Helens exploring idea of boat to take visitors…
City councilors heard a presentation from event coordinator Tina Curry on the idea.

Construction at St. Helens High School to benefit…

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Construction at St. Helens High School to benefit…
The construction currently underway will add much-needed space to the band and choir rooms.

Keep It Local Columbia County has new logo, new…

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Keep It Local Columbia County has new logo, new…
The Columbia County program, helping promote small businesses, sees better days ahead.

St. Helens makerspace still growing at six months

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St. Helens makerspace still growing at six months
Makerspace has drawn in crafters, tinkerers and tech enthusiasts of all ages.

Scappoose town meeting scheduled for Saturday,…

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Scappoose town meeting scheduled for Saturday,…
Scappoose will host a town meeting on Saturday morning, focusing on the city's 50 year plan.

Scappoose's spring musical opens Thursday

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Scappoose's spring musical opens Thursday
Scappoose High School Theatre presents 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' for spring musical.

Oregon appeals court tosses $1 billion timber…

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Oregon appeals court tosses $1 billion timber…
Panel rules 15 counties lack binding contract with state based on maximum logging, instead of multiple use.

Election heats up as ballots go out and ads go up

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Election heats up as ballots go out and ads go up
The state primary election will set up the races for the Nov. 8 general election.

GOP wraps up conference, Democrats to meet

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GOP wraps up conference, Democrats to meet
Major parties meet, hear debates and take straw polls ahead of the May 17 primary election.

Q&A: Columbia County commissioner candidates in…

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Q&A: Columbia County commissioner candidates in…
The four candidates on the May 17 ballot responded to a questionnaire with their thoughts on the issues.

Columbia County small business owners talk local…

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Columbia County small business owners talk local…
New small business development center starts serving local business owners.

Q&A: Candidates for Metro president talk regional…

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Q&A: Candidates for Metro president talk regional…
The newspapers submitted five questions to the candidates; not all responded.

PMG Questionnaire: Metro District 4

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PMG Questionnaire: Metro District 4
The newspapers submitted five questions to the candidates; here are their responses.

St. Helens Public Works boss honored with special…

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St. Helens Public Works boss honored with special…
Mouhamad Zaher, public works director since 2020, receives an honor few of his colleagues receive.

St. Helens riverfront upgrades subject of upcoming…

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St. Helens riverfront upgrades subject of upcoming…
St. Helens will host a public meeting May 11 to present two proposals for transforming the Riverfront District.

CASA volunteers aid neglected and abused kids in…

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CASA volunteers aid neglected and abused kids in…
The CASA office in St. Helens finds advocates who can represent a child's best interests and critical needs in court.

Stan, MacKensey Pulliam deny anti-LGBTQ+ bias in…

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Stan, MacKensey Pulliam deny anti-LGBTQ+ bias in…
While they deny being homophobic, Sandy political couple rallies likeminded parents to fight against curriculum on gender identity, sexual…

Two GOP forums set for those seeking to be Oregon…

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Two GOP forums set for those seeking to be Oregon…
Recent poll shows most Republicans have not yet selected candidates for the May primary.

PCC Foundation to host annual fundraiser

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PCC Foundation to host annual fundraiser
The fundraiser set for Saturday, April 23, will raise money for student scholarships.

Legislative candidates share views at Columbia City…

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Legislative candidates share views at Columbia City…
Candidates for House District 32 and Senate District 16 answered questions.

Biden in Portland: 'America can do big things again'

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Biden in Portland: 'America can do big things again'
He promotes his infrastructure plan at a stop in Oregon; an apprentice electrician introduces him.

Oregon Republicans prepare for weekend party…

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Oregon Republicans prepare for weekend party…
Oregon Democrats will gather then gather from April 29 to May 1 for their annual summit.

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