Unions search for path around dues deduction restrictions

Portland Tribune - News
Legal challenges to the way funds are taken from paychecks put public employee labor groups on the defensive.

CAT offers funding assistance for home repair, upgrades

South County Spotlight - News
Community Action Team offers financial assistance to income-qualified homeowners and renters for safety improvements, home repairs

Lawmakers wrestle with plans for kicker 'windfall'

Portland Tribune - News
Paying down PERS debt is one strategy, and others want to 'sock it away' for a rainy budget day

Consider fire safety when renovating this spring

South County Spotlight - News
Fire officials recommend cleaning debris, monitoring fire conditions and investing in firesafe siding

Ill-fated vaccine fight stoked grassroots anger

Portland Tribune - News
Motivated citizens, egged on by social media campaigns and powerful anti-vaccine groups, left some legislators shaken.

Cap-and-trade bill takes step toward reality

Portland Tribune - News
Landmark carbon pricing proposal moved out of committee on a party-line vote after months of hearings and amendments.

Scappoose High to get new $190K gym floor

South County Spotlight - News
Wear and tear on gym floor causing safety hazards, school plans to replace in May 2020

St. Helens band takes 4th at state

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens High wind ensemble earns high honors after competing at state championships against 11 others

St. Helens police debut new police vehicles

South County Spotlight - News
SHPD highlights police vehicles with new look and updated technology features

RSVP names Alex McClure volunteer of the month

South County Spotlight - News
Alex McClure recognized for volunteer work in April; dedication appreciated by others

Oregon's roads, bridges and pipes don't pass engineers'…

Portland Tribune - News
With a big quake looming, civil engineers society says state needs to spend billions to improve infrastructure.

Oregon taxpayers will get $1 billion back in 'kicker' rebate

Portland Tribune - News
Economists say the kicker is double the predicted amount and would be the largest in state history.

Lawmakers wrangle changes to cut PERS costs

Portland Tribune - News
Attempts to rein in Oregon's hugely complicated retirement system have left agencies and others with high costs.

State economy stays hot, adding 3,300 jobs in April

Portland Tribune - News
State employment officials said new jobs were added mostly in health care and social assistance, and in leisure and hospitality.

Senate approves business tax to boost school budgets

Portland Tribune - News
Governor plans to sign legislation; Democrats give up two key bills to coax Republicans back to the Senate for a floor vote.

Public records rule change slipping 'through the cracks'

Portland Tribune - News
Proposal to fine jurisdictions when they don't comply runs into well-organized opposition as it heads to the Senate.

Methanol company seeks to switch land option at Port…

South County Spotlight - News
Northwest Innovation Works' plant, proposed five years ago, faces more snags

Gun initiative meets county approval

South County Spotlight - News
First prospective petition was rejected for not meeting constitutional requirements

Bonamici visits Head Start facility

South County Spotlight - News
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici tours preschool where Head Start program is housed

Races for Scappoose School Board highly contested

South County Spotlight - News
Campaign spending details and donor info unclear as challengers continue strong push in run up to election

St. Helens man pleads guilty in 2017 DUII fatality

South County Spotlight - News
Kody Allen pleads guilty to reduced charges for role in killing a pedestrian, court records show

Bonamici discusses housing problems with local leaders

South County Spotlight - News
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici speaks with officials about housing needs in Columbia County

St. Helens teen to tour with Seattle drum corps

South County Spotlight - News
Alana Saul will join color guard section for 2019 competition and tour season

Cornelius Pass closure approaches

South County Spotlight - News
With the arrival of warm, summer-like weather, closure of main commute route looms

Six running for Port of Columbia County board

South County Spotlight - News
5 candidates vie for two contested seats as port commissioners, one seat unopposed

Port commissioners to vote on Devinaire lease

South County Spotlight - News
Charter flight service to move hangar operations to Scappoose Industrial Airpark

Scappoose, St. Helens join in statewide education walkout

South County Spotlight - News
Dozens of participants donned red and demonstrated along Highway 30 on Wednesday afternoon

Contentious vaccine bill passes House, heads to Senate

Portland Tribune - News
Despite a persistent, vocal opposition, the bill limiting medical execptions passed easily.

Scappoose police shakeup prompts state probe

South County Spotlight - News
'The case is in its very early stages,' a DPSST official noted. 'It may take considerable time to be resolved'

Students honored at Amazing Kids gala

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens senior Abby Marx among 28 youths recognized for positive contributions to their communities

Recreational boat destroyed in fire in Scappoose

South County Spotlight - News
Emergency crews dispatched to McCuddy's Marina on Friday, May 3, no injuries reported

Bumper-maker deal goes bust

South County Spotlight - News
Port terminates St. Helens site lease with bumper manufacturer DongChun Co. Ltd.

Splash zone!

South County Spotlight - News
Sauvie Island Academy students get to dunk teachers, staff as a fundraiser reward

If I Were Mayor ...

South County Spotlight - News
Winners of the annual Oregon Mayors Association contest in St. Helens announced

Blooming worries over camas meadows

South County Spotlight - News
Camas bluff near Pittsburg Road explodes in flowers, but conservationists are concerned about bluff's future on private property

St. Helens approves $500K feasibility study for…

South County Spotlight - News
Contract approved to complete portion of feasibility study to repurpose wastewater lagoon

Analysis: St. Helens has ample land for future…

South County Spotlight - News
City Council, staff need to develop strategy to support housing for next 20 years

Honoring her father's Toastmasters legacy

South County Spotlight - News
Ronda Hills, of St. Helens, accepts high accolades for herself and her late father

Camp Wilkerson timber sale buoys county's parks…

South County Spotlight - News
16 acres of forest will be harvested by Sept. 1, bringing county more than $411K

St. Helens teen passionate about giving back,…

South County Spotlight - News
Abby Marx boosts girls through school clubs, fundraising, STEM participation

Columbia 911 faces uncertain funding future

South County Spotlight - News
Voters will soon decide on 911 tax funding renewal, while lawmakers weigh other potential revenue

Merkley talks to constituents at town hall

South County Spotlight - News
Among topics, Senator discusses Social Security, support for farmers, environment

Annual honor shines spotlight on region's 'Amazing…

Portland Tribune - News
Pamplin Media Group event highlights the accomplishments of 28 young people from across the region.

More mini libraries coming to St. Helens

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens Arts Commission, city accept donations of more little libraries to be installed in parks

Candidates for county port board attend public forum

South County Spotlight - News
Newcomers running against incumbents for two of the three positions up for election

Equestrians object to increased camp site rentals

South County Spotlight - News
County officials say opening full Camp Wilkerson to large groups would be good for parks department

Lawsuit alleges negligence toward mentally ill…

South County Spotlight - News
Suit asserts jail staff under prior administration were indifferent to serious inmate medical needs

Agency pros convene to improve behavioral health…

South County Spotlight - News
LPSCC members determine priorities for assisting vulnerable populations in county

Code officer position reopens

South County Spotlight - News
Derek Fraser was demoted from his role of code enforcement officer after less than six months

Bonamici visits Clatskanie for town hall

South County Spotlight - News
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici hosts sixth public event in April at Clatskanie Cultural Center on Wednesday, April 24

New administrators announced for two Scappoose…

South County Spotlight - News
Otto Petersen and Warren Elementary Schools get new principals for 2019-20 school year

DEQ fines St. Helens subdivision developer $112K

South County Spotlight - News
KCL Inc.'s owner is appealing citations, which he said occurred shortly after flooding hit

Guardian Partners nonprofit expands into county

South County Spotlight - News
Organization will offer resources, education for legal guardians in Columbia County

Search continues in Van Dolah homicide case

South County Spotlight - News
Agencies seek information about Portland homicide of St. Helens' Larry Van Dolah

Scappoose School Board candidates appear at forum

South County Spotlight - News
Candidates have a chance to address public questions in lead up to the May 27 election

St. Helens High wind ensemble earns first place at…

South County Spotlight - News
Band takes home top title for 5A Division for second year, now heading to state on May 10

St. Helens High choir heading to OSAA state…

South County Spotlight - News
Chor Leonis selected as one of 12 bands in 5A Division to compete next week at state

Scappoose High School is under the sea

South County Spotlight - News
Spring musical production of 'The Little Mermaid' debuts this week; showings begin Thursday, April 25

St. Helens High School to debut spring production…

South County Spotlight - News
Students present adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus; showings begin Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Port sells land near McNulty Creek

South County Spotlight - News
Port of Columbia County sells land after construction company already poured concrete over it

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