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School counselors help transition students to in-person…

School counselors help transition students to in-person…

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As students return to classrooms in Columbia County, school counselors are ready to help.
Columbia County Police Logs: Feb. 16-27, 2021

Columbia County Police Logs: Feb. 16-27, 2021

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Calls for service in this period include: dangerous driving, rip rap rock and warrant service at the Justice Center.
Meet the Cornelius Pass Highway

Meet the Cornelius Pass Highway

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Highway 127 is now officially part of the Oregon Department of Transportation's inventory.
Brown makes one-year COVID-19 anniversary statement

Brown makes one-year COVID-19 anniversary statement

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The first known case of the novel coronavirus in Oregon was confirmed on Feb. 28, 2020.
913 landlords apply to $150M relief fund so far

913 landlords apply to $150M relief fund so far

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Oregon Landlord Compensation Fund deluged with applicants, prompting official to extend the deadline.
ODOT to take Cornelius Pass ownership effective March 1

ODOT to take Cornelius Pass ownership effective March 1

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The Oregon Department of Transportation will take over responsibility for the road and repave this summer.
COVID vaccine could be available for everyone by July 1

COVID vaccine could be available for everyone by July 1

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Timeline shifts as more doses could become available for states under Biden administration.
Do you know an Amazing Kid?

Do you know an Amazing Kid?

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Pamplin Media is looking for young people who make a difference in their communities - and you can help.
Prescott resident Brian Fawcett enters port commission race

Prescott resident Brian Fawcett enters port commission race

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Fawcett is running for the Port of Columbia County board of commissioners seat currently held by Chris Iverson.
Oregon's patchwork of pandemic rules raises ethical issues

Oregon's patchwork of pandemic rules raises ethical issues

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'Why are elderly in group homes vaccinated, but the elderly living on their own must wait? Why are teachers more important than the grocery store…
Senate Republicans revive walkout as a political tactic

Senate Republicans revive walkout as a political tactic

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Their absence, aimed at Democratic Gov. Brown, shuts down an Oregon Senate session.
Gov. Brown extends COVID-19 state of emergency until May

Gov. Brown extends COVID-19 state of emergency until May

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The officially declared state of emergency will last another 60 days, until May 2, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced.
Oregon COVID-19 county risk levels drop as virus takes dive

Oregon COVID-19 county risk levels drop as virus takes dive

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'We are seeing great progress in stopping the spread of COVID-19 across Oregon and saving lives.'
Designs in place for a new rec center in St. Helens

Designs in place for a new rec center in St. Helens

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The city will purchase a church building on Gable Road, near the high school, for a new recreation center
State tax collections buck pandemic unemployment trends

State tax collections buck pandemic unemployment trends

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Legislative economists tell lawmakers that federal aid has made a difference, but growth will slow.
Columbia County Fair organizers optimistic about 2021

Columbia County Fair organizers optimistic about 2021

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This year's fair will be longer and will have fenced-off zones to accommodate possible occupancy limits.
Oregon redistricting mess could be headed to court

Oregon redistricting mess could be headed to court

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Delayed federal Census data is gumming up the works for state lawmakers, other legislatures across the nation.
COVID-19: Washington, Clackamas, other counties lowered to…

COVID-19: Washington, Clackamas, other counties lowered to…

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The latest update comes as Oregon is showing a decrease in reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Young students begin school soon in St. Helens

Young students begin school soon in St. Helens

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In-person learning to begin March 8 in St. Helens for pre-school through first grade.
St. Helens Police Log: Feb. 8-17, 2021

St. Helens Police Log: Feb. 8-17, 2021

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This week's calls include: a reported burglary, a stolen vehicle and a fast red sports car.
Contests open to would-be mayors in Scappoose, St. Helens

Contests open to would-be mayors in Scappoose, St. Helens

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'If I Were Mayor...' invites students to imagine themselves making decisions for their community.
Hundreds take aim at Senate gun bill

Hundreds take aim at Senate gun bill

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Hearing on legislation allowing jurisdictions to ban legally carried firearms in public buildings draws some praise, a lot of criticism.
St. Helens Police Department encouraging tours

St. Helens Police Department encouraging tours

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The tours are being offered to show the public that space at the station is limited.
Three 'Employees of the Year' chosen in St. Helens

Three 'Employees of the Year' chosen in St. Helens

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The three are selected for going above and beyond for the public and fellow co-workers.
Biden's 'rescue plan' promises big bucks for Oregon schools

Biden's 'rescue plan' promises big bucks for Oregon schools

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President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan would provide hundreds of millions to Oregon school districts, if passed.
Oregon reports low rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths

Oregon reports low rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths

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The newest official figures are well below the state's percent of the national population, case count and fatalities.
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity finishes 10th, 11th…

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity finishes 10th, 11th…

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Two families received the keys to their new St. Helens family homes this week.
Lawmakers will seek outside help for redistricting questions

Lawmakers will seek outside help for redistricting questions

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Lack of census data, tight deadlines spur Legislature to consider its limited options.
Bonamici: Change in immigration laws is long overdue

Bonamici: Change in immigration laws is long overdue

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Oregon Democrat urges 11 groups to back renewed effort by President Biden in Congress.
Report: Ethnic groups have harder access to COVID-19 testing

Report: Ethnic groups have harder access to COVID-19 testing

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The Oregon Health Authority releases the report on the same day it reports 492 new cases and no new deaths.

Local tax assistance limited for Columbia County…

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Local tax assistance limited for Columbia County…
Free tax filing help is on hold in Columbia County, but free online options are available for most filers.

Columbia County Fair dates announced

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Columbia County Fair dates announced
The 2021 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo has been scheduled for July 12 to July 18.

Columbia County hosts a Household Hazardous Waste…

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Columbia County hosts a Household Hazardous Waste…
The event will be held February 27 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Columbia County transfer station in St. Helens.

Applications now open for $150M Oregon landlord…

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Applications now open for $150M Oregon landlord…
Oregon Housing and Community Services is now accepting applications online for Landlord Compensation Fund program.

Vernonia man accused of pointing gun at driver in…

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Vernonia man accused of pointing gun at driver in…
Bailey Michael Todd Reasoner faces multiple charges, including DUII, after he was arrested Tuesday in Cornelius.

Parade planned through Scappoose

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Parade planned through Scappoose
The 'Back to Our Roots' parade through Scappoose will support the food bank and local businesses.

Infant among COVID-19 deaths reported Feb. 18

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Infant among COVID-19 deaths reported Feb. 18
In a statement, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and husband Dan call the death a 'tragedy.'

Scappoose Moorage suffers boat damage

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Scappoose Moorage suffers boat damage
Snow and ice during the recent storm cause an awning collapse at the boating facility.

Deadline to apply for Grabhorn committee approaches

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Deadline to apply for Grabhorn committee approaches
Scappoose's parks and recreation committee will work with other groups on the controversial project.

Agency shows how to lessen disruption to…

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Agency shows how to lessen disruption to…
Automated phone line is a backup to internet access in aftermath of winter storms.

Positions on 17 special district boards in Columbia…

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Positions on 17 special district boards in Columbia…
Seats on boards governing schools, fire districts, the port and more will appear on the May 18 ballot.

Scappoose Police Log: Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2021

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Scappoose Police Log: Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2021
This week's calls include: a damaged mailbox, a high-risk traffic stop and messing with a service vehicle.

Columbia County offers vaccine interest form

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Columbia County offers vaccine interest form
Those who sign up will be notified when they are eligible to be inoculated against COVID-19.

Columbia County restaurants allowed more inside…

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Columbia County restaurants allowed more inside…
Even with the recent snowfall, eateries are pleased that more customers can dine inside.

Crews struggle through day to restore power

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Crews struggle through day to restore power
The Columbia River PUD reported several power outages throughout the day due to snow and ice accumulation.

Police officers in St. Helens learn language…

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Police officers in St. Helens learn language…
A bilingual sergeant in the St. Helens Police Department is helping officers learn Spanish phrases.

Students in Scappoose and Warren are back in class

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Students in Scappoose and Warren are back in class
Children returned to in-person hybrid learning at Grant Watts grade school in Scappoose and Warren Elementary

COVID-19 continues trending down

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COVID-19 continues trending down
The Oregon Health Authority releases the latest statewide figures on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Former CCSO deputy, county settle

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Former CCSO deputy, county settle
Sgt. Carolyn Townsend will receive $110k settlement more than a year after retiring

Congress authorizes increase in estuary funding

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Congress authorizes increase in estuary funding
Law authorizes nearly doubling annual funds for National Estuary Program, which includes Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce members…

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South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce members…
The chamber of commerce in St. Helens held its first ever virtual annual members meeting

'You Got This,' 'Nothing Is Impossible' read new…

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'You Got This,' 'Nothing Is Impossible' read new…
Kate Patrick says the signs are a way to uplift Scappoose residents in a challenging year

Schools closed in Scappoose on Friday

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Schools closed in Scappoose on Friday
Winter weather is expected to arrive in the region by late Thursday. Distance learning will continue.

Oregon district attorneys pan proposed Measure 11…

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Oregon district attorneys pan proposed Measure 11…
DA association takes umbrage with three bills the group says would weaken sentencing for serious crimes.

KOIN: 'Significant winter event' to hit Portland…

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KOIN: 'Significant winter event' to hit Portland…
Meteorologist Joseph Dames says snow and freezing rain are expected to hit sometime Thursday.

Scappoose centennial plans develop

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Scappoose centennial plans develop
2021 marks 100 years since city was incorporated; committee planning summer celebration

PSU: 90,000 Oregon COVID evictions loom, at $3…

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PSU: 90,000 Oregon COVID evictions loom, at $3…
A new report from Portland State University suggests the evictions could be prevented using just $400 million in state and federal funds.

COVID restrictions easing for a dozen Oregon…

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COVID restrictions easing for a dozen Oregon…
Gov. Kate Brown's decision means some Portland-area businesses can return to indoor activities.

Columbia County Police Logs: Jan. 24-Feb. 7, 2021

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Columbia County Police Logs: Jan. 24-Feb. 7, 2021
The Oregon State Police and the Scappoose Police Department report notable calls for service.

Grant money will expand St. Helens 'Library of…

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Grant money will expand St. Helens 'Library of…
The $5,000 sustaining grant from Northwest STEM Hub will provide more hands-on learning for youngsters.

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