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Halloweentown fun in St. Helens only beginning to ramp up

Halloweentown fun in St. Helens only beginning to ramp up

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Events are scheduled through Oct. 30, including the Oct. 1 parade and the pumpkin lighting that follows.
Columbia County Republicans endorse Sheriff Brian Pixley

Columbia County Republicans endorse Sheriff Brian Pixley

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Pixley, who is running for reelection, was openly critical of Gov. Kate Brown's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scappoose teacher juggles supply costs, remittance

Scappoose teacher juggles supply costs, remittance

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Riza Estores, an immigrant from the Philippines, says teachers are burdened with the high cost of school supplies.
Project underway to honor fallen heroes

Project underway to honor fallen heroes

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Oregon is the only state without a Gold Star Family Memorial that honors those killed in the line of duty.
Games & Puzzle Corner

Games & Puzzle Corner

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Looking to play some games? We've got you covered with mini-crosswords, word searches, and sudoku!
Scappoose Police Log: First responders revive overdose…

Scappoose Police Log: First responders revive overdose…

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The Scappoose Police Department describes noteworthy calls for service from Aug. 24-Sept. 4, 2022.
Scappoose requests more 50-year plan feedback

Scappoose requests more 50-year plan feedback

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The Scappoose city government has extended its online survey period through Sept. 30.
Backpack program in St. Helens helps kids stay fed on…

Backpack program in St. Helens helps kids stay fed on…

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The St. Helens School District Backpack Program is designed to provide students with nutritional meals on weekends.
Scouts install free library box at Columbia City dog park

Scouts install free library box at Columbia City dog park

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Kay Brown of Friends of the Columbia City Community Library built the Little Free Library that Scouts put in.
Oregon Supreme Court declines to hear state timber lawsuit

Oregon Supreme Court declines to hear state timber lawsuit

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Justices let stand Court of Appeals ruling that tossed out a $1 billion judgment won by counties for past losses.
Flu making strong comeback as pandemic safeguards discarded

Flu making strong comeback as pandemic safeguards discarded

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Flu vaccines are currently available at pharmacies and health care centers throughout the state.
Walking tours of St. Helens as close as your smartphone

Walking tours of St. Helens as close as your smartphone

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The Columbia County Museum has developed virtual walking tours of the historic district as well as Halloween haunts.
John Gumm cost estimates climb

John Gumm cost estimates climb

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County purchased building for $1.5 million; total project cost will be much higher
Watts House events, updates aim to bring in more visitors

Watts House events, updates aim to bring in more visitors

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The Scappoose Historical Society has events lined up for the rest of the year.
Storm clouds on the horizon for Oregon housing industry

Storm clouds on the horizon for Oregon housing industry

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Developers struggle statewide with inflation, rising interest rates, supply-chain issues, lack of developable land.
After COVID shutdowns, Harvest Festival in Columbia City is…

After COVID shutdowns, Harvest Festival in Columbia City is…

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The historic Caples House and Museum will be hosting the Harvest Festival, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 25.
Power shutoffs, smoky skies: Is this the new normal?

Power shutoffs, smoky skies: Is this the new normal?

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Climate change is creating longer, drier fire seasons with more high wind dangers.
St. Helens police investigating incidents of punctured tires

St. Helens police investigating incidents of punctured tires

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According to police, witnesses report an individual throwing screws onto the road around Hwy 30 and Gable Road.
Time for Adventure in Scappoose

Time for Adventure in Scappoose

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The city organized the Scappoose Adventure Festival as one of the final local events of the summer.
Michelle's Love pitches in to aid Beaverton mom with cancer

Michelle's Love pitches in to aid Beaverton mom with cancer

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The nonprofit group offers three months' rent to Veronica Sandoval, who will undergo major surgery this week.
St. Helens Police Log: Buildings vandalized off Highway 30

St. Helens Police Log: Buildings vandalized off Highway 30

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The St. Helens Police Department provides a rundown of calls for service from Aug. 12-Sept. 1, 2022.
New executive director settles in at St. Helens Senior…

New executive director settles in at St. Helens Senior…

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Justin Watson, who replaced Kathy Innocenti, welcomes grants as well as donations from the community.
PGE: All power now restored

PGE: All power now restored

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UPDATE: Pacific Power also restored all service cut to prevent wildfires over the weekend.
Bonamici: 'We have to buck history' with women in U.S. House

Bonamici: 'We have to buck history' with women in U.S. House

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Three open-seat contests could result in a record four in Oregon's eight-member congressional delegation.
Red Flag Warning: High fire danger through weekend

Red Flag Warning: High fire danger through weekend

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Portland Fire and Rescue contains a 2-alarm brush fire along I-205 around noon.
Air quality poor because of wildfire smoke in region

Air quality poor because of wildfire smoke in region

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UPDATE: Multnomah County bans burning wood because of wildfire smoke in the metropolitan region.
Columbia County ordered to pay $451k to family of former…

Columbia County ordered to pay $451k to family of former…

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A jury found the county was negligent by not giving adequate training to jail staff about mental health.
Power expected to stay on in Columbia County despite fire…

Power expected to stay on in Columbia County despite fire…

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Columbia River PUD says it does not currently plan to shut off power, although lengthy outages are still possible.
Helt endorsed in BOLI race by two candidates for governor

Helt endorsed in BOLI race by two candidates for governor

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The labor commissioner position is officially nonpartisan but has drawn split endorsements.
Red flag warning in Columbia County means open burning is…

Red flag warning in Columbia County means open burning is…

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The decision was announced Thursday, Sept. 8, by the Columbia County Fire Defense Board.

Portland drug-sniffing dog blamed for llama attack…

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Portland drug-sniffing dog blamed for llama attack…
Columbia County commissioners said K-9 Stitch can remain in her home after biting the llama, Oreo.

St. Helens to celebrate Portland Trail Blazers on…

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St. Helens to celebrate Portland Trail Blazers on…
The Rip City Rally and Fair, which is free to the public, takes place at McCormick Park in St. Helens.

St. Helens, Scappoose students ready for school…

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St. Helens, Scappoose students ready for school…
While there was the expected nervousness among teachers and students, teachers say all went well.

AR-15 'style' rifle in Bend shooting is loved and…

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AR-15 'style' rifle in Bend shooting is loved and…
A gun control measure with restrictions on AR-15 style rifles will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

St. Helens will soon turn spooky for Spirit of…

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St. Helens will soon turn spooky for Spirit of…
The annual event, celebrating Disney's 'Halloweentown,' begins Sept. 17 and runs through Halloween day.

Amazing Neighbors: Ready for disaster, organizing…

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Amazing Neighbors: Ready for disaster, organizing…
Holly Haebe coordinates the Community Emergency Response Team for emergencies and community events.

Scott Burge not running for reelection as Scappoose…

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Scott Burge not running for reelection as Scappoose…
Mayor Burge did not file for another term. It's a two-way race, as Brandon Lesowske and Joe Backus filed to run.

Former NFL, Scappoose football star to have jersey…

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Former NFL, Scappoose football star to have jersey…
Derek Anderson, onetime Scappoose High Indian, will have his number retired at the home opener Friday, Sept. 9.

Principal investigated for alleged improper behavior

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Principal investigated for alleged improper behavior
The principal of Yankton-St. Helens Arthur Academy, a charter school in St. Helens, was placed on leave this past spring.

DEQ approves air emissions permit for NEXT…

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DEQ approves air emissions permit for NEXT…
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit for a proposed biofuel production facility.

Bend shooting brings gun issues to forefront in…

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Bend shooting brings gun issues to forefront in…
Gun control has been a significant issue in the three-way race for governor, congressional campaigns, and legislative races. 

Scappoose Adventure Festival set for Sept. 10

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Scappoose Adventure Festival set for Sept. 10
City event will focus on outdoor recreation and highlight local opportunities.

Scappoose Bay Watershed Council to sell native…

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Scappoose Bay Watershed Council to sell native…
The popular event, held twice yearly, takes place Oct. 8 and is located behind Scappoose High School.

Scappoose Police Log: Woman found in vehicle that…

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Scappoose Police Log: Woman found in vehicle that…
The Scappoose Police Department responds to calls for service from Aug. 5-22, 2022.

Brown declares statewide emergency over wildfire…

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Brown declares statewide emergency over wildfire…
The declaration comes as Oregon approaches the two-year anniversary of the massive 2020 Labor Day fires.

St. Helens volunteers plan 9/11 Remembrance event

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St. Helens volunteers plan 9/11 Remembrance event
The event, paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks, takes place at the Centennial Flag & Fountain.

Principals in St. Helens, Scappoose ready for…

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Principals in St. Helens, Scappoose ready for…
The principals of St. Helens High and Grant Watts Elementary are putting finishing touches on summer break.

South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce filling…

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South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce filling…
New board members Daron Wallace, Ronda Hills and Kyle Boggs each have goals for the chamber.

CC Rider plans to cut Portland service

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CC Rider plans to cut Portland service
County commissioners will vote soon on Columbia County Rider's proposal to end St. Helens to Portland service.

New league, same rivals: Scappoose and St. Helens…

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New league, same rivals: Scappoose and St. Helens…
The Indians and the Lions cross country teams start off with a low-key 3K race.

Survey: Most voters support gun control candidates

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Survey: Most voters support gun control candidates
The vast majority of Oregonians believe that state gun control laws should be stricter than they are today.

Local group works to expand horse trails

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Local group works to expand horse trails
Through Oregon Equestrian Trails, Bob and Gloria Rice aim to 'harden' trails at Camp Wilkerson for year-round use.

U.S. House GOP leader stumps for candidates in…

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U.S. House GOP leader stumps for candidates in…
Kevin McCarthy hopes that electing a trio will give Republicans a majority and make him the next speaker.

Betsy Johnson gains a spot on November ballot for…

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Betsy Johnson gains a spot on November ballot for…
She is one of three women, with Democrat Tina Kotek and Republican Christine Drazan, to vie for the job.

County staff recommend 'no' vote on Warren RV park…

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County staff recommend 'no' vote on Warren RV park…
Columbia County planning staff say application for 103-space RV park on golf course site hasn't addressed concerns.

Rainier man sentenced to federal prison in…

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Rainier man sentenced to federal prison in…
James Donald Cooley was arrested in 2020 after allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

St. Helens Finance Director on paid administrative…

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St. Helens Finance Director on paid administrative…
Matt Brown is the subject of an internal city investigation into his workplace conduct and performance.

Final ballot for governor's race faces Aug. 30…

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Final ballot for governor's race faces Aug. 30…
Unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson has yet to qualify as governor in the 2022 election.

People unite! Oregon State Fair arrives, it's time…

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People unite! Oregon State Fair arrives, it's time…
The fair in Salem, Aug. 26-Sept. 5, includes a carnival, animals, vendors, concerts and more.

Officers' fatal shooting at tow yard was justified,…

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Officers' fatal shooting at tow yard was justified,…
District attorney determines Columbia County Sheriff Brian Pixley and OSP sergeant were justified in shooting.

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