Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

PCC announces retirement of Mark Mitsui, Sylvia Kelley

PCC announces retirement of Mark Mitsui, Sylvia Kelley

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Mitsui, the president of Portland Community College, will retire after the 2021-22 school year.
Firearm ordinance heads to court

Firearm ordinance heads to court

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County asks judge to review legality of ordinance blocking enforcement of most firearms laws
Cities, counties must reassess rules against camping,…

Cities, counties must reassess rules against camping,…

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Oregon House bill is intended to comply with 2018 federal appeals court decision against blanket bans.
Oregon legislative logjam lifted in redistricting compromise

Oregon legislative logjam lifted in redistricting compromise

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Minority Republicans get a voice on redrawing districts; majority Democrats can proceed with more than 80 bills.
Escaped inmate recaptured on Sauvie Island

Escaped inmate recaptured on Sauvie Island

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Oregon State Police say Jedaiah Lunn is a suspect in an assault and carjacking Wednesday in the Gales Creek area.
Columbia Century ride scheduled for June 12

Columbia Century ride scheduled for June 12

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Last year's 111-mile ride was postponed due to COVID-19 and then cancelled due to wildfires
Student at Scappoose Middle School tests positive for…

Student at Scappoose Middle School tests positive for…

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Close contacts have been notified and must quarantine for 14 days, superintendent said
UPDATE: Burning prohibited in Columbia County

UPDATE: Burning prohibited in Columbia County

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Conditions are unusually warm and dry for this time of year, at least into next week.
Grant Watts Elementary in Scappoose to welcome new principal

Grant Watts Elementary in Scappoose to welcome new principal

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Bianca Sapp, who takes over in July, will be relocating north from New Mexico.
Oregon Senate extends grace period for past-due rents

Oregon Senate extends grace period for past-due rents

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Bill anticipates millions in state and federal aid for renters, landlords by new deadline of Feb. 28, 2022.
Lake Oswego officer lands in St. Helens after investigation

Lake Oswego officer lands in St. Helens after investigation

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Douglas Treat retired from LOPD last year during an investigation into inappropriate comments while on duty.
Sandy mayor announces consideration of 2022 gubernatorial…

Sandy mayor announces consideration of 2022 gubernatorial…

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Stan Pulliam forms exploratory committee with focus on viability of run for governor
State budget hearings start. Here's how to participate

State budget hearings start. Here's how to participate

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Testimony will be taken online and in writing during Joint Ways & Means Committee sessions.
Multiple-vehicle fire contained in rural Multnomah County

Multiple-vehicle fire contained in rural Multnomah County

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The fire was reported in the 19000 block of Northwest Skyline Boulevard, northwest of Portland.
New principal coming to Scappoose Middle School this summer

New principal coming to Scappoose Middle School this summer

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Adam Strachan, currently athletic director at Scappoose High School, takes over in July.
Scappoose finishes season strong

Scappoose finishes season strong

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Self-motivated athletes who followed through on solo practices, like senior Deacon Smith, were key to success
Scappoose restarts city manager recruitment

Scappoose restarts city manager recruitment

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City attempted hiring process using existing staff, but now enlisting recruitment firm
Oregon waits for 'green light' after halting Johnson &…

Oregon waits for 'green light' after halting Johnson &…

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State health officials worry that vaccine troubles could fuel anti-vax sentiments.
St. Helens Police Log: March 22-April 3, 2021

St. Helens Police Log: March 22-April 3, 2021

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Over two weeks, calls include: an animal complaint, assisting medical personnel and an arrest at the Justice Center.
Scappoose Police Log: April 5-8, 2021

Scappoose Police Log: April 5-8, 2021

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This week's calls include: a failed Fred Meyer theft, a sleeping suspect, and an out-of-control motorist.
School opens for grades 7-12 in Scappoose

School opens for grades 7-12 in Scappoose

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Secondary students return to Scappoose Middle School and Scappoose High School.
Scappoose seeking input on pool proposal

Scappoose seeking input on pool proposal

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City is studying feasibility of a pool at new park property neighboring Veterans Park
Scappoose police chief thanked for rail safety efforts

Scappoose police chief thanked for rail safety efforts

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Chief Norm Miller was recognized by Oregon Operation Lifesaver for his support of work to improve railroad safety.
Three Oregon COVID deaths reported among those vaccinated

Three Oregon COVID deaths reported among those vaccinated

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Oregon Health Authority says 168 vaccinated Oregonians have tested positive for the virus, including three who died.
Digging deep and putting down roots

Digging deep and putting down roots

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Partnership between Lewis & Clark Elementary, OSU Extension Service will provide education, nutrition
Spring cleanup event coming up

Spring cleanup event coming up

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Three locations will accept appliances, tires, yard debris and other waste.
Health official: Feeling we're at pandemic 'finish line'…

Health official: Feeling we're at pandemic 'finish line'…

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Rise in COVID-19 variants puts Oregon in a tight spot as it continues to vaccinate residents.
Caples House reopens to showcase life 150 years ago

Caples House reopens to showcase life 150 years ago

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Museum reopens with youth program showing typical activities for kids in 1870
Senate backs civics requirement for graduation in Oregon

Senate backs civics requirement for graduation in Oregon

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Bipartisan bill adds one-semester mandate to English and math standards starting in 2025.
Oregon House panel finishes 10 bills to overhaul policing

Oregon House panel finishes 10 bills to overhaul policing

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Democratic governor and House GOP leader praise work, but member says 'we have more work to do.'

Oregon State Police Log: March 31-April 2, 2021

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Oregon State Police Log: March 31-April 2, 2021
Notable calls received by the Oregon State Police in Columbia County over a three-day period.

County purchasing John Gumm School

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County purchasing John Gumm School
Commissioners approved the $1.5 million purchase of the building, now called the Olde School

St. Helens police chief makes his case at a public…

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St. Helens police chief makes his case at a public…
Chief Brian Greenway addresses an in-person audience at St. Helens Middle School to discuss a proposed public safety building.

House extends narrower foreclosure moratorium in…

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House extends narrower foreclosure moratorium in…
Bill would set June 30, but allows Gov. Brown to continue it up to six months through executive orders.

COVID-19 vaccines open to all 16 and older on April…

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COVID-19 vaccines open to all 16 and older on April…
UPDATE: 'We are locked in a race between vaccine distribution and the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants.'

Multnomah, Clackamas counties return to 'High Risk'…

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Multnomah, Clackamas counties return to 'High Risk'…
Additional restrictions on indoor dining and gatherings will take place on Friday, April. 9.

Columbia County in 'caution period' as COVID-19…

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Columbia County in 'caution period' as COVID-19…
Gov. Kate Brown says the county isn't moving to a higher risk category immediately, but it could in two weeks.

Scappoose Police Log: March 24-April 1, 2021

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Scappoose Police Log: March 24-April 1, 2021
This week's calls include: an altercation over a dog, a suspicious and resistant male, and an unlocked vehicle theft.

St. Helens Police Log: March 21-29, 2021

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St. Helens Police Log: March 21-29, 2021
This week's calls include: an assault report, assisting Vernonia police and numerous arrests.

Drive-thru egg hunt hosted on fairgrounds

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Drive-thru egg hunt hosted on fairgrounds
2021 mEGGa Egg Hunt looked different than past years, but still brought candy and smiles

St. Helens police officer is rewarded for his…

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St. Helens police officer is rewarded for his…
Officer Adam Hartless presented with a Life Saving Award for saving the life of a 46-year-old man.

Oregon SenateAires chorus selects new artistic…

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Oregon SenateAires chorus selects new artistic…
With weekly practices resuming, Will Fox to lead acapella barbershop members to 2021 performances throughout Willamette Valley.

Governor: Oregon fighting fourth wave of 'resilient…

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Governor: Oregon fighting fourth wave of 'resilient…
Relaxed mask use and warmer weather could be a bad combination as state continues to vaccinate people for COVID-19.

Scappoose library staff keep sharing books,…

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Scappoose library staff keep sharing books,…
The library is open for browsing by appointment. Staff have worked to keep readers engaged from a safe distance.

Hangry Food Cart offers tasty options for truck…

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Hangry Food Cart offers tasty options for truck…
The food cart is a popular lunch and breakfast option and runs Wednesday through Saturday just outside of Scappoose.

COVID-19 cases on the rise in Columbia County

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COVID-19 cases on the rise in Columbia County
Some new cases have been linked to social gatherings in northern part of county

Fed stimulus drops $4.26 billion in Oregon cities,…

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Fed stimulus drops $4.26 billion in Oregon cities,…
American Rescue Plan funds could be used to shore up shaky budgets and pay for some projects.

St. Helens Public Library opens up to a limited…

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St. Helens Public Library opens up to a limited…
The public library took the step as the COVID-19 risk level remains at moderate in Columbia County.

Bill eases conversion of Oregon motels for low-cost…

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Bill eases conversion of Oregon motels for low-cost…
House vote sends legislation to the Senate to ward off potential legal challenges

Gun storage requirement heads for vote in Oregon…

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Gun storage requirement heads for vote in Oregon…
Bill emerges on a party-line vote from the Health Care Committee; violations would carry fines.

Oregon State Police Log: March 24-28, 2021

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Oregon State Police Log: March 24-28, 2021
The Oregon State Police reports notable calls in and around Columbia County.

A native plant sale will benefit the Scappoose Bay…

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A native plant sale will benefit the Scappoose Bay…
The popular nursery event takes place twice a year and helps the council support a healthy watershed.

Making a better Multnomah Channel

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Making a better Multnomah Channel
Hanns Haefker removes floatation foam that comes dislodged from docks, homes

Pay college athletes? Oregon's taking up the issue…

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Pay college athletes? Oregon's taking up the issue…
State lawmakers wade into tough national debate with bill to let some to earn money if sports programs use their images or names.

House GOP lets budget bills squeeze past wordy…

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House GOP lets budget bills squeeze past wordy…
Clock is ticking as political slowing tactic pushes legislative session into its third month.

Tenants could get another break on past-due rent

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Tenants could get another break on past-due rent
Oregon Senate committee advances plan as federal funds pour in for rental assistance.

Group works to honor memory of Scappoose runner

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Group works to honor memory of Scappoose runner
Track facility improvements are planned as a way to realize Neil Hoffmann's dream.

St. Helens hires one of its own for Parks and…

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St. Helens hires one of its own for Parks and…
Shanna Duggan was selected for the parks and recreation position following a nation-wide search.

Wyden: Stop Asian hate crimes, provide vaccines and…

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Wyden: Stop Asian hate crimes, provide vaccines and…
Senator speaks after roundtable discussion with leaders at SE Portland health center

Second COVID case forces Oregon House to cancel…

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Second COVID case forces Oregon House to cancel…
Lawmakers planned a full week of in-person votes; several people await COVID-19 test results.

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