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Boquist content to bend political rules to make his points

Boquist content to bend political rules to make his points

Portland Tribune - News
With headlines and national attention, controversial state senator seemed to be a politician out of control. A closer look shows someone of…
Portland Community College offers free adult education…

Portland Community College offers free adult education…

South County Spotlight - News
Classes in St. Helens slated to start next week; registration is now open for classes starting on Monday
Scappoose School District revisits school-based health…

Scappoose School District revisits school-based health…

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose seeks planning grant from OHA to assess health center feasibility
House fire in Rainier investigated for arson

House fire in Rainier investigated for arson

South County Spotlight - News
Structure declared a total loss, no injuries reported; law enforcement still investigating
Columbia City Celebration draws a crowd

Columbia City Celebration draws a crowd

South County Spotlight - News
Visitors flock to annual event, with expanded activities, massive book sale, entertainment and more
Sauerkraut Fest success in Scappoose

Sauerkraut Fest success in Scappoose

South County Spotlight - News
30-year anniversary of Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival draws a crowd, numerous activities held for attendees
PCC training director settles into role

PCC training director settles into role

South County Spotlight - News
Andrew Lattanner begins work with stakeholders on Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center project
Special election approaches, candidates file for 2020

Special election approaches, candidates file for 2020

South County Spotlight - News
Residents to vote on measures in November, candidates for state, local offices begin eyeing next year's races
Brown drops special session on death penalty law

Brown drops special session on death penalty law

Portland Tribune - News
Governor says there wasn't enough support for changes to the measure; GOP leaders say it's a 'lost opportunity' for victims.
Freshman Drazan takes top spot as Republicans shake up…

Freshman Drazan takes top spot as Republicans shake up…

Portland Tribune - News
GOP caucus held a Sept. 16 vote to elect new legislative leaders, but will not say what the vote count was.
Gov. Brown's lawyer Isaak declines appeals court post

Gov. Brown's lawyer Isaak declines appeals court post

Portland Tribune - News
Judicial appointment scuttled by controversy linked to sudden resignation of Oregon's public records advocate.
Oregon adds jobs in August, unemployment steady at 4%

Oregon adds jobs in August, unemployment steady at 4%

Portland Tribune - News
Officials said Oregon's employment growth has slowed from the rapid expansion during the prior years.
St. Helens woman arrested after crashing into two Tigard…

St. Helens woman arrested after crashing into two Tigard…

The Times - News
The incident happened early Friday morning on Merilyn Court; the suspect was later arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Public records council wants independent advocate

Public records council wants independent advocate

Portland Tribune - News
Moves are a first step to clearing up gray areas in 2017 law creating the public records advocate.
Convicted sex abuser sentenced to 10 years

Convicted sex abuser sentenced to 10 years

South County Spotlight - News
Erick Wenceslao Itza Briceno, 37, displays no remorse during court proceeding
Burn ban lifted in Columbia County

Burn ban lifted in Columbia County

South County Spotlight - News
Residents still urged to use caution on permitted burn days; always call burn lines to check conditions
Scappoose woman heads to rodeo pageant

Scappoose woman heads to rodeo pageant

South County Spotlight - News
Nicole Rice, 24, is a Scappoose High School graduate and will be competing in NPRA's pageant in Salem
Scappoose Fire District approves contract for incoming fire…

Scappoose Fire District approves contract for incoming fire…

South County Spotlight - News
Dennis Hoke to oversee fire districts in Scappoose and St. Helens, starts new role in October
Columbia City Celebration takes place Saturday

Columbia City Celebration takes place Saturday

South County Spotlight - News
Celebration to feature expanded Kids Zone, Columbia Arts Guild show, book sales, car show, more
Owners back out of property deal with PCC

Owners back out of property deal with PCC

South County Spotlight - News
PCC planned to invest $24 million to construct a 31,000-square-foot facility on Wagner Court, across West Lane Road from OMIC R&D
Columbia Theater gets more grant support for new marquee

Columbia Theater gets more grant support for new marquee

South County Spotlight - News
Public comment period now open on federal grant to be awarded to historic theater in St. Helens
Planned St. Helens complex to add 238 housing units

Planned St. Helens complex to add 238 housing units

South County Spotlight - News
Planning Commission approves permit for residential development on Gable Road
Questions remain 6 months after Rainier teen's death

Questions remain 6 months after Rainier teen's death

South County Spotlight - News
Story updated with Friday, Sept. 13, press release info from Columbia County Sheriff's Office, statement from Zuber family
Commission taps Strickler to lead ODOT

Commission taps Strickler to lead ODOT

Portland Tribune - News
Head of the highway division replaces Matt Garrett, who stepped down in June after leading agency for 14 years.
Oregon's public records advocate squeezed by politics,…

Oregon's public records advocate squeezed by politics,…

Portland Tribune - News
Ginger McCall, hired a year ago to improve transparency, wrote that governor's office wanted to control agenda of new records council.
Port approves NEXT lease

Port approves NEXT lease

South County Spotlight - News
NEXT Renewable Fuels awarded lease in 3-2 vote by Port of Columbia County commission
County floats conditional raise to CC Rider contractor

County floats conditional raise to CC Rider contractor

South County Spotlight - News
Hourly rate for county's public transit provider will increase $5 if voters approve tax
St. Helens schools start with ongoing upgrades

St. Helens schools start with ongoing upgrades

South County Spotlight - News
Middle school building nearly completed, staff welcomes grade 6 into the fold, has capacity for future growth
New leadership sets up shop in Scappoose School District

New leadership sets up shop in Scappoose School District

South County Spotlight - News
New superintendent, Timothy Porter, and building administrators in store for 2019-20 school year
Scappoose Community Club works to bring out the best in the…

Scappoose Community Club works to bring out the best in the…

South County Spotlight - News
Longtime volunteer club with roots in the 1950s helps host community events, promotes visibility and tourism

Sanders resigns from Scappoose City Council

South County Spotlight - News
Sanders resigns from Scappoose City Council
City accepting applications to fill city council seat vacated by Natalie Sanders

St. Helens land sale to pot producers pending

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens land sale to pot producers pending
More than two years after leasing site, city yet to receive lease payments, fees from marijuana grow operation at former Boise plant

River City Children's Choir starts new season

South County Spotlight - News
River City Children's Choir starts new season
Lynnda Fuller takes on role as new choir director, invites students to join the non-auditioned ensemble

Oregon reports first vaping-related death

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon reports first vaping-related death
Investigators say resident died in July after using e-cigarette to inhale cannabis

Hass makes it official: He's running for secretary…

Portland Tribune - News
Hass makes it official: He's running for secretary…
Washington County senator says statewide office 'needs someone strong there.'

Oregon DHS overwhelmed by applications for child…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon DHS overwhelmed by applications for child…
Agency says more than 5,400 people want to fill 313 new jobs to help place foster children in new homes.

Temps peak in the high 90s during heat wave

South County Spotlight - News
Temps peak in the high 90s during heat wave
National Weather Service issues two-day heat warning for Pacific Northwest

Phishing scheme gains entry to Oregon Judicial…

Portland Tribune - News
Phishing scheme gains entry to Oregon Judicial…
Private information of more than 6,000 people was exposed, but none has been used inappropriately, the department says.

County to hire health promotion specialist

South County Spotlight - News
County to hire health promotion specialist
Position brought in-house, prompted by statewide public health policy changes

Cornelius Pass closure poses hazards

South County Spotlight - News
Cornelius Pass closure poses hazards
Children, cyclists, trucks among major concerns for drivers on detour routes

St. Helens councilor files revised ethics complaint…

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens councilor files revised ethics complaint…
Steve Topaz's letter alleges St. Helens City Council broke meetings law; amends complaint to state agency

Fresh ink

South County Spotlight - News
Fresh ink
Scappoose student tours Portland screen press as part of T-shirt design contest grand prize

Kitchen fire destroys Scappoose home

South County Spotlight - News
Kitchen fire destroys Scappoose home
Resident and pet dog displaced but uninjured; fire caused by hot oil on stovetop

St. Helens backs out of high school bond

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens backs out of high school bond
School district plans to more clearly define bond before putting it out to voters

Jail wants to help former inmates stay out

South County Spotlight - News
Jail wants to help former inmates stay out
Program in works with criminal justice officials, mental health services, community groups

DA says his hands are tied on school district…

South County Spotlight - News
DA says his hands are tied on school district…
Attorney-client privilege limits DA's authority to review Scappoose records release appeal

Columbia 911 District files for judicial review of…

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia 911 District files for judicial review of…
District seeks circuit court ruling on what rate it can legally impose following ballot language snafu

Tourism planners assess status of initiative

South County Spotlight - News
Tourism planners assess status of initiative
Funding sought to drive Columbia County Tourism Initiative goals forward in next year

Scappoose on brink of house building phase

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose on brink of house building phase
Detatched single-family homes, apartments and cottage housing in the works

Special session looms to fix death penalty changes

Portland Tribune - News
Special session looms to fix death penalty changes
Lawmakers said legislation would not apply to previous cases, but DOJ said it might mean affect 30 inmates on Oregon's death row.

Oregon's Brown greets Jeff freshmen with billions…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon's Brown greets Jeff freshmen with billions…
Governor says new funding a 'total and complete game changer for eduction in Oregon.'

Heat, tighter rules could limit valley field burning

Portland Tribune - News
Heat, tighter rules could limit valley field burning
Grass seed growers typically torch fields in early July and the season ends when all registered acres have been burned, or when the weather turns…

Columbia County temps expected in the 90s for…

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia County temps expected in the 90s for…
National Weather Service issues two-day heat warning for Pacific Northwest

Dems back off threat to fine Republicans for walkout

Portland Tribune - News
Dems back off threat to fine Republicans for walkout
Instead, Democrats will push bills to change the quorum requirements to a simple majority - rather than two-thirds - to stop future walkouts.

Oregon university workers could start school year…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon university workers could start school year…
About 5,000 union employees and higher education leaders at an impasse on new contract's big issues: pay increases, benefits and time off.

State won't pursue death sentence in Vernon case

South County Spotlight - News
State won't pursue death sentence in Vernon case
In light of new state legislation, District Attorney says prosecution will seek true life sentence

Question rise about future of Flying Eagle

South County Spotlight - News
Question rise about future of Flying Eagle
Concerns about last-minute planning, prompt possible changes for next summer

St. Helens approves new parks reservation fees

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens approves new parks reservation fees
St. Helens Softball League requests some leniency for past field maintenance efforts

Ethics commission reviews, dismisses St. Helens…

South County Spotlight - News
Ethics commission reviews, dismisses St. Helens…
Commission fields complaints of possible violations against City Council members

Prescibed St. Helens burn to take place Saturday

South County Spotlight - News
Prescibed St. Helens burn to take place Saturday
Previously planned burn of 35 acres postponed from June, slated now for Aug. 24

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