Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Port Westward rezone appealed for third time

Port Westward rezone appealed for third time

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Environmental advocacy groups appeal Port of Columbia County rezone, again.
Scappoose approves manager contract with Rains

Scappoose approves manager contract with Rains

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City manager Alexandra Rains will earn $130k, comparable to predecessor Michael J. Sykes.
A more normal homecoming week for Scappoose High School

A more normal homecoming week for Scappoose High School

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The event was virtual last year, but this year, students will enjoy a real homecoming dance, with COVID precautions.
Great ShakeOut shows disaster preparedness goes beyond…

Great ShakeOut shows disaster preparedness goes beyond…

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Thursday's global earthquake drill helps people understand what it takes to survive a massive event
St. Helens moots municipal internet service

St. Helens moots municipal internet service

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The city is partnering with Strategic Networks Group to give better internet service to residents and businesses.
Columbia County RSVP honors Shirley Frigaard

Columbia County RSVP honors Shirley Frigaard

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The St. Helens-area quilter contributes to the First Lutheran Quilters and volunteers at a local church.
Scappoose Rotary recognizes 'Student of the Month'

Scappoose Rotary recognizes 'Student of the Month'

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Angelina Dominguez of Scappoose High School is a multi-sport star and aspiring veterinarian.
PCC welcomes first cohort for new writing residency

PCC welcomes first cohort for new writing residency

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Portland Community College's Carolyn Moore Writing Residency program is unique at the community college level.
State to test for toxic 'forever chemicals' in public water…

State to test for toxic 'forever chemicals' in public water…

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Two Scappoose mobile home parks are among 150 locations Oregon plans to test for PFAS.
Former St. Helens police chief a candidate for West Linn job

Former St. Helens police chief a candidate for West Linn job

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Terry Moss, now a coordinator for DPSST, will take part in final evaluations.
North Coast Rep. Suzanne Weber running for Senate

North Coast Rep. Suzanne Weber running for Senate

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The Tillamook Republican says she'll run for Sen. Betsy Johnson's seat, as Johnson seeks the governorship.
Congressional candidates search for footing in reshaped…

Congressional candidates search for footing in reshaped…

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'You have the largest geographical barrier in our state dividing a district that is united only because of political desire'
Former port director suspected of misusing funds, directors…

Former port director suspected of misusing funds, directors…

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Port commissioners are 'investigating the possible misuse of Port funds by Mr. Hayes.'
State Sen. Betsy Johnson running for governor as independent

State Sen. Betsy Johnson running for governor as independent

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The Scappoose Democrat says she wants to offer a choice beyond 'left-wing liberal' and 'right-wing Trump apologist.'
Volunteers needed for Nob Hill Nature Park work party

Volunteers needed for Nob Hill Nature Park work party

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The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, and will take place at two different times that day.
Homecoming week provides fun for Scappoose, St. Helens

Homecoming week provides fun for Scappoose, St. Helens

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St. Helens is celebrating this week. Scappoose marks homecoming by hosting the Lions for football on Oct. 29.
Portland Community College VP leaves behind 'caring culture'

Portland Community College VP leaves behind 'caring culture'

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The Beaverton resident reflects on her seven-year period at Oregon's largest community college.
St. Helens nonprofit Lifempowered plans $4M construction

St. Helens nonprofit Lifempowered plans $4M construction

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The service provider for adults with disabilities plans to purchase land and build a new facility.
St. Helens P.E.O. holding poinsettia sale

St. Helens P.E.O. holding poinsettia sale

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Last year's sale was canceled due to COVID-19. Orders are being taken through Oct. 25.
Wide gaps in North Coast vaccination rates for minorities

Wide gaps in North Coast vaccination rates for minorities

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COVID-19 vaccination rates for Hispanic and Native American adults are more than 20 points lower than whites.
St. Helens High School closes Monday, will reopen Tuesday

St. Helens High School closes Monday, will reopen Tuesday

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Meanwhile, the St. Helens School District says two elementary schools are reopening after temporary closures.
Stout enters race for Oregon House District 31

Stout enters race for Oregon House District 31

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Columbia City Republican Brian Stout narrowly lost to incumbent Brad Witt twice. Witt is not running in 2022.
St. Helens chief of police addresses city council on…

St. Helens chief of police addresses city council on…

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Police Chief Brian Greenway and Lt. Joe Hogue appeared at an Oct. 6 council work session.
For many teens, peer support is biggest life line

For many teens, peer support is biggest life line

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When the world shut down, crisis intervention volunteers never stopped showing up
Family Resource Center serving St. Helens students, parents

Family Resource Center serving St. Helens students, parents

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The center, which opened to families in August, is located next to the school district's main office.
More rain expected to make fall burning safer

More rain expected to make fall burning safer

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Meteorologist Clinton Rockey says rain has 'helped take the edge off,' although the region is still in a drought.
Columbia County settles lawsuit filed by former jail inmate

Columbia County settles lawsuit filed by former jail inmate

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The county will pay out $140,000 to a former inmate who said he was denied adequate medical treatment.
Amy Lindgren hired as Oregon City's municipal judge

Amy Lindgren hired as Oregon City's municipal judge

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Experienced jurist for Gladstone, St. Helens takes on new role in Clackamas County seat.
Survey: Oregonians split on whether state is on 'right…

Survey: Oregonians split on whether state is on 'right…

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Feelings about the state's directions seem to be split along demographic and economic lines
Political notebook: Battles move on from redistricting

Political notebook: Battles move on from redistricting

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Groups push to put liquor on grocery store shelves; election dollars start to flow to candidates

Will this winter be as bad as the last one?

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Will this winter be as bad as the last one?
The free 29th annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference hosted by the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society is set for Oct. 23.

St. Helens Police Log: Sept. 23-30, 2021

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St. Helens Police Log: Sept. 23-30, 2021
This week's calls include: a hit-and-run leading to an arrest, trying and failing to elude police, and animal crimes.

Scappoose School District warns parents of…

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Scappoose School District warns parents of…
A problem throughout the country involves students taking a 'challenge' on social media platforms, such as TikTok.

Johnson warns of 'negative ramifications' over…

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Johnson warns of 'negative ramifications' over…
State Sen. Betsy Johnson approves of the new maps, but not of how the special session went.

Witt not running for re-election following…

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Witt not running for re-election following…
Rep. Brad Witt says the new district maps are 'heavily gerrymandered,' and he won't run for another term.

Community Heroes: Scappoose man builds homes,…

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Community Heroes: Scappoose man builds homes,…
Bill Blank wears many hats to keep Habitat for Humanity and the Scappoose Farmers Market running.

Community Heroes: Creating a refuge for veterans in…

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Community Heroes: Creating a refuge for veterans in…
Through the Elks Veterans Bunker, Alta Lynch helps vets and their families find support.

St. Helens Library Makerspace to be unveiled

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St. Helens Library Makerspace to be unveiled
The new facility allows patrons to discover how technology can be used for creative purposes.

St. Helens to undertake a waterline improvement…

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St. Helens to undertake a waterline improvement…
The city will be targeting improvements in the area of Tualatin, Little and North Seventh streets.

Former ambassador stops by Pacific University to…

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Former ambassador stops by Pacific University to…
Ronald Neumann criticized U.S. policy in Afghanistan, where he served from 2005 to 2007.

Port of Columbia County may put Iverson back on…

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Port of Columbia County may put Iverson back on…
Former port commissioner Chris Iverson is expected to replace Larry Ericksen when he resigns next month.

Scappoose postpones decision on federal funds

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Scappoose postpones decision on federal funds
City has proposals for most of the $1.68 million, but $217,000 is unallocated.

Did annual Round-Up spread COVID? Governor, others…

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Did annual Round-Up spread COVID? Governor, others…
Umatilla County health officials say Pendleton's signature event likely drove a spike in coronavirus cases.

Columbia City Elementary School pauses in-person…

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Columbia City Elementary School pauses in-person…
It is the second school in the St. Helens School District to temporarily shut down due to a possible COVID-19 outbreak.

Oregon easing substitute teacher requirements

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Oregon easing substitute teacher requirements
The emergency rule will relax a requirement for a bachelor's degree to sign up more applicants for unfilled positions

Port director resigns abruptly

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Port director resigns abruptly
Port of Columbia County Executive Director Doug Hayes issued immediate resignation yesterday.

NEXT wetland proposal proves controversial

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NEXT wetland proposal proves controversial
Drainage district landowners concerned about potential wetland mitigation site in district

Scappoose Police Log: Sept. 9-17, 2021

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Scappoose Police Log: Sept. 9-17, 2021
This week's calls include: a slashed tire, a detained shoplifter, and a costly attempt to avoid being pulled over.

St. Helens Police Log: Sept. 17-22, 2021

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St. Helens Police Log: Sept. 17-22, 2021
This week's calls include: a burglar, trespasser and litterbug; a caught shoplifter; and multiple warrant arrests.

Divided Oregon lawmakers OK congressional,…

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Divided Oregon lawmakers OK congressional,…
Gov. Brown signs bills before a deadline set by the Oregon Supreme Court, which has final say over challenges.

Tobias Read announces bid for Oregon governor

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Tobias Read announces bid for Oregon governor
The state treasurer and former Beaverton lawmaker joins Tina Kotek and others in the Democratic primary race.

Bennett Road closure begins

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Bennett Road closure begins
After working on Millard Road, the Oregon Department of Transportation is moving to Bennett Road.

Comic book store opens in St. Helens

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Comic book store opens in St. Helens
Pantheon Comics and Games sells comic books, graphic novels and tabletop games.

Columbia County school districts update public on…

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Columbia County school districts update public on…
Both the St. Helens and Scappoose school districts have seen cases at schools since the academic year began.

GOP absences stymie Oregon House on redistricting…

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GOP absences stymie Oregon House on redistricting…
New congressional map fails to move GOP minority; lawmakers push up against Monday deadline for final action.

Gun storage, election-day postmark bills allowed to…

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Gun storage, election-day postmark bills allowed to…
Opponents fail to submit signatures to force a statewide vote on those measures and one other from 2021 session.

Ericksen to resign from port commission

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Ericksen to resign from port commission
Larry Ericksen will resign from board of Port of Columbia County next month to move to Tennessee.

St. Helens grade school to close due to possible…

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St. Helens grade school to close due to possible…
Lewis & Clark Elementary will move to distance learning due to several students reported sick, possibly from COVID-19.

Poll: 66% of Oregonians predict unstoppable climate…

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Poll: 66% of Oregonians predict unstoppable climate…
The Oregon Values and Beliefs Center surveyed state residents' perceptions on the Earth's changing climate.

Scappoose mural taking shape

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Scappoose mural taking shape
Local arts education nonprofit Tumblewheel Studios organized the program to have local students complete a mural.

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