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Santa's in the House

Santa's in the House

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Santa pays a visit during the historic Scappoose Watts House holiday opening
Holiday events

Holiday events

South County Spotlight - News
Embrace the season with visits to Santa, local shopping, musical performances and more
Feds: Oregon child welfare fails people with disabilities

Feds: Oregon child welfare fails people with disabilities

Portland Tribune - News
State human services department agrees to 'prevent discrimination against parents with disabilities in Oregon's child welfare system.'
State's third largest party invites unaffiliated voters to…

State's third largest party invites unaffiliated voters to…

Portland Tribune - News
As Oregon prepares for primary elections, the Independent Party seeks to engage growing voting bloc.
Oregon attorney general's lawsuit hits Johnson & Johnson…

Oregon attorney general's lawsuit hits Johnson & Johnson…

Portland Tribune - News
Legal fight alleges the New Jersey company engaged in deceptive practices that harmed thousands of women.
State report singles out Portland for police profiling

State report singles out Portland for police profiling

Portland Tribune - News
Landmark study paints a complex picture of policing across the state that has some civil rights advocates concerned.
CDC: St. Helens student did not die from bacterial…

CDC: St. Helens student did not die from bacterial…

South County Spotlight - News
Further testing shows student's death in October was not caused by meningitis
Columbia County DA: Police use of deadly force justified to…

Columbia County DA: Police use of deadly force justified to…

South County Spotlight - News
DA's report paints vivid picture of Oct. 9 shooting incidents in St. Helens; suspect was heavily armed and had white nationalist tattoos (DA's…
State-run IRA sees 'cultural shift' as small businesses…

State-run IRA sees 'cultural shift' as small businesses…

Portland Tribune - News
OregonSaves has enrolled more than 3,600 businesses, 50,000 people as treasurer's office works hard to get the word out to more employers.
Watts House volunteers deck the halls

Watts House volunteers deck the halls

South County Spotlight - News
Christmas decorations, gifted antique organ set up historic home for holiday tours
Court upholds secretary of state's forestry initiative…

Court upholds secretary of state's forestry initiative…

Portland Tribune - News
Clarno maintained that the complexity of the three proposed measures could confuse voters.
Oregon retailers see good ho-ho-holiday sales ahead, unless…

Oregon retailers see good ho-ho-holiday sales ahead, unless…

Portland Tribune - News
No recession ... yet ... but economic indicators have economists, bankers, retailers on the lookout for stockings full of coal.
Disconnected: A new broadband provider in Clatskanie wants…

Disconnected: A new broadband provider in Clatskanie wants…

South County Spotlight - News
New provider using mesh network wants to make internet access a community effort
Timber lawsuit brings $15 million for Columbia County

Timber lawsuit brings $15 million for Columbia County

South County Spotlight - News
Jury in class action suit awards past and future damages to rural counties; state to appeal
CCO announces $140K in grants

CCO announces $140K in grants

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia Pacific CCO funding mental health programs, support for foster children, nutrition
Scappoose, St. Helens graduation rates top state's

Scappoose, St. Helens graduation rates top state's

South County Spotlight - News
State report card shows Scappoose School District rate among highest, St. Helens schools making strides
Chime in on broadband

Chime in on broadband

South County Spotlight - News
State studying broadband access, use; public input requested via online survey
CPCCO recommends tools for handling holiday depression

CPCCO recommends tools for handling holiday depression

South County Spotlight - News
Gloomy weather and the stress of holidays can make the end of the year a time of depression for some
State foster care consultants lay foundation for big changes

State foster care consultants lay foundation for big changes

Portland Tribune - News
Agency has been the subject of multiple reviews that have laid out what it needed to keep kids safe.
Oregon changes how it pays for public defenders

Oregon changes how it pays for public defenders

Portland Tribune - News
With a potential lawsuit looming, a state agency has begun scrutinizing its contracts with public defense lawyers.
Protesters arrested after sit-in at Brown's Capitol office

Protesters arrested after sit-in at Brown's Capitol office

Portland Tribune - News
Environmental groups unhappy with governor's refusal to stand with them in opposition of 235-mile LNG pipeline that will cut across Southern Oregon.
Secretary of state candidates try to spin political…

Secretary of state candidates try to spin political…

Portland Tribune - News
State office's open seat attracts hopefuls, so far only Democrats, who trumpet skills and say they'll keep things running well.
CCMH to add facility for children, families

CCMH to add facility for children, families

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia Community Mental Health moving to Mark's Custom Exteriors space in St. Helens
Commissioner to reject fossil fuel donations

Commissioner to reject fossil fuel donations

South County Spotlight - News
Nancy Ward becomes first elected official in county to sign No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge
Rainier man pleads guilty in 2018 standoff

Rainier man pleads guilty in 2018 standoff

South County Spotlight - News
Richard Flores pleads guilty to unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, sentenced to 90 months prison
Sheriff's Office Sgt. resigns amid probe

Sheriff's Office Sgt. resigns amid probe

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Carolyn Townsend retires, Capt. Tony Weaver still under investigation
High court declines to hear port rezoning appeal

High court declines to hear port rezoning appeal

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia Riverkeeper appealed Port of Columbia County industrial rezone to state courts
Scappoose Public Library celebrates 90 years

Scappoose Public Library celebrates 90 years

South County Spotlight - News
Library's collection, including the 'library of things,' is always evolving
Disconnected: Unraveling the challenges of rural high-speed…

Disconnected: Unraveling the challenges of rural high-speed…

South County Spotlight - News
No simple solution for fixing spotty internet service in areas lacking broadband provider, public investment
Lawmakers again wrestle with limiting money in Oregon…

Lawmakers again wrestle with limiting money in Oregon…

Portland Tribune - News
A legislative committee considers outlines of campaign finance reform legislation, revealing possible faultines.

Jury awards rural counties more than $1 billion in…

South County Spotlight - News
Jury awards rural counties more than $1 billion in…
Class action lawsuit against state awards funds to counties, taxing districts

Port purchasing 194 acres outside Clatskanie

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Port purchasing 194 acres outside Clatskanie
Port of Columbia County successfully bids on parcel to use for wetland mitigation

Economists: Oregon's slow job growth doesn't point…

Portland Tribune - News
Economists: Oregon's slow job growth doesn't point…
'It is an open question as to whether firms are hiring less because they are seeing weaker sales or because the labor market is tight and finding…

Groups want citizens to draw political boundaries,…

Portland Tribune - News
Groups want citizens to draw political boundaries,…
Broad spectrum of groups rally around initiative proposing to reform Oregon's redistricting process to protect against 'bi-partisan gerrymandering.'

Montgomery named Elks Teen of the Month for October

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Montgomery named Elks Teen of the Month for October
Cooper Montgomery is an enthusiastic athlete and scholar, and puts his best effort into all he pursues

Occupant escapes uninjured from St. Helens duplex…

South County Spotlight - News
Occupant escapes uninjured from St. Helens duplex…
One side of duplex no longer inhabitable following accidental fire, Red Cross aids displaced family

St. Helens loses bid for $11.1M grant for waterfront

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St. Helens loses bid for $11.1M grant for waterfront
City officials learned Wednesday the application for federal funds to improve the city's waterfront did not make the cut

Oregon hate crimes dropped in 2018

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon hate crimes dropped in 2018
Annual data released by the FBI shows other areas of concern for advocacy groups.

State audit: Veterinary board must improve drug…

Portland Tribune - News
State audit: Veterinary board must improve drug…
Background checks and more stringent inspections and participation in drug monitoring program should be implemented, auditors found.

New Oregon rule blunts ICE courthouse arrests

Portland Tribune - News
New Oregon rule blunts ICE courthouse arrests
The rule is intended to maintain court access for immigrants. But ICE has signaled it'll continue to make arrests.

Oregon court blocks flavored cannabis vape product…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon court blocks flavored cannabis vape product…
Appeals court administrator cites harm to businesses and likelihood of petitioners prevailing on judicial review as reason for legal stay.

Port bids on farmland lot near Port Westward

South County Spotlight - News
Port bids on farmland lot near Port Westward
Port of Columbia County seeks Clatskanie property for potential wetland mitigation

Columbia 911 ballot dispute continues

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia 911 ballot dispute continues
Court denies Tyler Miller's motion to dismiss judicial validation action, defendents claim lawsuit intended to disrupt operations

RSVP recognizes November Volunteers of the Month

South County Spotlight - News
RSVP recognizes November Volunteers of the Month
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program recognizes Mikeshes and Johnstone for work in the community

Columbia City Elementary students set sail

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia City Elementary students set sail
'It's been a lot of work - and a lot of fun,' Cole said. 'You have to make sure you really use really strong glue so that ocean waves don't wreck the…

Spook-tacular coloring

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Spook-tacular coloring
Winner of the 2019 Spotlight Halloween coloring contest swings by office for a photo and to pick up prize

Youth center proposed, funding unclear

South County Spotlight - News
Youth center proposed, funding unclear
Columbia County leaders concerned about contributing to center absent stable ongoing funding

Voters could decide future of Oregon's forestry…

Portland Tribune - News
Voters could decide future of Oregon's forestry…
Six conflicting ballot measures vying for support could restrict or solidify forestry practices on state and private lands.

Gert Boyle's celebration of life set Dec. 5

Portland Tribune - News
Gert Boyle's celebration of life set Dec. 5
Gathering at Veterans Memorial Coliseum will remember local businesswoman's life and contributions.

October jobs numbers climb, unemployment held at…

Portland Tribune - News
October jobs numbers climb, unemployment held at…
State unemployment rate has hovered between 4% and 4.4% for the past 36 months.

Public unions search for silver lining as dues nose…

Portland Tribune - News
Public unions search for silver lining as dues nose…
AFSCME, SEIU officials still optimistic as 'fair share fees' drop and group pushes people to drop out of unions.

Whistleblower settles claim against emergency…

Portland Tribune - News
Whistleblower settles claim against emergency…
Former deputy who highlighted malfeasance gets $510,000, says leaders subjected her to hostile environment.

State court finds police orders unjustified,…

Portland Tribune - News
State court finds police orders unjustified,…
Ruling in Beaverton case could have statewide implications for interactions between police and the public.

Wildfire council report: Spend $4 billion to keep…

Portland Tribune - News
Wildfire council report: Spend $4 billion to keep…
Helping communities adapt and creating resilient landscapes are top priorities to improve state's wildfire response.

Anheuser-Busch buys out Portland's Craft Brew…

Business Tribune - News
Anheuser-Busch buys out Portland's Craft Brew…
The buyout of the seventh-largest craft brewing company in the United States is expected to be finalized in 2020

PCC turns to circuit court for training center land

South County Spotlight - News
PCC turns to circuit court for training center land
Portland Community College exercises eminent domain authority for property in Scappoose

Why a new law seeks to improve how hate crimes are…

Portland Tribune - News
Why a new law seeks to improve how hate crimes are…
Improved data could reveal the breadth of hate in Oregon while aiding law enforcement and community groups.

Scappoose Bay Watershed Council hires coordinator

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose Bay Watershed Council hires coordinator
Dana Pricher hired to coordinate conservation, education efforts for council

State penitentiary sees healing 'therapy' in new…

Portland Tribune - News
State penitentiary sees healing 'therapy' in new…
Project behind high walls near Salem was made possible by determined inmates and some help from the outside.

New Health Authority program director sees…

Portland Tribune - News
New Health Authority program director sees…
Steve Allen stepped up for the job nobody wanted, now he's overhauling the way Oregon responds to mental health and addiction.

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