Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Vlautin's new novel shows 'panic' of Portland

Vlautin's new novel shows 'panic' of Portland

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The issue of gentrification and rising cost of living are at the heart of family's issues in 'The Night Always Comes.'
Washington, Columbia counties move to higher COVID-19 risk…

Washington, Columbia counties move to higher COVID-19 risk…

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Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday she will re-impose restrictions over high case counts.
Oregon lawmaker accuses state Rep. Brad Witt of sexual…

Oregon lawmaker accuses state Rep. Brad Witt of sexual…

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Rep. Vikki Breese Iverson says Witt harassed her with a 'quid-pro-quo' arrangement.
Scappoose Police Log: April 9-16, 2021

Scappoose Police Log: April 9-16, 2021

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This week's calls include: an armed shoplifter, a scratched vehicle, and graffiti on JP West Road.
St. Helens Police Log: April 6-11, 2021

St. Helens Police Log: April 6-11, 2021

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This week's calls include: municipal warrants and a dangerous driver driving illegally.
Oregon works to shrink COVID-19 vaccine disparity

Oregon works to shrink COVID-19 vaccine disparity

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Racial and rural disparities are the focus of a new state push to get doses in hard-to-reach places.
Furse's political career committed to social justice,…

Furse's political career committed to social justice,…

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Friends and colleagues recall Washington County congresswoman's push to resolve tough issues.
Oregon Rep. Brad Witt offers to take break from committee…

Oregon Rep. Brad Witt offers to take break from committee…

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Another lawmaker has filed a formal complaint against the Clatskanie Democrat, related to a recent incident.
Residents get health help and locals-only RV rates in…

Residents get health help and locals-only RV rates in…

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GOP slowdown ends and legislation begins moving quickly through Oregon chamber.
Lloyd's of London could once again pay for Oregon wildfire…

Lloyd's of London could once again pay for Oregon wildfire…

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The state's valuable timber resources are on a long list of unusual things the global company has insured for many years.
Two candidates seek election to PCC's Zone 7 board seat

Two candidates seek election to PCC's Zone 7 board seat

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Kristi Wilson and Reiko Williams are running to represent Vernonia and beyond on the PCC board of directors.
Students return to St. Helens high, middle schools

Students return to St. Helens high, middle schools

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Monday, April 19, marked the start day for students returning to in-person learning in St. Helens.
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.
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
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.

Scappoose seeking input on pool proposal

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Scappoose seeking input on pool proposal
City is studying feasibility of a pool at new park property neighboring Veterans Park

Scappoose police chief thanked for rail safety…

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Scappoose police chief thanked for rail safety…
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…

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Three Oregon COVID deaths reported among those…
Oregon Health Authority says 168 vaccinated Oregonians have tested positive for the virus, including three who died.

Digging deep and putting down roots

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Digging deep and putting down roots
Partnership between Lewis & Clark Elementary, OSU Extension Service will provide education, nutrition

Spring cleanup event coming up

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Spring cleanup event coming up
Three locations will accept appliances, tires, yard debris and other waste.

Columbia Humane Society serves pet lovers despite…

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Columbia Humane Society serves pet lovers despite…
The St. Helens shelter placed 174 animals last year and is the only adoption agency in Columbia County.

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

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

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Caples House reopens to showcase life 150 years ago
Museum reopens with youth program showing typical activities for kids in 1870

Senate backs civics requirement for graduation in…

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Senate backs civics requirement for graduation in…
Bipartisan bill adds one-semester mandate to English and math standards starting in 2025.

Oregon House panel finishes 10 bills to overhaul…

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Oregon House panel finishes 10 bills to overhaul…
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.

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