Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Survey: Wildfire fears eased after spring rains soak Oregon

Survey: Wildfire fears eased after spring rains soak Oregon

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Nearly 80% of respondents had moderate or great concern about the loss of public forestland.
St. Helens Senior Center executive director to retire

St. Helens Senior Center executive director to retire

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Kathy Innocenti became executive director at the senior center in March 2019.
Games & Puzzle Corner

Games & Puzzle Corner

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Looking to play some games? We've got you covered with mini-crosswords, word searches, and sudoku!
Deputy DA appointed judge

Deputy DA appointed judge

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Denise Keppinger replaces Ted Grove on Columbia County Circuit Court bench.
Bells to ring in St. Helens, beyond on Independence Day

Bells to ring in St. Helens, beyond on Independence Day

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Bell ringing, at 2 p.m., July 4, will commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Rescue units pull man, woman from Columbia River

Rescue units pull man, woman from Columbia River

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The two, found clinging to a wood piling just inside the Multnomah Channel, are safe thanks to protective gear.
Scappoose breaks ground on turf field

Scappoose breaks ground on turf field

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Community raised more than $1 million for new field at Scappoose High School.
Kids' workshop performs 'Woolly and Hopper'

Kids' workshop performs 'Woolly and Hopper'

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ShoeString Community Players adapted a children's book by a St. Helens resident for the stage.
Quip City: Why Johnson called Portland the 'city of roaches'

Quip City: Why Johnson called Portland the 'city of roaches'

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Update: Johnson says comment was about 'trash, not people.' Calls criticism of her comments 'false outrage.'
East vs. west meets left vs. right in 5th District race

East vs. west meets left vs. right in 5th District race

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Abortion likely to be big issue in the election after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
Scappoose Police Log: 'Sorry' shoplifter gives back stolen…

Scappoose Police Log: 'Sorry' shoplifter gives back stolen…

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The Scappoose Police Department responded to calls for service from May 23-June 11, 2022.
Minimum wage will increase July 1 in Oregon

Minimum wage will increase July 1 in Oregon

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Wages will increase to $14.75 for much of the Portland area, $13.50 for outlying areas.
Hot temps don't get in the way of Citizen's Day in St.…

Hot temps don't get in the way of Citizen's Day in St.…

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McCormick Park hosted Citizen's Day on June 25, complete with a barbecue, car show, music and vendors.
Man sets wheelchair world record on Sauvie Island

Man sets wheelchair world record on Sauvie Island

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Ian Mackay rode 184.4 miles in 24 hours using a mouth-controlled motorized wheelchair.
Survey: Majority of Oregonians support stricter gun laws

Survey: Majority of Oregonians support stricter gun laws

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Residents of state are more polarized on issue than nationally based on political party affiliation.
Historic Klondike Tavern in St. Helens reopens to the public

Historic Klondike Tavern in St. Helens reopens to the public

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Grant money will help to revitalize the Klondike Tavern, which re-opened Friday, June 24.
New Hatfield biography focuses on early years, governorship

New Hatfield biography focuses on early years, governorship

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With Senate papers due to open, historian praises 'admirable leadership,' but also touches on later scandals.
U.S. Supreme Court overturns reproductive rights

U.S. Supreme Court overturns reproductive rights

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Oregon reactions roll in on the ruling that ends federal guarantees of a woman's right to choose.
New principal tapped for Otto Petersen Elementary School

New principal tapped for Otto Petersen Elementary School

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Anita Hansen, a special education teacher in the Hillsboro School District, will replace Jenneca Crocker.
Columbia County Fair and Rodeo set for July 20-24

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo set for July 20-24

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Event will include some favorite features that were missing from last year's fair.
The Delines - Amy Boone, Willy Vlautin - celebrate new album

The Delines - Amy Boone, Willy Vlautin - celebrate new album

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'The Sea Drift,' coming out June 24, marks full return of 'strength' and 'confidence' for Boone after bad accident.
Oregonians send aid to Ukrainians, with love

Oregonians send aid to Ukrainians, with love

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Happy Valley woman mobilizes friends to create nonprofit, provide supplies and bread for war-ravaged country
Deja Fitzwater crowned Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen 2022

Deja Fitzwater crowned Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen 2022

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Tigard High School student, 17-year-old Clackamas County resident will attend national pageant in August
St. Helens ready to launch another Fourth of July bash

St. Helens ready to launch another Fourth of July bash

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While funding for future events is not certain, the City Council agreed to pay $20,000 for this year's event.
Developer seeks to build RV park at Warren golf course

Developer seeks to build RV park at Warren golf course

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Proposal would add 103 RV parking spaces to the nine-hole golf course, which closed after similar attempt in 2018.
St. Helens Police Log: Suspected vehicle thief arrested

St. Helens Police Log: Suspected vehicle thief arrested

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The St. Helens Police Department lists calls for service between May 29-June 6, 2022.
Pride event planned for June 25 in St. Helens

Pride event planned for June 25 in St. Helens

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Organizers to celebrate LGBTQ community with demonstration and picnic in St. Helens.
Oregon senators: Only Congress can safeguard gay rights

Oregon senators: Only Congress can safeguard gay rights

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Advocates join Merkley and Wyden to say state laws and Supreme Court decisions are not enough to end legal bias.
Oregon House speaker shuffles committee assignments

Oregon House speaker shuffles committee assignments

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Economic Development, Housing, Judiciary and others get new lineups in a potential preview of 2023.
Not all public employees get Juneteenth as paid holiday

Not all public employees get Juneteenth as paid holiday

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Oak Lodge Water workers formally encourage district to follow most other public-sector employers in area

Citizen's Day in the Park set for June 25 at…

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Citizen's Day in the Park set for June 25 at…
The annual event in St. Helens includes a barbecue, music and vendors, as well as a car show.

Proof of eligibility for 'Safe Harbor' eviction…

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Proof of eligibility for 'Safe Harbor' eviction…
Moratorium for tenants with pending rent assistance applications expires Sept. 30.

Scappoose limits fireworks to July 2-6 and New…

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Scappoose limits fireworks to July 2-6 and New…
City is planning to partner with fire district to increase enforcement on illegal fireworks.

St. Helens takes step toward fixing failed reservoir

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St. Helens takes step toward fixing failed reservoir
A legal settlement allows the city to move forward with repairing the reservoir, which suffered from leakage.

New chief starts in Scappoose

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New chief starts in Scappoose
Steven Lougal says hiring more police officers is his top priority, as department has multiple vacant positions.

Betsy Johnson back at old stomping grounds for St.…

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Betsy Johnson back at old stomping grounds for St.…
The former state senator and gubernatorial hopeful met supporters at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

A top GOP primary candidate bolts party to back…

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A top GOP primary candidate bolts party to back…
Top three Republican finisher says unaffiliated Johnson has best chance to be elected Oregon governor.

Report: Climate crisis negatively impacting youth…

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Report: Climate crisis negatively impacting youth…
The Oregon Health Authority finds fires, drought, rising temperatures are chronic stressors for young people.

St. Helens Police Log: Man busted for drug…

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St. Helens Police Log: Man busted for drug…
The St. Helens Police Department reports some of its notable calls for service from May 21-31, 2022.

Less than half of Oregonians say they're familiar…

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Less than half of Oregonians say they're familiar…
Survey finds only 38% of residents have knowledge of 1972 law banning sex bias in school.

New CAT program to provide wheelchair lifts, ramps

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New CAT program to provide wheelchair lifts, ramps
Community Action Team will lend out lifts and ramps to be returned years later.

Students in Sauvie Island gain experience with…

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Students in Sauvie Island gain experience with…
Sauvie Island School students held a mock trial at the Columbia County Courthouse, June 3.

St. Helens approves utility rate increases

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St. Helens approves utility rate increases
The increases, which kick in July 16, will address various infrastructure needs in the city.

SLIDESHOW: Lions roar at St. Helens Class of 2022…

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SLIDESHOW: Lions roar at St. Helens Class of 2022…
Graduating seniors braved a downpour to celebrate officially completing high school Friday, June 10.

Election notes: Johnson 'friends' Facebook,…

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Election notes: Johnson 'friends' Facebook,…
Campaign contributions, spending heat up as the November general election looms.

Grand opening for Family Fun RV set for June 17-19

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Grand opening for Family Fun RV set for June 17-19
Family Fun RV plans many open house events over Father's Day weekend, including a barbecue and horse rides.

ODOT employee receives Citizen Heroism Award from…

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ODOT employee receives Citizen Heroism Award from…
The fire district says Rick Stewart helped EMTs seize a weapon from a person attempting to harm himself in April.

Bonamici looks to boost PCC manufacturing programs

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Bonamici looks to boost PCC manufacturing programs
Educators and students say programs at Portland Community College are bridging a skills gap.

Wild west will settle partisan power in Salem

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Wild west will settle partisan power in Salem
Both parties say they are confident of gains in the Oregon Legislature in the 2022 general election.

For third year, Port of Columbia County keeps tax…

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For third year, Port of Columbia County keeps tax…
Port commissioners approved giving property owners another year's break from the district's property tax.

Redistricting roils legislative races east of the…

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Redistricting roils legislative races east of the…
The 2022 races for the Oregon Legislature will determine the mix of lawmakers the next governor will deal with for the next two years. 

SLIDESHOW: Class of 2022 graduates from Scappoose…

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SLIDESHOW: Class of 2022 graduates from Scappoose…
Rainy weather couldn't dampen graduating seniors' spirits on Saturday, June 4.

Construction delays to slow Sauvie Island…

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Construction delays to slow Sauvie Island…
Construction to repair a collapsed culvert under Northwest Reeder Road will start in July.

CRF&R: Deputy chief saves woman trapped in burning…

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CRF&R: Deputy chief saves woman trapped in burning…
Eric Smythe was credited with rescuing a Rainier-area resident who was unable to evacuate due to heavy smoke.

Milk bank donations surge amid ongoing formula…

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Milk bank donations surge amid ongoing formula…
Out-of-stock rates for formula recently topped 85% in Oregon as communities and public agencies look to help.

State: Most Columbia County residents back to work

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State: Most Columbia County residents back to work
Local jobs are still lagging behind, the Oregon Employment Department says.

Polling: Oregonians split on Title IX laws for…

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Polling: Oregonians split on Title IX laws for…
Oregon Values & Beliefs Center survey shows research does little to sway public opinion on bathroom access or sports

Scappoose eyes major water projects

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Scappoose eyes major water projects
City's proposed budget includes major investment in wells, reservoirs, wastewater treatment.

St. Helens Kiwanis Parade to resume after two-year…

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St. Helens Kiwanis Parade to resume after two-year…
The parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, beginning at Emmert Motors on Columbia Boulevard.

Oregon poised to commit last of its emergency…

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Oregon poised to commit last of its emergency…
Officials tell lawmakers $30 million remains; $363 million paid during past year helped 55,000 families.

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