Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Housing affordability continues to decline, macro economist…

Housing affordability continues to decline, macro economist…

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Robert Dietz' solution is to build more housing, support the construction workforce pipeline and rewrite policy.
St. Helens High School welcomes new band trailer

St. Helens High School welcomes new band trailer

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The school's band trailer was stolen from the high school parking lot on July 13.
Scappoose, St. Helens on-time graduation rates slip

Scappoose, St. Helens on-time graduation rates slip

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The school districts in South Columbia County saw declines in the 2020-21 school year, although St. Helens' was small.
What do you want from Oregon's next governor?

What do you want from Oregon's next governor?

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Journalists team up to host listening sessions with voters interested in shaping the upcoming election.
SHSD board chair: 'We're just trying to keep the kids in…

SHSD board chair: 'We're just trying to keep the kids in…

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Ryan Scholl opens up about the temporary St. Helens School District closure amid the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Scappoose looks to improve 'Main Street' appeal

Scappoose looks to improve 'Main Street' appeal

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Urban renewal funds could be used to remodel storefronts and subsidize new development
New Oregon state senators to be sworn in Friday

New Oregon state senators to be sworn in Friday

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Sens.-designate Rachel Armitage and Janeen Sollman, both Democrats, were named to fill vacancies late last week.
PCC Foundation accepting scholarship applications

PCC Foundation accepting scholarship applications

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Awards range from $700 to $5,000 per year, and the average scholarship is $1,800.
Caples House Museum to hold Valentine's tea

Caples House Museum to hold Valentine's tea

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The historic house in Columbia City will host a sweetheart-themed tea on Sunday, Feb. 13.
St. Helens Police Log: Dec. 31, 2021-Jan. 5, 2022

St. Helens Police Log: Dec. 31, 2021-Jan. 5, 2022

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This week's calls include: a reckless and impaired driver, a strangulation suspect, and a recovered vehicle.
Bethany Lutheran Church in Warren to host 41st annual quilt…

Bethany Lutheran Church in Warren to host 41st annual quilt…

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Organizers say the church will be 'brimming with local quilts.' They will be on display but not for sale.
Democrats name budget leader for Oregon House speaker

Democrats name budget leader for Oregon House speaker

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Dan Rayfield prevails over Janelle Bynum, who claims a deal with House leadership wasn't honored.
Port of Columbia County to purchase industrial land in St.…

Port of Columbia County to purchase industrial land in St.…

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Port commissioners authorized the executive director to move forward on the purchase.
Former church building becomes St. Helens Community Center

Former church building becomes St. Helens Community Center

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The former St. Helens Missionary Baptist Church has been remodeled into a community center serving all ages.
Rachel Armitage appointed to represent Oregon Senate…

Rachel Armitage appointed to represent Oregon Senate…

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The Warren resident has experience working in the Oregon Legislature. She does not plan to run for a full term.
Oregon Capitol to start bag searches, use of metal detectors

Oregon Capitol to start bag searches, use of metal detectors

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Move follows 2020 entry by protesters and 2021 expulsion of lawmaker who aided them, and new ban on firearms.
Otto Petersen Elementary School in Scappoose closes due to…

Otto Petersen Elementary School in Scappoose closes due to…

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The Scappoose School District says it plans to resume in-person learning after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Biden names Oregon housing director to HUD regional position

Biden names Oregon housing director to HUD regional position

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Margaret Salazar spent 10 years at the federal agency before her 2016 appointment to lead Oregon's housing efforts.
New sports court surfaces installed at Campbell Park

New sports court surfaces installed at Campbell Park

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The public will be able to enjoy basketball, pickleball, futsal and tennis on refurbished courts in St. Helens.
St. Helens schools to close Friday through Tuesday

St. Helens schools to close Friday through Tuesday

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District is 'planning this to be a temporary pause so we can safely resume in-person instruction classes.'
Oregon investigating private pop-up COVID-19 testing sites

Oregon investigating private pop-up COVID-19 testing sites

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Center for COVID Control under investigation after nationwide complaints of falsified, missing results
Annual summer event proposed for Scappoose

Annual summer event proposed for Scappoose

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A smaller version of the city's 2021 centennial celebration may be in the future.
St. Helens Police Log: Dec. 24-31, 2021

St. Helens Police Log: Dec. 24-31, 2021

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This week's calls include: a man and woman arrested, intimidation and a threat, and a death investigation.
Scappoose parents express strong feelings on distance…

Scappoose parents express strong feelings on distance…

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Community members sounded off during a virtual school board meeting Monday, Jan. 10.
Riverside Community Outreach plans move to bigger St.…

Riverside Community Outreach plans move to bigger St.…

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The foster family-serving nonprofit is planning to do significant remodeling at the Columbia Boulevard location.
High-speed internet more than just a dream in Mist

High-speed internet more than just a dream in Mist

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In rural Columbia County, getting (and staying) online can be tough. Vernonia schools turned to SpaceX to change that.
Investigator tapped for Scappoose schools' superintendent…

Investigator tapped for Scappoose schools' superintendent…

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A private investigator will examine a complaint against Scappoose School District Superintendent Tim Porter.
Bonamici: Build Back Better 'will make a difference'

Bonamici: Build Back Better 'will make a difference'

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Oregon Democrat says she maintains hope for final approval of President Biden's plan, which passed the House on Nov. 19.
2021 boating deaths remain above pre-pandemic levels in…

2021 boating deaths remain above pre-pandemic levels in…

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From 2010 to 2019, an average of 14.1 people died yearly in boating accidents.
Oregon legislator seeks to give citizens voice on tolling

Oregon legislator seeks to give citizens voice on tolling

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Clackamas County Republican Bill Kennemer hopes measure will tap into increasing voter frustration with planned tollways.

Fire crews avoid vessel capsizing on Multnomah…

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Fire crews avoid vessel capsizing on Multnomah…
Scappoose and Sauvie Island firefighters responded to a 85-foot vessel taking on water on Thursday.

Clackamas meat distributor issues mass recall over…

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Clackamas meat distributor issues mass recall over…
Over 28,000 pounds of ground beef recalled Thursday by Interstate Meat Distributors

Sheriff's Office suggests taking over Scappoose…

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Sheriff's Office suggests taking over Scappoose…
CCSO proposal gets little traction with majority of Scappoose city council.

Nominees for state Senate bring range of political…

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Nominees for state Senate bring range of political…
Two out of three nominees don't plan to run for full term as state senator later this year

St. Helens to host State of the City meeting

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St. Helens to host State of the City meeting
The State of the City meeting, open to the public, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, at City Hall.

SoS: Nick Kristof does not qualify to run for…

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SoS: Nick Kristof does not qualify to run for…
The Yamhill native and former New York Times columnist criticized the decision and said he will appeal.

Kotek to step down early as Oregon House speaker

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Kotek to step down early as Oregon House speaker
Democratic candidate for governor sets Jan. 21 for departure as leader and member; succession is unclear.

St. Helens City Council extends censure of Stephen…

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St. Helens City Council extends censure of Stephen…
The outspoken councilor will face at least six more months of restrictions following an investigation last year.

Ex-Columbia County commissioner leads Columbia…

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Ex-Columbia County commissioner leads Columbia…
Alex Tardif is replacing Casey Wheeler as executive director of the St. Helens-based food bank.

Scappoose announces three finalists for police chief

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Scappoose announces three finalists for police chief
Former Forest Grove police chief, DOJ special agent, Connecticut captain are the three picks ahead of virtual meet-and-greet

St. Helens lets tourism contract expire

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St. Helens lets tourism contract expire
City event coordinator Tina Curry's current contract expired Dec. 31 and will be revised.

Peter Courtney will leave Legislature after record…

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Peter Courtney will leave Legislature after record…
The Salem Democrat championed mental health and the institution itself; he has led the Senate for a record 20 years.

St. Helens mayor looks ahead to 2022

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St. Helens mayor looks ahead to 2022
Mayor Rick Scholl address concerns from 2021 and looks forward to challenges in the New Year.

Local Democrats name Oregon Senate District 16…

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Local Democrats name Oregon Senate District 16…
Party leaders chose to nominate three political newcomers to succeed Betsy Johnson in the Oregon Senate.

St. Helens Police Log: Dec. 17-23, 2021

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St. Helens Police Log: Dec. 17-23, 2021
This week's calls include: a fugitive arrested, a stolen vehicle and mutual assistance.

Schools asked to halt extracurricular activities as…

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Schools asked to halt extracurricular activities as…
Health advisory recommends pausing practices or reinstating masks; warns of 'serious threat' to in-person learning

New St. Helens Riverwalk renderings unveiled to…

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New St. Helens Riverwalk renderings unveiled to…
The renderings of the planned Columbia River access project were presented during a December open house.

Pandemic: Entering Year 3

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Pandemic: Entering Year 3
In Oregon, COVID-19 infections are rising as the latest variant of the novel coronavirus sweeps through the state.

2021: A year of big news in Columbia County

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2021: A year of big news in Columbia County
Looking back at the biggest stories and running dramas of 2021 in Scappoose and St. Helens.

Scappoose substitute teacher Robby Backus seeks…

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Scappoose substitute teacher Robby Backus seeks…
Backus, 24, says he wants to fill out Betsy Johnson's unexpired term, but he has no plans to run in 2022.

Sams' moment: 'Front-row seat to the U.S.…

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Sams' moment: 'Front-row seat to the U.S.…
Eastern Oregon man settles into his new role as head of the National Park Service.

Omicron variant has a grip on hospitals, state…

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Omicron variant has a grip on hospitals, state…
Legislative session could be delayed as Oregon wrestles with rising COVID cases

NOHA ahead of state on distributing emergency…

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NOHA ahead of state on distributing emergency…
Northwest Oregon Housing Authority has gotten vouchers out to Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook county residents

CRPUD makes changes to grant program to expand…

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CRPUD makes changes to grant program to expand…
Economic development grant program has distributed more than $87,000 in four years

Hearing scheduled for NEXT Fuels

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Hearing scheduled for NEXT Fuels
Columbia County commissioners invite public input on proposed biofuels production plant.

St. Helens Police Log: Dec. 5-16, 2021

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St. Helens Police Log: Dec. 5-16, 2021
Over two weeks, calls include: fraud by deception, a death investigation and the arrest of a fugitive.

Scappoose Police Log: Dec. 2-17, 2021

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Scappoose Police Log: Dec. 2-17, 2021
Over two weeks, calls include: paying for gas with fake money, a long-since-stolen part, and a dangerous pursuit.

St. Helens city buildings close due to snow

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St. Helens city buildings close due to snow
St. Helens City Hall, St. Helens Public Library and St. Helens' recreation program are all closed Tuesday.

With more snow in Portland area, officials urge…

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With more snow in Portland area, officials urge…
Some government offices in northwest Oregon are closed all day, while others will open two hours late.

InRoads Credit Union recognizes local citizens for…

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InRoads Credit Union recognizes local citizens for…
The St. Helens-based credit union has awarded three citizens with its INspired recognition.

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