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Columbia County's Latest News

COURTESY OF OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SERVICE -
July 07, 2015

Summer woodland tour being offered near Rainier

by Spotlight news staff
Just-A-Mere Tree Farm on Skeans Road will place management practices on display On Saturday, July 25, Just-A-Mere Tree Farm in the Rainier area will be offering a free tour of its combination…
July 07, 2015

Columbia County Rider adds bus service to coast

by Courtney Vaughn
Expanded service will work through a partnership with coast-based Sunset Empire Transit District Columbia County Rider will expand its service to include two round-trip bus rides between…
COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - A fire that scorched the inside of a residential kitchen in St. Helens and sent a man to the hospital Friday, June 26, left cabinets and appliances with significant damage.
July 03, 2015

Neighbors rescue man from house fire in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
CRF&R chief credits David Taber for saving resident's life A man was hospitalized after inhaling smoke from a kitchen fire in St. Helens on Friday morning, June 29, according to Columbia River…
SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - A Scappoose firefighter fights a blaze started in an abandoned log pile near Crown Zellerbach Road and Miller Road in Scappoose Friday, June 26.
June 26, 2015

Abandoned log fire in Scappoose likely human-caused

by Courtney Vaughn
Fire smolders for hours in remote area near Crown Zellerbach Road Scappoose Fire District was called to a brush fire early Friday morning, June 26, started in a remote area by human activity.…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Jim Tierney, executive director of the nonprofit Community Action Team Inc., leads off a 'Community Conversation on Poverty' in St. Helens on Tuesday, June 30.
July 03, 2015

Nonprofits, government agencies huddle for poverty talk

by Mark Miller
Bonamici stops by 'Community Conversation' in St. Helens Several dozen representatives of nonprofit groups, public agencies and more met Tuesday, June 30, for a “Community Conversation on…
COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - The sidewalk repair program is intended to get cracked and broken sidewalks in St. Helens, such as this one, fixed and finished to the city's engineering standards this summer.
July 03, 2015

St. Helens to repair sidewalks on request this summer

by Mark Miller
Segments most in need of work will be prioritized Broken sidewalk in St. Helens? Let the city take care of that for you. The city of St. Helens announced this week that it is restarting its…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Jon Ellis, a rate advisory committee member representing the city of St. Helens, listens as Lorne Clark from Dyno Nobel talks about the impacts of rising energy rates Tuesday during a Columbia River People's Utility District rate advisory committee meeting.
July 03, 2015

PUD explores rate increases as power costs spike

by Courtney Vaughn
Change in costs could mean higher fixed rates A projected 6.9 to 8 percent climb in energy rates from Bonneville Power Administration in October will likely see Columbia River People’s Utility…
July 03, 2015

Grant secures Rotary fountain funding in Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
Target build date now set for summer 2016 A years-long effort in Scappoose to build a water splash fountain in Heritage Park finally got the rest of the funding it needed to be realized. City…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - The Wieners take the stage Saturday evening at Veterans Park, wrapping up the live music lineup for Scappoose Summerfest.
July 03, 2015

Summer comes in hot for Summerfest

by Courtney Vaughn
Festival met with unusually high temps Attendees were greeted with some of this year’s hottest temperatures Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, as Scappoose Summerfest returned to Veterans…
COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - Fireworks light up the night over the Columbia River, during a previous Independence Day celebration in St. Helens.
July 03, 2015

Independence Day festivities planned in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
St. Helens Community Foundation is lead organizer this year The St. Helens Community Foundation is putting on an Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 4, in the Riverfront District of St.…

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Jul 03, 2015

With attractions for all, Rainier Days aims to please

by Spotlight news staff
Fireworks, music and more on the 4-day itinerary Rainier is going all out next week for its annual summer celebration, Rainier Days in the Park. From Thursday, July 9, to Sunday, July 12, the…
FILE - An all-alumni reunion will be held at Scappoose High School on Saturday, Aug. 1.
Jul 02, 2015

Scappoose school reunion in the works for August

by Spotlight news staff
All student, staff alumni invited to attend event at Scappoose High The Scappoose Alumni Association is organizing a reunion event for anyone who has ever attended or been on staff at Scappoose…
COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - Columbia River People's Utility District crews work on a power pole damaged after a truck crashed into it Tuesday night, June 30.
Jul 01, 2015

Truck crash leads to overnight power outage in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
CRPUD: Power cut to about 1,500 customers during repairs About 1,500 customers of the Columbia River People's Utility District, which provides electricity to most residents of south Columbia…
Jul 01, 2015

SAFE receives $5,000 grant to support work

by Spotlight news staff
PGE Foundation gives money to group for education program SAFE of Columbia County has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the PGE Foundation to provide education on healthy relationships and…
OREGON STATE POLICE PHOTO - A Jeep Cherokee rests on the shoulder of Highway 30 Friday, June 26 after it struck a stopped Hyundai Sonata. A Columbia County Sheriff's Office SUV was also hit in the crash.
Jun 29, 2015

Sheriff's deputy hit in three-vehicle crash on Highway 30

by Courtney Vaughn
Oregon State Police is investigating a three-vehicle crash on Highway 30 that damaged a Columbia County Sheriff's Office vehicle Friday evening, June 26. According to OSP, 54-year-old Diane…
COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE - What Columbia River Fire & Rescue characterized as a 'large grass fire' burns on property owned by Boise Cascade Co. south of downtown St. Helens Thursday afternoon, June 25.
Jun 26, 2015

Grass fire burns on veneer property land

by Mark Miller
CRF&R: Fire controlled, no damage to surrounding property A spark from a lawnmower cutting grass on the Boise Cascade Co. property in St. Helens was blamed for igniting a grass fire just outside…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - People wander along the shoreline of the Columbia River on the Boise Cascade Co. property in St. Helens Tuesday evening, June 23. The gate to the property, which the city of St. Helens is expecting to purchase next Tuesday, June 30, was opened after a presentation on the redevelopment process at the nearby Muckle Building.
Jun 26, 2015

For an evening, veneer property gate is opened

by Mark Miller
Open house held to update public on waterfront efforts More than 100 people packed into the ground floor of the old Muckle Building in downtown St. Helens on Tuesday, June 23, for an update on…
FILE - Smoke from a fire caused by lightning last August billows out from a forested tract as seen looking across Dutch Canyon from Mountain View Road outside of Scappoose. Fire officials warn that fire conditions now are similar to what they were last August.
Jun 26, 2015

Forest officials keep a smoldering eye on fire risks

by Darryl Swan
Fireworks, cigarettes, unattended fires could cause woodlands to go up in smoke One of the driest starts to summer on record has prompted countywide burning restrictions and dire warnings from…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - BG Aguirre, principal of St. Helens High School, speaks at a Wednesday, June 24, school board meeting about the dearth of credit recovery options for students at her school. Also pictured: Jessica Pickett, business manager for the St. Helens School District.
Jun 26, 2015

Principal: St. Helens High needs summer school

by Mark Miller
Students who fall behind may be unable to make up failed courses St. Helens High School is struggling to keep students on track to graduate, and without credit recovery options like summer…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - The South Columbia Family School is located next to Warren Elementary School.
Jun 26, 2015

Charter school to serve high-schoolers

by Mark Miller
South Columbia Family School, which provides home-school services, expanding to K-12 A charter school in the Scappoose School District that serves home-schooling families will expand its…