Getting technical

Getting technical

St. Helens High School's auto-tech program thrives Mike Herdrich is proud of his students. Tall,...

7th-graders get another chance at Outdoor School

7th-graders get another chance at Outdoor School

Expanded, student-driven 'field studies' this month include day-trip to Camp Wilkerson Due to...

St. Helens man hailed as hero after shooting

St. Helens man hailed as hero after shooting

Jacob Jones, a Scappoose High grad, credits martial arts tactics with takedown of gunman While...

Longtime Scappoose music teacher retiring at year's end

Longtime Scappoose music teacher retiring at year's end

Lynnda Fuller, a Scappoose native, was hired in 1990 The Scappoose School District is losing a...

Breakfast of champions

Breakfast of champions

Jenni Jordan, retired deputy DA, speaks at Ruthann Center anniversary event Jenni Jordan, who...

Time for a little spring cleaning

Time for a little spring cleaning

'Main Street,' 3 south Columbia County drop sites, Fox Creek cleanups planned for April Earth Day...

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity builds sixth home for local family At 32, Debbie Ritthaler...

Public to county: Pot moratorium a bad call

Public to county: Pot moratorium a bad call

Residents denounce Columbia County's plans for marijuana moratorium No moratorium on marijuana...

St. Helens Organics Recycling plans open house meetings

St. Helens Organics Recycling plans open house meetings

Founder Paul Woods: Public forums fill DEQ requirement The Idaho man behind a proposal for a...

Die laughing at Scappoose High spring musical

Die laughing at Scappoose High spring musical

'Lucky Stiff' scheduled for 4 performances this month The Scappoose High School Drama Club is...


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COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller gives a presentation to the Scappoose City Council in Febrary about marijuana laws. To the right, Shelby Rihala, attorney for Scappoose, listens and chimes in.
April 17, 2015

Scappoose will weigh pot dispensary options

by Courtney Vaughn
City Council to consider ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries Monday City councilors in Scappoose will meet Monday, April 20, to consider regulating medical marijuana dispensaries…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - The younger Dan Nelson of Scappoose uses a track hoe to tear down the decaying remains of his grandparents' home, which had been vacant since 2005, off Gable Road in St. Helens on Friday, April 10.
April 17, 2015

Vacant home on business loop torn down

by Mark Miller
Police: For years, old Nelson house had been ravaged by squatters A small, dilapidated house that had been sitting vacant for about 10 years on Gable Road east of Highway 30 has finally been…
April 17, 2015

Columbia Riverkeeper: Documents show refinery planned for…

by KOIN 6 News
Washington oil refinery plan draws criticism from group The documents show that Riverside Refining LLC wants to partner with the Port of Longview to build the largest new refinery in the United…
BUTTS
April 17, 2015

High court to take up forcible medication question

by Courtney Vaughn
Oregon State Hospital refuses to medicate accused murderer Daniel A. Butts, despite judge's order To say Daniel A. Butts’ criminal case is complicated would be an understatement. The Kalama,…
COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL PHOTO - MD Islam, shown here, will plead guilty to charges at an upcoming court hearing in Columbia County, according to the Columbia County D.A.'s Office.
April 17, 2015

Beaverton man to plead guilty to sex charges

by Courtney Vaughn
Man charged with soliciting sex from St. Helens teen online A Beaverton man arrested Jan. 10 after he drove to a Walmart store in St. Helens to have sexual contact with a teen girl has struck a…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Michelle Vandenberg, a jail deputy with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, checks on inmates in a pod during her shift at the Columbia County Jail. The Sheriff's Office is in the process of hiring more deputies with money it received from a jail levy passed in May 2014.
April 17, 2015

Jail levy committee presents first budget

by Courtney Vaughn
Oversight committee talks next levy as finances locked in for 2015; jail now holding 68 local inmates As the county prepares to craft a budget with its first cycle of jail levy funding, talk of…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Michelle Graham speaks during a meeting of the Scappoose School District's budget committee on Wednesday, April 15.
April 17, 2015

Proposed Scappoose schools budget includes new teachers,…

by Mark Miller
Committee waits on approval until after it holds public hearing There will be a public hearing on Wednesday, May 6, on the draft budget for next school year in the Scappoose School District. The…
April 17, 2015

St. Helens to borrow up to $1M for waterfront project

by Mark Miller
Council authorizes borrowing in 3-0 vote The St. Helens City Council adopted a resolution Wednesday evening, April 15, that authorizes up to $1 million in outside financing for the planned…
April 16, 2015

Buzzer beaters: Kulp, Meshell wrap up candidate filings for May…

by Courtney Vaughn and Mark Miller
Carmen Kulp files for Port of St. Helens Commission; Christa Meshell seeks Scappoose School Board position Two candidates who filed late for positions in the May 19 election could not be reached…
Natasha Parvey.
April 11, 2015

SCC chamber hires interim chief on permanent basis

by Mark Miller
Natasha Parvey has acted as executive director for 4 months Natasha Parvey was hired Friday, April 10, as the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's permanent executive director, filling…

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Gordon Jarman.
Apr 10, 2015

St. Helens school board envisions whirlwind hiring for top job

by Mark Miller
New superintendent sought by end of June The St. Helens School District is wasting little time in searching for a successor to Mark Davalos, who announced last month he will step down as…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Joel Haka, a Portland & Western railroad representative, talks about upgrades to the rail line during a Port of St. Helens meeting Wednesday, April 8.
Apr 10, 2015

Safety upgrades to rail line mean faster trains

by Courtney Vaughn
Portland & Western touts safety and service, but many still critical of rail activity After nearly a year of the public pressing for information about the amount of insurance carried by local…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Port of St. Helens Commissioners Mike Avent (left) and Robert Keyser listen to feedback during a port meeting Wednesday, April 8. Both commissioners attended a PNWA conference in Washington, D.C. recently.
Apr 10, 2015

Port commissioners network, rack up expenses at conference

by Courtney Vaughn
Four people, including majority of port commission, traveled to nation's capital at agency's expense A five-day Pacific Northwest Waterways Association conference in Washington, D.C., cost the…
FILE PHOTO - The old Deer Island School has been converted into a private residence by owners Diane and Jason Dunn, who call it the Deer Island Manor. This spring, the historic building is hosting the ShoeString Community Players' production of 'Motherhood Out Loud,' a recent play about being a parent.
Apr 10, 2015

Theater show to be staged at Deer Island Manor

by Mark Miller
'Motherhood Out Loud' presented by ShoeString Community Players The St. Helens theater group ShoeString Community Players is putting on a play about parenthood this spring. “Motherhood Out…
Apr 10, 2015

Scappoose wants Oregon Supreme Court to review dissolution of…

by Courtney Vaughn
Council addresses ill-fated Columbia Health District and longstanding legal battle over land; remaining asssets As Columbia County waits for court direction before handing over an 8.35-acre…
Stephen Jupe.
Apr 10, 2015

Scappoose superintendent gives budget message

by Mark Miller
Stephen Jupe slams legislative budget for K-12 education as inadequate Stephen Jupe, superintendent of the Scappoose School District, delivered his budget message for the district on Wednesday,…
Rob Saxton.
Apr 10, 2015

State education head taking top post at NWESD

by Mark Miller and Shasta Kearns Moore
Rob Saxton accepts 2-year contract to lead local service district The administrative head of the Oregon Department of Education announced Wednesday, April 8, he will step down at the end of this…
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Free cooking classes will be at First Lutheran Church in St. Helens every Friday from April 24 to May 29.
Apr 07, 2015

Free cooking classes offered in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
OSU Extension Service, Columbia Pacific Food Bank partnering The Oregon State University Extension Service's SNAP-ED program is partnering with the Columbia Pacific Food Bank to offer a series…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Security issues could make some vital state websites vulnerable to hackers or cybercrime, according to tests by the Pamplin Media Group/EO Media Group Capital Bureau in Salem.
Apr 03, 2015

Vital state websites a click away from security vulnerabilities

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregonians who used state websites to pay child support, file unemployment claims and renew their vehicle registration in recent months were vulnerable to attackers who could intercept…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - At Grace Lutheran Church, Lisa Ballard (left) and Phil Mann (right) put up a new message on their letter board sign, which can be seen along the west side of Highway 30 in Scappoose. Ballard and Mann say they try to change the sign every week or so.
Apr 03, 2015

Looking for a sign

by Mark Miller
Churches use letter boards in conversation with community “It’s one of those things that people notice more than you think.” That’s what Pastor Phil Mann says about the sign out in front of…