Bomb threats prompt evacuations at two elementary schools

Bomb threats prompt evacuations at two elementary schools

Written threats are discovered at McBride and Lewis and Clark schools

911 candidate under investigation

911 candidate under investigation

Steve Watson, Columbia 911's executive director, resigns amid sexual harassment claims

Upgrades to Scappoose softball field likely

Upgrades to Scappoose softball field likely

Scappoose School Board favors option to stay at current facility with $88K in upgrades, rather...

Scappoose robotics team qualifies for world championships

Scappoose robotics team qualifies for world championships

'Byte Sized' team to compete against hundreds of international teams

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Willy Wonka themed auction to be held at Grant Watts Elementary School


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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Riley Baker (left) appears in court Friday with his attorney, Michael Sahagian. In a plea deal with the state, Baker pleaded guilty to a charge of making a false statement on an oath or affidavit.
April 28, 2017

Father and son plead guilty to elections violations

by Courtney Vaughn
Dave and Riley Baker take plea deal with state, after investigators find both falsely certified recall petition signatures
April 28, 2017

Pacific grad dies in crash on Highway 30 near Clatskanie

by Pamplin Media Group
Lenore Ribera, a psychology major from Warren, will be remembered during May 11 ceremony
PORT OF ST. HELENS PHOTO - An aerial shot of property near Port Westward shows the dock and surrounding undeveloped property. The Port of St. Helens hopes to rezone land in the area for industrial use.
April 28, 2017

Port releases details of proposed uses for Clatskanie rezone…

by Courtney Vaughn
Dry and liquid bulk, natural gas, forest products included in propososed uses for farmland up for rezone consideration


April 28, 2017

CRFR candidates rely on word-of-mouth for promotion

by Nicole Thill
Relatively low spending reported for CRFR board candidates in contested races
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Melinda Bernert (center) discusses her ideas for improving the Port of St. Helens during a candidate forum hosted by Envision Columbia County.
April 28, 2017

Candidates for Port engage with voters

by Courtney Vaughn
Envision Columbia County candidate forum sparks conversation, friendly debate between voters and Port of St. Helens hopefuls
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - City Councilor Joel Haugen (left) and Planning Commissioner Scott Jensen (right) review a housing needs analysis presented by ECONorthwest. The study finds Scappoose will need to diversify its housing makeup to include more affordable homes.
April 28, 2017

Study: More affordable housing needed in Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
ECONorthwest analysis speculates about the future of the fast-growing city over the next 20 years
Steve Atchison, current Columbia County district attorney, will retire after 37 years in law Monday, May 1. Atchison has been a D.A. for 18 years.
April 28, 2017

Atchison to retire as DA

by Courtney Vaughn and Darryl Swan
Columbia County District Attorney Steve Atchison will exit May 1
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A series of hand-drawn post cards will be avalaible for$1 each during the Spring into Art show this weekend. The Columbia Arts Guild is hosting the event as an art show and fundraiser to purchase new display cases.
April 28, 2017

'Spring into Art' event this weekend

by Nicole Thill
Art show, fundraiser for Columbia Arts Guild showcases work of local artists, writers, chefs
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Three positions on the Scappoose School Board are up for re-election. The race for Lisa Maloney's position on the board is one of the most heavily contested.
April 28, 2017

Seats on Scappoose School Board heavily contested

by Nicole Thill
Eight candidates run for three open seats; four face off in race for Zone 3
Melinda Bernert
April 28, 2017

Snapshot: Port commissioner candidates

by Courtney Vaughn
Candidates for the Port of St. Helens Board of Commissioners gave opinions on the agency's endeavor to rezone agricultural land for industrial use at Port Westward, as well as the Port's…

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Kindergarten students in Krista Mosley's class explore a selection of books before choosing one they want to keep on Monday, April 24.
Apr 28, 2017

BOOK BONANZA

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens Kiwanis donates books to kindergarten students in St. Helens
PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - A Warren woman was killed Wednesday morning when her car left the roadway and struck several trees. The crash occured on westbound Highway 30 one mile east of Clatskanie.
Apr 28, 2017

Warren woman killed in single vehicle crash

by Nicole Thill
Vehicle struck several trees after leaving roadway Wednesday morning crash
SCAPPOOSE POLICE PHOTO - A 2014 Honda Accord came to rest on the driver side after the driver crashed into a parked truck on Southwest Maple Street in Scappoose. The driver and two dogs in the car were uninjured.
Apr 24, 2017

Suspected drunk driver crashes into parked truck

by Courtney Vaughn
Man and two dogs uninjured after rollover crash in Scappoose
Apr 21, 2017

Local students make OSU honor roll

by Nicole Thill
College students from Scappoose, St. Helens, Deer Island, Rainier, Clatskanie, Warren recognized
Columbia River PUD Directors Debbie Reed, Rob Mathers, Jake Carter and Craig Melton vote via a show of hands Tuesday, April 18 on the salary of the PUD's general manger, John Nguyen. Not pictured: Director Harry Price
Apr 21, 2017

Columbia River PUD hires Nguyen at $207,000

by Courtney Vaughn
Directors change policy to avoid public recruitment, opting for direct hire with $52,000 increase in salary
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Andy Bonesz, an architect from Soderstrom Architects, talks about one layout design option for the new middle school. Bonesz presented three main design concepts, but said other ideas could be explored.
Apr 21, 2017

Public views new St. Helens Middle School design concepts

by Nicole Thill
Parents, community members talk about desires for new building, provide feedback
Brady Preheim
Apr 21, 2017

Democratic committee sues in small claims court over alleged…

by Courtney Vaughn
Committee chair says issues with voting, election paperwork were resolved
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Construction is underway on a new South Fork subdivisoin in Scappoose. The stormwater permit holder, Stafford Development Co., was fined by DEQ for not implementing soil and erosion controls at the site. The company said it sold the land to another company prior to that phase of construction.
Apr 21, 2017

Developer fined $57K for subdivision in Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
DEQ cites soil and erosion violations at South Fork housing development project
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Eighth-grader Seth Chamberlain answers a round of questioning by prosecuting attorney Destiny Weilert . Columbia Circuit Judge Jenefer Grant oversees the mock trial as it unfolds.
Apr 21, 2017

SIA students head to trial, in mock fashion

by Nicole Thill
Sauvie Island Academy students host 'mock trial' at Columbia County Courthouse
Ernie A. Lipps
Apr 21, 2017

Sex offender released from jail due to paperwork delays

by Courtney Vaughn
Police, prosecutors say scheduling conflicts between police and DA are common