BUILDING A FUTURE, PIECE BY PIECE

BUILDING A FUTURE, PIECE BY PIECE

Students create FIRST LEGO League club with fourth- through sixth-graders

Warming Center opens for homeless on cold nights

Warming Center opens for homeless on cold nights

More volunteers needed to staff Friday nights and weeknights that drop below freezing

Scappoose tops charts in county's population growth

Scappoose tops charts in county's population growth

Metropolitan housing costs, industrial growth considered factors driving people to relocate

Share and Care fills holiday void

Share and Care fills holiday void

Holiday donation program still in need of donations to serve less fortunate families

Scappoose woman displaced after fire destroys home

Scappoose woman displaced after fire destroys home

Fire crews spent hours on scene putting out blaze on Wednesday, Nov. 23

St. Helens robotics club launches campaignof community fundraisers

St. Helens robotics club launches campaignof community fundraisers

Students prepare business plans and seek sponsorship funds from community

District puts health center for Scappoose students on hold

District puts health center for Scappoose students on hold

Grant funding not enough to cover build out of facility, officials say

PUD: Nancy Ward cannot serve on board

PUD: Nancy Ward cannot serve on board

Despite winning 62 percent of votes, Ward will not be seated by current board


Columbia County's Latest News

December 06, 2016

St. Helens Police Department log

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St. Helens Police Department logs: Oct. 29 to Nov. 7
December 05, 2016

Scappoose Police Department logs

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Scappoose Police Department weekly logs: Nov. 21 to Nov. 26
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The Scappoose School District board of directors devoted a work session to discussing the anticipated school-based health center on Monday, Nov. 28. During the two-hour meeting, health care providers, project leaders, community members and school board members held candid conversations about what could be offered at the health center and how students would access its services.
December 02, 2016

Scappoose school-based health center still in limbo

by Nicole Thill
Staff, school board, project leaders and parents continue to ask questions during planning process


SANDERS
December 02, 2016

Sanders snags seat on Scappoose council

by Courtney Vaughn
After near tie between two candidates, final vote tally puts Sanders ahead
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Santa Claus visits with 5-year-old Taylor Townsend inside the Watts House on Monday, Nov. 28. Santa greeted hundreds of children on Monday who waited in line to sit on his lap.
December 02, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

by Nicole Thill
The annual Watts House Christmas lighting ceremony draws a crowd
OREGON STATE POLICE PHOTO - Two bull elk were illegally killed and left to waste near St. Helens last week. The elk poaching case is one of several in recent months.
December 01, 2016

Reward offered after illegal elk poaching near St. Helens

by Courtney Vaughn
OSP offers $1,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspect
November 30, 2016

Warrants of the Week

by Darryl Swan
Columbia County warrants of the week: Tooley, Holien, Roseberry, Deherrera
November 29, 2016

Columbia County Sheriff's Office

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Columbia County Sheriff's Office logs: Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17
November 28, 2016

Scappoose Police Department

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Scappoose Police Department weekly logs: Tuesday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Nov. 20
December 02, 2016

Oregon Elections Division affirms PUD position on Subdivision 1…

by Darryl Swan
Interim Director for Elections Division states PUD has taken appropriate steps in its determination of whether Nancy Ward is eligible to hold office for utility In a letter drafted to Sen. Betsy…

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PHOTO COURTESY OF SUNSATIONS - Cheri Gardner, shopowner of Sunsations tanning salon and gift shop in Scappoose, arranges merchandise in her store in preparation for a busy holiday shopping weekend. Gardner is one of several small business owners participating in shopping incentives and Small Business Saturday promotions.
Nov 25, 2016

Forget Black Friday, it's all about Small Business Saturday

by Nicole Thill and Courtney Vaughn
Locally owned retailers prepare for the busiest shopping weekend of the year
GRIFFIN
Nov 25, 2016

PUD attorney's actions receive state scrutiny

by Courtney Vaughn
Complaints filed against Philip Griffin of Clarke Griffin LLC with Oregon State Bar
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Mike Sheehan (left) and Nancy Ward review a press release distributed during a Columbia River PUD meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15. Ward and several others in floating homes say they deserve to vote in PUD elections, and the district should initiate the appropriate action to try to include ratepayers in floating homes along the Multnomah Channel.
Nov 25, 2016

Columbia River PUD ratepayers want a fair shake in elections

by Courtney Vaughn
Secretary of State's Office examining exclusion of floating homes in Scappoose from utility district's voting rolls
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Participants in the 'Unity Rally' hold up signs and posters at the Scappoose totem pole along Highway 30 on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Nov 25, 2016

'Too great for hate'

by Nicole Thill
Scappoose students, community members hold rally to promote love, support
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A china set at the Scappoose Thrift Store is one of many good finds off the beaten shopping path.
Nov 25, 2016

Be thrifty, find hidden treasures

by Courtney Vaughn
Second-hand shops yield hard-to-find, vintage and other unique offerings
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Phil Lager, left center, voices concerns about the budget during a Scappoose School District board of directors meeting Monday, Nov. 14. Lager opposed the vote to approve the creation of a new director position at the Scappoose School District office.
Nov 25, 2016

Scappoose School District maxes budget for staffing changes

by Nicole Thill
Reserve funds to pay for staff changes hits $300K with new position approved
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A formerly homeless woman visits Human Solutions, a shelter program in outer Southeast Portland. Portland Public Schools has more homeless students than any other district in the state. Hillsboro ranks 17th, although it's the state's fourth largest district.
Nov 22, 2016

New data show homelessness on the rise in schools

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Nearly 8,000 public school children — a 9.3 percent increase from two years ago — in the tri-county area meet the federal definition of homeless.
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The St. Helens School District successfully passed a $46 million school bond during the general election making it eligoible to receive a $4 million grant from the state. The district received word that it secured the grant on Monday, Nov. 21.
Nov 22, 2016

St. Helens School District gets $4 million from state grant

by Nicole Thill
School district receives grant from Oregon Department of Education after passing bond
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Tom Ford (left), commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4362 in Scappoose, waits for a flyover from two planes at Heritage Park in Scappoose, with Cub Scouts at his side. The Scouts assisted during a Veterans Day celebration and dedication ceremony for two Fallen Soldier memorials on Friday, Nov. 11.
Nov 18, 2016

VFW Honors veterans, dedicates memorials

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose celebrates Veterans Day with several generations of service during annual ceremony
HAUGEN
Nov 18, 2016

City council race still hangs in the balance

by Courtney Vaughn
County elections officials say outcome of tight race won't be known until certified results come in