Open house seeks input on St. Helens waterfront designs

Open house seeks input on St. Helens waterfront designs

Residents map out ideas, give feedback on proposed framework A crowd of more than 100 people...

Agencies help rescue owl from fishing line

Agencies help rescue owl from fishing line

Firefighters, sheriff's deputies, aid Columbia County Dog Control to help bird trapped in tree...

The rundown: County commissioner hopefuls weigh in

The rundown: County commissioner hopefuls weigh in

Ballots for the May 17 primary were mailed Wednesday, April 27. Here is a rundown of candidates...

Scappoose schools assess resources, plan for growth

Scappoose schools assess resources, plan for growth

District hires DLR Group to look at district assets in light of projected student growth, needs...

Scappoose High to roll out new bell schedule

Scappoose High to roll out new bell schedule

Change in daily class structure will be third change in three years for high school Scappoose...

In Columbia County, rent rates mirror bigger cities

In Columbia County, rent rates mirror bigger cities

Per capita wages lower, but fair market rate rent in same ballpark as Portland's Columbia County...

Hyde leads effort to sue feds

Hyde leads effort to sue feds

President of AOCC says BLM's plan ignores needs of rural counties The Association of O&C Counties...


Columbia County's Latest News

COONROD
May 04, 2016

Scappoose man arrested for Washington bank robberies

by Courtney Vaughn
A Scappoose man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with several bank robberies in Vancouver, Wash. Officers from the Scappoose Police Department worked with the Vancouver Police…
(Image is Clickable Link) Brad Whisnant
May 06, 2016

You no longer need to suffer with PN

by Brad Whisnant
The following is paid content provided by Pinpoint Acupuncture in St. Helens. Pinpoint Acupuncture can be reached at 503-397-1505 It’s pretty common to talk with or know people that have numb…
May 02, 2016

Woman drowns on Sauvie Island

by Courtney Vaughn
Paddle boarder went under and never resurfaced A 28-year-old woman drowned Sunday afternoon at Collins Beach on Sauvie Island. Ha Khuong Vo Dang of Portland was paddle boarding at Collins Beach…


(Image is Clickable Link) SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Candidates for Columbia County Board of Commissioners, Positions 1 and 3, met with editorial staff from the Spotlight, KOHI 1660 AM and Vernonia's Voice at the Spotlight's office in Scappoose April 25 and April 26. The Position 1 candidates pictured here include (facing, from left to right): Wayne Mayo, Margaret Magruder, Joel Yarbor, Susan Conn and Brady Preheim. The primary election is Tuesday, May 17.
May 06, 2016

Candidates meet with news agencies for panel discussion

by Darryl Swan
Video footage available on Spotlight's YouTube channel of panel discussion with Columbia County commissioner candidates Candidates for seats on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners,…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River PUD directors discuss the recently adopted board governance policy during a meeting Tuesday, April 19. Pictured left to right: President Jake Carter and Directors Craig Melton and Richard Simpson.
April 29, 2016

Governance policy restricts speech, note taking of PUD directors

by Courtney Vaughn
New rules set guidelines for board actions, and even discipline of directors A new board governance policy for Columbia River People’s Utility District directors is being criticized by two of…
PORT OF ST. HELENS PHOTO - An aerial view of Scappoose Industrial Airpark shows the area that could be poised for a new Advanced Manufacturing Research Center developed by Portland Community College. Land at the airport has long been eyed for future industrial growth.
April 29, 2016

PCC preps for Scappoose land purchase

by Courtney Vaughn
State to review PCC business plan next month Portland Community College is moving closer to purchasing property in Columbia County. PCC board members last Thursday, April 21, delegated authority…
April 29, 2016

Police logs

by Darryl Swan
April 16 to 25 St. Helens Police Department Monday, April 25 Tyson James Geck, 20, of Portland, was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender following a minor in possession…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Candidates discuss issues Monday during a candidate forum.
April 29, 2016

COUNTY CANDIDATES TALK ECONOMICS, GROWTH DURING FORUM

by Courtney Vaughn
Candidates for Position 1 on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners discuss everything from the county's economic outlook, to homelessness and marijuana during a candidate forum Monday,…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Tim McCann and Don Scott, volunteers with the Curtis Heritage Education Center, talk to students in Erika Reardon's fourth-grade class about the history of the Oregon Trail, Thursday, April 21. The volunteers brought a 170-year-old covered wagon to the school to teach students more about pioneers on the Oregon Trail.
April 29, 2016

Stepping back in time

by Nicole Thill
Fourth-graders get hands-on with historical covered wagon that traveled the Oregon Trail The parking lot of Otto Petersen Elementary School resembled a living history museum last week for…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Jake Feakin, a Columbia River People's Utility District lineman; Jake Carter, a business representative from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and a PUD board director; and Andy Larson, a West Oregon Electric Cooperative lineman, speak with a group of high school students at a career expo Tuesday, April 26. Feakin later showed the students some of his work equipment and explained what he does as a lineman.
April 29, 2016

Students, industry pros participate in career fair

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County students meet with more than 60 colleges, businesses and apprenticeship coordinators As many as 1,300 students from across Columbia County attended the first career expo held at…

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PHOTO COURTESY OF PATRICK BIRKLE - Friday, April 22, is Earth Day. Since 1970, the observance has helped raise awareness about environmental issues. Several Earth Day events are scheduled Saturday, April 23, in Columbia County.
Apr 22, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with county events

by Nicole Thill
Clean up events planned throughout the county People around the world will celebrate the 46th annual Earth Day on Friday, April 22. With the first recognized Earth Day sanctioned by the United…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Members of the St. Helens Waterfront Redevelopment Project advisory committee create mock-up designs in February of what they want to see on the former Boise Cascade veneer plant property the city now owns. Three of those streamlined designs will be on display during next week's open house.
Apr 22, 2016

Open house offers visions of waterfront

by Nicole Thill
Waterfront Redevelopment Project open house is Wednesday, April 27, starting at 5:30 p.m. After months of planning, St. Helens residents will be able to visualize what redevelopment of the…
PHOTO COURTESY OF JANAE BATES - Members of the St. Helens High School wind ensemble warm up before competition, Thursday, April 14. The band performed a selection of three pieces at the contest and completed a sight reading portion of competition.
Apr 22, 2016

St. Helens band wins league contest

by Nicole Thill
The St. Helens High School wind ensemble won the Northwest Oregon Conference 5A League Contest hosted at Sandy High School, Thursday, April 14. During Thursday’s competition the band was one of…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - The Scappoose High School drama club rehearses for the spring musical 'South Pacific,' which will debut at the end of April next week.
Apr 22, 2016

'South Pacific' comes to Scappoose stage

by Nicole Thill
Drama students, band members rehearse for spring musical The Scappoose High School drama club and a collection of band members will combine forces next week to put on the school’s spring…
Tappan
Apr 22, 2016

Fire districts continue to discuss joint operations

by Nicole Thill
Columbia River Fire and Rescue and Scappoose Fire District explain how joint operations could work Discussions between Columbia River Fire and Rescue and the Scappoose Fire District continue as…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Walidah Imarisha gives a talk in Scappoose during an Oregon Black History tour she did in rural communities. Imarisha partnered with the Rural Organizing Project, which was founded in Scappoose.
Apr 22, 2016

Separated by distance, united for justice

by Courtney Vaughn
Rural Organizing Project unites residents for social justice work It takes a village to advocate for social justice and human dignity, and in rural areas of the state, it might even take a…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A replacement tax levy to fund Scappoose Fire District will appear on the May 17 ballot. The measure proposes to raise the current levy from 94 cents to $1.24 per $1,000 assessed value.
Apr 22, 2016

Fire district asks for property tax hike in Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose Fire District pitches 30 cent increase per $1,000 assessed value to fund more staff, ambulance service Scappoose Fire District customers will be asked to vote on a property tax hike to…
HEIMULLER
Apr 22, 2016

Columbia County will eliminate furlough days

by Courtney Vaughn
Commissioners report budget turnaround; courthouse to open five days a week Columbia County commissioners announced Wednesday afternoon that the county plans to eliminate furlough days for county…
Apr 22, 2016

Police Logs

by Darryl Swan
Police and sheriff's office activity St. Helens Police Department Friday, April 15 Officers seized a piece of foil and a plastic pipe that were left by an unknown subject in a vehicle at Emmert…
STOUGARD
Apr 18, 2016

Deputies locate escaped inmate

by Courtney Vaughn
Man walked away from jail yard Monday afternoon An inmate who escaped from the Columbia County Jail Monday afternoon has been located and returned to jail. According to the Columbia County…