Body of missing St. Helens teen found in Washington

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Marciano Sakhoeun, a St. Helens High School student who had recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, found in Cathlamet, family members confirm

Scappoose man sentenced to state hospital for Samurai sword…

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Court finds David Lee McDaniel suffers from psychosis and has history of mental illness

So you're sick, now what?

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Medical providers share advice on how to prevent and manage illness during the cold and flu season

Medical-only crews to address fire districts call volume

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Medical-only crews will help respond to high call volume, allowing firefighters more time for fire response calls and training

New interim principal leads St. Helens High

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Ted Zehr, a former St. Helens principal, takes on interim administrative role

Volunteer cops provide vital staffing to Sheriff's Office

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Despite tough qualification process, sheriff tightens strings on reserve deputy program

Scammers threaten county residents with phony warrants

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Scammers claim victims have warrants for their arrest, demand payment via pre-paid cards or services

Trial set in lawsuit against county over euthanized dog

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Trial will determine whether county committed fraud dispatching dog slated to be mascot

Merkley: Prospects good for 'dreamers,' children's health…

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Oregon Democrat says those issues and aid to community health clinics will be tied to a must-pass bill for federal spending authority, which is set…

Scappoose explores urban renewal district

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Feasibility study will determine whether district with tax increment revenue could benefit city

Tax break helps Premier Jets expand

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Scappoose approves benefits for jet ambulance company, which claims it will grow to 40 employees

St. Helens approves contract for brownfield site study

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City Council votes to approve contract with Maul Foster Alongi to oversee grant-funded program

Scappoose to fill vacant council seat in February

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Interviews, appointment scheduled for Monday, Feb. 5, during council work session

Traveler alert: Upcoming closures of HW 30 near Astoria

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Maintenance on Highway 30 near Astoria scheduled later this month; flaggers will direct traffic

Columbia Pacific Food Bank likely to relocate

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Plans in the works to move to Columbia Boulevard location; fundraising and construction could take up to two years

Columbia City to install water storage seismic upgrades

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City receives $225,000 FEMA grant to help pay for upgrades; city also pays to renovate tank on Miloris Way

Enforcement patrols net 16 DUII arrests over holidays

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Various Columbia County police agencies report different stats during Christmas, New Year

Murder suspect refuses plea deal; says trial documents…

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Columbia County sex offender on trial for 2016 homicide demands full access to discovery files

Toolmaker expected to build Scappoose plant

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After governor announced OSG's membership in OMIC, company now negotiating property sale

Investigators: Former first lady violated ethics laws

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The Oregon Ethics Commission will consider findings from investigators that former First Lady Cylvia Hayes violated state ethics laws by using her…

St. Helens to host meeting on street, intersection…

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Public given opportunity to provide feedback about city's plan to improve street connections to waterfront

Year in review: Public art installations draw cheers, jeers

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Rotary Children's Fountain finally sees home in Scappoose, as Salmon Tree sculpture adds to Highway 30 art

Year in Review: Highlights of county, city happenings

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Lawsuits settled; major employer announces business closure; proposed taxes prompt outcry

Year in Review: Top school news

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Scappoose superintendent resigns; St. Helens reopens shuttered school to kick off 2017-18 school year

CENT investigation nabs 3 for drug trafficking

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Investigation begins in Rainier and advances via traffic stop on Highway 30; more than 3 pounds of controlled substances and $17,300 in cash seized

County denies appeal over indoor marijuana grow operation

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Commissioners say home-based marijuana grow in Rainier meets all county criteria

Year in Review: Shake-ups at public safety agencies

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From Columbia County Sheriff's Office, to Columbia 911 and Columbia River Fire & Rescue, major staff changes and investigations marked 2017

Warming Center opens for longest stretch this season

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Center opened for seven nights in a row last weekend; volunteers always needed

Former sheriff's reserve deputy files tort claim against…

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Tyler Miller claims termination from program damaged his reputation, business relationships

St. Helens to increase water, sewer, utility rates in 2018

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After no increase in 2017, city water rates will increase by 3.22 percent in the new year

Man arrested after stealing pickup truck with gun

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Deputies say Jason Harold Emanuel may have stolen truck, then used CC Rider bus to evade arrest

Year in Review: Residents get snowed in, then smoked out…

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2017 saw snow shut down schools, businesses, while summertime fires raged for more than a month

Columbia County gets white Christmas after brief snowfall

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Snow, ice stick around for two days afterward as temperatures stay in low 30s; Roads Department staff note icy conditions at higher elevations

Merry and bright - Enjoy the sights of the season

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Brightly lit homes in south Columbia County spread festive cheer to passersby

St. Helens family's light show delivers 'child-like feeling…

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St. Helens family creates annual digital light display, complete with synchronized music and fundraiser for local food bank

Rainier man pleads guilty to manslaughter of Christopher…

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Randy Pritchard, 51, will serve time for 2015 death of 30-year-old Christopher Heller

BUILDING BIKES TO GIVE BACK

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Employees at Hudson Garbage Service purchase and build 35 new bicyles for children in need in Columbia County

Port prepares for more legal battles over Port Westward

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Anticipating another appeal of rezoning, agency authorizes more money for legal fees

Sophia Estep selected as Elk Teen of the Month

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Senior chosen for award based on academic, athletic performance and volunteerism

Grading the government

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Part 2 of an end-of-year re-examination of how county agencies compare on transparency and open government

Improvements still needed at muncipal court, St.…

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Councilors are pleased with overhaul in St. Helens Municipal Court but still have concerns

County: Neighbors can't stop marijuana grow

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Commissioners hear appeal from Rainier homeowners who say their private rules exclude marijuana business

Sheriff places moratorium on using K9s on jail…

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Sheriff says K9 use of force in jail has been suspended, pending investigation by D.A.

St. Helens police arrest Abominable Snowman for DUII

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St. Helens Police Department's DUII awareness campaign lands big snowy monster in jail; Santa Claus assists St. Helens officers with arrest

Emergency crews respond to mobile home fire in…

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Home used as rental unit and was unoccupied; cause of fire still unknown and under investigation

Scappoose woman awarded 'volunteer of the year' for…

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Eva Frost is sixth generation grange member, CERT volunteer and community event planner

Two arrested for endangering minors; one using drugs

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St. Helens police arrest Bend man for using heroin in parked SUV with children in the back seat

Fund established for police officer injured on…

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Tigard Police Officer Matt Barbee's vehicle was struck while traveling home to Columbia County.

Doughnut daze, donations raised

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St. Helens, Scappoose police departments raise thousands of dollars in donations for local food banks

Columbia City teen wins VFW essay contest

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High school freshman Maria Burns wins VFW-sponsored district-level essay contest

McBride students get down in Biztown

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Fifth-graders learn about business, finance and civics in day-long workshop

Spreading holiday cheer at Scappoose Middle School

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Students redeem good behavior tokens for holiday gifts; items donated by community members

Could food carts be the latest addition to…

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Scappoose mayor confirms city may consider food cart pod if regulations and right location can be established

Despite 'no' votes for sexuality content, Scappoose…

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After vote postponement, board votes 5 - 2 to renew curriculum use for remainder of the school year

Grading the government: Part 1

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An end-of-year re-examination of how public agencies in Columbia County compare on transparency and open government

Two-vehicle crash reported near Scappoose High…

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No hospital transports reported for crash near Scappoose High involving teens, adults

St. Helens Motel 6 placed on 24 hour fire watch

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Alarm system repaired after fire officials found it to be non-functioning after crews responded to small blaze Friday

Scappoose city councilor Rich Riffle to resign

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City expected to appoint new candidate to fill remainder of councilor's term

County to get withheld timber funds payment

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Columbia County nets $387,000 in total O&C timber revenue after sequestered funds released

County to auction drilling rights for oil, gas…

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Highest bidder in sealed bid auction will get rights to explore Mist Gas Fields, with county getting percentage of revenue

$1.2 million grant will pay for law enforcement jobs

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State grant will fund deputy district attorney, sheriff's deputy and probation officer

Booth named RSVP November volunteer of the month

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St. Helens woman honored as volunteer of the month for service with Community Meals, quilting group

Spreading holiday cheer with student-designed cards

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St. Helens Police Department use artwork sumbitted by third-graders for department Christmas Cards

Premier Jets closer to receiving extended tax break

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Two of six entities have approved enterprise zone benefits for the jet ambulance company

SIA students turn digital into physical during…

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Art students learn about printing vinyl stickers from digital files in 'Fab Lab' workshop

Warming center opens for first time this season

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St. Helens warming center working with Columbia Humane Society to also house pets on cold nights

Firefighters dispatched to fight California…

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17 firefighters dispatched with four engines to assist near Chino; strike team to help with various fires

Santa Claus reports to duty with St. Helens Police…

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Santa Claus will serve as an honorary police officer for the St. Helens Police Department

Fire breaks out in St. Helens tanning salon

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Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews extinguish blaze; one person treated on scene for smoke inhalation

'Time to take a stand' over Chapman Landing

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Scappoose councilors say county obtained Chapman Landing illegally and is now obstructing efforts to develop park

Man rescued from burning mobile home by neighbor

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Mobile home catches fire in Scappoose, leaving resident unconscious on floor as his clothing burned

Scappoose School District receives $423K grant

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Funding will be used to create a high school innovation lab, which will offer engineering classes

Five displaced after house fire in Scappoose

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Cause of garage fire that spread to roof of home, leaving smoke damage that displaced occupants remains under investigation

Sheriff deems dog attack on jail inmate justifiable

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As law enforcement agencies add K9 deputies, more dogs deployed for use of force

County severs contract with Columbia Humane Society

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Citing rising costs, contract violations, county says jail inmates will help look after dogs in county custody

Space heater causes small fire in St. Helens home

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Fire officials remind residents to use caution with heating appliances in colder weather

Scappoose school officials approve funding for…

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Scappoose School board approves using up to $100K from cell phone tower funds

HOLIDAY CHEER IS HERE

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With help from city employees, decorations go up in Columbia Courthouse Plaza

Giving tree aims to brighten holidays for foster…

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Sponsor a foster child in need by purchasing Christmas gifts listed on tree ornaments

Former 911 district subcontractor, candidate files…

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Tyler Miller files second tort claim against Columbia 911 Communications District, alleging damage to reputation, business relationships

In Columbia County, 'shop small' campaign…

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Some retailers say shoppers didn't embrace Small Business Saturday this year

Lawsuit alleges Rainier school officials tried to…

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Instructional assistants say they were intimidated for trying to report abuse of 6-year-old

Armstrong closure expected to ripple across local…

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Still too soon to see long-term effects; spending habits of employees may change immediately, experts say

Boat made by Otto Petersen students ready to set…

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Sixth-grade students build an unmanned sailboat destined for Japan, and plan to track it using GPS

County approves Port Westward expansion

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Audience cries 'shame!' as commissioners vote 2-1 to approve farmland rezone, map amendment

Christmas lights at Watts House

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Families gather for annual holiday lighting at Watts House Pioneer Museum in Scappoose

St. Helens Garden Club sprouts sensory garden for…

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Volunteers install garden to benefit Columbia Community Mental Health children's counseling center

PUD changes rates for floating homes, boat slips

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Changes approved after internal audit revealed disparity in billing rates for boat slips

County to accept payment for damages from botched…

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Columbia River Fire & Rescue, five others will pay $237,500 to cover damaged electronics

Attorney: Medicine Wheel directors not negligent

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Recovery center 'doing well and expanding,' despite payment dispute with lender

Vision Dance brings home awards throughout…

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Scappoose High School Vision Dance Team preps for category championships on Dec. 2

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Scappoose school…

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Columbia Circuit judge dismisses case filed by former elementary school teacher

Teaming up for cabinetry construction

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St. Helens and Gaston high school students work together on a cabinetry project for home renovation

Noah Jones selected as Elks Teen of the Month

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St. Helens High School studnets choosen for award recognition based on school involvement

McBride Elementary receives $10K donation

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Donation from Rudi Schulte Family Foundation comes as 'shock' to school principal

SIA another step closer to new classroom…

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Proposal request published; school board to evaluate builders in December.

Complaints prompt state review of All Terrier Rescue

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Oregon investigating Columbia County dog rescue organization after claims of fraudulent practices

Armstrong World Industries in St. Helens announces…

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St. Helens plant closing mid-2018; company officials cite needed upgrades and distribution obstacles as reason for closure; 130 employees affected

Recovery center must pay back start-up loans to…

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Man who lent Medicine Wheel Recovery more than $80,000 files suit after non-payment

St. Helens students march with Mickey

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St. Helens High School marching band students take part in parade at Disneyland theme park in California

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