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Hunter found; 911 upgrade; SAFE vigil; 'Better Show' showing; SH arts position; firefighters train

Deputies locate missing hunter near Vernonia

Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies searching for a Beaverton hunter who was lost in the woods near Vernonia early Saturday morning found the man about six hours after beginning their search Sunday night.

The family of Kirt Stone notified deputies at 9 p.m. Saturday that the 55-year-old man was expected home about one hour after dark. Columbia 911 dispatchers, the Vernonia Police Department, two Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies and Stone's family searched in the man's whereabouts until a deputy located Stone just after 3 a.m. Stone did not have a working flashlight and had apparently became disoriented in the dark. He was dressed warmly and uninjured. The Sheriff's Office had 18 Search and Rescue volunteers and a National Guard helicopter preparing to join the search when Stone was found.

Columbia 911 to upgrade public safety radio system

Columbia 911 will install an upgrade to the its public safety radio system Sunday, Oct. 13, from 7 a.m. to noon. Day Wireless of Longview, Wash., will be installing and configuring new hardware at most of the District’s radio sites. The upgrade will automate and improve the current system that controls the timing of the radio transmitters at each site and will ensure all radio transmitters at the radio sites activate at precisely the same time. The current system is timed manually and must be monitored and corrected periodically. The upgrade will utilize GPS timing from muliple satellites to ensure precise time management. During the upgrade, dispatchers will use alternate methods to stay in constant contact with all police, fire and ambulance providers. 911 telephone systems will not be impacted.

SAFE to hold candlelight vigil

SAFE of Columbia County, formerly known as the Women's Resource Center, will hold a candlelight vigil to honor victims of domestic violence who have lost their lives this year. The vigil will be held in St. Helens Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 5:15 p.m. in the Columbia Park Gazebo. Everyone is invited to attend and cider, coffee and cookies will be provided. In 2012, SAFE provided 3,857 services to 573 survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Scappoose Senior Center hosts premier of 'The Better Show'

The Scappoose Senior Center will hold a wrap-up party for participants in the Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival and members of the Scappoose Community Club in order to honor those who made the event a success. The party will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Scappoose Senior Center located at 33342 Meadow Dr. The event will include door prizes, appetizers and a premiere of "The Better Show,” a national lifestyle television program that features this year's Sauerkraut Festival.

St. Helens arts commission looking for volunteer

A seat is opening up on the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission due to the resignation of Jeannine “JJ” Duehren, and the city is accepting applications from interested community members to fill it. The commission's regular meeting time is on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m., in the St. Helens City Council Chambers, but it may meet more often depending on what projects it is working on. Members are appointed by the city council, to which the commission serves in an advisory role. The unexpired term ends Sept. 30, 2015. Applications are available from St. Helens' municipal website.

Firefighters train to man pressurized hoses

Local firefighters attended a two-day course titled "Nozzle Forward" at the Lee Broadbent Training Center in St. Helens this week. Firefighters from the Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District, Columbia River Fire and Rescue, and the Scappoose Rural Fire Protection District attended the course Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Wednesday, Oct. 16. The classes focused on informing firefighters about how to use their bodies to manipulate pressurized hoses — weighing 150 to 300 pounds — through obstructed areas, deep into homes and into commercial zones. The techniques will provide firefighters with faster and safer ways to extinguish fires.

Other agencies attended the course from Portland, Tacoma, Wash., Camas, Wash., Vancouver, Wash., Bangor, Maine, and Boulder, Colo. There were 38 total students in attendance during the 20-hour class.

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