Scappoose High student to perform in comedy improv

Scappoose High student to perform in comedy improv

Elizabeth Riutta to appear in family-friendly show, 'Impulse,' in late January

Scappoose Middle School hires new principal

Scappoose Middle School hires new principal

Former Newberg vice principal, counselor joins Scappoose School District

Snowfall causes shutdowns, state of emergency

Snowfall causes shutdowns, state of emergency

Heaviest snowfall in decades grinds traffic to a halt, forces closures

RESOLUTIONS: BEATING SELF-DEFEAT

RESOLUTIONS: BEATING SELF-DEFEAT

Baby steps and realistic goals are keys to adopting behavioral changes


Columbia County's Latest News

Oates
January 16, 2017

Mail theft investigation nabs 3 arrests

by Courtney Vaughn
Investigation into stolen mail and checks continues as victims from three counties are identified
Hogue
January 13, 2017

St. Helens police lieutenant completes FBI academy

by Nicole Thill
10-week training courses teaches valuable, important skills to police officers
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - CRFR and SFD board of directors are assessing the value of retaining a volunteer coordinator position, which had formerly been funded by a FEMA grant.
January 13, 2017

Fire districts mull cutting volunteer coordinator

by Nicole Thill
CRFR directors weigh position's merits and funding allocations for next fiscal year


Stewart
January 13, 2017

Stewart named Elks Teen of the Month

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens Elks Club selects Tatum Stewart for recognition, award
MAP COURTESY OF CITY OF SCAPPOOSE - A map shows the portion of Scappoose near the Scappoose Industrial Airpark that will now be part of city limits.
January 13, 2017

Scappoose city limits just got bigger

by Courtney Vaughn
Annexation of 358 acres of airport property signals realization of urban growth plans
SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - The roof on a marina at Happy Rock Moorage collapsed early Wednesday, after bearing the weight of a large accumulation of snow. The structure caught fire when the roof fell on several propane heaters in use.
January 13, 2017

Marina roof collapses, catches fire amid heavy snowfall

by Courtney Vaughn
Marina owners used space heaters in effort to prevent rooftop snow accumulation
Mace
January 11, 2017

St. Helens man indicted on 20 child sex abuse charges

by Courtney Vaughn
Investigators say teen victim reported abuse dating back when she was 5 years old
PHOTO COURTESY OF LT. JERRY COLE  - A fully involved trailer fire in Rainier on Monday, Jan. 9. The fire resulted in the death of one person.
January 13, 2017

Trailer fire kills one near Rainier

by Nicole Thill
Space heater caused blaze in travel trailed that killed one on Monday, Jan. 9
A & S SEPTIC PHOTO - A recent DEQ decision revoked the license of A & S septic, after the agency alleged the company performed work without proper permits, never paid fines and illegally disposed of sewage waste.
January 09, 2017

Sewage disposal company's license revoked

by Courtney Vaughn
DEQ alleges A and S Septic did unpermitted work, illegally disposed of sewage
Baker
January 06, 2017

Slander case dropped after secret mutual agreement

by Courtney Vaughn
Riley Baker dismisses suit against Mark and Debbie Reed with confidentiality clause

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Commissioners meet and greet the public Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Jan 06, 2017

Getting acquainted with new county commissioners

by Courtney Vaughn
Margaret Magruder and Alex Tardif meet with public after being sworn in Tuesday
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - The high cost of a fireworks display on the Fourth of July has driven off many organizers, leaving the St. Helens City Council questioning the best way to move the event forward. Planning discussions have already begun for this year's show.
Jan 06, 2017

St. Helens mulls July fireworks, considers expenses

by Nicole Thill
City Council takes up talks about who will pay for the show, how to tie it into other summer events
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Rick Scholl, right, recites the oath of office to Columbia Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove, left, on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Scholl will serve as the mayor of St. Helens for the next two years.
Jan 06, 2017

New St. Helens mayor sworn in to office

by Nicole Thill
Rick Scholl takes oath of office, presides over first City Council meeting this week
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A bicyclist filed a tort claim notice against the city of Scappoose after she fell off her bicycle and suffered injuries while riding on southwest First Street, near JP West. The cyclist claims uthe city was negligent in ignoring a section of uneven pavement in the area, which led to her crash and injuries.
Jan 06, 2017

Bicyclist suing Scappoose after fall, crash on uneven pavement

by Courtney Vaughn
Woman says tree roots caused pavement to buckle and crack, leading to bike crash
SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Jan Stites, lead volunteer at the Columbia County Warming Center, folds donated items before putting them into a storage closet. The center is open every Friday and nights when the temperature drops below freezing.
Jan 06, 2017

Cold temps drive homeless to seek shelter

by Nicole Thill
Columbia County Warming Center continues to help those in need on frigid nights
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - St. Helens Police Department officers conducted a high-visibility saturation patrol on New Year's Eve to crack down on drunk drivers. No citations for driving under the influence of intoxicants were issued.
Jan 06, 2017

St. Helens drivers stayed safe, sober on New Year's Eve

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens Police Department and Columbia County Sheriff's Office report no DUII citations
FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - This house fire in Rainier was likely caused in October by a propane cookstove and latern being used inside. Emergency response agencies remind homeowners to be cautious when heating their homes to stay warm during cold months and to never use propane cooking appliances for heat.
Jan 06, 2017

In midst of cold snap, officials offer fire safety reminders

by Nicole Thill
Remember proper home heating safety practices to prevent house fires
Maria Burns
Jan 06, 2017

Columbia City teen wins state level essay contest

by Nicole Thill
Maria Burns, 14, will now compete at the national level in a scholarship contest sponsored by the VFW
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River PUD Directors Jake Carter (left) and Rob Mathers are sworn into office Tuesday, Jan. 3 by attorney Phil Griffin. Carter retained his seat when he ran unopposed in the November election. Mathers ran against incumbent Richard Simpson, but bested Simpson for the seat. A third director is slated to be appointed to the board later this month.
Jan 06, 2017

PUD board vacancy yields 3 applicants

by Courtney Vaughn
Interviews scheduled, director appointment for Subdivision 1 anticipated later this month
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputy on a marine unit boat skims the Scappoose Bay for signs of a sunken vehicle Wednesday afternoon. The Sheriff's Office and other emergency response agencies were at the scene where a woman drove her vehicle into the bay.
Jan 04, 2017

Car recovered from Scappoose Bay

by Courtney Vaughn
Vehicle towed from waterway after woman drove down boat launch area in possible suicide attempt