Law enforcement: 'We don't enforce immigration law'

Law enforcement: 'We don't enforce immigration law'

Sheriff and police agencies say immigration mostly falls beyond scope of their responsibility

Columbia River Fire and Rescue board hones budget priority outlook

Columbia River Fire and Rescue board hones budget priority outlook

Board of directors discusses items to address in 2017-18 budget planning process

Data mark decline in calls for St. Helens police in 2016

Data mark decline in calls for St. Helens police in 2016

Police chief says case load has been consistent; department still understaffed

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FILE PHOTO - Letters to the editor published Feb. 17
February 18, 2017

Letters

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Letters to the editor, including a statement on the increasingly dangerous traffic on Highway 30, the VFW's rescheduled wood raffle, perceived problems with the Oregon Ds, and expectations the…
COURTESY OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION - Bottle deposits in Oregon will double to 10 cents on April 1. Under a bill proposed in the Legislature, even cans for which only a 5-cent deposit was paid can be redeemed for the full 10 cents until Sept. 1, 2018.
February 18, 2017

Oregonians could see bottle deposit windfall under bill

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state's bottle and can deposit will double to a dime April 1.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Josh Wheeler
February 24, 2017

Local Eagle Scout plans benefit concert

by Debbie Wheeler
On February 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Scappoose High School a performance featuring local musicians will showcase some of Joshua Wheeler's original compositions.


SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The Scappoose High School softball team currently practices on a field near the Scappoose District Office, but the location does not provide access to restrooms, locker rooms or a concession stand, which the boys baseball team has. The district is now looking to address those inequalities by either moving the team or building restrooms at the current field.
February 17, 2017

Scappoose school officials pitch plans to address softball field…

by Nicole Thill
One year after anti-gender discrimination audit, district develops two draft action plans
COURTESY PHOTO OF CHIP GARDES - Katelyn Wells and Addison Wells at the Columbia City Community Library on Saturday, Feb. 11.
February 17, 2017

From my heart to yours

by Nicole Thill
Children gets hands-on with Valentine's Day crafts at Columbia City Community Library
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Firefighters make their way down a dock near the St. Helens waterfront during a training exercise day.
February 17, 2017

Training day

by Courtney Vaughn
Regional fire agencies team up for marine, helicopter rescue techniques
COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue firefighters were called to the 66000 block of Bishop Creek Road in Goble earlier this week when a chimney fire started and spread to other parts of the home. No one was injured in the blaze.
February 17, 2017

Chimney fire in Goble causes $30K of damage

by Nicole Thill
Fire spread from chimney to other parts of building on Feb. 12
Nancy L. Herrling
February 17, 2017

Nancy L. Herrling

by Pamplin Media Group
July 9, 1934-Feb. 9, 2017 - Nancy L. Herrling went to Heaven on February 9, 2017, at the age of 82.
Naaman Cordova-Muenzberg
February 17, 2017

SAFE executive director announces departure

by Nicole Thill
Naaman Cordova-Muenzberg cites personal reasons for leaving women's shelter and resource center for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse after four-year stint
Bainbridge
February 17, 2017

Man arrested after killing neighbor's pet pig

by Nicole Thill
Pig from St. Helens-based sanctuary killed with bow and arrows

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Feb 17, 2017

Port searches for new director after previous pick declined offer

by Courtney Vaughn
Employment offer extended last week, but candidate enticed to stay at current job, agency says
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Emily Salisbury, associate professor of criminal justice at University of Nevada Las Vegas and editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, speaks about women in the criminal justice system at the Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit at the Salem Convention Center Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
Feb 16, 2017

Women's prison focus of state summit, legislative session

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Researcher tells Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit women offenders should be treated differently in effort to downsize state's prison population.
Schwirse
Feb 16, 2017

Man arrested for strangulation, kidnapping after brief standoff

by Courtney Vaughn
Ronald Schwirse had gun while threatening victim and trying to assault her
McDaniel
Feb 16, 2017

Man arrested after assaulting woman with sword

by Courtney Vaughn
Portland police help track down man who attacked ex-girlfriend with Samurai sword
Graham
Feb 14, 2017

Women arrested after traffic stop reveals drugs, stolen…

by Courtney Vaughn
Portland women found with heroin, methamphetamine and several stolen items from local retailers
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Firefighters and police respond to the scene of a crash on Highway 30 Monday afternoon involving a van and a late model Honda Accord coupe. The crash stopped traffic in both directions.
Feb 13, 2017

Two-vehicle crash stops traffic on Highway 30

by Courtney Vaughn
One hospitalized after crash that left cargo van on its side leaking fuel
PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews respond to a single car crash on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The driver of the vehicle was traveling eastbound on HW 30 near McBride street when it left the orad and collided with a parked railcar on Tuesday night.
Feb 13, 2017

St. Helens woman injured in crash with railcar, name released

by Nicole Thill
Driver left the roadway and collided with parked railcar along Highway 30 last week
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Justin Waid and Jakob Nelson, both freshman in the St. Helens High School Robotics and Engineering Club, work on building one component of the club's competition robot on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Feb 10, 2017

GRINDING GEARS

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens teens prep robot for competition season, which starts in a month
COURTESY PHOTO - Bailey Scott Miller and Jacob Miller, two students at Columbia County Education Campus, pose with more than a dozen bags of donated food items that will be sent home with homeless students in the district.
Feb 10, 2017

FOOD DONATIONS SUPPORT HOMELESS STUDENTS

by Nicole Thill
High school students benefit from Columbia Pacific Food Bank collaboration
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Lisa Rawlings, planning principal at Columbia City School, recently left McBride Elementary School to help oversee the reopening on the building, which has been closed since 2012. Behind Rawlings are photos of the building when it first opened in 2001.
Feb 10, 2017

Changes bring Columbia City School reopening into focus

by Nicole Thill
St. Helens School District staff advancing plan to reopen shuttered school