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Crime stats on the rise for the year

Crime stats on the rise for the year

Data suggest an uptick in 2014 crime occurrences, but story still unfolding In the wake of a...

St. Helens history book project getting off the ground

St. Helens history book project getting off the ground

Author, museum group looking for stories, photos of city's yesteryears The Columbia County Museum...

Scappoose woman poised for promising aviation career

Scappoose woman poised for promising aviation career

April Long launches into PCC's aviation maintenance program At 30, April Long had yet to settle...

Retired teacher steers efforts to expand Crown Zellerbach Trail

Retired teacher steers efforts to expand Crown Zellerbach Trail

Joel Haugen hopes to expand recreational options for Crown Zellerbach Trail After two descents...

Boat ride is wish come true for OC senior

Boat ride is wish come true for OC senior

When Sher Johnson found out that Betty Pointer, 88, had never been on a boat and would love to go...

'Young Eagles' taking to Scappoose skies at Wings & Wheels

'Young Eagles' taking to Scappoose skies at Wings & Wheels

Car, motorcycle show and business expo also in the cards Wings & Wheels returns to Scappoose...

Artwork brightens empty storefront in Houlton

Artwork brightens empty storefront in Houlton

'Storefront Art' project began last July; local artists display work in vacant buildings The work...

Weekend markets fill community niches

Weekend markets fill community niches

Two Scappoose-area markets serve different functions Whether someone is searching for a bargain,...

Sauvie Island gets juicy with Watermelon Festival

Sauvie Island gets juicy with Watermelon Festival

In Longview, it's time to celebrate rodent life with the 3rd Annual Squirrel Fest Sauvie Island...

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John Kitzhaber.
August 22, 2014

DSL deals blow to coal export proposal

by Steve Law, Courtney Vaughn, Darryl Swan, and Mark
Removal-fill permit denied by agency; Port Westward suggested as alternative site For the first time, a government agency has rejected a permit sought for one of the coal export facilities…
Keith Locke.
August 22, 2014

Locke to run for St. Helens mayor again

by Mark Miller
Peterson, on council since 1980s, seeking seventh term St. Helens Mayor Randy Peterson is facing a challenge from longtime City Councilor Keith Locke this year, in a rematch of the 2010 election…
John Brewington.
August 22, 2014

Conn draws 2 challengers for city council position

by Mark Miller
John Brewington, Lonnie Lee running for St. Helens seat Susan Conn will not receive a bye as she runs to be elected in her own right to the St. Helens City Council in the Nov. 4 general…
Photo Credit: FILE - Warren Elementary School, the smaller of Scappoose's two K-3 elementary schools. The superintendent of the Scappoose School District is hoping that enough families take him up on a request that they move their students to the school that the district will not have to select students at random to transfer from Grant Watts Elementary School, which is located in Scappoose proper.
August 22, 2014

Superintendent asks parents to request transfer

by Mark Miller
Jupe: More students needed at Warren to even out class sizes The superintendent of the Scappoose School District has asked parents of students at Grant Watts Elementary School to consider asking…
August 22, 2014

DEQ issues air quality permit to CPBR over objections

by Spotlight news staff
Permit gives nod to crude oil operations at Port Westward facility The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a new permit for the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward on…
August 22, 2014

No contest in Scappoose election

by Courtney Vaughn
Joel Haugen will run unopposed to fill seat being vacated by Larry Meres Despite a tumultuous political year for the city of Scappoose, November’s upcoming election will leave four of five City…
August 22, 2014

Scappoose officer shoots, kills dog

by Courtney Vaughn
A dog was shot and killed by a Scappoose Police officer Sunday afternoon in the 52000 block of NW 4th Street. According to the department, officers received complaints from a neighbor that the…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Robert Salisbury (second from left) reads a letter on behalf of his client, Rich Bailey (left), at a school board meeting in the St. Helens School District office Wednesday, Aug. 13. In his letter, Salisbury sharply criticized school board member Ray Biggs (right) for statements Biggs made at a board meeting last month claiming Bailey's construction company hired undocumented workers.
August 15, 2014

School board member again at center of controversy

by Mark Miller
Ray Biggs draws litigation threat after claiming construction company hires 'illegal aliens' A school board member in the St. Helens School District apologized Wednesday, Aug. 13, after claiming…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Anita Ott-Veile (right foreground), outgoing principal of South Columbia Family School, speaks as the Scappoose School District's new principals look on at a Monday, Aug. 11, school board meeting. Left of Ott-Veile is her successor at the Family School, Lori Bogen. In background, from left to right: Warren Elementary School Principal Laura LaMarsh, Otto Petersen Elementary School Principal Whitney Hessong, Scappoose Middle School Principal Ron Alley and Scappoose High School Principal Andy DeBois.
August 15, 2014

Scappoose schools filling vacancies

by Mark Miller
Otto Petersen, Warren get new principals New principals have been hired to lead Otto Petersen and Warren elementary schools, giving the Scappoose School District a full slate of administrators…
Photo Credit: FILE - The bluff that S. St. Helens LLC wants to remove in north St. Helens.
August 15, 2014

St. Helens bluff decision appealed to state board

by Mark Miller
Developer seeks to have city's denial of project permit overturned The unanimous decision by the St. Helens Planning Commission to deny a crucial permit for the demolition of a rocky bluff in a…

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Photo Credit: FILE - The cartoon Indian used as a mascot by Scappoose High School. While the school may be able to keep its nickname 'the Indians,' the mascot and other imagery may be on the chopping block in any agreement between the Scappoose School District and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for the use of the name.
Aug 15, 2014

State rep advises school officials on mascot

by Mark Miller
Sherrie Sprenger: 'This is an opportunity for school districts to ... reach out to their tribes' An Oregon state representative from Scio was a special guest at a meeting of the Scappoose School…
Aug 15, 2014

St. Helens choir changes name, becomes the River City Singers

by Mark Miller
The Columbia Chorale of Oregon has renamed itself to become the River City Singers, the St. Helens choir announced Monday, Aug. 11. Angie Misumi, the group’s secretary, said the name change was…
Aug 15, 2014

Police apprehend man on Cornelius Pass Road

by Mark Miller
A man was taken into custody Monday, Aug. 11, after reports he was walking along Northwest Cornelius Pass Road and refusing to yield to vehicle traffic. Adam Hill, a 30-year-old man identified…
Photo Credit: JOHN HOWARD - Firefighters from Scappoose Fire District extinguish flames from a small greenhouse at a property on Johnson's Landing Road Monday afternoon. The fire destroyed the greenhouse, but the main structure was not damaged.
Aug 15, 2014

Fire destroys greenhouse; home spared

by Courtney Vaughn
An outbuilding fire just after 12:30 p.m. on Johnson's Landing Road in Scappoose sent a plume of black smoke into the air, but left minimal damage. Firefighters from Scappoose Fire District were…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Phil Walker shows a sticker with Goble's signature catchphrase, 'Where the Hell is Goble, OR?' Walker manages the bar at Goble Tavern, which will host its annual Goble Warming festival August 16.
Aug 08, 2014

Tavern gears up for Goble Warming

by Courtney Vaughn
Annual music festival started in 1999 returns Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Goble Tavern Locals swear by it. Tourists return every year. Despite its remote location about 13 miles north of St.…
Photo Credit: DARRYL SWAN - Garrett Kellogg (front) checks out and bags produce at the Pumpkin Patch market on Sauvie Island. Many crops have reached maturity early this season due dry, sunny weather.
Aug 08, 2014

Sunny weather gives harvest a boost

by Darryl Swan
Farmers are reporting accelerated crop harvests as warm, dry weather continues The spell of sunny weather, with hot, dry days lining up in the immediate forecast, has been a boon for local…
(Image is Clickable Link) Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A 1944 Howard DGA-15P, owned by Tim Weston from Yelm, Washington, was the Grand Champion from last year's fly-in. The fly-in and Highway 30 Cruisers Cruise-In take place Friday, Aug. 15, to Saturday, Aug. 16 at Scappoose airport, and are open to the public.
Aug 08, 2014

Antique aircraft owners set their instruments for Scappoose

by Darryl Swan
NWAAC gets ready for annual antique aircraft and custom car show at Scappoose airport Scappoose Industrial Airpark is again playing host to the Northwest Antique Airplane Club’s Annual Fly-In…
Photo Credit: SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Former Scappoose Police Chief Doug Greisen. Findings from an investigative report into Greisen's actions as chief claim he mishandled money and broke city budget policies.
Aug 08, 2014

Chief had 'slush fund,' kept charity money

by Courtney Vaughn
Findings related to an investigation into former Scappoose Police Chief Doug Greisen indicate Greisen violated city accounting policies and mishandled money in several capacities. The findings…
Photo Credit: ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO - Alex Ross, pictured here, is being held at Columbia County Jail on $135,000 bail. Ross confessed to three local burglaries after he was arrested Friday.
Aug 08, 2014

Suspect linked to three burglaries arrested

by Courtney Vaughn
A 20-year-old St. Helens man confessed to committing three burglaries over the past few months after he was arrested Friday. The St. Helens Police Department reported Monday that Alexander Jason…
Photo Credit: JOHN HOWARD - A trash bin at Trestle Beach bears a 'No Trespassing' sign. Port of St. Helens officials took action Wednesday to remove the sign. Port commissioners are expected to vote on offically making the area a recreational site next week.
Aug 08, 2014

Port nixes Trestle Beach 'no trespassing' sign

by Courtney Vaughn
Port of St. Helens commissioners agreed during a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 6, to remove a “no trespassing” sign from the entrance to Trestle Beach. The sign’s removal is likely a segue to…