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March 26, 2015

Wauna Credit Union membership tops 20,000

by Spotlight news staff
The chief executive officer and president of Wauna Federal Credit Union, Robert Blumberg, announced at the credit union’s 48th annual meeting this month that its membership increased to 20,200…
Gresham High School
March 22, 2015

IN PHOTOS: State Dance - Large and Small Dance Division

by Brian Monihan
Gresham and Valley Catholic High Schools take top honors at this weekend's state dance championships. Photos by J. Brian Monihan (unless otherwise noted) Local high school dance teams did well…
March 20, 2015

Late filings make for more school board contests

by Mark Miller
Bill Amos files for full term; others enter races in Scappoose, St. Helens Additional candidates filed in three south Columbia County school board races this week, ahead of the filing deadline…
March 20, 2015

Columbia River PUD faces $1.88 million lawsuit

by Courtney Vaughn
Former employee moves claims from BOLI to circuit court A former employee of Columbia River People’s Utility District has filed a $1.88 million lawsuit against the district. John Nguyen, who…
March 20, 2015

Candidates race fills up for Port of St. Helens

by Courtney Vaughn
10 candidates file for three open seats Five more candidates have filed to run for commissioner seats with the Port of St. Helens. This week’s candidate filings leave the race at nine candidates…
COLUMBIA RIVER PUD PHOTO - LUGAR
March 20, 2015

Rehired employee appointed to manage Columbia River PUD

by Courtney Vaughn
Rick Lugar appointed as interim general manager after rejoining the district following legal dispute In an unexpected decision, the Columbia River People’s Utility District board of directors on…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Gene Baska (right) appears in court Monday, March 16 with his attorney, Wayne Mackeson. Baska was arraigned on child sex charges.
March 20, 2015

Gene Baska arraigned on sex abuse charges

by Courtney Vaughn
Gene Grant Baska, the former Vernonia police sergeant accused of molesting young girls, was arraigned on child sex abuse charges Monday, March 16. Baska appeared with his attorney, Wayne…
DARRYL SWAN - Scappoose Senior Center chef Scott Kreitman (left) and employee Craig McKay package Reuben sandwiches and tater tots as part of the center's Meals on Wheels program. Kreitman said the center, on a busy day, prepares up to 70 meals.
March 20, 2015

Little funds, big hearts help sustain Scappoose Meals on Wheels…

by Courtney Vaughn
On a Tuesday morning, the Scappoose Senior Center’s kitchen is abuzz as a small, mostly volunteer staff prepares about 70 meals from scratch. By 10 a.m., meals are packaged individually, with…
COURTESY OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY - A design concept shows what a signalized intersection at Northwest Cornelius Pass Road and Northwest Skyline Boulevard might look like.
March 20, 2015

Skyline intersection dropped from Cornelius Pass project

by Mark Miller
Road project, with $4M construction budget, will focus elsewhere Multnomah County has shelved its plans to reconstruct the intersection of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road and Northwest Skyline…
MARK MILLER - Mark Davalos announces his resignation as superintendent of the St. Helens School District, effective at the end of June. Davalos has officially taken a job with the Centralia School District in Washington, he said at the St. Helens school board meeting Thursday, March 19. (Also pictured: Bill Amos, vice chairman of the school board.)
March 19, 2015

Superintendent announces departure from St. Helens School…

by Mark Miller
Mark Davalos to take helm of Centralia School District in Washington Superintendent Mark Davalos officially announced Thursday, March 19, that he will leave the St. Helens School District for a…

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MARK MILLER - Gordon Benfield points to the name of his brother, Carl J. Green Jr., who died while serving in the Vietnam War. Green's name is one of more than 58,000 inscribed on the Wall That Heals, a traveling small-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Mar 19, 2015

Vietnam War memorial opens in Rainier

by Mark Miller
The Wall That Heals will be open to the public until March 22 The names of more than 58,000 U.S. military personnel who died in the Vietnam War are inscribed on the Wall That Heals, a half-size…
COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - An undated aerial view of the St. Helens waterfront, showing the since-removed veneer plant operations on Boise Cascade Co. property (center-left), as well as the northern part of the Boise Inc. paper mill site (upper right).
Mar 17, 2015

St. Helens gets $200k federal grant for waterfront

by Spotlight news staff
EPA funding marked for potential Boise, Boise Cascade land acquisitions The city of St. Helens has received $200,000 in federal grant money from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the…
Mar 17, 2015

Scappoose Easter Egg Hunt needs donations

by Spotlight news staff
Kiwanis Club seeking cash, supplies, volunteers The Scappoose Kiwanis Club will again sponsor the annual Scappoose Easter Egg Hunt, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. The egg…
COURTESY OF THE ERACI FAMILY - Justin Anthony Eraci, in an undated photo.
Mar 17, 2015

Remains found west of Clatskanie identified

by Spotlight news staff
Justin Anthony Eraci's body found in 2011 near Nicolai Mountain Human remains found in November 2011 near Nicolai Mountain, several miles west of Clatskanie, have been identified as those of…
COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire & Rescue personnel respond to the Gable Park Apartments in St. Helens, where high winds took down several trees Sunday afternoon, March 16. The falling trees struck several vehicles and caused one apartment building to be evacuated.
Mar 16, 2015

Shelter set up after trees fall on St. Helens residences

by Mark Miller
Gable Park Apartments struck by trees during windstorm Strong winds brought down trees in the St. Helens area Sunday, March 15, damaging two homes and an apartment complex, according to Columbia…
Mar 14, 2015

Columbia River PUD pays franchise fees to local cities

by Spotlight news staff
St. Helens, Scappoose get largest payments; Columbia City, Prescott, Rainier also collect Five cities in eastern Columbia County received a total of $578,535 in franchise fees from the Columbia…
COURTESY OF TVF&R - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews contained a spill of nearly 2,000 gallons of reclaimed cooking oil Friday, March 13, that closed Northwest Cornelius Pass Road for several hours.
Mar 13, 2015

Tanker overturns on Cornelius Pass Road

by Mark Miller
Road closed between Highway 30, Skyline Boulevard; up to 2,000 gallons of cooking oil mixture spilled A tanker trailer overturned on Northwest Cornelius Pass Road at about 11:45 a.m. Friday,…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Geordie Duckler, left, Samantha Miller's attorney, appears in a Columbia County courtroom earlier this year. Duckler represented Miller in her 2010 case against the county and is representing her in a current lawsuit against the county.
Mar 13, 2015

In suit against county, police tell different story

by Courtney Vaughn
Police record indicates Samantha Miller pointed gun at men who were on a neighboring property For years, county officials have held public hearings, taken code enforcement action, and even…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Henry Heimuller, chairman of the county commissioners, said Wednesday that the county is considering an extension of its temporary restriction on marijuana dispensaries. A public hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 on the matter.
Mar 13, 2015

Columbia County considers extended moratorium on marijuana

by Courtney Vaughn
Ordinance could push legalization of dispensaries and grow sites to 2016 Columbia County is moving forward with its consideration of an extended moratorium on marijuana in unincorporated areas.…
Mar 13, 2015

St. Helens police offer reward for arson information

by Mark Miller
Batting cage nets, bats, softballs torched last month at high school The St. Helens Police Department and state arson investigators are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the…