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Mental health training provides new landscape for law enforcement

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - Staff at the St. Helens Public Library are celebrating this month as the library hits its 100-year milestone. Pictured left to right: Nicole Woodruff, Brenda Herren, Nathan Jones, Margaret Jeffries and Diane Barbee.
May 04, 2015

St. Helens library celebrating centennial this month

by Spotlight news staff
Library began with one bookshelf in what is now City Hall The St. Helens Public Library is holding a series of events, including two birthday parties, this month to celebrate its 100th…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Robert Medley, athletic director at Scappoose High School, on the field during a baseball game at home against Banks High School on Tuesday, April 7.
May 01, 2015

Scappoose School District may institute drug-testing regime

by Mark Miller
Athletic director wants drug tests for all students in extracurricular competition The Scappoose School District could require drug tests for students involved in extracurricular activities,…
May 01, 2015

Forum planned for St. Helens school board candidates

by Mark Miller
Board hopefuls will field questions, address public on May 4 at SHHS A candidate forum for this month’s school board races in the St. Helens School District is scheduled for Monday evening, May…
PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID WILSON - Jonas Wilson (left) and his teacher Nancy Fisher (right) at the Oregon Humane Society 'A'Cat'Emy Awards' on Sunday, April 26. Wilson, 10, is holding up the essay that won him second place out of third- and fourth-graders from throughout the state who entered the humane society's story contest.
May 01, 2015

Sauvie Island student takes 2nd prize in story contest

by Mark Miller
Jonas Wilson wrote about his family dog for Oregon Humane Society A Scappoose boy won the second-place prize for his age group in an Oregon Humane Society essay contest last month. Ten-year-old…
HICKS FAMILY PHOTO - HICKS
May 01, 2015

Prineville man charged with sex abuse of late 16-year-old girl

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia County prosecutors allege Jonathan Mead harassed 16-year-old girl who died in crash that weekend Charges have been filed against a Prineville man for allegedly sexually assaulting a…
May 01, 2015

State affirms LNG pipeline denial

by Courtney Vaughn
LUBA sides with Clatsop County in denial of permit for natural gas facility Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals ruled in favor of Clatsop County’s denial of a permit for a liquefied natural gas…
Jay Tappan.
May 01, 2015

Columbia River Fire & Rescue budgeting for chief's retirement

by Mark Miller
Draft budget includes $186,000 for Tappan's 'base wages' An eye-popping increase in the line item for Chief Jay Tappan’s base pay in the proposed Columbia River Fire & Rescue budget isn’t what…
FILE PHOTO - Scappoose High School.
April 30, 2015

Scappoose High School to instate breath tests for prom

by Spotlight news staff
Breathalyzer will be used at Oregon City formal dance Students attending the Scappoose High School prom will be randomly subjected to Breathalyzer tests for alcohol use, Assistant Principal Jim…
April 27, 2015

Man disarmed by deputies after standoff in Deer Island

by Courtney Vaughn
Suicidal man shot with non-lethal force after pointing gun at deputy A man was shot with less than lethal force by Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies Sunday evening, April 26, in Deer…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Columbia River Receptions & Events at Meriwether Place, just across Columbia Boulevard from the Lewis & Clark Elementary School campus, where Sacagawea Health Center is located.
April 29, 2015

Sacagawea Health Center holding benefit event

by Spotlight news staff
'Touch the Heart of a Child' will be May 30 at Meriwether Place; ticket availability is limited The 13th annual “Touch the Heart of a Child” social and benefit to support Sacagawea Health Center…

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Marilyn Richen holds up an Oregon black truffle that her dog Gucci, also pictured, found Monday, April 13, in the woodlands near Rainier that she manages with her brothers.
Apr 24, 2015

Gucci's truffle shuffle

by Mark Miller
Champion truffle dog got her nose for the hunt in Columbia County In the life originally planned for her, Gucci’s boundless energy was a hindrance, not an asset. Marilyn Richen, the yellow…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - The budget committee of the St. Helens School District (left), including all five members of the school board, listen as Superintendent Mark Davalos delivers his budget message in the Columbia City School gymnasium Tuesday, April 21.
Apr 24, 2015

St. Helens schools budget proposal doesn't fund Columbia City…

by Mark Miller
Staff cuts proposed, but student programs stay largely intact The superintendent of the St. Helens School District delivered a budget message Tuesday, April 21, that would delay the planned…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - City Attorney Shelby Rihala (left) and Scappoose City Manager Michael Sykes give feedback to the Scappoose City Council Monday. The council adopted an ordinance to start allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in certain areas within city limits.
Apr 17, 2015

Scappoose approves pot dispensary program

by Courtney Vaughn
City Council adopts business license program to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries During the same week Columbia County imposed an additional moratorium on marijuana, Scappoose approved a…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Kaelixte LeFave (left), an eighth-grade student at St. Helens Middle School who is active in the school's Builders Club, rakes barkdust to prepare for wildflower seeds to be planted outside the school, as St. Helens Garden Club member Lynn Chiotti (center) looks on.
Apr 24, 2015

Spring is in the soil

by Mark Miller
Volunteers, students plant wildflowers in St. Helens area A splash of color is soon to appear outside St. Helens Middle School, among other locations throughout Columbia County and the state of…
Apr 24, 2015

Superintendent search set for St. Helens schools

by Spotlight news staff
School board plans to interview candidates, choose finalists, make hiring decision next month The board of directors for the St. Helens School District unanimously approved a timeline for its…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia County Commissioners Earl Fisher, Tony Hyde and Henry Heimuller review a land use ordinance for a 120-day moratorium on marijuana dispensaries and grow sites Wednesday, April 22. The commission approved the moratorium on a 2 to 1 vote.
Apr 24, 2015

County OKs marijuana moratorium on 2-1 vote

by Courtney Vaughn
On a split vote, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved a land use moratorium Wednesday, April 22, on all new or expanded marijuana grow sites and dispensaries. After hearing mixed,…
COLUMBIA HUMANE SOCIETY PHOTO - Tasi Autele, left, hands off Frodo to Heather Mansfield of Columbia Humane Society. Frodo is a rescued dog from Hawaii who was flown to Oregon to be adopted in Columbia County.
Apr 24, 2015

Big hearts from the Big Island

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia Humane Society teams up with newly established dog rescue organization in Hawaii They might not know it, but pet adopters in Columbia County are helping save the lives of abandoned and…
COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River PUD directors Harry Price, Jake Carter and Dave Baker review meeting decorum policies Tuesday, April 21. Directors opted not to adopt any changes, but one director is calling for changes within the board.
Apr 24, 2015

PUD directors weigh public meeting policy

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia River People's Utility District considers how to make its meetings more civil While volatility from the public may be dissipating, friction remains among directors at Columbia River…
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Apr 24, 2015

No plans to search for new PUD manager yet

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia River People's Utility District board keeps Lugar on with employment contract There won’t be a search for a new general manager of Columbia River People’s Utility District just yet. The…
Apr 24, 2015

Local school districts adopt next year's calendars

by Mark Miller
School to start Sept. 8, after Labor Day School boards in Scappoose and St. Helens have approved similar calendars for the next school year, ahead of their respective budget processes. The St.…