School bazaars coming up

School bazaars coming up

Scappoose, St. Helens schools to benefit from fall fundraising events Holiday bazaars are being...

Famous 'Fish Bus' to donate proceeds to Relay for Life

Famous 'Fish Bus' to donate proceeds to Relay for Life

The Columbia County Relay for Life will be getting a boost from one of the county’s most...

Tornado strikes Longview homes, businesses

Tornado strikes Longview homes, businesses

No injuries reported from unusual cloud formation A tornado touched down near Longview, Wash.,...

Turning the tide on domestic violence

Turning the tide on domestic violence

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Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River PUD directors listen to a budget presentation Tuesday evening, before discussing employee issues within the district. Some employees have reached out to directors with complaints of harassment by management.
October 24, 2014

Employees lament work environment at Columbia River PUD

by Courtney Vaughn
Employees report bullying and intimidation by management; board speaks out about complaints Columbia River People’s Utility District is one of the most fiscally sound agencies in the county, but…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Jason Johnson, a representative of Portland Community College, addresses the audience at a public meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, on PCC's plans to build an educational center in Columbia County.
October 24, 2014

PCC puts emphasis on 'community' at public forum

by Mark Miller
College planning Columbia County center for 2017 Officials from Portland Community College returned to south Columbia County on Tuesday, Oct. 21, for a public forum on their plans to open an…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose city councilors hold a video conference meeting Monday evening via Skype with Greg Prothman of The Prothman Company. Prothman is helping the city select a new city manager.
October 24, 2014

Scappoose narrows its search for city manager

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose city councilors are reviewing three applicants to fill the city manager position at a more permanent basis. The council met in an executive session Monday evening, Oct. 20, to review…
October 24, 2014

Theft from Friends of the Fair fund suspected

by Courtney Vaughn
St. Helens police have investigated allegations of embezzlement of more than $10,000 that occurred from a Columbia County Friends of the Fair Youth Livestock Auction fund. the Columbia County…
Photo Credit: SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A unit train carrying crude oil makes its way through Columbia County. Environmental watchdog groups like Columbia Riverkeeper recently petitioned the Department of Environmental Quality to reconsider a permit issued for Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery oil transloading operations.
October 24, 2014

Groups petition DEQ

by Courtney Vaughn
Environmentalist organizations are petitioning state environmental regulators to reconsider an air quality permit issued for an oil terminal at Port Westward, north of Clatskanie. Oregon…
October 24, 2014

Fall harvest celebrated with games, candy

by Mark Miller
On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Grant Watts Parent Organization is putting on its annual Fall Harvest Festival in the gymnasium at Grant Watts Elementary School. At the festival, which is geared…
October 24, 2014

SHSD poised for early release change

by Mark Miller
School board mulls change to allow more time for teacher professional training St. Helens public schools may release all students early every Wednesday, rather than on alternating Wednesdays,…
October 20, 2014

Police: Man stabbed in St. Helens

by Spotlight news staff
Victim expected to survive after hospitalization Police said a man was sent to the hospital after being stabbed Sunday morning, Oct. 19, in St. Helens. The circumstances of the 7:15 a.m.…
October 18, 2014

St. Helens, Columbia City adopt marijuana tax

by Mark Miller
City moves on marijuana tax on hope it will be 'grandfathered' should statewide legalization occur The St. Helens City Council voted to approve an ordinance taxing legal marijuana sales, in…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Brad and Hannah Ketterling, founders of the Longview Bible Church for the Deaf in Longview, Wash. The Ketterlings, who have been married for 8 years, most recently worked in ministry to the deaf and hard of hearing in southern California. Brad Ketterling says they 'were called' to start a church in Longview. Hannah's father Jeff Mullins describes the deaf ministry as a 'daughter church' of Canaan Community Church in Deer Island, which he pastors.
October 17, 2014

Signs of glory

by Mark Miller
'Daughter church' of Canaan Community Church offers ministry for deaf and hard of hearing Sitting at a park table between his newborn daughter and his wife Hannah on a warm October evening in…

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Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - St. Helens School District Superintendent Mark Davalos presents options for reopening the shuttered Columbia City School at a public forum Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the cafeteria of McBride Elementary School.
Oct 17, 2014

Reboot of Columbia City School discussed at public meeting

by Mark Miller
School planned to open in 2015; configuration not yet determined The St. Helens School District on Wednesday, Oct. 15, held the first of two planned community forums to present information about its…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Members of the St. Helens Planning Commission (foreground), St. Helens City Council (background) and City Planner Jacob Graichen (far left) at a joint meeting Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Oct 17, 2014

Street trees under scrutiny in St. Helens planning

by Mark Miller
Debate over bedrock, leaves, what to plant at joint meeting A debate over the merits and possibilities of planting trees along St. Helens sidewalks and streets took up much of the discussion at…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Alta Lynch, pictured at the left, moderates a candidates forum Tuesday evening at the Elks Lodge in St. Helens. Pictured to the right: District 16 State Senate candidates Betsy Johnson, Andrew Kaza and Bob Ekstrom
Oct 17, 2014

Candidates vetted during Elks Lodge forum

by Courtney Vaughn
In a test of poise, experience and political savvy, 11 candidates answered questions and engaged in spirited debate Tuesday, Oct. 14, during a candidate’s forum at the St. Helens Elks Lodge.…
Oct 17, 2014

Beyond city limits, St. Helens makes library cards available

by Mark Miller
Free nonresident cards provided with grant money In St. Helens, the public library is a city service. City residents pay to support the St. Helens Public Library through their taxes. It makes…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF CARY WACKER - A basketball toss game at a previous Harvest Jam. Children can win candy by playing the various games at the event.
Oct 17, 2014

Church offers alternative, 'no-scare' Halloween for families

by Mark Miller
Harvest Jam offers candy, family fun without costumes or frights Families who want a less spooky Halloween experience are welcome to attend an alternative event at Warren Community Fellowship,…
Oct 17, 2014

Trial date for Scappoose priest set

by Courtney Vaughn
A trial date for Father Michael Patrick of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose has been set for Feb. 9 on a charge that Patrick attempted to lure a minor into his vehicle. Patrick faces…
Photo Credit: SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Police and St. Helens High School administrators remain outside the school after law enforcement officials had swept and cleared the facility following the discovery of a homemade bomb on Sept. 26.
Oct 17, 2014

Second student arraigned for St. Helens bomb scare

by Courtney Vaughn
A St. Helens High School student was arraigned Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Columbia County Circuit Court for his suspected involvement in last month's bomb scare at St. Helens High School. The…
Photo Credit: SCAPPOOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO - Norman Miller was named police chief for the Scappoose Police Department on Wednesday. He has worked for the department since 1999.
Oct 15, 2014

Miller named Scappoose police chief

by Courtney Vaughn
Scappoose City Manager Larry Lehman announced Wednesday, Oct. 15, that Norman Miller will serve as the Scappoose Police Department's new police chief. Miller was previously serving as a…
Oct 17, 2014

Watchdog group further appeals port rezone application

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental watchdog group, has filed an appeal to re-examine a state Land Use Board of Appeals decision on the request to rezone nearly 840 acres of primary…
Johnnie Lee Gonzales.
Oct 10, 2014

Three arrested in courthouse bomb threat investigation

by Mark Miller
Police: Suspects made calls to delay pending court appearances Three people were jailed Friday morning, Oct. 10, after being arrested in connection with a series of bomb threats called into the…