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August 22, 2014

Port Westward projects come into focus

by Darryl Swan
This week saw developments that brought into focus how two controversial projects will play out at Port Westward. First, the Oregon Department of State Lands on Monday, Aug. 18, resoundingly…
August 22, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters from readers for the 8/22 issue Veterans Park monument passes another milestone Another phase in the ongoing project of the “Armed Forces Monument” at Veteran’s Park has been completed.…
August 15, 2014

We want the full story on the Greisen investigation

by Darryl Swan
Last week, we published findings related to an investigation into the discovery of cash and bank receipts found in a locked drawer in former Scappoose Police Chief Douglas Greisen’s office as he…
August 15, 2014

Letters

by Readers
Letters from readers published Aug. 15, 2014 Log trucks are the culprit Now that the county has “repaired” parts of Cater Road and elsewhere, I wonder if all that new money for the Sheriff’s…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jim Lichatowich
August 08, 2014

Salmon have been left out of the plan

by Jim Lichatowich
Jim Lichatowich lives in Columbia City and is the author of two award-winning books about salmon, "Salmon Without Rivers" (1999) and "Salmon People and Place" (2013). In the 1930s, the federal…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Christensen
August 08, 2014

Protect taxpayers from oil operations liability

by Danner Christensen
Danner Christensen is the co-founder of the activist group, Envision Columbia County. He lives in St. Helens. Columbia County commissioners Tony Hyde, Henry Heimuller and Earl Fisher deserve…
August 08, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters from readers for the Aug. 8, 2014 issue Stop oil export runaround The Wall Street Journal published July 31 reports that Enterprise Products Partners LP successfully lobbied the U.S.…
August 01, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters from readers for the Aug. 1, 2014 issue Leveling the playing field The July 26 Wall Street Journal reports that a Chinese solar panel company, Trina Solar Ltd., among others, has been…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
August 01, 2014

Restoring jail staff levels will not happen overnight

by Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
A column by Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson I sympathize with the family of 1-year-old Paxton Pitts, after the woman who was convicted of assaulting him was released from jail early.…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt
August 01, 2014

Student Placido honored Columbia County with contribution to…

by Rep. Brad Witt
A column by Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, who represents Oregon's House District 31 Rainier Junior/Senior High School student David Placido and his history teacher, Andrew Demko, were recently…

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Jul 28, 2014

Considerations beyond Port Westward

by Darryl Swan
The story of Seely Mint Farm north of Clatskanie is increasingly a story of success for Columbia County. In fact, Seely Mint, which is a family-owned 450-acre organic mint farm, harbors real…
Jul 28, 2014

Letters

by Swan, Darryl
Letters from readers published July 25, 2014 Heaven forbid we stop corporate welfare I would like to address comments made in local newspapers. I will agree to a fraction of the improvements…
Jul 18, 2014

Letters

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Letters to the editor for the July 18, 2014 issue Blackberry brigade It is my understanding that the Scappoose Police Department was instructed to have officers remove blackberry bushes from a…
Jul 18, 2014

ConnectOregon a divisive issue for some

by Swan, Darryl
The Oregon Transportation Commission met yesterday, July 17, to take public testimony on three publicly funded projects that would unquestionably make it easier and more profitable for projected…
Jul 14, 2014

Fowler-Hill: PCC Columbia County update

by Sandra Fowler-Hill
Portland Community College has pledged to open a new center in the county in 2017, and between now and then, it is our intent to keep the communication lines open. To that end, we have conducted…