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May 15, 2015

CC Rider needs stable funding, but 5-243 isn't it

by Darryl Swan
Measure 5-243 proposes to increase the depletion fee on aggregate rock mined in Columbia County from 15 cents to 50 cents per ton — a 35-cent increase — as a means to improve county roads and…
May 15, 2015

Hoag, Graham make the grade for Scappoose school board

by Swan, Darryl
When we think about questionable policies or poor oversight of taxpayer resources, the Scappoose School District routinely ranks near the bottom of local government-run agencies that draw our…
May 15, 2015

Monahan, Amos have the qualities St. Helens schools need

by Darryl Swan
There is a crowded field of candidates on the ballot for two up-for-grabs positions on the St. Helens School District board. The candidates are: (Director, Position 2) Melody Killens, Trinity…
May 15, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters published May 15, 2015 All should share the cost The proposed increase in the gravel depletion fee is best thing for the county. County roads are rapidly deteriorating. CC Rider, which…
May 15, 2015

WITT: Taking steps to increase police transparency

by Brad Witt
Oregon does not exist in a vacuum, and what happens on the national level often stimulates legislation here at home. One such case has to do with interactions between the police and the citizen…
May 15, 2015

Our picks for the May 19 special election

by Staff
This is our final installment of candidate and issue endorsements leading into the Tuesday, May 19, special election. To read responses to all of our questionnaires, please visit the Spotlight’s…
May 15, 2015

Depletion tax increase uses false logic

by Bob Short
Measure 5-243 is based on several false premises. It is obviously false to think that gravel producers can absorb a more than 200 peercent depletion tax increase and go on about their business,…
May 15, 2015

My response to gravel industry claims about Measure 5-243

by Claudia Eagle
This is a response to the full-page ad opposed to Measure 5-243 that was in the Spotlight on Friday, May 8. Ad statement 1: Columbia County Gravel is used regionally, not locally. Did anyone…
May 08, 2015

For CRF&R, we like Kreutzer, Marks, Schlumpberger

by Darryl Swan
It’s hard not to be leery when individual candidates campaign in unison for multiple positions on a public agency’s governing board. The temptation to scrutinize is even greater when the band of…
May 08, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters for the May 8, 2015, issue Oil train concerns drive need for Port Commission changes Ballots for the election of three Port of St. Helens commissioners are now out. My wife, Maddy, and I…

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(Image is Clickable Link) Rep. Brad Witt
May 08, 2015

Background check bill marked a legislative 'low point'

by Rep. Brad Witt
Monday, May 4, marked a contentious day in the Capitol. The House voted on Senate Bill 941, the bill that requires universal background checks for firearms transfers in the state of Oregon.…
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May 01, 2015

Fresh faces, mostly, desired in outcome of Port Commission races

by Darryl Swan
Arguably no other public agency in Columbia County has generated as much statewide controversy and sustained local discussion over the last few years as has the Port of St. Helens. Most of the…
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May 01, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for May 1, 2015 Chalk champions As walkers, we would like to thank the chalk artist’s encouragement at Veterans Park in Scappoose. Rich and Judy Phelps Scappoose Marijuana…
May 01, 2015

Lawsuit halting local activists' efforts violates First Amendment

by Greg Wasson
The Columbia County clerk has certified prospective petitions filed by two members of CC SAGE — a group of Columbia County activists — seeking to initiate an ordinance outlawing most oil…
Apr 24, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters for the issue of Friday, April 24 Lichatowich is a ‘breath of fresh air’ In November 2011, a Port of St. Helens commissioner came into a room full of people celebrating the election of…
(Image is Clickable Link) Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie
Apr 24, 2015

Help is available for those still finding their economic footing

by Rep. Brad Witt
It’s no secret that a lot of Oregonians are still trying to regain their footing after surviving a punishing recession. Thankfully, there have been, and still are, some programs available to…
Apr 17, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Readers
Letters for the week of April 17, 2015 A pleasing ‘Keeping the Faith’ article for Easter I had thought I would send a thank you note to reporter Mark Miller by snail mail, but that does not seem…
(Image is Clickable Link) Sen. Betsy Johnson
Apr 17, 2015

Advance of fast-track, contradictory laws is bad for Oregon

by Sen. Betsy Johnson
By Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose The 2015 Oregon Legislature is shaping up to be one of contradictions — more gun control for those who obey the law but possibly more government protection for…
(Image is Clickable Link) Rep. Brad Witt
Apr 17, 2015

State health care reforms showing results

by Rep. Brad Witt
By Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie As you know, one of the state’s main responsibilities, along with education and public safety, is human services. Under this huge umbrella is health care. Every…
Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Apr 10, 2015

Body cameras mark next step for enforcing law

by Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
Police officers have been recording their conversations out in the field at least since the advent of the mini-cassette recorder. Throughout my 26-year career, law enforcement has used audio…