Redevelopment planning for waterfront gets hands-on approach

Redevelopment planning for waterfront gets hands-on approach

Committee meetings scheduled for March, followed by public meetings scheduled for April While...

Scappoose School Board approves new busing contract

Scappoose School Board approves new busing contract

Contract with Durham School Services effective in July The Scappoose School District will not be...

St. Helens library to host 'soup night'

St. Helens library to host 'soup night'

Portland author will explain how 'soup nights' help build neighborly relationships Portland...

Beauty of Books

Beauty of Books

Repurposed book art on display at St. Helens Public Library A set of 16 art pieces fashioned out...

Wyden, students engaged at St. Helens town hall

Wyden, students engaged at St. Helens town hall

Questions asked by students, community members during meeting with Ron Wyden U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden...

CRFR divison chief retires amid investigation

CRFR divison chief retires amid investigation

Ron Youngberg, a 25-year veteran, opted for early retirement as probe neared end A 25-year...

From Scappoose to the Super Bowl

From Scappoose to the Super Bowl

David Mayo says playing in NFL was a childhood dream David Mayo is about to embark on what may be...

Miss Oregon Teen Rodeo Ready to Reign

Miss Oregon Teen Rodeo Ready to Reign

St. Helens teen plans for coronation next Saturday St. Helens teen Baylee Crawford will begin her...

Scappoose school officials explore the possibility of implementing construction tax

Scappoose school officials explore the possibility of implementing construction tax

The levy would generate revenue for school district capital projects if approved by school board...

Counting the homeless

Counting the homeless

Annual homeless count offers supplies, meals while gauging community needs Quantifying Columbia...

State education board OKs exception for mascot ban

State education board OKs exception for mascot ban

Scappoose School District likely to keep Indians mascot with approval from tribe SALEM - The...

Sparks fly in St. Helens fireworks discussion

Sparks fly in St. Helens fireworks discussion

City Council considers whether it should investment in a fireworks display for Fourth of July...

County OKs petition for Melton recall

County OKs petition for Melton recall

Columbia River PUD director given the option to resign Columbia River People’s Utility...

St. Helens students chip in for day of service

St. Helens students chip in for day of service

Middle school students serve the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day On Monday, Jan. 18,...

Cards of love for those who served

Cards of love for those who served

Seniors craft valentine cards for veterans on national day of service Margie Ebert carefully...

Labor of love

Labor of love

Animal recovery is CHS shelter manager's reward Lisa Beggio knelt down to pet the scarred head...

Columbia River Fire and Rescue Division Chief subject of an internal investigation

Columbia River Fire and Rescue Division Chief subject of an internal investigation

Divison Chief Ron Youngberg placed on paid administrative leave as investigation nears end A...

After 60 years in St. Helens, Semlings closes

After 60 years in St. Helens, Semlings closes

Business owner cites economic reasons for shutdown Semlings Pharmacy, a St. Helens drugstore that...

Signatures submitted in recall effort against Melton

Signatures submitted in recall effort against Melton

Petition to recall Columbia River PUD director Craig Melton yields more than 560 signatures...

Sheriff's deputies to aid militia standoff in Burns

Sheriff's deputies to aid militia standoff in Burns

Columbia County sheriff's deputies will aid in patrols near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Two...

Columbia River Fire & Rescue Fire Chief announces retirement

Columbia River Fire & Rescue Fire Chief announces retirement

CRFR chief expected to retire in June but will stay until department hires a replacement Longtime...

Peace Candle holds bright history

Peace Candle holds bright history

Its real flame may have burned out years ago, but the Peace Candle of the World in Scappoose...


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COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL PHOTO - LUMIJARVI
February 05, 2016

Clatskanie man arrested for child sex crimes

by Courtney Vaughn
Jerrus Lumijarvi may be repeat offender with history of harassment, records show A Clatskanie man with ties to a 2013 federal “sextortion” case at Clatskanie Middle/High School was arrested…
Dogs at Columbia Humane Society
February 12, 2016

Donor wants money back from Columbia Humane Society

by Courtney Vaughn
Lawsuit claims animal shelter misspent St. Helens filmmaker's donation A benefactor to Columbia Humane Society has filed a $25,000 lawsuit against the animal shelter over alleged mismanagement…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Clayton Moore, a 3-year-old in St. Helens, plays with a train set on the family's living room floor. Laura Moore, Clayton's mother, is planning a fundraiser next week to help pay for medical bills the family is facing.
February 12, 2016

Spaghetti feed planned to help offset medical bills for St.…

by Nicole Thill
Clayton Moore, 3, is better after emergency surgery, but bills are stacking up for single-income family Clayton Moore, a 3-year-old boy in St. Helens, sits on the floor playing with a train set…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Will Kessi, the Scappoose School Board chair, speaks during the Scappoose School Board meeting Monday, Feb. 8. Kessi said he was opposed to implementing a construction tax in 2007 when the Senate bill was passed, and still is opposed to it now.
February 12, 2016

Scappoose School Board rejects new construction tax option

by Nicole Thill
By a split vote, board passes on opportunity to collect tax revenue on new construction Builders in Scappoose won’t see a tax on new construction after the Scappoose School Board on Monday…
February 12, 2016

Meeting to address audit of gender inequality in Scappoose…

by Nicole Thill
Results of Title IX audit of Scappoose School District to be discussed at Feb. 24 meeting The Scappoose School District is scheduled to host a public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Kim Henrie, an art teacher at Sauvie Island Academy, explains what students should paint on their canvases first. The 24 students who signed up for the art night all painted a sunrise behind the Sauvie Island Bridge, with each piece reflecting each student's style.
February 12, 2016

A splash of color

by Nicole Thill
Sauvie Island Academy students express creativity during inaugural 'Sauvie Island Paint Night' A group of 24 students at Sauvie Island Academy participated in the inaugural “Sauvie Island Paint…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Robyn Bluemmel, an Audubon Society of Portland volunteer, holds Finnegan the peregrine falcon, and explains how to identify falcons in the wild. The Audubon Society of Portland has several education birds who are were taken in due to injury and are in permanent care of the organization. The birds are used to teach the public about native Oregon bird species.
February 12, 2016

Taking flight on Sauvie Island

by Nicole Thill
Annual bird watching event draws crowds to Sauvie Island The 11th annual Raptor Road Trip on Sauvie Island drew crowds of hundreds on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the event,…
NGUYEN
February 12, 2016

Report: PUD interim manager spied, hid files

by Courtney Vaughn
John Nguyen was hired back with mixed reviews amid investigations A 2014 investigation asserts the Columbia River People’s Utility District’s interim general manager previously accessed private…
February 12, 2016

Port won't put McNulty project out for re-bid

by Courtney Vaughn
Port of St. Helens commissioners say they were OK to choose local contractor over others The Port of St. Helens will deny a protest submitted by a Tualatin-based contracting firm over the port’s…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - GED student Marquez Goldsby works in the lobby of Londer Learning Center last April.
February 11, 2016

Oregon GED students still struggling

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Critics say easier passing score isn't enough of a change Masked in Oregon’s recent celebration of higher graduation rates was the fact that 26 percent of the state’s students did not graduate…

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PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE  - Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to a structure fire at Cornerstone residential treatment facility on Saturday morning, Jan. 30.
Feb 05, 2016

Bedding catches fire at treatment center

by Nicole Thill
Fire crews respond to non-injury fire at Cornerstone residential treatment center Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to a structure fire at Cornerstone, Columbia Community Mental…
Moss
Feb 05, 2016

Trevor Moss recognized as Elks 'Teen of the Month'

by Nicole Thill
The St. Helens Elks Lodge named Trevor Moss, a senior at St. Helens High School, the Elks Teen of the Month for December. Moss was recognized for his commitment to extracurricular activities,…
Feb 05, 2016

Suspects identified in tire slashings in St. Helens

by Nicole Thill
Two juveniles linked to series of St. Helens tire slashings in January The St. Helens Police Department has identified two suspects involved in a string of tire slashings that occurred in early…
SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Andrew Stamp, a real estate attorney, speaks to the St. Helens City Council Wednesday, Feb. 3. Stamp represented Jennifer Plahn, a marijuana business hopeful and St. Helens resident, during an appeal hearing Wednesday night.
Feb 05, 2016

Permit issued for marijuana nursery

by Nicole Thill
City council unanimously approved conditional use permit for business on Columbia Boulevard In a unanimous vote Wednesday, Feb. 3, the St. Helens City Council approved a conditional use permit…
MICHAEL CURRY DESIGN  - A 20-foot tall water fountain designed by Michael Curry is one of several features set to be installed at Heritage Park in Scappoose. The fountain design has been scaled down, but will still be a tree-like fountain that can be activated with a button.
Feb 05, 2016

Heritage Park Improvements moving forward

by Courtney Vaughn
City contracts with firm to design fountain, playground and landscape improvements Long-awaited improvements to Heritage Park are advancing. City councilors in Scappoose approved a bid award to…
SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - Firefighters with the Scappoose Fire District put out a blaze in 2015. The district will use grant money from the Port of St. Helens to help buy new emergency responder radios.
Feb 05, 2016

Port awards $156,500 in grants to partner agencies

by Courtney Vaughn
Eight agencies in Columbia County will get a boost to fund projects with grant money from the Port of St. Helens. In its second round of a recently unveiled Intergovernmental Partnership…
A comparison of political campaign finance activity from recall proponents and an anti-recall group shows a wide disparity in spending.
Feb 05, 2016

Recall opponents mount well-funded defensive campaign

by Courtney Vaughn
Group opposing recall election for Craig Melton heavily outspends recall proponents A recall election to remove Craig Melton from the Columbia River People’s Utility District board of directors…
PHOTO COURTESY OF ARRAN EDMONSTONE - Birds of prey, like this kestrel falcon, can be spotted on Sauvie Island. The Audubon Society of Portland will also have several birds on hand for people to see up close.
Feb 05, 2016

'Raptor Road Trip' may draw hundreds to Sauvie Island

by Nicole Thill
Coordinated event intended to bring awareness to wintering birds on Sauvie Island For some birds, the onset of winter marks a time to migrate to warmer climates. For others, however, it is time…
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT - Graffitti markings like this were also discovered on a church building Monday morning. People who may recognize the markings or might have information about suspects are enocouraged to contact the St. Helens Police Department.
Feb 01, 2016

St. Helens Police seeking suspect information in vandalism…

by Nicole Thill
Two accounts of graffitti reported in separate locations over the weekend Two accounts of vandalism at two separate locations were reported to the St. Helens Police Department on Monday morning,…
Feb 01, 2016

Dutch Bros., Columbia Pacific Food Bank announce Valentine's Day…

by Darryl Swan
Dutch Bros. Coffee is partnering with Columbia Pacific Food Bank on Valentine's Day to help increase food availability in Columbia County. On Sunday, Feb. 14, any drink purchased at the…