Scappoose schools get new phone numbers

Scappoose schools get new phone numbers

Unsatisfied with service, district switches to new provider Citing problems with its telephone...

Martwick one of two new additions to DA's staff

Martwick one of two new additions to DA's staff

Former circuit court judge will oversee child custody cases as new deputy DA Outgoing Columbia...

Scappoose City Council considers food carts

Scappoose City Council considers food carts

Food carts have become a staple in Portland, but city councilors in Scappoose aren’t sure...

House fire breaks out in St. Helens

House fire breaks out in St. Helens

No injuries reported; chimney blamed for blaze A home on Crescent Drive in St. Helens caught fire...

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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - A National Weather Service map shows the potential for heavy rain and flooding in Northern Oregon and Southwest Washington.
December 23, 2014

We're dreaming of a . . . soggy Christmas?

by Pamplin Media Group
A deep trough of moist, cold air blasting down from the Gulf of Alaska is going to soak the region during the next few days, pushing a few local rivers and creeks over their banks. The National…
Jay Tappan.
December 16, 2014

Chief: Toy & Joy raises over $20k

by Spotlight news staff
32nd annual auction pays for toys, food to be distributed to local families in need This year's Columbia River Fire & Rescue Merchant's Toy & Joy Auction raised more than $20,000 at the auction…
Photo Credit: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Bill Ayers of Scappoose uses a chainsaw to remove branches from a tree that fell in his backyard Thursday afternoon, crushing a perimeter chain-link fence. Ayers and his wife, Theresa, are among numerous homeowners in Columbia County who reported property damage from Thursday's storm.
December 12, 2014

Windstorm takes its toll across Columbia County

by Darryl Swan, Courtney Vaughn and Mark Miller
Power outages, downed trees, road closures make up local aftermath of regional windstorm Columbia County residents woke up Friday and started assessing the wreckage from a powerful, yet…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - A student crossing guard keeps an eye on the heavy flow of cars between Grant Watts and Otto Petersen elementary schools after class dismissal Tuesday, Dec. 9. The buildings share a parking lot, which becomes congested during drop-off and pick-up times. Leaders from both schools want to make changes to improve safety and better regulate traffic during peak times.
December 12, 2014

Parking lot at Scappoose grade schools may see changes

by Mark Miller
Proposed changes include stop sign, one-way pattern, 10-minute spaces School leaders at Grant Watts and Otto Petersen elementary schools are concerned about safety in the schools’ shared parking…
Photo Credit: FILE - The visitor center in St. Helens owned by the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. The building is closed this month while the chamber's executive director meets with members. The executive director job has been passed to Natasha Parvey-Leskowich on an interim basis.
December 12, 2014

Chamber director resigning to take new job

by Mark Miller
Natasha Parvey-Leskowich named interim executive director as Linda McDougle departs The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is losing its executive director. Linda McDougle announced…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Alexander Ross waits in court Tuesday, Dec. 2. Ross was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in prison for seven burglaries he committed earlier this year.
December 12, 2014

Burglar sentenced to six years in prison

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Jenefer Stenzel-Grant sentenced Alexander Ross to more than six years in prison, Wednesday, Dec. 10, for his involvement in a slew of St. Helens burglaries.…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Defense attorney David Celuch addresses the judge in a Columbia County courtroom Friday, Dec. 5. To his left: William Holdner, Eric Hale and prosecutor Jake Kamins. Jane Baum is seated to the right of Celuch.
December 12, 2014

Cattle owners fined more than $100K

by Courtney Vaughn
Attorneys say cattle were worse off in county's care Concluding the largest animal neglect case ever taken on by the Oregon Humane Society, a Scappoose cattle farmer was ordered last week to…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - St. Helens Finance Director Jon Ellis (left) speaks at a St. Helens City Council work session Wednesday, Dec. 3. Also pictured: City Recorder Kathy Payne.
December 12, 2014

St. Helens finance director lays out budget calendar

by Mark Miller
Joint council-committee meeting set for February 2015 For local governments like the city of St. Helens, after holiday season comes budget season. Jon Ellis, the city’s finance director,…
December 12, 2014

First responders save sinking boat in St. Helens

by Mark Miller
A fishing boat moored in St. Helens was 80 percent capsized, according to Columbia River Fire & Rescue, when emergency responders arrived Sunday, Dec. 7. Fire Chief Jay Tappan said CRF&R and…
December 12, 2014

'If I Were Mayor...' contest returns in spring

by Spotlight news staff
Young residents of St. Helens have until next April, and Scappoose residents until May, to tell their community what they would do if they were in charge. The annual “If I Were Mayor, I…

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Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Alexander Jason Ross sits next to his attorney, Gabriel Biello in a Columbia County courtroom Tuesday. Ross kept a straight face as he listened to statements from victims.
Dec 05, 2014

Serial burglar pleads guilty in court; sentencing delayed

by Courtney Vaughn
Alexander Ross awaits sentencing on seven burglary charges after striking a deal with D.A. Alexander Ross, the suspected serial burglar from St. Helens, pleaded guilty in Columbia County Circuit…
Photo Credit: FILE - The Columbia City Community Library occupies a modular building outside the shuttered Columbia City School. The portable is owned by the St. Helens School District, and now that the school district is planning to reopen Columbia City School, the library is planning to find a new home within the next year and a half.
Dec 05, 2014

Columbia City's library seeking new location

by Mark Miller
Columbia City School reopening may push library out of borrowed portable The volunteer-run library in Columbia City is planning to move to a new location due to the imminent reopening of…
Photo Credit: FOREST GROVE NEWS-TIMES - Michael Sykes has been offered a city manager job in Scappoose. Sykes is slated to start with the city Jan. 1.
Dec 01, 2014

Sykes named new city manager in Scappoose

by Courtney Vaughn
Michael Sykes is Scappoose native with history in Columbia County Former Columbia County commissioner and Vernonia city administrator Michael Sykes has been tapped to be the new city manager of…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Kristi Mares is being remembered by loved ones for her outgoing, spunky and friendly nature. Mares died Thursday, Nov. 27 while working at a repair shop in Scappoose.
Nov 28, 2014

Scappoose woman killed in explosion

by Courtney Vaughn
Family members say Kristi Mares was outgoing and likable A woman who was killed Thursday afternoon, Nov. 27, at a truck repair shop in Scappoose is being remembered as a courageous, spunky and…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Jenni Jordan.
Dec 05, 2014

Deputy DA retires after 18 years in county

by Courtney Vaughn
Jenni Jordan retired this week after 18 years of service with the Columbia County District Attorney's Office. Jordan worked as a deputy district attorney and focused on cases involving children…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Matsi recovers from surgery in October to correct a broken leg and large wound. He was rescued and adopted by Linda and Rich Yates of Scappoose after the couple found him while vacationing.
Dec 05, 2014

Couple trades vacation to rescue stray

by Courtney Vaughn
Dog required thousands of dollars in surgery A Scappoose couple sacrificed a trip to the Grand Canyon to rescue a 5-month-old stray dog that was hit by a car. Rich and Linda Yates say they were…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - One dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be purchased for $10 or with 12 items of canned or otherwise nonperishable food at 'Donut Day,' a fundraiser in which the St. Helens Police Department will participate Saturday, Dec. 13.
Dec 05, 2014

'Donut Day' coming to St. Helens Police Department

by Mark Miller
Police will swap Krispy Kremes for donations in food bank benefit The St. Helens Police Department is participating in “Donut Day” next weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 13, police officers will be…
Dec 05, 2014

Sheriff's office adds to jail staffing

by Spotlight news staff
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office filled four vacancies in the county jail recently. Sheriff Jeff Dickerson announced Tuesday, Dec. 2, that four new deputies — Elizabeth Norvald, Jameson…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - An illuminated Christmas ship, part of a previous parade of vessels. The ships make an annual cruise along the Columbia and Willamette rivers every year, making appearances at St. Helens, Sauvie Island and other communities along the way.
Dec 05, 2014

Christmas ships returning to south Columbia County

by Spotlight news staff
The annual Christmas Ship Parade will again make an appearance in south Columbia County this holiday season. On Saturday, Dec. 13, people can view the lighted and decorated ships on the Columbia…
Erika Lee.
Dec 02, 2014

Sheriff, fire chief ask public for help after near-fatal crash

by Mark Miller
Daughter of volunteer emergency responders badly injured in wreck The daughter of a volunteer firefighter from Warren was seriously injured in a crash last month, and now the Columbia County…