Bicentennial program blends music, history

Bicentennial program blends music, history

Scappoose students celebrate 'Star-Spangled Banner,' learn why it was written Two hundred years...

JP West Bridge expected to reopen by Oct. 1

JP West Bridge expected to reopen by Oct. 1

Construction work on JP West Bridge is expected to wrap up by Oct. 1. JP West Bridge has been in...

Deer Island man gears up for 35th Portland Marathon

Deer Island man gears up for 35th Portland Marathon

Al Miller doesn’t consider himself an athlete. He calls himself an “average Joe,”...

Scappoose lowers fee for new single family homes

Scappoose lowers fee for new single family homes

Home developers are getting a break on system development charges, or SDCs, in Scappoose. City...

Veterans rediscovering life with help from service dogs

Veterans rediscovering life with help from service dogs

Scappoose dog trainer volunteers to improve the lives of returning veterans Ten years ago,...

Earthquake threat outmatches local capabilities

Earthquake threat outmatches local capabilities

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Columbia County's Latest News

September 26, 2014

Search continues for missing Hillsboro man

by Courtney Vaughn
Jonathan Hill, 37, never returned after leaving Saturday for a bow hunting trip out to Columbia County The search continues for a 37-year-old Hillsboro man, who was reported missing Sunday…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - The Houlton district of St. Helens, looking east along Columbia Boulevard at the intersection of North 21st Street. Houlton has historically been a commercial area, but while many businesses continue to thrive in the neighborhood, there are a number of vacant storefronts and available retail space.
September 19, 2014

New incentive for new business on St. Helens 'Main Street'

by Mark Miller
Business Plan Competition offering $25K in grant, loan to would-be entrepreneurs The St. Helens Economic Development Corp. and a group of sponsors are hoping to revitalize the commercial heart…
Photo Credit: FILE - The Columbia City Community Library, which is run by volunteers and supported by donations, occupies a two-classroom portable outside the shuttered Columbia City School. The school may need the portable space after its planned reopening next year.
September 19, 2014

School reopening may (or may not) force library to move

by Mark Miller
Columbia City Community Library operates in unused school portable When the St. Helens School District closed the Columbia City School in 2012 due to budget cuts, a serendipitous beneficiary was…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PORTLAND RISING TIDE - Demonstrators, including Sunny Glover, chained to a makeshift metal tripod, block railroad tracks at the Port Westward industrial park in a protest against crude oil trains Thursday, Sept. 18. The protest, which was spearheaded by activist group Portland Rising Tide, was cleared shortly before midnight.
September 19, 2014

Environmental activists block tracks at Port Westward

by Joel Iwanaga
Police remove demonstrators against oil-by-rail PORTLAND (KOIN 6) — Activists opposed to oil train shipments blocked tracks that lead to an oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River at Port…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ST. HELENS - A sketch from the final report produced by the Sustainable Design Assessment Team, a panel of architectural, engineering and economic experts that visited St. Helens earlier this year, illustrating its proposal for the redevelopment of the old Boise Cascade Co. veneer plant property south of Old Town. The centerpiece of the new waterfront would be a civic park plaza. A pier with historic ships moored alongside it would extend out into the Columbia River.
September 19, 2014

SDAT report paints rosy picture for St. Helens

by Mark Miller
Team: Potential for 100,000 tourists per year; housing, railroad are obstacles A team from the American Institute of Architects that visited St. Helens this spring offers an optimistic take on…
September 19, 2014

St. Helens considers a tax on marijuana

by Mark Miller
Mayor: intent is to raise tax revenue, push marijuana businesses outside Following the lead of its counterpart down the road in Scappoose, the St. Helens City Council discussed the possibility…
Keith Locke.
September 19, 2014

St. Helens councilors discuss ferry to Washington

by Mark Miller
Locke: Time is right to explore water link between St. Helens, Woodland Reviving an idea that has been around for years, but has never come to fruition, St. Helens City Councilor Keith Locke…
September 19, 2014

Scappoose votes to double proposed tax on marijuana

by Courtney Vaughn
Two weeks after approving a tax on any marijuana products sold in Scappoose, city councilors voted to double that tax amount, should marijuana become legal to sell in the city. The revised vote…
Photo Credit: SCAPPOOSE RURAL FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - Portions of a home on NW 4th Street in Scappoose were destroyed by a fire Saturday afternoon. Firefighters determined the fire was caused by a smoker left on while unattended.
September 16, 2014

Unattended smoker causes house fire

by Courtney Vaughn
An unattended smoker caught fire Saturday afternoon, causing significant damage to a home in the 52000 block of NW 4th Street in Scappoose. According to Scappoose Rural Fire District, fire…
Photo Credit: PMG - 31 Pit Fire Press Conference - Spet 16th, 2014
September 15, 2014

36 Pit Fire burns on, Estacada covered in smoke

by Estacada News
State resources assist with 3,588-acre fire With the 36 Pit Fire continuing to burn in forest land about 10 miles east of Estacada, Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared the disaster a conflagration,…

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Photo Credit: FILE - A unit train on the Portland & Western Railroad in Scappoose. More trains carrying crude oil are expected to move through the area if Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery expands its operations as planned.
Sep 12, 2014

Global Partners looks to expand, diversify

by Courtney Vaughn
Company eyes infrastructure upgrades to reboot ethanol operations at Port Westward Global Partners LP is poised to invest an estimated $50 million to $70 million to expand Columbia Pacific…
Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - A firefighter responds to a wildfire near St. Helens on Thursday, Sept. 11. The blaze was brought under control by Friday morning and caused no damage to homes or businesses.
Sep 12, 2014

Wildfire kicks up near St. Helens on windy day

by John William Howard and Mark Miller
CRF&R: Fire contained by Friday morning Fire crews responded to a small wildfire on the eastern edge of St. Helens last Thursday afternoon, Sept. 11. Jay Tappan, chief of Columbia River Fire &…
Photo Credit: FILE - Glen Crinklaw stands on the Crown Zellerbach Trail bridge near Scaponia Park on Scappoose-Vernonia Road. Scaponia Park is one of three that will be closed to the public this winter as a cost saving measure.
Sep 12, 2014

Three county parks slated for winter closure

by Courtney Vaughn
County hopes to save on park operational expenses with seasonal closures Columbia County parks saw record attendance over the last three years, but three of the county’s parks will be…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Small dogs share a kennel at the Columbia Humane Society in St. Helens.
Sep 12, 2014

Humane society to participate in 'Remember Me Thursday'

by Courtney Vaughn
Animals at Columbia County's no-kill shelter more fortunate than others While millions of pets die in shelters across the globe each year, dogs and cats at the Columbia Humane Society shelter…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Julie Vigeland, chairwoman of the Oregon Arts Commission, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the St. Helens Gateway Sculpture Project. The two 16-foot-tall, obelisk-shaped lanterns created for the project are visible in the background, on the other side of Highway 30. Also pictured, from left to right: project director Kannikar Petersen, St. Helens Mayor Randy Peterson and project artist Suzanne Lee.
Sep 12, 2014

Ribbon cut for St. Helens sculpture project at bridge

by Mark Miller
Large lanterns light up east side of Highway 30, across from Walgreens A crowd of public officials, members of the local business community, and interested residents turned out Wednesday, Sept.…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Aaron Fugere and Kerry Marshall-Knight (right and far right) address the board of directors for the St. Helens School District and Superintendent Mark Davalos (center-left) on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Fugere and Marshall-Knight, who work as counselors at St. Helens High School, argued the district needs to add counseling staff at their school and St. Helens Middle School. The board agreed, bumping half-time counseling positions at each school up to full-time.
Sep 12, 2014

St. Helens schools to add counseling, attendance staff

by Mark Miller
SHHS counselors successful in lobbying for reinforcements St. Helens High School and St. Helens Middle School will both have an additional full-time counselor, Lewis & Clark and McBride…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Water rates in Scappoose will soon be determined according to the Consumer Price Index. The city council adopted a resolution that will allow monthly water and sewer fees to increase up to 2 percent each year.
Sep 12, 2014

Scappoose water, sewer rates indexed annually

by Courtney Vaughn
New policy will allow automatic yearly increases of up to 2 percent Scappoose city councilors voted 6 to 1 last week, with Councilor Jeff Erickson opposed, to index the city’s base rates for…
Andrew Kaza.
Sep 12, 2014

Working Families Party backs Johnson challenger

by Mark Miller
Senator did not seek minor party's endorsement, will run as both Democratic, Republican nominee The Oregon Working Families Party opted last month to endorse and cross-nominate Democrat Brad…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL INDUSTRIES - Damage to a building in Seattle caused by the Nisqually earthquake in early 2001. The quake struck near Olympia, Wash., and was felt throughout western Washington and northwestern Oregon.
Sep 12, 2014

Columbia City combining 'Prepare Fair' with Celebration

by Mark Miller
Two-hour event will focus on earthquake preparedness This year’s Columbia City Celebration will include two events in one: both the library fundraiser, with its book sale, car show and…
Sep 12, 2014

Program aims to improve home health

by Courtney Vaughn
'Healthy Homes' initiative assesses home environment's effect on health issues A new program from Community Action Team, or CAT, is helping ill residents eliminate health hazards from their…