Columbia City School to become K-6

Columbia City School to become K-6

CCEC could get new space by fall Bolstered by a new addition, the board of directors for the St....

Ex-police sergeant indicted on child sex charges

Ex-police sergeant indicted on child sex charges

Sheriff's office says additional victims identified A former Vernonia police sergeant was...

Scappoose man killed in log truck crash

Scappoose man killed in log truck crash

A 60-year-old Scappoose man was killed Thursday morning, Feb. 19, when the log truck he was...

Gov. Brown looks to scrap mandatory retirement for judges

Gov. Brown looks to scrap mandatory retirement for judges

St. Helens attorney Agnes Petersen knocked off ballot last spring over age After her office as...

Highway 30 taco truck set to close

Highway 30 taco truck set to close

A temporary food cart selling tacos from a trailer along Highway 30 in Scappoose is being forced...

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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON STATE ARCHIVES - The preamble to the Oregon Constitution is part of the historic document that needs vital repairs.
February 25, 2015

Schoolchildren asked to help restore Oregon Constitution document

by Shasta Kearns Moore
A $60,000 campaign would restore and permanently display the 158-year-old document To address a longtime funding shortage, the Oregon secretary of state's office has issued a challenge to…
Photo Credit: FILE - Otto Petersen Elementary School has additional capacity for students coming from outside the Scappoose School District, according to Superintendent Stephen Jupe on Monday, Feb. 23.
February 25, 2015

School boards approve open enrollment

by Mark Miller
Applications to be accepted next month School boards in the Scappoose and St. Helens school districts approved open enrollment for the 2015-16 school year this week. Applications for open…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - A sign posted outside the main entrance to Warren Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 24. A staff member in the school office said the school was under a lockout.
February 24, 2015

Warren Elementary goes into lockout over graffiti

by Mark Miller
Incident comes on heels of Feb. 18 disruption Less than a week after Scappoose schools closed early due to a threatening message scrawled on a bathroom wall at Scappoose High School, another…
Photo Credit: COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - DARREN LOFTESNESS
February 23, 2015

Man arrested near Clatskanie after setting home on fire

by Courtney Vaughn
Deputies, police use stun gun on man who threatened police after reportedly starting blaze Deputies from Columbia County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Friday evening near Clatskanie who set…
February 21, 2015

Man killed by train near Kalama

by Phil Hawkins
A man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train traveling southbound near Kalama, Washington on Saturday afternoon. The victim, whose identity has yet to be released by the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Several Scappoose police cars parked outside Scappoosecap High School Wednesday, after the school found a written threat in a bathroom on campus.
February 20, 2015

Scappoose school shooting threat deemed hoax

by Courtney Vaughn
Suspects identified, but no arrests made The Scappoose School District couldn't release any further details of Wednesday's school shooting threat, but school district superintendent Stephen Jupe…
Matt Freeman.
February 20, 2015

Former school board member files complaint against SHSD

by Mark Miller
Freeman: Board violated policy, law in taking out $2.2M loan A former school board member says the St. Helens School District appears to be in violation of a board policy and possibly Oregon law…
Photo Credit: MARK MILLER - Senior citizens eat lunch and socialize at the St. Helens Senior Center at noon Wednesday, Feb. 18. Cheryl Young, the center's manager, said it provides more than 30,000 meals every year.
February 20, 2015

Seniors ask to own their St. Helens center

by Mark Miller
Manager: City should transfer title, but keep paying water, sewer, some upkeep For 37 years, the nonprofit St. Helens Senior Center, Inc., has operated out of a city building on the southeast…
Photo Credit: COLUMBIA COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT PHOTO - Columbia County Road Department employees Jeremy Tull and Kelley Lungberg pave a street in an unincorporated area on a summer day in 2014. The county estimates it would need millions more in revenue each year to properly maintain infrastructure.
February 20, 2015

County roads face mounting costs from repairs, maintenance

by Courtney Vaughn
Columbia County would need more than $70 million in additional funding over the next five years to complete needed repairs and maintenance of the county’s roads, according to the county’s Roads…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Kevin Owens, former general manager of the Columbia River People's Utility District, is named as an aider and abettor in two employee complaints against the district filed with BOLI. An investigation into the claims suggests Owens may have illegally retaliated against the employee for being a whistleblower.
February 20, 2015

BOLI finds evidence to support former PUD employee's claims

by Courtney Vaughn
A former IT manager for the Columbia River People’s Utility District is expected to sue the district for unlawful employment practices. John Nguyen filed two claims against the PUD with the…

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Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Chris Brumbles (left) and Ray Biggs address Columbia County commissioners Wednesday, Feb. 18. About 20 people urged the county commissioners to 'uphold the constitution' and not support expanded gun regulations.
Feb 20, 2015

County commissioners hear proposals for less gun regulation

by Courtney Vaughn
On the same morning that students at Scappoose schools were sent home early due to the threat of a school shooting, pro-gun advocates filled the seats during a Columbia County Board of…
Feb 19, 2015

St. Helens accepts state grant for brownfield development

by Mark Miller
City has deal to purchase old veneer plant property The St. Helens City Council voted Wednesday, Feb. 18, to accept a $25,000 state grant for redevelopment of industrial brownfield land. The…
Brad Witt.
Feb 18, 2015

Witt predicts 'activist governor' as Kate Brown takes office

by Mark Miller
Clatskanie Dem: New governor a 'very energetic advocate' for causes State Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, offered a few thoughts this week on Gov. Kate Brown, who took office Wednesday, Feb. 18.…
Photo Credit: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A Scappoose police officer guards an entrance to Scappoose High School Wednesday afternoon, as students were released early. School officials sent students home after discovering a threatening message left in the stall of a bathroom on campus.
Feb 18, 2015

Threat prompts early release for Scappoose schools

by Darryl Swan
Scappoose School District officials closed schools and sent students home early Wednesday, Feb. 18, following the discovery of a threatening graffiti message in a high school bathroom stall. The…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF ST. HELENS HIGH SCHOOL - A publicity photo from St. Helens High School's upcoming production of 'The Tempest,' one of the major works of William Shakespeare.
Feb 16, 2015

St. Helens High School to stage production of 'The Tempest'

by Spotlight news staff
Shakespeare play features Savanna Smiens in role of Prospero The drama department at St. Helens High School is presenting its production of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare this week. The…
Photo Credit: COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL - Jaired Paul Gordon
Feb 16, 2015

Suspect in St. Helens tire slashings arrested

by Courtney Vaughn
Gordon believed to be vandal who slashed tires on 17 vehicles St. Helens Police arrested a suspect who they believe slashed tires on 17 different vehicles in St. Helens last week. According to…
Suzanne Bonamici, Ted Wheeler, Mike McLane, Earl Blumenauer
Feb 13, 2015

Leaders react to Kitzhaber's resignation

by Jim Redden
Oregon leaders were quick to react to Gov. John Kitzhaber's announcement that he will resign, effective Feb. 18. Most expressed sadness at the turn of events that will end Kitzhaber's 35-year…
Feb 13, 2015

Kitzhaber resigns

by Peter Wong and Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — John Kitzhaber resigned Friday as governor of Oregon in the wake of an ethics scandal involving himself and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. The resignation becomes effective at 10 a.m.…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - The scene of an advanced house fire in Yankton early Friday morning, Feb. 13. According to Columbia River Fire & Rescue Division Chief Ron Youngberg, the home was a total loss, but the occupants were out of town and there were no injuries.
Feb 13, 2015

Overnight fire destroys Yankton home

by Mark Miller
A home on Perry Creek Road in Yankton burned down early Friday morning, Feb. 13, while its occupants were out of town, a Columbia River Fire & Rescue division chief said. Ron Youngberg said…
Keith Locke.
Feb 13, 2015

Youth council to take seats in St. Helens City Hall

by Mark Miller
City councilor, high school teacher setting up student advisory body The city of St. Helens, in collaboration with the St. Helens School District, is starting up a youth council to give students…