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February 27, 2015

Expected state oil-by-rail rulesmust make industry accountable

by Darryl Swan
Oregon is on the right track in its consideration to add administrative rules that would give emergency response agencies more resources and a better ability to respond to hazardous material…
February 27, 2015

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters for Feb. 27 issue Valentines for veterans On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Scappoose Senior Center hosted a service project to make valentines for…
Marty Liesegang
February 20, 2015

Bounty of birds collected in Sauvie Island goose hunt

by Marty Liesegang
The third period of the Northwest special goose season opened Saturday, Feb. 7, and it really put geese on the move in Columbia County. They had become very relaxed during the closure and hadn’t…
February 13, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for Friday, Feb. 13, issue Vermin and rats, oh my County voters approved recreational marijuana by a 53 percent margin. Remarkably, this happened in spite of the fact that…
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February 13, 2015

Benefits of a viable jail are seen,and felt, in our community

by Sheriff Jeff Dickerson
On April 26, the Clatskanie Police Department arrested James M. Bryan on felony and warrant misdemeanor charges, criminal mischief first degree (after he was accused of slashing the police…
February 06, 2015

A plea for civility

by Garrett Lines
Garrett Lines lives in St. Helens. Over the last couple of decades our country has gone through major political and economic changes. We have become much more polarized on how policy and…
February 06, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for Feb. 6, 2015 Thank you for wood raffle success This past weekend, the Veterans of Foreign Wars had a fundraiser with a wood raffle, and it was a success. That success…
February 02, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for the Jan. 30, 2015, issue More government, anyone? Does anyone believe there isn’t enough government involvement in our lives? The personal preference engineers of Smoke…
February 02, 2015

The real story behind thePort of St. Helens project denial

by Catherine Mater
In August, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) rendered its decision on project funding from state lottery funds funneled through ConnectOregon. Since ConnectOregon was passed into Oregon…
February 02, 2015

The magical thinking of Brad Witt et al

by Roy Fuller
Last week we were treated to a report from Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, with regard to the shenanigans of the 78th Assembly of the Oregon Legislature. He reports that he and his…

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Rep. Brad Witt
Jan 23, 2015

78th Assembly enters on themes of disparity, inequality

by Rep. Brad Witt
Last week we opened the legislative session for 2015; this is the 78th Assembly. The opening is largely ceremonial, with swearing in for representatives and the inauguration of Gov. John Kitzhaber…
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Jan 26, 2015

Despite signs to the contrary, success found on Sauvie Island…

by Marty Liesegang
It’s good to be a waterfowler and live in Columbia County. We are blessed to live right in the middle of some of the best duck and goose hunting in the country. Spread throughout the county are…
Jan 23, 2015

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters for the Jan. 23, 2015, issue Veterans host wood raffle The Scappoose Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4362 will raffle off a load of wood at the Grocery Outlet parking lot on Jan. 30-31.…
Jan 16, 2015

A community on the rails

by Darryl Swan
Anybody who has lived around railroad tracks knows the allure. Images inspired from generations ago conjure romantic notions of solitary figures walking the tracks, or kids testing their balance…
Jan 16, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters for the Jan. 16, 2015 issue Thanks for your help on depletion fee initiative I would like to thank all of those who helped get signatures on the initiative for Safer Roads, Bridges & CC…
Jan 09, 2015

St. Helens right to consider 'smoke-free' designation

by Swan, Darryl
The Spotlight’s front-page story last week, titled “St. Helens explores 'smoke-free community' designation,” captured the imagination, enthusiasm and — in many cases — ire of many in the…
Jan 09, 2015

Letters

by Readers
Letters to the editor for the week of Jan. 9, 2015 Vote to tax an industry is a scary concept This is a scary concept, wherein the citizens of a county have the right and authority by vote to…
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Jan 26, 2015

For this hunter,the most important forked-horn I have known

by Marty Liesegang
After a long hiatus, I have finally found the time to bring back the outdoor column. So, with the help of Darryl Swan, editor of the Spotlight, we have decided to bring the column back on a…