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July 28, 2014

Considerations beyond Port Westward

by Darryl Swan
The story of Seely Mint Farm north of Clatskanie is increasingly a story of success for Columbia County. In fact, Seely Mint, which is a family-owned 450-acre organic mint farm, harbors real…
July 28, 2014

Letters

by Swan, Darryl
Letters from readers published July 25, 2014 Heaven forbid we stop corporate welfare I would like to address comments made in local newspapers. I will agree to a fraction of the improvements…
July 18, 2014

Letters

by [none]
Letters to the editor for the July 18, 2014 issue Blackberry brigade It is my understanding that the Scappoose Police Department was instructed to have officers remove blackberry bushes from a…
July 18, 2014

ConnectOregon a divisive issue for some

by Swan, Darryl
The Oregon Transportation Commission met yesterday, July 17, to take public testimony on three publicly funded projects that would unquestionably make it easier and more profitable for projected…
July 14, 2014

Fowler-Hill: PCC Columbia County update

by Sandra Fowler-Hill
Portland Community College has pledged to open a new center in the county in 2017, and between now and then, it is our intent to keep the communication lines open. To that end, we have conducted…
June 27, 2014

Kelly: How to be a good summer party host

by Mikel Kelly
It’s that time of year again. Summer’s here, and you know what that means — at least for us old-timers. Barbecues. Parties. Entertaining on the deck. It used to be that summer meant swimming,…
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June 20, 2014

Citizen voices are not 'noise'

by Danner Christensen
We voters who are members of Envision Columbia County are seasoned enough to know that most politicians tell us what they believe we want to hear, rather than what they actually think about a…
June 20, 2014

Letters

by Spotlight readers
Letters from readers for the issue of June 20, 2014 Cure for voter remorse As a supporter of Commissioner Henry Heimuller in the May primary, I was doubly disappointed by the dismissive attitude…
June 20, 2014

Commissioners appear to deal in willful ignorance

by Nancy Ward
Rarely is the public the beneficiary of any elected officials unedited thoughts. For this I sincerely thank Columbia County Commissioner Earl Fisher who laid it out for us in the meeting of June…
June 13, 2014

All in need of soul searching followingthe Reynolds shooting

by Darryl Swan
Tuesday morning’s report of a student shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale punched home yet again the hard reality of mass shootings for which we — law enforcement, parents, school and…

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Jun 13, 2014

Letters

by Darryl Swan
Letters for the 6-13-2014 issue Thank you for your service Medal of Honor winner 2nd Lt. Walter Ehlers spoke at the 50th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy, June 6, 1994, in front of many of the…
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Jun 13, 2014

Donna Jean Gedlich

by (none)
March 24, 1945-May 21, 2014 Donna Jean (Manfred) Gedlich, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and dear friend went to be with our Lord on May 21, 2014, in Portland, Oregon. She was born…
May 30, 2014

PCC's commitment to Columbia County is showing

by Darryl Swan
Not too long ago, in fall 2008, Portland Community College officials were poking around Columbia County as the college system sought voter approval for its landmark $374 million general…
May 30, 2014

Readers' letters

by Darryl Swan
Shooting in the woods does not honor fallen vets Once again, many areas of Columbia County ring with the pretense of manhood by fools who hide behind their guns and fire large quantities of…