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Gov. Brown's lawyer Isaak declines appeals court post

Gov. Brown's lawyer Isaak declines appeals court post

Portland Tribune - News
Judicial appointment scuttled by controversy linked to sudden resignation of Oregon's public records advocate.
Oregon adds jobs in August, unemployment steady at 4%

Oregon adds jobs in August, unemployment steady at 4%

Portland Tribune - News
Officials said Oregon's employment growth has slowed from the rapid expansion during the prior years.
Freshman Christine Drazan replaces Carl Wilson as House…

Freshman Christine Drazan replaces Carl Wilson as House…

Portland Tribune - News
GOP caucus held a Sept. 16 vote to elect new legislative leaders, but will not say what the vote count was.
St. Helens woman arrested after crashing into two Tigard…

St. Helens woman arrested after crashing into two Tigard…

The Times - News
The incident happened early Friday morning on Merilyn Court; the suspect was later arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Public records council wants independent advocate

Public records council wants independent advocate

Portland Tribune - News
Moves are a first step to clearing up gray areas in 2017 law creating the public records advocate.
Convicted sex abuser sentenced to 10 years

Convicted sex abuser sentenced to 10 years

South County Spotlight - News
Erick Wenceslao Itza Briceno, 37, displays no remorse during court proceeding
Burn ban lifted in Columbia County

Burn ban lifted in Columbia County

South County Spotlight - News
Residents still urged to use caution on permitted burn days; always call burn lines to check conditions
Scappoose woman heads to rodeo pageant

Scappoose woman heads to rodeo pageant

South County Spotlight - News
Nicole Rice, 24, is a Scappoose High School graduate and will be competing in NPRA's pageant in Salem
Scappoose Fire District approves contract for incoming fire…

Scappoose Fire District approves contract for incoming fire…

South County Spotlight - News
Dennis Hoke to oversee fire districts in Scappoose and St. Helens, starts new role in October
Columbia City Celebration takes place Saturday

Columbia City Celebration takes place Saturday

South County Spotlight - News
Celebration to feature expanded Kids Zone, Columbia Arts Guild show, book sales, car show, more
Columbia Theater gets more grant support for new marquee

Columbia Theater gets more grant support for new marquee

South County Spotlight - News
Public comment period now open on federal grant to be awarded to historic theater in St. Helens
Commission taps Strickler to lead ODOT

Commission taps Strickler to lead ODOT

Portland Tribune - News
Head of the highway division replaces Matt Garrett, who stepped down in June after leading agency for 14 years.
Oregon's public records advocate squeezed by politics,…

Oregon's public records advocate squeezed by politics,…

Portland Tribune - News
Ginger McCall, hired a year ago to improve transparency, wrote that governor's office wanted to control agenda of new records council.
Port approves NEXT lease

Port approves NEXT lease

South County Spotlight - News
NEXT Renewable Fuels awarded lease in 3-2 vote by Port of Columbia County commission
County floats conditional raise to CC Rider contractor

County floats conditional raise to CC Rider contractor

South County Spotlight - News
Hourly rate for county's public transit provider will increase $5 if voters approve tax
St. Helens schools start with ongoing upgrades

St. Helens schools start with ongoing upgrades

South County Spotlight - News
Middle school building nearly completed, staff welcomes grade 6 into the fold, has capacity for future growth
New leadership sets up shop in Scappoose School District

New leadership sets up shop in Scappoose School District

South County Spotlight - News
New superintendent, Timothy Porter, and building administrators in store for 2019-20 school year
Scappoose Community Club works to bring out the best in the…

Scappoose Community Club works to bring out the best in the…

South County Spotlight - News
Longtime volunteer club with roots in the 1950s helps host community events, promotes visibility and tourism
Sanders resigns from Scappoose City Council

Sanders resigns from Scappoose City Council

South County Spotlight - News
City accepting applications to fill city council seat vacated by Natalie Sanders
St. Helens land sale to pot producers pending

St. Helens land sale to pot producers pending

South County Spotlight - News
More than two years after leasing site, city yet to receive lease payments, fees from marijuana grow operation at former Boise plant
River City Children's Choir starts new season

River City Children's Choir starts new season

South County Spotlight - News
Lynnda Fuller takes on role as new choir director, invites students to join the non-auditioned ensemble
Oregon reports first vaping-related death

Oregon reports first vaping-related death

Portland Tribune - News
Investigators say resident died in July after using e-cigarette to inhale cannabis
Hass makes it official: He's running for secretary of state

Hass makes it official: He's running for secretary of state

Portland Tribune - News
Washington County senator says statewide office 'needs someone strong there.'
Oregon DHS overwhelmed by applications for child welfare…

Oregon DHS overwhelmed by applications for child welfare…

Portland Tribune - News
Agency says more than 5,400 people want to fill 313 new jobs to help place foster children in new homes.
Temps peak in the high 90s during heat wave

Temps peak in the high 90s during heat wave

South County Spotlight - News
National Weather Service issues two-day heat warning for Pacific Northwest
Phishing scheme gains entry to Oregon Judicial Department…

Phishing scheme gains entry to Oregon Judicial Department…

Portland Tribune - News
Private information of more than 6,000 people was exposed, but none has been used inappropriately, the department says.
County to hire health promotion specialist

County to hire health promotion specialist

South County Spotlight - News
Position brought in-house, prompted by statewide public health policy changes
Cornelius Pass closure poses hazards

Cornelius Pass closure poses hazards

South County Spotlight - News
Children, cyclists, trucks among major concerns for drivers on detour routes
St. Helens councilor files revised ethics complaint against…

St. Helens councilor files revised ethics complaint against…

South County Spotlight - News
Steve Topaz's letter alleges St. Helens City Council broke meetings law; amends complaint to state agency
Fresh ink

Fresh ink

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose student tours Portland screen press as part of T-shirt design contest grand prize

Kitchen fire destroys Scappoose home

South County Spotlight - News
Kitchen fire destroys Scappoose home
Resident and pet dog displaced but uninjured; fire caused by hot oil on stovetop

St. Helens backs out of high school bond

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens backs out of high school bond
School district plans to more clearly define bond before putting it out to voters

Jail wants to help former inmates stay out

South County Spotlight - News
Jail wants to help former inmates stay out
Program in works with criminal justice officials, mental health services, community groups

DA says his hands are tied on school district…

South County Spotlight - News
DA says his hands are tied on school district…
Attorney-client privilege limits DA's authority to review Scappoose records release appeal

Columbia 911 District files for judicial review of…

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia 911 District files for judicial review of…
District seeks circuit court ruling on what rate it can legally impose following ballot language snafu

Tourism planners assess status of initiative

South County Spotlight - News
Tourism planners assess status of initiative
Funding sought to drive Columbia County Tourism Initiative goals forward in next year

Scappoose on brink of house building phase

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose on brink of house building phase
Detatched single-family homes, apartments and cottage housing in the works

Special session looms to fix death penalty changes

Portland Tribune - News
Special session looms to fix death penalty changes
Lawmakers said legislation would not apply to previous cases, but DOJ said it might mean affect 30 inmates on Oregon's death row.

Oregon's Brown greets Jeff freshmen with billions…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon's Brown greets Jeff freshmen with billions…
Governor says new funding a 'total and complete game changer for eduction in Oregon.'

Heat, tighter rules could limit valley field burning

Portland Tribune - News
Heat, tighter rules could limit valley field burning
Grass seed growers typically torch fields in early July and the season ends when all registered acres have been burned, or when the weather turns…

Columbia County temps expected in the 90s for…

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia County temps expected in the 90s for…
National Weather Service issues two-day heat warning for Pacific Northwest

Dems back off threat to fine Republicans for walkout

Portland Tribune - News
Dems back off threat to fine Republicans for walkout
Instead, Democrats will push bills to change the quorum requirements to a simple majority - rather than two-thirds - to stop future walkouts.

Oregon university workers could start school year…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon university workers could start school year…
About 5,000 union employees and higher education leaders at an impasse on new contract's big issues: pay increases, benefits and time off.

State won't pursue death sentence in Vernon case

South County Spotlight - News
State won't pursue death sentence in Vernon case
In light of new state legislation, District Attorney says prosecution will seek true life sentence

Question rise about future of Flying Eagle

South County Spotlight - News
Question rise about future of Flying Eagle
Concerns about last-minute planning, prompt possible changes for next summer

St. Helens approves new parks reservation fees

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens approves new parks reservation fees
St. Helens Softball League requests some leniency for past field maintenance efforts

Ethics commission reviews, dismisses St. Helens…

South County Spotlight - News
Ethics commission reviews, dismisses St. Helens…
Commission fields complaints of possible violations against City Council members

Prescibed St. Helens burn to take place Saturday

South County Spotlight - News
Prescibed St. Helens burn to take place Saturday
Previously planned burn of 35 acres postponed from June, slated now for Aug. 24

Scappoose urban renewal advances

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose urban renewal advances
Urban renewal agency votes to forward the plan to city's planning commission

Celebrating recovery

South County Spotlight - News
Celebrating recovery
Columbia Community Mental Health luncheon honors community members recovering from addictions

Scappoose police dept. gradually filling positions

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose police dept. gradually filling positions
Chief introduces two new hires to Scappoose City Council, more hires on the way

CRPUD general manager rehired for another year

South County Spotlight - News
CRPUD general manager rehired for another year
John Nguyen to retire before PERS changes inacted but will be rehired for additional year

State slashes county funds for specialty courts

South County Spotlight - News
State slashes county funds for specialty courts
Specialty courts set to receive close to half of grant dollars requested for 2019-2021

New associate pastor joins Warren Community…

South County Spotlight - News
New associate  pastor joins Warren Community…
Tom Adams settling into new home and new role leading church's worship arts ministry

Brown warms up executive action to limit greenhouse…

Portland Tribune - News
Brown warms up executive action to limit greenhouse…
Documents show that starting in 2017, the governor started talking with agency leaders about finding an alternative route to lower Oregon's carbon…

CZ Trail user notes morning cougar encounter

South County Spotlight - News
CZ Trail user notes morning cougar encounter
Jennifer Hanson sights cougar during morning walk with dog on Crown Zellerbach Trail in Scappoose

Oregon dumps federal health care funds in Trump…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon dumps federal health care funds in Trump…
State weighs legal and political options as federal appeals court takes up proposed barriers to some reproductive care for low-income women.

Former St. Helens teacher sentenced in sex abuse…

South County Spotlight - News
Former St. Helens teacher sentenced in sex abuse…
Kyle Jarred Wroblewski sentenced to 50 months in prison on charges, to pay restitution to victim

Oregon's immigrants see trouble in new Trump green…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon's immigrants see trouble in new Trump green…
State sues to block changes; officials worry some people may avoid public benefits even if they need them.

New state law could hinder Hightower murder trial

South County Spotlight - News
New state law could hinder Hightower murder trial
New law may take death penalty and aggravated murder charges off table in Charles Vernon case

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