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Lawmakers again wrestle with limiting money in Oregon…

Lawmakers again wrestle with limiting money in Oregon…

Portland Tribune - News
A legislative committee considers outlines of campaign finance reform legislation, revealing possible faultines.
Jury awards rural counties more than $1 billion in timber…

Jury awards rural counties more than $1 billion in timber…

South County Spotlight - News
Class action lawsuit against state awards funds to counties, taxing districts
Port purchasing 194 acres outside Clatskanie

Port purchasing 194 acres outside Clatskanie

South County Spotlight - News
Port of Columbia County successfully bids on parcel to use for wetland mitigation
Economists: Oregon's slow job growth doesn't point to…

Economists: Oregon's slow job growth doesn't point to…

Portland Tribune - News
'It is an open question as to whether firms are hiring less because they are seeing weaker sales or because the labor market is tight and finding…
Groups want citizens to draw political boundaries, not…

Groups want citizens to draw political boundaries, not…

Portland Tribune - News
Broad spectrum of groups rally around initiative proposing to reform Oregon's redistricting process to protect against 'bi-partisan gerrymandering.'
Montgomery named Elks Teen of the Month for October

Montgomery named Elks Teen of the Month for October

South County Spotlight - News
Cooper Montgomery is an enthusiastic athlete and scholar, and puts his best effort into all he pursues
Occupant escapes uninjured from St. Helens duplex blaze

Occupant escapes uninjured from St. Helens duplex blaze

South County Spotlight - News
One side of duplex no longer inhabitable following accidental fire, Red Cross aids displaced family
St. Helens loses bid for $11.1M grant for waterfront

St. Helens loses bid for $11.1M grant for waterfront

South County Spotlight - News
City officials learned Wednesday the application for federal funds to improve the city's waterfront did not make the cut
Oregon hate crimes dropped in 2018

Oregon hate crimes dropped in 2018

Portland Tribune - News
Annual data released by the FBI shows other areas of concern for advocacy groups.
State audit: Veterinary board must improve drug security

State audit: Veterinary board must improve drug security

Portland Tribune - News
Background checks and more stringent inspections and participation in drug monitoring program should be implemented, auditors found.
New Oregon rule blunts ICE courthouse arrests

New Oregon rule blunts ICE courthouse arrests

Portland Tribune - News
The rule is intended to maintain court access for immigrants. But ICE has signaled it'll continue to make arrests.
Oregon court blocks flavored cannabis vape product ban

Oregon court blocks flavored cannabis vape product ban

Portland Tribune - News
Appeals court administrator cites harm to businesses and likelihood of petitioners prevailing on judicial review as reason for legal stay.
Columbia 911 ballot dispute continues

Columbia 911 ballot dispute continues

South County Spotlight - News
Court denies Tyler Miller's motion to dismiss judicial validation action, defendents claim lawsuit intended to disrupt operations
Columbia City Elementary students set sail

Columbia City Elementary students set sail

South County Spotlight - News
'It's been a lot of work - and a lot of fun,' Cole said. 'You have to make sure you really use really strong glue so that ocean waves don't wreck the…
Spook-tacular coloring

Spook-tacular coloring

South County Spotlight - News
Winner of the 2019 Spotlight Halloween coloring contest swings by office for a photo and to pick up prize
Youth center proposed, funding unclear

Youth center proposed, funding unclear

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia County leaders concerned about contributing to center absent stable ongoing funding
Voters could decide future of Oregon's forestry practices

Voters could decide future of Oregon's forestry practices

Portland Tribune - News
Six conflicting ballot measures vying for support could restrict or solidify forestry practices on state and private lands.
Gert Boyle's celebration of life set Dec. 5

Gert Boyle's celebration of life set Dec. 5

Portland Tribune - News
Gathering at Veterans Memorial Coliseum will remember local businesswoman's life and contributions.
October jobs numbers climb, unemployment held at 4.1%

October jobs numbers climb, unemployment held at 4.1%

Portland Tribune - News
State unemployment rate has hovered between 4% and 4.4% for the past 36 months.
Public unions search for silver lining as dues nose dive

Public unions search for silver lining as dues nose dive

Portland Tribune - News
AFSCME, SEIU officials still optimistic as 'fair share fees' drop and group pushes people to drop out of unions.
Whistleblower settles claim against emergency management…

Whistleblower settles claim against emergency management…

Portland Tribune - News
Former deputy who highlighted malfeasance gets $510,000, says leaders subjected her to hostile environment.
State court finds police orders unjustified, reverses…

State court finds police orders unjustified, reverses…

Portland Tribune - News
Ruling in Beaverton case could have statewide implications for interactions between police and the public.
Wildfire council report: Spend $4 billion to keep forests…

Wildfire council report: Spend $4 billion to keep forests…

Portland Tribune - News
Helping communities adapt and creating resilient landscapes are top priorities to improve state's wildfire response.
Anheuser-Busch buys out Portland's Craft Brew Alliance

Anheuser-Busch buys out Portland's Craft Brew Alliance

Business Tribune - News
The buyout of the seventh-largest craft brewing company in the United States is expected to be finalized in 2020
PCC turns to circuit court for training center land

PCC turns to circuit court for training center land

South County Spotlight - News
Portland Community College exercises eminent domain authority for property in Scappoose
Why a new law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported

Why a new law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported

Portland Tribune - News
Improved data could reveal the breadth of hate in Oregon while aiding law enforcement and community groups.
Scappoose Bay Watershed Council hires coordinator

Scappoose Bay Watershed Council hires coordinator

South County Spotlight - News
Dana Pricher hired to coordinate conservation, education efforts for council
State penitentiary sees healing 'therapy' in new inmate…

State penitentiary sees healing 'therapy' in new inmate…

Portland Tribune - News
Project behind high walls near Salem was made possible by determined inmates and some help from the outside.
New Health Authority program director sees opportunity, not…

New Health Authority program director sees opportunity, not…

Portland Tribune - News
Steve Allen stepped up for the job nobody wanted, now he's overhauling the way Oregon responds to mental health and addiction.
Property tax measure for public transit fails

Property tax measure for public transit fails

South County Spotlight - News
Voters reject measure by more than 3,000 vote margin, places Columbia County public transit service in limbo

Scappoose fuel tax ballot measure passes

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose fuel tax ballot measure passes
Voters approve fuel tax to fund street, sidewalk improvements, sunsets in 10 years

Scappoose moves forward on urban renewal

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose moves forward on urban renewal
Scappoose City Council to vote on ordinance establishing urban renewal plan at meeting later this month

St. Helens School District says company botched…

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens School District says company botched…
Updated. Lawsuit states asbestos remained in old St. Helens Middle School building when it was demolished

In St. Helens, dedication of an expanded Veterans…

South County Spotlight - News
In St. Helens, dedication of an expanded Veterans…
Community members, leaders, business owners and veterans turn out for newly expanded plaza in McCormick Park

Veterans Day: Oregon seeks owners of unclaimed…

Portland Tribune - News
Veterans Day: Oregon seeks owners of unclaimed…
More than a dozen medals, countless ribbons and artifacts are in government hands, awaiting their owners or heirs to collect them.

Unions, OHSU locked in workplace struggle

Portland Tribune - News
Unions, OHSU locked in workplace struggle
Oregon's training hospital campus finds itself beset by social media trolls and employment clashes.

Audit: State education agency should do more to…

Portland Tribune - News
Audit: State education agency should do more to…
Bureaucratic reshuffling blamed for some issues, but Department of Education needs tighter control on software, security.

OSU panel will interview four to replace Ed Ray

Portland Tribune - News
OSU panel will interview four to replace Ed Ray
Presidential search group has talked with a dozen candidates in past month. New leader could be chosen this winter.

African Americans fought for democracy abroad, at…

Portland Tribune - News
African Americans fought for democracy abroad, at…
WWII, Civil Rights movement connect as vets tell their stories in Oregon Historical Society exhibit.

Oregon counties claim state mismanaged timberlands

South County Spotlight - News
Oregon counties claim state mismanaged timberlands
The 14 counties, including Columbia County, are claiming $1.4 billion in damages for the lost revenue and argue the state did not harvest as much…

Federal judge won't hold state hospital in contempt…

Portland Tribune - News
Federal judge won't hold state hospital in contempt…
Disability Rights Oregon plans to continue fighting for Oregonians timely access to health care.

Dalton Lake Nature Preserve to see improvements

South County Spotlight - News
Dalton Lake Nature Preserve to see improvements
Advisory committee presents improvement plan for signage, kiosks; more to come in the future

Women pilots attend Scappoose High's 'Decision…

South County Spotlight - News
Women pilots attend Scappoose High's 'Decision…
Scappoose students visited following production about World War II women pilots

Columbia County firefighters sent to blazes in…

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia County firefighters sent to blazes in…
The firefighters are among 271 people dispatched through interstate agreement

An ocean full of learning with Miniboat program

South County Spotlight - News
An ocean full of learning with Miniboat program
Fifth-graders at Columbia City Elementary School take part in Miniboat program to study ocean currents, other lessons

With a cherry on top!

South County Spotlight - News
With a cherry on top!
Sauvie Island Studnets make a human sundae after reaching jog-a-thon fundraising goal

Books and Boos!

South County Spotlight - News
Books and Boos!
Dozens of children attend costumed story-time event at St. Helens Public Library on Oct. 30

Glammed up gourds

South County Spotlight - News
Glammed up gourds
St. Helens Public Library hosts pumpkin painting event; dozens of childnren attend

Democrats rev up plan for new carbon-reduction bill

Portland Tribune - News
Democrats rev up plan for new carbon-reduction bill
Fear over denial of quorum during short session sparks murmurs of referring constitutional amendment to voters.

Columbia County Jail leader on leave pending…

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia County Jail leader on leave pending…
Commander, sergeant subjects of internal investigations; sheriff cites personnel issues

Lawsuit alleges district failed to protect against…

South County Spotlight - News
Lawsuit alleges district failed to protect against…
Former SHHS student files district court lawsuit after concerns about Kyle Jarred Wroblewski went unheeded

Initiative supporters make a new push to repeal…

Portland Tribune - News
Initiative supporters make a new push to repeal…
'We were kind of at a point where we could either fight it in court, which would cost a lot of money, or revise and re-file as a new initiative…

Cornelius Pass Road opens with improvements

South County Spotlight - News
Cornelius Pass Road opens with improvements
Work on the $5.5 million safety project for the popular connection between Washington County and Northwest Portland will continue next year

Business Oregon director leaving for private sector

Business Tribune - News
Business Oregon director leaving for private sector
Chris Harder is the second agency director to leave since Gov. Kate Brown's re-election a year ago.

Columbia 911 aims for higher cardiac arrest…

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia 911 aims for higher cardiac arrest…
Columbia 911 Communications District to train telecommunicators on taking CPR calls

Elks Teen named for September

South County Spotlight - News
Elks Teen named for September
Shelby Turcotte, St. Helens High School student, chosen for hard work, committment to academics

Grant to help identify health needs for St. Helens…

South County Spotlight - News
Grant to help identify health needs for St. Helens…
St. Helens receives $35K from Oregon Health Authority to conduct assessment

Ships ahoy! SIS students launch their hand-crafted…

South County Spotlight - News
Ships ahoy! SIS students launch their hand-crafted…
Sauvie Island School students launch 'White Whale' after building it from scratch

McHugh appointed to Scappoose City Council

South County Spotlight - News
McHugh appointed to Scappoose City Council
Long-time resident, retired educator Peter McHugh has participated in city committees in recent years

State sending suspected bacterial meningitis sample…

South County Spotlight - News
State sending suspected bacterial meningitis sample…
At least 47 people believed to have had close contact with St. Helens High student; 30 people, including members of the wrestling team, receive…

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