Over 100 members of Coast Community Radio celebrated KMUN and each other during the Annual Meeting and Breakfast held Nov. 3 at the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall in Astoria. Everyone was well fed, new board members were elected and volunteers received yearly awards.

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A unique school club invites the public to learn more about efforts to free the people of North Korea. A presentation on the subject will be given at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Clatskanie Middle/High School (CMHS).

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Just recently opened for business, Potchit’s Blackberry BBQ is steadily building its fan base. The catering company has done a number of events since rolling out its unique blackberry barbecue sauce, and it’s currently scouting for a permanent location.

The Columbia County Museum Association is hosting an open house on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 2-4 p.m. to view the vintage toys on display in the hallway outside the St. Helens Public Library in the Columbia Learning Center.

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The accolades continue to mount for the 2018 Rainier Columbians that captured the 3A Oregon State Football Championship this season. Rainier Mayor Jerry Cole issued an official proclamation in honor of the team at the Dec. 3 City Council meeting.

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Columbia County Tourism Initiative, a committee representing public and private tourism related entities throughout Columbia County, has partnered with Travel Oregon to promote their Bike Friendly Business Program.

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View the online version of our 2018 Columbia Pacific Get Ready Guide here!

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The Clatskanie Library District will begin collecting "Food for Fines" December 1st and will continue receiving items during the months of December and January.

The auditorium at Clatskanie Middle/High School has been called the living room of the community. The Donovan Wooley Performing Arts Center is not just used by the school – numerous organizations host events there year-round.

Children and family members are invited to enjoy breakfast and share their Christmas wishes with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Clatskanie Cultural Center (CCC), 75 S. Nehalem Street.

Kiwanis CMHS Key Club and Leadership students volunteered their time to serve as the waiters and waitresses for the Kiwanis Gala Auction. The Gala raised more than $32,000 this year. Check next week’s Chief for a full report.


A new art gallery was quietly opened this past week in Clatskanie. Members of the artistic community and art lovers gathered for refreshments as five local artists were showcased for the evening. Word of the opening was spread mostly on social media.


A junior at Clatskanie Middle/High School (CMHS) wants to reduce the number of hungry kids who stay after school for various activities and studies. And he wants to do that without the stigma that can accompany assistance programs.

Winners have been announced in the scarecrow event that was supported by the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce. The festive decorations gave a unique appearance to 24 locations in town, yielding a tie for the winning scarecrow display.

Clatskanie Cub Scout Pack 241 and Boy Scout Troop 241 will brave the chilly fall weather this weekend to gather food for those in need. Watch for them from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, in front of the Safeway at the Evergreen Shopping Center in Clatskanie.


The annual Veterans Day ceremonies in Clatskanie were widely attended and well received this year. Veterans were notably honored in a presentation for students at the high school and at the Veterans Day dinner held at the Legion Hall, also in stunning fashion with a massive display at the Cl…

The Clatskanie Arts Commission, in celebration of its 30th Performing Arts Series, is pleased to present in concert the Oregon Symphonic Band at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov.18, at the Donavon Wooley PAC at Clatskanie Middle/High School, 471 BelAir Drive, Clatskanie, Oregon.

On Saturday, Oct. 20th the Clatskanie Rifle & Pistol Club held its annual 'Oktoberfest Muzzle Loaders Shoot.' For his second consecutive year Robert Isaacson was the winner of 'The Koeningscheibe Kings Target Trophy.'

And the winner is Ivy Martin! The Clatskanie Library's recent contest to guess the combined weight of the two pumpkins came to a close on Monday, Oct. 29 at library closing. The contest had 60 entries with the highest guess for weight at 226 pounds and the lowest weight at 15 pounds. The tot…

Deputy Derek Hibbs, K-9 handler for Columbia County Sheriff's Office, had a few minutes to give treats and stickers to kids on Halloween night while on patrol in Clatskanie. Cody Mann/The Chief

The 4th Annual Columbia County Veteran Stand Down and Job Fair kicked off on Friday, Nov. 9 beginning at 9 a.m. at Foursquare Church, located at 555 Commons Drive in St. Helens. The event will run until 3 p.m. and set up shop again on Saturday during the same hours. 

The second Town Hall event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Columbia Center Auditorium adjacent to the St. Helens Public Library. The meeting will begin sharply at 6:30 p.m. and organizers anticipate a lively discussion on TRANSPORTATION: Potholes to Possibilities.

An indie film festival of short films is coming to Clatskanie, and its promoters, Ray and Migdalia Etheridge, are inviting filmmakers from Oregon and Washington to submit their films for consideration.  

Community Action Team’s Emergency Warming Center plans to open this winter from December 1, 2018 through March 1, 2019 on nights were the temperatures drop below 32 degrees. The center offers cots, bedding, snacks, hot drinks, showers, and laundry facilities to those who otherwise have no wa…

Clatskanie Elementary School students and staff parade their costumes on Nehalem Street for Halloween 2018. Despite a steady rain, onlookers lined both sides of the street in cars and under umbrellas. Click through the photos above for all the smiles and a few tears.


Did you see The Wicker strolling along Highway 30 on Halloween in Clatskanie? He was spotted at the Evergreen Shopping Center, too. The Chief’s Faceboook Live video of Colby Knight in his costume was shared 455 times and watched 22,000 times in just a few hours. Go check it out, and don’t mi…

A stream of young (and not so young) trick-or-treaters visited The Castle in Clatskanie this past Halloween night. Costumes of all sorts could be seen lined up out front of the classic building several times that evening. Former publisher of The Chief, Debbie Hazen is pictured here serving a…


Clatskanie PUD is still lighting up north county after 75 successful years. Founded as the first public utility district in the state, the PUD serves Clatskanie, Rainier, Westport and the Alston area with low-cost energy.

The Quincy Grange Halloween Carnival will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Grange, located at 78314 Rutters Road (just 3 ½ miles from Clatskanie). Follow the signs from the stoplight to the Grange. Organizers will have games, bingo, a prize store, and homemade food in the Tombstone Ca…

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