There are new and encouraging details emerging concerning Oregon's battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newsletter issued May 19 by Oregon Speaker of the House and State Representative Tina Kotek.
Public health measures implemented in March to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19 are having an unprecedented economic impact on Oregon and the United States.
Businesses in Clatskanie, still reeling from the pandemic, are anxious to reopen and are taking measures to begin Phase One of the state's reopening once Columbia County's submission has been approved.
As part of Governor Kate Brown’s plan for building a safe and strong Oregon, the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) have released finalized statewide and county guidance as counties and businesses across the state begin the reop…
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Monday, May 18, meeting of the Rainier City Council will be a phone-in meeting for the public and media, according to a release from Rainier City Hall.
Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties Community Action Teams (CAT) have received $299,610 of $8.5 million in state funding to assist families in paying their rent.
Oregon has received its first shipments of remdesivir, an experimental drug that has been used to treat patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19.
During the week of May 3 to May 9, the Oregon Employment Department received 14,100 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received 396,000 initial claims since COVID-19 business closures began in mid-March.
The Columbia River flows past Clatskanie, Rainier and St. Helens drawing many for water recreation, but there are dangers on the popular waterway and others across the state.
As the Chief first reported a few weeks ago, the 2020 Clatskanie and Rainier senior graduations will look and feel much different than in past years.
Governor Kate Brown’s social distancing order is still in place and has forced local fairs and festivals in Clatskanie and Rainer to either be canceled or severely modified.
Columbia County’s plan to re-open has been approved by Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority, according to a release this morning from the Columbia County Economic Team.
Columbia County officials are now waiting to hear if their application has qualified for Phase One of Governor Brown’s Reopening Framework.
Even though the path to Clatskanie Middle/High School currently not being used by students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still a favorite spot for local wildlife.
Following Governor Kate Brown's Reopening Oregon Phase 1 announcement on May 7, Oregon counties are now able to apply to the state to begin the reopening process following closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
Even though many workers in Columbia County and across the state are expected to return to their jobs in the next several weeks under Oregon's Reopening Plan, unemployment claims continue to rise.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is extending its temporary rules change allowing Oregon gas retailers to provide self-service on a voluntary basis.
4-H members, crafters, and others across Columbia County are getting details today of the cancellation of a popular traditional event that many participate in every summer.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced Phase One of her Oregon Reopening framework that includes county’s formally requesting permission to restart businesses and other functions.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the City of Rainier Clean-Up Day and the Columbia County Hazardous Waste Collection Event that were scheduled for Saturday, May 16, have been canceled.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced the limited opening of some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities, and areas across Oregon for day use effective today, May 5.
Families in Clatskanie, Rainier, across Columbia County and the state with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school.
The Port of Columbia County is offering assistance to small businesses in Columbia County in how to best navigate the application process for federal and state relief funds.
Columbia County COVID-19 cases continue to hold steady at 14 with no deaths, 769 people tested negative and 12 people have recovered as of May 4, according to Columbia County Health.
Oregonians will be living with a “new normal” once the state reopens, according to Jennifer Purcell, North Coast Regional Solutions Coordinator.
Legacy Health officials have announced that scheduled elective medical procedures will resume in its Oregon facilities, including the St. Helens clinic, Friday, May 1.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has released draft sector-specific guidance documents that could be used in the state's reopening frame work.
Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have announced that over $103 million will be distributed among 141 health care providers across the state to boost their coronavirus response efforts.
As cities across the state look ahead to events they can offer as Oregon begins to reopen following the COVID pandemic, difficult decisions are being made.
With the release this week of Gov. Brown’s Reopening Oregon Draft Plan, Columbia County Commissioner Margaret Magruder said the plan provides a framework to move forward.
Oregon’s Legislative Emergency Board is scheduled to meet Thursday, April 23, to allocate more than $30 million in emergency funding for COVID-19 relief.
The Oregon National Guard is distributing approximately 395,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities in Columbia County and across across Oregon.
Even though Oregon's Stay Home Save Lives order is still on until Governor Brown's reopening plan is put into place, state officials say improving weather has triggered a return to the outdoors for many.
The Oregon Health Authority has released an update to its epidemic modeling report, which helps Oregon’s leaders understand the progression and the projections for the COVID-19 outbreak.
The state's workplace watchdog, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (Oregon OSHA) is launching spot checks following a sharp jump in complaints about businesses not complying with the state's social distancing requirements.
The Oregon Employment Department reports that the state's unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in March, which was the same as in both January and February.
“We have to be careful,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown cautioned as she outline the state’s framework for reopening Oregon following the initial impact of the coronavirus. "We have to be cautious or it will backfire.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have joined Oregon Governor Kate Brown announcing an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.
Officials with Columbia Pacific Food Bank, the regional provider of assistance to Clatiskanie's Turning Point, said they are hopeful about Oregon Governor Brown's latest announcement.
Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, have announced that 3,454 hospitals in Oregon will receive a total of $291 million in funding to enhance their coronavirus resp…
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has closed recreational hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming to non-residents due to concerns about travel to Oregon to participate in these outdoor activities.
The Shell and Chevron gasoline stations in Clatskanie took advantage of the temporary rule change in late March to allow self-service gasoline.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Columbia County has risen to 10. No deaths have been reported linked to the coronavirus in the county as of April 9, according to the Columbia County Health Department.
With the restrictions of the coronavirus and concern for the safety of not only our audience members but our performers, the Clatskanie Arts Commission has canceled the rest of its 2019-20 season.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced that her school closure order, originally slated to end April 28, will now stretch into June in an effort to maintain the state’s progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has aligned the effective date for the prohibition on dine-in food and drink consumption in Oregon with that of her Stay Home,Save Lives order.
Teachers and staff in Clatskanie and other Columbia County school districts are now sending out Distance Learning materials to students at home under Gov. Brown's Stay at Home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The Clatskanie PUD Board has put into place a COVID-19 Emergency Bill Relief Program to provide assistance for CPUD customers during the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) has issued a letter outlining its concerns about the Concealed Handgun Licensing (CHL) renewal process following the onset of COVID-19 and the state’s social distancing order.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced the launch of the Coronavirus Small Business Resource Navigator, which will help connect small businesses to financial support and information they need to stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 22, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which also reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, April 3.
State, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in Oregon are now eligible to receive nearly $10 million in supplemental federal funding.
COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 19, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which also reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 as of April 1.
The OSAA Executive Board announces that it will continue its current suspension of Spring activities but chose not to cancel any other remaining state championships at this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education and Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, has sent the following message to school superintendents and principals.
Equipment, such as respiratory masks, gloves and surgical gowns, designed to help keep first responders, doctors and nurses safe in Clatskanie, across the county and the state are in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic.
Many people in Columbia County who would normally be working from their offices in Clatskanie and across the region, may now be working from home as a proactive safety effort due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Kate Brown has announced Oregon's progress acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE) in the wake of her directive to collect as much available supply as possible from around the state.
As thechiefnews.com continues to provide our viewers with the latest details about fraud and scams, we find the U.S. Justice Department warning Columbia County residents and those across the state about several new fraud schemes seeking to exploit the evolving coronavirus public health emergency.
Small businesses in Clatskanie and Rainier and across Columbia County impacted by the coronavirus economic upheaval now have the opportunity to apply for emergency loans.
Spring is normally a time for recreational boating on the Columbia River at Clatskanie and on area lakes, but under the current coronavirus health crisis, boaters must take in consideration Governor Brown’s Stay Home executive order.
The fight against the coronavirus depends on Oregon hospitals having enough beds to treat the coming surge in patients who will become seriously ill with the virus, according to state officials.
A wave of of unemployment claims from people out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic is flooding the Oregon Employment Department's system.
The Oregon Health Authority reports two new deaths from coronavirus in Oregon, raising the statewide death toll to 10. The OHA also reports 57 new cases as of Wednesday, March 25.