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Serving as the new principal of Clatskanie Middle/High School (CMHS), Jim Helmen brings a perspective of focus on others that he acquired working his way up the public education ladder from janitor to teacher to special educator and beyond.

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A woman with roots in Columbia County will turn 104 years old this Saturday. Margaret Alice (Lewison) Hastrich was born July 14, 1914. Her son John spoke with The Chief about his plans to celebrate the upcoming milestone.

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On the front page for July 13, the Ferris wheel becomes the main attraction at Rainier Days in the Park 2018, holding a great view of all the fireworks to come. Photo: Sophia Phipps

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Attorneys returned to court to argue the next step in the case of a Washington man who stands accused of killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter in 2011.

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The man accused of killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter in 2011 has been found mentally fit to stand trial. Daniel Armaugh Butts was declared able to aid and assist in his defense, according to Columbia County Circuit Court documents that were dated July 3.

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The St. Helens Ukulele group added to the festive city atmosphere in Clatskanie on Sat. June 30. The group performed live at the Clatskanie Farmers Market. The ukulele group is under the direction of Tim Pardue and Linda Paul. The group meets every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the St.…

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The Clatskanie Cruisers 28th annual Heritage Days Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at Clatskanie City Park. Proceeds from this event help fund the Heritage Days fireworks, local food bank and social support agency Turning Point, and area scholarships.

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A line of eager shoppers extended across the parking lot at the new Grocery Outlet Bargain Market for the store’s grand opening on the morning of June 28. HOPE of Rainier, the local social support agency, was the first to benefit from the opportunity to save.

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Portland Community College (PCC) and its training partners with the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) recently earned more than $300,000 worth of funding to kick-start critical education and skill training in the region.

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Starting July 1, Clatskanie School District has a new superintendent. Interim Superintendent Jim Carlile confirmed that Cathy Hurowitz accepted the superintendent position at a yearly salary of $120,000.

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Longtime Clatskanie business owners and active community volunteers Phil and Debbie Hazen were selected to serve as grand marshals of the 2018 Clatskanie Heritage Days Fourth of July parade.

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Competing with more than 90 submitted pieces and representing Clatskanie, local artist Jessica Coughlin was awarded the Peoples Choice at the Rose Festival Art Show. The free event, where artists celebrate the rose and its connection to Portland, is open daily from 1-4 p.m. until June 26 at …

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High school graduates from Clatskanie and Rainier took their last steps as students, receiving their diplomas and marching out into the adult world to the sounds of cheering parents, a bit of Pomp and Circumstance, and the clicking of cameras.

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A report from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said firefighters have finished control lines around 100 percent of the Chapman Grange Road No. 1 Fire that has been burning seven miles northwest of Scappoose.

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Four people died in a crash on Bradley Hill this past Friday, leaving Highway 30 closed for several hours around 15 miles west of Clatskanie in Clatsop County. A number of people were injured by the crash as well.

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Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Columbia City Unit is fighting a fire in logging slash on private land about 7 miles northwest of Scappoose in the Chapman Grange Road area. No structures were reported to be threatened.

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A walk-off left Rainier Columbians Varsity on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat to Dayton on Friday. The game was tied at two with Dayton batting in the bottom of the eighth when an error scored one run for Dayton.

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Community Access Services (CAS) in partnership with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is offering a unique opportunity to one of their clients with an interest in law enforcement. Vincent Blue, who is legally blind, has always been fascinated with the sheriff’s office, and now he’l…

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Former Clatskanie City Councilor Jim Morgan is preparing to serve as Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Ancient and Free Masons of Oregon. Pictured are Washington Grand Master Warren Schoeben, Worshipful Master of the Clatskanie Masonic Lodge Greg Hinkelman, Oregon Gr…