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Candidates vying for Pos. 2 on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners gathered in front of a packed house for a candidates’ forum at the St. Helens Elks Lodge on Wednesday, April 18, where they answered unplanned questions from the audience.

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In the past few weeks, we have featured a series of articles focused on officers and deputies who patrol across Columbia County. We hope the series provided insight regarding those who put themselves in harm’s way in service to the community. A follow-up series featuring local fire and emerg…

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Accused murderer Daniel Armaugh Butts returned to court on Friday, April 13. Butts allegedly killed Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter in 2011.

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On mid-day Saturday, April 14, the USS Portland passed St. Helens, cruising east on the Columbia River towards its namesake city. The ship will be officially commissioned on Saturday morning, April 21, in Portland. 

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Music lovers were invited to attend a concert of internationally renowned Steinway pianist Steven Vanhauwaert this past Saturday in the Birkenfeld Theatre at the Clatskanie Cultural Center.

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The superintendent of Clatskanie School District, under fire since his recommendation against renewing the elementary school principal’s contract, has announced he is temporarily stepping away from his duties.

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A Clatskanie School Board meeting that was slated for Monday, April 9, was canceled due to “perceived threats,” according to a statement from Clatskanie School District Superintendent Lloyd Hartley.

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Spring and summer recreation took a hit going into April as Clatskanie Parks and Recreation District announced it was closing the skate park and banning camping at Clatskanie City Park.

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During the coming weeks, The Chief will feature a series of articles focused on officers and deputies who patrol across Columbia County. We hope the series will provide insight regarding those who put themselves in harm’s way in service to the community. A follow-up series featuring local fi…

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Gun rights activists have submitted 1,300 signatures to county elections officials from a petition that aims to preserve the Second Amendment in Columbia County. The signatures were in the verification process as of press time, and 1,190 would be required to move the initiative forward.

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Elections officials have released an informative statement to announce the date for a recall election against two Clatskanie School Board directors. The recall named Director Chair Monty Akin and Director Judy Skirvin.

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Locals already know that The Castle is home to the Clatskanie Senior Center and Clatskanie Historical Society Museum. They might not know about lunches at the Flippin Café with its new cook, Julie Farmer.

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During the coming weeks, The Chief will feature a series of articles focused on officers and deputies who patrol across Columbia County. We hope the series will provide insight regarding those who put themselves in harm’s way in service to the community. A follow-up series featuring local fi…

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The March 19 meeting of the Clatskanie School Board drew another full house. Concerned citizens filled the Clatskanie Elementary School (CES) library again to express their thoughts about the non-renewal of CES Principal Brad Thorud’s contract.

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A pilot escaped injury from a plane crash on the Columbia River. The crash was reported at around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

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The Lewis and Clark Bridge between Rainier, Ore. and Longview, Wash. was closed for around four hours while police investigated suspicious bags. A bomb squad was alerted after backpacks were dangled off the bridge by a rope that was tied to a railing.

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Environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper has filed an appeal challenging an expansion at Port Westward in northern Columbia County. The land use watchdog organization 1000 Friends of Oregon joined in Riverkeeper’s appeal.

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A swell of community support for the principal of Clatskanie Elementary School (CES) has led to a recall effort against three Clatskanie School Board directors. The three board directors named in recall petitions recently voted against renewing the employment contract of CES Principal Brad Thorud.

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USG Corporation, a manufacturer of building products and solutions, recently announced that the Manufacturing Institute recognized Ann Franzen, plant manager in Rainier, Ore. as part of its annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards.

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Criminal charges might be forthcoming after deputies and humane society officers rescued 17 allegedly neglected animals in Clatskanie.

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On Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, firefighters from departments across the country gathered at the Lee Broadbent Training Facility for the third year in a row to train from sunrise until after sunset. Fire·man·ship stands for “The practice, skill and trade of firefighting,” according to…

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A number of community members joined high school students who left classes and marched in a show of support for Brad Thorud, Clatskanie Elementary School’s principal. This past week, Clatskanie School Board voted 3-2 against Thorud’s employment contract renewal.

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High school students have planned a march in response to Clatskanie School Board’s non-renewal of Elementary School Principal Brad Thorud’s employment contract. This past Monday, the school board voted 3-2 against Thorud’s contract renewal.

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On the heels of complaints heard at a recent school board meeting and reverberating through the community, Clatskanie School District issued a statement disputing accusations that conflicts of interest swayed two board members to vote against renewing the elementary school principal’s employ…

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On Feb. 12, the “Froggy Robber” who the FBI believes robbed U.S. Bank in Scappoose on Jan. 30 hit again, possibly robbing his sixth bank, according to a press release from the FBI.