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While much of the world pinpoints the winter solstice on Dec. 21 as the beginning of winter, in the world of meteorology, winter begins on Dec. 1. So, winter is not coming, it is here.

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Rainier city officials have made a deal to fund a community development project in the Fox Creek area, thereby significantly reducing a fine for past sewer plant violations.

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Gov. Kate Brown on Dec. 3 ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

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

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A settlement recently came to light in a $1,856,000 lawsuit that was filed in November of 2017 against the Rainier School District, its Superintendent Michael Carter, and the former Special Education Director Laurie Kash. The suit was settled out of court this past September.

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Port of Columbia County commissioners on Nov. 28 sat for lengthy testimony and discussion regarding a lease amendment for Global Partners, owner of the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward. There was standing room only at the packed meeting, with some attendees left out of the room…

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Back in June, The Chronicle told you about a local immigration attorney and her work with the immigrant detainees in the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon. Last week, Chelsea Strautman, Esq. was called to the border where she met with the migrant caravan that has been traveling to the Unite…

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At halftime in the big game, Rainier and Cascade Christian were tied 14-14 for the football 3A state championship. The undefeated 2018 Columbians would go on to win 44-14.

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Members of the European Union (EU) Policy & Outreach Partnership, an initiative of the EU Delegation to the USA, recently paid a visit to Seely Family Farm in the Clatskanie area. Already in every U.S. state and Canadian province, Seely products may soon be available in European markets.

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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.

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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.

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Chris Brumbles, chief petition of the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, thanked supporters across the county, particularly the Republican Party members who turned out in record numbers locally for the midterm. 

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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…

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It was a close race for House District 31. State Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), who was appointed in 2005, defeated Republican challenger Brian Stout by 2,433 votes, with Witt receiving 16,701 votes to Stout’s 14,268.

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In one of the more closely watched races in the county, Lt. Brian Pixley will now step up as the next elected sheriff at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) after edging out top competitor Dave Brown by more than 1,000 votes.

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Columbia County residents seem to have approved a gun rights ordinance that appeared in some version in 10 Oregon counties this year. Seven other counties also passed ordinances, according to early voting results.

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Early unofficial voting results in are in for the 2018 midterm elections. The following results pertain to Columbia County. Certified results will be posted once released by the elections department.

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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…

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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.

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