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In 1954, The Christmas Ship Parade began with a single sailboat from the Portland Yacht Club. Bows of green and ribbons were tied along the rails and it paraded on the rivers.

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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Gov. Kate Brown released her proposed 2019-21 state budget on Wednesday. The League of Oregon Cities (LOC) is pleased to list below key budget investment highlights that would assist cities in the next biennium:

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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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The Tigers narrowly beat Knappa 60-57 this past Tuesday night in Clatskanie. Tigers senior Cooper Blodgett scored 22 points and Combs scored 13 against the Loggers. Clatskanie had another close game against Kennedy on Nov. 30, pulling in a 58-55 home win. The Tigers dropped their first prese…

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New head coach Zach Davis has his wrestlers competing hard during the first week of competition. Tigers started the season at the Knappa "Mix & Match" meet Wednesday Nov. 28.

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The Columbians sent six athletes to the podium at the Three Rivers Classic held by Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington. The team took 2nd place in the tournament with 158.5 points. Elena Roubal was named Wrestler of the Tournament for the girls.

After steamrolling Santiam Christian 60-35 on the road, the Lady Tigers picked up two losses for rough preseason start. Clatskanie was beaten 43-36 by Kennedy at home on Nov. 30. The Lady Tigers took a 69-54 loss to Wahkiakum on Dec. 3 in Washington. The team is 1-2 overall and ranked No. 11…

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After the Port of Columbia County experienced overflow attendance at its Nov. 28 commission meeting due to interest in a proposed amendment to the lease for Global Partners, the next Dec. 12 meeting has been moved to a larger venue.

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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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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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When people think about gambling, they usually are not thinking about youth gambling, yet studies show that some of the highest rates of problematic gambling are among youth under age 18. During the holiday season this can be made worse by well-meaning parents and relatives who give lottery …

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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!

A workshop entitled “Employment Law” will be held on Wednesday, December 12th from 6-8 pm in the Columbia County Law Library, which is located at 270 S. First St. in St. Helens. The workshop will be the 25th in the series of Lawyer in the Law Library workshops that are sponsored by the law library.

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Dave and Jodi Tjaarda were recently honored with the Bob Wiggins Tiger Football Volunteer Award, sponsored by the Clatskanie Booster, for their efforts and contributions to Clatskanie athletics.

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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.

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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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Global Partners, a Port of Columbia County tenant, wants to expand on what grades of fuel it can transport at its Port Westward site in the Clatskanie area.

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore), Ranking Member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Environment Subcommittee, called for comprehensive action to reduce carbon emissions and for stronger investments in clean energy following the release of the second volume of the Fourt…