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During last week’s Columbia County Board of Commissioner’s meeting on Nov. 28, the board voted to tentatively approve the use of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) inside Urban Growth Boundaries in the county.

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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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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.

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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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.

By most accounts, 2015 was a very bad climatic year in the Pacific Northwest, with early flooding followed by severe and prolonged summer and fall drought. The results included irrigation shortages and crop losses, fish die-offs, large wildfires, record cases of infectious diseases and reduc…

The police blotter relates to the public record of incidents as reported by law enforcement agencies. All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Information printed is preliminary and subject to change.

In October, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 4,600 jobs, following a revised gain of 4,700 jobs in September.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 20, at approximately 1:20 p.m. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 17.

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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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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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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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The Rainier City Council was asked again this past month to fund the local drainage district that faces a budget shortfall of $172, 966 for levee recertification. City officials denied a request for funds this past May.

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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.

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in September, the same as in August. These were Oregon’s lowest unemployment rates since comparable records began in 1976. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 3.9 percent in August to 3.7 percent in September.

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Former Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) K9 deputy Ryan Dews, 43, is no longer an employee of the agency as of Oct. 15, the CCSO confirmed, stating Dews elected to resign.  Dews had been on administrative leave since April.

Odin is a friendly canine soul. He likes to be petted and shown affection. But once Columbia County Sheriff Deputy Derek Hibbs signals that it time to work, Odin cares only about one thing, pleasing Hibbs. That means sniffing out heroin, methamphetamines, or cocaine.

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Running for office in House District 31, candidate Brian Stout has led something of a stealth campaign against incumbent State Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie). Stout is the nominee for the state’s Republican Party and also the Independent Party, but he still hasn’t hit everyone’s radar.

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