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The Columbia County Clerk’s office has been directed by the City of Rainier to add an additional City Council office to the November 6, 2018 ballot. Facilitating this directive will require a supplemental ballot to be mailed to registered voters in the City of Rainier. This will affect 1396 …

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Effective October 17, 2018 at 12:01 am backyard burning will no longer be allowed in Columbia River Fire & Rescue fire district.

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OSP troopers and CRF&R personnel investigate a two-car injury collision on Hwy. 20 at Nicolai Rd. in Goble on Oct. 20.

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A two-car injury collision just after 9 a.m. on Oct. 16 on Hwy. 30 at Nicolai Rd. in Goble closed the highway for a short time.

Signs of the times-election season is in full boom.

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Clatskanie city officials were notified at this month’s council meeting of an environmental concern at the former Johnson Oil location on Columbia River Highway. The county currently owns the property.

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With a new partner in training, K-9 Lars will soon be back on the streets. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cody Pesio took on the K-9 handler assignment and his ten weeks of training with Hillsboro Police Department is currently underway.


Clatskanie has a shooting star in Cub Scout Pack 241. William Johnson was awarded the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award for Cub Scouts during a recent Kiwanis Club of Clatskanie installation ceremony.

Oregon Health Authority officials are urging everyone, 6 months and older, to get immunized against the flu.

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Members and representatives from several local agencies including Scappoose Fire, Columbia County 9-1-1, Clark County Mental Health, the St. Helens School District, the City of St. Helens and Columbia Community Mental Health, recently came together for a presentation on "1 October" - the off…

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Three candidates are running for the office of sheriff this election year: Brian Pixley, Dave Brown and Jim Gibson. The Chronicle has combed through campaign finance records from business donations and individual donors to campaign expenditures since June 1, 2018. 

Columbia County, with its small but rapidly growing population and economic base, will next July host a convention with an international context that will allow it to shine well above its perceived weight.

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The man who authorities claim is the “Froggy Robber” was indicted in federal court on allegations that he robbed five banks. The accused earned his nickname by jumping on counters during the robberies.

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Is Clatskanie going to the dogs? Residents have asked the Clatskanie City Council to consider turning the space where the Northwoods Inn stood into a leashless dog park.

Guests enjoy a harvest dinner donated by Cornerstone Cafe at the first annual Seeds of Hope fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Rainier. The HOPE fundraiser netted over $18,000 to help local residents who suffer from hunger.

Seeds of Hope, a fundraiser dinner and auction sponsored by area businesses, individuals and presenting sponsor, St. Helens Community Credit Union was held in Rainier, on Saturday, Sept. 22. The evening of hope netted over $18,000 for the local Hope Food Bank.

The sale of beverage containers marked with the five-cent refund value will not be allowed past Sept. 30. After this date, only eligible beverage containers bearing the “OR-10¢” refund value may be sold, with some exceptions.

The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) continues to grow its company membership with the recent addition of global cutting tools manufacturer Seco Tools, LLC. With a total now of seventeen manufacturing industry partners and three Oregon public uni…

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s July unemployment rate was 3.9 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in both July and August.


Effective today, September 20th backyard burning in Columbia County is allowed once again, with a valid permit from the appropriate fire district you reside in. For burning within the Scappoose Fire District a permit can be obtained online at https://www.srfd.us/outdoor-burn-infoor by stoppi…

In the wake of the closing of the St. Helens Veterinary Clinic earlier this month, many clients were caught off guard, losing access to treatment records, prescriptions, and treatment in general.

Last April, the Port of St. Helens set out to rebrand itself to reflect its mission and operations across all of Columbia County. In July, the commissioners of the port district formally adopted a new name, “Port of Columbia County.” The name, currently “Port of St. Helens,” is not indicativ…


At the recent meeting of the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, attendees heard an update on planned improvements for the Clatskanie Senior Center, known to most as The Castle.

Hard to imagine on these warm days in early September, but the kids are back in school and winter is coming. That means the winds and rains of October and November, the ones that often turn into often days of icy roads and bone-chilling temperatures.

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Supporting a national fundraising partnership that dates back to the 1950s, Clatskanie firefighters once again took to the streets for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The Fill the Boot campaign for MDA brings in more than $26 million every year to aid the search for treatments and cures.

At the closing of the Sept. 10 Rainier City Council meeting, City Administrator Debra Dudley announced her plan to retire at the end of this year. The council authorized Mayor Jerry Cole to work on the terms of a separation agreement with Dudley.


There has been a virus outbreak in the Scappoose schools, mainly at Scappoose High School. Washing ones hands diligently and often can stop it in its tracks.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore) has announced six town hall meetings across the First Congressional District, which includes Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, and Columbia counties and part of Multnomah County.

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, Don Campbell appeared before the board of county commissioners, as he does frequently, with a new complaint to bring to their attention. This time, his concern was with a neighboring property which he claimed while looking into it, he’d yet again unearthed further prob…

With a portion of Highway 47 south of Vernonia closed down and traffic detoured while a bridge is replaced, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners voted on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to establish a temporary emergency speed limit of 45 miles per hour (mph) for Timber Road between Highway 47 and…


Rainier city officials have been asked to drop an anti-panhandling ordinance from the books in a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon.

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