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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.

With the arrival and set up of its first major piece of manufacturing equipment from WFL Millturn Technologies, the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) will be able to accelerate its research capabilities for its seventeen industry and university me…

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In response to his contract not being renewed, Clatskanie Elementary School Principal Brad Thorud recently made his personnel file available to select media sources. The file consisted primarily of a history of highly scored performance evaluations and qualifications, though there were a han…

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On Wednesday, April 18, Columbia County Board of Commissioners honored Erin O’Connell for her work as an Environmental Health Specialist with the county.

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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. 

Candidates for Columbia County Board of Commissioners met in Rainier this past week at a forum hosted by the Rainier and Clatskanie Chambers of Commerce. Frank Hupp, president of the local chapter of Oregon Hunter’s Association, moderated the discussion.

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.

Daniel Butts appeared at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex in February for a competency hearing. Butts was accused of killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter in 2011.

Columbia County urge residents to become more involved in representing their neighborhoods by running for election to Citizen Planning Advisory Committees (CPAC), a press release from Columbia County stated. 

The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) continues to grow its company membership with the addition this month of California-based CG Tech, and the Oregon-based manufacturer, Summit. With a total now of fifteen manufacturing industry partners and thr…

During the coming weeks, The Chronicle 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 loca…

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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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Clatskanie residents who appreciate a clean-looking neighborhood should be pleased to learn city officials plan to contract a code enforcement officer.

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Candidates for Columbia County Board of Commissioners engaged the public during a forum held in Rainier by the Rainier and Clatskanie Chambers of Commerce. Discussion topics included the local economy, job growth and the environment as well as a question-and-answer segment. Here are some qui…

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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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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…

A workshop on Medicaid is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. in the Columbia County Law Library, which is located at 270 South First Street in St. Helens.

Citizens attending the weekly Columbia County Board of Commissioners meetings on Wednesdays may have noticed something different this year. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Public Information Officer (PIO) Lt. Brian Pixley stops by as often as he can to update both the commissioners a…

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.