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Serving as the new principal of Clatskanie Middle/High School (CMHS), Jim Helmen brings a perspective of focus on others that he acquired working his way up the public education ladder from janitor to teacher to special educator and beyond.

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said today that he has joined his senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would ensure gun dealers are not engaging in illegal sales and provide the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with clear enforcement mechanisms.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) announced that Community Action Team Inc. of Columbia County received $2.16 million in federal funding for its Head Start program. Head Start provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-inco…

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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.

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Attorneys returned to court to argue the next step in the case of a Washington man who stands accused of killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter in 2011.

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Paulette Lichatowich withdraws from county commissioner race only a few days after her resignation from the Port of St. Helens Commission. 

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At an event with parents and students outside Davis Elementary School in the Reynolds School District today, gubernatorial nominee Knute Buehler announced his five-point plan to dramatically improve K-12 education in Oregon by solving the state’s classroom funding and high school graduation …

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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.

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The man accused of killing Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter in 2011 has been found mentally fit to stand trial. Daniel Armaugh Butts was declared able to aid and assist in his defense, according to Columbia County Circuit Court documents that were dated July 3.

The Rainier Boat Launch dock gets some needed repair after a tree got lodged under part of it during the spring runoff tides. A section of the Rainier dock was removed during the repair process.

The Fourth of July holiday is just around the corner, and a day off from work in the middle of the week means that many of us will travel to visit loved ones, watch fireworks or host a picnic to celebrate. While these activities are great ways to enjoy time with family and friends, they can …

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A line of eager shoppers extended across the parking lot at the new Grocery Outlet Bargain Market for the store’s grand opening on the morning of June 28. HOPE of Rainier, the local social support agency, was the first to benefit from the opportunity to save.

A workshop titled “Your animal and the law” will be held on Wednesday, July 11th from 6-8 p.m. in the Columbia County Law Library, which is located at 270 S. First St. in St. Helens.

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Portland Community College (PCC) and its training partners with the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) recently earned more than $300,000 worth of funding to kick-start critical education and skill training in the region.

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Starting July 1, Clatskanie School District has a new superintendent. Interim Superintendent Jim Carlile confirmed that Cathy Hurowitz accepted the superintendent position at a yearly salary of $120,000.

Oregonians were encouraged to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks in a statement released by the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) on the first day of fireworks sales.

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.

U.S. Rep Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) recently visited 123 detained men at the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon. She was accompanied by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) as well as U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

The Port of St. Helens is hosting a community focus group to discuss recommendations for changing the name of the port. The focus group will take place on Monday, July 2, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Port of St. Helens Board Room, located at 100 E Street in Columbia City.

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High school graduates from Clatskanie and Rainier took their last steps as students, receiving their diplomas and marching out into the adult world to the sounds of cheering parents, a bit of Pomp and Circumstance, and the clicking of cameras.