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On Thursday, Feb. 22, the Columbia County Warming Center will be open. The warming center is located at 125 N. 17th St. in St. Helens and is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. Check in from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The warming center phone number is 503-410-5800.

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On Saturday, Feb. 3, Columbia County Habitat for Humanity raised the walls on their eight home in St. Helens. Senator Betsy Johnson (D), St. Helens Mayor Rick Scholl and Councilor Susan Conn joined Habitat for Humanity volunteers for a wallk raising ceremony to raise the walls of their eight…

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The St. Helens Arts & Cultural Commission (ACC) is hosting a new community outreach program called Arts, Coffee, & Conversation. This is a monthly opportunity for the St. Helens community to speak casually with a rotating group of ACC members about various topics related to art and c…

  • By Robert Barrows

These kinder, gentler ways to say ‘no’ are based on the ways that literary agents and publishers say "no" to aspiring writers. The examples are parodies of rejection letters I received on a novel I am trying to get published. “Cemetery of Lies” is a collection of intimate secret confessions,…

Seed to Supper vegetable gardening classes begin March in St. Helens, and April in Scappoose, Rainier, Clatskanie, and Vernonia. The popular classes are two hours long, one day a week, and last for six weeks.

A workshop on divorce is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m. in the Columbia County Law Library, which is located at 270 South First Street in St. Helens. The workshop marks the 15th in the Lawyer in the Law Library series being hosted by the law library.

  • Rigmor Angel Soerensen

If you are graduating high school or tired of your desk job, WorkSource Oregon in St. Helens encourages you to stop by the apprenticeship forum at the St. Helens High School on Friday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m.

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The City of St. Helens is moving forward with plans to make their town a top tourist destination throughout the year. Tourists seeking a taste of the cult movie “Halloweentown” but who are unable to attend the town’s nationally-renowned month-long celebration, have made their demands clear t…

  • Frank Perea II frankperea@countrymedia.net

The Chronicle has documented news, events and photos for generations of Columbia County residents. Although things change over the years, we continue to stay relevant while keeping our finger on the pulse of the community.

Columbia County is looking for qualified residents willing to participate as board members on three advisory groups. The county relies on these committees and commissions to review information and make recommendations to the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.

  • Rigmor Angel Soerensen

Columbia County Law Library used to only see a couple of lawyers a year. Three years ago, the Columbia County Bar Association requested a change and the law library is now innovated and reopened for the public.

  • By Monica Cade, Columbia County RSVP

Congratulations to Rachel Kelley. Rachel was selected as RSVP’s Volunteer of the Month for January 2018. Rachel has been an active volunteer at the Rainier Senior Center for several years.

The Scappoose Public Library and Coherent Mind invite Moms to join us for eight weeks of mindfulness and guided meditation.  This program intends to demystify the practice of meditation and create a safe environment to build the habit of self-relaxation, with a special focus on the unique ch…

  • Rigmor Angel Soerensen

This school year the St. Helens High School (SHHS) has their first competitive, marching Winter Drumline. 17 students in 7th through 11th grade will compete in two competitions this spring.

Community Action Team (CAT) will perform a “Point in Time” homeless count in Columbia County from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28. The counting will take place at various locations across the county. Supplies will be available while they last and given out on a first come first serve basis.

Every hunter who purchased 2017 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2018 for most tags.

  • Julie Thompson

Pat Turpen can’t stand to see a quilt unfinished. So, when she made a recent discovery linked to Columbia County’s past, wadded up in the back of a closet at St. Helens Senior Center and held together with safety pins, she took it upon herself to finish what others started 85 years ago.

  • By Chip Bubl, OSU Extension Service - Columbia County

Grafting workshop Saturday, February 10th

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is awarding $19,000 to Columbia County Habitat for Humanity (CCHFH) from the Oregon Fund in recognition of their good work in the community. The funds are designated for improvements to the ReStore warehouse donation area.

A timeline poster with 24 captioned photographs that highlight the Grange organization’s history and accomplishments is the centerpiece of an exhibit for the St. Helens Public Library at the Columbia Center during the month of January. The National Grange celebrated its 150th anniversary on …

In order to increase recreational access to public land, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands in Oregon and Washington on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15.

  • By Chip Bubl, OSU Extension Service - Columbia County

Thinking of spring:


Rainier Chief of Police Ralph Painter was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 5, 2011. His family asks that the public please light a candle, shine a blue light or honor Chief Painter in some way and share on social media with #chiefpainter

  • Chip Bubl, Oregon State University Extension Service - Columbia County

If you are handy and have a shop and some tools, you might consider building a cold frame. Gardeners can build either cold frames or hot beds at a fraction of the cost of a greenhouse to start and grow plants. So what are the similarities and differences between these two structures?  First,…