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West Oregon Electric Cooperative (WOEC), a Vernonia-based co-op, which serves residents in Columbia, Clatsop, Yamhill, Tillamook and Washington counties, has recently been approved for an $8.4 million investment in the form of a loan to improve electric infrastructure in West Oregon.

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A team of students at St. Helens Middle School (SHMS) has been selected as state finalists for a Samsung Solve For Tomorrow project proposal submitted by the students in Ashely Baylor’s STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) class. The team is one of four Oregon State fin…

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In the statement that was released Tuesday, Dec. 3, Auxier said he and investigators found the use of force was “overwhelmingly justified” and almost certainly saved lives as 32-year-old Michael Thomas Veatch was actively trying to kill innocent civilians when Officer Elijah Merkwan intervened.

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In an effort to implement new public health programs, Columbia County Public Health has hired a health promotion specialist, Suzanne Beaupre, who started the new role Nov. 12. Beaupre will join a staff of eight other individuals who all operate under the public health department of Columbia County.

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The City of St. Helens is in the middle of a Brownfields assessment, and city residents were recently invited to attend a meeting to witness the progress of the assessment so far.

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The Port of Columbia County is taking steps toward wetland mitigation, in the hopes that their 837-acre rezone in the works from agricultural to industrial comes to pass.

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Columbia City local Tabatha Barry doesn’t have biological children of her own. Though she is stepmother to her 12-year-old stepdaughter, like many pet owners across the country, she firmly considers her striped feline Chester to be her baby. 

The Port of Columbia County’s long-sought 837-acre rezone from agricultural to industrial land at Port Westward in Clatskanie is now more likely to happen, after the Oregon Supreme Court denied a petition for review from Columbia Riverkeeper and 1000 Friends of Oregon on Nov. 14.

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Our local firefighters dealt with two incidents over the weekend on top of engaging in additional training at Grumpy’s Towing with firefighting students from five other states.

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The City of St. Helens has been rejected for the 2019 BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Transportation Discretionary Grants program, receiving notification from the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday, Nov. 14 according to a press release from the city.

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A Rail Safety and Mobility Study is coming to Columbia County, which will support future grant applications as well as serve as a guide for future work on the rail system, according to port documents.

Mark’s Custom Exteriors, located at 58581 S. Columbia River Highway in St. Helens, will be leasing their facility to Columbia Community Mental Health beginning January 1, 2020. MCE will be moving to their new location in Scappoose, at 33374 Scappoose-Vernonia Highway, as of December of 2019.

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The City of Rainier and property owners along Fox Creek are still looking for solutions regarding ongoing flooding issues resulting from problems with the Fox Creek culvert system. The creek runs adjacent to Highway 30 and has often flooded homes and businesses in the area due to an undersiz…