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Witnesses said they saw a large column of black smoke on the Dike Road hillside near Rainier and their calls triggered a quick response from Columbia River Fire & Rescue crews.

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A traffic cash on Highway 30 in St. Helens sent two people to a Portland area hospital and closed the busy roadway for a time.

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 Monday night, June 24 public forum to discuss the $2 to $3 proposed fee added to St. Helens residents’ utility bills drew a small crowd of five residents.

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You'll have a chance on June 24 to comment on a proposal to add a new fee to utility bills to help support the St. Helens parks and recreation program.

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Emelia Paullus and Abigail Marx from St. Helens High School, and Emma Phillips from Scappoose High School are being recognized for their accomplishments by the St. Helens Elks Club.

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By now, you may have heard that Simon Date, the Executive Director of the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, will be moving on from the position effective July 3, and the chamber board is already on the hunt for a replacement.

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A variety of hazardous materials can be dropped off at no cost from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at a free household hazardous waste event at the Columbia County Transfer Station.

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Oregon’s House Bill 2020 regarding carbon reduction has sent the Capitol into a tailspin, resulting in an Oregon Republican walkout and subsequent roundup called for by Gov. Kate Brown.

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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In an effort to reduce the harm caused by opioids within Columbia County, a new Harm Reduction Syringe Exchange program will be implemented on Wednesday, June 19, on Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) grounds.

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City of St. Helens officials are looking to replace the current police station, and right now it is in the middle of a feasibility study to determine the cost of rebuilding a station in a new location.