In September, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment added 200 jobs, following a loss of 900 jobs in August. Job gains have cooled recently, averaging only 100 per month over the past five months. This flat economic trend is in contrast to gains that averaged 3,000 jobs per month in all o…

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While St. Helens is no stranger to “paying it forward” in local drive-through lines, a spree of kindness at the St. Helens Burgerville that lasted for more than two hours on Thursday, Oct. 11 may have set a new local record ... and it all started with an ice cream sandwich.

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Information is still scarce surrounding a shooting that reportedly began at the St. Helens Chevron early Wednesday, Oct. 9, which ultimately led to the death of the suspect due to law enforcement’s use of deadly force.

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Local troops from the St. Helens based Bravo Company 741 Brigade Engineer Battalion of Oregon Army National Guard, along with their friends, families and other loved ones, attended a farewell ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 in the gymnasium at St. Helens High School (SHHS). The troo…

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At approximately 2 p.m. on Oct. 14, Michael Cross, Chief Sponsor of the “Flush Down Kate Brown” petition to recall Governor Brown delivered 9 boxes of petitions, together with a Petition Submission form SEL 339, attesting to a “Completed Petition Submission” “estimating 290,000” signatures. …

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Annie Davis and her husband, Joe Davis, are celebrating 60 years of Richardson’s.

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St. Helens will soon be home to a new off-street walking trail thanks to a grant from the Nike Community Impact Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. This off-street nature trail will be installed within a section of the South 5th Street right-of-way that has never been developed as a street.

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The Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR) recently installed St. Helens City Recorder Kathy Payne, MMC, as 2019-2020 OAMR President. Ms. Payne received the oath of office at the association’s Annual Business Meeting held at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon, on Septe…

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On 10/12/19 at about 9:33 am, Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a shooting call that was reported as a hunting accident.  CCSO was assisted by the Oregon State Police, St. Helens Police Department and the Scappoose Police Department.  When law enforcement arrived on scene, othe…

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The League of Oregon Cities (LOC) selected its 2020 board of directors last weekend during its 94th Annual Conference in Bend. The new officers and directors were elected by the LOC’s general membership at their Annual Business Meeting on September 28.

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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is well into Round 2 of their Hometown Heroes campaign, and last week announced their first two candidates who are currently serving overseas.

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Clatskanie residents who have ever bought Seely’s Dark Chocolate Mint Patties may not have known they were purchasing a locally-made product. The item comes from Seely Farm in Clatskanie, which devotes 450 of its 650 acres to growing heirloom Black Mitcham Peppermint and Native Spearmint, wh…

The St. Helens City Council is moving forward with financial decisions regarding different projects throughout the city, like the intersection of 1st Street and St. Helens Street, along with the Columbia County Tourism Initiative.

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is launching an investigation into whether or not St. Helens City Council violated Oregon Public Meetings law when it held an executive session meeting on May 21 in Portland that covered topics which may have been outside statutory provisions, accordin…

The League of Oregon Cities and CityCounty Insurance Services recognized the City of Rainier at the 94th Annual League of Oregon Cities Conference in Bend the weekend of September 27-28, 2019 for having no lost time injuries among its 18 full-time employees in the course of the reporting year.