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A new committee is forming in Columbia County to engage in outreach to ensure as complete a census count as possible in 2020. As part of a national project, this is the first time it has been recommended communities form a Complete County Census Committee to improve on the information gather…

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The River City Singers has just held two dynamic jazz and swing concerts in Scappoose and Clatskanie, teaming up with the Big River Big Band, and is now starting to rehearse its new Christmas repertoire.

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November for most people is the month for elections, football, Thanksgiving and holiday shopping.

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Columbia River Fire & Rescue Volunteer Association Toy N Joy program is currently accepting applications for the 2019 holiday season. Toy N Joy along with the Kiwanis Holiday Hope program assists families in need during the Christmas season by providing a holiday meal and gifts. The dead…

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In an effort to encourage county residents to shop locally, Keep it Local Columbia County, in conjunction with Chambers of Commerce from Clatskanie, Rainier, St. Helens, Scappoose and Vernonia, is launching its fourth Catch the Holiday Spirit Campaign, which will begin Nov. 16 and run until …

River City Speedway in St. Helens capped its 35th motorsports season with the 2019 Columbia County Racing Association (CCRA) Awards Banquet Oct. 26 at the Columbia City Community Hall.

Community Action Team’s Warming Center plans to open this winter from December 1, 2019 through March 1, 2020 on nights where the temperature drops below 32 degrees. The center offers cots, bedding, snacks, hot drinks, showers, and laundry facilities to those who would otherwise have no warm,…

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If you’ve had escaped livestock end up on your property to cause a nuisance and weren’t sure what to do about it, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners has now ensured there is an ordinance on the books to define how to deal with the problem.

Bottles of pills, elixirs, and other medically prescribed drugs have a way of piling up around the house, becoming a hazard to kids, pets, and others. They often are left over from when a condition was finally cured, have lingered past an expiration date, or perhaps a visiting patient has le…

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Two members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) have been placed on administrative leave for unrelated issues due to personnel matters, according to Sheriff Brian Pixley. 

The Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park is inviting the community to join them for their half-yearly volunteer work party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Nob Hill Nature Park in St. Helens. This time, volunteers will work on the slope below S. 4th Street to weed and mulch plantings …

The OSU Extension office in Columbia County will be offering the Master Gardener™ training again this spring. This year, we are trying a new schedule that allows people that work to attend. The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and on alter-nate Saturdays from 9 a.m. - …

Kerry Strickland lost her son, Jordan (24), to a drug overdose in 2015. Since then she has been working tirelessly in the community to promote awareness and harm reduction with the charity named after her son, Jordan’s Hope. The charity’s goal is to connect people to the resources they need.…

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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has announced their three newest nominees for Hometown Heroes, and now have a list of requested items the community can help gather to support these heroes serving overseas. They also plan to support the 99 soldiers from the local St. Helens Nation…

The Friends of Rainier Pool (FORP) advocacy group is gearing up to host a benefit fundraiser in support of keeping the Briarcliff Pool open and to make certain the Rainier Columbians swim team has a home where they can practice. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.26 in the Raini…