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Scappoose Police Log: 'Sorry' shoplifter gives back stolen wares

The Scappoose Police Department responded to calls for service from May 23-June 11, 2022.Editor's note: Police logs are a partial accounting of law enforcement calls, based on activity reports and descriptions generated by participating police departments. All persons accused of a crime are legally considered to be innocent until proven guilty. Monday, May 23 Police were dispatched to a death investigation in the 51000 block of Southeast Eighth Street. It was determined that the death occurred due to natural causes. Tuesday, May 24 Police were dispatched to the report of a male juvenile in the 33000 block of Southwest Sycamore...
SCAPPOOSE, OR
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Minimum wage will increase July 1 in Oregon

Wages will increase to $14.75 for much of the Portland area, $13.50 for outlying areas.Starting July 1, Oregon workers earning minimum wage will take home a little more pay each week. State legislators passed a bill in 2016 creating a three-tiered minimum wage, with different minimums for workers depending on location. The state is divided into three zones: The highest minimum wage occurs in the Portland area's Urban Growth Boundary which stretches through Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties. The move placed Oregon among the highest minimum wage states in the nation. This Friday, workers in much of Multnomah, Washington...
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Rodeo committee hosts game show

Riders compete in barrels, birangle, Idaho figure 8; other events next two Wednesdays.Local riders are competing in a rodeo game show, with proceeds benefiting the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo's rodeo committee. The game show is scheduled for three Wednesdays: June 22, June 29 and July 6. Rodeo committee member and organizer Julie Sandstrom said the committee had done game show series in the past, but not since 2019 because of the pandemic. "We always have a good turnout," Sandstrom said. Around 48 riders participated in the June 22 event, raising about $1,000, Sandstrom said. Each week includes barrels and two other events, with each event split into five age groups. The events for June 29 will be barrels, big M, and keyhole. {loadposition sub-article-01}

Hot temps don't get in the way of Citizen's Day in St. Helens

McCormick Park hosted Citizen's Day on June 25, complete with a barbecue, car show, music and vendors. The first legitimately hot day of 2022 didn't deter residents of St. Helens from attending Citizen's Day, held Saturday, June 25, at McCormick Park. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents young and old enjoyed vendors, rock and roll music from The Decades, a car show from the Highway 30 Cruisers, and a barbecue tended at times by elected members of the St. Helens City Council. Mayor Rick Scholl liked the event turnout. "It's been a steady flow of people, in and...

Survey: Majority of Oregonians support stricter gun laws

Residents of state are more polarized on issue than nationally based on political party affiliation.A majority of Oregonians support stricter gun laws, according to a new poll by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. The nonpartisan independent research group on Thursday released data reporting 59% of survey respondents say they believe the state's firearms laws should be stricter, which is in line with an April 2021 Pew Research poll finding 60% of Americans want stricter gun laws. The beliefs center surveyed 1,446 Oregon adults between June 2 and 11 about gun regulations. Last month, an 18-year-old man in...
OREGON STATE

Historic Klondike Tavern in St. Helens reopens to the public

Grant money will help to revitalize the Klondike Tavern, which re-opened Friday, June 24. An iconic St. Helens business is beginning a new chapter on the riverfront. After being shut down in 2018, the Klondike Tavern officially reopened Friday, June 24. Owner Holcombe Waller said, "I bought the property to take on as a historic renovation and revitalization to house multiple businesses, the restaurant being one, the hotel being the other." Waller envisions a 19-room boutique hotel which will interface with the restaurant space and patio. Waller said, "I'm hoping it's going to become this resplendent little...
SAINT HELENS, OR

OPINION: Freedom in the West, but not for women

Rebecca Johnson: 'Many well-intentioned men ... are opting to step back and let women fight this battle.'I moved to Wyoming a few years ago for its outdoor recreation, but I also liked the state's history of championing equal rights for women. As early as 1869, it codified women's voting rights, 50 years before the 19th Amendment did the same thing. Western women in the 19th century quickly proved their mettle, helping to build communities in rugged and isolated landscapes. But now, sadly, Wyoming has agreed to subjugate women. In March, Wyoming's governor signed a "trigger bill" that...
WYOMING STATE

Man sets wheelchair world record on Sauvie Island

Ian Mackay rode 184.4 miles in 24 hours using a mouth-controlled motorized wheelchair.A Washington man in a mouth-controlled motorized wheelchair set a new world record at Sauvie Island on June 22. Ian Mackay became paralyzed from the neck down after a bicycle crash in 2006. Starting on the summer solstice, June 21, Mackay broke the Guinness World Record for greatest distance traveled in 24 hours by mouth-controlled motorized wheelchair. Accompanied by friends on bikes and skateboards, cheered on by Sauvie Island residents and supporters, Mackay rode 184.4 miles in 24 hours. "Doing anything for 24 hours sounds miserable. And physically,...
COEUR D'ALENE, ID

Hardwood hero A.J. Vukovich makes good on the diamond

The Hops infielder and former prep basketball standout chose pro baseball over a college career at Louisville.The NBA may be "fantastic," but baseball has always been king for Hillsboro Hops infielder A.J. Vukovich. The third-year professional and second-year player — minor league baseball didn't play in 2020 due to COVID-19 — from Wisconsin made his mark on the state's high school basketball history books, finishing his career at East Troy High School as Wisconsin's 25th all-time leading scorer with 2,155 points. But despite his success on the hardwood, the 20-year-old slugger made one thing very clear. "Yeah, I miss basketball,...
HILLSBORO, OR

New Hatfield biography focuses on early years, governorship

With Senate papers due to open, historian praises 'admirable leadership,' but also touches on later scandals.Had Richard Etulain graduated four years after he entered Northwest Nazarene College, he would have heard a 36-year-old Mark Hatfield speak at the commencement ceremony in May 1959. But Etulain took an extra year to obtain a bachelor's degree from what is now a university in Nampa, Idaho. He was pursuing an Oregon dairyman's daughter who would later become his wife. So he did not hear Hatfield, then and now the youngest person ever elected governor of Oregon. That changed during his six years in...
OREGON STATE

New principal tapped for Otto Petersen Elementary School

Anita Hansen, a special education teacher in the Hillsboro School District, will replace Jenneca Crocker. The Scappoose School District will be welcoming its newest principal July 1. Superintendent Tim Porter announced on Facebook, June 14, that he will be recommending Anita Hansen to become the new principal at Otto Petersen Elementary School. Hansen will replace Jenneca Crocker, who is leaving the district. The school board must officially confirm the hire, although that step is rarely more than a formality. The topic of Hansen's hiring is on the agenda for the June 27 board meeting. Hansen has been a...
HILLSBORO, OR

Ron Tonkin Field construction will prepare for future of baseball

Renovations center around new mandates from MLB, as well as a chance to revamp the Hillsboro venue.It's less than a decade old, but Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro is getting a facelift. Officials from the Hillsboro Hops, the minor league baseball team that uses the ballpark, and the city of Hillsboro, which owns it, say the overhaul plans are out of necessity to adhere to new standards for minor league facilities. The Hops started play in 2013 as a Class A Short Season team, one of the lowest in baseball's multilayered minor league hierarchy. That classification was eliminated before the...
HILLSBORO, OR

My View: My belief in the right to choose

Legislator: Oregon must continue its leadership in standing up for access to reproductive care. In more than 30 years of ordained ministry, I have been asked countless times to provide counsel, prayerful support and pastoral care to people making medical decisions. I believe that individuals are the best decision-makers when it comes to their own sacred bodies, in consultation with their health care providers. During those 30 years, I have seen a lot. That's why I'm calling for stronger pro-choice leadership in Oregon than ever before. I believe in the separation of church and state. Laws which restrict abortion use...
OREGON STATE

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo set for July 20-24

Event will include some favorite features that were missing from last year's fair.The 2022 Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is fast approaching. The fair, back in full swing after a pared down 2021 year, will take place Wednesday, July 20, through Sunday, July 24. The barns will again be full of 4-H kids showing off the livestock they've raised. Columbia County Dairy Women, who serve up ice cream, will be back after a year off. The "Back in the Saddle Again" fair will kick off on July 20 with senior citizen and veteran day (with free admission for those groups)....
COLUMBIA COUNTY, OR

U.S. Supreme Court overturns reproductive rights

Oregon reactions roll in on the ruling that ends federal guarantees of a woman's right to choose.The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling Friday, June 24, which has protected women's reproductive rights for nearly half a century. A leaked document had foreshadowed the seismic shift in the court, which had upheld other reproductive rights cases in the decades following Roe. The high court on Friday eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion, which leaves the questions of abortion to the states, not the federal government. The ruling was on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a...
OREGON STATE

LETTERS: Betsy Johnson is 'breath of fresh air'

Columbia County Spotlight readers write in about the Oregon governor's race and gun rights.Editor's note: Have a letter to share? Email your thoughts to Editor-in-Chief Mark Miller at mmiller@pamplinmedia.com. Letters should be no more than 400 words. All submissions must include the name and hometown of the author. Submissions should not include profane or defamatory language. We may lightly edit submissions for style and clarity. We encourage writers to suggest their own headline when submitting a letter; otherwise, a headline may be generated based on the contents of the letter. A D V E R T I S I N...
COLUMBIA COUNTY, OR

RURAL REFLECTIONS: Little light

We don't have lightning bugs here in Oregon, as Pamela Loxley Drake laments, but we can still embody their spirit.Since 1978, I have lived in Oregon. I consider it my home state. There are a few things I miss that could not bring with me. Those special things that do not exist here. June. My sister June was born on June 1. Most of my life, I have called her June Bug. I don't know if she appreciates it or not, but I find it endearing and appropriate. Spring in Ohio was always exciting for the kids. We waited...
OREGON STATE

Oregonians send aid to Ukrainians, with love

Happy Valley woman mobilizes friends to create nonprofit, provide supplies and bread for war-ravaged countryWhile the world watched Russia invade Ukraine, Happy Valley resident Klavdia Moore cried. She cried for days because her homeland was again besieged by an aggressive nation. With a deep fear for her family living in Ukraine and for the millions of residents now at war, Moore decided to act. "It was the 24th of February, and I was at home alone. Watching the news broke my heart," Moore said. "I was devastated, but I often send packages to family living in Ukraine, so I...
HAPPY VALLEY, OR

Kids in St. Helens ready to suit up for summer basketball

Through the city Parks and Recreation Department, youngsters will soon be shooting hoops and grabbing rebounds. Warm weather has (finally) arrived and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, so both adults and kids in St. Helens will be having fun with summer sports activities this year, held through the St. Helens Parks and Recreation Department. Getting ready for a busy summer, Shanna Duggan, the department's manager, said, "We're offering a summer basketball program for kids entering third grade through eighth grade." Summer basketball will be a six-week program that starts the week of July 11. "It's broken into some...
SAINT HELENS, OR

The Delines - Amy Boone, Willy Vlautin - celebrate new album

'The Sea Drift,' coming out June 24, marks full return of 'strength' and 'confidence' for Boone after bad accident.Behind the music, behind the song, behind the words, there are the stories, and what a doozy of a story Amy Boone has from her life. Not only does Boone team with Willy Vlautin, a Scappoose resident and prolific author on the side, with the Portland-based duo The Delines on recording, touring, playing shows and putting out albums, including "The Sea Drift" June 24, via Jealous Butcher Records, but she has a near-death experience that still shakes her up to remember at...
SCAPPOOSE, OR