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Vendors Invited: City opens applications for Citizens Day

The City of St. Helens is inviting interested vendors and volunteers to participate in Citizens Day in the Park 2023. Citizens Day is an annual community event hosted by the St. Helens City Council at McCormick Park. according to a release from the cityThe event is focused on strengthening community connections by encouraging people to turn off technology and enjoy a day of fun activities in St. Helens’ largest park. ...

Ridgefield park dedicated in honor of impactful neighborhood builder

The usual winter weather held off long enough for a crowd gathered in the middle of one of Ridgefield’s new housing developments to celebrate the opening of a community park. On Saturday, Jan. 28, community members, city officials, and family of the late Joe Melo ceremonially opened DeMelo Park....

Trending / Shooting: One person hospitalized, another person arrested

One person has been arrested following a shooting in the area of Hods Lane near St. Helens. The investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) unfolded Monday, Jan. 16. The Columbia County Major Crimes Team (MCT) was also dispatched to the scene to investigate the shooting. The shooting victim has been identified as 67-year-old Thomas Norman Barker of St. Helens. Barker was taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel...

Landslides: New research shows forestry management impact

Editor’s Note: The Chronicle has provided coverage of local landslides over the years, the dangers of the slides and how homeowners and drivers can be prepared for such events. Most recently, we reported details about the Highway 30 north of Clatskanie. In the following, guest writer Steve Lundeberg gives us insight into new landslide research at Oregon State University (OSU). A long-term Pacific Northwest study of landslides, clear-cutting timber and...

In Focus: Semi-Rare ‘Hair Ice’ Photographed Near Napavine

Chronicle staffer Sarah Burdick captured these photos of semi-rare "hair ice," also known as ice wool or frost beard, during a walk near Napavine on Sunday morning. "Fungus shapes a strangely wondrous kind of ice called hair ice that is found only on rotting logs ... To see hair ice, one’s best chance is to hike into a broadleaf forest between the latitudes of between 45° and 55° N on a cold morning. There, amid patches of snow and frost, a keen eye might spot delicate crystals extending from wood in filaments about 0.01 millimeters thick — about the diameter of a human hair. But as soon as the sun rises, the fragile sculpture will melt away," Smithsonian Magazine wrote.

Woodland's CTE students fixed up a car which will be auctioned on Friday, February 17

Woodland High School’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses provide students with the opportunity to learn lifeskills and potential career paths including auto repair. Students in the school’s auto repair classes worked on a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS replacing and repairing different components in the car’s powertrain and brakes while also performing needed maintenance and servicing, and now everyone will have the opportunity to bid on the car in a silent auction which will be held online on Friday, February 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fentanyl Crisis: Use, dealing, overdoses spiking in Oregon heighten Columbia County concerns

Oregon is facing an overdose crisis. According to Oregon Health Authority (OHA), unintentional and undetermined drug overdose deaths in Oregon more than doubled between 2019 and 2021. Illicitly manufactured Fentanyl (IMF) is at the heart of this crisis and has now surpassed methamphetamine as the most frequent drug involved in overdose deaths. An issue briefing from the OHA to the Oregon Governor’s Office revealed staggering statistics about the crisis. ...

Who We Are: Clatskanie High School grad now Multnomah County Sheriff

"I am excited to take on this role and honored to be the first woman elected as Sheriff in Multnomah County. Over my career, I have been a trailblazer because I've had to be,” Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell told The Chief. On Wednesday, Jan. 4, Morrisey O'Donnell was sworn in as the 41st Sheriff of Multnomah County. It is the first time in the 168-year history of the agency that a woman has been elected to the position. Multnomah County is the most populous in Oregon...

Letter to the Editor: Support Napavine School Bond for a Safer Learning Environment

I have lived, worked and retired in Napavine, and it is a tight knit community. If I want something to do after supper, I go up to the high school. I will watch a Tiger team — be it volleyball, football, basketball, baseball, track or soccer. I might also hear an awesome pep band pump up the crowd with their catchy tunes. Or I might have the opportunity to listen to our music students perform at a concert.

Downtown mail delivery, fee waivers approved in Ridgefield

The Ridgefield City Council held a meeting focused on its downtown corridor on Thursday as they passed a resolution for mail delivery and an ordinance on development fee waivers. During the Jan. 26 meeting, the council voted 6-0 to approve a resolution to remove restrictions on mail delivery downtown. The...

Woodland high schooler hooked on horses

One Woodland equestrian team member and 2023 graduate of the district’s alternative school has embraced her time volunteering at a horse therapy clinic as a way to help those with disabilities. Hope Batchelder, who recently completed her studies at TEAM High School, volunteers at Healing Steps, an occupational therapy...

Boys Basketball: Warrenton rallies past Rainier

Trailing 42-31 entering the fourth quarter, the Warrenton boys basketball team charged back and outscored Rainier 23-9 in the final eight minutes, for a 54-51 win over the Columbians. Warrenton improves to 3-5 in league with the much-needed win, 7-12 overall. Rainier drops to 0-7, 2-17.

Q4 2022 Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington Real Estate Market Update

The following analysis of select counties of the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact your Windermere Real Estate agent.