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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2021 Small Business Grant dollars distributed to 159 Columbia County small businesses and non-profits


(Columbia County, Oregon) – In partnership with the Columbia County Economic Team (CCET), Columbia County recently distributed $929,274 worth of Small Business Grant dollars to 159 Columbia County small businesses and non-profits. The grant dollars were distributed across eight cities and towns and awarded by size of company – the majority of which were smaller sole proprietorships. The local hospitality industry alone received $258,978. “Our businesses and communities need this money here,” Columbia County Commissioner Henry Heimuller said. “We were determined not to send a single cent back that would benefit the citizens of Columbia County.” According to CCET Executive Director, Paul Vogel, the process to take business a…

Board of Commissioners Annual meeting schedule


BEFORE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY 2021 ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE   Notice is hereby given that the Columbia County Board of Commissioner will hold their regularly scheduled meetings every Wednesday, at or after 10:00 AM. These meetings will be held from the Columbia County Courthouse, 230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR.  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/357054141 United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679 Access Code: 357-054-141 Additionally, the Board will hold their regularly scheduled Work Sessions every Wednesday at or after 1:00 PM from the Columbia County Courthouse, 230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/357054141 United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679 Access Code: 357-054-141…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2021 Columbia County swears in three elected officials


  (Columbia County, Oregon) – On Monday, January 4, Judge Ted Grove swore in three officials who won their elections in November. Commissioner Margaret Magruder, re-elected for her second term to Position 1, was first elected in November 2016. A lifelong resident of Clatskanie, Oregon, she has more than two decades of public service involving Columbia County business, government, and non-profits. As a County Commissioner, Magruder’s primary focus is economic development, natural resources, and infrastructure. “It is a privilege to serve the citizens of Columbia County for the next four years,” Magruder said. “I look forward to working to bring improved technology, new jobs, and good health to Columbia County.” Commissi…

Notice of Revised Schedule for Remand Proceedings - Port Westward


BEFORE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY, OREGON In the Matter of the Application by the Port        ) of Columbia County for a Comprehensive Plan  )                                               NOTICE OF REVISED SCHEDULE Amendment, Zone Change and Goal 3                )                                                FOR REMAND PROCEEDINGS Exception to Reclassify and Rezone Property &n…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2020 Columbia County suffers three additional COVID-19 deaths


(Columbia County, Oregon) - Columbia County has suffered three additional losses to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Columbia County’s fourth death, a 75-year-old man, was Oregon's 949th COVID-19 death. He tested positive on November 22 and died on November 27 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. The County’s fifth death, a 68-year-old woman, was Oregon’s 1024th COVID-19 death. She tested positive on November 20 and died on December 1. Her place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions. Columbia County’s sixth death, a 97-year-old man, was Oregon’s 1027th COVID-19 death. He tested positive on November 22 and died on November 27. His place of death …

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2020 Free COVID-19 testing clinics offered throughout December


(Columbia County, Oregon) – In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, the Columbia County Public Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing clinics throughout the month of December. One person will be allowed per appointment, and each person must register individually. Registration assistance will be available at each event for those without internet access. Those with internet access can register and select your appointment time at www.doineedacovid19test.com. These free testing clinics will be drive-thru and everyone is welcome. No insurance is required for your appointment. The tests are quick and pain-free, self-administered nasal swabs. When: Wednesdays December 2, 9, 16, and 30 (no testing on 12/23) Where: St. Helens Hig…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2020 Columbia County suffers third COVID-19 death


  (Columbia County, Oregon) - Columbia County has suffered its third loss to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Oregon Health Authority statistics reported on Saturday, November 21. The 75-year-old Columbia County woman was Oregon's 815th COVID-19 death. She tested positive on October 23 and died on November 19, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She had underlying conditions. “Coronavirus is real and we do see deadly effects from this virus,” Dr. Joe Skariah, Portland Residency Director for OHSU said. “We know what we can do right now and that’s what we need to be doing. Wear a mask, social distance, practice good hygiene – it will protect you and those around you.” Columbia County is currently experiencing a …

Columbia County suffers second COVID-19 death



Advisory Committee, Commissions and Councils have upcoming open seats


Current advisory committee openings:  Jail Operating Citizens Advisory Committee Fair Board Open position that will be available December, 2020 4-H Extension Service District Budget Committee Ambulance Service Advisory Committee Budget Committee / County Budget Committee / Meadowview Service District Civil Service Commission CZ Trail Advisory Committee Local Public Safety Coordinating Council  Parks Advisory Committee Planning Commission Solid Waste Advisory Committee Traffic Safety Committee to apply please visit  https://www.columbiacountyor.gov/departments/BoardofCommissionersOffice/committee-volunteer-interest-form

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