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FreeOregon • Weather • Tillamook Jan. 15
Tsunami Advisory issued on West Coast following underwater volcano near Tonga in South Pacific
Issued just before 5 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said that waves of between one and three feet could strike the West Coast. Locally, the tsunami could strike the Seaside area around 8:45 a.m.
Salem • Politics • Government Jan. 14
Rachel Armitage appointed to vacant Senate District 16 seat
County commissioners from the six counties in Senate District 16 appointed Rachel Armitage to fill the remaining year of former State Senator Betsy Johnson’s empty seat.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Jan. 13
Oregon Health Authority creates new hotline, website for Covid-19 patients
With cases of omicron skyrocketing, the Oregon Health Authority is taking a new approach to tracking new Covid-19 infections.
FreeFGSD • Coronavirus • Schools Jan. 13
Neil Armstrong Middle School pauses in-person learning
Neil Armstrong Middle School has joined Forest Grove High School in pausing in-person education as staff absences rise. “Our decision to pause in-person instruction is because we do not have sufficient staff to safely run classes at NAMS at this time,” FGSD Superintendent Dave Parker said.
Column • History • Gales Creek Jan. 13
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County December 12, 1922
A man is caught in a friction wheel in Scofield, a shoe shop is expected to open in Gales Creek, and more in this week's Dispatches from History: Western Washington County 100 years ago.
Gales Creek • Transportation • Traffic Jan. 12
A look at upcoming road construction projects coming to the region in 2022
The Oregon Department of Transportation published an online open house featuring the state agency’s construction plans for Oregon in 2022. A number of projects will be in the Highway 26 corridor and near Banks, but for Gales Creek, most major construction projects fall just outside of the Gales Creek Journal's territory in and around Forest Grove. Here's what's coming.
Oregon • Elections • Government Jan. 12
New law will allow ballots postmarked by day of election to be counted
A new Oregon law that went into effect January 1 allows mail-in ballots to be counted up to seven days after Election Day as long as they are in the mail and postmarked by 8:00 p.m. the day of the election.
Salem • Politics • Government Jan. 12
County to fill vacant state senate seats Friday
Washington County will appoint a replacement for former State Sen. Chuck Riley, who resigned Jan. 1, and will join several other counties in appointing a replacement for former State Sen. Betsy Johnson, who resigned Dec. 15.
FreeFGSD • Coronavirus • Schools Jan. 10
Forest Grove High School to pause in-person learning
With 18% of school staff absent due to illness, Forest Grove High School will switch to remote learning beginning Tuesday through January 21. “To be clear, our decision to pause in-person is because we do not have enough staff to safely run the high school at this time,” FGSD Superintendent Dave Parker said. It's hoped that the move will keep other schools in the district from closing their doors.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Jan. 10
Tested by one round, Oregon National Guard deploys for a second tour in hospitals
The Oregon National Guard is once again on the move to help the state’s hospitals. The order to do so came Wednesday from Gov. Kate Brown ­– less than a month after Guardsmen had completed the largest in-state mobilization in history.
Tillamook State Forest • Crash • Transportation Jan. 10
Search for possible missing aircraft suspended
At 2:30 p.m., the Banks Fire District announced that the Washington County Sheriff's Office had officially suspended the search for a possible missing aircraft somewhere in the Tillamook Forest. "Ultimately there have been no reports of missing planes/pilots and no beacons or other signs of downed aircraft," Banks Fire said.
Timber • Buxton • Plane Crash Jan. 9
Public assistance sought in possible plane crash between Highways 6 and 26
The Banks Fire District said that the search has been turned over to law enforcement. "The search vicinity is west of Banks and likely into Tillamook County," the agency said. "Thank you all for your reports and descriptions."
Column • From the Newsroom • Politics Jan. 6
From the newsroom: Writing a letter to the editor, more statehouse news, and more local news
We'll be featuring state news from a new digital newsroom run by trusted journalists—a move giving us more time to focus our efforts locally in the New Year—tips on writing a letter to the editor as the political season ramps up, and more in this month's peek behind the curtain of the smallest newspaper in Oregon.
Gales Creek • Weather • Flooding Jan. 6
NWS says high winds, flooding could continue to be a danger through Friday
With ​high winds expected Thursday night and into Friday and the area under a mix of flood watches and advisories, those living in flood-prone areas should be prepared, the Portland office of the National Weather Service said. Sand and bags can be found across from the Forest Grove Fire & Rescue station in Forest Grove.
Column • History • Gales Creek Jan. 5
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County December 5 1922
A wedding in Hillside, and New Year's greetings from Gales Creek and beyond. That and more in this week's Dispatches from History: Western Washington County 100 years ago.
Gales Creek • Weather • Transportation Jan. 4
Flood Watch issued beginning early Thursday morning
Between snow levels rising and rain falling in the forecast, “expect rising river levels, with potential of some flooding,” starting Thursday morning, the Portland office of the National Weather Service said in a Flood Watch issued Tuesday afternoon.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Jan. 4
Oregon buys 6 million at-home test kits to give away free through community outlets
The Oregon Health Authority has ordered 6 million home test kits to be given away free to help detect the coronavirus, the agency announced Thursday. The kits, each containing two tests, will be sent to health agencies, schools and community organizations to distribute. They also will go to farm and agricultural workers, health care workers, shelters and early learning centers.
Gales Creek • Weather • Transportation Dec. 23
With snow likely around Christmas, local, state officials urge caution on roads, at home
As families across the state gear up for Christmas and finalize travel plans, the Portland office of the National Weather Service is warning that snow and freezing temperatures are increasingly likely beginning Friday, Christmas Eve for higher elevations and lower elevations later this weekend.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Dec. 17
Forecast predicts Omicron will take a heavy toll in Oregon
Oregon is facing a surge from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus that by early February could put twice as many people in the hospital as the Delta variant, state officials announced Friday.
FreeSalem • Politics • Government Dec. 15
Sen. Betsy Johnson will resign to focus on run for governor
Johnson, who left the Democratic Party in October to launch her campaign to become Oregon's next governor said in a video shared Tuesday that she would resign as state senator to ensure her constituents had someone fully dedicated to representing them.
FreeSalem • Politics • Government Dec. 15
Legislature passes rent relief extension, targets cartel cannabis grows during special session
Oregon lawmakers during a special session on December 13 voted to pass a series of bills approving more than $400 million in spending to protect farmers, tenants and landlords, and to increase law enforcement in rural areas.
Gales Creek • Community • Education Dec. 9
Column: The Gales Creek Library is open again
Starting today, the Gales Creek School Library will open on Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. following a nearly two year closure.
Column • History • Gales Creek Nov. 26
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County November 17, 1921
The son of Asa Ellsworth Westcott, a state representative and Banks resident, runs away from home and is found in Bend, a Sunday school in Gales Creek is booming, and Timber residents seek to better their roads. That and more in this week's Dispatches from History: Western Washington County 100 years ago.
FreeWorld • Coronavirus • Health Nov. 26
New coronavirus strain a 'variant of concern,' dubbed Omicron by World Health Organization
A new strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported in South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. The World Health Organization dubbed the new variant "Omicron" today. Little is known yet about the new strain.
Column • History • Gales Creek Nov. 24
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: January 8 - 14, 1928
We're returning to January, 1928 in Esther Lilly Hundley’s personal diaries which chronicle her life on the family’s original homestead and farm in the Fir Creek community of Gales Creek from 1928 to 1960.
Oregon • Transportation • Holiday Nov. 24
ODOT urges caution for travelers over Thanksgiving weekend
Adverse winter weather at mountain passes, impaired drivers, and more could face travelers as they hit the road this weekend.
Oregon • Recreation • Holiday Nov. 23
Parking free at dozens of state parks day after Thanksgiving
In a tradition the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) dubbed “Green Friday,” a $5 parking fee is waived at more than two dozen parks Friday, November 26.
Column • History • Gales Creek Nov. 22
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County November 10, 1921
Those attending local dances in Gales Creek are asked to leave the moonshine at home, Banks' American Legion Post helps form a county-wide organization, and some impressive potatoes are unearthed in the Fir Creek community near Gales Creek. That and more in this week's Dispatches from History: Western Washington County 100 years ago.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Nov. 20
Brown greenlights COVID-19 booster shots for all adults
Following recommendations from the FDA, CDC, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, Oregon Governor Kate Brown gave the go-ahead to open eligibility for booster shots to all adults in Oregon Saturday.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Nov. 20
CDC approves COVID-19 booster shots for all adults
Vaccine booster shots could soon be available for adults in Oregon, pending approval from the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
Oregon • Business • Government Nov. 19
With revenues up $725 million, Oregon taxpayers should expect kicker in 2024, forecast says
The Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) issued this week a quarterly economic forecast predicting higher wages increasing projected tax revenue will allow the state to recover more quickly from the recession.
Gales Creek • Hwy 6 • Crash Nov. 19
Highway 6 reopens after crash involving school bus and flatbed trailer two miles west of Agaard Rd
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue said that six out of 36 people in a school bus involved in a crash near mile marker 35 on Highway 6 Friday morning were transported to area hospitals. After a closure, the highway reopened after 11:30 a.m. to one lane of traffic.
Oregon • Transportation • Government Nov. 18
Statewide vehicle title, registration fees to increase by three percent January 1
The Oregon Department of Transportation announced that beginning January 1, 2022 fees for renewing vehicle license plates, getting new trip permits, and applying for vehicle titles would increase by 3 percent.
Gales Creek • Fire • Government Nov. 18
Jim Geering selected to lead Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, other area fire agencies
Chief Jim Geering, who began work Wednesday, will serve as the head of many of western Washington County’s fire agencies and districts, including Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, the Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection District, which counts Gales Creek in the district's bounds, Cornelius Fire Department, Cornelius Rural Fire Protection District, and the Gaston Rural Fire Protection District.
Gales Creek • Transportation • Weather Nov. 18
County could face delays obtaining anti-icing materials this winter
Supply chain disruptions continue to impact county road work projects. As winter approaches, the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation warned that a number of materials could be delayed, including liquid magnesium chloride, an anti-icing agent, but that enough had been stockpiled to last the winter.
Fishing • Oregon • Event Nov. 18
Free Fishing Weekend returns Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day
Free Fishing Weekend will return to Oregon on Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27, the last of three such "Free Fishing Weekends" to be held in 2021. Hagg Lake is expected to be stocked with 4,000 legal-size trout this week.
Column • History • Gales Creek Nov. 17
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County November 3, 1921
A Buxton man and World War 1 veteran is laid to rest after an illness fells him at age 32; fortunes are told in Gales Creek; a Gaston man sends his truck flying near Dilley. That and more in this week's Dispatches from History: Western Washington County 100 years ago.
Tillamook County • Poaching • Crime Nov. 16
OSP seeks public assistance in two Tillamook County poaching cases
Oregon State Police are seeking public assistance in two poaching cases in Tillamook County that both happened in the first half of November. It was not clear if the cases are considered connected.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Health Nov. 16
Upcoming school and public vaccination events
Washington County’s mobile vaccine clinic will hold three school-based vaccination clinics which will include vaccines for students in the newly eligible age bracket of five to 11 years old in western Washington County this week.
Gales Creek • Business • Event Nov. 10
Highland Fields to host holiday market November 14
A new business in the Gales Creek area will host a holiday market featuring vendors, music, a food cart, and more Sunday, November 14 to introduce their farm and event space to the community.
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