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Washington county • Government • elections October 17
In upcoming November 2019 special district election, no ballot for Gales Creek-area voters
Voters' pamphlets for the upcoming November 5 special district election have been mailed county-wide, but there won't be a ballot following it - for readers in Gales Creek, Glenwood, and Hillside, there's simply nothing to vote for.
Gales Creek • education • community October 16
Gales Creek School PTO scrambling to replace discarded holiday supplies
With less than two weeks to go until the annual Gales Creek Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26, volunteers with the Gales Creek School PTO are scrambling to find replacement items and to raise funds to purchase new supplies after their existing supplies were tossed by school staff who found rodent droppings throughout the school.
Gales Creek • Art • Washington County October 16
Free art tour will feature 64 artists and their studios throughout Washington County
Dozens of local artists throughout Washington County — including six from the Gales Creek and Banks areas — will open their studio doors to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as part of the free 2019 Washington County Open Studios Tour.
Gales Creek • traffic • Watts October 4
Gales Creek Road remains closed for downed pole near Stringtown Road
What happens when the raised bed of a dump truck meets some power lines? A 5+ hour road closure, that's what. Gales Creek Road remains closed as of midnight Friday/Saturday.
OREGON • HEALTH • STATE October 4
Gov. Brown issues temporary ban on flavored vape products
In a move to stem illnesses and deaths that the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disaease Control has tied to vaping products, governor Kate Brown issued a 6 month ban on flavored vape products, among other efforts to halt severe lung illnesses.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK October 4
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: September 29 - October 5, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. This week, a new addition to the family is born as the family prepares for winter.
Gales Creek • infrastructure • business October 4
The final Frontier: Frontier Communications is selling Oregon, other northwest customers
Goodbye, Frontier: the company expects to be rid of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana customers by the end of the year, pending regulatory approval and final business negotiations as it sells operations in those states to WaveDivision Capital (This article is first in a series of many surrounding internet technology issues).
CONGRESS • TOWN HALL • TRUMP October 1
National news dispatch: Bonamici town halls, impeachment, Merkley vaping legislation
Every Tuesday, check in for quick updates on news from Oregon's congressional delegation representing readers in our newspaper's territory, as well as other news of impact from the national stage. This week, we cover a series of town halls from Rep. Bonamici, reactions from Sen. Merkley to improve vaping safety, and reactions from Oregon's Congressional delegation on recently opened impeachment proceedings surrounding President Trump.
Oregon • health • state September 26
Oregon Health Authority: Stop vaping, now
Oregon Health Authority, Washington County issue public health warning urging people to immediately stop vaping in the wake of second vape-related death in Oregon.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK September 24
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: September 22 - 28, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling.
COLUMN • HISTORY • Gales city September 19
News from the past: September, 1895
In this new column, we take a look at a sampling of newspaper clippings from the Washington County Hatchet, a precursor to the Forest Grove News-Times, examining news that came from the rural communities of Gales City, Glenwood, Mountaindale, Buxton, and more.
Fire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest September 18
Fire season comes to an early close
Early Tuesday morning, the Oregon Department of Forestry terminated fire season in the Forest Grove, Tillamook, and Astoria Districts, the earliest the agency has ended the official fire season in more than 20 years.
Gales Creek • crash • rippling waters September 17
Fatal crash closes Gales Creek Road near David Hill Road
Two people were injured and one person killed in a two vehicle crash on Gales Creek Road near David Hill Road. One vehicle, which came off the road, crashed into the county-owned Rippling Waters property. The highway will remain closed while crews work the scene and investigate.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK September 16
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: September 15 - 21, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling.
Banks • event • culture September 13
Irish Ceili event planned for Hahn farm in Banks September 28
For those in the region with an interest in Irish heritage, an authentic Irish Ceili planned in Banks on September 28 offers a unique way to celebrate and learn more from two Irish nonprofit cultural organizations.
Forest Grove • event • agriculture September 12
'Great Grains' event returns to Forest Grove-area farm
On Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spiesschaert Farms, located at 3150 NW Thatcher Road on the outskirts of Forest Grove, is hosting a free, family-friendly event exploring the reintroduction of locally-raised whole grains, and introducing local artisans to the community.
Salem • Transportation • Government September 11
Current Highway Division admin. chosen to lead Oregon Department of Transportation
The Oregon Transportation Commission has chosen a new leader for the Oregon Department of Transportation: Highway Division Administrator Kris Strickler, who will take over as the head of ODOT pending contract negotiations and Oregon Senate approval.
Gales Creek • weather • commute September 10
National Weather Service warns of localized minor flooding through 5:45 p.m. Tuesday evening
The local National Weather Service branch located in Portland issued a flood advisory with potential thunderstorms this afternoon for Washington County, warning of the potential for minor flooding in poor drainage areas on Tuesday, September 10 from about 3 p.m. until 5:45 p.m..
Gales Creek • CPO • Community September 10
Gales Creek, Verboort, Roy CPO meetings resume for the season Wednesday, September 11
Community Participation Organization 13 — usually abbreviated as CPO 13 — took a summer break, but the first meeting of the season will be Wednesday, September 11 at the Gales Creek Church of God, for a discussion on disaster and emergency preparedness.
Gales Creek • traffic • utilities September 10
One lane closes at Gales Creek Road between Stringtown Rd and Creekwood Pl for downed limb, power lines
At least 15 Portland General Electric customers are without power after a rotten tree limb took power lines out on its way down onto Gales Creek Road, where one lane is closed for the cleanup process.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK September 9
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: September 8-14, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling.
Tillamook State Forest • Tillamook Forest Center • Event September 9
Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust will host 'Routebeer' event to recognize supporters
In recognition of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust's supporters, donors, and contributors — as well as to celebrate Highway 6's recent designation as a scenic byway — the organization will host an event at the Tillamook Forest Center on Saturday, September 21.
Gales Creek • Gales Creek School • Community September 9
Gales Creek Elementary School classmates gather for reunion
Dozens gathered to remember time spent learning and playing in the last school left in Gales Creek on Sunday, August 25.
COLUMN • event • GALES CREEK September 9
Column | True friendships last a lifetime: A bond made at the Gales Creek Elementary School
From Gales Creek historian, writer, and community leader Joyce Sauber, a reflection on a recent gathering of young former classmates at the Gales Creek School.
Tillamook State Forest • Tillamook Forest Center • Event September 5
River cleanup comes to the Wilson River on September 21
The Tillamook-based nonprofit Wilson River Cleanup Group (WRCG) is holding its annual river cleanup September 21, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and wants volunteers to help clean the banks of this popular destination.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK September 1
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: September 1 - 7, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling.
FIRE • WEATHER • FORESTRY August 29
ODF looking for more lightning caused wildfires in Columbia Co., asks for public assistance
Five small wildfires have been confirmed and contained in Columbia County, with Oregon Department of Forestry officials sending an airplane to scout for more fires this afternoon in Clatsop and Columbia Counties. Anyone who sees smoke is asked to call 911.
Fire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest August 26
Fire danger on the rise first part of this week
A red flag warning, a brush fire extinguished on Kemper Road near Forest Grove, new restrictions on industrial forest use, and OHV trails close - it's all signs of an increase in fire danger this week.
Hagg Lake • Crime • Washington County Sheriff's Office August 26
Suspect in shooting of two Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies booked into jail
Dante James Halling, 55, the suspected shooter involved in a gunfight that left Halling and two deputies with gunshot wounds was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on Friday, August 23, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Tillamook State Forest • Hunting • Road Closure August 23
Tillamook State Forest road closures coming during hunting season
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced it will resume road restrictions this fall in the western part of the Tillamook State Forest to improve deer and elk escapement during hunting season.
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