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Tillamook State Forest • Gales Creek • Conservation August 6
Stream restoration projects continue on Gales Creek in Tillamook Forest
Over the past two years, staff from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have planted 1,000 western red cedars along a mile-long stretch of Gales Creek in the Tillamook State Forest.
FreeForest Grove School District • Sports • Coronavirus August 5
Fall sports season moved to spring, seasons condensed
The fall sports season will be shifted to spring 2021, seasons will be condensed, and out-of-season coaching restrictions will be waived, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) said in a Wednesday, August 5 press release issued after the OSAA executive board meeting.
Column • History • Hagg Lake August 4
Column | Shall I walk or drive? Drive said pleasure. Walk, joy replied
Musings and thoughts on walking, the gentle transformation of steelhead, and Hagg Lake by writer Hudson Gardner
FreeFishing • Oregon • Event August 4
Free fishing weekend returns Saturday, Sunday, August 15 - 16
The popular free fishing weekend, held four times throughout the year will be back August 15 & 16, though events that usually are held throughout the state to promote the weekend have all been cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic.
FreeFrom the Newsroom August 3
From the newsroom: Five months in, our coronavirus reporting will remain free
Please read on for a quick message from our editor on how to sign up for our free twice weekly newsletter, and how you can help strengthen local news.
Salem • Politics • Elections August 3
Weber, Witt receive nomination from Independent Party of Oregon in legislative races
Weber gets nod from Independent Party of Oregon for HD 32 race, as does HD 31 incumbent Brad Witt.
Column • History • Gales Creek August 3
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: August 6 - 12, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: The milk wars end, an airplane causes quite a stir at Balm Grove, and Gales City's baseball team are the champions, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
FreeSalem • Coronavirus • Government July 31
Governor Brown calls for special legislative session to address budget shortfall
COVID-19 blew a hole in Oregon’s budget nearly $1 billion wide, and the task of rebalancing the budget now will fall to Oregon’s lawmakers in a special session of the Oregon Legislature convening Monday, August 10 at 8 a.m.
CRIME • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST• SOUTH FORK FOREST CAMP July 30
Inmate who escaped work crew in June back in custody
Brandon Sykes, the inmate who walked away from a South Fork Forest Camp work crew on Monday, June 22 turned himself in to the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon.
Fire • ODF • Washington County July 28
ODF: Fire danger moved to 'High' in Washington County
Fire danger in much of the western Oregon counties in Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands has been shifted to ‘high’ as of today, ODF announced Tuesday evening.
FreeForest Grove School District • Education • Coronavirus July 28
Forest Grove School District will begin the school year online
Students will begin the new school year on September 14 the same way the old one ended: online, announced superintendent Dave Parker.
FreeForest Grove School District • Education • Coronavirus July 28
Schools will remain shuttered if COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Gov Brown says
Unless Oregon — and Washington County — see a significant reduction in COVID-19 cases, most schools will not be allowed to open facilities to in-person learning, Governor Brown announced today during a press conference.
Column • History • Gales Creek July 27
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: July 30 - August 5, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: The milk wars, a new job for Charley, and Hillsboro falls to Gales City's baseball team, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Washington County • Weather • Health July 24
Heat advisory issued for Sunday as triple digits loom in forecast
The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the greater Portland metro region, including some portions of western Washington County, which goes into effect from 8:00 a.m. Sunday, July 26 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, July 27.
FreeForest Grove • Education • Coronavirus July 22
New guidance for school reopening issued; fall sports remain uncertain
The ODE released new guidance, and the OSAA issued a statement regarding some fall sports as schools look toward planning the 2020-2021 academic school year.
FreeCoronavirus • Oregon • Government July 22
Governor Brown expands face mask requirements to children
In a press conference held just after 11 a.m., Governor Kate Brown announced new measures to attempt to slow the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, including requiring children five and older to wear face coverings at indoor public spaces — including in schools — among other new rules.
Column • History • Gales Creek July 20
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: July 23 - July 29, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: Green beans, the family feels the cash crunch of the Great Depression, and Gales Creek's baseball team loses to Cherry Grove, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Forest Grove • Education • Coronavirus July 17
Forest Grove School District prepares plans for school reopening
The Forest Grove School District is working on plans that will address how the district will hold classes for students in the coming academic year. The district has settled on two tentative plans; a hybrid model that combines online and in-person learning, and a comprehensive distance learning model.
Crime • Poaching • Columbia County July 16
Police seek help in rash of poaching cases southwest of Vernonia
The Oregon State Police are seeking assistance in a series of poaching cases between Timber and Vernonia.
HAYWARD • FIRE July 14
Small brush fire burning near Hayward
According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, crews from Banks Fire District and ODF have largely stopped the progress of a small brush fire burning between the two arms of Parson Road.
FreeCoronavirus • Oregon • Government July 13
Gov. Brown bans indoor gatherings of 10, mandates face masks outdoors in some cases
Social gatherings such as book clubs, parties, and graduation celebrations will be limited to groups of 10 if held indoors, and where social distance cannot be maintained, Oregonians must wear masks in public outdoor spaces. The social gathering rules do not apply to churches or businesses.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK July 13
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: July 16 - July 22, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: It's Billie and Elsie's 4th wedding anniversary, and family has more car trouble, and they get a kitten, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Hillside • Crash • Crime July 13
Deputies search for suspected driver of stolen vehicle near Shearer Hill Road
Deputies are searching for what they believe to be a Pacific Islander male in his late teens near NW Shearer Hill Road this morning after an early morning car theft.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Government July 12
Washington County won't move to next phase, seeks independence from tri-county COVID coupling
Washington County seeks to remove itself from tri-county grouping when determining reopening plans, free counseling offered through Washington Co. and community partners, COVID-19 data live Q&A and more in COVID-19 Washington County news.
Gales Creek • Crime • Highway 6 July 10
Sheriff's Office responds to Gales Creek residence over dispute involving gun
The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a dispute between neighbors where one person pulled a gun on another Friday evening near Highway 6 and the Lyda Drive area.
OREGON • TRANSPORTATION • GOVERNMENT July 7
DMV launches additional online services
The Oregon DMV says they have completed a multi-year computer replacement project on Monday, July 6, enabling the agency to offer more services online than before.
OREGON • WILDFIRE • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST July 6
Fire season begins statewide
Fire season began July 1 for the Gales Creek area beginning July 1, and as of Monday, July 6, the rest of the state's ODF protected lands have followed suit, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK July 6
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: July 9 - July 15, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: The family enjoys the meat from a big rabbit, visits a parade, and Charley and the Gales Creek baseball team beat the Manning baseball team, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
FreeFireworks • Forest Grove • Coronavirus July 3
Where to watch fireworks on the 4th of July
Looking for fireworks displays? Those in parts of Gales Creek may be able to see this year's Western Washington County Firefighter’s Association fireworks show, which is lighting off at an undisclosed location near the Forest Gale Heights area on the western edge of Forest Grove.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • OREGON • GOVERNMENT June 30
Gov. Brown says Oregon is at ‘crossroads’ before coronavirus surge, extends state of emergency
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the state is at a ‘crossroads’ Tuesday as she extended by 60 days a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, urging residents to take personal responsibility for slowing the spread.
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