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Gales Creek • Food • Community June 13
Hundreds pack Gales Creek for 53rd annual Strawberry Festival
The 53rd Annual Gales Creek Strawberry Festival drew more than 600 visitors to the heart of the Gales Creek Community on Saturday.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK June 12
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: May 1930
Gales Creek, May 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 • Gales Creek Gatherings • Gardening June 10
Column | Gales Creek Gatherings: Preparedness and Preschool Pumpkin Planters
In this column, Sharon explores the topic of emergency preparedness and our farm-style education in Gales Creek. Gales Creek Gatherings is a column by guest writer, Sharon Hundley. Sharon covers local events and gatherings in the Gales Creek Valley, featuring community events, businesses, and special happenings. If you know of an upcoming event and would like to see it in here, please contact news@galescreekjournal.com, with Sharon Hundley in the subject line.
Gales Creek • Balm Grove May 31
Balm Grove Tavern to receive a fresh coat of paint
The old Balm Grove Tavern will receive a fresh coat of paint after community members voted on a new color scheme at a Clean Water Services open house at the Balm Grove property.
Banks • Government • Mitchell May 30
State Rep. Mitchell to hold town hall in Banks on June 2
State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell, representing Gales Creek, Banks, Gaston, and cities and communities up and down the North Coast will hold a town hall event on Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. at the Banks Public Library.
COLUMN • FARMING • GARDENING May 28
Column | On the Farm: Bumblebees, Honeybee Swarms, and Tomato Stories
Anne and her husband Rene’ have been growing heirloom organic vegetables at Gales Meadow Farm in Gales Creek since 1999. If you have a question about vegetable gardening, Anne might be able to answer it. Send your question to news@galescreekjournal.com with subject line “Question for Gales Meadow Farm”
Washington County • Elections • School • Fire May 21
Early results for Forest Grove School Board, Fire District are in
Early election results show that in local fire board races, incumbents appear to be losing their seats in the May special district elections, while the Forest Grove School Board will retain Kate Grandusky, and fill position 5 with Narce Rodriguez.
Washington County • Government • elections May 20
With one day to go for May elections, Washington Co. says turnout is 15%
The May special elections will end at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, and according to the Washington County elections office, just 15% of registered voters have turned in a ballot so far.
Fire • Weather • Forestry May 20
Planned burns can reduce wildfire risks, but expanding use of 'good fire' isn't easy
Western states are preparing for summer and wildfire season. And although it may seem counter-intuitive, some of the most urgent conversations are about getting more fire onto the landscape.
HILLSIDE • CRASH • CRIME May 16
Driver arrested in Hillside hit and run
A driver who the Washington County Sheriff's Office says struck a cyclist in Hillside, leaving him bleeding on the ground before speeding away has been arrested.
Hillside • Crash • Crime May 14
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office seeks driver who fled scene after injuring cyclist in Hillside
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help them find a driver who witnesses say fled the scene after striking a bicyclist on NW Hillside Road on Saturday, May 11.
Washington County • Culture • Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde May 14
Washington County Museum hosts talk on Kalapuyan cultural practices Saturday, May 18
The Washington County Museum is inviting the public to hear Dr. David Lewis, a local author, Native American historian, ethnohistory consultant, anthropologist, and teacher, discuss on Saturday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m his knowledge of the Kalapuyan cultural practices around food and land management.
Salem • Wildfire • Government May 13
Nearly 1,000 acres have burned on ODF-protected lands in 2019 so far
On Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands, 126 fires have burned nearly 1,000 acres this year so far. The burned acreage doesn’t take into account fires burning on federally-controlled land, such as vast swaths of Bureau of Land Management and national forest lands, or fires burning in other jurisdictions.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK May 10
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: April 1930
Gales Creek, 1930 By Esther Lilly Hundley. Transcribed by Sandra Evans. 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.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue • Fire • Weather May 9
Burn ban goes into effect in Washington County
Washington County issued a burn ban that runs from today, May 9, through the upcoming weekend as the region continues to experience record high temperatures for this time of year.
Salem • Wildfire • Government May 2
Gov. Brown declares May 'wildfire awareness month'
Governor Kate Brown joined governors from nine other states in declaring May 2019 wildfire awareness month.
Gales Creek • Balm Grove •Event April 30
Balm Grove property open house Wednesday, May 1
An open house for the public to tour the Balm Grove property will be held Wednesday, May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided
Gales Creek • Forest Grove School District • Education April 25
Forest Grove School District to close May 8 amid education funding walkouts
The Forest Grove School District will close amid planned teacher walkouts in support of education funding at the state level.
Gales Creek • Neighborhood Watch • event April 22
Prepare for wildfire season at community gathering Thursday, April 25
Wildfire season is nearly upon the Gales Creek Valley and surrounding Tillamook Forest, and the Gales Creek Neighborhood Watch wants you to learn how to prepare your home at an upcoming community gathering.
Washington County • Elections • Government April 22
For May special elections, voter registration deadline looms
Dozens of contenders have thrown their hat into the ring to lead, represent, and hold positions of authority in local school and fire boards that will define where the tax dollars of voters go to provide fire and emergency services, education and more.
Gales Creek • transportation • Economy April 19
In Oregon, gas prices rise - and will likely climb higher
The Oregon average price is 17 cents more than it was in April 2018, the sixth-largest annual increase in the U.S.
Tillamook State Forest • Art • Coast Range April 19
Wildflower and butterfly sketching workshop coming to the Tillamook Forest Center Sunday, April 28
A wildflower and butterfly sketching workshop hosted by Seaside-based artist, educator and forager Dorota Haber-Lehigh is coming to the Tillamook Forest Center Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Preregistration is required.
Column • Gales Creek Gatherings • Balm Grove April 18
Column | Gales Creek Gatherings: Balm Grove and CPO 13
In this column, Sharon explores the topic of Balm Grove and our local CPO program. Gales Creek Gatherings is a column by guest writer, Sharon Hundley. Sharon will be covering local events and gatherings in the Gales Creek Valley, featuring community events, businesses, and special happenings. If you know of an upcoming event and would like to see it in here, please contact news@galescreekjournal.com, with Sharon Hundley in the subject line.
Gales Creek • Faith • Easter April 17
Easter events in far Western Washington County
A roundup of Easter events in Gales Creek, Hillside, Banks and beyond. See one we missed? Email us at news@galescreekjournal.com!
Library • Event • Washington County April 17
Art of the Story: 15th annual storytelling event returns to Washington County
The "Art of the Story" is returning to Washington County for its 15th year. Catch events locally at the Forest Grove and Banks libraries.
Gales Creek • Construction • Stringtown April 12
Bridge replacement project rescheduled on Stringtown Road
After initially announcing in 2017 that the bridge over Prickett Creek on Stringtown Road would be replaced in the summer of 2019, the county now says its characterization of the bridge as a "decaying timber structure" was somewhat misleading and that construction has been pushed to 2022.
Column • Gales Creek Gatherings • Gardening April 11
Column | Gales Creek Gatherings: Chick day, Garden Club, and Strawberry Festival
Gales Creek Gatherings is a column by guest writer, Sharon Hundley. Sharon will be covering local events and gatherings in the Gales Creek Valley, featuring community events, businesses, and special happenings. If you know of an upcoming event which is outside the regular community calendar events and would like to see it in here, please contact news@galescreekjournal.com, with Sharon Hundley in the subject line.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK April 10
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: March 1930
Gales Creek, 1930 By Esther Lilly Hundley. Transcribed by Sandra Evans. 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.
Gales Creek • CPO • Balm Grove April 9
Balm Grove, recycling, and a potluck on agenda for Wednesday, April 10 CPO meeting
A community gathering in Gales Creek will feature a potluck, an update on the Balm Grove Dam removal project, and a presentation on recycling.
Salem • Forestry • ODF April 8
Oregon Department of Forestry seeks public input in Northwest Oregon State Forests Management, Habitat Conservation Plan
A public roundtable meeting will be held in Salem on Friday, April 12 to discuss the timeline and processes behind proposed changes to how the state manages some 667,000 acres of state-owned forestland west of the Cascade Mountains.
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