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.
OREGON • WILDFIRE • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST June 30
Region to officially enter fire season July 1
The Oregon Department of Forestry announced that the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association region, which includes much of the regions of Gales Creek, Buxton, Timber, Manning, and the Tillamook State Forest, will begin Wednesday, July 1.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • OREGON • HEALTH June 29
Gov. Brown issues statewide mandatory mask order
Beginning Wednesday, July 1, everyone in Oregon will be required to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces.
Forest Grove • construction • Washington County June 29
B Street will close in Forest Grove beginning July 6 for bridge replacement
Gales Creek area commuters may be impacted by a planned closure of B Street between Stringtown Road and the Gales Creek bridge near Forest Grove beginning Monday, July 6.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK June 29
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: July 2- July 8, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: The family celebrates the 4th of July, and the Ford goes "haywire," just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Washington County • Crime • Government June 29
Washington County eyes body camera program expansion for deputies
The Washington County Board of Commissioners is taking a step toward requiring county Sheriff’s deputies to wear body cameras.
CRIME • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST• SOUTH FORK FOREST CAMP June 23
Inmate who escaped work crew has history of running from authorities
Brandon Sykes walked away from a South Fork Forest Camp work crew late Monday morning near the Coast Range summit on Highway 6. It’s not the first time law enforcement officers have had to comb the forest for Mr. Sykes.
CRIME • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST• SOUTH FORK FOREST CAMP June 22
Inmate walks away from work crew near Highway 6 summit
A man walked away from an inmate work crew near the summit of the Coast Range on Highway 6 around 11:35 a.m., according to the Oregon Department of Corrections, who are seeking the public's help in locating Brandon Sykes, age 35.
Hillside • fire June 22
Small brush fire extinguished in Hillside
A small brush fire caused by an escaped burn pile threatened a home in the Hillside community, but is now out, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK June 22
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: June 25- July 1, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: The family heads to Sheridan for the annual Lilly Reunion and baby Joanne has her first tooth, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • Washington County • business June 19
Mandatory mask memo made clear
Masks are mandatory in Washington County at most indoor businesses beginning Wednesday. What does that mean for you and your family? Read on for more specific information.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK June 17
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: June 18- June 24, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: Fishing at Sauvies Island, a lot of canning, and a lot of berries, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
FreeWashington County • health • coronavirus June 17
Washington County reopening fate now tied to Metro counties, Gov. Brown announces
Beginning Wednesday, June 24, face coverings will be mandatory in indoor public areas, such as grocery stores. In addition, Governor Kate Brown announced that Washington County's reopening will now be tied tied to Multnomah and Clackamas County, delaying a Phase 2 approval until mid-July at the earliest.
BANKS • PROTEST • WASHINGTON COUNTY June 17
Black Lives Matter protest draws hundreds in Banks
As the rain fell on Greenville Park on the late afternoon of Friday, June 12, close to 300 people gathered to hear a handful of speakers, remember the life of a Black man killed by police, and to protest the culture and policies that led to his death, and others, in police forces across the nation.
Black Lives Matter • PROTEST • WASHINGTON COUNTY June 9
Seven days, twenty protests: Washington County residents march, protest, and call for change
In the span of one week, cities and communities in Washington County saw at least 20 protests decrying police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, from cities as small as North Plains to the county seat of Hillsboro.
FreeBanks • protest • Washington County June 9
Black Lives Matter protest and march planned Friday in Banks
Organizers plan a protest and march Friday evening to show solidarity with Black community members in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, adding Banks as the latest small town in Oregon to hold such a demonstration.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK June 8
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: June 11- June 17, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: Blackberries, raspberries, and a catastrophic mill fire injures Ted, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • government June 6
DMV launches, then relaunches system for in-person appointments
After a bumpy start, the DMV is now taking appointment requests for some in-person services at 40 locations in Oregon.
Washington County • Crime • police June 5
Washington Co. deputy charged with official misconduct from 2018 use of force incident
In a disclosure not made public at the time, Washington County Deputy Rian Alden — the same deputy earlier accused of sending a racist email 16 years ago — was investigated after a "concerning use of force" on an arrestee during a booking at the Washington County Jail in 2018. The Washington County DA declined to press charges at the time, but reopened the case on Monday.
FISHING • oregon • event June 5
Free fishing weekend returns Saturday & Sunday
The popular free fishing weekend is back, though events that usually are held throughout the state to promote the weekend have all been cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic.
Free June 3
Gov. Brown announces phase two reopening guidelines
Forest Grove • protest • Police June 2
Hundreds gather in Forest Grove to protest police brutality against black Americans
Around 300 people gathered Tuesday afternoon at the base of the large flag in Forest Grove to protest police brutality against black Americans amid a national outrage over the killing of George Floyd, who died in police custody.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK June 1
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: June 4- June 10, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: The family and then some go swimming at Balm Grove, a slim paycheck arrives, and a neighbor loses a foot, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Washington County • Crime • Government June 1
Washington County deputy under investigation after allegation of 'email with racial epithets' surfaces
WASHINGTON COUNTY - A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been placed on administrative leave after an allegation surfaced that the deputy sent an “inappropriate email with racial epithets” before being employed by the Sheriff’s Office.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • OREGON • GOVERNMENT June 1
Gov. Kate Brown fires director of Oregon Employment Department over delays in delivering jobless benefits
Governor Kate Brown fired the head of the Oregon Employment Department on Sunday, responding to the department’s long delays in delivering jobless benefits to out-of-work Oregonians and the agency’s inability to communicate the status of workers’ benefits claims.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK May 25
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: May 28- June 3, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries features a whole lot of berry picking, and Decoration Day remembrances, just two snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
COLUMN • community • GALES CREEK May 20
Gales Creek Cemetery Association gains new president
Sandi Evans was elected president of the Gales Creek Cemetery Association, replacing JoAnne Schmidlin, who served in the position since 1982, writes Joyce Sauber in a special column for the Gales Creek Journal
Washington County • elections • politics May 19
Early election results: No close races for far west Washington County
We’re following a host of races throughout Washington County and the wider region, and we’ll be posting updates throughout the night and morning as they become available.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • LEGAL • OREGON May 18
Oregon Supreme Court puts hold on Baker County judge’s ruling declaring governor’s coronavirus orders ‘null and void’
In a late Monday night ruling, the Oregon Supreme Court stepped in to put a hold on a dramatic decision by an eastern Oregon judge that declared not only Gov. Kate Brown’s restrictions on church gatherings but all her “Stay Home Save Lives’’ coronavirus emergency orders “null and void.’’
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK May 18
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: May 21- May 27, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries features BEES and MOLE SNOOTS, just two snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.