FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government May. 11
Oregon's risk framework to end when 70% of those 16 and up get first dose
The end of Oregon’s county risk level framework is in sight, if 70% of Oregonians age 16 and up receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
U.S. • Coronavirus • Health May. 10
FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in youth ages 12 - 15
The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in those ages 12-15 Monday. Previously, the vaccine had only been approved for those ages 16 and above. Approval to begin administering the shots could come as early as May 12.
Column • History • Gales Creek May. 10
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County 100 years ago
In this new column, we take a look back 100 years ago in western Washington County, pulling clips and stories from the annals of local newspapers and historic documents. This week, the clips come from the April 28, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Salem • Business • Government May. 10
Oregon House passes bill to require diverse boards of directors for publicly-traded companies
Oregon House Democrats issued a news release announcing the passage of House Bill 3310A, which requires publicly-traded corporations to have a minimum number of directors who are women and members of underrepresented communities. The bill now heads to the Oregon Senate.
Gales Creek • Balm Grove • Environment May. 6
Grant funding sought to resume Balm Grove Dam removal project
The Balm Grove Dam Removal project never took off in 2019 as originally planned, leaving the fate of the decades-old barrier in Gales Creek unknown. A grant application submitted by the Tualatin River Watershed Council in late April could see the project move forward in the summer of 2022.
Forest Grove • Police • Community Apr. 29
Body of man missing in Forest Grove found in waters of Gales Creek
The body of a man who walked away from a memory care facility in Forest Grove three days ago was found just outside of city limits in the waters of Gales Creek on Thursday shortly before 3 p.m.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Apr. 29
Governor Brown extends coronavirus declaration of emergency
“I intend to fully reopen our economy by the end of June, and the day is approaching when my emergency orders can eventually be lifted,” Brown said in a press release explaining her renewal of the declaration first issued on March 8, 2020.
Opinion • Letter to the Editor • Politics Apr. 28
Letter to the Editor: Why Kristi Wilson belongs on the PCC Board of Directors
A letter to the editor in support of PCC Zone 7 candidate Kristi Wilson.
Forest Grove • Police • Community Apr. 28
Police continue search for man missing from Forest Grove
79-year-old Toufik "Tom" Tanous walked away from the Hawthorne House Care Facility in Forest Grove Tuesday night. The Forest Grove Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office are searching for Tanous, who has Alzheimer's.
Washington County • Elections • Politics Apr. 27
Two candidates vie for open seat in Portland Community College Zone 7 race
Two candidates running for the Portland Community College Board of Directors open elected seat for the Zone 7 position, which encompasses far west Washington County and parts of northwestern Columbia County, have a similar passion for guiding people into careers through a community college education but differing experiences in life and work.
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: April 20 - April 26, 1932 Apr. 26
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: April 27 - May 3, 1932
These are the diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek after the Lilly family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. This week: Charles gets treatment for an eye malady, and Billie and Elsie have a new house at "Rains Camp."
Washington County • Elections • Politics Apr. 22
Voter registration deadline is April 27
The deadline to register to vote or update your registration for the May 18 special district election is Tuesday, April 27.
Gales Creek • Fire • Weather Apr. 22
Washington County burn ban to lift Friday morning
Washington County's burn ban, first announced on April 14, will lift at 8 a.m. Friday, April 23, according to Dave Nemeyer, a spokesperson for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Health Apr. 20
Washington County will move up to 'High Risk' starting Friday
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that Washington County and several other counties would be moving to the “High Risk” category starting Friday under the governor’s 4-tier — Low, Moderate, High, Extreme — COVID-19 risk system.
Oregon • Legislature • Government Apr. 20
State Rep. Brad Witt accused of sexual harassment by fellow legislator
House District 31 State Representative Brad Witt faces allegations that he sexually harassed fellow legislator Rep. Vikki Breese-Iverson and attempted to pressure her into a "quid-pro-quo" arrangement earlier this month.
Column • History • Gales Creek Apr. 20
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: April 20 - April 26, 1932
These are the diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek after the Lilly family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. This week: More mushroom hunting, and Cherry Grove wins a baseball game against Gales Creek.
Salem • Politics • Government Apr. 19
House passes bill to restrict some military surplus use by law enforcement agencies
The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting law enforcement agencies from receiving certain types of U.S. military surplus equipment from the federal government, including armored drones, grenades, and firearms silencers, among other types of gear.
FreeObituary Apr. 19
Obituary: Harold “Lloyd” Fellas
Harold “Lloyd” Fellas, 96, a resident of the Banks community passed away on April 14, 2021 at the Marquis Forest Grove, OR.
Washington County Sheriff's Office • Crime • Schools Apr. 16
Three schools in Forest Grove, Cornelius on lockout as deputies search for shooting suspect in south Cornelius area
Three schools in the Forest Grove and Cornelius area – Neil Armstrong M.S., Fern Hill Elementary, and Swallowtail School –are in lockout while the Washington County Sheriff's Office searches for a suspect wanted in connection to a Friday morning shooting in Hillsboro.
FreeFire • Washington County • Weather Apr. 15
Friday 'Red Flag Warning' issued for NW Oregon
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning beginning Friday at 11 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. the same day for much of northwest Oregon and beyond. Fire officials from the local and state level have been warning for several days now of extreme conditions that could lead to wildfires.
Crime • Tillamook State Forest • South Fork Forest Camp Apr. 15
Escaped South Fork Forest Camp inmate arrested
A man who walked away from a South Fork Forest Camp work crew near the Gales Creek Campground on Wednesday, April 14 is back in custody.
Crime • Tillamook State Forest • South Fork Forest Camp Apr. 14
South Fork Forest Camp inmate escapes custody near Gales Creek Campground
Jedaiah Lunn, a South Fork Forest Camp inmate walked away from a work crew near the Gales Creek Campground Wednesday around 2:30 p.m., the Oregon Department of Corrections said in a press release. Minutes later, a carjacking occurred in the same area.
FreeGales Creek • Fire • Weather Apr. 14
Burn ban enacted due to fire danger
Beginning at 12 p.m. Wednesday, all outdoor burning in Forest Grove Fire & Rescue's territory, the Banks Fire District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and beyond will close due to fire danger. Those who start or allow a fire to spread could be on the hook for legal and firefighting costs.
FreeFire • Washington County • Oregon Apr. 14
National Weather Service: 'Unseasonably high fire danger throughout this week'
The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued a "special weather statement" in advance of what the federal agency referred to as "unseasonably high fire danger" expected this week.
Column • History • Gales Creek Apr. 14
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: April 13 - April 19, 1932
These are the diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek after the Lilly family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. This week: Anniversaries and birthdays, and Esther takes part in the Depression-era art of soap carving.
FreeWashington County • Event • Government Apr. 13
Washington County's Harrington to present 'State of the County' virtually April 19
Kathryn Harrington, the chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, will present the annual “State of the County” virtually on Monday, April 19 at 6 p.m.
Fire • ODF • Gales Creek Apr. 13
Concern over fire danger mounts as April temperatures rise
"I've had wildfires as early as spring break, and some even in the dead of winter when we get a few days of clear cold east winds,” said Forest Grove Fire & Rescue PIO Dave Nemeyer in a message to the Gales Creek Journal. “Every one of those early fires was started by an out of control burn pile,” he said.
Less than 30 minutes later, fire crews were headed to an out-of-control burn pile on Strohmeyer Road.
Tillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Apr. 13
ODF seeks to create clarity, rules when closing state forestland
As wildfires spread across the western portion of the state in September 2020, the Tillamook State Forest and others across the state were declared closed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Now, the forestry agency is seeking to create a set of permanent rules for implementing a state forest land closure.
Washington County • Crime • Police Apr. 10
Sheriff's Office seeks public help in locating suspect wanted on litany of charges
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking public help in locating an alleged hit-and-run driver and auto thief involved in a crash north of Cornelius on NW Susbauer Road and NW Long Road.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Apr. 6
Brown announces vaccine eligibility for all 16 and older on April 19
Starting April 19, all Oregonians aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Oregon Governor Brown announced Tuesday morning.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Health Apr. 5
April 5 sees new swaths of Washington County residents eligible for vaccine
Just three days after Governor Kate Brown said a fourth surge of the COVID-19 pandemic was at Oregon’s doorstep, the Oregon Health Authority announced that wide swaths of the population now are eligible to schedule an appointment for a first round of vaccinations.
Column • History • Gales Creek Apr. 5
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: April 6 - April 12, 1932
These are the diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek after the Lilly family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. This week: A funeral, mushroom hunting, and early spring gardening.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Apr. 2
Vaccine eligibility expanded for more underlying conditions, families of frontline workers
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced an expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for people with some underlying health conditions, and for family members that live with frontline workers.
Gales Creek • Traffic • Highway 6 Apr. 1
Road camera in Gales Creek now live
It's no April Fool's Day joke. After several weeks of anticipation, the first road camera in Gales Creek, located at the Junction of Highway 6 and 8 went live Thursday.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Mar. 31
Governor Brown Unveils 10-Point Economic Recovery Plan
Oregon Governor Kate Brown released a 10-point economic recovery plan for the state on Tuesday, March 23, outlining her administration's recovery goals in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 wildfires.
Washington County • Transportation • Government Mar. 30
County seeks two applicants for regional transportation commission
Want to advise the Oregon Transportation Commission on transportation issues in rural western Washington County? Two positions — each for a two-year term — on a little-known regional commission are open for just that purpose.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Wildfire Mar. 30
Wildland firefighters now eligible for vaccine
That includes many private crews that work in the logging industry in the region’s forests, and landowners in forested areas that aid firefighting efforts.
Column • History • Gales Creek Mar. 29
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: March 28 - April 5, 1932
These are the diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek after the Lilly family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. This week: "Lost Squadron" gets a good review, and Esther loses a brother.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Mar. 26
Vaccine timeline accelerated for frontline workers, more
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that the timeline of vaccine eligibility for frontline workers, those living in multigenerational households, and those ages 16 and older with certain underlying health conditions would be sped up from April 19 to April 5.
Column • History • Gales Creek Mar. 24
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: March 23 - 27, 1932
These are the diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek after the Lilly family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. This week: It's Easter Sunday, and Ted finishes the rafters on the house he's building.