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Banks • Agriculture • culture July 18
Banks resident crowned Oregon Ms. Agriculture USA Queen
Banks resident Alexis Mitchell, 22, is the new Oregon Ms. Agriculture USA Queen for 2019-2020. Mitchell will now move onto the final round, taking place next year in Ohio, in the Ms. United States Agriculture pageant.
Gales Creek • Business • Gales City July 12
The Gales Creek Store reopens
After a devastating fire took the Gales Creek Store out of business, this venerable community gathering space is coming back to life
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: June 1930
Gales Creek, June 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.
Forest Grove • Education • Pacific University July 10
Saturday Academy launches classes at Forest Grove’s Pacific University
Looking for summer activities for the kids? In the class Club Med West: Medical Careers, students are offered the opportunity to investigate careers in the medical field at a hands-on experience at Pacific University.
Salem • Wildfire • Traffic July 9
Smokey Bear license plates will become available in Oregon August 1
Oregon motorists will be able to adorn their license plates with famous wildfire prevention icon Smokey Bear starting August 1.
Oregon • Traffic • Holiday July 3
Travelers will crowd Oregon's roads in record-breaking numbers for Independence Day
The Continental Congress declared freedom from a tyrannical British government on July 2, 1776, and fully adopted the document known as the Declaration of Independence two days later on July 4, 1776. We've been dealing with the traffic ever since - and this year, AAA says it'll be one for the record books.
Salem • Wildfire • Government July 2
Fire season begins for all Department of Forestry land in the state of Oregon
With the recent declaration of fire season in NW Oregon and the North Cascades, all of the land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry is now officially in fire season.
Salem • Transportation • Government July 1
Oregon Department of Transportation names Paul Mather to Interim Deputy Director
The Oregon Transportation Commission named retired Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Highway Division Administrator Paul Mather as ODOT Interim Deputy Director at a special meeting of the Commission in Salem.
Gales Creek • Fire • Tillamook State Forest June 29
Fire season begins Monday, July 1
Locally, Oregon Department of Forestry will launch the official fire season in NW Oregon on Monday, July 1. This year, ODF says that 21 fires have occurred in their coverage territory — almost double from last year's 11 fires — and that all of them were determined to be caused by humans
Gales Creek • internet • Utilities June 26
Frontier internet and landline outage hits Gales Creek
Frontier internet and landline customers are effected by a large outage up and down the Gales Creek valley and surrounding regions.
Tillamook State Forest • Crash • Browns Camp June 17
Emergency crews mount two hour rescue for dirt bike rider seriously injured in the Tillamook State Forest
A dirt bike rider crashed at Browns Camp on Monday afternoon, requiring an extensive rescue to extract the patient, who was eventually transported via air ambulance to a Portland area hospital. Five agencies combined to rescue the downed rider.
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 | 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, 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 | 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 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.
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 | 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.
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