Washington County • Health • Environment Sep. 15
Rabid bat found in Washington County
Following reports of a rabid bat in Multnomah County, it turn out more of the same has been found further west.
“Washington County also had a rabid bat,” disclosed Washington County Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Wendy Gordon in an email to local media organizations Wednesday afternoon.
Crash • Tillamook State Forest • Hwy 6 Sep. 13
Oregon City resident killed in Highway 6 crash near summit
An Oregon City man is the latest killed on Highway 6 after a Sunday evening crash near the Coast Range summit. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue's Matt Johnston described the scene.
Crash • Summit • Hwy 6 Sep. 12
Fatal crash near Coast Range summit closes Highway 6
A fatal crash near the Coast Range summit has resulted in the closure of Highway 6.
Salem • Politics • Government Sep. 10
Brown calls special legislative session to tackle redistricting
Oregon’s legislators will head back to Salem following Governor Kate Brown’s call to convene a special legislative session to tackle congressional and legislative redistricting.
Crime • Washington County Sheriff's Office • Hwy 6 Sep. 10
Late night shooting results in highway closure between Banks and Gales Creek
Details remain scant after a late night shooting in the Parson Road and Highway 6 area in Gales Creek Thursday night closed the highway between Banks and Gales Creek into the very early morning. No one was injured after a homeowner reported up to six shots struck his driveway near where he was standing.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Health Sep. 9
Upcoming vaccination clinics: Banks, Timber, Forest Grove
Washington County's Mobile Vaccine Team has scheduled several Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination clinics in western Washington County in the coming weeks as the county works to combat the surging Delta variant.
Tillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Sep. 8
Helicopter crashes in Tillamook Forest area
A helicopter crashed in a remote area in the Tillamook Forest area in Tillamook County Wednesday morning, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office said. It is believed that the pilot—who survived without apparent injury—struck BPA powerlines, sparking a small fire.
Gales Creek • Rippling Waters • Fire Sep. 8
Crash, fire close Gales Creek Road at David Hill
A single vehicle crash on Gales Creek Road near the intersection of David Hill Road across from the county-owned Rippling Waters property caused a brush fire after the vehicle ignited, lighting several trees on fire. No one was injured in the crash or subsequent fire.
Washington County • Coronavirus • Health Sep. 8
Washington County taps Marie Boman-Davis to lead public health division
Marie Boman-Davis has been promoted to lead Washington County Public Health as the public health division’s manager following the retirement of Tricia Mortell, who led the division for seven years.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Recreation • ODF Aug. 31
Tillamook Forest Center to remain closed through 2021
The Tillamook Forest Center will remain closed through the rest of the year, the Oregon Department of Forestry said Tuesday. Last open for less than two weeks in early 2020, the interpretive center is expected to reopen in March 2022.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Aug. 24
Brown issues outdoor mask order for some situations beginning Friday
Adding to an earlier order to mandate masking in indoor public settings, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an order on Tuesday that will mandate outdoor mask wearing in settings where social distancing cannot be maintained starting Friday, August 27.
FreeCoronavirus • Health • Science Aug. 23
FDA issues full approval for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which now will be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of the coronavirus in individuals 16 years old or older.
FreeForest Grove School District • Education • Coronavirus Aug. 19
Vaccinations will be required for teachers, staff, volunteers in K-12 schools statewide
All teachers, staff, and volunteers in K-12 schools statewide will be required to become fully vaccinated, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced today during a press conference. Vaccines will be required by October 18 or six weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives full approval of one of the coronavirus vaccines, whichever is later.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Business Aug. 18
Washington Co. Chair Harrington floats idea of requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining
In an email sent Wednesday afternoon to county commissioners and mayors of most Washington County cities, Chair Kathryn Harrington added an idea to her initial concept of closing indoor dining for four weeks. Instead, Harrington said, the county could require that diners provide proof of vaccination to eat inside. A decision on the fate of indoor dining in the county during the current Delta variant surge is expected at a board meeting Tuesday, August 24.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Businesses Aug. 18
Washington County chair Harrington is pushing for a four-week indoor dining ban
The Washington County board of commissioners may vote on a measure by August 24 to ban indoor dining for four weeks at Washington County restaurants. “What I do want us to do is strive to reduce the pressures on health care workers and hospitals,” County Chair Kathryn Harrington said during a Tuesday work session. “As far as I know, policy-wise, the only thing we can do to help that is to restrict dining to outdoor-only for the next four weeks. Pure and simple."
Column • History • Gales Creek Aug. 16
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County August 4, 1921
100 years ago: 1,500 people are expected at a picnic in Manning, and a new route to Tillamook is planned. This week, the clips in this history column come from the July 28, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Hagg Lake • Recreation • Washington County Aug. 14
Swimmer dies in Hagg Lake
Satoru Kamoshita, 61, of Beaverton, went under the water at Hagg Lake while swimming Saturday afternoon. His body was recovered nearly three hours later by divers with the Lake Oswego Fire Department.
Tillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Aug. 14
Crews mopping up fully lined 74 acre Cedar Butte Fire
The Cedar Butte Fire is now 74 acres, crews have fully lined the fire, and are now focused on containment and mop up, the Oregon Department of Forestry said in what will likely be their final update on the fire.
Tillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Aug. 13
Cedar Butte Fire remains at 60 acres as crews expect to begin mopping up this weekend
Over the weekend, more ground crews are expected to join the fight at the Cedar Butte Fire to aid in containment and mopping up. The aircraft support will be released to fight other fires at the close of today's shift.
Fire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest Aug. 12
Cedar Butte Fire grows to 60 acres
The Cedar Butte Fire, burning west of Highway 6 near Cedar Butte Road in the Tillamook State Forest, is now estimated to be 60 acres in size where it burns in a freshly logged unit that completed a timber harvest last month. Hagg Lake closed at 8 a.m. to allow two Single Engine Air Tankers to scoop water from the lake to fight the fire.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Aug. 11
Mandatory indoor masking in public spaces will begin Friday
Citing the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus, Governor Brown announced during a press conference that an indoor mask order in public spaces would be effective Friday.
FreeFire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest Aug. 11
Cedar Butte Fire is burning in the Tillamook State Forest 18 miles east of Tillamook
A new wildfire called the Cedar Butte Fire, estimated at 25-30 acres, is burning in the Tillamook State Forest 18 miles east of Tillamook and north of Highway 6.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Weather • ODF Aug. 10
Eastern part of Tillamook State Forest and surrounding areas to enter 'Extreme Fire Danger' Wednesday
Facing another heat wave, the Oregon Department of Forestry will move fire danger to “extreme” in the eastern portion of the Tillamook State Forest and surrounding ODF-protected areas, and prohibit a number of activities in areas of the forest starting early Wednesday morning.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Aug. 10
As hospitals fill up, Gov. Brown will mandate indoor masks
Oregon Governor Kate Brown will reinstate an indoor mask mandate for the entire state, the governor's office announced Tuesday afternoon. The governor will also require state employees to become vaccinated, with exceptions only for medical reasons or religious beliefs. More details are expected Wednesday. The Oregon Health Authority reported 635 patients in hospitals with COVID-19, an all-time high.
FreeGales Creek • Weather • Health Aug. 10
Brown declares state of emergency for entire state as triple digits threaten
Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for the entire state in advance of triple digit temperatures expected across much of the state beginning Wednesday.
Column • History • Gales Creek Aug. 9
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County July 28, 1921
100 years ago: A young boy dies in Banks after being struck by a truck, a Gales Creek man receives a special commendation from the U.S. Navy, and more. This week, the clips in this history column come from the July 28, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
FreeGales Creek • Weather • Health Aug. 8
National Weather Service issues 'Excessive Heat Watch' beginning Wednesday
Here we go again: Triple digits are in the forecast as region's third major heat wave this summer looms. The National Weather Service issued an 'Excessive Heat Watch' beginning Wednesday and extending through Saturday evening.
Gales Creek • Balm Grove • Environment Aug. 6
Clean Water Services asks public to stay off Balm Grove property
“We know that historically this has been a popular gathering place in the community. However, the fish passage barrier poses a threat to anyone who trespasses on the site,” an email from Clean Water Services said. The agency's efforts to secure funding to remove the Balm Grove Dam have suffered another setback after being denied a grant on July 23.
Washington County • Crime • Manning Aug. 4
Sheriff's Office: Cornelius man arrested on rape charge met victims at 'Dairy Queen near Manning'
Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's Office are seeking information on more victims following the arrest of a Cornelius man Wednesday on charges of rape, among other charges. Detectives believes that Darby Martin, 27, met his victims at the Manning Dairy Queen, where he worked.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Aug. 4
Health care workers must get vaccine, or be tested for COVID-19 weekly, Gov. Brown says
Starting September 30, Oregon Governor Kate Brown will require workers in health care settings to be tested weekly for COVID-19, a rule that health care workers can avoid by becoming vaccinated.
Tillamook County • Crash • Highway 6 Aug. 2
Two people die over weekend on Highway 6
Two people are the latest killed in a crash on the Wilson River Highway stretching from Banks to Tillamook after a collision on Saturday.
Column • History • Gales Creek Aug. 2
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County July 21, 1921
100 years ago: A picnic at Banks' "Hop Ranch," a lot of blackberries, someone's driving in Gales Creek in a Grant Six touring car and more. This week, the clips in this history column come from the July 21, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Tillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Jul. 30
Behind fire lines at the Game Hog Creek Fire
Photos, videos, infrared images, maps, the words of firefighters on the ground and hard labor tell the story of the Game Hog Creek Fire in the Tillamook State Forest.
FreeGales Creek • Weather • Environment Jul. 29
Gov. Brown declares state of emergency as heat wave builds
Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Thursday in 23 of Oregon’s 36 counties—including Washington County—due to the heat wave beginning in much of the state today.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Education Jul. 29
Gov. Brown will require masks in K-12 schools statewide for coming school year
On Thursday, Governor Kate Brown issued a directive to the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education to create a rule to require face coverings indoors for students in K-12 schools across the state for the 2021-22 school year, citing CDC guidance.
FreeGales Creek • Weather • Health Jul. 27
National Weather Service issues 'Excessive Heat Watch' for part of Gales Creek beginning Thursday
The National Weather Service had to draw the line somewhere to mark the boundary of the Excessive Heat Watch beginning on Thursday. That line? It's right down the middle of the Gales Creek Tavern.
Gales Creek • Business • Community Jul. 27
Inside the Gales Creek Tavern
The Gales Creek Tavern opened under new owners on May 20 to customers after significant renovation and work on the building.
Crash • Gales Creek • Hwy 6 Jul. 26
Crash on Highway 6 results in The Dalles resident's death
A resident of The Dalles was killed Monday morning in a crash on Highway 6 near the Coast Range summit.
Crash • Gales Creek • Hwy 6 Jul. 26
Highway 6 closed after serious crash east of summit
A crash east of the summit of the Coast Range on Highway 6 closed the Wilson River Highway Monday morning.
FreeFire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest Jul. 21
Fire crews move into 'heavy mop-up' at Game Hog Creek Fire
Fire crews are pushing into the interior of the Game Hog Creek Fire as they work to establish a 300 foot perimeter free of burning material, the Oregon Department of Forestry said on Wednesday.