Gales Creek • Crash • Highway 6 February 15
Police pursuit ends with vehicle crashing into Gales Creek near Gales Creek Shell station
Highway 6 was closed after a police pursuit that started near North Plains ended with a vehicle submerged in Gales Creek, prompting a response from nearly every emergency and police agency in the region.
Gardening • Food • Events February 13
Seed Swap gardening event returns to Forest Grove
The Dairy Creek Community Food Web will host a seed swap on Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Forest Grove.
Washington County • CPO 13 • Gales Creek February 12
CPO 13 will host Washington Co. District 4 commissioner Jerry Willey at Feb. 13 meeting
The newly sworn in commissioner, who represents Gales Creek and the rest of the western half of the county, will speak to the Community Participation Organization 13 in Gales Creek on Wednesday, February 13.
Weather • Snow • Flooding • Oh My February 11
National Weather Service: Snow could return, especially at higher elevations, also there's a flood watch
The Portland branch of the National Weather Service, is warning—with a lot of disclaimers—that the valley floor could see snow, but higher elevations such as Timber could see up to 10 inches of snow starting Monday night. Meanwhile, a flood watch will also start at 7 p.m. Monday.
Highway 6 • Crash • Weather February 11
Highway 6 partially blocked near summit by semi crash
Highway 6 westbound is blocked by a semi crash
Snow • History • Activities February 9
Column | Esther Lilly Hundley Diaries: Special Snow Edition
What do you do when snow lays thick upon the ground? Take a look into history as we find snow-based activities to do from the 1920s and 1930s in Gales Creek!
Snow • Weather February 8
Winter Weather Advisory upgraded to Winter Storm Warning
The National Weather Service has upgraded an earlier Winter Weather Advisory to a more severe Winter Storm Warning from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday, February 8 and 9. Forecasts now call for 3 - 8 inches in Coast Range communities: Vernonia, Trask, Timber, Jewell, Lees Camp, Sunset Summit; Banks, elsewhere could see 2 - 6 inches, with more accumulation at higher elevations. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Snow • Weather • Coast Range February 8
Winter Weather Advisory for NW Oregon from Friday evening to Saturday night
The National Weather Service has enacted a Winter Weather Advisory from 6 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 8 and 9. Forecasts call for 3 - 7 inches in Coast Range communities: Vernonia, Trask, Timber, Jewell, Lees Camp, Sunset Summit; elsewhere could see 2 - 4 inches, with snow seeing more accumulation at higher elevations.
Snow • Weather • Closures February 8
Snow closures and delays for Friday, Feb 8 through Sunday, Feb 10
A constantly updated list of cancelled and delayed activities for community events and schools in Gales Creek, Glenwood, Hillside and the Forest Grove School District for the weekend of Feb 8 - Feb 10. Know of something we missed? Email email@example.com.
Salem • Government • Politics February 7
Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson cuts hours back amid cancer treatment
Oregon's Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced on February 4 that he will cut back his working hours amid treatment for his cancerous brain tumor, which he was diagnosed with in May 2018. Richardson, next in line to replace Governor Kate Brown should she resign or otherwise be unable discharge the duties of the office of Governor, is the only Republican in state office.
Snow • Weather • Coast Range February 6
National Weather Service: Snow likely Thursday and Friday
The Portland branch of the National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement on Wednesday afternoon stating that snow is likely. Depending on how weather patterns develop, the agency says, up to an inch could accumulate at lower elevations by Friday morning. Higher elevation communities such as Timber can expect more significant and longer-lasting snowfall.
New Websites • From the Newsroom February 5
Changes to the Gales Creek Journal and Banks Post websites
We just launched a new clutter-free news site for the Banks Post and Gales Creek Journal. It’s faster and easier than ever to get the important community news in Banks, Gales Creek, Timber, Buxton, Roy, and more news that matters to you.
Balm Grove • Washington County • Land Use • Solar Farms February 5
Washington Co. Land Use and Transportation accepting comments on 2019-2020 work program
With tasks ranging from regulating Airbnb rentals, updating floodplains, and dealing with the housing crisis in Washington County, Land Use and Transportation staff are seeking your comments on their proposed work in 2019 and 2020.
Hunting • Education • Banks February 5
Hunter education classes offered at Banks Fire District
Classes for youth and adults will be held in Banks in late February and early March
Fishing • Stocking Schedule • Hagg Lake February 5
First free fishing weekend of year February 16 & 17
Free fishing event falls in February, first of four family-friendly fishing weekends in 2019.