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Oregon Department of Forestry • Fire • Tillamook Forest Oct. 25
Fire season over for all Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands
Fire season ended in the last of the 16 million acres of Oregon forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry as of Friday morning, ODF said.
Washington County • Disasters • Public Safety Oct. 25
County moves to new emergency alert system
Washington County transitioned today to a new emergency alert system—used to notify county residents who've signed up for alerts during fires, floods, for missing persons notices and the like—called Everbridge.
Tillamook State Forest • Volunteer • Tillamook Forest Center Oct. 22
Volunteers sought to staff Tillamook Forest Center for 2022 season
While the Tillamook Forest Center has yet to reopen following what was initially a temporary shuttering of its doors in the spring of 2020, the facility appears to be on track to reopen for the spring 2022 season. To fully staff the facility, ODF relies on volunteers.
Gales Creek • Business • Food Oct. 22
Chicken and Guns Smokehouse coming to former Coleman's location in Gales Creek
Bonanza. Coleman’s. Soon, Chicken and Guns Smokehouse. The building on the Wilson River Highway just west of the junction of Highways 6 and 8 has long served Gales Creek residents and visitors looking for a spot to eat. In spring of 2022, a Portland restaurateur plans to expand his Portland food cart to a full restaurant in Gales Creek.
Column • History • Gales Creek Oct. 21
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County October 6 & 13, 1921
What might be considered gossip fills the columns of this week's double-feature of Dispatches from history: Western Washington County 100 years ago.
Salem • Politics • Government Oct. 21
Redistricting draws most rural far western Washington County communities into House District 31
What do Gales Creek and Vernonia have in common? They'll both be voting to elect a representative to House District 31 in November 2022.
Salem • Politics • Elections Oct. 15
State Senator Betsy Johnson announces unaffiliated run for governor
State Senator Betsy Johnson, a Democrat who serves the northwest corner of Oregon in the state legislature, including Gales Creek and Banks, will run for governor under no party’s banner in 2022, Johnson said in an email to supporters.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Health Oct. 14
Upcoming vaccination clinics: Forest Grove
According to the county’s mobile vaccine team schedule, two Forest Grove clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, October 20. The first of those clinics is scheduled for 12 to 2 p.m. at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center (2037 Douglas Street), followed by the regular clinic at the Forest Grove Famers Market (2030 Main Street) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Gales Creek • Community • History Oct. 14
Centennial of Gales Creek School’s Jennie Ranes building celebrated
Members of Friends of Historic Forest Grove, Gales Creek community members, and school administration met on the grounds of the former Gales Creek Elementary School Saturday, August 21 to place a plaque commemorating the Jennie Ranes Building, which was built 100 years ago in 1921.
Washington County • Elections • Police Oct. 13
Ballots mailed for November 2 election
An election scheduled for Tuesday, November 2 will see few measures in Washington County to vote for, and none in Gales Creek; for those within Banks’ city limits, those in Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's service territory, and that small sliver of Lake Oswego in the county, a handful of local measures will be determined. Voters elsewhere can instead look forward to the May 17, 2022 Primary Election.
Column • History • Gales Creek Oct. 12
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County September 22 & 29, 1921
100 years ago: A hog and dairy show is planned in Banks, and news of a new bridge in Gales Creek is "joyfully" received. This week, the clips in this history column come from the September 22 & 29, 1921 editions of the Washington County News-Times.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Health Oct. 7
Upcoming vaccination clinics, COVID-19 numbers, and cases in local schools
The latest information on vaccination clinics in far western Washington County, cases in local schools, and vaccination statistics by zip code in Banks, Gales Creek, Timber, and beyond.
Washington County • Crime • North Plains Oct. 7
Washington County Sheriff’s Office shuts down ‘massive’ illegal cannabis operation outside North Plains
A search at a property outside North Plains resulted in the seizure of more than 800 pounds of dried cannabis, 5,719 cannabis plants—Oregon law allows four plants for personal use at any given residence—half a million dollars in grow equipment, and $22,000 in U.S. currency.
Gales Creek • Tillamook State Forest • Crime Sep. 22
Gate glued near Gales Creek Campground
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a person caught on camera appearing to superglue the locks on a gate near the Gales Creek Campground on Rogers Road while walking his dogs.
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.
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