COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK May 25
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: May 28- June 3, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries features a whole lot of berry picking, and Decoration Day remembrances, just two snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
COLUMN • community • GALES CREEK May 20
Gales Creek Cemetery Association gains new president
Sandi Evans was elected president of the Gales Creek Cemetery Association, replacing JoAnne Schmidlin, who served in the position since 1982, writes Joyce Sauber in a special column for the Gales Creek Journal
Washington County • elections • politics May 19
Early election results: No close races for far west Washington County
We’re following a host of races throughout Washington County and the wider region, and we’ll be posting updates throughout the night and morning as they become available.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • LEGAL • OREGON May 18
Oregon Supreme Court puts hold on Baker County judge’s ruling declaring governor’s coronavirus orders ‘null and void’
In a late Monday night ruling, the Oregon Supreme Court stepped in to put a hold on a dramatic decision by an eastern Oregon judge that declared not only Gov. Kate Brown’s restrictions on church gatherings but all her “Stay Home Save Lives’’ coronavirus emergency orders “null and void.’’
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK May 18
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: May 21- May 27, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries features BEES and MOLE SNOOTS, just two snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Freecoronavirus • legal • oregon May 18
Baker County Judge Invalidates Oregon Gov. Brown's COVID-19 Emergency Orders
A Baker County judge has invalidated Brown’s restrictions on businesses and social gatherings, along with every other executive order Brown has issued under a state of emergency she ordered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Washington County • elections • politics May 13
The primaries: What you need to know
According to the Oregon Secretary of State, 17% of eligible voters in Washington County had sent in a ballot as of press time.
Washington County • Government • elections May 12
On the ballot: Washington County library levy
Measure 34-297 would renew the five-year property tax levy currently providing 40 percent of library system funding the library system, which is set to expire in July 2021.
Washington County • Government • elections May 12
On the ballot: Washington County public safety levy
Measure 34-296 would replace the existing five-year levy, which expires in June 2021, and run from July 2021 to June 2026.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK May 11
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: May 14- May 20, 1931
What was life like in the Gales Creek Valley in the 1930's? Find out in this installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries. This week, the family puts in a garden, and a new addition to the family arrives: A Ford Coupe.
FreeHealth • CORONAVIRUS • banks May 11
Adventist Health offers telemedicine to access in-home healthcare
Tillamook-based Adventist Health wants its customers to know it now offers on-demand, virtual office visits, known as telemedicine, to allow patients to visit their health care provider from home via cell phone, tablet, or computer during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • recreation • forestry May 10
ODF closes dispersed camping in state forests
While some parks are beginning to open to day use activities in the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry is further restricting activities in forests in their jurisdiction, temporarily halting dispersed camping in state forests, effective Monday, May 11.
FreeFire • ODF • coronavirus May 7
Fire officials warn of increased wildfire danger this weekend
With temperatures expected to be in the low 80’s and high 70’s for much of the state this weekend, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is warning that conditions in April and May have been unusually dry and could pose increased fire danger.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • health • food May 7
OHA: No evidence COVID-19 is transmitted from food, food packaging
The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Agriculture released a joint statement saying there is no evidence that animal or human food, or food packaging, is associated with the transmission of COVID-19.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • OREGON • GOVERNMENT May 7
Oregon reopening starts May 15 under governor’s coronavirus plan
Come May 15, Oregon will take its first steps along the tightrope of reopening public life, tentatively lifting its coronavirus stay-home order on a county-bycounty basis and once again changing the rules of social and economic engagement across the state.
FreeCoronavirus • Oregon • state parks May 5
Some state parks opening to day use after 6-week closure
Some state parks will open this week, but not the Banks-Vernonia State Trail or Stub Stewart State Park, according to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
FreeCoronavirus • Health • GALES CREEK May 5
State releases zip code data for COVID-19 cases
Because of a mishmash of zip codes in the region, It's unclear if any cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Gales Creek area.
FreeWashington County • coronavirus • event May 5
Two upcoming digital town halls will feature elected officials and public health officials
Two online town halls featuring local politicians and health officials have been scheduled to take place Thursday, May 7 and Monday, May 11.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK May 4
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: May 7- May 13, 1931
What was life like in the Gales Creek Valley in the 1930's? Find out in this installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries. This week, the family heads to a relic of Old Portland to see a dance/walking competition at Lotus Isle.
Free CORONAVIRUS • OREGON • GOVERNMENT May 2
Gov. Kate Brown extends Oregon coronavirus state of emergency to July 6
Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order Friday extending Oregon’s state of emergency to July 6 in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • OREGON • GOVERNMENT May 2
Oregon unveils new initiatives for coronavirus testing, tracing, reopening plans
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a bevy of new initiatives and details Friday to beef up testing and contact tracing as businesses look to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
FreeGales Creek • utilities • technology May 2
Goodbye Frontier, hello Ziply
Frontier Communications completed the sale of their fiber and telephone network operations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana to Ziply on Friday.
FreeWASHINGTON COUNTY • GOVERNMENT • coronavirus May 2
John Wheeler named Washington Co. Emergency Management manager
Interim Emergency Management manager of Washington County, John Wheeler, has dropped the interim title from his role and will serve as the Emergency Management manager of Washington County.
Fire • ODF • government April 30
Local, state agencies kick off Wildfire Awareness Month in May
May 1 kicks off Wildfire Awareness Month, a public safety marketing campaign held by the nonprofit organization Keep Oregon Green and local, state, and federal fire agencies and other organizations.
Balm Grove • Gales Creek • Environment April 28
Balm Grove dam removal project stalls in Gales Creek
The Balm Grove dam removal project in Gales Creek was once envisioned as a way to mitigate negative impacts to fish habitat caused by proposed projects at Hagg Lake's Scoggins Dam. Clean Water Services now says the Balm Grove project has stalled after running into permitting and funding issues.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK April 27
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: April 30 - May 6, 1931
What was life like in the Gales Creek Valley in the 1930's? Find out in this installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries. This week, Esther celebrates a birthday, and there's a whole lot of fishing.
FreeElections • oregon • government April 27
Voter registration deadline is Tuesday, April 28
Want to vote in the May 19, 2020 primary? If you’re not already registered to do so, you need to register by 11:59:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28. That’s tomorrow, as of our 3 p.m. Monday press time, for those keeping track at home.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • transportation • roads April 22
Studded tire season extended to May 15
Studded tire season has once again been extended — this time to May 15 —in light of social distancing orders as the state grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. But, ODOT says, if you can take them off before that while maintaining social distancing, please do.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • BUSINESS • OREGON April 21
Oregon OSHA fields more than 2800 COVID-19 related complaints
Oregon OSHA has received about 2,800 complaints from employees so far who are still required to go into work rather than telecommuting; the complaints come from workers who say it is more than possible for their employer to allow them to work remotely, from home.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK April 20
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: April 23 - April 29, 1931
What was life like in the Gales Creek Valley in the 1930's? Find out in this installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries. This week, it reaches 82 degrees, and Esther gives Billie and Elsie a much-needed babysitting break to slip away up to the Soda Springs area.