Washington County • Elections • Politics October 28
More than 1.5 million voters have cast a ballot in Oregon so far
In today's electoral update, we cover the numbers and a reminder that it's too late to vote by mail - drop your ballot off at one of Washington County's 21 drop sites.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government October 27
Gov. Brown extends declaration of a state of emergency into 2021
Governor Kate Brown has extended Oregon’s declaration of a state of emergency, originally made on March 8, into 2021.
Washington County • Elections • Politics October 27
County officials: Today is last day to safely mail ballots; use drop site starting Wednesday
“Washington County elections officials are asking voters to use one of these official ballot dropsites as early as possible so all ballots can be processed in a timely manner,” Washington County said in a press release.
Oregon • Weather • Government October 27
Daylight Saving Time ends early morning of November 1
Sunday, November 1 will have 25 hours instead of the usual 24 as the end of daylight saving time happens at 2 a.m., rolling back to 1 a.m. for a do over of the past hour.
Washington County • Elections • Politics October 26
Washington County voters close gap between statewide and county average ballot returns
While still lagging behind Multnomah and Clackamas Counties in terms of voter turnout percentages, Washington County was only 1.1% behind the statewide average of 40.3%, with 39.2% of eligible county voters turning in a ballot as of Monday morning.
Column • History • Gales Creek October 26
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: October 29 - November 4, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: Telegrams, a ride through the Scoggins Valley (now Hagg Lake), and a Halloween program round out the week, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Gales Creek • Weather October 25
'Freeze Warning' in place beginning 1 a.m. as temperatures drop
Temperatures will plummet Sunday night, prompting a 'Freeze Warning' from the Portland National Weather Service beginning 1 a.m. through 10 a.m. Monday morning.
Washington County • Elections • Politics October 25
Two county measures on Washington County ballot
Registered voters will see two measures from Washington County on their ballots; measure 34-300, which will alter how county commissioners and the chair are paid, and measure 34-301, which would do away with a restriction on passing land use ordinances for four months out of the year.
Washington County • Elections • Politics October 23
Washington County voters surpass 100,000 ballots cast
Ballot returns in Washington County as of 12 p.m. Friday, October 23 numbered 106,660, an amount representing about 27.7% of the total number of registered voters in the county, according to the Washington County elections office.
Washington County • Elections • Politics October 22
Early voting turnout puts Washington County at 19.2%, below statewide average
Ballot returns in Washington County as of 9:09 a.m. Thursday, October 22 numbered 73,803, an amount representing about 19.2% of the total number of registered voters in the county, according to the office of the Oregon Secretary of State. Read on for a party-by-party breakdown of those votes.
Opinion • Letter to the Editor • Politics October 22
Letter to the Editor: Elect Weber for Oregon House District 32
Another letter regarding the Oregon House District 32, which includes Banks, Gales Creek, Gaston, and the North Coast.
Oregon • Elections • Politics October 21
Oregon voters will vote on bill to allow limiting of campaign contributions
Oregon Ballot Measure 107 would change Oregon’s Constitution to limit campaign contributions both in cash contributions and service rendered for in-kind contributions.
FreeGales Creek • Event • Coronavirus October 20
Gales Creek School PTO Halloween party shifted to candy, mini pumpkin handout
Another tradition falls prey to the coronavirus pandemic, but families and children can still celebrate in style with a mini pumpkin and candy handout on Halloween at the Gales Creek School.
Washington County • Elections • Government October 19
Errors printed on Washington County ballots muddle ballot impact text
Another set of errors by the Washington County Elections department has been discovered in election materials, this time in the form of random “yes” and “no” statements placed in the explanation text of four statewide measures on the ballot.
Washington County • Elections • Government October 19
Voting underway in Washington County
Washington County's election department said that by Friday — two days after ballots were mailed — a total of 1,252 ballots had been returned. This, how a proofing error in the voters guide cost the county nearly $3,000, and more inside.
Column • History • Gales Creek October 19
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: October 22 - 28, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: More calf selling, the Oregonian man comes around, and fishing is a success, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Opinion • Letter to the Editor • Politics October 16
Nine letters to the editor as House District 32 race heats up
Not one, not two, but NINE letters to the editor this week, with some in support of HD 32 candidate Suzanne Weber and some in support of HD 32 Debbie Boothe-Schmidt. Something on your mind? Instructions inside on how to submit your own letter
Fire • Tillamook State Forest • Oregon October 12
Fire season ends in NW Oregon forests
The official fire season ended today for the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association region, bringing to an official close a season unlike any other in recent history in Oregon.
Elections • Oregon • USPS October 12
A brief history of Oregon’s vote-by-mail system
In 2000, Oregon became the nation’s first-only all vote-by-mail state, but Oregonians have been voting by mail since the 1980s
Elections • Oregon • Washington County October 12
Voter registration deadline is Tuesday
To register or to make a change to your voter registration, visit and complete the online form at oregonvotes.gov/register before midnight on Tuesday, October 13; in person at the Washington County Elections office no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, or with a mailed form postmarked on or before October 13.
Column • History • Gales Creek October 12
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: October 15 - 21, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: Charles sells three heifers to the Banks family that settled what would become the city of Banks, and the family pays more than $80 in taxes, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Elections • Letter to the Editor • HD32 October 7
Letters to the editor: Concerning a political mailer and Timber Unity
Two letters to the editor have been submitted this week, each regarding the Oregon House of Representatives House District 32 race.
Glenwood • Business • Highway 6 October 7
Glenwood store opens under new owners
The Glenwood Store is open. Dubbed the “Glenwood Food Mart” by owners Robin and Kamal, the spot on the side of the Wilson River Highway in Glenwood has convenience fare, beer and wine, an ATM, and more.
FreeSalem • Budget • Government October 5
State plans to spend $400 million in Education Stability Funds for school funding gaps
An updated brief from the Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office originally released in May and re-released in September shows the state will spend $400 million of Education Stability Fund (ESF) money to pay for losses resulting from the COVID-19 shutdown.
Column • History • Gales Creek October 5
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: October 8 - 14, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: No luck hunting, and the economic sting of the Great Depression is felt once again, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Wildfire • Forest Grove Fire & Rescue • California October 2
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue heads to California to battle wildfires
Crews from Forest Grove, Banks and more are headed south to California to help firefighters there battle wildfires that have torched nearly four million acres.
Washington County • Transportation • Government October 2
County seeks input on transit options, infrastructure in rural Washington County
An online survey released on Friday, October 2 by Washington County and Ride Connection Inc., a regional public transportation nonprofit, is asking for feedback on the county’s Transit Development Plan as it pertains to transit in rural Washington County.
FreeSmoke • Environment • Weather October 1
Stagnant air expected through Monday, NWS says
Stagnant air — a soup of haze, smoke and fog — is settling in for the weekend and beyond as a strong inversion traps pollutants in the air, with the potential to cause breathing issues for those already suffering with respiratory problems, the National Weather Service says.
Elections • Letter to the Editor • HD32 October 1
Letters to the Editor: House District 32
A letter to the editor in support of HD 32 candidate Suzanne Weber. Something on your mind? Send a letter to the editor at [email protected] with your name, address, and phone number (will not be published) on issues, news, and items of concern in the community. Please keep it between 100-350 words. We reserve the right to edit letters for clarity, spelling, and punctuation errors.
Column • History • Gales Creek September 28
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: October 1 - 7, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: Hunting yields a black bear, and a young Gales Creek girl is killed by her mother, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.