Congress • Town Halls • Portland January 15
National news dispatch: Impeachment, more town halls, and Portland presidential politics
Quick updates from the national level regarding Oregon's congressional delegation and national politics on the local stage.
CRIME • Washington County • traffic January 14
More than 60 arrested during DUII holiday patrol period
63 people were arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office during a period of high visibility DUII enforcement patrols by local law enforcement agencies from December 13, 2019 to January 2, 2020.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK January 14
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 29, 1930 - January 11
What was life like in the Gales Creek Valley in the 1930's? Find out in this week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries. This week, Gladie takes over duties as a scribe for Esther.
Gales Creek • WEATHER • COMMUTE January 14
Winter weather in region expected throughout the week
In a winter weather advisory that ended 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Portland branch of the National Weather Service said that communities in the northern Oregon coast range could see up to three inches of snow at higher elevations. Impacts of icy conditions — snow routes, crashes, closures, and more — have been seen throughout the region.
HD32 • Government • politics January 3
State Rep. Mitchell, Sen. Wyden Town Halls in Washington County on Jan. 5
District 32 representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria) wants to hear from her district’s voters, so she’s holding a series of listening sessions in January, including one at the Banks Public Library on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. On that same day, Senator Ron Wyden will hold a town hall on the other side of the county at the Tigard High School auditorium in Tigard at noon.
WASHINGTON COUNTY POLICE SHOOTING January 2
Washington County Major Crimes Unit investigating officer-involved Hillsboro shooting
The officer was not injured, and one person was killed, police say.
Salem • Transportation • taxes December 31
Gas taxes will rise January 1
Motorists can expect to pay more at the pump in 2020 as the state looks to fund transportation and infrastructure maintenance projects throughout Oregon.
North Plains • Missing Persons • Washington County Sheriff's Office December 24
Public asked for help after woman goes missing near North Plains
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking public assistance in locating 20-year-old Allyson Joy Watterson, last seen on Sunday, December 22 hiking with a man in a wooded area near North Plains.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK December 24
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 22 - 28, 1930
What was Christmas like in the Gales Creek Valley in 1930? Find out in this week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries.
Gales Creek • utilities • weather December 20
911 service restored in Washington County
Service for landlines with the 357, 359, and 992 prefix has been restored after an earlier 911 outage, according Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
Gales Creek • utilities • weather December 20
Power out, 911 service down for some homes in Gales Creek, Forest Grove
Almost three hundred Gales Creek-area homes have been affected by a power outage, according to Portland General Electric. At the same time, landline with the prefix of 357, 359, and 992 cannot call into 911.
Gales Creek • weather • flooding December 19
Flood watch begins at 10 p.m. Thursday evening
As heavy rains descend on the region, the Portland branch of the National Weather Service warns that local streams and rivers, especially those draining the Coast Range, will likely see minor flooding.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK December 18
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 15 - 21, 1930
In this edition, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas preparations for the family in 1930 included card making, sewing, and shopping!
Tillamook State Forest • Oregon Department of Forestry • logging December 17
Tillamook, Washington Co. received $38.8 million from timber sales last year
In a report issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry, the agency said that $38.8 million was distributed to Washington and Tillamook counties in fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019).
Salem • politics • Timber Unity December 12
Timber Unity-backed effort to recall Tiffiny Mitchell fails
Opponents and proponents alike slung accusations - and filed complaints - during an ultimately doomed effort to recall House District 32 representative Tiffiny Mitchell.
FGSD • Gales Creek • Oak Grove Academy December 11
Teacher illnesses close Oak Grove Academy in Gales Creek, Forest Grove
Oak Grove Academy, housed at the Gales Creek School and in classrooms in Forest Grove's Tom McCall East building have closed today due to a number of staff being absent due to illnesses.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK December 10
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 8 - 14, 1930
In this edition, Esther awaits a new edition to the family, the family purchase a .22 rifle for $5, Oregon's filbert tree planting season is in full swing, and more.
Verboort • CPO 13 • Census December 9
Learn about the U.S. Census at CPO 13 meeting Wednesday, Dec 11
Interested in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census? The Gales Creek, Roy and Verboort Community Participation Organization 13 meeting on Wednesday, December 11 in Verboort will host a presentation covering the census in Washington County.
Tillamook State Forest • Crime • hunting December 5
Oregon State Police asks for public help after two elk killed, left to waste in Tillamook State Forest
Two elk were killed and left to waste in the Tillamook State Forest in the last few days, and the Oregon State Police are asking for public assistance in finding those responsible.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK December 3
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 1 - 7, 1930
These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. In this edition, Christmas work is in full season with 150 Christmas trees, Baby Ronnie turns two months old, and more.
Salem • Economy • Government November 29
Report: Oregon's economic outlook
The report from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis shows the state’s economy remains strong with many workers in urban areas enjoying an 18 percent increase in median household income, which is above the U.S. average.
Washington County • Police • Traffic November 26
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office begins extra holiday patrols for impaired drivers
Law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the beginning of a high visibility enforcement patrol on Thanksgiving Weekend in an effort to deter impaired driving on a historically lethal holiday weekend.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK November 25
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: November 24 - November 30, 1930
These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. In this edition, the family prepares for Thanksgiving Dinner, it’s very cold in the Gales Creek Valley, and Esther sees the feature film debut of Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart.
Salem • politics • Government November 20
State Dispatch: Two legislators leaving Salem, the I-5 bridge project is back, free fishing weekend
This week's state dispatch of news from the state legislature, state politics and government, and other quick recaps of stories of statewide importance. This week, we look at a potential revival of the Columbia River Crossing, Free Fishing Weekend throughout the state, and two legislators who will not run again in 2020.
Thanksgiving • Fishing • Recreation November 20
Free Fishing Weekend returns Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving
You could go to Fred Meyer at 5 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving and maybe get in a fistfight over discounted socks with a hungover, bleary-eyed shopper juiced up on caffeine and holiday angst. Or you could go fishing.
Washington County • Weather • Traffic November 20
Driving in fog
It’s the time of year when fog becomes a likely part of Tualatin Valley drivers’ daily commute, and it seems to occur with regular frequency this year. Here are some safe driving tips for the fall and winter commute.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK November 18
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: November 17 - November 23, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. In this edition, the mill closes for winter, the family partakes in a shooting competition, and Esther gets a jump on her Christmas preparation.
Washington County • Government • Volunteer November 14
County News Dispatch: Volunteer opportunities, budget listening sessions, county and Metro parks
In this week's installment of Washington County news, we cover volunteer opportunities in Washington County, how to provide input to the county on a variety of issues, and updates on Metro's Chehalem Ridge Nature Park.
Gales Creek • Event • Business November 14
Gales Creek Holiday Bazaar Saturday November 16
The Gales Creek Church of God and Gales Creek Chamber of Commerce are joining forces once again to host the annual Gales Creek Holiday Bazaar, held in the gym of the Gales Creek School on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Salem • politics • Government November 13
State news dispatch: Who's running for office, ODOT traffic safety, and Metro dollars for trails
A new feature: Check in on Wednesdays for a quick roundup of news from the state legislature, state politics and government, and other quick recaps of stories of statewide importance. This week, we talk about some of the candidates we'll be covering for the May 2020 Primary Election, look at a retiring politician, and hear a plea from ODOT to drive safer around emergencies on the road.