FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Mar. 5
Gov. Brown to order most Oregon public schools to open by April 19
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced she will be mandating a return to in-person or hybrid instruction for most Oregon public school students by the week of March 29 for K-5 students and April 19 for students in grades 6-12. The order will likely throw a wrench into the Forest Grove School District's reopening timetable.
Oregon • Business • Government Mar. 4
Oregon Democrats propose $17 minimum wage
A bill referred to the Oregon speaker’s desk that has yet to be assigned to a committee would raise the state’s minimum wage, currently $11.25 per hour at its lowest, to $17 an hour, which is an annual salary of about $35,000.
Washington County • Business • Community Mar. 4
County Board to host town hall; county installs new economic development director
The Washington County Board of Commissioners is hosting a virtual town hall on March 6, and in other county news, Matt Cragie will serve as economic development director.
National • Congress • Politics Mar. 1
Oregon's Rep. Peter DeFazio eyes national infrastructure bill, looks to use earmarks
Oregon U.S. House Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said he plans to introduce a five-year infrastructure and highway bill that authorizes a wide range of national projects. The bill could see the use of earmarks, a decade after they were eliminated from Congress.
Gales Creek • Transportation • Highway 6 Mar. 1
Gales Creek's first traffic camera will soon go live
Sometime in the coming weeks, a new camera and weather station at the junction of Highways 6 and 8 will begin providing a stream of information to motorists using Tripcheck to plan their travels. It's the first of its kind in Gales Creek.
Column • History • Gales Creek Mar. 1
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: March 2 - 8, 1932
These are the diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek after the Lilly family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. This week: An astounding amount of fishing success, and Esther takes in "Frankenstein," the famed 1931 film featuring Boris Karloff in the iconic role of Frankenstein's monster.