FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health May. 21
State hopes cash and scholarship prizes in lottery for the vaccinated will bring more shots in arms
The state of Oregon is betting that a new lottery game — with cash prizes of up to $1 million for adults — for those who’ve been vaccinated will pay off for the state’s slowing vaccination rates. Youth ages 12 - 17 will be eligible for $100,00 scholarships.
Cornelius • Washington County • Community May. 21
Search continues for Ralph Brown, missing from Cornelius since Sunday
Ralph Brown was last seen leaving his Cornelius home on Sunday, May 16 in a 2014 Blue Nissan Sentra. Brown has held many roles in western Washington County over the years, working as an educator, serving as a Forest Grove School Board director, on the Cornelius City Council, and as mayor of that town.
Oregon Department of Forestry • Salem • Politics May. 20
Oregon Senate Bill 868 would strip Board of Forestry of power to appoint state forester
The day before the Oregon Board of Forestry began the early stages of recruiting a replacement for resigning State Forester Peter Daugherty, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the Oregon Senate that would strip the board of their power to appoint Oregon’s state forester, giving that authority to the governor instead.
Elections • Gales Creek • Washington County May. 19
Tuesday night's election winners, according to unofficial results
Several winners of Tuesday night's election chimed in on what's next for them in the positions they won Tuesday night to local fire and school boards.
Forestry • ODF • Oregon May. 19
Oregon Board of Forestry to seek new State Forester following Peter Daugherty's resignation
The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet Thursday, May 20 to discuss the appointment of an interim State Forester and a recruitment process to select a permanent replacement for State Forester Peter Daugherty, who announced his resignation May 7.
Elections • Gales Creek • Washington County May. 18
Early results for Forest Grove School Board, Forest Grove Rural Fire, PCC Zone 7 elections
Forest Grove Rural Fire Board incumbent Terry Lewis leads over challenger Richard Gale, and Forest Grove School Board's Mark Everett has a comfortable margin as well over Mary Whitmore in early election results.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Businesses May. 18
Washington County will drop to 'Lower Risk' level on Friday, May 21
Washington County will move from the “High Risk” to the “Lower Risk” status on Friday, May 21 after meeting a 65% first-dose vaccination target for those ages 16 and up, Governor Kate Brown announced after 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
FreeWashington County • Elections • Politics May. 18
Election ends at 8 p.m. today for May 18 special districts election
Haven’t cast a ballot in today’s special district election? It’s not too late. The election closes at 8 p.m. tonight, giving prospective voters an opportunity to drop a ballot off at one of the numerous ballot drop box sites throughout the county or at the county election office in Hillsboro. It is too late to mail a ballot.
Column • History • Gales Creek May. 18
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County 100 years ago, May 18
In this column, we take a look back 100 years ago in western Washington County, pulling clips and stories from the annals of local newspapers and historic documents. This week, the clips come from the May 5, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times and the April 28, May 5, and May 12, 1921 editions of the Hillsboro Argus.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Health May. 17
Washington County could drop to 'Lower Risk' status on Friday if 4,424 more residents get their first shot
For a moment on Monday it looked as if Washington County was within a stone’s throw of hitting the mark on vaccination percentages to qualify for Lower Risk status. According to data released Monday morning by the Oregon Health Authority, the county needed just 707 more people to be vaccinated. But the numbers were an error by the state. Washington County needs 4,424 residents to receive a first shot to ease restrictions on businesses, churches, gatherings and more.
Elections • Gales Creek • Fire May. 16
Richard Gale is running for position 3 on the Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection District
Richard Gale, 34, is running for a term on the Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection Board for position 3 against incumbent Terry Lewis. Gale is a Gales Creek resident and owns Gales Creek towing.
Elections • Gales Creek • Fire May. 16
Cleo Howell is running for a fourth term on the Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection District
Cleo Howell, 70, is running for a fourth term on the Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection Board in position 1, and is running unopposed for the seat. Read more about why he is seeking another term on the board.