FreeGales Creek • Fire • Glenwood Jul. 1
People may not legally light fireworks in some Gales Creek, Glenwood areas
The region to the west of Forest Grove entered fire season on June 22, which prohibits firework use in lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Fire danger is currently high. For Gales Creek, Glenwood and Hillside residents, find out if you can legally light fireworks on this ODF-created map.
FreeGales Creek • Fire • Weather Jul. 1
Firefighters, officials urge locals to skip fireworks this year
"With record breaking weather and drought in 2021, we are urging people to not use fireworks this year. Please attend a public display, watch fireworks on television, or just celebrate with friends and family without fireworks," Forest Grove Fire & Rescue said in a statement.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Jun. 30
State reopens, lifting most COVID-19 restrictions
Oregon’s risk level framework and the majority of masking, capacity, and social distancing measures were lifted Wednesday, June 30, doing away with the majority of the state’s mandatory precautions to fight the coronavirus.
FreeOregon • Wildfire • Government Jun. 30
Gov. Brown declares state of emergency over wildfire risk
Local and state officials are increasingly warning of significant fire danger ahead of the Independence Day weekend, and now Governor Kate Brown has taken the step of declaring a state of emergency for all of Oregon over wildfire danger.
Column • History • Gales Creek Jun. 30
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County June 23, 1921
100 years ago this month: St. Francis in Roy was dedicated, and Gales Creek swimmers were asked to stop swimming in the nude and more. This week, the clips in this history column come from the June 23, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Banks • Weather • Environment Jun. 29
Heat wave shatters high temperature records
In Hillsboro, the closest official recording location for the National Weather Service, the all-time high since records began in 1929 is now 114 degrees, after breaking the original record of 108 degrees from July 21 2006 twice this weekend.
Washington County • Government • Politics Jun. 28
Sen. Jeff Merkley to host online town hall for Washington Co. constituents
Oregon’s junior senator will hold a virtual town hall for Washington County residents on June 29, a tradition for Sen. Jeff Merkley, though in non-pandemic years, the events are generally held in-person at a local gathering place.