FreeOregon • Weather • Tillamook Jan. 15
Tsunami Advisory issued on West Coast following underwater volcano near Tonga in South Pacific
Issued just before 5 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said that waves of between one and three feet could strike the West Coast. Locally, the tsunami could strike the Seaside area around 8:45 a.m.
Salem • Politics • Government Jan. 14
Rachel Armitage appointed to vacant Senate District 16 seat
County commissioners from the six counties in Senate District 16 appointed Rachel Armitage to fill the remaining year of former State Senator Betsy Johnson’s empty seat.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Jan. 13
Oregon Health Authority creates new hotline, website for Covid-19 patients
With cases of omicron skyrocketing, the Oregon Health Authority is taking a new approach to tracking new Covid-19 infections.
FreeFGSD • Coronavirus • Schools Jan. 13
Neil Armstrong Middle School pauses in-person learning
Neil Armstrong Middle School has joined Forest Grove High School in pausing in-person education as staff absences rise. “Our decision to pause in-person instruction is because we do not have sufficient staff to safely run classes at NAMS at this time,” FGSD Superintendent Dave Parker said.
Column • History • Gales Creek Jan. 13
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County December 12, 1922
A man is caught in a friction wheel in Scofield, a shoe shop is expected to open in Gales Creek, and more in this week's Dispatches from History: Western Washington County 100 years ago.
Gales Creek • Transportation • Traffic Jan. 12
A look at upcoming road construction projects coming to the region in 2022
The Oregon Department of Transportation published an online open house featuring the state agency’s construction plans for Oregon in 2022. A number of projects will be in the Highway 26 corridor and near Banks, but for Gales Creek, most major construction projects fall just outside of the Gales Creek Journal's territory in and around Forest Grove. Here's what's coming.
Oregon • Elections • Government Jan. 12
New law will allow ballots postmarked by day of election to be counted
A new Oregon law that went into effect January 1 allows mail-in ballots to be counted up to seven days after Election Day as long as they are in the mail and postmarked by 8:00 p.m. the day of the election.
Salem • Politics • Government Jan. 12
County to fill vacant state senate seats Friday
Washington County will appoint a replacement for former State Sen. Chuck Riley, who resigned Jan. 1, and will join several other counties in appointing a replacement for former State Sen. Betsy Johnson, who resigned Dec. 15.
FreeFGSD • Coronavirus • Schools Jan. 10
Forest Grove High School to pause in-person learning
With 18% of school staff absent due to illness, Forest Grove High School will switch to remote learning beginning Tuesday through January 21. “To be clear, our decision to pause in-person is because we do not have enough staff to safely run the high school at this time,” FGSD Superintendent Dave Parker said. It's hoped that the move will keep other schools in the district from closing their doors.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Jan. 10
Tested by one round, Oregon National Guard deploys for a second tour in hospitals
The Oregon National Guard is once again on the move to help the state’s hospitals.
The order to do so came Wednesday from Gov. Kate Brown – less than a month after Guardsmen had completed the largest in-state mobilization in history.
Tillamook State Forest • Crash • Transportation Jan. 10
Search for possible missing aircraft suspended
At 2:30 p.m., the Banks Fire District announced that the Washington County Sheriff's Office had officially suspended the search for a possible missing aircraft somewhere in the Tillamook Forest.
"Ultimately there have been no reports of missing planes/pilots and no beacons or other signs of downed aircraft," Banks Fire said.
Timber • Buxton • Plane Crash Jan. 9
Public assistance sought in possible plane crash between Highways 6 and 26
The Banks Fire District said that the search has been turned over to law enforcement.
"The search vicinity is west of Banks and likely into Tillamook County," the agency said. "Thank you all for your reports and descriptions."