Author: Chas Hundley - Gales Creek Journal

Merkley to hold digital, phone town hall Wednesday for Washington Co. residents

Washington County residents will have the opportunity to hear from and provide input to Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley at a Washington County-specific digital town hall scheduled for Wednesday, April 6 starting at 4:30 p.m.  “Hearing from Oregonians across the state is critical to doing my job. In these uncertain times,[Read More…]

Balm Grove Dam removal rescheduled for summer of 2022

Plans to move the stalled Balm Grove Dam removal project forward are back, the Tualatin River Watershed Council announced Wednesday evening. In an email, TRWC Executive Director Scott McEwen said that removal of the decades-old concrete dam will begin this summer.  “Removal of the structure and restoration of the site[Read More…]

Washington County Farm Bureau seeks high school, college applicants for 2022 scholarships

A field is irrigated in the Gales Creek Valley near Roderick Road on May 15, 2021. Photo: Chas Hundley Local students in high school and college who are pursuing an education in the fields of agriculture, education, nursing or vocational training are once again eligible for scholarships offered by the[Read More…]

Man ‘missing and endangered’ after empty car found near Coast Range summit

A social media graphic courtesy WCSOFile photo: Storey Burn Road and Highway 6, by Chas Hundley, taken January 27, 2022 The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance from anyone who may have seen a man considered “missing and endangered,” after his vehicle was found empty near Highway 6[Read More…]

Citing staffing issues, the Tillamook Forest Center will remain ‘closed until further notice’

The Tillamook Forest Center. Photo: Chas Hundley The Tillamook Forest Center will not open the first weekend in March this year, extending a closure that first began due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 15, 2020.  The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said in an emailed update that staffing issues—[Read More…]

County to host series of informational meetings on shelter projects

The Washington County seal and logo Washington County’s Department of Housing Services is hosting a series of virtual meetings in March to share information and seek input from the public to learn about the department’s plans to build new year-round shelters for people experiencing homelessness.  In a press release, the[Read More…]

FGSD admins ‘optimistic’ changes coming to masking after March 31

Left to right: Melody Haveluck, a board member of Friends of Historic Forest Grove, David Parker, FGSD superintendent, Kate Grandusky, Forest Grove School Board member and Gales Creek resident, Joyce Sauber, Gales Creek resident, FHFG member, and local historian prepare to lay a plaque on the historic Jennie Ranes building[Read More…]

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