OREGON • WILDFIRE • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST July 6
Fire season begins statewide
Fire season began July 1 for the Gales Creek area beginning July 1, and as of Monday, July 6, the rest of the state's ODF protected lands have followed suit, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
FreeFireworks • Banks • Coronavirus July 3
Where to watch fireworks on the 4th of July
Looking for fireworks displays? Look to the skies from the safety of your home around 10 p.m., where — as of press time — a fireworks display is planned to begin at 10 p.m. in Banks on Saturday, July 4.
Banks • protest • event July 2
'Black Lives Matter,' and 'Support Law Enforcement': Two different rallies planned in Banks for July 4
Two rallies or protests are planned at different times for Saturday, July 4 in Banks, one billed as an event to support local law enforcement, with the other a Black Lives Matter protest.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • OREGON • GOVERNMENT June 30
Gov. Brown says Oregon is at ‘crossroads’ before coronavirus surge, extends state of emergency
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the state is at a ‘crossroads’ Tuesday as she extended by 60 days a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, urging residents to take personal responsibility for slowing the spread.
OREGON • WILDFIRE • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST June 30
Region to officially enter fire season July 1
The Oregon Department of Forestry announced that the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association region, which includes much of the regions of Gales Creek, Buxton, Timber, Manning, and the Tillamook State Forest, will begin Wednesday, July 1.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • OREGON • HEALTH June 29
Gov. Brown issues statewide mandatory mask order
Beginning Wednesday, July 1, everyone in Oregon will be required to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces.
Washington County • Crime • Government June 29
Washington County eyes body camera program expansion for deputies
The Washington County Board of Commissioners is taking a step toward requiring county Sheriff’s deputies to wear body cameras.
MOUNTAINDALE • MISSING PERSONS • WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE June 29
Remains found near Mountaindale confirmed to be those of Allyson Watterson
Human remains found near North Plains were confirmed to be those of Allyson Watterson, 20, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a Friday press release.
CRIME • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST• SOUTH FORK FOREST CAMP June 23
Inmate who escaped work crew has history of running from authorities
Brandon Sykes walked away from a South Fork Forest Camp work crew late Monday morning near the Coast Range summit on Highway 6. It’s not the first time law enforcement officers have had to comb the forest for Mr. Sykes.
CRIME • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST• SOUTH FORK FOREST CAMP June 22
Inmate walks away from work crew near Highway 6 summit
A man walked away from an inmate work crew near the summit of the Coast Range on Highway 6 around 11:35 a.m., according to the Oregon Department of Corrections, who are seeking the public's help in locating Brandon Sykes, age 35.
BANKS • BANKS FIRE DISTRICT 13 • COMMUNITY June 22
Banks Fire District June 2020 Fire Log
A summary of calls from May, and a message from the Banks Fire District.
Mountaindale • Missing Persons • Washington County Sheriff's Office June 20
Human remains found near Mountaindale believed to be Allyson Watterson
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says that human remains discovered near North Plains on Saturday are believed to be those of Allyson Watterson, who went missing in the area in December 2019.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • Washington County • business June 19
Mandatory mask memo made clear
Masks are mandatory in Washington County at most indoor businesses beginning Wednesday. What does that mean for you and your family? Read on for more specific information.
Banks • housing • public meeting June 18
Digital public hearing set for new apartment proposal in Banks
The city of Banks Planning Commission is holding a virtual town meeting on June 30, 2020, at about 6:30 p.m. to review an online site-plan of the construction of the 30-unit, multi-family Banks Apartments at 42350 NW Banks Road.
FreeWashington County • health • coronavirus June 17
Washington County reopening fate now tied to Metro counties, Gov. Brown announces
Beginning Wednesday, June 24, face coverings will be mandatory in indoor public areas, such as grocery stores. In addition, Governor Kate Brown announced that Washington County's reopening will now be tied tied to Multnomah and Clackamas County, delaying a Phase 2 approval until mid-July at the earliest.
BANKS • PROTEST • WASHINGTON COUNTY June 17
Black Lives Matter protest draws hundreds in Banks
As the rain fell on Greenville Park on the late afternoon of Friday, June 12, close to 300 people gathered to hear a handful of speakers, remember the life of a Black man killed by police, and to protest the culture and policies that led to his death, and others, in police forces across the nation.
Crash • Manning • Banks Fire District June 11
Hillsboro man dies in Manning crash
A Hillsboro man died in a collision with a commercial vehicle in Manning Thursday morning.
Crash • Manning • hwy 26 June 11
Fatal crash in Manning closes Highway 26
A fatal crash near the Dairy Queen in Manning has closed Highway 26 Thursday morning.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG June 10
Banks May 2020 Police Log
As written by Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies stationed in Banks. Among other items, deputy Ryan Pope noted during Tuesday's city council meeting that parking enforcement has resumed in Arbor Village after residents began to take advantage of lax enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FreeBanks • art • city council June 9
Banks National Drinking Water Week coloring contest winners
Take a break from the hard news for a minute and celebrate some young artists in the Banks community.
Black Lives Matter • PROTEST • WASHINGTON COUNTY June 9
Seven days, twenty protests: Washington County residents march, protest, and call for change
In the span of one week, cities and communities in Washington County saw at least 20 protests decrying police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, from cities as small as North Plains to the county seat of Hillsboro.
FreeBanks • protest • Washington County June 9
Black Lives Matter protest and march planned Friday in Banks
Organizers plan a protest and march Friday evening to show solidarity with Black community members in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, adding Banks as the latest small town in Oregon to hold such a demonstration.
Banks • Government • City Council June 8
Banks city council to meet Tuesday to vote on budget
The Banks city council will meet for a work session and city council session remotely on Tuesday, June 9 to potentially adopt a city budget, increase police coverage in Banks, and more.
FreeBANKS • BANKS FIRE DISTRICT 13 • COMMUNITY June 7
Banks Fire District May 2020 Fire Log
A summary of calls from April, and a message from the Banks Fire District.
Oregon • Coronavirus • government June 6
DMV launches, then relaunches system for in-person appointments
After a bumpy start, the DMV is now taking appointment requests for some in-person services at 40 locations in Oregon.
Fire • cornelius • Banks Fire District 13 June 6
Fire crews respond to residential fire on Long Rd
The fire, located at a home north of Cornelius on Long Road near NW 366th Pl., was first reported Saturday morning at 9:11 a.m.
Washington County • Crime • police June 5
Washington Co. deputy charged with official misconduct from 2018 use of force incident
In a disclosure not made public at the time, Jail Deputy Rian Alden — the same deputy earlier accused of sending a racist email 16 years ago — was investigated after a "concerning use of force" on an arrestee during a booking at the Washington County Jail in 2018. The Washington County DA declined to press charges at the time, but reopened the case on Monday.
FreeFISHING • oregon • event June 5
Free fishing weekend returns Saturday & Sunday
The popular free fishing weekend is back, though events that usually are held throughout the state to promote the weekend have all been cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic.
Free June 3
Gov. Brown announces phase two reopening guidelines
Forest Grove • protest • Police June 2
Hundreds gather in Forest Grove to protest police brutality against black Americans
Around 300 people gathered Tuesday afternoon at the base of the large flag in Forest Grove to protest police brutality against black Americans amid a national outrage over the killing of George Floyd, who died in police custody.