Tillamook State Forest • Crash • Browns Camp June 17
Emergency crews mount two hour rescue for dirt bike rider seriously injured in the Tillamook State Forest
A dirt bike rider crashed at Browns Camp on Monday afternoon, requiring an extensive rescue to extract the patient, who was eventually transported via air ambulance to a Portland area hospital. Five agencies combined to rescue the downed rider.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG June 12
Banks May 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: A small dog was caught in the blinds at a residence, an apartment was burglarized and more.
Banks • High School • Culture June 10
More than a year after pride flag controversy, Gender-Sexuality Alliance flourishes at Banks High School
A rainbow flag, false information spread on a radio show, and the aftermath: From guest writer Conner Reed, an update on last January's incident at the Banks High School.
Salmonberry Trail • Manning • Banks-Vernonia State Trail June 7
Manning Trailhead expansion ribbon cutting ceremony to be held on June 14
The Banks Vernonia State Trail and the future Salmonberry Trail will both see an expanded parking lot, a new bathroom and safety features at the Manning Trailhead, which will open to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 14.
Salmonberry Trail • Banks • Buxton June 6
Community members weigh in on Salmonberry Trail
The Salmonberry Trail is a four-part, 86-mile project billed as a “world-class recreational attraction” that takes bikers and pedestrians from Banks to the Tillamook coast. Conceived as a replacement for the long-dead train route that used to bring riders through the Salmonberry Canyon, the trail has drawn both praise and criticism from the communities it plans to touch.
Banks Fire District 13 • Fire • Manning June 4
Brush fire burning north of Manning draws response from regional fire agencies
A fire broke out north of Manning this afternoon, and unrelated, a car crash near Highway 26 and Fischer Road has brought multiple emergency agencies to the region.
Banks • Baseball • Sports June 1
Banks Braves win the state baseball championship
The Banks Braves have won the baseball championship. With championship wins in football, basketball, and now baseball this school year, the Banks Braves have shattered school records and rocketed to the top of Oregon high school sports history, joining just two other schools in winning a triple crown.
Banks • Banks High School • Sports May 31
Opinion | A historic year for the Banks Braves
The Banks Braves have a chance on Saturday to do what only one other school in the 100 year OSAA history has done: Win state championships in football, basketball, and baseball in the same year. But they're not the only programs in Banks to achieve a high level of success this school year. From drama to music to the girls basketball team taking 6th in state, Banks has excelled.
Banks • Government • Mitchell May 30
State Rep. Mitchell to hold town hall in Banks on June 2
State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell, representing Gales Creek, Banks, Gaston, and cities and communities up and down the North Coast will hold a town hall event on Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. at the Banks Public Library.
Salmonberry Trail • Government • Tillamook May 30
Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet June 7 in Tillamook
HD 32 state rep. Tiffiny Mitchell said that she supports the concept of the Salmonberry Trail on its merits as an economic driver and as a way to showcase the natural beauty of the Tillamook State Forest. "I am aware that there are concerns from some over the trail, but am committed to and trust that advocates for the trail are working to address those through a robust and transparent process," Mitchell told the Banks Post.
WASHINGTON COUNTY • ELECTIONS • FIRE May 21
For Roy, Mountaindale area voters, TVF&R levy will pass, and an incumbent will fall
Early elections results indicate that, should results hold, the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue local option levy will pass, with voters in early results overwhelmingly approving the levy.
Banks • Elections • School • Fire May 21
Early results show Banks Fire District voters approve levy, Moore leads in Banks School Board race
Early elections results indicate that, should results hold, the Banks Fire District will receive approval from area voters in their ask for continued—and increased—funding through a local option levy.
Washington County • Government • elections May 20
With one day to go for May elections, Washington Co. says turnout is 15%
The May special elections will end at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, and according to the Washington County elections office, just 15% of registered voters have turned in a ballot so far.
Fire • Weather • Forestry May 20
Planned burns can reduce wildfire risks, but expanding use of 'good fire' isn't easy
Western states are preparing for summer and wildfire season. And although it may seem counter-intuitive, some of the most urgent conversations are about getting more fire onto the landscape.
Roy • Mountaindale • Elections May 17
In TVF&R race, two candidates have dropped out
In TVF&R race, two of four candidates for position 5 have dropped out of the race, but their names are still on the ballot.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG May 15
Banks April 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: Counterfeit bills passed on Main Street sent to the U.S. Secret Service, reckless driver arrested, and more.
WASHINGTON COUNTY • CULTURE • CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF GRAND RONDE May 14
Washington County Museum hosts talk on Kalapuyan cultural practices Saturday, May 18
The Washington County Museum is inviting the public to hear Dr. David Lewis, a local author, Native American historian, ethnohistory consultant, anthropologist, and teacher, discuss on Saturday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m his knowledge of the Kalapuyan cultural practices around food and land management.
Banks • Wildfire May 13
One-acre brush fire burning north of Banks
A one-acre brush fire north of Banks has been lined and is being mopped up by emergency fire agencies.
Salem • Wildfire • Government May 13
Nearly 1,000 acres have burned on ODF-protected lands in 2019 so far
On Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands, 126 fires have burned nearly 1,000 acres this year so far. The burned acreage doesn’t take into account fires burning on federally-controlled land, such as vast swaths of Bureau of Land Management and national forest lands, or fires burning in other jurisdictions.
Banks • Education May 10
Banks High School student wins national essay contest, $3k scholarship
Gracie Nelson, a senior at Banks High School who plans to attend the University of Oregon next fall, won the grand prize -- a $3,000 scholarship -- in the 2019 Money Smart Teen Essay Contest.
Banks Fire District 13 • Fire • Weather May 9
Burn ban goes into effect in Washington County
Washington County issued a burn ban that runs from today, May 9, through the upcoming weekend as the region continues to experience record high temperatures for this time of year.
Banks • Construction • Water May 7
Commerce Street Water project begins Wednesday, May 8
The city of Banks begins road maintenance projects tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8, with contractor Oregon City-based Earth Works Excavation undertaking the job of updating part of an upgrade to the city’s waterline infrastructure.
Salem • Wildfire • Government May 2
Gov. Brown declares May 'wildfire awareness month'
Governor Kate Brown joined governors from nine other states in declaring May 2019 wildfire awareness month.
Banks • Library • Event April 29
'Fines for Food' at the Banks Public Library May 6 - 11
Patrons can pay overdue fines to the library May 6 to 11 and see those funds donated to the Banks Food Pantry.
Banks • Fire • Crash April 27
Wires, fires, and screeching tires: A busy afternoon for Banks Fire District
A bark dust fire near North Plains, wires down on Highway 47, and a car crash on Highway 26 near Buxton's Time Gas Station—all in the space of two hours.
Banks • Government • Library April 27
The Banks Public Library plans for the future
Volunteers and staff at the Banks Public Library have developed a strategic plan to guide the library in the next three years.
Banks • Government • Banks Fire District 13 April 26
Banks Fire District asks for local option levy increase in May election
Banks Fire District 13 is asking voters in their 136 square mile territory to approve a 35 cent increase per $1,000 of assessed value.
Banks • Banks School District • Education April 25
Banks School District to remain open May 8 amid calls for education funding
While neighboring Forest Grove School District will close amid planned teacher walkouts in support of education funding at the state level, Banks School District plans to remain open, with teachers wearing red in solidarity of more significant funding for Oregon schools.
Washington County • Elections • Government April 22
For May special elections, voter registration deadline looms
Dozens of contenders have thrown their hat into the ring to lead, represent, and hold positions of authority in local school and fire boards that will define where the tax dollars of voters go to provide fire and emergency services, education and more.
Banks • transportation • Economy April 19
In Oregon, gas prices rise - and will likely climb higher
The Oregon average price is 17 cents more than it was in April 2018, the sixth-largest annual increase in the U.S.