Banks • Agriculture • culture July 18
Banks resident crowned Oregon Ms. Agriculture USA Queen
Banks resident Alexis Mitchell, 22, is the new Oregon Ms. Agriculture USA Queen for 2019-2020. Mitchell will now move onto the final round, taking place next year in Ohio, in the Ms. United States Agriculture pageant.
Banks • Entertainment • Movie July 17
Movie in the Park - and Mary Poppins - returns
Banks? Meet the Banks - the fictional children from 1964's Mary Poppins have grown up and will be featured in the city of Banks this summer, as Disney's sequel 'Mary Poppins Returns' hits the screen at Greenville City Park on Friday, August 2.
WOEC • Letter to the Editor • Utilities July 12
Letter to the editor: West Oregon Electric Co-op elections
Letter to the editor: "Do we stay the status quo? Do we continue to absorb the inevitable increases in our rates? Do we stay the most expensive utility in the State of Oregon?" Read more from Mountaindale resident Mary Stocker
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG July 11
Banks June 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: Deputies learned that a wanted car thief was at a local business on NW Main St after an alert employee called in a tip to the Banks Deputy. While deputies were in route to the location, the business owner tipped the suspect off and he fled the business.
Forest Grove • Education • Pacific University July 10
Saturday Academy launches classes at Forest Grove’s Pacific University
Looking for summer activities for the kids? In the class Club Med West: Medical Careers, students are offered the opportunity to investigate careers in the medical field at a hands-on experience at Pacific University.
Salem • Wildfire • Traffic July 9
Smokey Bear license plates will become available in Oregon August 1
Oregon motorists will be able to adorn their license plates with famous wildfire prevention icon Smokey Bear starting August 1
Oregon • Traffic • Holiday July 3
Travelers will crowd Oregon's roads in record-breaking numbers for Independence Day
The Continental Congress declared freedom from a tyrannical British government on July 2, 1776, and fully adopted the document known as the Declaration of Independence two days later on July 4, 1776. We've been dealing with the traffic ever since - and this year, AAA says it'll be one for the record books.
Salem • Wildfire • Government July 2
Fire season begins for all Department of Forestry land in the state of Oregon
With the recent declaration of fire season in NW Oregon and the North Cascades, all of the land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry is now officially in fire season.
Stub Stewart State Park • Culture • Movies July 2
Want to see Star Trek 2 in a state park? Now you Khan
"KHAAAN!" The showing, hosted by Hollywood Theatre, starts at dusk at Stub Stewart State Park on Saturday, July 13, with signage pointing visitors to the temporary theater's location.
Banks • Fire • Holiday July 2
City of Banks 4th of July fireworks display returns to Sunset Speedway
Banks Fire District 13 crews will set off the city of Banks’ fireworks display at Sunset Speedway, located at 12765 NW Main Street, on Thursday, July 4 around 10 p.m. after the last race is done for the evening. Lighting off your own fireworks? Read on for safety tips from the Banks Fire District.
Salem • Transportation • Government July 1
Oregon Department of Transportation names Paul Mather to Interim Deputy Director
The Oregon Transportation Commission named retired Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Highway Division Administrator Paul Mather as ODOT Interim Deputy Director at a special meeting of the Commission in Salem.
Banks • Fire • Tillamook State Forest June 29
Fire season begins Monday, July 1
Locally, Oregon Department of Forestry will launch the official fire season in NW Oregon on Monday, July 1. This year, ODF says that 21 fires have occurred in their coverage territory — almost double from last year's 11 fires — and that all of them were determined to be caused by humans
CRIME • BANKS • Banks High School June 20
Washington County Sheriff's Office investigating alleged sex crime at Banks High School
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating an alleged sex crime that occurred at the Banks High School in their May 2019 report to city council about incidents that Banks deputies responded to within the city.
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.