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.