Crime • Banks • Police Log August 12
Banks July 2020 Police Log
It's a short log this month; presented by Deputy Frank Ward, who is back in Banks after recovering from injuries sustained last year near North Plains in a vehicle collision.
Fire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest August 12
Fire danger will move to 'High' Thursday morning
Temperatures are expected to soar into the upper 90’s this weekend, according to the Portland branch of the National Weather Service, and the Oregon Department of Forestry will place much of the region on "High" fire danger beginning Thursday, August 13 at 1 a.m.
FreeSalem • Agriculture • Coronavirus August 11
Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund established to aid agricultural workers
The Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund has been established to provide up to two weeks of financial relief to agricultural workers age 18 and over who are recovering from COVID-19 or are in self-quarantine, regardless of their immigration status.
Banks • Elections • City Council August 10
One candidate so far in Banks city council position 6 race
With four open positions and one week to go to file for the local city of Banks election in November, there is exactly one person running for public office so far in the city of Banks. Meet Mike Rainey.
Crime • Hagg Lake • Washington County Sheriff's Office August 8
One year after shooting, Wash. Co. Sheriff's Officer Cpl. Braun shares recovery update
One year ago today, Cpl. Jeremy Braun and deputy Chris Iverson were shot in a gunfight after reports came in of a theft of firearms from a home near Hagg Lake. In a video update release exactly one year after the incident, Braun shared his process of recovery and his hopes for the future.
FreeBanks • COVID-19 • City Council August 8
City opens grant process for CARES Act funds for small businesses in Banks
Small businesses in Banks can apply for a Small Business Assistance Grant beginning Monday, August 10 to help weather the adverse effects of the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Banks • Business • Forest Grove August 6
Banks NAPA closing, moving staff to Forest Grove
The Banks NAPA will be closing and moving their staff and inventory to the Forest Grove NAPA.
FreeBanks School District • Sports • Coronavirus August 5
Fall sports season moved to spring, seasons condensed
The fall sports season will be shifted to spring 2021, seasons will be condensed, and out-of-season coaching restrictions will be waived, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) said in a Wednesday, August 5 press release issued after the OSAA executive board meeting.
FreeBanks • Education • Coronavirus August 5
Banks School District lays off 13 employees
The Banks School District laid off 13 classified employees on Tuesday, August 4 as the district grapples with a school year that will begin online.
FreeFishing • Oregon • Event August 4
Free fishing weekend returns Saturday, Sunday, August 15 - 16
The popular free fishing weekend, held four times throughout the year will be back August 15 & 16, though events that usually are held throughout the state to promote the weekend have all been cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic.
FreeFrom the Newsroom August 3
From the newsroom: Five months in, our coronavirus reporting will remain free
Please read on for a quick message from our editor on how to sign up for our free twice weekly newsletter, and how you can help strengthen local news.
Salem • Politics • Elections August 3
Weber, Witt receive nomination from Independent Party of Oregon in legislative races
Weber gets nod from Independent Party of Oregon for HD 32 race, as does HD 31 incumbent Brad Witt.
FreeBanks • Government • City Council August 3
Signs, signs, signs
Here are three different stories all having to do with signs in Banks: The city will hold a hearing for a project to replace the 'Welcome to Banks' sign on Highway 6, new wayfinding signs have gone up on the Banks Vernonia trail to bring business to town, and businesses can apply for a matching grant to improve their building's appearance.
FreeSalem • Coronavirus • Government July 31
Governor Brown calls for special legislative session to address budget shortfall
COVID-19 blew a hole in Oregon’s budget nearly $1 billion wide, and the task of rebalancing the budget now will fall to Oregon’s lawmakers in a special session of the Oregon Legislature convening Monday, August 10 at 8 a.m.
CRIME • TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST• SOUTH FORK FOREST CAMP July 30
Inmate who escaped work crew in June back in custody
Brandon Sykes, the inmate who walked away from a South Fork Forest Camp work crew on Monday, June 22 turned himself in to the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon.
Buxton • WOEC • Business July 30
West Oregon Electric Co-op elections for Manning, some Buxton residents approaches
Ballots for the West Oregon Electric Co-op are coming, and for those members of the co-op in district 7 (which includes portions of Manning/Buxton, the Hagg Lake area, and rural Yamhill County), there’s one choice on the ballot this year: Buxton resident Mark Ludeman.
Banks • Government • Community July 30
2020 Banks Citizenship Award nominations open
The City of Banks is accepting nominations for the 2020 Banks Citizenship Award - those who want to nominate an exemplary person in Banks and the surrounding region must do so by September 30.
Fire • ODF • Washington County July 28
ODF: Fire danger moved to 'High' in Washington County
Fire danger in much of the western Oregon counties in Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands has been shifted to ‘high’ as of today, ODF announced Tuesday evening.
FreeBANKS • EDUCATION • CORONAVIRUS July 28
Banks School District will begin the school year online
Students will begin the new school year on September 8 the same way the old one ended: online, announced superintendent Jeff Leo.
FreeBanks • education • Coronavirus July 28
Schools will remain shuttered if COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Gov Brown says
Unless Oregon — and Washington County — see a significant reduction in COVID-19 cases, most schools will not be allowed to open facilities to in-person learning, Governor Brown announced today during a press conference.
Banks • Elections • City Council July 24
Four open positions in Banks for November election
At least one incumbent — city councilor and former mayor Mike Lyda — will not run for reelection in November's election for four open positions in the city of Banks. Read on to see how to file to run for office in Banks.
Stub Stewart State Park • Washington County Sheriff's Office • SAR July 24
Child lost and found at Stub Stewart State Park
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a 9-year-old boy who went missing while camping with his family at Stub Stewart State Park was quickly located with the help of a K9 tracking team Thursday night.
Washington County • Weather • Health July 24
Heat advisory issued for Sunday as triple digits loom in forecast
The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the greater Portland metro region, including Banks and some portions of western Washington County, which goes into effect from 8:00 a.m. Sunday, July 26 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, July 27.
BANKS • BANKS FIRE DISTRICT 13 • COMMUNITY July 23
Banks Fire District July 2020 Fire Log
A summary of calls from June, and a message from the Banks Fire District.
FreeBanks • Education • Coronavirus July 22
New guidance for school reopening issued; fall sports remain uncertain
The ODE released new guidance, and the OSAA issued a statement regarding some fall sports as schools look toward planning the 2020-2021 academic school year.
FreeCoronavirus • Oregon • Government July 22
Governor Brown expands face mask requirements to children
In a press conference held just after 11 a.m., Governor Kate Brown announced new measures to attempt to slow the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, including requiring children five and older to wear face coverings at indoor public spaces — including in schools — among other new rules.
Columbia County • Banks Vernonia State Trail • Construction July 19
Portion of Banks Vernonia State Trail to close for repairs
A 2 ½ mile stretch of the Banks Vernonia State Trail is closed for repairs beginning Monday, July 20 between the Beaver Creek Trailhead and McDonald Road.
Tophill • Fire • Banks Fire District July 16
Fire, power outage caused by downed power line near Tophill
Emergency crews are on scene at a small, smoldering brush fire caused by a downed power line on Hoffman Road east of Highway 47, according to the Banks Fire District.
Crime • Poaching • Columbia County July 16
Police seek help in rash of poaching cases southwest of Vernonia
The Oregon State Police are seeking assistance in a series of poaching cases between Timber and Vernonia.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG July 15
Banks June 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 Deputy Frank Ward will soon return to serve the city of Banks, and that a second deputy will also be selected to work in Banks.