FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Health Apr. 20
Washington County will move up to 'High Risk' starting Friday
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that Washington County and several other counties would be moving to the “High Risk” category starting Friday under the governor’s 4-tier — Low, Moderate, High, Extreme — COVID-19 risk system.
Oregon • Legislature • Government Apr. 20
State Rep. Brad Witt accused of sexual harassment by fellow legislator
House District 31 State Representative Brad Witt faces allegations that he sexually harassed fellow legislator Rep. Vikki Breese-Iverson and attempted to pressure her into a "quid-pro-quo" arrangement earlier this month.
Salem • Politics • Government Apr. 19
House passes bill to restrict some military surplus use by law enforcement agencies
The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting law enforcement agencies from receiving certain types of U.S. military surplus equipment from the federal government, including armored drones, grenades, and firearms silencers, among other types of gear.
FreeObituary Apr. 19
Obituary: Harold “Lloyd” Fellas
Harold “Lloyd” Fellas, 96, a resident of the Banks community passed away on April 14, 2021 at the Marquis Forest Grove, OR.
FreeFire • Washington County • Weather Apr. 15
Friday 'Red Flag Warning' issued for NW Oregon
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning beginning Friday at 11 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. the same day for much of northwest Oregon and beyond. Fire officials from the local and state level have been warning for several days now of extreme conditions that could lead to wildfires.
Crime • Tillamook State Forest • South Fork Forest Camp Apr. 15
Escaped South Fork Forest Camp inmate arrested
A man who walked away from a South Fork Forest Camp work crew near the Gales Creek Campground on Wednesday, April 14 is back in custody.
Crime • Tillamook State Forest • South Fork Forest Camp Apr. 14
South Fork Forest Camp inmate escapes custody near Gales Creek Campground
Jedaiah Lunn, a South Fork Forest Camp inmate walked away from a work crew near the Gales Creek Campground Wednesday around 2:30 p.m., the Oregon Department of Corrections said in a press release. Minutes later, a carjacking occurred in the same area.
FreeBanks • Fire • Banks Fire District Apr. 14
Burn ban enacted due to fire danger
Beginning at 12 p.m. Wednesday, all outdoor burning in Forest Grove Fire & Rescue's territory, the Banks Fire District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and beyond will close due to fire danger. Those who start or allow a fire to spread could be on the hook for legal and firefighting costs.
FreeFire • Washington County • Oregon Apr. 14
National Weather Service: 'Unseasonably high fire danger throughout this week'
The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued a "special weather statement" in advance of what the federal agency referred to as "unseasonably high fire danger" expected this week.
Crime • Banks • Police Log Apr. 14
Banks March 2021 Police Log
The March 2021 police log, as presented to the Banks city council on April 13.
Banks • Government • City Council Apr. 14
City council talks zoning, forestry, audits and more at April 13 council meeting
“It’s really hard to get people excited about zoning code amendment packages,” said city attorney Dan Kearns, discussing an upcoming April 27 planning commission public hearing to consider amendments to the Banks Development Code. This and more in city council news.
FreeWashington County • Event • Government Apr. 13
Washington County's Harrington to present 'State of the County' virtually April 19
Kathryn Harrington, the chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, will present the annual “State of the County” virtually on Monday, April 19 at 6 p.m.
Fire • ODF • Washington County Apr. 13
Concern over fire danger mounts as April temperatures rise
With a mid-April forecast showing temperatures in the low 80’s, depending on which forecast you read, local and state fire officials are concerned about fire danger.
Tillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Apr. 13
ODF seeks to create clarity, rules when closing state forestland
As wildfires spread across the western portion of the state in September 2020, the Tillamook State Forest and others across the state were declared closed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Now, the forestry agency is seeking to create a set of permanent rules for implementing a state forest land closure.
FreeWashington County • Crime • Police Apr. 10
Sheriff's Office seeks public help in locating suspect wanted on litany of charges
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking public help in locating an alleged hit-and-run driver and auto thief involved in a crash north of Cornelius on NW Susbauer Road and NW Long Road.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Apr. 6
Brown announces vaccine eligibility for all 16 and older on April 19
Starting April 19, all Oregonians aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Oregon Governor Brown announced Tuesday morning.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Health Apr. 5
April 5 sees new swaths of Washington County residents eligible for vaccine
Just three days after Governor Kate Brown said a fourth surge of the COVID-19 pandemic was at Oregon’s doorstep, the Oregon Health Authority announced that wide swaths of the population now are eligible to schedule an appointment for a first round of vaccinations.
Buxton • Manning • Transportation Apr. 5
Pongratz Road to close for three months for bridge, culvert replacement
Pongratz Road has many road users, human and animal alike. But this summer, it will be closed for three months for a bridge replacement and a culvert replacement project.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Apr. 2
Vaccine eligibility expanded for more underlying conditions, families of frontline workers
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced an expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for people with some underlying health conditions, and for family members that live with frontline workers.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Mar. 31
Governor Brown Unveils 10-Point Economic Recovery Plan
Oregon Governor Kate Brown released a 10-point economic recovery plan for the state on Tuesday, March 23, outlining her administration's recovery goals in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 wildfires.
Washington County • Transportation • Government Mar. 30
County seeks two applicants for regional transportation commission
Want to advise the Oregon Transportation Commission on transportation issues in rural western Washington County? Two positions — each for a two-year term — on a little-known regional commission are open for just that purpose.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Wildfire Mar. 30
Wildland firefighters now eligible for vaccine
That includes many private crews that work in the logging industry in the region’s forests, and landowners in forested areas that aid firefighting efforts.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Mar. 26
Vaccine timeline accelerated for frontline workers, more
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Friday that the timeline of vaccine eligibility for frontline workers, those living in multigenerational households, and those ages 16 and older with certain underlying health conditions would be sped up from April 19 to April 5.
Oregon • Transportation • Government Mar. 22
Oregon DMV to launch online license renewals
The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles issued a news release that says as early as May 5 many Oregonians will be able to go online to renew their driver’s licenses, permits, and identification cards.
Banks • Education • Elections Mar. 18
Raymond Mott drops out of Banks School Board race
Raymond Mott has served for eight years on the Banks School Board, but after seeing another candidate file to run for his seat, he withdrew himself from the race and endorsed that candidate. "It doesn't hurt to have some new ideas," Mott said.
FreeBanks • Sports • COVID-19 Mar. 18
Positive COVID-19 cases in Astoria, Seaside teams scuttle volleyball, football matches
Two separate sporting events Banks student athletes were scheduled to play in were cancelled after a positive COVID-19 test was reported from two separate team members of programs in Astoria and Seaside.
Washington County • Elections • Politics Mar. 18
Here are the candidates running for office in the May special district election
The filing window closed at 5 p.m. Thursday for the May 18 special district elections, and it’s a competitive field this time around. Here are the candidates running for local office in the Banks area and surrounding communities.
Fire • Environment • Oregon Mar. 18
After 2020 wildfires, seedling challenges remain
The Oregon Department of Forestry says demand is unprecedented for forest tree seedlings following the 2020 Oregon wildfires, creating difficulties for reforestation with as many as 140 million seedlings needed to replace what the fires consumed.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Mar. 17
Oregon, federal Tax Day moved to May 17
The Internal Revenue Service announced Wednesday that the federal tax filing deadline would be moved from April 15 to May 17, and Oregon will follow suit.
Oregon • Transportation • Government Mar. 16
West Coast states aim to improve online tools for rural transit riders
A $5.3 million grant Oregon, Washington, and California received is paying to develop software using open-sourced tools to upgrade the outdated technology used by local public transit systems that provide booking and payment, and allow riders to plan their trip.
FreeColumn • Election • Opinion Mar. 16
From the newsroom: Writing a letter to the editor
The window to file for office closes on March 18, which means it's letter writing season. Here are some ideas and policies on writing a letter to the editor of the Banks Post for publication.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Politics Mar. 15
Wyden gives update on unemployment, other benefits from American Rescue Plan
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) gave an update via Zoom on March 12 where he discussed how the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan directly benefits Oregonians.
Banks • Banks Fire District 13 • Community Mar. 15
Banks Fire District February 2021 Fire Log
A summary of calls from February 2021, and a message on the passing of Banks Fire District's Captain Mark Hornshuh.
Washington County • Hagg Lake • Police Mar. 13
Body of woman missing near Hagg Lake discovered by boater
A woman last known to be near Hagg Lake was found dead Friday afternoon more than a month after she disappeared there on February 5.
FreeBiden • Coronavirus • Government Mar. 11
Biden calls for all U.S. adults to be eligible for vaccine by May 1
President Joe Biden announced during a primetime speech Thursday evening that he would direct states, tribes and territories to open vaccine eligibility to adults by May 1. The announcement is the second major development undertaken against the coronavirus pandemic by the president on Thursday, having previously signed into law legislation approving the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
Salem • Politics • Government Mar. 11
Diesel fuel under fire in Oregon legislature
A bill sponsored by Rep. Karin Power (D-Milwaukie) would prohibit the sale of petroleum diesel fuel for use in any motor vehicle by January 2027.
Banks • Government • City Council Mar. 11
City council adopts work plan, extends development moratorium
The Banks city council voted to extend the city’s development moratorium, adopted a work plan for the 2021- 2022 fiscal year, and adopted a number of more routine items at the city council meeting held March 9.
Oregon • Earthquake • Preparedness Mar. 10
ShakeAlert system to go live Thursday
The ShakeAlert system, already implemented in California since October 2019, uses a network of sensors that detect the start of a major earthquake, calculate the magnitude and location of the quake, and then send the information to distributors that blast the information to cell phones and online.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Utilities Mar. 10
Past-due PGE customers may qualify for matching grant to pay bills
Those behind on their Portland General Electric payments can see if they qualify for a partial grant to catch up, and nonprofits may see assistance from PGE's philanthropic arm as well.
Crime • Banks • Police Log Mar. 10
Banks February 2021 Police Log
"The male said he was in fact asleep in the car when he felt someone slapping his arm. He said he swatted the slaps away but kept his eyes closed the entire time as he was trying to sleep." This, and more in the February 2021 police log, as presented to the Banks city council on March 9.