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FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Government November 25
Washington County in 'Extreme Risk' category under new restrictions beginning December 3
In a new framework announced Wednesday afternoon, Governor Kate Brown unveiled restrictions that will begin on December 3, continuing many of the restrictions from the “freeze” that began on Wednesday, November 18 and ends December 2.
Opinion • Letter to the Editor • Environment November 25
Letter to the Editor: In response to Oregon Hunters Association migratory habitat letter
"Safe corridors and habitat are critically important. We need to keep this in mind as we further develop Oregon, and we need to take steps to help our wildlife," writes Don Backman in response to a previous letter to the editor.
Banks • Community • Volunteer November 24
Leslie Sipp named Banks 2020 'Citizen of the Year'
The city of Banks announced that long-time Banks resident, citizen, and community activist, Leslee Sipp, is the winner of the Banks 2020 Citizen of the Year award.
Buxton • Banks Fire District • Community November 23
Inside the new Buxton fire station
A 2017 bond to build a new station in Buxton has come to fruition with the "soft opening" this month of Hornshuh Creek Fire Station #14 near Buxton.
FreeWashington County • Elections • Politics November 20
Brad Witt wins eighth election to House District 31
One of the closer races for the Oregon Legislature was in Oregon House District 31, which largely represents Columbia County with a small portion of Buxton and Manning included, where victory went to Democratic incumbent Brad Witt - by less than 600 votes.
FreeEvent • Recreation • Coronavirus November 19
Free parking at Stub Stewart, other state parks day after Thanksgiving
While so many traditions have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic, there's one that will return the day after Thanksgiving: Free parking at the 25 state parks that normally charge a $5 parking fee for day-use on Friday, November 27 from when parks open to when they close.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Business November 17
Executive order issued for statewide 'freeze' to combat COVID-19
Read the executive order that defines what closes and what stays open for 15 days starting Wednesday, as well as how the Washington County Sheriff's Office will enforce the new measures, reactions from local elected officials and more.
Banks • History • Community November 16
Book on Banks history is getting a second printing
To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Banks, the Banks Historical Society released a book on the town’s history, titled “Banks: A Town on the Move.” The first batch have nearly sold out, with a second printing on the way.
FreeWashington County • Elections • Politics November 16
Last day to correct 'challenged' ballots is Tuesday, November 17
If you are one of the roughly 1,800 voters in Washington County that received a notice from the Washington County Elections office that your ballot had been challenged, tomorrow — Tuesday, November 17 — is your last day to fix that ballot.
Banks • Event • Community November 14
Banks Annual Christmas Light Parade returns for second year
Billed as "A Drive thru Holiday Light Adventure,” this year's parade will stand still at Sunset Park while visitors drive past on Saturday, December 12.
Crime • Banks • Police Log November 14
Banks October 2020 Police Log
A summary of calls from October 2020 within the city of Banks, as written by contract deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and presented to the Banks city council on November 10.
FreeCoronavirus • Oregon • Government November 13
“Pause” replaced with “Freeze” as Oregon enters another COVID-19 shutdown
A number of new measures will begin on Wednesday, November 18 aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 before Oregon’s hospital system becomes overwhelmed. A travel advisory asking residents to stay home and self-quarantine after travel also was announced.
Fishing • Oregon • Event November 12
Last Free Fishing Weekend of 2020 is Thanksgiving Weekend
Free Fishing Weekend will return to Oregon on Friday & Saturday, November 27 & 28, the weekend after Thanksgiving Day.
Opinion • Letter to the Editor • Environment November 11
Letter to the Editor: Oregon Hunters Association
In a letter to the editor, the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) urges Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to develop and implement a policy to enhance and conserve migratory habitat for big game, and all wildlife that make seasonal movements.
Crash • Timber • Hwy 26 November 11
Portland man killed in crash west of Timber Junction
Tuesday's fatal crash on Highway 26 resulted in the death of a Portland man and injuries to another man who was transported to a hospital. The scene also saw a vehicle engulfed in flames and a chemical spill.
Banks • Banks Fire District 13 • Community November 11
Banks Fire District November 2020 Fire Log
A summary of calls from October, and a few messages from the Banks Fire District.
Oregon • Event • Veterans Day November 10
Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Wing plans Veterans Day flyovers
A flyover in support of various Veterans Day ceremonies by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Wing will be held Wednesday, November 11, including over North Plains at 11:25 a.m. and over Tillamook at 11:30 a.m., so keep your eye to the sky, as they may be visible to our readers as well.
Crash • Timber • Hwy 26 November 10
Fatal crash closes Highway 26 west of Timber Junction
Highway 26 is closed as a result of a fatal crash involving three vehicles near mile marker 35, just east of the Columbia County line. One vehicle was ablaze, and the closure is expected to last several hours.
FreeWildlife • Coronavirus • Coast Range November 9
Jewell Meadows wagon tours cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that public tours for the 2020-2021 elk feeding season at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Government November 9
Washington County added to COVID-19 'Pause List'
New restrictions on social gatherings will begin on November 11.
Oregon • Event • History November 9
Oregon's 'Exploding Whale' legend turns 50
50 years ago, we blew up a whale and it either went terribly, or very well depending on your perspective. Learn more at a free Oregon Historical Society talk with the KATU reporter who was on the scene of the fated blubbery blast.
FreeWashington County • Elections • Politics November 7
Saturday election update: Biden, ballots, Brad Witt and Brian Stout
Election updates: Presidential race called for Biden, Washington County has around 1,700 ballots that voters must be "cured" by Nov. 17, and a close race in House District 31.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Government November 6
State officials urge limiting gatherings, enact "pause" restrictions on five counties
In a last-ditch effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus before enacting strict measures that could have devastating effects for Oregon’s businesses and economy, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced a “Two-Week Pause” for five counties, with five others — including Washington County — on the cusp of being added to the list.
FreeWashington County • Elections • Politics November 5
Thursday vote tally for county, state races and measures
With newer results in hand from the Oregon Secretary of State, here is where county, state, and federal races and measures stand on Thursday afternoon.
FreeBanks • Elections • City Council November 4
Stephanie Jones wins election for Banks mayor
"I'm very excited to be able to get started in January," Jones said in a phone call with the Banks Post on Wednesday morning. "I walked around today and collected my signs and I'm missing one, so I'm going to be putting a call out on Facebook for that one," she said with a chuckle.
FreeOregon • Elections • Politics November 4
Suzanne Weber wins House District 32 race
For the first time since 2003, residents in House District 32, which includes the city of Banks, Gales Creek, Gaston, Timber, and the North Coast, will be represented in the Oregon Legislature by a Republican legislator.
FreeWashington County • Elections • Politics November 3
Running unopposed, Janeen Sollman wins reelection bid for House District 30
Running unopposed in the House District 30 race, State Representative Janeen Sollman coasted to an easy victory, netting 93.94% of the vote in early returns.
FreeBanks • Elections • City Council November 3
Banks voters support annexation measure in initial vote results
Voters in the city of Banks are on track to approve a measure to annex just over one acre of new land into city limits.
FreeBanks • Elections • City Council November 3
Results for city council races arrive with initial vote count
With the first wave of results from tonight’s election rolling in, we can confirm that the candidates running unopposed for a city council race — Jeff Thompson for CC2, Peter Edison for CC4, and Mike Rainey for CC6 — have won their respective races.
FreeWashington County • Music • elections November 3
As ballots are dropped off in Banks, Lauren Sheehan serenades voters
In the Banks Public Library parking lot, more than 100 feet from the one of Washington County's 21 ballot drop boxes, Lauren Sheehan is strumming a guitar. She's there as a volunteer for the "Play For The Vote" organization, a nonpartisan group that aims to increase voter turnout with the help of music.
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