Buxton • Event • Community Jul. 28
Inaugural Blueberry Festival draws crowds in Buxton
Buxton’s Public Coast Farm was host to the Inaugural Blueberry Festival on Saturday, July 24, an event that drew crowds to the storied home of the Apple Valley Airport, Ramblin’ Rod Anders, and more.
FreeBanks • Weather • Health Jul. 27
National Weather Service issues 'Excessive Heat Watch' for Banks area beginning Thursday
The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued an “Excessive Heat Watch” for much of the Willamette Valley and surrounding areas beginning Thursday and extending through Saturday evening. The area under the heat watch includes Banks, but ends in Manning.
Buxton • Event • Community Jul. 23
Blueberry Festival planned for Buxton's Public Coast Farm this Saturday
Ramblin' Rod Anders, the Apple Valley Airport, the proposed Salmonberry Trail, the Public Coast Farm and now, the inaugural Blueberry Festival this Saturday in Buxton all have called the same property home.
FreeFire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest Jul. 21
Fire crews move into 'heavy mop-up' at Game Hog Creek Fire
Fire crews are pushing into the interior of the Game Hog Creek Fire as they work to establish a 300 foot perimeter free of burning material, the Oregon Department of Forestry said on Wednesday.
Column • History • Banks Jul. 20
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County July 14, 1921
100 years ago: Two Portland residents run afoul of game wardens in Gales Creek, it's blackberry season in Timber, and everyone is making hay while the sun shines and more. This week, the clips in this history column come from the July 14, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Oregon • Environment • Transportation Jul. 19
Oregon's salmon plates get a refreshed look
A new design for Oregon salmon license plates will be available to vehicle owners September 1, 2021, with money from plate sales going toward salmon habitat and restoration efforts.
FreeFire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest Jul. 19
Game Hog Creek Fire held in place over weekend
Over the weekend, crews were able to complete line construction into the Elk Creek drainage where the terrain is steepest, halting the spread of the wildfire, with the aid of two airplanes and a number of helicopters.
Crime • Banks • Police Log Jul. 19
Banks June 2021 Police Log
The June 2021 police log, as presented to the Banks City council on Tuesday, July 13.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Jul. 17
Hagg Lake closed to allow two planes to scoop water to fight Game Hog Creek Fire
A single engine air tanker is headed to Hagg Lake to begin scooping water to drop 800-gallon water drops on the cliffs surrounding Elk Creek after two of the three helicopters expected to fight the Game Hog Creek Fire were grounded by mechanical problems Saturday morning.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Jul. 16
Three helicopters expected by Saturday at Game Hog Creek Fire
Game Hog Creek Fire Updates:
- Fire grew to 133 acres
- Two helicopters, with a third expected Saturday, now fighting fire
- Cooler coastal air expected to help firefighting efforts today
Column • History • Banks Jul. 16
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County July 7, 1921
100 years ago: A who's who tour of cattle farms in Banks, Gales Creek and Roy, a big dance at Balm Grove, and more. This week, the clips in this history column come from the July 7, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Roy • Community • Education Jul. 15
St. Francis rummage sale starts today in Roy
A rummage sale to benefit the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Roy began today and will continue until Saturday.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Jul. 15
ODF: Game Hog Creek Fire 'held well overnight'
Efforts to fight the Game Hog Creek Fire continued overnight, and the Oregon Department of Forestry continues to express confidence in halting the wildfire’s spread.
“It held well overnight. We feel good about it,” said ODF Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata. The fire has burned over 130 acres.
FreeFire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest Jul. 14
Crews 'made good progress' on Game Hog Creek Fire by Wednesday evening
“Although the fire remains uncontained because fire lines are still being built, the fire’s spread was largely stopped at about 70 acres,” the Oregon Department of Forestry said Wednesday evening.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF Jul. 14
Game Hog Creek Fire 'appears manageable' but terrain challenges firefighting efforts
Game Hog Creek Fire updates for Wednesday afternoon:
- The bulk of the fire "appears manageable" according to the ODF
- Part of the fire cannot be fought due to steep terrain
- Fire is between 70 and 100 acres in size
FreeFire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest Jul. 14
Game Hog Creek Fire grows to 70 acres in the Tillamook State Forest
The Game Hog Creek Fire escaped fire lines Tuesday afternoon and is now growing in the Tillamook State Forest.
Banks • Banks Fire District 13 • Community Jul. 13
Banks Fire District June 2021 Fire Log
A summary of calls from June 2021, and a message from the Banks Fire District.
Banks • Business • Event Jul. 12
Banks' Main Street Salon is expanding
Banks' Main Street Salon is opening a newly renovated room to add new services, and will hold an event on Friday, July 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. with refreshments and live music to mark the occasion.
Banks • Weather • Water Jul. 8
City eases water restrictions
The city of Banks is lifting some restrictions on water usage, moving from stage 3 to stage 2 in the city’s water curtailment plan.
Column • History • Banks Jul. 8
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County June 30, 1921
100 years ago: Forest Grove mulls paving Gales Creek Road from their then-city limits to Thatcher Road, a rural community outside of Forest Grove at the time, a pioneer from the Banks area — his family name now graces the region's newest park at the Killin Wetlands — dies and more. This week, the clips in this history column come from the June 30, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Buxton • Banks Fire District • Tillamook State Forest Jul. 7
ODF crews fight Tillamook Forest wildfire with help of Banks Fire's Hornshuh Creek Fire Station
Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews are fighting a six-acre blaze in the Tillamook State Forest, and staged and refueled a helicopter in Buxton.
“We really appreciate the fire station there and how Banks Fire has made it available to us and other emergency services,” said ODF Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata.
Oregon Department of Forestry • Salem • Forestry Jul. 7
Board of Forestry to meet July 12 in state forester search process
The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet virtually on Monday, July 12 to continue the search for Oregon’s next state forester, a process that will continue unimpeded after Senate Bill 868 failed to move forward before the legislative session ended in late June.
Tillamook State Forest • Recreation • ODF Jul. 7
Tillamook Forest Center to remain closed through most of summer
The state has largely reopened, but the Tillamook Forest Center will remain closed until at least September, citing staffing changes as a factor.
FreeBuxton • Timber • Manning Jul. 1
People may not legally light fireworks in some areas outside of Banks
The region to the west and north of Banks entered fire season on June 22, which prohibits fireworks use in lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Fire danger is currently high. For Buxton, Manning, Timber, Hayward, Tophill and Mountaindale residents, find out if you can legally light fireworks on this ODF-created map.
FreeBanks • Banks Fire District 13 • Wildfire Jul. 1
City of Banks, Banks Fire District asks locals to not use fireworks, city show still on
Fire officials, elected officials, and city leaders everywhere are asking local residents to skip the fireworks this year and head to a professional display, Hagg Lake to enjoy the water, or watch a display on TV instead over wildfire concerns.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Jun. 30
State reopens, lifting most COVID-19 restrictions
Oregon’s risk level framework and the majority of masking, capacity, and social distancing measures were lifted Wednesday, June 30, doing away with the majority of the state’s mandatory precautions to fight the coronavirus.
FreeOregon • Wildfire • Government Jun. 30
Gov. Brown declares state of emergency over wildfire risk
Local and state officials are increasingly warning of significant fire danger ahead of the Independence Day weekend, and now Governor Kate Brown has taken the step of declaring a state of emergency for all of Oregon over wildfire danger.
Banks • Government • Water Jun. 30
Banks suspends outdoor water use, limits indoor use amid 'critical' water shortage
The city of Banks issued a notice Wednesday morning halting all outdoor water use and limiting customers of the city's water system to health-related and food preparation needs for at least two weeks.
Column • History • Roy Jun. 30
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County June 23, 1921
100 years ago this month: St. Francis in Roy was dedicated, and Gales Creek swimmers were asked to stop swimming in the nude and more. This week, the clips in this history column come from the June 23, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Banks • Weather • Environment Jun. 29
Heat wave shatters high temperature records
In Hillsboro, the closest official recording location for the National Weather Service, the all-time high since records began in 1929 is now 114 degrees, after breaking the original record of 108 degrees from July 21 2006 twice this weekend.
Washington County • Government • Politics Jun. 28
Sen. Jeff Merkley to host online town hall for Washington Co. constituents
Oregon’s junior senator will hold a virtual town hall for Washington County residents on June 29, a tradition for Sen. Jeff Merkley, though in non-pandemic years, the events are generally held in-person at a local gathering place.
Banks • Crime • Police Jun. 27
Two men arrested over weekend following pursuits in Banks, North Plains
Two individuals made their mark in Banks on Friday and Saturday, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said, leading police on a series of pursuits by car, on a motorcycle, and on foot, eventually culminating in the arrests of two men this weekend.
FreeBanks • Washington County Sheriff's Office • Missing Persons Jun. 26
Woman missing near Banks 'located and is well'
The Washington County Sheriff's Office was searching for a woman last seen near Banks on Saturday afternoon.
Salem • Politics • Government Jun. 26
'Sine Die': The highlights of Oregon's historic 2021 legislative session
The Oregon Legislature wrapped up Saturday, marking the end of an eventful session that included high profile legislation, a resignation and the first expulsion of a legislator in state history.
FreeBanks • Weather • Environment Jun. 25
Officials urge caution with fire, outdoor activities as region enters heat wave
With record-breaking temperatures on the way this weekend, local health officials are urging Oregonians to take caution, and fire officials are urging people to not be the cause of a wildfire.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health Jun. 25
Oregon's COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted by June 30, Gov. Brown says
Oregon’s risk level framework and the majority of masking, capacity, and social distancing measures will be lifted no later than June 30, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced in a press conference on Friday, June 25. They could be lifted earlier if 31,264 adults get their first shot.
Column • History • Banks Jun. 23
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County June 16, 1921
In this column, we take a look back 100 years ago in western Washington County, pulling clips and stories from the annals of local newspapers and historic documents. This week, the clips come from the June 16, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Banks • Weather • Environment Jun. 23
'Excessive Heat Watch' issued in advance of weekend triple-digit temperatures
The Portland office of the National Weather Service issued an “Excessive Heat Watch” Wednesday morning for almost the whole state of Oregon, including the entirety of Washington County.
Banks • Fire • Oregon Department of Forestry Jun. 22
Crews from Banks, area fire agencies deployed to central Oregon in case of fire
Local firefighters from Washington County and the Oregon Department of Forestry are providing aid to other Oregon counties anticipating potential fires in central Oregon and currently battling blazes in southern Oregon as most of the state enters an extended hot and dry period.
Banks • Community • Event Jun. 22
Banks BBQ is back
After a year’s hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Annual Banks BBQ, Truck & Tractor Pull will return to Banks from August 20 - 22 at Sunset Park.