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Salem • politics • Timber Unity December 12
Timber Unity-backed effort to recall Tiffiny Mitchell fails
Opponents and proponents alike slung accusations - and filed complaints - during an ultimately doomed effort to recall House District 32 representative Tiffiny Mitchell.
Buxton • Banks Fire District • Tophill December 11
Mobile home, pole barn destroyed in Buxton-area fire
A fire on Tuesday night destroyed a mobile home and the pole barn that was sheltering the trailer, Banks Fire District said.
Banks November 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks.
Buxton • Obituary December 11
Obituary: Darby Ann Sorenson
Darby Ann Sorenson, 68, a resident of the Buxton community passed away on December 6, 2019 at her home.
Buxton • Banks Fire District • Top Hill December 10
Mobile home burning north of Stub Stewart State Park
Banks Fire District crews were dispatched to reports of a mobile home fire on Highway 47 near Hoffman Road just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Verboort • CPO 13 • Census December 9
Learn about the U.S. Census at CPO 13 meeting Wednesday, Dec 11
Interested in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census? The Gales Creek, Roy and Verboort Community Participation Organization 13 meeting on Wednesday, December 11 in Verboort will host a presentation covering the census in Washington County.
Letter to the Editor: Rural Oregon at Risk
Members of West Oregon Electric Co-op could see a spike in electricity rates if Congress doesn't act, writes WOEC director Erika Paleck.
Banks • Banks Fire District 13 • community December 6
Banks Fire District November 2019 Fire Log
A summary of calls from November, and some holiday advice from Banks Fire District 13.
Tillamook State Forest • Crime • hunting December 5
Oregon State Police asks for public help after two elk killed, left to waste in Tillamook State Forest
Two elk were killed and left to waste in the Tillamook State Forest in the last few days, and the Oregon State Police are asking for public assistance in finding those responsible.
Banks • Library • Event December 2
December events at the Banks Public Library
There's a lot going on at the Banks Public Library this month - check it out!
Banks • Banks High School • Crime December 2
Former Banks High School volunteer assistant softball coach arrested
A former Banks High School volunteer assistant softball coach was arrested Monday morning on multiple charges after detectives executed a search warrant amid allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Banks loses 21-0 to La Grande
Penalties, fumbles and lost opportunities kept the Braves from winning their second-straight OSAA 4A state football championship
Salem • Economy • Government November 29
Report: Oregon's economic outlook
The report from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis shows the state’s economy remains strong with many workers in urban areas enjoying an 18 percent increase in median household income, which is above the U.S. average.
Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet Dec. 6 in Salem
State, tribal, and local leaders will meet to discuss the further development of the Salmonberry Trail in Tillamook on Friday, December 6 in Salem
Washington County • Police • Traffic November 26
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office begins extra holiday patrols for impaired drivers
Law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the beginning of a high visibility enforcement patrol on Thanksgiving Weekend in an effort to deter impaired driving on a historically lethal holiday weekend.
Banks • Braves • Sports November 25
With 56-31 win over Marist Catholic, Braves head to the finals
The Braves will take to the road, heading to Hermiston for a final match against La Grande on Saturday, November 30 to defend their 2018 OSAA 4A state champion title.
Salem • politics • Government November 20
State Dispatch: Two legislators leaving Salem, the I-5 bridge project is back, free fishing weekend
This week's state dispatch of news from the state legislature, state politics and government, and other quick recaps of stories of statewide importance. This week, we look at a potential revival of the Columbia River Crossing, Free Fishing Weekend throughout the state, and two legislators who will not run again in 2020.
Banks • Sports • FOOTBALL November 20
Banks Braves take on Marist Catholic on Saturday
The Banks Braves varsity football team last week cruised through a second-round playoff against No. 9 Baker, winning 34-14, and this Saturday, in a semi-final match in the OSAA 4A state championship tournament, they’ll take on No. 5 Marist Catholic Spartans this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.
Thanksgiving • Fishing • Recreation November 20
Free Fishing Weekend returns Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving
You could go to Fred Meyer at 5 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving and maybe get in a fistfight over discounted socks with a hungover, bleary-eyed shopper juiced up on caffeine and holiday angst. Or you could go fishing.
Washington County • Weather • Traffic November 20
Driving in fog
It’s the time of year when fog becomes a likely part of Tualatin Valley drivers’ daily commute, and it seems to occur with regular frequency this year. Here are some safe driving tips for the fall and winter commute.
Washington County • Government • Volunteer November 14
County News Dispatch: Volunteer opportunities, budget listening sessions, county and Metro parks
In this week's installment of Washington County news, we cover volunteer opportunities in Washington County, how to provide input to the county on a variety of issues, and updates on Metro's Chehalem Ridge Nature Park.
Banks • Sports • FOOTBALL November 14
Banks Braves to face Baker Bulldogs on Saturday
The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 4A football championship tournament is down to the elite eight.
Salem • politics • Government November 13
State news dispatch: Who's running for office, ODOT traffic safety, and Metro dollars for trails
A new feature: Check in on Wednesdays for a quick roundup of news from the state legislature, state politics and government, and other quick recaps of stories of statewide importance. This week, we talk about some of the candidates we'll be covering for the May 2020 Primary Election, look at a retiring politician, and hear a plea from ODOT to drive safer around emergencies on the road.
Banks October 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: A lot going on at Main Street businesses including theft and vandalism. This and more in the October 2019 police log.
Salem • Transportation • Government November 13
Vehicle registration fees going up in 2020
A law passed in 2017 will become effective January 1, 2020, and drivers — especially of fuel efficient and electric vehicles — can expect to pay a lot more to register or renew a vehicle's tags.
Congress • Impeachmnet • Trump November 12
National news dispatch: Impeachment proceedings to be televised, Wyden denounces Turkish government, diabetes awareness month
Every Tuesday, check in for quick updates on news from Oregon's congressional delegation representing readers in our newspaper's territory, as well as other news of impact from the national stage. This week, we cover news surrounding impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Oregon Senator Wyden denouncing the Turkish government, how the Portland Trailblazers tie into that, and more.
Tillamook State Forest • Crash • Highway 6 November 12
Highway 6 closed at summit for crash
According to ODOT, the Wilson River Highway — signed as Highway 6 — is closed at the summit of the coast range near the Tillamook and Washington County line.
HD 32 • Health • Government November 8
State Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell completes living kidney donation
Oregon State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria, District 32) announced via email newsletter that on October 16 she completed the process of becoming a living kidney donor.
Banks • Sports • Football November 7
Braves enter playoffs with Friday game against Marshfield
The Banks Braves varsity football team, the reigning Oregon 4A high school state football champions, carry their undefeated, season-long streak into Friday’s playoff matchup against Marshfield High School (Coos Bay) at Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. at Banks High School.
WOEC • Timber • Utilities November 7
West Oregon Electric Co-op director sets Timber meeting for Nov. 12
Newly elected West Oregon Electric Co-op board member Erika Paleck is holding a community meeting with several other officers of the utility cooperative on Tuesday, November 12 in Timber.
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