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Banks July 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: Chicken-killing dog captured, several people flee police on foot, and more.
Free Fishing Weekend to be held Saturday and Sunday August 17 & 18
A free fishing weekend will return to Oregon this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 & 18. On those days, fishing, crabbing, and clamming is free to all residents and non-residents, meaning no fishing licenses or tags, including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement are required.
Names released of officers involved in Aug. 8 shooting near Hagg Lake
Deputy Chris Iverson, a 7-year member of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Corporal Jeremy Braun, a member of the sheriff's office for 16 years, were both injured during the shooting near Hagg Lake on August 8.
Banks • Banks Fire District 13 • community August 14
Vote early, vote often: Banks Fire District seeks public help in grant competition for AED purchases
With opportunities to vote up to 10 times a day per email address, community members are encouraged to 'vote often vote early' as the district seeks to rise to the top 40 out of 200 agencies seeking a $25,000 grant to purchase 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to place throughout the district's 136 square mile territory, which includes the city of Banks, Timber, Buxton, Manning, Hayward, and more.
Hagg Lake • Crime • Washington County Sheriff's Office August 12
Suspect named in Hagg Lake shooting of two sheriff's deputies
While responding to reports of the theft of a long gun at a Hagg Lake area home on Thursday, August 8, two members of the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team (TNT) were shot. Now, the Washington County Major Crimes Team has released the name of the suspect, who remains in an area hospital.
Salem • Vernonia • Government August 3
Dual recall efforts against Gov. Kate Brown draw local logging, industry support
At the Vernonia Friendship Jamboree & Logging Show today, there's expected to be a show of solidarity from local log truck drivers and logging outfits for a recall effort against Oregon's Governor Kate Brown, who faces two recall efforts
Gales Creek • Fire • Glenwood August 1
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue: Motor home sparked small brush fire west of Glenwood
Multiple agencies, including Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District 13, and prison crews from South Fork Forest Camp and more responded to a motor home fire along Highway 6 that sparked a small brush fire near Gales Creek Camp Thursday morning
Brush fire burning near Highway 6 west of Timber Road
A brush fire has closed Highway 6 as crews battle flames near Gales Creek Camp
Salmonberry Trail • Banks • Government July 30
Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet August 2 in Banks
The Salmonberry Trail is moving forward, with projects in Manning, Tillamook, and more underway or completed. Next up? A small gravel portion of trail adjacent to the Tillamook Cheese Factory is in the early planning stages.
Mountaindale • Missing Persons • Washington County Sheriff's Office July 26
Nicole Marie Murphy and two-year-old son found safe in Portland
The Washington County Sheriff's Office notified the public this week it was working to find 32-year-old Nicole Marie Murphy and her two-year-old son. Both have been found safe.
Banks • Crash • Highway 6 July 25
Driver involved in fatal crash on Highway 6 arrested on six charges
The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal crash on Wednesday evening west of Banks on Highway 6 has been arrested on six charges stemming from the crash.
Fire • ODF • Alaska July 25
ODF crews battle blazes in Alaska
In 2018, Alaskan wildfire fighters helped in fires that torched more than 225,000 acres in Oregon. Now, the Oregon Department of Forestry is returning the favor
Mountaindale • Missing Persons • Washington County Sheriff's Office July 24
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office seeking missing mother, toddler
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is working to locate 32-year-old Nicole Marie Murphy and her two-year-old son Caiden, both of whom were last seen Tuesday, July 23 between 6 and 7 p.m. at an urgent care facility on NW 185th Avenue and NW Cornell Road in Hillsboro.
Banks • Crash • Highway 6 July 24
Fatal crash closes Highway 6 just west of Banks
A deadly crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer semi truck has closed Highway 6 just west of Banks
Tillamook State Forest • Tillamook Forest Center • Event July 24
Smokey Bear birthday celebration to be held August 9 at Tillamook Forest Center
It’s Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, and the Tillamook Forest Center is celebrating with a special birthday party on Friday, August 9 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. to honor the beloved forest icon.
Letter to the Editor: Erika Paleck for WOEC board
From WOEC candidate Erika Paleck: "My goals and values: continuing the ongoing upgrade of service; my commitment to really hearing all members; fiscal responsibility and accountability; and sustainability of the co-op."
Banks • Agriculture • culture July 18
Banks resident crowned Oregon Ms. Agriculture USA Queen
Banks resident Alexis Mitchell, 22, is the new Oregon Ms. Agriculture USA Queen for 2019-2020. Mitchell will now move onto the final round, taking place next year in Ohio, in the Ms. United States Agriculture pageant.
Banks • Entertainment • Movie July 17
Movie in the Park - and Mary Poppins - returns
Banks? Meet the Banks - the fictional children from 1964's Mary Poppins have grown up and will be featured in the city of Banks this summer, as Disney's sequel 'Mary Poppins Returns' hits the screen at Greenville City Park on Friday, August 2.
WOEC • Letter to the Editor • Utilities July 12
Letter to the editor: West Oregon Electric Co-op elections
Letter to the editor: "Do we stay the status quo? Do we continue to absorb the inevitable increases in our rates? Do we stay the most expensive utility in the State of Oregon?" Read more from Mountaindale resident Mary Stocker
Banks June 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: Deputies learned that a wanted car thief was at a local business on NW Main St after an alert employee called in a tip to the Banks Deputy. While deputies were in route to the location, the business owner tipped the suspect off and he fled the business.
Forest Grove • Education • Pacific University July 10
Saturday Academy launches classes at Forest Grove’s Pacific University
Looking for summer activities for the kids? In the class Club Med West: Medical Careers, students are offered the opportunity to investigate careers in the medical field at a hands-on experience at Pacific University.
Salem • Wildfire • Traffic July 9
Smokey Bear license plates will become available in Oregon August 1
Oregon motorists will be able to adorn their license plates with famous wildfire prevention icon Smokey Bear starting August 1
Oregon • Traffic • Holiday July 3
Travelers will crowd Oregon's roads in record-breaking numbers for Independence Day
The Continental Congress declared freedom from a tyrannical British government on July 2, 1776, and fully adopted the document known as the Declaration of Independence two days later on July 4, 1776. We've been dealing with the traffic ever since - and this year, AAA says it'll be one for the record books.
Salem • Wildfire • Government July 2
Fire season begins for all Department of Forestry land in the state of Oregon
With the recent declaration of fire season in NW Oregon and the North Cascades, all of the land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry is now officially in fire season.
Stub Stewart State Park • Culture • Movies July 2
Want to see Star Trek 2 in a state park? Now you Khan
"KHAAAN!" The showing, hosted by Hollywood Theatre, starts at dusk at Stub Stewart State Park on Saturday, July 13, with signage pointing visitors to the temporary theater's location.
Banks • Fire • Holiday July 2
City of Banks 4th of July fireworks display returns to Sunset Speedway
Banks Fire District 13 crews will set off the city of Banks’ fireworks display at Sunset Speedway, located at 12765 NW Main Street, on Thursday, July 4 around 10 p.m. after the last race is done for the evening. Lighting off your own fireworks? Read on for safety tips from the Banks Fire District.
Salem • Transportation • Government July 1
Oregon Department of Transportation names Paul Mather to Interim Deputy Director
The Oregon Transportation Commission named retired Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Highway Division Administrator Paul Mather as ODOT Interim Deputy Director at a special meeting of the Commission in Salem.
Banks • Fire • Tillamook State Forest June 29
Fire season begins Monday, July 1
Locally, Oregon Department of Forestry will launch the official fire season in NW Oregon on Monday, July 1. This year, ODF says that 21 fires have occurred in their coverage territory — almost double from last year's 11 fires — and that all of them were determined to be caused by humans
CRIME • BANKS • Banks High School June 20
Washington County Sheriff's Office investigating alleged sex crime at Banks High School
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating an alleged sex crime that occurred at the Banks High School in their May 2019 report to city council about incidents that Banks deputies responded to within the city.
Tillamook State Forest • Crash • Browns Camp June 17
Emergency crews mount two hour rescue for dirt bike rider seriously injured in the Tillamook State Forest
A dirt bike rider crashed at Browns Camp on Monday afternoon, requiring an extensive rescue to extract the patient, who was eventually transported via air ambulance to a Portland area hospital. Five agencies combined to rescue the downed rider.
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