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FreeCORONAVIRUS • oregon • business April 1
Gov. Kate Brown issues 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown placed a 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for nonpayment Wednesday, bringing relief to thousands of businesses facing their first rent payments since losing significant revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • Oregon • History April 1
Oregon Historical Society asks for Oregonians' experiences during COVID-19 pandemic
The Oregon Historical Society has put a call out for one-page letters, or hand-written notes, sharing individual reflections and experiences during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • BANKS • EDUCATION March 31
Banks School District shares updates for district, high school
In a letter to the district, superintendent Jeff Leo noted how rapidly things were changing for the district in the face of the coronavirus health crisis, while Banks High School Principal Jacob Pence shared more information in a heartfelt video.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • Banks • Education March 31
Banks students may not return to school this academic year
The state issued a 28 page guidance document for school districts throughout Oregon, mandating a plan for distance learning by April 13. "We are working through the new guidance and putting together our plan. It raises a lot of questions for us as well which we will be working on to find out and best serve the students of Banks School District.,” said superintendent Jeff Leo.
FreeCONGRESS • wildfires • CORONAVIRUS March 31
National dispatch: Five airtankers join Oregon fleet, Oregon is granted coronavirus disaster declaration by feds
Quick updates from the national level regarding Oregon's congressional delegation and national politics on the local stage. This week, stimulus checks, resources for small businesses, feds grant Oregon a disaster declaration, and air tankers join the U.S. Forest Service fleet to fight Oregon wildfires.
FreeCORONAVIRUS • Banks • Education March 30
Banks School District begins offering sack breakfast and lunches to students
In a Friday, March 27 letter to parents and community members, Banks School District Superintendent Jeff Leo, a number of announcements and plans for the rest of the year were outlined, including information on school meals and supplemental distance learning.
Freecoronavirus • TRANSPORTATION • GOVERNMENT March 28
Oregon temporarily lifts prohibition on self-service gas in response to coronavirus
Oregon will allow drivers to pump their own gas until April 11 in order to reduce contact that could spread the coronavirus, the state fire marshal announced early Saturday morning.
HD32 • GOVERNMENT • POLITICS March 27
The primaries: A look at Suzanne Weber, candidate for Oregon House District 32
Suzanne Weber, the mayor of Tillamook, found herself thrust into statewide prominence as she was forced to handle a potentially lethal influx of tourists to Tillamook at the beginning of spring break. In the midst of her mayoral duties, Weber is campaigning in the Republican primary for Oregon House of Representatives’ District 32 seat, which currently is held by Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria).
FreeWASHINGTON COUNTY • EDUCATION • AGRICULTURE March 25
Deadline extended for Washington Co. Farm Bureau scholarships
The deadline to apply for this year's Washington County Farm Bureau scholarships has been moved to May 1, as high school seniors grapple with an uncertain school calendar in Oregon, with school closed through most of April, and potentially beyond.
FreeSalem • transportation • Government March 25
State dispatch: DMV (mostly) closes, studded tire season extended, Republican legislators promise bipartisanship
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 the impact of coronavirus on studded tires, the DMV, examine statewide numbers, and a new spirit of bipartisanship in the Oregon legislature.
Elections • LETTER TO THE EDITOR • HD32 March 25
Letter to the Editor: Elect George Kiepke
Hear from George Kiepke, a candidate running for the democratic nomination to House District 32 in the May 19 primary.
FreeWASHINGTON COUNTY • Coronavirus • Law enforcement March 25
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office: Education is priority in enforcing social distancing rules
As Governor Kate Brown's Executive Order mandating social distancing grips every Oregonian's day-to-day way of life, how will the Washington County Sheriff's Office enforce the new rules? We've got answers.
FreeCONGRESS • POLITICS • CORONAVIRUS March 24
National news dispatch: More than 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in U.S., Real ID rollout to be delayed
Quick updates from the national level regarding Oregon's congressional delegation and national politics on the local stage. This week, a quick look at the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., a statement from Senator Jeff Merkley, and news on the Real ID delay.
FreeBanks • coronavirus • gas March 24
Gas prices expected to drop as coronavirus hits oil market
GasBuddy, a website and cell phone app that tracks real-time gas prices in the U.S., released data that found the national average of a price of a gallon of regular gasoline dropped 12.8 cents during the last week to $2.08.
FreeOREGON • CORONAVIRUS • emergency March 23
"Stay Home, Save Lives:" Gov. Brown issues order limiting nonessential travel, closing more businesses
Governor Kate Brown asked Oregonians to stay home and stay away from each other, a request ignored by thousands as spring break began. Now, the governor has issued a sweeping executive order closing more businesses, limiting nonessential travel, and making it a class C misdemeanor if the orders are ignored.
FreeOREGON • CORONAVIRUS • Government March 23
Gov. Kate Brown prepares statewide stay-at-home order amid coronavirus outbreak, report says
Amid mounting pressure, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is preparing to issue a statewide stay-at-home order Monday, according to a news report from the Willamette Week newspaper.
FreeSalem • Recreation • Coronavirus March 22
State Parks system to close Monday, ODF, ODF&W sites to close overnight camping
Spring break is in full swing, and Oregonians are ignoring Governor Kate Brown’s pleas to practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and stay close to home. As a result, Brown has ordered three agencies — the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife — to close campgrounds and parks in their jurisdictions beginning Monday, March 23 and lasting until at least May 8.
FreeOREGON • CORONAVIRUS • HOUSING March 22
Gov. Kate Brown orders halt to residential evictions in Oregon during coronavirus emergency
Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Sunday temporarily halting residential evictions for nonpayment during the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
FreeCOLUMN • CORONAVIRUS • EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS March 21
Column | COVID-19: Financial Concerns in a Disaster
In any disaster situation financial concerns arise very quickly as people are unable to get to work or their work is closed because of the disaster. A lot depends on the size and scope of the disaster on how quickly people can get back to work and life resumes per normal.
FreeOregon • weather • wildfire March 21
As warm weather moves in, ODF cautions against burning
With businesses shuttered, people working from home, and students away from school for the next month, it's a good time to clear your yard and prepare for the coming fire season. But ODF officials are asking that landowners hold off on their debris burning until wetter, cooler conditions return.
FreeOREGON • CORONAVIRUS • government March 20
Gov. Brown pleads with Oregonians to take aggressive social distancing measures, with Portland set for "stay at home" order by Monday
In a press conference held jointly by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, the officials pleaded with Oregonians to practice aggressive social distancing, and Wheeler said that Portland would issue an order for residents to stay home for all nonessential travel by Monday.
FreeCOLUMN • CORONAVIRUS • BANKS March 20
Column | COVID-19: Building a Self-Quarantine Kit
Right now, everyone is really worried about who is infected; could I become infected or I am confirmed as an infected person? This then lends one to think of all of the things that they may need during a self-imposed or imposed quarantine.
FreeBanks • Government • coronavirus March 19
City of Banks declares emergency to address the coronavirus
At a special city council meeting held on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18, the city of Banks adopted a resolution declaring an emergency in response to the novel coronavirus health crisis.
FreeOREGON • CORONAVIRUS • EDUCATION March 17
Oregon schools to remain closed through April 28
Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregon schools to remain closed through April 28, extending her previously mandated closure period by four weeks.
FreeGovernment • CORONAVIRUS • business March 17
Oregon coronavirus layoffs: What to do when you’ve lost your job
More than 155,000 Oregonians work in restaurants and bars. Many of them – perhaps most – lost their jobs Monday when Gov. Kate Brown ordered all eating and drinking establishments shut down, except for takeout and delivery service.
Salem • Government • Politics March 17
The primaries: A look at Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, candidate for Oregon House District 32
Democrat Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, a Clatsop County trial assistant and co-owner of the Phog Bouncer Antique Mall in Astoria found herself literally in the last minutes filing to run for election in the Democratic primary for Oregon House of Representatives’ District 32 seat, which currently is held by Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria).
FreeOREGON • CORONAVIRUS • BUSINESS March 16
Oregon orders restaurants, bars shut to all but takeout and delivery service for four weeks to prevent spread of coronavirus
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday afternoon ordered Oregon restaurants and bars to stop all on-site dining and limit sales to takeout and delivery.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Business March 16
Amid coronavirus, Oregon will not yet impose curfew on restaurants and bars, Gov. Kate Brown declares
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday morning that she is not ready to impose a curfew or broader shutdown on bars and restaurants, despite a new federal recommendation against events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.
FreeBanks • Sports • coronavirus March 16
School sports halted by COVID-19
“Needless to say this is a terrible situation for all of our athletes,” said Ben Buchanan, assistant principal and athletic director for the Banks High School. “I feel terrible for seniors who didn’t get to finish out their winter seasons and the spring is still up in the air.”
FreeCOLUMN • coronavirus • banks March 15
Column | COVID-19: What is known
Today we are being flooded with mass media communication around a very real threat to us, our community and the world at large. With news around the world being updated constantly, this changes what is being presented by the news and our politicians hourly. Here is what is known at this point, writes Erica Harold-Heine.
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