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Banks • Art • Washington County October 16
Free art tour will feature 64 artists and their studios throughout Washington County
Dozens of local artists throughout Washington County — including six from the Gales Creek and Banks areas — will open their studio doors to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as part of the free 2019 Washington County Open Studios Tour.
Buxton • Banks Fire District • Community October 15
Work begins on new fire station near Buxton
Local fire officials and community members gathered together last week to break ground on the future Hornshuh Creek Station in Buxton.
Banks September 2019 police log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: The September 2019 police log
Gov. Brown issues temporary ban on flavored vape products
In a move to stem illnesses and deaths that the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disaease Control has tied to vaping products, governor Kate Brown issued a 6 month ban on flavored vape products, among other efforts to halt severe lung illnesses.
Banks • infrastructure • business October 4
The final Frontier: Frontier Communications is selling Oregon, other northwest customers
Goodbye, Frontier: the company expects to be rid of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana customers by the end of the year, pending regulatory approval and final business negotiations as it sells operations in those states to WaveDivision Capital (This article is first in a series of many surrounding internet technology issues).
Salmonberry Trail • Government • Tillamook October 4
Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet Oct. 11 in Tillamook
State, tribal, and local leaders will meet to discuss the further development of the Salmonberry Trail in Tillamook on Friday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m.
Bus route linking Banks and Vernonia expands to 5 days a week
Vernonia Route 6, opened this April as a three day a week service between Banks, Vernonia and Hillsboro, has just expanded to five days a week, according to Todd Wood, Transit Program Administrator with Columbia County Rider.
Banks • Library • Event October 2
Book sale, Yoga, dogs and more coming to Banks Public Library
It's a full docket for the Banks Public library this month, with a book sale starting Thursday, Oct. 3, opportunities to read to Marlena the dog, and more!
Congress • Town Hall • Trump October 1
National news dispatch: Bonamici town halls, impeachment, Merkley vaping legislation
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 a series of town halls from Rep. Bonamici, reactions from Sen. Merkley to improve vaping safety, and reactions from Oregon's Congressional delegation on recently opened impeachment proceedings surrounding President Trump.
Banks • Banks Fire District 13 • Safety September 30
Banks Fire wins $25,000 grant for AEDs and training
"Just give us the tools and watch what our rural fire district can accomplish," wrote the district in their application. Now, the Banks Fire District has won a $25,000 grant to purchase AEDs to be placed throughout the district.
Banks • Braves • Sports September 30
This week in Banks sports: Football, volleyball, cross country and more (Sept. 30 - Oct. 6)
Upcoming schedules, highlights, sports tidbits, rosters, and more for September 30 through Oct 6.
Oregon • health • state September 26
Oregon Health Authority: Stop vaping, now
Oregon Health Authority, Washington County issue public health warning urging people to immediately stop vaping in the wake of second vape-related death in Oregon.
COLUMN • HISTORY • Greenville September 19
News from the past: September, 1895
In this new column, we take a look at a sampling of newspaper clippings from the Washington County Hatchet, a precursor to the Forest Grove News-Times, examining news that came from the rural communities of Gales City, Glenwood, Mountaindale, Buxton, and more.
Fire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest September 18
Fire season comes to an early close
Early Tuesday morning, the Oregon Department of Forestry terminated fire season in the Forest Grove, Tillamook, and Astoria Districts, the earliest the agency has ended the official fire season in more than 20 years.
Tillamook • Health • Business September 14
Adventist names new president of Tillamook operations
The Tillamook office, which is responsible for a network of smaller clinics in Oregon, including in Banks and Vernonia, has a new leader: Eric Swanson.
Banks • event • culture September 13
Irish Ceili event planned for Hahn farm in Banks September 28
For those in the region with an interest in Irish heritage, an authentic Irish Ceili planned in Banks on September 28 offers a unique way to celebrate and learn more from two Irish nonprofit cultural organizations.
Forest Grove • event • agriculture September 12
'Great Grains' event returns to Forest Grove-area farm
On Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spiesschaert Farms, located at 3150 NW Thatcher Road on the outskirts of Forest Grove, is hosting a free, family-friendly event exploring the reintroduction of locally-raised whole grains, and introducing local artisans to the community.
Banks August 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: deputies discovered that two students had broken into the Banks High School and stolen a golf cart, which was later discovered in Timber. This and more in the August 2019 police log.
Salem • Transportation • Government September 11
Current Highway Division admin. chosen to lead Oregon Department of Transportation
The Oregon Transportation Commission has chosen a new leader for the Oregon Department of Transportation: Highway Division Administrator Kris Strickler, who will take over as the head of ODOT pending contract negotiations and Oregon Senate approval.
Banks • Roy • Crime September 10
Suspect arrested in Banks attempted kidnapping
A spokesperson with the Washington County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the suspect wanted in connection to an attempted kidnapping near Banks on the morning of Tuesday, September 10 has been located and arrested and was en route to be interviewed by deputies in connection with the alleged crime as of 4:23 p.m.
Banks • weather • commute September 10
National Weather Service warns of localized minor flooding through 5:45 p.m. Tuesday evening
The local National Weather Service branch located in Portland issued a flood advisory with potential thunderstorms this afternoon for Washington County, warning of the potential for minor flooding in poor drainage areas on Tuesday, September 10 from about 3 p.m. until 5:45 p.m..
Gales Creek • Roy • CPO September 10
Gales Creek, Verboort, Roy CPO meetings resume for the season Wednesday, September 11
Community Participation Organization 13 — usually abbreviated as CPO 13 — took a summer break, but the first meeting of the season will be Wednesday, September 11 at the Gales Creek Church of God, for a discussion on disaster and emergency preparedness.
Banks • Roy • Crime September 10
Deputies searching for attempted kidnapping suspect who fled near Banks on foot
Around 7:04 a.m., a truck driver called 911 to say he saw a man trying to force a woman into a vehicle near the Highway 47 and Highway 6 interchange in Banks. All Banks School District facilities as well as St Francis in Roy were placed on lockout, which has been lifted, while deputies used a K9 unit to attempt to find the suspect. Deputies do not believe there is a danger to the public.
Banks • crime • schools September 10
Banks School District in lockout as deputies search for kidnapping attempt suspect in Banks
Banks School District facilities have been placed in lockout as deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office search for a male suspect in a kidnapping attempt from the Banks area this morning.
Tillamook State Forest • Tillamook Forest Center • Event September 9
Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust will host 'Routebeer' event to recognize supporters
In recognition of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust's supporters, donors, and contributors — as well as to celebrate Highway 6's recent designation as a scenic byway — the organization will host an event at the Tillamook Forest Center on Saturday, September 21.
Manning • Construction • Washington County September 7
Pihl Road lane closures and delays expected through October 11
For those who drive on Pihl Road, lane closures and delays stemming from a county project to repave the road have begun and will continue through October 11, according to a schedule of paving projects from Washington County Land Use and Transportation.
Tillamook State Forest • Tillamook Forest Center • Event September 5
River cleanup comes to the Wilson River on September 21
The Tillamook-based nonprofit Wilson River Cleanup Group (WRCG) is holding its annual river cleanup September 21, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and wants volunteers to help clean the banks of this popular destination.
Buxton • Crash • Highway 26 August 30
Beaverton man dies in crash west of Buxton
The Labor Day weekend began with tragedy in far western Washington County, where a man died after crashing his vehicle at the Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel.
Buxton • Crash • Highway 26 August 30
Deadly crash closes Highway 26 at the Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel
A deadly crash at the east end of the Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel has closed Highway 26 in both directions.
Fire • Weather • Forestry August 29
ODF looking for more lightning caused wildfires in Columbia Co., asks for public assistance
Five small wildfires have been confirmed and contained in Columbia County, with Oregon Department of Forestry officials sending an airplane to scout for more fires this afternoon in Clatsop and Columbia Counties. Anyone who sees smoke is asked to call 911.
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