Banks • Business • entertainment February 19
Banks Billiards a finalist to appear on 'Bar Rescue' TV series
Producers from the Paramount Network reality television show ‘Bar Rescue’ have narrowed their search for a bar to “rescue” to just a handful of locations, and Banks Billiards is a top contender.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG February 17
Banks January 2020 Police Log
As written by Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies stationed in Banks: Meth, theft, and calls ending in arrest.
CRIME • BANKS • Beaverton February 10
Man charged with kidnapping two Banks women
With an initial Feb. 12 court date, a man charged with kidnapping two Banks women was eventually arrested this month. “The same deputy he almost rammed into during his (high-speed chase) ended up pulling him over (two nights later) for driving at nighttime with his headlights off,” said a spokesperson for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
CRIME • BANKS • Washington County Sheriff's Office February 7
Cpl. Jeremy Braun looks toward returning to work after being shot in line of duty
"The valley of the shadow of death is very small, very narrow, and you have to go through it alone," said Corporal Jeremy Braun of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. After being shot at close range with a shotgun near Hagg Lake nearly six months ago, Cpl. Braun spoke about his recovery, the shooting, his family, his hometown of Banks, and his intention to return to work.
SALMONBERRY TRAIL • GOVERNMENT • SALEM February 6
Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet Feb. 7 in Salem
State, tribal, and local leaders will meet to discuss the further development of the Salmonberry Trail on Friday, February 7 in Salem.
GALES CREEK • Banks Fire District • CHURCH February 6
PHOTOS: Local fire agencies conduct training burn in Gales Creek
Banks Fire District 13, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Rural Fire Protection District, and the Cornelius Fire District all participated in a training burn in Gales Creek on Saturday, February 1 at a building located on the Gales Creek Church of God property.
BANKS • BANKS FIRE DISTRICT 13 • COMMUNITY February 6
Banks Fire District January 2020 Fire Log
A summary of calls from January, and upcoming events at the Banks Fire District.
Salem • politics • Timber Unity February 4
Timber Unity convoys from throughout Oregon expected to descend on Salem on Thursday
A thousand log trucks, semi-trucks, dump trucks, well drilling equipment and more vehicles are expected to converge on Salem on Thursday, February 6 to protest SB 1530 as part of a Timber Unity effort to protest cap-and-trade legislation. Locally, convoys will begin early Thursday morning in Tillamook and at the North Plains weigh station.
Technology • Salem • Privacy February 3
Dangerous use of a drone in Oregon could result in steep fines, jail time
An Oregon law passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019 makes it a class A misdemeanor for intentionally exhibiting dangerous behavior with a drone.
Kansas City • crash • crime February 1
Kansas City man struck in hit-and-run near Forest Grove
An 81-year-old resident of the Kansas City community north of Forest Grove was struck by a blue car while checking his mailbox Saturday afternoon, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office say.
Washington County • Education • Agriculture January 29
Washington County Farm Bureau seeks high school, college applicants for scholarship
Local students in high school and college who are pursuing an education in the fields of agriculture, education, nursing or vocational training are eligible for two scholarships offered by the Washington County Farm Bureau this year.
Banks • Government • History January 16
Banks kicks off 100 year celebration with centennial party
The city of Banks is turning 100, and much has been planned in celebration for the centennial occasion. The official kickoff party is Thursday evening on January 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Sunset Park's Schlegal Hall. Read on for more about how to place items in the city time capsule and lear more about the history of Banks.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG January 15
Banks December 2019 Police Log
It's a bit quiet for the December 2019 police report in Banks - but two of the items were in relation to an incident where a woman nearly ran over a state trooper in Banks.
Congress • Town Halls • Portland January 15
National news dispatch: Impeachment, more town halls, and Portland presidential politics
Quick updates from the national level regarding Oregon's congressional delegation and national politics on the local stage.
CRIME • Washington County • traffic January 14
More than 60 arrested during DUII holiday patrol period
63 people were arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office during a period of high visibility DUII enforcement patrols by local law enforcement agencies from December 13, 2019 to January 2, 2020.
Banks • weather • commute January 14
Winter weather in region expected throughout the week
In a winter weather advisory in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Portland branch of the National Weather Service said that communities in the northern Oregon coast range could see up to three inches of snow at higher elevations. Impacts of icy conditions — snow routes, crashes, closures, and more — have been seen throughout the region.
Banks • Sports • Braves January 13
This week in Banks sports: Robotics, equestrian team, Basketball, and wrestling
Students from Banks are hard at work, presenting robotics projects to the Banks Fire District, preparing for equestrian and wrestling competitions, and playing in basketball games at home and on the road.
HD32 • Government • politics January 3
State Rep Mitchell, Sen. Wyden Town Halls in Washington County on Jan. 5
District 32 representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria) wants to hear from her district’s voters, so she’s holding a series of listening sessions in January, including one at the Banks Public Library on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. On that same day, Senator Ron Wyden will hold a town hall on the other side of the county at the Tigard High School auditorium in Tigard at noon.
WASHINGTON COUNTY POLICE SHOOTING January 2
Washington County Major Crimes Unit investigating officer-involved Hillsboro shooting
The officer was not injured, victim pronounced DOA at hospital, police say
BANKS • LIBRARY • EVENT December 31
January events at the Banks Public Library
There's a lot going on at the Banks Public Library this month, with programs ranging from building water filters to learning how to raise small livestock and what some might consider a fowl topic, raising poultry.
WOEC • LETTER TO THE EDITOR • UTILITIES December 31
Letter to the Editor: Sen. Wyden Supported Rural Oregon
Thank you to Senator Ron Wyden for listening to Oregon’s electric cooperatives and fighting tirelessly to add important legislation to the 2020 spending bill, writes Erika Paleck, West Oregon Electric Co-op director for District 5
Salem • Transportation • taxes December 31
Gas taxes will rise January 1
Motorists can expect to pay more at the pump in 2020 as the state looks to fund transportation and infrastructure maintenance projects throughout Oregon.
Banks • timber • Crime December 29
Timber woman wanted by police after nearly running over state trooper in Banks
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old Aubri Jenkins of Timber nearly ran over an Oregon State Trooper near the Banks City Hall as she threw her car in reverse and sped west on Highway 26 before her vehicle was found abandoned along the highway.
North Plains • Missing Persons • Washington County Sheriff's Office December 24
Public asked for help after woman goes missing near North Plains
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking public assistance in locating 20-year-old Allyson Joy Watterson, last seen on Sunday, December 22 hiking with a man in a wooded area near North Plains.
Banks • Christmas • event December 21
Banks Inaugural Christmas parade begins 6 p.m. today
It's the first of its kind in Banks - a lighted Christmas parade starting today at 6 p.m. at the Banks Hardware Store parking lot.
Banks • utilities • weather December 20
911 service restored in Washington County
Service for landlines with the 357, 359, and 992 prefix has been restored after an earlier 911 outage, according Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
Buxton • utilities • weather December 20
Power outages in Timber, Buxton, Banks areas, 911 outage for some homes
Power outages throughout the region, from multiple causes, have impacted customers of Portland General Electric and West Oregon Electric Co-op in Timber, Buxton, and some Banks-area homes. Land lines with the 357, 359, and 992 prefix cannot dial 911.
Banks • weather • flooding December 19
Flood watch begins at 10 p.m. Thursday evening
As heavy rains descend on the region, the Portland branch of the National Weather Service warns that local streams and rivers, especially those draining the Coast Range, will likely see minor flooding.
Tillamook State Forest • Oregon Department of Forestry • logging December 17
Tillamook, Washington Co. received $38.8 million from timber sales last year
In a report issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry, the agency said that $38.8 million was distributed to Washington and Tillamook counties in fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019).
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.