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Banks Fire District • Awards • Government February 21
Banks Fire District wins Special Districts award
Banks Fire District 13 received the 2019 Outstanding Special District Program Award from the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) for districts with five or fewer full-time employees.
Banks • Library • Event February 21
DIY program coming to Banks Public Library February 28
The Friends of the Banks Public Library will host a free program at the library on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. that discusses self-sufficiency, do-it-yourself (DIY) culture, and their effects on communities.
Banks • Braves • #StaciStrong February 20
Banks community rallies around Rizzo family
As Staci Rizzo's battle with cancer draws to a close, 280 people have donated more than $37,000 for various expenses. "We just want to thank everyone in our community, including our family and friends for all the support they have given us recently and over the years," said Nick Rizzo.
Suspect arrested in Gales Creek pursuit and crash
23-year-old Jeremiah Libbee was arrested in Portland Tuesday afternoon by the North Plains Police Department with assistance from the Portland Police Bureau.
Gales Creek • Crash • Highway 6 February 15
Police pursuit ends with vehicle crashing into Gales Creek near Shell station
Highway 6 was closed after a police pursuit that started near North Plains ended with a vehicle submerged in Gales Creek, prompting a response from nearly every emergency and police agency in the region.
Crime • Banks • Police Log February 13
Banks January 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks.
Gardening • Food • Events February 13
Seed Swap gardening event returns to Forest Grove
The Dairy Creek Community Food Web will host a seed swap on Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Forest Grove.
Washington County • CPO 13 • Gales Creek February 12
CPO 13 will host Washington Co. District 4 commissioner Jerry Willey at Feb. 13 meeting
The newly sworn in commissioner, who represents Banks and the rest of the western half of the county, will speak to the Community Participation Organization 13 in Gales Creek on Wednesday, February 13.
Weather • Snow • Flooding • Oh My February 11
National Weather Service: Snow could return, especially at higher elevations, also there's a flood watch
The Portland branch of the National Weather Service, is warning—with a lot of disclaimers—that the valley floor could see snow, but higher elevations such as Timber could see up to 10 inches of snow starting Monday night. Meanwhile, a flood watch will also start at 7 p.m. Monday.
Snow • History • Activities February 9
Column | Esther Lilly Hundley Diaries: Special Snow Edition
What do you do when snow lays thick upon the ground? Take a look into history as we find snow-based activities to do from the 1920s and 1930s in Gales Creek!
Banks • Business • Shopping February 8
In-N-Out Market will open in Banks on Monday, Feb. 11
In-N-Out (no not THAT In-N-Out) Market is (finally) opening in Banks on Monday, February 11 at 5 a.m. Stop in all day for a free coffee or fountain drink.
Snow • Weather February 8
Winter Weather Advisory upgraded to Winter Storm Warning
The National Weather Service has upgraded an earlier Winter Weather Advisory to a more severe Winter Storm Warning from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday, February 8 and 9. Forecasts now call for 3 - 8 inches in Coast Range communities: Vernonia, Trask, Timber, Jewell, Lees Camp, Sunset Summit; Banks, elsewhere could see 2 - 6 inches, with more accumulation at higher elevations. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Weather • Snow February 8
Winter Weather Advisory for NW Oregon from Friday evening to Saturday night
The National Weather Service has enacted a Winter Weather Advisory from 6 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 8 and 9. Forecasts call for 3 - 7 inches in Coast Range communities: Vernonia, Trask, Timber, Jewell, Lees Camp, Sunset Summit, elsewhere could see 2 - 4 inches, with snow seeing more accumulation at higher elevations.
Snow • Weather • Closures February 8
Snow closures and delays for Friday, Feb 8 through Sunday, Feb 10
A constantly updated list of cancelled and delayed activities for community events and schools in Banks, Manning, Buxton, Timber, and Roy for the weekend of Feb 8 - Feb 10. Know of something we missed? Email news@bankspost.com
Salem • Government • Politics February 7
Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson cuts hours back amid cancer treatment
Oregon's Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced on February 4 that he will cut back his working hours amid treatment for his cancerous brain tumor, which he was diagnosed with in May 2018. Richardson, next in line to replace Governor Kate Brown should she resign or otherwise be unable discharge the duties of the office of Governor, is the only Republican in state office.
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