Salem • politics • Government November 20
State Dispatch: Two legislators leaving Salem, the I-5 bridge project is back, free fishing weekend
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 at a potential revival of the Columbia River Crossing, Free Fishing Weekend throughout the state, and two legislators who will not run again in 2020.
Banks • Sports • FOOTBALL November 20
Banks Braves take on Marist Catholic on Saturday
The Banks Braves varsity football team last week cruised through a second-round playoff against No. 9 Baker, winning 34-14, and this Saturday, in a semi-final match in the OSAA 4A state championship tournament, they’ll take on No. 5 Marist Catholic Spartans this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.
Thanksgiving • Fishing • Recreation November 20
Free Fishing Weekend returns Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving
You could go to Fred Meyer at 5 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving and maybe get in a fistfight over discounted socks with a hungover, bleary-eyed shopper juiced up on caffeine and holiday angst. Or you could go fishing.
Washington County • Weather • Traffic November 20
Driving in fog
It’s the time of year when fog becomes a likely part of Tualatin Valley drivers’ daily commute, and it seems to occur with regular frequency this year. Here are some safe driving tips for the fall and winter commute.
Washington County • Government • Volunteer November 14
County News Dispatch: Volunteer opportunities, budget listening sessions, county and Metro parks
In this week's installment of Washington County news, we cover volunteer opportunities in Washington County, how to provide input to the county on a variety of issues, and updates on Metro's Chehalem Ridge Nature Park.
Banks • Sports • FOOTBALL November 14
Banks Braves to face Baker Bulldogs on Saturday
The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 4A football championship tournament is down to the elite eight.
Salem • politics • Government November 13
State news dispatch: Who's running for office, ODOT traffic safety, and Metro dollars for trails
A new feature: Check in on Wednesdays for a quick roundup of news from the state legislature, state politics and government, and other quick recaps of stories of statewide importance. This week, we talk about some of the candidates we'll be covering for the May 2020 Primary Election, look at a retiring politician, and hear a plea from ODOT to drive safer around emergencies on the road.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG November 13
Banks October 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: A lot going on at Main Street businesses including theft and vandalism. This and more in the October 2019 police log.
Salem • Transportation • Government November 13
Vehicle registration fees going up in 2020
A law passed in 2017 will become effective January 1, 2020, and drivers — especially of fuel efficient and electric vehicles — can expect to pay a lot more to register or renew a vehicle's tags.
Congress • Impeachmnet • Trump November 12
National news dispatch: Impeachment proceedings to be televised, Wyden denounces Turkish government, diabetes awareness month
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 news surrounding impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Oregon Senator Wyden denouncing the Turkish government, how the Portland Trailblazers tie into that, and more.
Tillamook State Forest • Crash • Highway 6 November 12
Highway 6 closed at summit for crash
According to ODOT, the Wilson River Highway — signed as Highway 6 — is closed at the summit of the coast range near the Tillamook and Washington County line.
HD 32 • Health • Government November 8
State Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell completes living kidney donation
Oregon State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria, District 32) announced via email newsletter that on October 16 she completed the process of becoming a living kidney donor.
Banks • Sports • Football November 7
Braves enter playoffs with Friday game against Marshfield
The Banks Braves varsity football team, the reigning Oregon 4A high school state football champions, carry their undefeated, season-long streak into Friday’s playoff matchup against Marshfield High School (Coos Bay) at Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. at Banks High School.
WOEC • Timber • Utilities November 7
West Oregon Electric Co-op director sets Timber meeting for Nov. 12
Newly elected West Oregon Electric Co-op board member Erika Paleck is holding a community meeting with several other officers of the utility cooperative on Tuesday, November 12 in Timber.
Banks • Library • Event November 7
November events at the Banks Public Library
There's a lot going on at the Banks Public Library this month, ranging from reading to Marlena the dog, a pie sale to support the library, crafting events, and much more!
FIRE • CALIFORNIA • BANKS FIRE DISTRICT November 6
Some Washington County fire crews still assisting at California wildfires
Crews from Banks Fire District 13 returned to Oregon on November 3 after working the Kincade Fire on a 24 hour on, 24 hour off schedule. Some crews from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and other agencies have stayed a little longer to assist on a new fire near Red Bluff. California.
Banks • Weather • Power October 28
National Weather Service warns of high winds Monday night, Tuesday morning
The local National Weather Service branch located in Portland issued an advisory for the greater Portland metro area and the Oregon Coast, noting that sustained eastern winds of 15 - 25 miles per hour, with gusts of wind 40 to 50 miles per hour might be expected from 7 p.m. Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Fire • California • Banks Fire District October 28
Banks Fire District 13 volunteers join almost 300 Oregon firefighters to fight California wildfires
From Banks Fire District 13, Timber resident lieutenant Scott Arlin, Buxton resident Engineer Julie Kemper, and Banks resident Duty Officer Chris Lanter volunteered to head to California, where a total of 15 teams made up almost 300 Oregon firefighters are assisting in batting northern California wildfires.
Forest Grove • Forestry • ODF October 23
Two Oregon Department of Forestry committees meeting soon in Forest Grove
Two separate public meetings of citizen committees will meet close to home in Forest Grove in the next seven days, bringing a slew of updates and discussion about forestland locally and statewide to committee members and members of the general public.
OREGON • HEALTH • STATE October 22
Ban on flavored nicotine-based vape products halted by Oregon Court of Appeals
Two days after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s flavored vape ban executive order went into effect on October 15, the Oregon Court of Appeals temporarily stayed part of the order after several vape businesses and a trade group challenged the rule in two separate lawsuits.
Washington county • Government • elections October 17
In upcoming November 2019 special district election, no ballot for Banks-area voters
Voters' pamphlets for the upcoming November 5 special district election have been mailed county-wide, but there won't be a ballot following it - for readers in Banks, Buxton, Manning, Roy and Timber, there's simply nothing to vote for.
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.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG October 10
Banks September 2019 police log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks: The September 2019 police log
OREGON • HEALTH • STATE October 4
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.
BANKS • VERNONIA • TRANSPORTATION October 3
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.