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.
Buxton • Banks Fire District • Tophill December 11
Mobile home, pole barn destroyed in Buxton-area fire
A fire on Tuesday night destroyed a mobile home and the pole barn that was sheltering the trailer, Banks Fire District said.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG December 11
Banks November 2019 Police Log
As written by deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Banks.
Buxton • Obituary December 11
Obituary: Darby Ann Sorenson
Darby Ann Sorenson, 68, a resident of the Buxton community passed away on December 6, 2019 at her home.
Buxton • Banks Fire District • Top Hill December 10
Mobile home burning north of Stub Stewart State Park
Banks Fire District crews were dispatched to reports of a mobile home fire on Highway 47 near Hoffman Road just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Verboort • CPO 13 • Census December 9
Learn about the U.S. Census at CPO 13 meeting Wednesday, Dec 11
Interested in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census? The Gales Creek, Roy and Verboort Community Participation Organization 13 meeting on Wednesday, December 11 in Verboort will host a presentation covering the census in Washington County.
WOEC • LETTER TO THE EDITOR • UTILITIES December 9
Letter to the Editor: Rural Oregon at Risk
Members of West Oregon Electric Co-op could see a spike in electricity rates if Congress doesn't act, writes WOEC director Erika Paleck.
Banks • Banks Fire District 13 • community December 6
Banks Fire District November 2019 Fire Log
A summary of calls from November, and some holiday advice from Banks Fire District 13.
Tillamook State Forest • Crime • hunting December 5
Oregon State Police asks for public help after two elk killed, left to waste in Tillamook State Forest
Two elk were killed and left to waste in the Tillamook State Forest in the last few days, and the Oregon State Police are asking for public assistance in finding those responsible.
Banks • Library • Event December 2
December events at the Banks Public Library
There's a lot going on at the Banks Public Library this month - check it out!
Banks • Banks High School • Crime December 2
Former Banks High School volunteer assistant softball coach arrested
A former Banks High School volunteer assistant softball coach was arrested Monday morning on multiple charges after detectives executed a search warrant amid allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
BANKS BRAVES SPORTS November 30
Banks loses 21-0 to La Grande
Penalties, fumbles and lost opportunities kept the Braves from winning their second-straight OSAA 4A state football championship