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FreeBANKS • SCHOOLS • CORONAVIRUS March 12
Gov. Brown directs Oregon school districts to close schools starting Monday, March 16
Starting Monday, March 16, Governor Kate Brown will direct all Oregon school districts to close K-12 schools through Tuesday, March 31.
FreeBanks • schools • coronavirus March 12
Banks School District cancels most non-essential school activities
Oregonians, businesses, students, and families across the state will begin to see more impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.
The most immediate impact for Banks-area families is the cancellation of almost all nonessential school activities within the Banks School District, including outdoor school.
FreeHealth • CORONAVIRUS • education March 11
Gov. Brown bans gatherings of 250 or more, nonessential school activities
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took a sudden series of steps Wednesday night to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including banning gatherings of more than 250 people, and canceling non-essential school activities, such as athletic competitions, field trips, and group parent meetings. The rules will remain in place for four weeks.
FreeHealth • Coronavirus • newsroom March 11
From the newsroom: Our response to the coronavirus
As of today, we have the ability to turn off the paywall for all coronavirus-related stories. We're sharing links and resources at the top of all related articles moving forward, and we could use your help in gathering news related to the pandemic.
CRIME • BANKS • POLICE LOG March 11
Banks February 2020 Police Log
As written by Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies stationed in Banks: This month, deputy Ryan Pope has been assigned to serve the city of Banks while Deputy Frank Ward remains away to recover from a collision in April 2019.
Banks • Government • Parks March 11
New parks fee goes into effect for Banks residents, businesses July 1
The Banks City Council last month established a park services fee to fund maintenance, improvements, and operations for Greenville City Park and Log Cabin Park. Those who use the city's water and are within the city limits or urban growth boundary will see a park services fee tacked on to their water bills starting July 1.
FISHING • STOCKING SCHEDULE • Dorman Pond March 10
Trout coming to a body of water near you
Anglers, take note: A few thousand trout are coming to a body of water near you, with Dorman Pond, Vernonia Lake, Lost Lake, and Hagg Lake all scheduled to receive legal-size trout in the coming weeks.
Salem • politics • Government March 10
Four hours before filing deadline, State Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell drops out of race
With less than 4 hours to go in the filing deadline for state offices, Tiffiny Mitchell has dropped out of the house district 32 race. In the hours before the filing deadline closes, two candidates have said they will join the race: Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, a Clatsop County trial assistant, and George Kiepke, a former Clatsop County commissioner.
Tillamook State Forest • Tillamook Forest Center • Event March 10
March events at the Tillamook Forest Center: Beavers, fairy and gnome homes
Learn about a unique animal, a little Oregon history, and some miniature building techniques for small woodland creatures this month in the Tillamook Forest.
FreeCONGRESS • politics • coronavirus March 10
National news dispatch: Primaries, SNAP benefits, Merkley's running
Quick updates from the national level regarding Oregon's congressional delegation and national politics on the local stage.
This week we cover Sen. Jeff Merkley's intent to run for a third term, the coronavirus spending bill, an online SNAP benefits pilot program, and more.
Banks • Government • event March 9
City council meeting Tuesday, March 10
The Banks City Council will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. for a regular work session followed by a 7 p.m. city council meeting.
BANKS • LIBRARY • EVENT March 9
March events at the Banks Public Library
There's a lot going on at the Banks Public Library this month, with trivia nights, the Homestead Series with a talk on composting and worms, and more!
Banks • Sports • basketball March 9
Sports dispatch: This week in Banks sports, basketball ends, baseball, softball, golf, starting soon
After losing 52-50 to Stayton, the Braves boys basketball season came to an abrupt end. Up next, student athletes will compete in track & field, golf, softball, and baseball.