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Banks • Banks Fire District • Lawsuit September 4
Lawsuit alleges Banks fire chief fired employee in retaliation over whistleblower activity
A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that Banks Fire District Chief Rodney Linz fired at least one employee in retaliation for raising concerns with elected officials over alleged nepotism and fudged certifications surrounding his adult daughter, Samantha Linz, a volunteer with the district.
Fire • Traffic • Coronavirus September 3
Fires, traffic, COVID-19: Welcome to Labor Day weekend
It's a holiday weekend, and it can be a dangerous one without precautions. Officials from a number of government agencies locally and across the state are gearing up for this weekend as a multitude of factors combine to potentially throw a wrench into holiday plans.
Fire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest September 2
Hot weather prompts shift in precautions for logging in region
For those who work in the Tillamook State Forest and surrounding forests protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, logging and other commercial activities will need to shift certain activities out of the hottest parts of the day as much of the region moves to Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 beginning Thursday morning.
FreeBanks School District • Teachers • Coronavirus September 2
Banks School District, unions gear up for school year start
As the start to Banks’ school year — September 8 — draws closer, the Banks School District administration has met at least three times already with the Banks Education Association, a union representing 58 teaching staff members in Banks, to hash out items of concern, such as an onsite teaching requirement, as the district gears up for an academic year unlike any seen in school history.
Timber • Utilities • Internet September 2
Is fiber coming to rural western Washington County? Perhaps, says Ziply
With the acquisition of the former Frontier network by Ziply, is there a future in western Washington County where wired internet connectivity comes in the way of fiber instead of copper? Perhaps, says the company.
Fire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest September 1
'Worst fire danger of the year:' ODF warns of hazardous conditions ahead of Labor Day weekend
“We’re looking at our worst fire danger of the year,” said Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata while discussing fire danger in the coming days and over Labor Day weekend and beyond.
Washington County • Portland • Law Enforcement August 31
Washington County Sheriff will not send deputies to Portland demonstrations
A "unified law enforcement plan" released by Governor Brown to address the violence that has marred nightly demonstrations in Portland turned out to not be unified at all, as at least two law enforcement agencies said they had not been briefed on the plan prior to its release.
Oregon • Police • Government August 31
Governor Brown appoints Terri Davie as Oregon State Police superintendent
The appointment will become effective November 1, pending Senate approval.
HD 32 • Letter to the Editor • Elections August 31
Letter to the Editor: Elect Debbie Booth-Schmidt for Oregon House District 32
A letter to the editor in support of House District 32 candidate Debbie Boothe-Schmidt from Astoria resident Bob Westerberg.
Tillamook Forest • Hunting August 30
Hillsboro hunter killed by elk in Tillamook County
A Hillsboro man has died after an elk he wounded while archery hunting gored him to death Sunday morning.