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FreeOregon • Weather • Government Feb. 13
State of emergency declared for Willamette Valley winter weather
Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Saturday due to the severe winter weather in the Willamette Valley that has left hundreds of thousands without power and closed highways , roads, and public transit across the region.
FreeBanks • Weather • Timber Feb. 12
More winter weather expected over weekend
A layer of ice and snow blanketed the region overnight, and there's more coming in the forecast.
Salem • Police • Government Feb. 11
Legislative news brief: Bills in the legislature regarding law enforcement
A number of bills in this year's legislative session pertain to various aspects of policing, crime, and the justice system. Here is an overview of just a few of them.
Crime • Banks • Police Log Feb. 11
Banks January 2021 Police Log
A summary of calls from January 2021 within the city of Banks, as written by contract deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and presented to the Banks city council on February 9.
FreeBanks • Weather Feb. 11
Winter storm closures: A running tally of weather-related Banks area closures
A running tally of what's closing because of this week's winter storm. So far: City of Banks (offices, public works, library) is closing at 2 p.m., and the Banks School District and St. Francis in Roy will have snow days.
Fishing • Oregon • Event Feb. 11
Fishing is free Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14
In a year when fine dining indoors might not be the best idea, take your date fishing instead - it's free on Valentine's Day.
Salem • Logging • Government Feb. 10
Legislative news brief: Fight shaping up for Oregon timber industry in 2021 Oregon Legislative Assembly
A slew of bills in committees at the Oregon Legislature could reverse tax cuts for harvested timber that have been on the books for scores of years, and that observers say has kept nine counties in Oregon's timber-heavy regions from receiving more than $3 billion since 1990.
FreeBanks • Weather • Transportation Feb. 10
Winter Storm Watch issued for Thursday through Friday
The Portland branch of the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of northwestern Oregon and southwest Washington on Wednesday, warning of weather conditions starting Thursday and extending through Saturday that could bring rain, snow, freezing rain, wind, and plunging temperatures.
FreeBanks • Coronavirus • Sports Feb. 10
High school football coming back to Oregon
Governor Kate Brown announced changes are coming to the Oregon Heath Authority's guidance prohibiting outdoor contact sports, and the news means that football is coming back to Banks.
Washington County • Hagg Lake • Police Feb. 9
Deputies search for woman missing at Hagg Lake
The Washington County Sheriff's Office spent the weekend searching the Hagg Lake area with a Clackamas Co. dive team, drones, and boats in an attempt to locate a woman reportedly a danger to herself after her vehicle was found at Boat Ramp C.
FreeWashington County • Coronavirus • Government Feb. 9
Washington County to move to "High Risk" COVID-19 category on Friday
On Friday, ten Oregon counties — Washington County among them — will move from the “extreme risk” category, nine to the high risk category and one to the moderate risk category as COVID-19 stats improve in most of the state, Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday morning.
FreeBanks • Sports • Coronavirus Feb. 8
School sports: Soccer, cross country approved, volleyball a maybe, football still an unknown
The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Executive Board met Monday, February 8 to discuss the fate of a number of sports, approving soccer and cross-country for a Feb. 22 start, and punting more decisions on football and other sports to a Feb. 17 meeting.
Salem • Education • Government Feb. 8
Legislative news briefs: Redistricting deadline looms, Banks' representative sponsors education bills
The Oregon Legislature is in danger of being cut out of the process of drawing up new legislative and congressional voting districts, Rep. Weber sponsors education bills, and more from Salem's 2021 legislative session.