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FreeBiden • Coronavirus • Government Mar. 11
Biden calls for all U.S. adults to be eligible for vaccine by May 1
President Joe Biden announced during a primetime speech Thursday evening that he would direct states, tribes and territories to open vaccine eligibility to adults by May 1. The announcement is the second major development undertaken against the coronavirus pandemic by the president on Thursday, having previously signed into law legislation approving the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
Salem • Politics • Government Mar. 11
Diesel fuel under fire in Oregon legislature
A bill sponsored by Rep. Karin Power (D-Milwaukie) would prohibit the sale of petroleum diesel fuel for use in any motor vehicle by January 2027.
Banks • Government • City Council Mar. 11
City council adopts work plan, extends development moratorium
The Banks city council voted to extend the city’s development moratorium, adopted a work plan for the 2021- 2022 fiscal year, and adopted a number of more routine items at the city council meeting held March 9.
Oregon • Earthquake • Preparedness Mar. 10
ShakeAlert system to go live Thursday
The ShakeAlert system, already implemented in California since October 2019, uses a network of sensors that detect the start of a major earthquake, calculate the magnitude and location of the quake, and then send the information to distributors that blast the information to cell phones and online.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Utilities Mar. 10
Past-due PGE customers may qualify for matching grant to pay bills
Those behind on their Portland General Electric payments can see if they qualify for a partial grant to catch up, and nonprofits may see assistance from PGE's philanthropic arm as well.
Crime • Banks • Police Log Mar. 10
Banks February 2021 Police Log
"The male said he was in fact asleep in the car when he felt someone slapping his arm. He said he swatted the slaps away but kept his eyes closed the entire time as he was trying to sleep." This, and more in the February 2021 police log, as presented to the Banks city council on March 9.
Salem • Transportation • Environment Mar. 8
Legislature looking to the future of fueling vehicles
A bill that appears to be fast-tracked by a recommendation from the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment would allow public utilities to charge consumers for the cost of supplying new electric vehicle charging stations with power and allow public utility companies to recover those costs through consumers.
FreeBanks • Education • Coronavirus Mar. 8
Back to school for grades K through 2
Photos: Close to 70 students returned to classrooms Monday morning at the Banks Elementary School, the first of Banks' phased reopening plan.
Salmonberry Trail • Government • Recreation Mar. 8
Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency meeting March 15
Those interested in the development of the Salmonberry Trail can follow along virtually at a regularly-scheduled Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) meeting, scheduled for March 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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