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FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health May. 13
Masks, social distancing no longer required for fully vaccinated people in most situations, CDC, Gov. Brown say
The Centers for Disease control and Prevention today issued updated federal guidelines for those fully vaccinated and said that masks and social distancing are no longer necessary in most situations for the fully vaccinated. Oregon will follow suit, Governor Kate Brown announced Thursday afternoon.
Oregon • Environment • Transportation May. 13
Willamette Falls Locks Authority created by Oregon Legislature to explore reopening locks
The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill with a 54-3 vote creating the Willamette Falls Locks Authority, a public corporation establishing ownership, management, and oversight so the waterfall’s locks could someday reopen for the first time since 2011. But don't throw your kayak into West Fork Dairy Creek for a trip to Portland just yet.
Crime • Banks • Police Log May. 13
Banks April 2021 Police Log
The April 2021 police log, as presented to the Banks city council on May 11.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government May. 12
Everyone ages 12 and up can get a vaccine starting Thursday
Starting Thursday, May 13 everyone in Oregon ages 12 and up is eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, following a positive recommendation from the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Wednesday night.
Banks • Banks Fire District 13 • Community May. 12
Barn destroyed, home damaged in fire near Banks
Banks Fire District 13 and several neighboring fire agencies fought a fire near Banks that destroyed a barn and caused significant heat damage to a nearby home on Tuesday evening.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Health May. 12
CDC panel recommends Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 - 15
Some states immediately moved to begin vaccinating teens and preteens in the new approved age ranges, but Oregon won't yet allow it until a further review by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which meets tonight.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Recreation • ODF May. 12
Tillamook, Clatsop State Forest recreational sites begin to reopen
Several campsites and recreation areas in the Tillamook State Forest are reopening after an extended closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government May. 11
Oregon's risk framework to end when 70% of those 16 and up get first dose
The end of Oregon’s county risk level framework is in sight, if 70% of Oregonians age 16 and up receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Banks • Banks Fire District 13 • Community May. 11
Banks Fire District April 2021 Fire Log
A summary of calls from April 2021, and a message from the Banks Fire District.
FreeU.S. • Coronavirus • Health May. 10
FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in youth ages 12 - 15
The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in those ages 12-15 Monday. Previously, the vaccine had only been approved for those ages 16 and above. Approval to begin administering the shots could come as early as May 12.
Column • History • Banks May. 10
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County 100 years ago
In this new column, we take a look back 100 years ago in western Washington County, pulling clips and stories from the annals of local newspapers and historic documents. This week, the clips come from the April 28, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Salem • Business • Government May. 10
Oregon House passes bill to require diverse boards of directors for publicly-traded companies
Oregon House Democrats issued a news release announcing the passage of House Bill 3310A, which requires publicly-traded corporations to have a minimum number of directors who are women and members of underrepresented communities. The bill now heads to the Oregon Senate.

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