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FreeBuxton • Timber • Manning Jul. 1
People may not legally light fireworks in some areas outside of Banks
The region to the west and north of Banks entered fire season on June 22, which prohibits fireworks use in lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Fire danger is currently high. For Buxton, Manning, Timber, Hayward, Tophill and Mountaindale residents, find out if you can legally light fireworks on this ODF-created map.
FreeBanks • Banks Fire District 13 • Wildfire Jul. 1
City of Banks, Banks Fire District asks locals to not use fireworks, city show still on
Fire officials, elected officials, and city leaders everywhere are asking local residents to skip the fireworks this year and head to a professional display, Hagg Lake to enjoy the water, or watch a display on TV instead over wildfire concerns.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Jun. 30
State reopens, lifting most COVID-19 restrictions
Oregon’s risk level framework and the majority of masking, capacity, and social distancing measures were lifted Wednesday, June 30, doing away with the majority of the state’s mandatory precautions to fight the coronavirus.
FreeOregon • Wildfire • Government Jun. 30
Gov. Brown declares state of emergency over wildfire risk
Local and state officials are increasingly warning of significant fire danger ahead of the Independence Day weekend, and now Governor Kate Brown has taken the step of declaring a state of emergency for all of Oregon over wildfire danger.
Banks • Government • Water Jun. 30
Banks suspends outdoor water use, limits indoor use amid 'critical' water shortage
The city of Banks issued a notice Wednesday morning halting all outdoor water use and limiting customers of the city's water system to health-related and food preparation needs for at least two weeks.
Column • History • Roy Jun. 30
Dispatches from history: Western Washington County June 23, 1921
100 years ago this month: St. Francis in Roy was dedicated, and Gales Creek swimmers were asked to stop swimming in the nude and more. This week, the clips in this history column come from the June 23, 1921 edition of the Washington County News-Times.
Banks • Weather • Environment Jun. 29
Heat wave shatters high temperature records
In Hillsboro, the closest official recording location for the National Weather Service, the all-time high since records began in 1929 is now 114 degrees, after breaking the original record of 108 degrees from July 21 2006 twice this weekend.
Washington County • Government • Politics Jun. 28
Sen. Jeff Merkley to host online town hall for Washington Co. constituents
Oregon’s junior senator will hold a virtual town hall for Washington County residents on June 29, a tradition for Sen. Jeff Merkley, though in non-pandemic years, the events are generally held in-person at a local gathering place.

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