An already longer than anticipated long weekend just got even longer after the Banks School District said school would remain closed Tuesday.
Already gripped in frozen temperatures and an icy winter storm, Oregon could now be on for round two, the Portland office of the National Weather Service said in an Ice Storm Warning issued Monday morning.
The December 2023 Banks Police Log is presented here as written and delivered to the Banks City Council. We’ve also provided the verbal report delivered by Deputy Frank Ward for your listening pleasure as well.
“We understand that early releases can be an inconvenience, but the safety of our students and staff is our top priority,” the Banks School District said in a notice announcing a three hour early release for Friday. “We encourage everyone to plan accordingly and make the necessary arrangements.”
In Banks and North Plains and the rural areas surrounding them, close to 3,500 customers were without power. The Banks School District said that all power was out, which was also affecting phone and internet service.
“All schools will dismiss at the regular time,” the district said.
Just hours after Hampton Lumber announced the closure of their Banks sawmill, the Banks City Council met for a regularly scheduled city council meeting. The topic soon turned to the sawmill’s closure.
The governing body that is responsible for the development of the Salmonberry Trail plans to meet in Buxton January 18 for a regular business meeting.
A 1924 ad for dynamite, the tiny community of Watts (where Stringtown Road and Gales Creek Road meet) considers merging their two community halls, and a Banks man says the water system is coming along fine in this week’s Dispatches from History.
Every highway in this newspaper’s territory—that’s 6, 26, and 47—had a disabled vehicle or a crash when the map was checked at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s tripcheck.com.
Hampton Lumber’s sawmill in Banks is closed “indefinitely,” the company said in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon. The mill employed 58 people.