As power is shut off for rural communities just outside Banks over wildfire concerns, Portland General Electric has established a community resource center at Jim’s Market in Banks to provide phone charging, ice, and information about the Public Safety Power Shutoffs beginning Friday. The center (12350 NW Main St) is[Read More…]
Power will be shut off in an effort to reduce wildfire risk in ten areas across PGE’s service territory starting Friday. In Gales Creek, power will be cut sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, and may be restored starting Saturday evening.
PGE: ‘increasingly likely’ chance of power shutoffs in western Washington County starting Friday over wildfire risk
Portland General Electric said that the likelihood of intentional power shutoffs—known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff or PSPS—is high in ten areas in their service territory, including Buxton, Manning, Timber, and areas surrounding Banks in the next 24 to 48 hours. WOEC customers in the county may also be affected.
“These conditions are the worst so far for 2022. Dangerous conditions will start Friday morning, peak Friday night, and remain on Saturday,” Oregon Department of Forestry officials said. A Fire Weather Watch begins Friday, and fire danger will rise to Extreme in the Tillamook Forest and surrounding areas Friday.
A message from the Banks Fire District, stats from July, and a fire escape plan in this month’s message from the Banks Fire District.
Local voters will have the chance to decide this November if a two-year moratorium within the Banks city limits should be placed on the manufacture of psilocybin products and the opening of mental health clinics that administer psilocybin to patients.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Saturday night, citing imminent threat of wildfire across the state.
The deadline to run for city office in Banks closes at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 24.
Four positions are open this year; the position of mayor and three council seats.
Mayor Stephanie Jones and city staff will be on hand at 2 p.m. Thursday to cut the ribbon on a new sports court at Greenville City Park.
In this column, we take a look back one hundred years ago in western Washington County. This week, a logging camp opens near Glenwood, a new bridge over Gales Creek in Watts, and more!