The Banks City Council heard from Washington Co. Commissioner Jerry Willey during a recent council meeting about concerns surrounding ties between an event scheduled at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Oregon, Washington detect first cases of bird flu in backyard flocks
Oregon and Washington officials on Friday confirmed that both states have had their first cases of a highly pathogenic bird flu and about 150 backyard chickens, turkeys and geese were destroyed this week.
The St. Francis Steak Dinner & Antique Tractor Show is back this Saturday
After an extended hiatus, the St. Francis Steak Dinner & Antique Tractor Show is back. Starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. this Saturday, May 7, the event—scuppered by the pandemic since the last time it was held in March 2020—is bigger than ever, and promises food, fun, and at least 45 tractors.
Bridge replacement project on Highway 47 begins May 16
A project to replace the bridge over West Fork Dairy Creek just west of Banks city limits is expected to begin Monday, May 16, the city of Banks announced.
Voters recall Banks Fire District Chair Mark Schmidlin
With the final votes certified Wednesday afternoon, Banks Fire District 13 Board Chair Mark Schmidlin has lost his elected position by 35 votes.
Banks’ Mayor Jones, Hampton Lumber push back against ODF’s Western Oregon Habitat Conservation Plan
Department of Forestry (ODF) Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) could have disastrous effects on regional economies — especially those in and around Banks and Gales Creek — according to Portland-based Hampton Lumber, which operates a lumber mill on Commerce Street in Banks.
Learn about the candidates for governor in this interactive feature
Nearly three dozen candidates for governor are vying for their parties’ nomination in the 2022 primaries on May 17. A collaborative of Oregon journalists wrote 15 questions to help you get to know these folks before you cast your ballot.
Oregon Appeals Court reverses $1.1 billion verdict over state forest management
The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a $1.1 billion verdict against the state for how it manages forests, ruling that the state wasn’t obligated to maximize logging and profits.
Low-income households may be eligible for internet stipend
A federal program is available to western Washington County residents that provides eligible “income-restrained” families with as much as $30 per month — $75 on tribal lands — to apply toward the cost of internet service or a cell phone service plan.
Free Comic books await at the Banks Public Library May 7
“Come and get your book while they last, one per reader,” said Susan Cackler, supervisor and program coordinator at the Banks Public Library. The library is presenting Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.