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TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST • event • COAST RANGE February 27
Tillamook Forest Center reopens Wednesday, March 4
The popular interpretive center in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest will reopen for the season on Wednesday, March 4.
Gales Creek • business • agriculture February 27
Gales Creek Chamber learns about moles, voles, and gopher holes
After extensive research, Gower settled on a mechanical spring trap that rests inside the rodent tunnels, and after 18 months, he’s caught more than 150 gophers and moles on his property, along with other rodents such as voles.
WASHINGTON COUNTY DISPATCH• GOVERNMENT • Metro February 27
County News Dispatch: ICE, Metro parks, equity resolution adopted, Human remains found in county
This week’s installment of the County Dispatch: Metro parks update, human remains found — twice — in the county, county board of commissioners news, and more!
Salem • Transportation • utilities February 24
Utility companies could charge Oregon ratepayers for electric vehicle infrastructure improvements under proposed HB 4066
A bill to allow the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) to provide electric companies with the ability to recover costs for electric vehicle investments — such as electric vehicle charging stations —from ratepayers could become law if it comes to a vote before the Oregon short legislative session comes to an end.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK February 24
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: January 19 - February 25, 1931
What was life like in the Gales Creek Valley in the 1930's? Find out in this installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries. Gladie and Esther take turns writing in this edition.
CRIME • Hagg Lake • Washington County Sheriff's Office February 7
Cpl. Jeremy Braun looks toward returning to work after being shot in line of duty
"The valley of the shadow of death is very small, very narrow, and you have to go through it alone," said Corporal Jeremy Braun of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. After being shot at close range with a shotgun near Hagg Lake nearly six months ago, Cpl. Braun spoke about his recovery, the shooting, his family, and his intention to return to work.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK February 6
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: January 12- January 18
What was life like in the Gales Creek Valley in the 1930's? Find out in this installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries. This week, Gladie continues duties as a scribe for Esther, the family sees some success in fur trapping, and more.
GALES CREEK • Forest Grove Fire & Rescue • CHURCH February 6
PHOTOS: Local fire agencies conduct training burn in Gales Creek
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District 13, Gaston Rural Fire Protection District, and the Cornelius Fire District all participated in a training burn in Gales Creek on Saturday, February 1 at a building located on the Gales Creek Church of God property.
Salem • politics • Timber Unity February 4
Timber Unity convoys from throughout Oregon expected to descend on Salem on Thursday
A thousand log trucks, semi-trucks, dump trucks, well drilling equipment and more vehicles are expected to converge on Salem on Thursday, February 6 to protest SB 1530 as part of a Timber Unity effort to protest cap-and-trade legislation. Locally, convoys will begin early Thursday morning in Tillamook and at the North Plains weigh station.
Technology • Salem • Privacy February 3
Dangerous use of a drone in Oregon could result in steep fines, jail time
An Oregon law passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019 makes it a class A misdemeanor for intentionally exhibiting dangerous behavior with a drone.
Kansas City • crash • crime February 1
Kansas City man struck in hit-and-run near Forest Grove
An 81-year-old resident of the Kansas City community north of Forest Grove was struck by a blue car while checking his mailbox Saturday afternoon, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office say.
Washington County • Education • Agriculture January 29
Washington County Farm Bureau seeks high school, college applicants for scholarship
Local students in high school and college who are pursuing an education in the fields of agriculture, education, nursing or vocational training are eligible for two scholarships offered by the Washington County Farm Bureau this year.
Gales Creek • Forest Grove Fire & Rescue• Church January 28
Gales Creek 'little white house' next to church to be used for training burn
The little white house next to the Gales Creek Church of God has served the church and the community for decades. It will serve one more time to help train new firefighters on Saturday, February 1, when Forest Grove Fire & Rescue crews will set it afire to help train recent Fall Academy graduates.
Congress • Town Halls • Portland January 15
National news dispatch: Impeachment, more town halls, and Portland presidential politics
Quick updates from the national level regarding Oregon's congressional delegation and national politics on the local stage.
CRIME • Washington County • traffic January 14
More than 60 arrested during DUII holiday patrol period
63 people were arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office during a period of high visibility DUII enforcement patrols by local law enforcement agencies from December 13, 2019 to January 2, 2020.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK January 14
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 29, 1930 - January 11
What was life like in the Gales Creek Valley in the 1930's? Find out in this week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries. This week, Gladie takes over duties as a scribe for Esther.
Gales Creek • WEATHER • COMMUTE January 14
Winter weather in region expected throughout the week
In a winter weather advisory that ended 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Portland branch of the National Weather Service said that communities in the northern Oregon coast range could see up to three inches of snow at higher elevations. Impacts of icy conditions — snow routes, crashes, closures, and more — have been seen throughout the region.
HD32 • Government • politics January 3
State Rep. Mitchell, Sen. Wyden Town Halls in Washington County on Jan. 5
District 32 representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria) wants to hear from her district’s voters, so she’s holding a series of listening sessions in January, including one at the Banks Public Library on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. On that same day, Senator Ron Wyden will hold a town hall on the other side of the county at the Tigard High School auditorium in Tigard at noon.
WASHINGTON COUNTY POLICE SHOOTING January 2
Washington County Major Crimes Unit investigating officer-involved Hillsboro shooting
The officer was not injured, and one person was killed, police say.
Salem • Transportation • taxes December 31
Gas taxes will rise January 1
Motorists can expect to pay more at the pump in 2020 as the state looks to fund transportation and infrastructure maintenance projects throughout Oregon.
North Plains • Missing Persons • Washington County Sheriff's Office December 24
Public asked for help after woman goes missing near North Plains
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking public assistance in locating 20-year-old Allyson Joy Watterson, last seen on Sunday, December 22 hiking with a man in a wooded area near North Plains.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK December 24
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 22 - 28, 1930
What was Christmas like in the Gales Creek Valley in 1930? Find out in this week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries.
Gales Creek • utilities • weather December 20
911 service restored in Washington County
Service for landlines with the 357, 359, and 992 prefix has been restored after an earlier 911 outage, according Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
Gales Creek • utilities • weather December 20
Power out, 911 service down for some homes in Gales Creek, Forest Grove
Almost three hundred Gales Creek-area homes have been affected by a power outage, according to Portland General Electric. At the same time, landline with the prefix of 357, 359, and 992 cannot call into 911.
Gales Creek • weather • flooding December 19
Flood watch begins at 10 p.m. Thursday evening
As heavy rains descend on the region, the Portland branch of the National Weather Service warns that local streams and rivers, especially those draining the Coast Range, will likely see minor flooding.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK December 18
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 15 - 21, 1930
In this edition, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas preparations for the family in 1930 included card making, sewing, and shopping!
Tillamook State Forest • Oregon Department of Forestry • logging December 17
Tillamook, Washington Co. received $38.8 million from timber sales last year
In a report issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry, the agency said that $38.8 million was distributed to Washington and Tillamook counties in fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019).
Salem • politics • Timber Unity December 12
Timber Unity-backed effort to recall Tiffiny Mitchell fails
Opponents and proponents alike slung accusations - and filed complaints - during an ultimately doomed effort to recall House District 32 representative Tiffiny Mitchell.
FGSD • Gales Creek • Oak Grove Academy December 11
Teacher illnesses close Oak Grove Academy in Gales Creek, Forest Grove
Oak Grove Academy, housed at the Gales Creek School and in classrooms in Forest Grove's Tom McCall East building have closed today due to a number of staff being absent due to illnesses.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK December 10
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 8 - 14, 1930
In this edition, Esther awaits a new edition to the family, the family purchase a .22 rifle for $5, Oregon's filbert tree planting season is in full swing, and more.
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