Oregon • Politics • Transportation September 22
ODOT: Keep political signs out of right of way
The Oregon Department of Transportation is asking people to stop putting election-related signs in state owned right of ways.
Column • History • Gales Creek September 21
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: September 24 - 30, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: The family prepares for winter, and Ronnie has his first cold, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
FreeFire • Washington County • Oregon September 18
Final daily fire update for Friday, September 18
With overnight rains in our area, this will be our final daily wildfire update, though we will continue to investigate, write about, and follow the continuing story of Oregon’s worst fire season in recent history.
FreeFire • Washington County • Oregon September 17
Thursday, September 17 Fire Update
It's raining, and other updates for Thursday evening on wildfires throughout the state.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF September 16
Tillamook, Clatsop forests to reopen to public use Friday
The Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests are expected to reopen to public use on Friday, September 18 at 1 a.m., according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Fire danger — currently "Extreme" — will remain at "High," the agency said.
FreeFire • Washington County • Oregon September 16
Wednesday, September 16 Fire Update
Updates for Wednesday morning on fires in Washington Country and other regional fires, cleanup, and recovery efforts.
Elections • Letter to the Editor • HD32 September 16
Letters to the Editor: House District 32
Two letters to the editor, each in support of a different candidate for House District 32.
FreeFire • Washington County • Oregon September 15
Tuesday, September 15 Fire Update
Here is this morning’s fire update. We’ll continue daily fire updates through Friday, and hopefully be able to resume a more regular publishing schedule if fire activity calms down enough after that. Today, updates on three regional fires, and more.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF September 14
Oregon Department of Forestry extends public forest shutdown through Wednesday
The Oregon Department of Forestry plans to keep all forests under their purview closed to public entry and use through at least Wednesday, September 16. The earliest they could open is Thursday, September 17. For logging, if a favorable forecast holds, this region may enter IFPL 3 at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, allowing limited industrial use of the forests.
Oregon • South Fork Forest Camp • Wildfire September 14
In September, 124 South Fork Forest Camp inmates deployed to wildfires
At least 124 inmates from the South Fork Forest Camp, a joint Oregon Department of Corrections and Department of Forestry facility, have been deployed to fight at least six wildfires this month, according to a spokesperson for the DOC.
FreeFire • Washington County • Oregon September 14
Monday, September 14 fire update
Evacuations lessened in Washington County, mop up begins for two fires, arson ring rumors discounted by local, state, federal law enforcement, and more
Column • History • Gales Creek September 14
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: September 17 - 23, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: It's a week of unsuccessful hunting, but Gladie can still fish, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
FreeFire • Cherry Grove • Hagg Lake September 13
Powerline Fire is ‘well secured’; all evacuations to lift at 7 p.m.
“The Powerline Fire is well secured," the Oregon Department of Forestry said Sunday afternoon, noting that all evacuations for the fire would be lifted at 7 p.m. and that command would be turned back over to the Gaston Fire District.
FreeOregon • Wildfire • Government September 12
State Fire Marshal Jim Walker resigns, Mariana Ruiz-Temple appointed to post
Oregon is in the midst of one of, if not the, worst fire seasons experienced in modern Oregon history. Today, without explanation, the state’s top fire official — Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker — was placed on paid administrative leave. Then, hours later, the Oregon State Police announced he had resigned.
Fire • Weather September 11
Oregon disaster declaration at White House and other fire updates
The state of Oregon was declared to be in an emergency on Thursday by the White House, a move that allows additional federal resources and funding to be deployed as the state grapples with unprecedented wildfires largely west of the Cascades.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF September 10
Region closed to logging, other industrial forest use
Beginning Friday, September 11 at 1 a.m., logging and other industrial forest activities in the entirety of the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association region will be closed due to wildfire danger and limited firefighting resources.
FreeFire • Washington County • Powerline Fire September 10
September 10 Morning Update
Updates from the Powerline Fire, ODF, and more for Thursday morning.
FreeFire • Cherry Grove • Hagg Lake September 9
Updates from the Powerline Fire: 50% contained, helicopter suffers mechanical failure
The Powerline Fire south of Hagg Lake is roughly 50% contained, according to the Gaston Rural Fire District.
FreeTillamook State Forest • Wildfire • ODF September 9
Tillamook State Forest closed to public use
The Tillamook State Forest is closed to the public, as are other forestlands protected by the agency in northwest Oregon due to extreme wildfire danger and limited firefighting resources.
FreeGales Creek • Wildfires • Highway 6 September 9
Morning update: Fire stopped near Glenwood, stop calling 911 for smoke
As wildfires rage across Oregon for a third day, here are some quick updates.
Fire • Cherry Grove • Hagg Lake September 8
Fire burning south of Hagg Lake prompts evacuations
An active fire burning south of Hagg Lake has prompted evacuations from the community of Cherry Grove and the surrounding areas as a largely uncontained wildfire grows in the area, driven by high winds and limited firefighting resources.
Fire • ODF • Weather September 7
High winds beginning early afternoon on Monday drive fire danger up
The Oregon Department of Forestry moved fire danger in the region from “High” to “Extreme” on Monday morning, bumped Industrial Fire Precaution Levels to 3 for the entire Tillamook Forest and surrounding region, closed gates on certain forest roads along Highway 6 and 26, and have asked outdoor enthusiasts to vacate the forests and stay away as concern mounts over dry east winds expected to punch into the region Monday evening. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Column • History • Gales Creek September 7
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: September 10 - 16, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: The hops season wraps up, Joanne is 9 months old, and Esther stays up past midnight to go to the county fair in Hillsboro, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.
Fire • Traffic • Coronavirus September 3
Fires, traffic, COVID-19: Welcome to Labor Day weekend
It's a holiday weekend, and it can be a dangerous one without precautions. Officials from a number of government agencies locally and across the state are gearing up for this weekend as a multitude of factors combine to potentially throw a wrench into holiday plans.
Fire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest September 2
Hot weather prompts shift in precautions for logging in region
For those who work in the Tillamook State Forest and surrounding forests protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, logging and other commercial activities will need to shift certain activities out of the hottest parts of the day as much of the region moves to Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 beginning Thursday morning.
Gales Creek • Utilities • Internet September 2
Is fiber coming to rural western Washington County? Perhaps, says Ziply
With the acquisition of the former Frontier network by Ziply, is there a future in western Washington County where wired internet connectivity comes in the way of fiber instead of copper? Perhaps, says the company.
Fire • ODF • Tillamook State Forest September 1
'Worst fire danger of the year:' ODF warns of hazardous conditions ahead of Labor Day weekend
“We’re looking at our worst fire danger of the year,” said Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata while discussing fire danger in the coming days and over Labor Day weekend and beyond.
Washington County • Portland • Law Enforcement August 31
Washington County Sheriff will not send deputies to Portland demonstrations
A "unified law enforcement plan" released by Governor Brown to address the violence that has marred nightly demonstrations in Portland turned out to not be unified at all, as at least two law enforcement agencies said they had not been briefed on the plan prior to its release.
Oregon • Police • Government August 31
Governor Brown appoints Terri Davie as Oregon State Police superintendent
The appointment will become effective November 1, pending Senate approval.
Column • History • Gales Creek August 31
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: September 3 - 9, 1931
This week's installment of the Esther Lilly Hundley diaries: Esther and Gladie picks hops six out of seven days, Ronnie is 11 months old, and Esther is not a fan of Gladie's boyfriend, just a few snapshots of life in Gales Creek in 1931.