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Salem • politics • Government November 20
State Dispatch: Two legislators leaving Salem, the I-5 bridge project is back, free fishing weekend
This week's state dispatch of news from the state legislature, state politics and government, and other quick recaps of stories of statewide importance. This week, we look at a potential revival of the Columbia River Crossing, Free Fishing Weekend throughout the state, and two legislators who will not run again in 2020.
Thanksgiving • Fishing • Recreation November 20
Free Fishing Weekend returns Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving
You could go to Fred Meyer at 5 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving and maybe get in a fistfight over discounted socks with a hungover, bleary-eyed shopper juiced up on caffeine and holiday angst. Or you could go fishing.
Washington County • Weather • Traffic November 20
Driving in fog
It’s the time of year when fog becomes a likely part of Tualatin Valley drivers’ daily commute, and it seems to occur with regular frequency this year. Here are some safe driving tips for the fall and winter commute.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK November 18
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: November 17 - November 23, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. In this edition, the mill closes for winter, the family partakes in a shooting competition, and Esther gets a jump on her Christmas preparation.
Washington County • Government • Volunteer November 14
County News Dispatch: Volunteer opportunities, budget listening sessions, county and Metro parks
In this week's installment of Washington County news, we cover volunteer opportunities in Washington County, how to provide input to the county on a variety of issues, and updates on Metro's Chehalem Ridge Nature Park.
Gales Creek • Event • Business November 14
Gales Creek Holiday Bazaar Saturday November 16
The Gales Creek Church of God and Gales Creek Chamber of Commerce are joining forces once again to host the annual Gales Creek Holiday Bazaar, held in the gym of the Gales Creek School on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Salem • politics • Government November 13
State news dispatch: Who's running for office, ODOT traffic safety, and Metro dollars for trails
A new feature: Check in on Wednesdays for a quick roundup of news from the state legislature, state politics and government, and other quick recaps of stories of statewide importance. This week, we talk about some of the candidates we'll be covering for the May 2020 Primary Election, look at a retiring politician, and hear a plea from ODOT to drive safer around emergencies on the road.
Crash • FGSD • Hagg Lake November 13
School bus driver involved in earlier crash arrested on DUI charge
After a school bus with ten Forest Grove School District students on board crashed near Hagg Lake today, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office have arrested the bus driver and charged him with a DUI.
Crash • FGSD • Dilley November 13
Forest Grove School District bus crashes between Dilley and Gaston
No one was injured after a bus transporting Forest Grove School District students left the road and crashed near Gaston Wednesday morning.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK November 13
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: November 10 - November 16, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. In this edition, a lot of winter weather descends on the Gales Creek region and someone is finally successful during an elk hunt.
Salem • Transportation • Government November 13
Vehicle registration fees going up in 2020
A law passed in 2017 will become effective January 1, 2020, and drivers — especially of fuel efficient and electric vehicles — can expect to pay a lot more to register or renew a vehicle's tags.
Congress • impeachment • Trump November 12
National news dispatch: Impeachment proceedings to be televised, Wyden denounces Turkish government, diabetes awareness month
Every Tuesday, check in for quick updates on news from Oregon's congressional delegation representing readers in our newspaper's territory, as well as other news of impact from the national stage. This week, we cover news surrounding impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Oregon Senator Wyden denouncing the Turkish government, how the Portland Trailblazers tie into that, and more.
Tillamook State Forest • Crash • Highway 6 November 12
Highway 6 closed at summit for crash
According to ODOT, the Wilson River Highway — signed as Highway 6 — is closed at the summit of the coast range near the Tillamook and Washington County line.
COLUMN • Veteran's Day • Dilley • Verboort November 11
Column | Gales Creek Gatherings: Veteran's Day
"... American Legion Post 2 has for many years been involved in educating elementary students about the care, respect and significance of the American Flag," writes columnist Sharon Hundley in the latest installation of Gales creek Gatherings.
HD 32 • Health • Government November 8
State Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell completes living kidney donation
Oregon State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria, District 32) announced via email newsletter that on October 16 she completed the process of becoming a living kidney donor.
Gales Creek • Washington County Sheriff's Office • Dorman Pond November 7
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office holds training exercise for their Dive/Rescue team at Dorman Pond
Some Gales Creek community members were startled to see a large number of police vehicles and a dive team at Dorman Pond on Thursday, November 7. There's no need for alarm, though - it's a training exercise.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK November 7
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: November 3 - November 9, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. In this edition, Baby Ronnie is one month old, trapping season begins and more.
Fire • California • Forest Grove Fire & Rescue November 6
Some Washington County fire crews still assisting at California wildfires
Crews from Banks Fire District 13 returned to Oregon on November 3 after working the Kincade Fire on a 24 hour on, 24 hour off schedule. Some crews from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and other agencies have stayed a little longer to assist on a new fire near Red Bluff. California.
Gales Creek • Weather • Power October 28
National Weather Service warns of high winds Monday night, Tuesday morning
The local National Weather Service branch located in Portland issued an advisory for the greater Portland metro area and the Oregon Coast, noting that sustained eastern winds of 15 - 25 miles per hour, with gusts of wind 40 to 50 miles per hour might be expected from 7 p.m. Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Fire • California • Forest Grove Fire & Rescue October 28
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue members join almost 300 Oregon firefighters to fight California wildfires
15 crews from Oregon, including staff and equipment from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District 13, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue headed towards the flames to aid Californian firefighters over the weekend, arriving in California on Sunday.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK October 28
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: October 27 - November 2, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. In this edition, a hunter does the family wrong, and the joys of Amos & Andy are explored.
Gales Creek • Fire • Highway 6 October 26
Gales Creek home destroyed in fire
A home on Lyda Drive was destroyed in a fire the afternoon of Friday, October 25. The occupant of the home and a dog safely evacuated the home, but a cat is still unaccounted for.
Gales Creek • Fire • Highway 6 October 25
Home on Lyda Drive burning in Gales Creek near Highway 6
Highway 6 is closed as a home in Gales Creek burns near Lyda Drive and Highway 6, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
Forest Grove • Forestry • ODF October 23
Two Oregon Department of Forestry committees meeting soon in Forest Grove
Two separate public meetings of citizen committees will meet close to home in Forest Grove in the next seven days, bringing a slew of updates and discussion about forestland locally and statewide to committee members and members of the general public.
OREGON • HEALTH • STATE October 22
Ban on flavored nicotine-based vape products halted by Oregon Court of Appeals
Two days after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s flavored vape ban executive order went into effect on October 15, the Oregon Court of Appeals temporarily stayed part of the order after several vape businesses and a trade group challenged the rule in two separate lawsuits.
COLUMN • HISTORY • GALES CREEK October 21
Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: October 6 - October 26, 1930
Gales Creek, 1930. These are the diary entries of Esther Lilly Hundley, who lived in Gales Creek with the Lilly clan after the family moved to Gales Creek in the 1880’s. They paint a picture of what it was like to live in Gales Creek and the surrounding areas. They are published as they were written, with original spelling. In this edition, the family dips into the newspaper business, a birthday is celebrated, and tragedy strikes on Saddle Mountain.
Washington county • Government • elections October 17
In upcoming November 2019 special district election, no ballot for Gales Creek-area voters
Voters' pamphlets for the upcoming November 5 special district election have been mailed county-wide, but there won't be a ballot following it - for readers in Gales Creek, Glenwood, and Hillside, there's simply nothing to vote for.
Gales Creek • education • community October 16
Gales Creek School PTO scrambling to replace discarded holiday supplies
With less than two weeks to go until the annual Gales Creek Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26, volunteers with the Gales Creek School PTO are scrambling to find replacement items and to raise funds to purchase new supplies after their existing supplies were tossed by school staff who found rodent droppings throughout the school.
Gales Creek • Art • Washington County October 16
Free art tour will feature 64 artists and their studios throughout Washington County
Dozens of local artists throughout Washington County — including six from the Gales Creek and Banks areas — will open their studio doors to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as part of the free 2019 Washington County Open Studios Tour.
Gales Creek • traffic • Watts October 4
Gales Creek Road remains closed for downed pole near Stringtown Road
What happens when the raised bed of a dump truck meets some power lines? A 5+ hour road closure, that's what. Gales Creek Road remains closed as of midnight Friday/Saturday.
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