Booster Club meets Monday

The Cornelius Booster Club invites interested residents of western Washington County to its meeting at noon on Monday, Jan. 28 at Real Life Christian Church, 423 N. 10th Ave., Cornelius. The meeting will bring together area residents with their state legislators, Sen. Bruce Starr and newly-elected Rep. Ben Unger.

There is no charge to attend the meeting, but lunch is $7. Contact Carol Brown at 503-357-2075 if you have questions or would like to reserve lunch.

Oath room named for Ryley

Several local dignitaries, including Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax and Fire Chief Michael Kinkade, attended the Jan. 11 dedication of the Enlistment Ceremony Room inside the Military Entrance Processing Command office in Portland in memory of Forest Grove High School graduate and Navy hospital corpsman Ryley Gallinger-Long.

The room is the very one in which Ryley Gallinger-Long, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 11, 2011, took his U.S. Navy induction oath. A plaque now hangs on the wall listing Gallinger-Long's service dates as Aug. 10, 2010 to Aug. 11, 2011.

Zack Gallinger-Long of Hillsboro, Ryley’s older brother, accepted the honor on behalf of his family. Also present at the ceremony was U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who represents Oregon's 1st District, including Washington County.

$10,000 reward offered in Gaston incident

The United States Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for setting a fire inside the blue collection box outside of the Gaston Post Office. The arson occurred between 5 and 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, and destroyed U.S. mail items. People with tips about the arson should call 1-877-876-2455 and select Option 2. All information will be kept strictly confidential. Do not attempt to apprehend anyone yourself.

More room for cars in Forest Grove

The City of Forest Grove has opened a new free public parking lot downtown, on the northeast corner of A Street and 21st Avenue. The parking lot was part of the Times Litho property recently purchased by the city. The 20-space lot will be available around the clock.

Relay for Life kicks off in Forest Grove

A kickoff party for the 2013 Relay for Life event in Forest Grove is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Mt. Jefferson Room at Jennings-McCall Center, 2300 Masonic Way. All previous attendees, as well as anyone interested in finding out more about Relay For Life is invited.  

Relay For Life is the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year's theme is "Over The Rainbow, There’s No Place Like Hope!"

Leaders of the meeting will serve a light snack, present information about participating in Relay, assist with signups for new teams and team members and provide information about sponsorship opportunities. Forest Grove Relay For Life raised more than $90,000 last year, and this year's goal is $110,000, said Brenda Kintz, a longtime Relay participant.

For details about the kickoff party, email Kintz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Banks, Gaston reduce parking fines

Illegal parkers may get a break in the next few months.

The cities of Banks and Gaston are taking the next steps to reduce parking fines for minor violations.

Currently, the lowest parking ticket Washington County officers can issue in Banks is $110.

The Banks City Council will likely review a first reading of an amendment to the current rule in March. Deputy Todd Hanlon of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said he often holds off on leaving $110 tickets for minor violations, such as parking on the wrong side of the road or parking more than one foot from the curb. “It just seems a little excessive,” he said.

Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Hedin patrols Gaston and is “cleaning up ordinances that are out of date.” Hedin said he will work to remove current rules that are now illegal, such as issuing a warrant for arrest for unpaid parking tickets.

Portland mayor reaches out

Charlie Hales is scheduled to become the first Portland mayor in anyone's memory to address the monthly breakfast meeting of the Westside Economic Alliance on Friday, Jan. 25. The public-private membership group is primarily made of governments and business in Washington and western Clackamas counties. Many of them have traditionally been wary of Portland's dominance of regional issues, something Hales wants to overcome.

"The mayor of Portland ought to have a regional role that's constructive, built on good relationships," Hales recently told the Portland Tribune. "If you don't have good relationships, when the tough issues come up, you don't have anything to draw on except the tough politics of the moment."

Hales also said he met Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle on the campaign trail, and recently spoke with Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden. Hales plans on attending the informal monthly meeting of regional mayors that Odgen started last year — something former Mayor Sam Adams did not do.

Gaston Fire looks for feedback

The Gaston Rural Fire District is kicking off its centennial celebration with a public opinion survey.

Gaston Fire, founded in 1913, has two full-time firefighters and a part-time paid chief. Volunteers are a staple for the district, which covers 55-square miles in Washington and Yamhill counties, stretching from Hagg Lake to the top of Bald Peak.

The survey, which is created and maintained by volunteers, seeks to gauge community satisfaction with the district's service. The survey also seeks comments or suggestions for improvement.

The brief survey is available at or at

Banks gets grant for street repair

The City of Banks recently received $50,000 from the Special City Allotment Grant Program, an Oregon Department of Transportation grant, to help fix Devonmoor Avenue between Oak Way and Buckshire Street.

The city has been waiting for the means to make these improvements for several years.

The project will include new street overlay and 10 feet of curb repair.

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