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Local man charged with robbing pet adoption event

Local man charged with robbing pet adoption event

KENNEWICK, Washington – A Hermiston man is being held without bail after robbing a pet adoption event at PetSmart last week. It’s alleged that Jesse Francisco Martinez, 23, of Hermiston grabbed a donation box and ran from the scene. A bystander, who was alerted by the person at the donation table, grabbed Martinez. The car…Continue Reading

WWPS examines Legislature’s decisions

WWPS examines Legislature’s decisions

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Washington Legislature passed the capital budget last month, and it includes more than $1 billion for K-12 school construction. Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Wade Smith said while he’s excited to see the capital budget move forward, he wants to remind the community that with the recent passing of the…Continue Reading

Foundry helps the city save historic branch

Foundry helps the city save historic branch

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Something is missing in Pioneer Park near the historic bandstand. The tree limb many have had their picture taken on is gone. Parks and Recreation Director Andy Coleman said the tree limb was in poor health, so it was removed last month. While the tree limb may be gone, the city…Continue Reading

Council to consider bid on UAS park improvements

Council to consider bid on UAS park improvements

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton City Council will be asked to approve Pioneer Construction’s bid for Phase 4 of the UAS Test Range Industrial Park improvements. Public Works Director Bob Patterson says the city is pre-purchasing some equipment for that work because it takes time to receive delivery. “The city is pre-purchasing steel casing for…Continue Reading

Walden applauds renewable energy facility

Walden applauds renewable energy facility

MORROW COUNTY, Oregon — New technology being developed in Oregon will allow solar power to work at night and wind energy to work when there isn’t wind. The Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility near Boardman will use newly-developed batteries to store electricity from wind and solar power. “We can harness the surplus — wind or solar…Continue Reading

WWFD is ready for fire season

WWFD is ready for fire season

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Local firefighters predict the upcoming summer fire season is going to be another bad year. Walla Walla Fire Chief Bob Yancey said that last year the Washington State Department of Natural Resources called the 2018 season one of the worse that Washington has had in about 30 years. “They’re projecting this…Continue Reading

Governor Brown’s outdoor task force gets moving

Governor Brown’s outdoor task force gets moving

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission has created the Task Force on the Outdoors at the request of Oregon governor Kate Brown. three goals. “The economy, participation and access,” Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation Director Cailin O’Brien-Feeney said. The goals aren’t quite that simple. The temporary task force is to explore…Continue Reading

Cap and trade moves to Ways and Means

Cap and trade moves to Ways and Means

SALEM, Oregon – House Bill 2020 has made it out of committee and is heading to the Joint Ways and Means Committee. Democrats are also trying to hang a new name on the measure, which raises fees on businesses and utilities that produce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of cap and trade, they are now referring…Continue Reading

Jenkin wine-tasting bill becomes law

Jenkin wine-tasting bill becomes law

OLYMPIA, Washington – A bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill Jenkin (R-Prosser) that allows underage students to taste wine as part of their winemaking learning process has been signed by Gov. Jay Inslee. House Bill 1563 is designed to enhance educational opportunities for the next generation of winemakers throughout the state. College and technical schools will…Continue Reading

Former UO wide receiver tackles gunman at school

Former UO wide receiver tackles gunman at school

PORTLAND, Oregon – When officers from the Portland Police Department responded to an armed man on campus at Parkrose High School late this (Friday) morning, they learned the unnamed student had been tackled and disarmed by the school’s security guard, who also coaches football and track. While police could not confirm the staff member’s identity,…Continue Reading

Oregon House unanimously passes ‘Kaylee’s Law’

Oregon House unanimously passes ‘Kaylee’s Law’

SALEM, Oregon – Colleges with campus security will have to make changes under a bill headed to Governor Kate Brown. It’s called Kaylee’s Law.  It was written following the murder of Kaylee Sawyer by a security worker at Central Oregon Community College. “He eventually drove her to a low part of campus where she was…Continue Reading

Things to do in May: Prepare for a volcano

Things to do in May: Prepare for a volcano

The anniversary of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption is Saturday, and Oregon and Washington are recognizing May as Volcano Preparedness Month – a time to learn more about volcanoes and the potential hazards associated with them. “We can’t forget the fact that the entire Cascade Range is built from volcanoes,” Oregon Office of Emergency…Continue Reading

Local man charged with robbing pet adoption event

Local man charged with robbing pet adoption event

KENNEWICK, Washington – A Hermiston man is being held without bail after robbing a pet adoption event at PetSmart last week. It’s alleged that Jesse Francisco Martinez, 23, of Hermiston grabbed a donation box and ran from the scene. A bystander, who was alerted by the person at the donation table, grabbed Martinez. The car…

WWPS examines Legislature’s decisions

WWPS examines Legislature’s decisions

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Washington Legislature passed the capital budget last month, and it includes more than $1 billion for K-12 school construction. Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Wade Smith said while he’s excited to see the capital budget move forward, he wants to remind the community that with the recent passing of the…

Foundry helps the city save historic branch

Foundry helps the city save historic branch

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Something is missing in Pioneer Park near the historic bandstand. The tree limb many have had their picture taken on is gone. Parks and Recreation Director Andy Coleman said the tree limb was in poor health, so it was removed last month. While the tree limb may be gone, the city…

Council to consider bid on UAS park improvements

Council to consider bid on UAS park improvements

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton City Council will be asked to approve Pioneer Construction’s bid for Phase 4 of the UAS Test Range Industrial Park improvements. Public Works Director Bob Patterson says the city is pre-purchasing some equipment for that work because it takes time to receive delivery. “The city is pre-purchasing steel casing for…

Walden applauds renewable energy facility

Walden applauds renewable energy facility

MORROW COUNTY, Oregon — New technology being developed in Oregon will allow solar power to work at night and wind energy to work when there isn’t wind. The Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility near Boardman will use newly-developed batteries to store electricity from wind and solar power. “We can harness the surplus — wind or solar…

WWFD is ready for fire season

WWFD is ready for fire season

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Local firefighters predict the upcoming summer fire season is going to be another bad year. Walla Walla Fire Chief Bob Yancey said that last year the Washington State Department of Natural Resources called the 2018 season one of the worse that Washington has had in about 30 years. “They’re projecting this…

Governor Brown’s outdoor task force gets moving

Governor Brown’s outdoor task force gets moving

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission has created the Task Force on the Outdoors at the request of Oregon governor Kate Brown. three goals. “The economy, participation and access,” Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation Director Cailin O’Brien-Feeney said. The goals aren’t quite that simple. The temporary task force is to explore…

Cap and trade moves to Ways and Means

Cap and trade moves to Ways and Means

SALEM, Oregon – House Bill 2020 has made it out of committee and is heading to the Joint Ways and Means Committee. Democrats are also trying to hang a new name on the measure, which raises fees on businesses and utilities that produce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of cap and trade, they are now referring…

Jenkin wine-tasting bill becomes law

Jenkin wine-tasting bill becomes law

OLYMPIA, Washington – A bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill Jenkin (R-Prosser) that allows underage students to taste wine as part of their winemaking learning process has been signed by Gov. Jay Inslee. House Bill 1563 is designed to enhance educational opportunities for the next generation of winemakers throughout the state. College and technical schools will…

Former UO wide receiver tackles gunman at school

Former UO wide receiver tackles gunman at school

PORTLAND, Oregon – When officers from the Portland Police Department responded to an armed man on campus at Parkrose High School late this (Friday) morning, they learned the unnamed student had been tackled and disarmed by the school’s security guard, who also coaches football and track. While police could not confirm the staff member’s identity,…

Oregon House unanimously passes ‘Kaylee’s Law’

Oregon House unanimously passes ‘Kaylee’s Law’

SALEM, Oregon – Colleges with campus security will have to make changes under a bill headed to Governor Kate Brown. It’s called Kaylee’s Law.  It was written following the murder of Kaylee Sawyer by a security worker at Central Oregon Community College. “He eventually drove her to a low part of campus where she was…

Things to do in May: Prepare for a volcano

Things to do in May: Prepare for a volcano

The anniversary of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption is Saturday, and Oregon and Washington are recognizing May as Volcano Preparedness Month – a time to learn more about volcanoes and the potential hazards associated with them. “We can’t forget the fact that the entire Cascade Range is built from volcanoes,” Oregon Office of Emergency…