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Burglary charges filed against Reed

Burglary charges filed against Reed

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office is charging Levi Daniel Reed, 34, with three felonies stemming from the burglary of Western States Equipment last week. Although he was jailed on Feb. 15, he was being held on a parole violation before the new charges were brought. The transient is now alleged to…Continue Reading

Johnson reflects on filling Duncan’s seat

Johnson reflects on filling Duncan’s seat

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Now that the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners is operating at full capacity, one commissioner is reflecting on the recent selection made to fill a vacancy left open following the sudden death of Commissioner Jim Duncan on Dec. 27, 2018. Earlier this month, former Walla Walla County Commissioner Greg Tompkins…Continue Reading

Gage will wheel into Walla Walla

Gage will wheel into Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Dennis Gage, host of “My Classic Car,” is coming to Walla Walla this summer for the annual Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend. Known for his catchphrase, “honor the timeless classics,” his show’s production team will spend the two days of the annual car show in Walla Walla. Since 1997, Gage has traveled…Continue Reading

Deputy DAs’ contract is good news for law enforcement

Deputy DAs’ contract is good news for law enforcement

HERMISTON, Oregon – News that Umatilla County and its deputy district attorneys had reached an agreement on a three-year contract pleases Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston. He says law enforcement administrators from both Umatilla and Morrow counties have been concerned with what he calls the “significantly low wage” that is offered to the deputy DAs.…Continue Reading

Planning is underway for FARM II

Planning is underway for FARM II

PENDLETON, Oregon – If Gov. Kate Brown’s budget passes with the funding for Blue Mountain Community College’s FARM II project intact, ground will be broken much sooner than originally anticipated. The facility, referred to at the state level as the Blue Mountain Regional Workforce Training Center, is earmarked to receive $8 million in the governor’s…Continue Reading

CPPD participates in emergency response exercise involving suspicious vehicle

CPPD participates in emergency response exercise involving suspicious vehicle

News Release from College Place Police Department (CPPD) COLLEGE PLACE, Washington — On Wednesday, the College Place Police Department (CPPD) participated in a combined emergency response exercise involving stakeholders from the entire community. The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service organized the training exercise in…Continue Reading

Bill to require Holocaust education is proposed

Bill to require Holocaust education is proposed

SALEM, Oregon — Public schools in Oregon would be required to teach about the Holocaust and genocide under a bill in the Legislature. It’s being considered along with an honor to Alter Weiner, a Holocaust survivor who told his story to students at nearly a thousand schools. State Rep. Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro) is sponsoring the…Continue Reading

Bills introduced to improve life for foster children

Bills introduced to improve life for foster children

News Release from Washington State House Republicans OLYMPIA, Washington — Rep. Chris Corry (R-Yakima) has sponsored a trio of bills seeking to reform the relative placement process for foster children. The 14th District lawmaker notes that delays in finding suitable relative placement can be long. Often after relatives are found, the children have had very little…Continue Reading

Oregon considers banning plastic bags

Oregon considers banning plastic bags

SALEM, Oregon — Single use plastic bags would be banned under a bill in the Oregon Legislature. Supporters say plastic bags in the environment break down into tiny pieces that are consumed by animals. State Rep. Carla Piluso (D-Gresham) said eliminating single use plastic bags will help. “We have the responsibility to protect the natural…Continue Reading

Lawmakers consider buying prescription drugs from Canada

Lawmakers consider buying prescription drugs from Canada

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon legislators are considering ways to lower the cost of prescription medication. One plan would involve buying the drugs from Canada where they’re less expensive. Oregon would have a facility in Canada where they would buy prescription drugs. “To allow our state to conduct wholesale prescription drug importation from Canada,” said Rep. Rob…Continue Reading

BLM and Forest Service grazing fees lowered in 2019

BLM and Forest Service grazing fees lowered in 2019

News Release from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon & Washington WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal grazing fee for 2019 will drop to $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service. This represents…Continue Reading

Burglary charges filed against Reed

Burglary charges filed against Reed

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office is charging Levi Daniel Reed, 34, with three felonies stemming from the burglary of Western States Equipment last week. Although he was jailed on Feb. 15, he was being held on a parole violation before the new charges were brought. The transient is now alleged to…

Johnson reflects on filling Duncan’s seat

Johnson reflects on filling Duncan’s seat

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Now that the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners is operating at full capacity, one commissioner is reflecting on the recent selection made to fill a vacancy left open following the sudden death of Commissioner Jim Duncan on Dec. 27, 2018. Earlier this month, former Walla Walla County Commissioner Greg Tompkins…

Gage will wheel into Walla Walla

Gage will wheel into Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Dennis Gage, host of “My Classic Car,” is coming to Walla Walla this summer for the annual Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend. Known for his catchphrase, “honor the timeless classics,” his show’s production team will spend the two days of the annual car show in Walla Walla. Since 1997, Gage has traveled…

Deputy DAs’ contract is good news for law enforcement

Deputy DAs’ contract is good news for law enforcement

HERMISTON, Oregon – News that Umatilla County and its deputy district attorneys had reached an agreement on a three-year contract pleases Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston. He says law enforcement administrators from both Umatilla and Morrow counties have been concerned with what he calls the “significantly low wage” that is offered to the deputy DAs.…

Planning is underway for FARM II

Planning is underway for FARM II

PENDLETON, Oregon – If Gov. Kate Brown’s budget passes with the funding for Blue Mountain Community College’s FARM II project intact, ground will be broken much sooner than originally anticipated. The facility, referred to at the state level as the Blue Mountain Regional Workforce Training Center, is earmarked to receive $8 million in the governor’s…

CPPD participates in emergency response exercise involving suspicious vehicle

CPPD participates in emergency response exercise involving suspicious vehicle

News Release from College Place Police Department (CPPD) COLLEGE PLACE, Washington — On Wednesday, the College Place Police Department (CPPD) participated in a combined emergency response exercise involving stakeholders from the entire community. The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service organized the training exercise in…

Bill to require Holocaust education is proposed

Bill to require Holocaust education is proposed

SALEM, Oregon — Public schools in Oregon would be required to teach about the Holocaust and genocide under a bill in the Legislature. It’s being considered along with an honor to Alter Weiner, a Holocaust survivor who told his story to students at nearly a thousand schools. State Rep. Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro) is sponsoring the…

Bills introduced to improve life for foster children

Bills introduced to improve life for foster children

News Release from Washington State House Republicans OLYMPIA, Washington — Rep. Chris Corry (R-Yakima) has sponsored a trio of bills seeking to reform the relative placement process for foster children. The 14th District lawmaker notes that delays in finding suitable relative placement can be long. Often after relatives are found, the children have had very little…

Oregon considers banning plastic bags

Oregon considers banning plastic bags

SALEM, Oregon — Single use plastic bags would be banned under a bill in the Oregon Legislature. Supporters say plastic bags in the environment break down into tiny pieces that are consumed by animals. State Rep. Carla Piluso (D-Gresham) said eliminating single use plastic bags will help. “We have the responsibility to protect the natural…

Lawmakers consider buying prescription drugs from Canada

Lawmakers consider buying prescription drugs from Canada

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon legislators are considering ways to lower the cost of prescription medication. One plan would involve buying the drugs from Canada where they’re less expensive. Oregon would have a facility in Canada where they would buy prescription drugs. “To allow our state to conduct wholesale prescription drug importation from Canada,” said Rep. Rob…

BLM and Forest Service grazing fees lowered in 2019

BLM and Forest Service grazing fees lowered in 2019

News Release from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon & Washington WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal grazing fee for 2019 will drop to $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service. This represents…

Salem man sentenced to 78 months in prison for dealing methamphetamine and cockfighting

Salem man sentenced to 78 months in prison for dealing methamphetamine and cockfighting

News Release from U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon PORTLAND, Ore. – Arturo Aispuro, 37, of Salem, Oregon, was sentenced today to 78 months in federal prison and 5 years’ of supervised release for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. He also received a concurrent sentence of 60 months for abusing hundreds of roosters by raising…