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One Umatilla County city has 18,000-plus residents

One Umatilla County city has 18,000-plus residents

HERMISTON, Oregon – The census experts at Portland State University have issued the preliminary population estimates for 2018, and the city of Hermiston has passed the 18,000 mark. Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan says more growth equals more work. “We’re not too big for our britches yet, but we’re starting to get a little too…Continue Reading

Smith gets a call from the governor

Smith gets a call from the governor

HEPPNER, Oregon – Democrats may hold a supermajority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but newly re-elected Gov. Kate Brown appears to be interested in the red side of the state. She called State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) last week. “We spent almost 45 minutes talking about the issues that are going…Continue Reading

M-F realignment is for safety’s sake

M-F realignment is for safety’s sake

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon – Oregon Highway 11 and South Main Street have a new look in Milton-Freewater. The four-lane route has been transformed into three lanes, with one lane, each direction, realigned in the middle as a dedicated turn lane. Two bike paths have also been added on each side next to existing parking. The Oregon…Continue Reading

Emergency management can’t alert you if they can’t find you

Emergency management can’t alert you if they can’t find you

WALLA WALLA, Washington – With every wildfire there are inevitably reports of people receiving no notification to evacuate from approaching flames. Walla Walla County Emergency Management officials say that in many cases this is because the parties  haven’t registered for alerts with their local emergency management agency. “The California wildfires serve as an important reminder…Continue Reading

WWPS working to make bond funding pay dividends

WWPS working to make bond funding pay dividends

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Now that voters have approved a $65.6 million replacement bond for Walla Walla Public Schools, the district is hard at work planning for the future. The bond funds the renovation of Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School, and Lincoln High School and funds specific district-wide health, safety, educational and infrastructure…Continue Reading

Chief stresses gun safety

Chief stresses gun safety

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon — Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer is talking a lot about gun safety following recent events where guns have accidentally gone off, even killing a teenage boy in one case. On Tuesday, the Milton-Stateline Adventist School reported the sound of a gunshot coming from across the street on Crockett Road. Zachary Ray Lincoln,…Continue Reading

OSU researchers find sports fans may go too far in loving their teams

OSU researchers find sports fans may go too far in loving their teams

CORVALIS, Oregon – Sports fans love their teams, but some fans get consumed by their addiction. Most sports fans enjoy the time they spend watching a game, but Oregon State University (OSU) researcher Colleen Bee says for some people it gets out of control. “The smallest segment of fans can become over engaged in being…Continue Reading

Erikka Baldwin of Eugene Elected Oregon’s 2019 Kid Governor

Erikka Baldwin of Eugene Elected Oregon’s 2019 Kid Governor

News Release from Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson EUGENE, Oregon — Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has announced that fifth graders from across the state elected Erikka Baldwin of Eugene as Oregon’s 2019 Kid Governor. The announcement came during a school assembly at McCornack Elementary School where Erikka is in the fifth grade.…Continue Reading

Cottage Grove man pleads guilty to federal charges after hash oil explosion

Cottage Grove man pleads guilty to federal charges after hash oil explosion

News Release from U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon EUGENE, Ore. – Eric L. Scully, 35, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, pleaded guilty Thursday to endangering human life and illegally possessing and manufacturing marijuana after a November 2017 butane honey oil (BHO) explosion in Cottage Grove. “Manufacturing hash oil is extremely dangerous and poses a…Continue Reading

Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Update on Oregon Firefighters

Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Update on Oregon Firefighters

News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) strike teams (ST) continue critical work on the Camp Fire Incident burning in Butte County, California.  The OSFM currently has 75 engines and approximately 300 personnel from throughout the Oregon Fire Service currently assigned to the incident.   The Camp Fire is the…Continue Reading

Single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles

Single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles

News Release from Oregon State Police On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at approximately 6:15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 89. Initial investigation revealed that a 2000 Dodge Ram PU, operated by Zachary Rivera (32) from Mulino, OR, was westbound…Continue Reading

Tualatin, Oregon man pleads guilty to money laundering

Tualatin, Oregon man pleads guilty to money laundering

News Release from U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon PORTLAND, Oregon —Ronald Eugene Stover, 64, of Tualatin, Oregon, pleaded guilty today to one count of engaging in monetary transactions in property criminally derived from wire fraud and a scheme to defraud investors. According to court documents, beginning in 2010, Stover began soliciting short-term loan…Continue Reading

One Umatilla County city has 18,000-plus residents

One Umatilla County city has 18,000-plus residents

HERMISTON, Oregon – The census experts at Portland State University have issued the preliminary population estimates for 2018, and the city of Hermiston has passed the 18,000 mark. Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan says more growth equals more work. “We’re not too big for our britches yet, but we’re starting to get a little too…

Smith gets a call from the governor

Smith gets a call from the governor

HEPPNER, Oregon – Democrats may hold a supermajority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but newly re-elected Gov. Kate Brown appears to be interested in the red side of the state. She called State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) last week. “We spent almost 45 minutes talking about the issues that are going…

M-F realignment is for safety’s sake

M-F realignment is for safety’s sake

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon – Oregon Highway 11 and South Main Street have a new look in Milton-Freewater. The four-lane route has been transformed into three lanes, with one lane, each direction, realigned in the middle as a dedicated turn lane. Two bike paths have also been added on each side next to existing parking. The Oregon…

Emergency management can’t alert you if they can’t find you

Emergency management can’t alert you if they can’t find you

WALLA WALLA, Washington – With every wildfire there are inevitably reports of people receiving no notification to evacuate from approaching flames. Walla Walla County Emergency Management officials say that in many cases this is because the parties  haven’t registered for alerts with their local emergency management agency. “The California wildfires serve as an important reminder…

WWPS working to make bond funding pay dividends

WWPS working to make bond funding pay dividends

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Now that voters have approved a $65.6 million replacement bond for Walla Walla Public Schools, the district is hard at work planning for the future. The bond funds the renovation of Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School, and Lincoln High School and funds specific district-wide health, safety, educational and infrastructure…

Chief stresses gun safety

Chief stresses gun safety

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon — Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer is talking a lot about gun safety following recent events where guns have accidentally gone off, even killing a teenage boy in one case. On Tuesday, the Milton-Stateline Adventist School reported the sound of a gunshot coming from across the street on Crockett Road. Zachary Ray Lincoln,…

OSU researchers find sports fans may go too far in loving their teams

OSU researchers find sports fans may go too far in loving their teams

CORVALIS, Oregon – Sports fans love their teams, but some fans get consumed by their addiction. Most sports fans enjoy the time they spend watching a game, but Oregon State University (OSU) researcher Colleen Bee says for some people it gets out of control. “The smallest segment of fans can become over engaged in being…

Erikka Baldwin of Eugene Elected Oregon’s 2019 Kid Governor

Erikka Baldwin of Eugene Elected Oregon’s 2019 Kid Governor

News Release from Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson EUGENE, Oregon — Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has announced that fifth graders from across the state elected Erikka Baldwin of Eugene as Oregon’s 2019 Kid Governor. The announcement came during a school assembly at McCornack Elementary School where Erikka is in the fifth grade.…

Cottage Grove man pleads guilty to federal charges after hash oil explosion

Cottage Grove man pleads guilty to federal charges after hash oil explosion

News Release from U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon EUGENE, Ore. – Eric L. Scully, 35, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, pleaded guilty Thursday to endangering human life and illegally possessing and manufacturing marijuana after a November 2017 butane honey oil (BHO) explosion in Cottage Grove. “Manufacturing hash oil is extremely dangerous and poses a…

Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Update on Oregon Firefighters

Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Update on Oregon Firefighters

News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) strike teams (ST) continue critical work on the Camp Fire Incident burning in Butte County, California.  The OSFM currently has 75 engines and approximately 300 personnel from throughout the Oregon Fire Service currently assigned to the incident.   The Camp Fire is the…

Single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles

Single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles

News Release from Oregon State Police On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at approximately 6:15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 89. Initial investigation revealed that a 2000 Dodge Ram PU, operated by Zachary Rivera (32) from Mulino, OR, was westbound…

Tualatin, Oregon man pleads guilty to money laundering

Tualatin, Oregon man pleads guilty to money laundering

News Release from U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon PORTLAND, Oregon —Ronald Eugene Stover, 64, of Tualatin, Oregon, pleaded guilty today to one count of engaging in monetary transactions in property criminally derived from wire fraud and a scheme to defraud investors. According to court documents, beginning in 2010, Stover began soliciting short-term loan…