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There’s a new way to get in at 5 WW schools

There’s a new way to get in at 5 WW schools

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Starting Monday, the front doors of five campuses will be locked during instructional hours until dismissal. The new visitor entry systems were installed at Berney Elementary, Edison Elementary, Green Park Elementary, Sharpstein Elementary and Garrison Middle School this summer as part of the bond program to improve district safety and security.…Continue Reading

PSD board to consider bond refinance

PSD board to consider bond refinance

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton School District Board of Directors meets Monday at 6 p.m., and one of the items on the agenda is refinancing the general obligation bond that was passed in 2014. Business Services Director Michelle Jones estimates that there could be a net savings of $3 million with that refinancing over the…Continue Reading

Council to take street repair issue to the streets

Council to take street repair issue to the streets

PENDLETON, Oregon – The first of three community meetings seeking input on how to pay for street repair is Monday at 7 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center. Mayor John Turner says it is vital to hear back from citizens. “We want people to come,” he said. “If they can’t come to those meetings, there’s…Continue Reading

All-terrain and utility task vehicles get the green light

All-terrain and utility task vehicles get the green light

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Expect to see all-terrain vehicles and utility-task vehicles on the streets of Walla Walla by the end of the month, but there are exceptions. The Walla Walla city council has approved by a vote of 5 to 1 an ordinance allowing the use of ATVs and UTVs on city streets. Sections…Continue Reading

County to state: Where’s the money?

County to state: Where’s the money?

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is excited to receive state funding to expand the intake area of the jail. Commissioner John Shafer says there’s just one problem – getting the money. “I got an email from the sheriff, saying, ‘We know we got the funds, but how do we get them,” Shafer…Continue Reading

Warming station sets more volunteer trainings

Warming station sets more volunteer trainings

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Warming Station is getting ready to open on Nov. 15. Neighbor to Neighbor Executive Director Dwight Johnson said the shelter for the homeless is currently remodeling its kitchen to better serve its guests, who come any night when the forecast calls for below-freezing temperatures. Last year, the Warming Station was…Continue Reading

Medicare open enrollment starts October 15

Medicare open enrollment starts October 15

SALEM, Oregon – If you or your parents are on Medicare, open enrollment starts Tuesday and the state of Oregon is ready to help. Oregon has a program called SHIBA, which stands for Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance. “We want to be considered the go to resource for Medicare information in Oregon,” said Lisa Emerson,…Continue Reading

OHA, OLCC gear up for vaping ban

SALEM, Oregon – With a ban on flavored vaping products going into effect Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Liquor Control Commission have a lot of work to do. The two agencies worked out their emergency ban rules on Friday. The OHA reports that there are more than 4,000 retailers that sell tobacco products…Continue Reading

Kirkland massage therapist accused of stealing $54,000 in insurance payments

Kirkland massage therapist accused of stealing $54,000 in insurance payments

Press Release from Office of Insurance Commissioner – Washington State OLYMPIA, Washington — Three people were charged in King County Superior Court with unrelated fraud charges after investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU). Jessica Gray, a licensed massage therapist in Kirkland, was charged with first-degree theft, filing a false insurance claim, money…Continue Reading

Oregon’s ban on vaping products starts Tuesday

Oregon’s ban on vaping products starts Tuesday

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission filed temporary rules banning all flavored vaping product sales in the state beginning Tuesday. The rules will remain in effect for six months. Online sales are also banned. The ban covers all tobacco and cannabis products that contain natural or artificial flavors.…Continue Reading

Two cases of Salmonella illness linked to pet turtle contact in WA

Two cases of Salmonella illness linked to pet turtle contact in WA

Press Release from Washington State Department of Health OLYMPIA, Washington — State health officials are working with local and federal public health partners to investigate a cluster of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet turtles. Washington has two cases in this multi-state outbreak, one each from Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Both people report contact with pet turtles,…Continue Reading

PSU unveils new campus safety plan

PSU unveils new campus safety plan

PORTLAND, Oregon – Following the fatal officer involved shooting of Jason Washington by a Portland State police officer, the university is out with a new campus safety plan. While some officers will continue to be armed, interim PSU president Stephen Percy said they will improve methods to avoid the use of deadly force. “We’re doubling…Continue Reading

There’s a new way to get in at 5 WW schools

There’s a new way to get in at 5 WW schools

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Starting Monday, the front doors of five campuses will be locked during instructional hours until dismissal. The new visitor entry systems were installed at Berney Elementary, Edison Elementary, Green Park Elementary, Sharpstein Elementary and Garrison Middle School this summer as part of the bond program to improve district safety and security.…

PSD board to consider bond refinance

PSD board to consider bond refinance

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton School District Board of Directors meets Monday at 6 p.m., and one of the items on the agenda is refinancing the general obligation bond that was passed in 2014. Business Services Director Michelle Jones estimates that there could be a net savings of $3 million with that refinancing over the…

Council to take street repair issue to the streets

Council to take street repair issue to the streets

PENDLETON, Oregon – The first of three community meetings seeking input on how to pay for street repair is Monday at 7 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center. Mayor John Turner says it is vital to hear back from citizens. “We want people to come,” he said. “If they can’t come to those meetings, there’s…

All-terrain and utility task vehicles get the green light

All-terrain and utility task vehicles get the green light

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Expect to see all-terrain vehicles and utility-task vehicles on the streets of Walla Walla by the end of the month, but there are exceptions. The Walla Walla city council has approved by a vote of 5 to 1 an ordinance allowing the use of ATVs and UTVs on city streets. Sections…

County to state: Where’s the money?

County to state: Where’s the money?

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is excited to receive state funding to expand the intake area of the jail. Commissioner John Shafer says there’s just one problem – getting the money. “I got an email from the sheriff, saying, ‘We know we got the funds, but how do we get them,” Shafer…

Warming station sets more volunteer trainings

Warming station sets more volunteer trainings

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Warming Station is getting ready to open on Nov. 15. Neighbor to Neighbor Executive Director Dwight Johnson said the shelter for the homeless is currently remodeling its kitchen to better serve its guests, who come any night when the forecast calls for below-freezing temperatures. Last year, the Warming Station was…

Medicare open enrollment starts October 15

Medicare open enrollment starts October 15

SALEM, Oregon – If you or your parents are on Medicare, open enrollment starts Tuesday and the state of Oregon is ready to help. Oregon has a program called SHIBA, which stands for Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance. “We want to be considered the go to resource for Medicare information in Oregon,” said Lisa Emerson,…

OHA, OLCC gear up for vaping ban

SALEM, Oregon – With a ban on flavored vaping products going into effect Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Liquor Control Commission have a lot of work to do. The two agencies worked out their emergency ban rules on Friday. The OHA reports that there are more than 4,000 retailers that sell tobacco products…

Kirkland massage therapist accused of stealing $54,000 in insurance payments

Kirkland massage therapist accused of stealing $54,000 in insurance payments

Press Release from Office of Insurance Commissioner – Washington State OLYMPIA, Washington — Three people were charged in King County Superior Court with unrelated fraud charges after investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU). Jessica Gray, a licensed massage therapist in Kirkland, was charged with first-degree theft, filing a false insurance claim, money…

Oregon’s ban on vaping products starts Tuesday

Oregon’s ban on vaping products starts Tuesday

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission filed temporary rules banning all flavored vaping product sales in the state beginning Tuesday. The rules will remain in effect for six months. Online sales are also banned. The ban covers all tobacco and cannabis products that contain natural or artificial flavors.…

Two cases of Salmonella illness linked to pet turtle contact in WA

Two cases of Salmonella illness linked to pet turtle contact in WA

Press Release from Washington State Department of Health OLYMPIA, Washington — State health officials are working with local and federal public health partners to investigate a cluster of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet turtles. Washington has two cases in this multi-state outbreak, one each from Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Both people report contact with pet turtles,…

PSU unveils new campus safety plan

PSU unveils new campus safety plan

PORTLAND, Oregon – Following the fatal officer involved shooting of Jason Washington by a Portland State police officer, the university is out with a new campus safety plan. While some officers will continue to be armed, interim PSU president Stephen Percy said they will improve methods to avoid the use of deadly force. “We’re doubling…