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Prescribed burn turns into a wildfire near Pendleton

Prescribed burn turns into a wildfire near Pendleton

UPDATE: The fire on Cabbage Hill is reported to be 100 percent lined with no forward movement. Crews will stay at the scene overnight to find and eliminate any hot spots. POSTED EARLIER PENDLETON, Oregon — Fire resources are responding to a wind-driven wildfire burning near Interstate 84, 6 miles southeast of Pendleton. The fire is…Continue Reading

Car going over 90 mph collides with school bus

Car going over 90 mph collides with school bus

PASCO, Washington — Police in Pasco say no students were on a school bus that was hit by a car speeding down East A Street around 2:23 p.m. yesterday. The Pasco School District bus was on S Elm at E A Street, preparing to pull out from a stop sign onto A, going east, a…Continue Reading

Arson fire damages vehicle

Arson fire damages vehicle

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington — An arson fire occurred last night in College Place around 9:47 p.m., in the 100 block of Southeast Scenic View Drive. A vehicle’s tire and fender was damaged in the fire, but no injuries were reported. College Place police say a water bottle containing accelerant was discovered at the scene, causing…Continue Reading

Alleged copper thief has a record in Hermiston

Alleged copper thief has a record in Hermiston

PRESCOTT, Washington — Orin Whitbeck, 54, of Hermiston is a familiar face to local police. He was arrested Tuesday in Walla Walla County for cutting and trying to steal about one mile’s worth of copper wire from a railroad track near Prescott. Whitbeck has been arrested by Hermiston police 12 times and has received 21…Continue Reading

PPD stays local for fleet purchases

PPD stays local for fleet purchases

PENDLETON, Oregon – Unlike their counterparts in the county, the Pendleton Police Department is sticking with buying its patrol vehicles from the closest local dealership, Tom Denchel Ford of Hermiston. The Pendleton City Council has given the department the green light to buy two more cars from Tom Denchel Ford of Hermiston. The city purchased…Continue Reading

Semis banned on county road

Semis banned on county road

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon – The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners is shutting Butler Grade Road down to big rigs. Semis keep using the gravel road, which is about nine miles north of Helix, and they keep getting stuck. Chairman George Murdock says at the request of others who use the road, that’s going to stop.…Continue Reading

Distracted driving emphasis to begin on state highways

Distracted driving emphasis to begin on state highways

WASHINGTON — Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers will conduct a statewide emphasis on distracted driving from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23, 2018. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, distracted driving is the cause of 30 percent of traffic fatalities and makes up 23 percent of all serious injury collisions in the state. So…Continue Reading

Gesser resigns amidst sexual misconduct scandal

Gesser resigns amidst sexual misconduct scandal

PULLMAN, Washington — Washington State University Assistant Athletics Director Jason Gesser resigned this week, effective immediately. It comes not long after multiple media reports that a former volleyball player for the university spoke up about a sexual assault incident involving Gesser in 2015. Media reports also indicate there are a multiple other similar allegations involving…Continue Reading

Ferguson, Energy come to agreement about Hanford Site lawsuit

Ferguson, Energy come to agreement about Hanford Site lawsuit

OLYMPIA, Washington — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Energy will conduct testing and, if successful, begin implementing a new system to treat or capture hazardous tank vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation within the next three years, under the terms of an agreement submitted to a federal court today.…Continue Reading

Oregon unemployment rate reaches record low

Oregon unemployment rate reaches record low

OREGON — Oregon’s unemployment rate has reached a record low, at 3.8 percent. The lowest since comparable records started being kept in 1976. While that’s good news for those who are looking for jobs, it’s bad news if you are an employer who is hiring. Employment Department Economist Nick Beleicicks says that means job openings exceed…Continue Reading

Wolf killed by WDFW, cow killed by wolves

Wolf killed by WDFW, cow killed by wolves

FERRY COUNTY, Washington — The following is a release from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. On September 16, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife marksman shot and killed a juvenile member of a wolf pack currently occupying the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) that has repeatedly preyed on cattle on federal grazing lands…Continue Reading

WDFW plans controlled burns in eastern Washington

WDFW plans controlled burns in eastern Washington

WASHINGTON — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be conducting controlled burns on department lands in Okanogan, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Kittitas, and Yakima counties to reduce wildfire risks and enhance wildlife habitat. As conditions allow, controlled burns are planned to start later this month or early October on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in…Continue Reading

Prescribed burn turns into a wildfire near Pendleton

Prescribed burn turns into a wildfire near Pendleton

UPDATE: The fire on Cabbage Hill is reported to be 100 percent lined with no forward movement. Crews will stay at the scene overnight to find and eliminate any hot spots. POSTED EARLIER PENDLETON, Oregon — Fire resources are responding to a wind-driven wildfire burning near Interstate 84, 6 miles southeast of Pendleton. The fire is…

Car going over 90 mph collides with school bus

Car going over 90 mph collides with school bus

PASCO, Washington — Police in Pasco say no students were on a school bus that was hit by a car speeding down East A Street around 2:23 p.m. yesterday. The Pasco School District bus was on S Elm at E A Street, preparing to pull out from a stop sign onto A, going east, a…

Arson fire damages vehicle

Arson fire damages vehicle

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington — An arson fire occurred last night in College Place around 9:47 p.m., in the 100 block of Southeast Scenic View Drive. A vehicle’s tire and fender was damaged in the fire, but no injuries were reported. College Place police say a water bottle containing accelerant was discovered at the scene, causing…

Alleged copper thief has a record in Hermiston

Alleged copper thief has a record in Hermiston

PRESCOTT, Washington — Orin Whitbeck, 54, of Hermiston is a familiar face to local police. He was arrested Tuesday in Walla Walla County for cutting and trying to steal about one mile’s worth of copper wire from a railroad track near Prescott. Whitbeck has been arrested by Hermiston police 12 times and has received 21…

PPD stays local for fleet purchases

PPD stays local for fleet purchases

PENDLETON, Oregon – Unlike their counterparts in the county, the Pendleton Police Department is sticking with buying its patrol vehicles from the closest local dealership, Tom Denchel Ford of Hermiston. The Pendleton City Council has given the department the green light to buy two more cars from Tom Denchel Ford of Hermiston. The city purchased…

Semis banned on county road

Semis banned on county road

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon – The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners is shutting Butler Grade Road down to big rigs. Semis keep using the gravel road, which is about nine miles north of Helix, and they keep getting stuck. Chairman George Murdock says at the request of others who use the road, that’s going to stop.…

Distracted driving emphasis to begin on state highways

Distracted driving emphasis to begin on state highways

WASHINGTON — Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers will conduct a statewide emphasis on distracted driving from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23, 2018. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, distracted driving is the cause of 30 percent of traffic fatalities and makes up 23 percent of all serious injury collisions in the state. So…

Gesser resigns amidst sexual misconduct scandal

Gesser resigns amidst sexual misconduct scandal

PULLMAN, Washington — Washington State University Assistant Athletics Director Jason Gesser resigned this week, effective immediately. It comes not long after multiple media reports that a former volleyball player for the university spoke up about a sexual assault incident involving Gesser in 2015. Media reports also indicate there are a multiple other similar allegations involving…

Ferguson, Energy come to agreement about Hanford Site lawsuit

Ferguson, Energy come to agreement about Hanford Site lawsuit

OLYMPIA, Washington — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Energy will conduct testing and, if successful, begin implementing a new system to treat or capture hazardous tank vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation within the next three years, under the terms of an agreement submitted to a federal court today.…

Oregon unemployment rate reaches record low

Oregon unemployment rate reaches record low

OREGON — Oregon’s unemployment rate has reached a record low, at 3.8 percent. The lowest since comparable records started being kept in 1976. While that’s good news for those who are looking for jobs, it’s bad news if you are an employer who is hiring. Employment Department Economist Nick Beleicicks says that means job openings exceed…

Wolf killed by WDFW, cow killed by wolves

Wolf killed by WDFW, cow killed by wolves

FERRY COUNTY, Washington — The following is a release from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. On September 16, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife marksman shot and killed a juvenile member of a wolf pack currently occupying the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) that has repeatedly preyed on cattle on federal grazing lands…

WDFW plans controlled burns in eastern Washington

WDFW plans controlled burns in eastern Washington

WASHINGTON — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be conducting controlled burns on department lands in Okanogan, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Kittitas, and Yakima counties to reduce wildfire risks and enhance wildlife habitat. As conditions allow, controlled burns are planned to start later this month or early October on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in…