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Drivers must stop at new four-way intersection

Drivers must stop at new four-way intersection

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington — The new four-way stop went into full effect this week at the intersection of 12th and Larch in College Place. However, the problematic intersection has been a two-way stop for so long, it’s been a tough adjustment for drivers. Nonetheless, the lights are flashing red — you have to stop at…Continue Reading

Safety measures in place for Whisky Fest

Safety measures in place for Whisky Fest

PENDLETON, Oregon — The Pendleton Whisky Music fest happens Saturday night. About 20,000 people are expected to be on hand at the Round-Up Stadium for the concert featuring country star and co-host of The Voice, Blake Shelton, as well as global superstar, Pitbull. Safety is an important concern to organizers and local police. Security measures…Continue Reading

Land swap is currently off the table

Land swap is currently off the table

PENDLETON, Oregon – The land swap between the city of Pendleton and Pendleton School District 16R is shelved, at least for now. Superintendent Chris Fritsch says the land owned by the district between Southwest Frazer and Southwest Emigrant avenues adjacent to the Pendleton Early Learning Center will not be swapped with the city for McKay…Continue Reading

River Quarter plan is getting reworked

River Quarter plan is getting reworked

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Planning Commission is working on the city’s River Quarter plan. At the direction of the Pendleton City Council, the commission met last night to discuss possible changes to the standards for development set by the plan that was designed to develop the area of the city adjacent to the Umatilla…Continue Reading

Wheat field fire burns 62 acres

Wheat field fire burns 62 acres

WESTON, Oregon – East Umatilla County Rural Fire District and Helix Volunteer Fire were called out to an active wheat field fire this afternoon at 1:36 at 53074 Kirk Road. EUCRFD Chief Dave Baty called for mutual aid from any units nearby when the wind shifted and threatened structures on State Street. Both sides of…Continue Reading

Researcher rescued after climbing tree to escape threatening wolf

Researcher rescued after climbing tree to escape threatening wolf

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Washington — A state fire crew retrieved a U.S. Forest Service salmon researcher in Okanogan County yesterday after she climbed a tree to avoid a wolf that was displaying behaviors that she considered threatening. The individual was safely extracted, uninjured, by helicopter from the location the incident occurred. Stohr said it appears the researcher was…Continue Reading

Report: Prison employees experience PTSD similar to war veterans

Report: Prison employees experience PTSD similar to war veterans

PULLMAN, Washington — A new study from Washington State University finds that prison employees experience PTSD similar to war veterans. “Working conditions in a prison can include regular exposure to violence and trauma, and threats of harm to the workers and their families,” writes Addy Hatch for WSU’s news publication, a nursing student. “Previous studies…Continue Reading

Washington ties with New Hampshire for fifth best state to live in

Washington ties with New Hampshire for fifth best state to live in

WASHINGTON — A new report from CNBC indicates that Washington ties with New Hampshire for the fifth best state to live in in the United States. CNBC used hard data to measure quality of life, including crime rates, tourist visits, health care and inclusiveness, as measured by legal protections written into state laws. The report…Continue Reading

Salem man claims $150 million jackpot

Salem man claims $150 million jackpot

SALEM, Oregon – The ticket in Steven Nickell’s pocket that he had in his wallet for two weeks was the $150.4 million Powerball jackpot winner. Nickell purchased the ticket at the Circle K on Liberty Street in Salem, and said that he usually picks up tickets, then checks them when he goes to lunch. After…Continue Reading

The US has one Blockbuster left, and it’s in Oregon

The US has one Blockbuster left, and it’s in Oregon

BEND, Oregon — And then there was one. The one-time mainstay of family Friday nights is just about gone. Remember getting in the car and going to Blockbuster, picking out and paying for a movie, taking it home and watching it with the family? With just one exception, those days are over. The last two…Continue Reading

Report is critical of the Oregon’s medical marijuana program

Report is critical of the Oregon’s medical marijuana program

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon’s recreational marijuana program is tightly controlled, but a new report finds several problems with Oregon’s medical marijuana program. The report finds that growers, dispensaries and laboratories for medical marijuana operate without effective oversight. Officials from the Oregon Center for Health Protection want the legislature to increase funding to monitor medical marijuana.…Continue Reading

Drivers must stop at new four-way intersection

Drivers must stop at new four-way intersection

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington — The new four-way stop went into full effect this week at the intersection of 12th and Larch in College Place. However, the problematic intersection has been a two-way stop for so long, it’s been a tough adjustment for drivers. Nonetheless, the lights are flashing red — you have to stop at…

Parks advisory board to explore smoking zone option after no-vote on smoking ban

Parks advisory board to explore smoking zone option after no-vote on smoking ban

WALLA WALLA, Washington — City council did not vote on the ordinance to ban smoking and vaping in city parks at their regular meeting on Wednesday. Instead, says Parks and Rec Director Andy Coleman, they voted, 4-3, to send it back to the Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry Advisory Board to consider creating smoking zones rather…

Safety measures in place for Whisky Fest

Safety measures in place for Whisky Fest

PENDLETON, Oregon — The Pendleton Whisky Music fest happens Saturday night. About 20,000 people are expected to be on hand at the Round-Up Stadium for the concert featuring country star and co-host of The Voice, Blake Shelton, as well as global superstar, Pitbull. Safety is an important concern to organizers and local police. Security measures…

Land swap is currently off the table

Land swap is currently off the table

PENDLETON, Oregon – The land swap between the city of Pendleton and Pendleton School District 16R is shelved, at least for now. Superintendent Chris Fritsch says the land owned by the district between Southwest Frazer and Southwest Emigrant avenues adjacent to the Pendleton Early Learning Center will not be swapped with the city for McKay…

River Quarter plan is getting reworked

River Quarter plan is getting reworked

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Planning Commission is working on the city’s River Quarter plan. At the direction of the Pendleton City Council, the commission met last night to discuss possible changes to the standards for development set by the plan that was designed to develop the area of the city adjacent to the Umatilla…

Wheat field fire burns 62 acres

Wheat field fire burns 62 acres

WESTON, Oregon – East Umatilla County Rural Fire District and Helix Volunteer Fire were called out to an active wheat field fire this afternoon at 1:36 at 53074 Kirk Road. EUCRFD Chief Dave Baty called for mutual aid from any units nearby when the wind shifted and threatened structures on State Street. Both sides of…

Researcher rescued after climbing tree to escape threatening wolf

Researcher rescued after climbing tree to escape threatening wolf

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Washington — A state fire crew retrieved a U.S. Forest Service salmon researcher in Okanogan County yesterday after she climbed a tree to avoid a wolf that was displaying behaviors that she considered threatening. The individual was safely extracted, uninjured, by helicopter from the location the incident occurred. Stohr said it appears the researcher was…

Report: Prison employees experience PTSD similar to war veterans

Report: Prison employees experience PTSD similar to war veterans

PULLMAN, Washington — A new study from Washington State University finds that prison employees experience PTSD similar to war veterans. “Working conditions in a prison can include regular exposure to violence and trauma, and threats of harm to the workers and their families,” writes Addy Hatch for WSU’s news publication, a nursing student. “Previous studies…

Washington ties with New Hampshire for fifth best state to live in

Washington ties with New Hampshire for fifth best state to live in

WASHINGTON — A new report from CNBC indicates that Washington ties with New Hampshire for the fifth best state to live in in the United States. CNBC used hard data to measure quality of life, including crime rates, tourist visits, health care and inclusiveness, as measured by legal protections written into state laws. The report…

Salem man claims $150 million jackpot

Salem man claims $150 million jackpot

SALEM, Oregon – The ticket in Steven Nickell’s pocket that he had in his wallet for two weeks was the $150.4 million Powerball jackpot winner. Nickell purchased the ticket at the Circle K on Liberty Street in Salem, and said that he usually picks up tickets, then checks them when he goes to lunch. After…

The US has one Blockbuster left, and it’s in Oregon

The US has one Blockbuster left, and it’s in Oregon

BEND, Oregon — And then there was one. The one-time mainstay of family Friday nights is just about gone. Remember getting in the car and going to Blockbuster, picking out and paying for a movie, taking it home and watching it with the family? With just one exception, those days are over. The last two…

Report is critical of the Oregon’s medical marijuana program

Report is critical of the Oregon’s medical marijuana program

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon’s recreational marijuana program is tightly controlled, but a new report finds several problems with Oregon’s medical marijuana program. The report finds that growers, dispensaries and laboratories for medical marijuana operate without effective oversight. Officials from the Oregon Center for Health Protection want the legislature to increase funding to monitor medical marijuana.…