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Shoplifting leads to eight arrests

Shoplifting leads to eight arrests

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – Eight people were arrested Wednesday after police responded to residence on the 200 block of West Whitman Drive where a vehicle associated with an alleged shoplifting incident was located. At around 11 a.m., Walla Walla police officers responded to a report of shoplifting at Sportsman’s Warehouse. Shortly thereafter, College Place officers…Continue Reading

County road flood damage estimated at $25 million

County road flood damage estimated at $25 million

PENDLETON, Oregon – Umatilla County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Shafer says recovery from the flood damages will not be a quick process. “It’s going to take a long while,” he said. “Just the county roads, we’re looking at about $25 million in damages, and that includes the bridges that are knocked out as well.”…Continue Reading

Council focuses on Edwards Apartments

Council focuses on Edwards Apartments

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Edwards Apartments building on Southeast Dorion Avenue has stood vacant for years. The Pendleton City Council asked City Attorney Nancy Kerns to explore how they could declare the building condemned. “Her report was, the building is not in good condition at all, but it’s structurally sound,” Mayor John Turner said. “It’s…Continue Reading

Local option tax is on the ballot

Local option tax is on the ballot

PENDLETON, Oregon – Voters in the Pendleton School District will be asked to renew the local option tax. It charges 40 cents on every $1,000 of assessed value and is earmarked for general operating expenses. “Citizens will be hearing shortly advertisements about the levy option tax,” Superintendent Chris Fritsch said. “More information will be coming…Continue Reading

Port directors, legislators to discuss Highway 12 project

Port directors, legislators to discuss Highway 12 project

WALLA WALLA, Washington – While the next phase of improvements to U.S. 12 has been delayed in response to the passage of Initiative 976, Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Pat Reay said a lot has been accomplished in just the past month. Phase 7 of U.S. 12, an 11-mile stretch between Frenchtown Vicinity and…Continue Reading

Isaacs Avenue work resumes Monday

Isaacs Avenue work resumes Monday

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Construction work on Isaacs Avenue east of Roosevelt Street will begin on Monday, Feb. 24, according to a news release from the city of Walla Walla. Culbert Construction will install underground utilities between Roosevelt Street and Wellington Avenue through March. Once this is complete, the work zone will extend east to…Continue Reading

Wolves attack cattle in Baker County

Wolves attack cattle in Baker County

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife investigators say the Keating Pack is behind two cattle attacks on a grazing allotment in the Eagle Creek area of Baker County. It estimates the attacks occurred three to four days prior to the discovery on Feb. 16. A yearling steer was killed and almost…Continue Reading

WA Senate passes tougher DUII bill

WA Senate passes tougher DUII bill

OLYMPIA, Washington – Getting repeat DUI offenders off the roads is the emphasis behind a bill passed in the state Senate Wednesday. “Repeat offenders are the ones most likely to have vehicular homicides or vehicular assaults,“ said state Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley), who sponsored the measure. A fourth DUI conviction is a felony, but…Continue Reading

Braun: Revenue report justifies $30 car tabs

Braun: Revenue report justifies $30 car tabs

OLYMPIA, Washington – Washington lawmakers got some good news Wednesday as the state-government revenue forecast was released. The state is expected to bring in $1.5 billion more than expected. Sen. John Braun (R-Centralia) said voters have already told lawmakers what to do with the money. “We have quite a bit of more money that’s available…Continue Reading

ODOT employees are being investigated for theft

ODOT employees are being investigated for theft

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon State Police is investigating three Oregon Department of Transportation employees for potential theft. The three workers were employed at the Lawnfield ODOT Maintenance Station in Clackamas. They are identified as Region 1 Landscape Manager Frank C. Smead, Region 1 Transportation Maintenance Coordinator John Wayne Tipton, and Region 1 Operations and…Continue Reading

Republicans sit out the evening session

Republicans sit out the evening session

SALEM, Oregon – Republicans in the Oregon House of Representatives didn’t show up for tonight’s evening floor session at the capitol. House Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby) had said that the lawmakers would not be on hand due to the cap and trade issue. At the request of Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, the…Continue Reading

Ticket quotas could be ended in WA

Ticket quotas could be ended in WA

OLYMPIA, Washington – The Washington State Senate has passed a bill that would do away with officers being rewarded for the number of citations they issue. Sen. Jeff Holy (R-Cheney) introduced a bill to fix that, saying using ticket quotas as a tool to evaluate officers just doesn’t look good. He should know. He’s a…Continue Reading

Shoplifting leads to eight arrests

Shoplifting leads to eight arrests

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – Eight people were arrested Wednesday after police responded to residence on the 200 block of West Whitman Drive where a vehicle associated with an alleged shoplifting incident was located. At around 11 a.m., Walla Walla police officers responded to a report of shoplifting at Sportsman’s Warehouse. Shortly thereafter, College Place officers…

County road flood damage estimated at $25 million

County road flood damage estimated at $25 million

PENDLETON, Oregon – Umatilla County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Shafer says recovery from the flood damages will not be a quick process. “It’s going to take a long while,” he said. “Just the county roads, we’re looking at about $25 million in damages, and that includes the bridges that are knocked out as well.”…

Council focuses on Edwards Apartments

Council focuses on Edwards Apartments

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Edwards Apartments building on Southeast Dorion Avenue has stood vacant for years. The Pendleton City Council asked City Attorney Nancy Kerns to explore how they could declare the building condemned. “Her report was, the building is not in good condition at all, but it’s structurally sound,” Mayor John Turner said. “It’s…

Local option tax is on the ballot

Local option tax is on the ballot

PENDLETON, Oregon – Voters in the Pendleton School District will be asked to renew the local option tax. It charges 40 cents on every $1,000 of assessed value and is earmarked for general operating expenses. “Citizens will be hearing shortly advertisements about the levy option tax,” Superintendent Chris Fritsch said. “More information will be coming…

Port directors, legislators to discuss Highway 12 project

Port directors, legislators to discuss Highway 12 project

WALLA WALLA, Washington – While the next phase of improvements to U.S. 12 has been delayed in response to the passage of Initiative 976, Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Pat Reay said a lot has been accomplished in just the past month. Phase 7 of U.S. 12, an 11-mile stretch between Frenchtown Vicinity and…

Isaacs Avenue work resumes Monday

Isaacs Avenue work resumes Monday

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Construction work on Isaacs Avenue east of Roosevelt Street will begin on Monday, Feb. 24, according to a news release from the city of Walla Walla. Culbert Construction will install underground utilities between Roosevelt Street and Wellington Avenue through March. Once this is complete, the work zone will extend east to…

Wolves attack cattle in Baker County

Wolves attack cattle in Baker County

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife investigators say the Keating Pack is behind two cattle attacks on a grazing allotment in the Eagle Creek area of Baker County. It estimates the attacks occurred three to four days prior to the discovery on Feb. 16. A yearling steer was killed and almost…

WA Senate passes tougher DUII bill

WA Senate passes tougher DUII bill

OLYMPIA, Washington – Getting repeat DUI offenders off the roads is the emphasis behind a bill passed in the state Senate Wednesday. “Repeat offenders are the ones most likely to have vehicular homicides or vehicular assaults,“ said state Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley), who sponsored the measure. A fourth DUI conviction is a felony, but…

Braun: Revenue report justifies $30 car tabs

Braun: Revenue report justifies $30 car tabs

OLYMPIA, Washington – Washington lawmakers got some good news Wednesday as the state-government revenue forecast was released. The state is expected to bring in $1.5 billion more than expected. Sen. John Braun (R-Centralia) said voters have already told lawmakers what to do with the money. “We have quite a bit of more money that’s available…

ODOT employees are being investigated for theft

ODOT employees are being investigated for theft

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon State Police is investigating three Oregon Department of Transportation employees for potential theft. The three workers were employed at the Lawnfield ODOT Maintenance Station in Clackamas. They are identified as Region 1 Landscape Manager Frank C. Smead, Region 1 Transportation Maintenance Coordinator John Wayne Tipton, and Region 1 Operations and…

Republicans sit out the evening session

Republicans sit out the evening session

SALEM, Oregon – Republicans in the Oregon House of Representatives didn’t show up for tonight’s evening floor session at the capitol. House Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby) had said that the lawmakers would not be on hand due to the cap and trade issue. At the request of Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, the…

Ticket quotas could be ended in WA

Ticket quotas could be ended in WA

OLYMPIA, Washington – The Washington State Senate has passed a bill that would do away with officers being rewarded for the number of citations they issue. Sen. Jeff Holy (R-Cheney) introduced a bill to fix that, saying using ticket quotas as a tool to evaluate officers just doesn’t look good. He should know. He’s a…