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PPD puts two in jail in unrelated incidents

PPD puts two in jail in unrelated incidents

PENDLETON – Pendleton police officers have made two arrests over the past few days that Chief Stuart Roberts says involve men wanted in multiple jurisdictions for criminal acts. Acting on a tip from Umatilla Tribal Police, officers staked out a car driven by Edward Francis Jones, 27, of Warm Springs Wednesday afternoon. Roberts said he…Continue Reading

WA National Guard deploys to Walla Walla County

WA National Guard deploys to Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA – The Washington National Guard has been ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee to deploy to Walla Walla County to provide assistance at local food banks and ensure they remain stocked and operational. The soldiers will be in Walla Walla County from Thursday until the end of the month. Walla Walla County Emergency Management…Continue Reading

Commissioners put the brakes on budget extras

Commissioners put the brakes on budget extras

UMATILLA COUNTY – The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners has approved a joint budget message to department heads that reflects the economic uncertainty following the February flood and the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re going to carry through for 2021 at this time a budget that doesn’t accommodate additional requests or considerations,” Commissioner George Murdock said. “Doesn’t…Continue Reading

PSD is working on Distance Learning for All plan

PSD is working on Distance Learning for All plan

PENDLETON – Earlier this week, school districts throughout Oregon were asked by the Oregon Department of Education to devise plans for distance learning, since there is a possibility that schools will remain closed through the end of the current school year. Pendleton School District Superintendent Chris Fritsch says there is no one-size-fits-all plan. “In every…Continue Reading

WWCC readies for online learning

WWCC readies for online learning

WALLA WALLA – Spring quarter classes begin on Monday at Walla Walla Community College and due to the novel coronavirus, students will notice a significant change. “All of our instruction is being provided online until the governor’s order is lifted or we have further information,” Acting President Chad Hickox said.  “We all want to do…Continue Reading

VA Medical Center institutes restrictions

VA Medical Center institutes restrictions

WALLA WALLA – To minimize the risk of being exposed to the coronavirus, the Walla Walla VA Medical Center is moving to more restrictive, temporary access to its campus. Starting Thursday the main Walla Walla campus will be closed to any visitor on weekdays from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following day. The campus…Continue Reading

BBB: Government relief checks trigger latest scam

BBB: Government relief checks trigger latest scam

PORTLAND — Scammers are trying to take advantage of the federal relief checks that are on the way to many Americans. In some cases the scammers are posting messages on social media, but the federal government wouldn’t do that. “If you get anything related to a grant or stimulus check in your Facebook you can…Continue Reading

Suspect in deputy involved shooting now in custody

Suspect in deputy involved shooting now in custody

SPOKANE VALLEY – An adult male injured March 8 in a deputy involved shooting has been released from the hospital. The suspect, Lanz E. Zeppa is now in custody at the Spokane County Jail. The Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team (SIIR) detectives have received statements from the involved Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the…Continue Reading

A COVID-19 vaccine could come from Portland

A COVID-19 vaccine could come from Portland

PORTLAND – Cancer researchers at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence’s Robert Franz Cancer Center in Portland may have a COVID-19 vaccine. “It’s a DNA vaccine,” oncologist Dr. Rom Leidner said. The researchers have applied to the Food and Drug Administration to conduct human clinical trials on the vaccine. It’s designed to stimulate…Continue Reading

Washington Healthplanfinder extends special enrollment period

Washington Healthplanfinder extends special enrollment period

News release from Washington Healthplanfinder OLYMPIA — In response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Washington state, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) today announced it is extending the current special enrollment period for individuals who are uninsured. The original special enrollment period, that ran from March 10, 2020 through April 8, 2020, will now…Continue Reading

OEM distributing PPE to Oregon counties, tribes

OEM distributing PPE to Oregon counties, tribes

SALEM – More personal protective equipment (PPE) is heading to Oregon. The director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) said more PPE is coming. “The State of Oregon has distributed over a million gloves, over 10,000 face shields, 400,000 or more N95 masks and over 50,000 surgical masks,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps.…Continue Reading

State issues teaching guidelines to districts

State issues teaching guidelines to districts

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Education has sent guidelines to school districts throughout the state on how to teach students while they are staying at home during the COVID-19 closure. The guidelines are called Distance Learning for All. ODE Communications Director Marc Siegel says each district faces unique challenges, which is why there is…Continue Reading

PPD puts two in jail in unrelated incidents

PPD puts two in jail in unrelated incidents

PENDLETON – Pendleton police officers have made two arrests over the past few days that Chief Stuart Roberts says involve men wanted in multiple jurisdictions for criminal acts. Acting on a tip from Umatilla Tribal Police, officers staked out a car driven by Edward Francis Jones, 27, of Warm Springs Wednesday afternoon. Roberts said he…

WA National Guard deploys to Walla Walla County

WA National Guard deploys to Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA – The Washington National Guard has been ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee to deploy to Walla Walla County to provide assistance at local food banks and ensure they remain stocked and operational. The soldiers will be in Walla Walla County from Thursday until the end of the month. Walla Walla County Emergency Management…

Commissioners put the brakes on budget extras

Commissioners put the brakes on budget extras

UMATILLA COUNTY – The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners has approved a joint budget message to department heads that reflects the economic uncertainty following the February flood and the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re going to carry through for 2021 at this time a budget that doesn’t accommodate additional requests or considerations,” Commissioner George Murdock said. “Doesn’t…

PSD is working on Distance Learning for All plan

PSD is working on Distance Learning for All plan

PENDLETON – Earlier this week, school districts throughout Oregon were asked by the Oregon Department of Education to devise plans for distance learning, since there is a possibility that schools will remain closed through the end of the current school year. Pendleton School District Superintendent Chris Fritsch says there is no one-size-fits-all plan. “In every…

WWCC readies for online learning

WWCC readies for online learning

WALLA WALLA – Spring quarter classes begin on Monday at Walla Walla Community College and due to the novel coronavirus, students will notice a significant change. “All of our instruction is being provided online until the governor’s order is lifted or we have further information,” Acting President Chad Hickox said.  “We all want to do…

VA Medical Center institutes restrictions

VA Medical Center institutes restrictions

WALLA WALLA – To minimize the risk of being exposed to the coronavirus, the Walla Walla VA Medical Center is moving to more restrictive, temporary access to its campus. Starting Thursday the main Walla Walla campus will be closed to any visitor on weekdays from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following day. The campus…

BBB: Government relief checks trigger latest scam

BBB: Government relief checks trigger latest scam

PORTLAND — Scammers are trying to take advantage of the federal relief checks that are on the way to many Americans. In some cases the scammers are posting messages on social media, but the federal government wouldn’t do that. “If you get anything related to a grant or stimulus check in your Facebook you can…

Suspect in deputy involved shooting now in custody

Suspect in deputy involved shooting now in custody

SPOKANE VALLEY – An adult male injured March 8 in a deputy involved shooting has been released from the hospital. The suspect, Lanz E. Zeppa is now in custody at the Spokane County Jail. The Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team (SIIR) detectives have received statements from the involved Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the…

A COVID-19 vaccine could come from Portland

A COVID-19 vaccine could come from Portland

PORTLAND – Cancer researchers at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence’s Robert Franz Cancer Center in Portland may have a COVID-19 vaccine. “It’s a DNA vaccine,” oncologist Dr. Rom Leidner said. The researchers have applied to the Food and Drug Administration to conduct human clinical trials on the vaccine. It’s designed to stimulate…

Washington Healthplanfinder extends special enrollment period

Washington Healthplanfinder extends special enrollment period

News release from Washington Healthplanfinder OLYMPIA — In response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Washington state, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) today announced it is extending the current special enrollment period for individuals who are uninsured. The original special enrollment period, that ran from March 10, 2020 through April 8, 2020, will now…

OEM distributing PPE to Oregon counties, tribes

OEM distributing PPE to Oregon counties, tribes

SALEM – More personal protective equipment (PPE) is heading to Oregon. The director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) said more PPE is coming. “The State of Oregon has distributed over a million gloves, over 10,000 face shields, 400,000 or more N95 masks and over 50,000 surgical masks,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps.…

State issues teaching guidelines to districts

State issues teaching guidelines to districts

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Education has sent guidelines to school districts throughout the state on how to teach students while they are staying at home during the COVID-19 closure. The guidelines are called Distance Learning for All. ODE Communications Director Marc Siegel says each district faces unique challenges, which is why there is…