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Rain, snow-melt increase river flow

Rain, snow-melt increase river flow

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon – The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for central Umatilla County and the Walla Walla area Sunday morning, which remains in effect until 9 a.m. this morning. The combination of rainfall and snow-melt at lower elevations spelled trouble for those living in low-lying areas. Residents in Mission, Birch Creek, and…Continue Reading

Mattila due in court Tuesday

Mattila due in court Tuesday

PENDLETON, Oregon – John Mattila, 24, of Weston, has a pretrial conference tomorrow. He is charged with manslaughter in the alleged drunk-driving crash that took the life of a Department of Human Services employee last month. Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said Mattila has not yet waived his right to a speedy trial. “So,…Continue Reading

Mill Creek Road bridges will come down

Mill Creek Road bridges will come down

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Not one, but two bridges along Mill Creek Road are coming down this summer.  The work to remove and replace both spans has to happen quickly. “Both of those need to be completed during the fish passage window which is June through September,” Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners Chairman Todd…Continue Reading

WA gambling commission warns against hoops betting

WA gambling commission warns against hoops betting

With the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament underway, betting is underway as well. However, bracket pools, office sports pools, and fantasy sports have never been authorized as gambling activities in Washington State and are illegal, according to the Washington State Gambling Commission. Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle explained there’s a long list…Continue Reading

Roberts: Kaylee’s Law is a good start

Roberts: Kaylee’s Law is a good start

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Senate is considering Senate Bill 576, called Kaylee’s Law in honor of Kaylee Sawyer. She was abducted and killed by a man who worked as a security guard at Central Oregon Community College in 2016. Some state colleges have actual police departments and requires officers to complete training at the…Continue Reading

Seven apply for vacant council seat

Seven apply for vacant council seat

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – Tuesday night’s city council meeting is expected to go long. That’s because seven candidates are vying for a vacant seat on the council following the untimely death of Councilman Larry Dickerson, 68, last month. City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello said council should decide who will fill the vacancy at the end of…Continue Reading

Bill to disarm campus police at 2 Oregon universities introduced

Bill to disarm campus police at 2 Oregon universities introduced

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon lawmakers could decide whether to pull guns from campus police officers at public universities in Portland and Eugene. State Rep. Diego Hernandez, D-Portland, has sponsored a bill that would prohibit campus police officers from carrying guns outside of police headquarters at Oregon universities in a city with a population of over…Continue Reading

Flu activity surges, increasing demand on health care facilities

Flu activity surges, increasing demand on health care facilities

News Release from Washington State Department of Health (DOH) OLYMPIA, Washington — Influenza activity is high across the state and the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths have increased sharply over the past several weeks, according to health officials at the Washington State Department of Health. Medical facilities, particularly in western Washington, are seeing high numbers of…Continue Reading

Keep alert for tax scams

Keep alert for tax scams

News Release from Oregon Department of Revenue It’s never safe to let down your guard, warns the Oregon Department of Revenue. Scam tactics are always evolving and becoming more effective. Scammers try many different methods to trick people into giving them personal information or money. The best way for taxpayers to make payments directly to…Continue Reading

Alcohol use low while vaping use increases among WA youth

Alcohol use low while vaping use increases among WA youth

News Release from Washington State Health Care Authority & Washington State Department of Health OLYMPIA, Washington – While alcohol use among teens remains low, and the percentage of teens reporting cigarette smoking is less than half of what it was a decade ago, use of e-cigarette/vapor products has gone up significantly among youth, according to the…Continue Reading

Bill may restrict where Oregon pet stores get dogs and cats

Bill may restrict where Oregon pet stores get dogs and cats

SALEM, Oregon — Pet stores in Oregon would have to get their dogs and cats from animal shelters in the state under a bill in the legislature. The bill would require pet stores to get the dogs and cats they sell from shelters in Oregon. Rep. David Gomberg, D-Central Coast, said they wouldn’t be able…Continue Reading

Oregon House approves bill to strengthen revenge porn law

Oregon House approves bill to strengthen revenge porn law

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon has a law against revenge porn, but it doesn’t cover new technology. Now, a bill in the Oregon Legislature would fix the problem. Oregon’s revenge porn law prohibits people from posting intimate images online without that person’s permission. Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, said there are other ways it can happen. “A woman…Continue Reading

Rain, snow-melt increase river flow

Rain, snow-melt increase river flow

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon – The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for central Umatilla County and the Walla Walla area Sunday morning, which remains in effect until 9 a.m. this morning. The combination of rainfall and snow-melt at lower elevations spelled trouble for those living in low-lying areas. Residents in Mission, Birch Creek, and…

Mattila due in court Tuesday

Mattila due in court Tuesday

PENDLETON, Oregon – John Mattila, 24, of Weston, has a pretrial conference tomorrow. He is charged with manslaughter in the alleged drunk-driving crash that took the life of a Department of Human Services employee last month. Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said Mattila has not yet waived his right to a speedy trial. “So,…

Mill Creek Road bridges will come down

Mill Creek Road bridges will come down

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Not one, but two bridges along Mill Creek Road are coming down this summer.  The work to remove and replace both spans has to happen quickly. “Both of those need to be completed during the fish passage window which is June through September,” Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners Chairman Todd…

WA gambling commission warns against hoops betting

WA gambling commission warns against hoops betting

With the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament underway, betting is underway as well. However, bracket pools, office sports pools, and fantasy sports have never been authorized as gambling activities in Washington State and are illegal, according to the Washington State Gambling Commission. Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle explained there’s a long list…

Roberts: Kaylee’s Law is a good start

Roberts: Kaylee’s Law is a good start

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Senate is considering Senate Bill 576, called Kaylee’s Law in honor of Kaylee Sawyer. She was abducted and killed by a man who worked as a security guard at Central Oregon Community College in 2016. Some state colleges have actual police departments and requires officers to complete training at the…

Seven apply for vacant council seat

Seven apply for vacant council seat

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – Tuesday night’s city council meeting is expected to go long. That’s because seven candidates are vying for a vacant seat on the council following the untimely death of Councilman Larry Dickerson, 68, last month. City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello said council should decide who will fill the vacancy at the end of…

Bill to disarm campus police at 2 Oregon universities introduced

Bill to disarm campus police at 2 Oregon universities introduced

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon lawmakers could decide whether to pull guns from campus police officers at public universities in Portland and Eugene. State Rep. Diego Hernandez, D-Portland, has sponsored a bill that would prohibit campus police officers from carrying guns outside of police headquarters at Oregon universities in a city with a population of over…

Flu activity surges, increasing demand on health care facilities

Flu activity surges, increasing demand on health care facilities

News Release from Washington State Department of Health (DOH) OLYMPIA, Washington — Influenza activity is high across the state and the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths have increased sharply over the past several weeks, according to health officials at the Washington State Department of Health. Medical facilities, particularly in western Washington, are seeing high numbers of…

Keep alert for tax scams

Keep alert for tax scams

News Release from Oregon Department of Revenue It’s never safe to let down your guard, warns the Oregon Department of Revenue. Scam tactics are always evolving and becoming more effective. Scammers try many different methods to trick people into giving them personal information or money. The best way for taxpayers to make payments directly to…

Alcohol use low while vaping use increases among WA youth

Alcohol use low while vaping use increases among WA youth

News Release from Washington State Health Care Authority & Washington State Department of Health OLYMPIA, Washington – While alcohol use among teens remains low, and the percentage of teens reporting cigarette smoking is less than half of what it was a decade ago, use of e-cigarette/vapor products has gone up significantly among youth, according to the…

Bill may restrict where Oregon pet stores get dogs and cats

Bill may restrict where Oregon pet stores get dogs and cats

SALEM, Oregon — Pet stores in Oregon would have to get their dogs and cats from animal shelters in the state under a bill in the legislature. The bill would require pet stores to get the dogs and cats they sell from shelters in Oregon. Rep. David Gomberg, D-Central Coast, said they wouldn’t be able…

Oregon House approves bill to strengthen revenge porn law

Oregon House approves bill to strengthen revenge porn law

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon has a law against revenge porn, but it doesn’t cover new technology. Now, a bill in the Oregon Legislature would fix the problem. Oregon’s revenge porn law prohibits people from posting intimate images online without that person’s permission. Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, said there are other ways it can happen. “A woman…