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Murdock: Supermajority is hurting Oregon

Murdock: Supermajority is hurting Oregon

PENDLETON, Oregon – As the Oregon Legislature’s Democratic supermajority moves slowly forward with the carbon emissions bill that is currently known as Cap and Invest, Republicans and some moderate Democrats warn that gas, natural gas, and other energy costs will soar while the measure will do nothing to reduce carbon emissions in the state. Umatilla…Continue Reading

College Place residents urged to conserve water

College Place residents urged to conserve water

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The city of College Place is urging residents to conserve water as work continues on reconstructing two of the city’s drinking water wells. Well No. 1, which is now being renamed Well No. 4, on Peppers Bridge Road has run into a delay. “Their drill bit broke, so they had to…Continue Reading

City reaches a decision on officer-owned surplus guns

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla City Council had several alternatives to consider last week regarding what to do with old police department firearms declared surplus. The alternatives ranged from simply destroying the weapons to allowing them to be traded. Mayor Barbara Clark said it was the latter alternative that the council approved which…Continue Reading

Airport-related items top the council agenda

Airport-related items top the council agenda

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton City Council has a busy agenda at its regular meeting tonight at 7 p.m. Several of the items involve issues related to the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport and the industrial park in that area. The Airport Commission will deliver its annual report to the city council. That report was not…Continue Reading

Navy and Echo farm reach $4.7 million easement agreement

Navy and Echo farm reach $4.7 million easement agreement

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Washington – The U.S. Navy, Trust for Public Land, and Northwest Rangeland have reached an agreement with Madison Ranches of Echo that will allow low-level test flights over 3,300 acres of farmland to continue without obstruction. In a prepared release, the Navy states that the restrictive-use easement will benefit agricultural lands, preserve water…Continue Reading

Forklift operator rolls equipment over in Mill Creek

Forklift operator rolls equipment over in Mill Creek

WALLA WALLA, Washington – A construction equipment operator was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center Monday afternoon after rolling a forklift into Mill Creek.  His identity and condition has not been released. Walla Walla Fire Department Captain Todd Stubblefield said the man was operating the forklift in the Mill Creek flood control channel just…Continue Reading

Debate begins over controversial cap and invest bill

Debate begins over controversial cap and invest bill

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon House of Representatives is scheduled to deliberate a controversial cap and invest bill today. State Rep. David Brock Smith (R-Port Orford) is the vice co-chair of the carbon reduction committee, and he said if House Bill 2020 passes, the cost will be felt at the pump. “You’ll be seeing what…Continue Reading

Road kill bill in heavy usage

Road kill bill in heavy usage

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon’s road kill salvage program, which started in January this year, is getting used frequently according to Oregon Fish and Wildlife. ODFW’s Adam Baylor said 298 permits have already been issued. “Mostly, we’ve been seeing the permits issued in western Oregon — everything west of the Cascades,” Baylor said. Under the provisions…Continue Reading

‘Habituated’ black bear killed by wildlife biologists near Hagg Lake

‘Habituated’ black bear killed by wildlife biologists near Hagg Lake

FOREST GROVE, Oregon — A black bear that got too used to people near Hagg Lake, southwest of Forest Grove, has been killed. It happened because people were feeding it. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received several reports about the bear. Rick Swart with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said their biologist found it…Continue Reading

Oregon’s cap and invest bill clears Senate

Oregon’s cap and invest bill clears Senate

SALEM, Oregon — A bill that would give tax credits to drivers, the timber and agricultural industries — who could be impacted if the cap and invest bill passes — passed the state Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 1051a would only go into effect if House Bill 2020, the cap and invest bill, also passes. State…Continue Reading

OSU grows its hemp efforts

OSU grows its hemp efforts

CORVALLIS, Oregon — Oregon State University is going to be a hub for hemp. The university known for its research will have the most comprehensive hemp research center in the nation. According to professors and researchers at OSU, Oregon is the perfect place to grow hemp. “Really the ideal latitude in this place where we…Continue Reading

Pacific Power plans to pull the plug on potential fires

Pacific Power plans to pull the plug on potential fires

PORTLAND, Oregon — Pacific Power is taking more aggressive action to prevent electrical lines from causing wildfires. The workers for the utility company have been instructed to expand the amount of vegetation that they cut back around power equipment. Senior Vice President Scott Bolton said they will also turn off the power grid in certain…Continue Reading

Murdock: Supermajority is hurting Oregon

Murdock: Supermajority is hurting Oregon

PENDLETON, Oregon – As the Oregon Legislature’s Democratic supermajority moves slowly forward with the carbon emissions bill that is currently known as Cap and Invest, Republicans and some moderate Democrats warn that gas, natural gas, and other energy costs will soar while the measure will do nothing to reduce carbon emissions in the state. Umatilla…

College Place residents urged to conserve water

College Place residents urged to conserve water

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The city of College Place is urging residents to conserve water as work continues on reconstructing two of the city’s drinking water wells. Well No. 1, which is now being renamed Well No. 4, on Peppers Bridge Road has run into a delay. “Their drill bit broke, so they had to…

City reaches a decision on officer-owned surplus guns

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla City Council had several alternatives to consider last week regarding what to do with old police department firearms declared surplus. The alternatives ranged from simply destroying the weapons to allowing them to be traded. Mayor Barbara Clark said it was the latter alternative that the council approved which…

Airport-related items top the council agenda

Airport-related items top the council agenda

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton City Council has a busy agenda at its regular meeting tonight at 7 p.m. Several of the items involve issues related to the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport and the industrial park in that area. The Airport Commission will deliver its annual report to the city council. That report was not…

Navy and Echo farm reach $4.7 million easement agreement

Navy and Echo farm reach $4.7 million easement agreement

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Washington – The U.S. Navy, Trust for Public Land, and Northwest Rangeland have reached an agreement with Madison Ranches of Echo that will allow low-level test flights over 3,300 acres of farmland to continue without obstruction. In a prepared release, the Navy states that the restrictive-use easement will benefit agricultural lands, preserve water…

Forklift operator rolls equipment over in Mill Creek

Forklift operator rolls equipment over in Mill Creek

WALLA WALLA, Washington – A construction equipment operator was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center Monday afternoon after rolling a forklift into Mill Creek.  His identity and condition has not been released. Walla Walla Fire Department Captain Todd Stubblefield said the man was operating the forklift in the Mill Creek flood control channel just…

Debate begins over controversial cap and invest bill

Debate begins over controversial cap and invest bill

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon House of Representatives is scheduled to deliberate a controversial cap and invest bill today. State Rep. David Brock Smith (R-Port Orford) is the vice co-chair of the carbon reduction committee, and he said if House Bill 2020 passes, the cost will be felt at the pump. “You’ll be seeing what…

Road kill bill in heavy usage

Road kill bill in heavy usage

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon’s road kill salvage program, which started in January this year, is getting used frequently according to Oregon Fish and Wildlife. ODFW’s Adam Baylor said 298 permits have already been issued. “Mostly, we’ve been seeing the permits issued in western Oregon — everything west of the Cascades,” Baylor said. Under the provisions…

‘Habituated’ black bear killed by wildlife biologists near Hagg Lake

‘Habituated’ black bear killed by wildlife biologists near Hagg Lake

FOREST GROVE, Oregon — A black bear that got too used to people near Hagg Lake, southwest of Forest Grove, has been killed. It happened because people were feeding it. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received several reports about the bear. Rick Swart with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said their biologist found it…

Oregon’s cap and invest bill clears Senate

Oregon’s cap and invest bill clears Senate

SALEM, Oregon — A bill that would give tax credits to drivers, the timber and agricultural industries — who could be impacted if the cap and invest bill passes — passed the state Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 1051a would only go into effect if House Bill 2020, the cap and invest bill, also passes. State…

OSU grows its hemp efforts

OSU grows its hemp efforts

CORVALLIS, Oregon — Oregon State University is going to be a hub for hemp. The university known for its research will have the most comprehensive hemp research center in the nation. According to professors and researchers at OSU, Oregon is the perfect place to grow hemp. “Really the ideal latitude in this place where we…

Pacific Power plans to pull the plug on potential fires

Pacific Power plans to pull the plug on potential fires

PORTLAND, Oregon — Pacific Power is taking more aggressive action to prevent electrical lines from causing wildfires. The workers for the utility company have been instructed to expand the amount of vegetation that they cut back around power equipment. Senior Vice President Scott Bolton said they will also turn off the power grid in certain…