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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…

Winter won’t let go

Winter won’t let go

PENDLETON – Unsettled weather remains in the forecast for another week. National Weather Service Hydrologist Marilyn Lohmann said that it will be unseasonably cold. “Highs Friday and then into Saturday will only be right around 50,” she said. “Then another storm system is coming to us on Saturday night and into Sunday bringing a chance…

Second COVID-19 case reported in Morrow County

Second COVID-19 case reported in Morrow County

  The following news release is from Morrow County Emergency Services: Morrow County Public Health Department has confirmed a second individual has tested positive for COVID-19.  OHA investigative guidelines are being followed and any individual deemed to be at risk will be contacted. The investigation is on-going and it appears the first and second cases…

Two new cases of COVID-19 in Walla Walla County

Two new cases of COVID-19 in Walla Walla County

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health confirmed Tuesday two new positive cases of coronavirus, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to seven. The two new cases involved a College Place man in his 40s and a man in his 50s from the Burbank area. Both exposures are from…

Drive-through COVID-19 clinic opens

Drive-through COVID-19 clinic opens

This story contains new information at the end of the article WALLA WALLA — Providence Medical Group is now offering drive-through screening and testing at Urgent Care for people with symptoms of COVID-19. The drive-through clinic is located at the white tent on the north side of Urgent Care, 1025 S. Second Ave. and is…

Morrow and Umatilla counties show unemployment jump

Morrow and Umatilla counties show unemployment jump

THE DALLES – There was good news for the region’s economy in February, but then came March. Oregon Employment Department Regional Economist Dallas Fridley says the jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in February in Umatilla County and fell one-tenth of a percent in Morrow County. The COVID-19 orders issued by Gov. Kate Brown…