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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…

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…

Walla Walla to host FireWise Meeting

Walla Walla to host FireWise Meeting

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Walla Walla County Emergency Management, in partnership with Walla Walla County Fire District 4, will host a FireWise meeting, Tuesday, June 18 at Fire District No. 4’s Mill Creek Fire Station located at 6549 Mill Creek Road. The hour-long meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. “Attendees will learn about 2019 wildfire predictions,…

Homeless population adds to summertime crime

Homeless population adds to summertime crime

PENDLETON, Oregon – Warm weather brings a new set of crimes, and area law enforcement is already experiencing the uptick. Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts says officers are already responding to theft reports from open vehicle windows and backyard sheds, and many of those are being committed by the homeless population. Numerous court rulings make…

BMCC stands alone against tuition hikes

BMCC stands alone against tuition hikes

PENDLETON, Oregon – Every community college and state university is hiking tuition for the next school year, except for one. Blue Mountain Community College will not charge its students more. “We’re the only institution in the state of Oregon who is not raising tuition this year,” BMCC President Dennis Bailey-Fougnier said. “So, whether it’s one…

City gets ready to enforce fireworks laws

City gets ready to enforce fireworks laws

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Independence Day is less than a month away and the discussion concerning fireworks has come up again among Walla Walla city council members. Specifically, the council has been questioning how police officers should respond to fireworks calls, along with concerns over the city’s noise and fireworks ordinances. Mayor Barbara Clark said…