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There’s a new way to get in at 5 WW schools

There’s a new way to get in at 5 WW schools

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Starting Monday, the front doors of five campuses will be locked during instructional hours until dismissal. The new visitor entry systems were installed at Berney Elementary, Edison Elementary, Green Park Elementary, Sharpstein Elementary and Garrison Middle School this summer as part of the bond program to improve district safety and security.…

PSD board to consider bond refinance

PSD board to consider bond refinance

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton School District Board of Directors meets Monday at 6 p.m., and one of the items on the agenda is refinancing the general obligation bond that was passed in 2014. Business Services Director Michelle Jones estimates that there could be a net savings of $3 million with that refinancing over the…

Council to take street repair issue to the streets

Council to take street repair issue to the streets

PENDLETON, Oregon – The first of three community meetings seeking input on how to pay for street repair is Monday at 7 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center. Mayor John Turner says it is vital to hear back from citizens. “We want people to come,” he said. “If they can’t come to those meetings, there’s…

All-terrain and utility task vehicles get the green light

All-terrain and utility task vehicles get the green light

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Expect to see all-terrain vehicles and utility-task vehicles on the streets of Walla Walla by the end of the month, but there are exceptions. The Walla Walla city council has approved by a vote of 5 to 1 an ordinance allowing the use of ATVs and UTVs on city streets. Sections…

County to state: Where’s the money?

County to state: Where’s the money?

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is excited to receive state funding to expand the intake area of the jail. Commissioner John Shafer says there’s just one problem – getting the money. “I got an email from the sheriff, saying, ‘We know we got the funds, but how do we get them,” Shafer…

Warming station sets more volunteer trainings

Warming station sets more volunteer trainings

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Warming Station is getting ready to open on Nov. 15. Neighbor to Neighbor Executive Director Dwight Johnson said the shelter for the homeless is currently remodeling its kitchen to better serve its guests, who come any night when the forecast calls for below-freezing temperatures. Last year, the Warming Station was…

Pasco man killed Saturday in I-84 and US 395 interchange collision

Pasco man killed Saturday in I-84 and US 395 interchange collision

Press Release from Oregon State Police STANFIELD, Oregon — Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon’s fatal crash that occurred at the I-84 and US 395 Interchange in Umatilla County. On Saturday, at approximately 2:18 p.m., OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on US…

Man confesses to shooting coworker

Man confesses to shooting coworker

WALLA WALLA COUNTY, Washington — New details have come to light surrounding Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a man in western Walla Walla County. Court documents show Edgar Alejandro Chavez-Beltran, 29, of Walla Walla called dispatch at about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday advising he had shot a man twice in the head who he claimed tried to…

Man accused of smashing up kitchen arrested

Man accused of smashing up kitchen arrested

WAITSBURG, Washington – The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Thursday afternoon on multiple charges after it was reported he was using a baseball bat to smash things inside a home. According to WWCSO Chief Deputy Richard Schram, the mother of Markes A. Cantrell called dispatch to report she had fled from her…

2020 street repair list is in the works

2020 street repair list is in the works

PENDLETON, Oregon – Every year after the Round-Up, Pendleton Public Works Department staff gets busy on a list of street repair projects for the next year. Director Bob Patterson says the list should be done by the end of this month. “2020 is right around the corner and the city council has established a budget…