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Pendleton officers attacked during arrest

Pendleton officers attacked during arrest

PENDLETON, Oregon – Two Pendleton police officers were attacked early Sunday morning when they responded to an anonymous report that a man on Southeast 18th Street was acting irrationally. When they arrived, they report that Jason Allen Leis, 34, appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine. The officers felt Leis was a danger to…

CTUIR hires new executive director

CTUIR hires new executive director

MISSION, Oregon – After 20 months of interim executive directors, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has hired Ted Wright to fill the position left vacant when Dave Tovey resigned in in February 2016. His first day on the job was Dec. 3. “He has hit the ground running,” Director of Communications Chuck…

WW Parks and Rec pleased with new budget

WW Parks and Rec pleased with new budget

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Walla Walla’s Parks and Recreation Director Andy Coleman says he’s happy with the department’s 2019-2020 budget following recent approval by city council. City council approved the city’s budget at the most recent council meeting. According to Coleman, the department has several items on its 2019-20 calendars, starting with putting a new…

Council approves electricity rate increase

Council approves electricity rate increase

HERMISTON, Oregon – The Hermiston City Council approved a proposal from Hermiston Energy Services to raise rates across the board at its regular meeting last night. The city-owned utility says it needs the rate increase because of the rising cost of wholesale power from Bonneville Power Administration, and the cost of administering the system from…

City is considering state-of-the-art water meters

City is considering state-of-the-art water meters

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – With most of the water meters in College Place reaching 50 years in age, City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello says the city is looking to upgrade the meters in 2019. According to Rizzitiello, the 2019 budget seeks to replace water meters citywide with radio-read water meters.  Radio-read meters use technology to automatically…

Hermiston council to revisit request to raise electricity rates

Hermiston council to revisit request to raise electricity rates

HERMISTON, Oregon – The Hermiston City Council continues its discussion on raising electrical rates for Hermiston Energy Services, the city-owned utility. The issue was raised at the last council meeting. Today it will be the subject of a work session at 6 p.m. and is scheduled for a vote after the regular meeting begins at…

Two busy streets to undergo improvements

Two busy streets to undergo improvements

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – Two well-traveled streets within College Place will undergo improvements in 2019, thanks to grant funding coming through. According to City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello, the city recently was notified of the money from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board being awarded to College Place. The city will use that grant money for both…

Confrontation at CP Walmart between officers and wanted man leads to arrest

Confrontation at CP Walmart between officers and wanted man leads to arrest

News Release from College Place Police Department COLLEGE PLACE, Washington — On December 7, 2018 an off-duty College Place Police Officer recognized a wanted individual while shopping at Walmart. The suspect was identified as 34 year old College Place resident Marco A. Martinez who had a felony warrant for possession of a stolen firearm and possession…

It’s official: No BUILD grant for Exit 209 redesign

PENDLETON, Oregon – The city of Pendleton has officially been notified that it did not receive a U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for 2018. When grants for railroad projects at the Port of Morrow and Coos Bay were announced yesterday, it was speculated that USDOT was staggering the…