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WWPD arrest man for firing gun near another man’s head

WWPD arrest man for firing gun near another man’s head

WALLA WALLA, Washington — A Walla Walla man was arrested after allegedly firing a gun near the head of another man for unknown reasons. Noel A. Perdoma, 39, was arrested for first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. According to a news release from the Walla Walla…

Alleged sex abuser has bail revoked

Alleged sex abuser has bail revoked

MORROW COUNTY, Oregon – A man who was out on bail facing nine counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse is back in jail again. Pendleton police picked up Tyler Allen Christian, 23, at his residence on Despain Avenue when Judge Dan Hill revoked his release. Christian made bail, but Hill had set stipulations that…

The uninsured are more than a $1 million burden to WWFD

The uninsured are more than a $1 million burden to WWFD

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Among the variety of calls the Walla Walla Fire Department responds to, many are welfare checks for people on the streets. Often someone calls 911 and reports they found someone passed out from alcohol or a possible drug overdose. “You can kind of gauge by the call as it comes in…

WWPS passes budget

WWPS passes budget

WALLA WALLA, Washington – School board members unanimously approved an $86.8 million general fund for 2019-2020 Walla Walla Public Schools year at the board meeting Tuesday. “This proposed budget represents the board’s and community’s continued emphasis and expectation to offer high quality progress and opportunities that lead to the long-term success for all of our…

PDC approves Vert grant funding on a split vote

PDC approves Vert grant funding on a split vote

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Development Commission has approved matching urban renewal funds with an Oregon Main Street grant for repairs at the Vert Auditorium. The vote was 5 to 4. City Manager Robb Corbett said the work on the Vert was part of a grant applied for by downtown merchants. “The Pendleton Downtown Association…

County unemployment creeps up in July

County unemployment creeps up in July

THE DALLES, Oregon – The number of people without jobs in Umatilla County grew slightly in July. Oregon Employment Department Regional Economist Dallas Fridley said there was an increase of 0.2 percent in the seasonally-adjusted rate. “It was 5.2 percent,” he said. “Ranked among Oregon’s 36 counties, that placed Umatilla in 25th place in July.…

Fatigue causes two car accident near Walla Walla

Fatigue causes two car accident near Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Two people were injured Thursday morning on State Route 125 about one mile north of Walla Walla. The Washington State Patrol said Samantha N. Garcia, 22, of Prescott was traveling southbound on State Route 125 at about 5:56 a.m. when she crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle driven by Ryan…

County commissioners set goals

County commissioners set goals

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners has set a total of 13 goals that it intends to address in the coming year. Chairman George Murdock says that the first two goals directly address the role the county will play in illustrating to state officials the importance of rural counties. Goal 1 is…

County is working on budget shortfall

County is working on budget shortfall

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Walla Walla County has an $875,000 budget shortfall. Commissioner Greg Tompkins said employees are aware of it and are trying to help solve the problem. The commissioners recently went out and met with every department. Tompkins said department heads were asked to show commissioners the employees they had, what they are…

WWFD credits DNR with slow wildfire season

WWFD credits DNR with slow wildfire season

WALLA WALLA, Washington – While some fire departments in Washington have been busier than usual this summer, it’s been very slow for the Walla Walla Fire Department. Chief Bob Yancey said the department has been lucky as it has only been involved in three to four state mobilizations, and each of those were short in…