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Pursuit runs from Hermiston into Washington

Pursuit runs from Hermiston into Washington

  HERMISTON, Oregon – A pursuit that began in Hermiston ended on Interstate 82 in Washington Monday. Javier Noe Martinez, 29, of Umatilla had warrants out for several sex crimes. He now faces additional charges including reckless driving, attempt to elude, and possession of marijuana. Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston wrote that an officer spotted…

Mendoza in court on reduced charges

Mendoza in court on reduced charges

PENDLETON, Oregon – Cristine Mendoza, 46, of Umatilla County is being formally arraigned in the Sixth Circuit Court Tuesday morning. The charges against the woman are different than those she was facing when she was arrested by Umatilla County Sheriff’s deputies on Nov. 10 after she allegedly stabbed her significant other. “A police officer’s burden…

PDC to consider grant for new Round-Up building

PDC to consider grant for new Round-Up building

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Development Commission meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will consider awarding a Fresh Start grant to the Round-Up Association for its new building at the site of the old Albertson’s grocery store on Southwest Court Avenue. The estimated cost of the project is $3.6 million and is being built by…

Isaacs Avenue is open, but not done yet

Isaacs Avenue is open, but not done yet

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Travel between downtown Walla Walla to Eastgate just got easier as Isaacs Avenue from Division Street through Roosevelt Street has reopened. While the road is now open, the water, sewer and road improvement project is not quite finished as crews complete a bit of driveway and concrete work. Barrels are in…

City is appealing DEQ fine

City is appealing DEQ fine

PENDLETON, Oregon – Pendleton Public Works Director Bob Patterson says the city is waiting to hear when the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will hold its pre-appeal meeting. DEQ fined the city $86,977 for failing to implement storm water mitigation best management practices and required monitoring during the construction of the new fire station. “The…

Airport official has tips for holiday travelers

Airport official has tips for holiday travelers

WALLA WALLA, Washington – It’s that time of year when airports will be busy with holiday travelers. “As the holidays approach, you want to make sure you get to the airport early,” Walla Walla Regional Airport Director Jennifer Skoglund said. “If you have checked bags (arrive) at least 90 minutes before your departure time and…

Soto set for court appearance today

Soto set for court appearance today

HERMISTON, Oregon – Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus says Jesus Soto, 38, is in court Monday morning for a pretrial conference. He’s charged with first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, which is a Measure 11 crime with a mandatory minimum sentence of more than eight years. “We have trial dates that are set because of the…

Patterson: Budget cuts won’t work on street repair funding

Patterson: Budget cuts won’t work on street repair funding

PENDLETON, Oregon – The city of Pendleton has proposed various fees and taxes to come up with an extra $1.2 million for street repair. A number of citizens have asked why the city doesn’t just cut every department’s budget by one percent instead of asking the people to pay more. Public Works Director Bob Patterson…

Four cities get housing study grant

Four cities get housing study grant

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The cities of Walla Walla, College Place, Waitsburg and Dayton have received a $110,000 grant to develop a regional housing action plan. “The $110,000 will be utilized for a consultant and public outreach to produce a regional housing action plan that the four cities can implement,” Walla Walla Development Services Director…

Bipartisan cap and trade could be coming

Bipartisan cap and trade could be coming

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Legislature’s legislative days begins Monday in Salem. Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Athena) says they’ll take care of the normal business, which includes approving appointments from the governor’s office and making budget adjustments. He added that there could be something more controversial on the agenda. “I understand that there will be some…