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Depot land inches closer to local control

Depot land inches closer to local control

BOARDMAN, Oregon – One of the final hurdles to taking possession of the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot land from the U.S. Army has been cleared. Columbia Development Authority Executive Director Greg Smith says the CDA Board of Directors and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees have reached an agreement on…

Open house planned on Isaacs project

Open house planned on Isaacs project

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The city of Walla Walla and Culbert Construction, Inc. will begin a major street improvement project on Isaacs Avenue from Division Street to Tausick Way at the end of this month. An open house to explain the project staging, traffic control, and impacts on property owners is set for tomorrow (Thursday)…

Funland will rise from the ashes

Funland will rise from the ashes

HERMISTON, Oregon – The community came together at this week’s Hermiston City Council meeting to ensure that Hermiston’s Funland Playground at Butte Park is rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire last week. Police Chief Jason Edmiston said the effort will be led by Mayor David Drotzman. “The mayor will put together a task force…

Elementary school principal candidates are announced

Elementary school principal candidates are announced

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Walla Walla Public Schools has named the two finalists for the principal position at Edison Elementary School. Both are from Oregon school districts. Parents and staff can meet both candidates Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the school library at Edison Elementary School. JP Richards currently serves as the director…

Bike path construction is moving forward

Bike path construction is moving forward

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – Construction has begun on Whitman Drive West from the College Place city limits to Last Chance Road. The project will provide a separated 12-foot wide concrete share-use path and buffered bicycle lanes for just a bit more than two miles in length. At a cost of $1.95 million, the Walla Walla…

Meza and Rowe are sentenced

Meza and Rowe are sentenced

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla man involved in a hostage situation in February that resulted in an officer-involved use of force and a state Department of Corrections employee from College Place charged with a drug smuggling attempt were both sentenced Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court. According to Walla Walla County Prosecutor…

GOP brokers a deal with the Dems

GOP brokers a deal with the Dems

SALEM, Oregon – Monday saw Republicans return to the Senate at the state capitol, following a walkout that had left the Democratic supermajority without a quorum last week. That meant the Dems couldn’t pass House Bill 3427, which includes a gross receipts tax on large businesses earmarked for K-12 education. When they returned, the school…

Alleged murderer found competent to stand trial

Alleged murderer found competent to stand trial

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Eastern State Hospital has found a man charged with fatally stabbing a Walla Walla woman in March that he met online and was living with is competent to stand trial following a court-ordered competency evaluation. Brandon Crispi, 24, is charged with first-degree murder and motor vehicle theft in the death of…

Smith: PERS reform comes with problems

Smith: PERS reform comes with problems

SALEM, Oregon – The Democrats in the Oregon Legislature are offering up a plan to reform the Public Employees Retirement System. It’s been in the works for months and would ease employee contributions and refinance the state’s pension debt. Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) says he’s evaluating it, but isn’t sure it will fly legally. “We…

Council to consider grant to fill sidewalk gaps

Council to consider grant to fill sidewalk gaps

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The College Place City Council will consider doing something about sidewalk gaps and, in a related matter, consider a motion to sign a statement of acceptance letter for a Washington Traffic Safety Commission School Walk Route Improvement Project Grant. Sidewalk gaps throughout the city have been a problem for a long…