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Operation Wildfire by the numbers

Operation Wildfire by the numbers

PENDLETON, Oregon – Statistics from Operation Wildfire have been released by the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team. The action which involved multiple law enforcement agencies saw 54 people arrested and 16 children taken into protective custody or placed with responsible adults. Three firearms and a set of brass knuckles were seized, and three residential search…

Two fires are ‘suspicious’

Two fires are ‘suspicious’

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Over the past two weeks, Walla Walla firefighters responded to two late night fires. Both blazes are deemed to be suspicious in nature, although the fire department is currently not able to declare either fire to be a case of arson. The first was a commercial building fire on Jan. 7…

Corbett’s cuts include selling the Vert

Corbett’s cuts include selling the Vert

PENDLETON, Oregon – Pendleton City Manager Robb Corbett was given an assignment from the city council. He was to find money to beef up the street repair fund to $1.2 million without raising fees or attempting to institute new taxes. He has to make up a shortfall of $185,000. He found the money, and he…

Get ready for Phase 7 of Highway 12 project

Get ready for Phase 7 of Highway 12 project

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Drivers who frequently travel along U.S. Highway 12 west of Walla Walla will soon see crews working to move dirt. It’s all part of Phase 7 of the new four-lane highway build between Nine Mile Hill and Frenchtown. According to Walla Walla County Commissioner Todd Kimball dirt should be moving in…

Four council seats up for election in CP this year

Four council seats up for election in CP this year

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – Four out of the seven city council positions are up for grabs in 2019. Every two years, College Place voters get to pick new council members. Positions 4, 5, 6 and 7 are currently held by Loren Peterson, Melodie Selby, Heather Schermann and Larry Dickerson; their seats up for election this…

Alleged predator is back in jail

Alleged predator is back in jail

WALLA WALLA, Washington – A Burbank man who remained free pending trial following his arrest last year of alleged sex crimes is now back in jail. Jonathan Turner, 38, was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree child molestation and voyeurism. He was arrested in Walla…

Trial begins today for Hassan

Trial begins today for Hassan

PENDLETON, Oregon – The trial of Hussein Hassan, 65, begins today in Pendleton. “This is the Pilot Rock individual that’s been charged with a couple of counts of sex abuse in the first degree,” Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said. “This is a Courtroom 3 matter, and Ms. Jenkins is preparing herself for it.”…

Search for new commissioner moves forward

Search for new commissioner moves forward

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Progress is being made in filling the vacancy left on the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners following the sudden death of District No. 3 Commissioner Jim Duncan last month. “Names are being submitted to the (local) Republican Party of people who are interested in the job and then the (local)…

It’s back to the drawing board for BUILD grant

It’s back to the drawing board for BUILD grant

PENDLETON, Oregon – The city of Pendleton was not successful in its first attempt to get a federal grant for the redesign of Exit 209 at Interstate 84. Public Works Director Bob Patterson says the stakeholders will sit down with an official from the U.S. Department of Transportation today. “We’re going to go through our…

Heritage Square gets re-design approval

Heritage Square gets re-design approval

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Walla Walla’s city council has approved the redesign concept for Heritage Square. The proposal, which was presented by the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, is to make the park function as a town square. Added amenities would be a stage, permanent shade structures and better access and viewing of Mill…