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City to determine fate of urban renewal district

City to determine fate of urban renewal district

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Urban Renewal District is set to expire in three years. The city council, which serves the district as the Pendleton Development Commission, is discussing its fate. City Manager Robb Corbett says he’s leaning toward extending the district. “It’s growing into a benefit that can increasingly improve the oldest part of…

Tribes keep watch on Olympia, Salem

Tribes keep watch on Olympia, Salem

MISSION, Oregon – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has its eye on the Washington Legislature and will soon be focused on the Oregon Legislature. The session in Olympia began Jan. 13, while Oregon’s starts Feb. 3. Legislative Affairs Director Jane Hill said her office recently met with Rep. Skyler Rude (R-Walla Walla).…

Warm February can impact growers

Warm February can impact growers

PENDLETON, Oregon – Another warm spell is hitting the region, and meteorologist Dennis Hull says February is looking like it will be warmer than normal. The warmer temperatures can impact farmers and gardeners. “If you start getting blooms going in March, you’ve got about four to six weeks that you have to worry about a…

Council approves fire contract, police department vehicle purchase

Council approves fire contract, police department vehicle purchase

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla City Council approved Wednesday a three-year fire employees labor contract retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019 and the purchase of two new vehicles for the police department. City Manager Nabiel Shawa said the fire contract settlement was a long process. “This is many months of negotiation,” Shawa said. He…

Annual homelessness count underway in Walla Walla

Annual homelessness count underway in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health is conducting its one-time count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness today, whether they are sheltered or unsheltered. The annual Point in Time Count is required for every county in the state by the Homeless Housing and Assistance Act and is also a…

Wanted man with local ties is found dead

Wanted man with local ties is found dead

STEVENS COUNTY, Washington – A man who grew up in Umatilla has been found dead in Stevens County Washington. Spokane police were searching for Andrew Beitel, 46, since Saturday on domestic violence charges. The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office did not release the cause of death and also did not report the exact location of the…

Tsosie’s settlement conference is canceled, and then scheduled again

Tsosie’s settlement conference is canceled, and then scheduled again

Update at 9:30 a.m. 1-23-20 PENDLETON, Oregon – The scheduling conflict that forced Shayla Record Tsosie’s settlement conference to be pulled from the schedule has been rectified. Judge William Cramer will be in Pendleton on March 13 to conduct the conference. In a settlement conference, a judge from outside the district hears both sides and…

City plans infrastructure projects

City plans infrastructure projects

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Walla Walla Public Works Director Ki Bealey reports there are two infrastructure projects in the works for the new year. Design work has begun for a 6,500 foot sewer main replacement project on portions of Washington Street, Park Alley, Francis Street and Delmas Street. Funded by wastewater utility rate revenues, Washington…

PDC starts exploring options for derelict apartments

PDC starts exploring options for derelict apartments

PENDLETON, Oregon – Apartments were on the agenda for both the Pendleton Development Commission and the Pendleton City Council meetings Tuesday night. The PDC began to study a way to solve the problems raised by the blighted Edwards Apartments on Southeast Dorion Avenue. Mayor John Turner said that building is the source of most of…

County will try again to sell center

County will try again to sell center

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners is trying once again to sell the Community Service Center building at 1520 Kelly Place, which is home to several organizations. “When we purchased Kelly Place the county was directly providing services,” Commissioner Greg Tompkins said. “Now that we have transitioned out providing direct…