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County gears up for six-year appraisal cycle

County gears up for six-year appraisal cycle

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County Assessment and Taxation Office is working toward being able to re-appraise every property every six years. The county is currently finishing up the Pilot Rock area. Director Hugh Chalmers says his current staffing levels can handle the project, thanks to technological advances. “That’s the beauty of technology,” he said.…

Kimball addresses urban growth area issues

Kimball addresses urban growth area issues

WALLA WALLA, Washington – A week after the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners rejected a major part of the city of College Place’s application for two areas totaling 139 acres south of State Route 125 be added to its urban growth area, Commissioner Todd Kimball is offering further explanation. Kimball said a land-use analysis…

City urges water conservation

City urges water conservation

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The city of Walla Walla is urging residents to conserve water next week. Starting Monday, the city will be conducting a week-long water work project. It’s all part of the bigger Mill Creek Bridge, also known as the Wickersham Bridge replacement project. In order for the county to complete its work,…

Theft suspect tased by MFPD

Theft suspect tased by MFPD

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon – A theft suspect attempting to run from an officer was tased Tuesday morning on the 300 block of SW 6th. Marcus DeJesus, 29, of Milton-Freewater was allegedly carrying what was believed to be stolen fruit when a MFPD officer attempted to make contact at about 11:20 a.m. According to Chief Doug Boedigheimer,…

Ballot snafu is being fixed

Ballot snafu is being fixed

WALLA WALLA, Washington – As the Walla Walla County Elections Department prepares for the August 6 primary election, one issue expected to go before voters was missing from the online voter guide and the ballots – the city of College Place’s annexation into the county rural library district. My Columbia Basin noticed the error and…

Unsafe bridge forces trail closure

Unsafe bridge forces trail closure

PENDLETON, Oregon – U.S. National Forest Service officials on the North Fork John Day Ranger District have closed a piece of Big Creek Trail No. 3151 until further notice. The bridge that crosses Big Creek, which is about 1.5 miles uphill from the North Fork John Day River Trail, is the only creek crossing in…

Kyle Martz is being honored with scholarship fund

Kyle Martz is being honored with scholarship fund

WALLA WALLA, Washington –Whitman College is establishing a scholarship fund for international students in the name of Kyle Martz, 35, who was the victim of a homicide on July 8. Martz was the college’s international student and scholar advisor since 2015. Martz assisted current and prospective international students and alumni with the logistics of attending…

Roberts says only a few incidents marred Whisky Music Fest

Roberts says only a few incidents marred Whisky Music Fest

PENDLETON, Oregon – Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts says that the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest passed with only a few major incidents. A small number of people were arrested. Those were the ones who tried to re-enter the festival after they had been escorted out because they were heavily under the influence. Roberts said that…

General named grand marshal for PBW

General named grand marshal for PBW

HELIX, Oregon – To the U.S. Army, he’s Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, but to those who know him the Helix resident is Fred. Now retired, the man who once led the Oregon National Guard will lead a procession of motorcycles from the Pendleton Convention Center to the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport Wednesday on the…

City gets grant for wine production facility

City gets grant for wine production facility

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon – The city of Milton-Freewater has been successful in receiving a $230,000 grant from the state of Oregon to conduct a feasibility study on a wine production facility. “The wine production facility would enable dozens of local wineries located in the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater to produce their wines inside the Rocks District…