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Local agencies review Mill Creek study

Local agencies review Mill Creek study

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The three-year general investigation study on the Mill Creek Flood Control is well underway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Walla Walla District is working in partnership with its non-federal sponsor, Walla Walla County, to analyze the overall flood risk Mill Creek poses to Walla Walla and surrounding communities. According to the…

New wind, solar agreement will add STEAM to schools

New wind, solar agreement will add STEAM to schools

HEPPNER, Oregon – The Morrow County Board of Commissioners approved the signing of an amended Strategic Investment Program agreement between the county and Wheatridge Wind Energy LLC and Wheatridge Solar Energy Center LLC. The amended agreement allows for the addition of up to 150 megawatts of solar electricity to be added to the wind energy…

Council at an impasse on parade permits, fees

Council at an impasse on parade permits, fees

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton City Council is deadlocked, by a 4-4 vote, on whether to require parade permits and let the chief of police set a permit fee depending on the event’s cost to the city. Mayor John Turner thought he could cast the tie-breaking vote on the resolution and the ordinance involved. It…

Slight school schedule change approved

Slight school schedule change approved

News Release from Walla Walla School District WALLA WALLA, Washington — Following weeks of study and input, school board members unanimously approved the Transportation/School Time Efficiency proposal which will save more than $400,000 a year in transportation costs by adjusting and aligning school start times. All elementary schools will start at approximately 7:50 to 8 a.m.…

WWFD seeks consultant for RFA idea

WWFD seeks consultant for RFA idea

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The concept of having a Rural Fire Authority is catching fire between the fire departments Walla Walla County and the cities of College Place and Walla Walla. “We met last week with the paid and volunteer staffs for (Walla Walla County) Fire District No. 4 and College Place and the city…

Walla Walla native killed in the line of duty in Kittitas

Walla Walla native killed in the line of duty in Kittitas

Press Release from Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office ELLENSBURG, Washington — Last night’s officer-involved shooting claimed the life of Kittitas County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Thompson. Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez was wounded in the shooting and is currently at Harborview Medical Center. Deputy Thompson was 42 years old. He was born and raised in Walla Walla and…

Court sentences Sally, Turner

Court sentences Sally, Turner

WALLA WALLA, Washington – A Walla Walla woman who pled guilty last month to a charge of hit and run-fatality, and a Burbank man who entered a guilty plea to charges related to child molestation, both received prison sentences Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court. Destinee N. Sally, 26, was sentenced to 41…

Bicycle-rider Ryder rides to jail

Bicycle-rider Ryder rides to jail

HERMISTON, Oregon – Tyrone Wayne Ryder Jr., 28, of Hermiston was pulled over after crossing West Hermiston Avenue late Sunday night for not having proper lighting on his bicycle. By the time the city ordinance violation was complete, Ryder found himself facing serious felony charges. Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston said Ryder provided a false…

Corps monitoring Mill Creek; flooding is unlikely

Corps monitoring Mill Creek; flooding is unlikely

WALLA WALLA, Washington – There’s an above normal snow-pack in the Blue Mountains and that means the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is keeping a close eye on the amount of water the melting snow is producing. “What we’re monitoring as we go forward into the future is how rapidly the temperatures warm up and…

NACo offers broadband app

NACo offers broadband app

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Counties is offering an app that will instantly test broadband speeds. Umatilla County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bill Elfering says the app, called TestIT, does more than give its user information. It also will help NACo point the federal government in the right direction to help improve broadband…