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High school students accidentally pepper-sprayed

High school students accidentally pepper-sprayed

  WALLA WALLA, Washington – Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time — a group of high school students were overcome by pepper spray while walking through an alley between South Third and South Fourth avenues near Lincoln High School Monday afternoon during their lunch break. According to Walla Walla Police…

Murdock takes chairmanship reins

Murdock takes chairmanship reins

PENDLETON, Oregon – At Wednesday’s meeting of the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners, it was decided that Commissioner George Murdock will take over the chairmanship, and Commissioner John Shafer will serve as vice chairman. That comes as Commissioner Bill Elfering has stepped away from the leadership post for medical reasons. Elfering will remain on the…

WWFD looks at utility fee fairness questions

WWFD looks at utility fee fairness questions

WALLA WALLA, Washington – As the Walla Walla City Council continues to dive into questions regarding the Walla Walla Fire Department’s proposed ambulance utility fee, the department itself is addressing concerns about rate itself and whether or not the rate is fair. In the original proposal, WWFD asked council to approve a $3.50 per month…

Bureau of Reclamation issues statement, flood meeting is tonight

Bureau of Reclamation issues statement, flood meeting is tonight

PENDLETON, Oregon – A community meeting to discuss the McKay Creek Flood will be held at 6 p.m. today at Sherwood Heights Elementary School. Umatilla County Commissioner John Shafer says one of the goals is to separate the truth from the rumors about the event. “The people who are going to be doing most of…

College Place considers leasing police vehicles

College Place considers leasing police vehicles

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – As the city of College Place’s staff looks at growth, Mayor Harvey Crowder said the group is also looking at how to pay for it and what’s the best and most efficient way of operating the city. Presently the city council is looking into at how it’s going to pay for…

Gas prices keep climbing

Gas prices keep climbing

PORTLAND, Oregon – Gas prices shoot sky high for the second week in a row. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is up eight cents to $2.83. Oregon’s average moves up 13 cents to $3.31 a gallon, while Washington state’s rises 12 cents to $3.41. In this region, prices aren’t as high…

Counties prepare for grand jury recordings

Counties prepare for grand jury recordings

HEPPNER, Oregon – Beginning July 1, all grand jury proceedings in the state must be recorded. The Oregon Legislature put the responsibility for that, along with the cost of implementing it, on the shoulders of the state’s district attorney’s offices. Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson said he could never figure out what possible problem…

Commissioners dealing with budget shortfall

Commissioners dealing with budget shortfall

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Greg Tompkins, who was re-appointed to the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners in January, said a big concern of his right now is the county’s budget. With an $874,000 budget shortfall, Tompkins said he doesn’t know what the county is going to do, but everyone is working to help solve…

Peeper gets parole

Peeper gets parole

This story was updated to reflect the judge giving the sentence, and to correct the spelling of Mr. Hansen’s first name.) UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon – The La Grande man accused of recording videos of women in the restrooms at the Pilot Travel Center in La Grande appeared in Sixth Circuit Court this week. Umatilla County…

Communities assess damages, state denies emergency declaration

Communities assess damages, state denies emergency declaration

PENDLETON, Oregon – Both the Pendleton City Council and the Umatilla City Council will consider declaring a state of emergency because of the weekend flood. The Pendleton council has added it to the agenda for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. The Umatilla council is holding an emergency meeting at around 8 p.m. to take…