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Wolves kill alpaca in Union County

- The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed wolves killed an alpaca Sunday on private land in Union County.

Meetings to focus on rule changes for Walla Walla sub-basin groundwater

- The Oregon Water Resources Department will host a pair of meetings Monday and Tuesday in Umatilla County to discuss new rules in the Walla Walla sub-basin.

Farm Bureau president addresses national issues at Pendleton meeting

- American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall delivered the keynote address Thursday at the Oregon Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Pendleton.

Climate coalition gains momentum as nonprofit

- One year after becoming a formal nonprofit organization, the Eastern Oregon Climate Change Coalition is ready to broaden its outreach.

OSP grapples with poaching, waste

- Wildlife troopers in Eastern Oregon are investigating a string of animal poaching and waste cases from over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Dead llama ruled ‘probable’ wolf attack

- A llama killed on private land in Union County was ruled a ‘probable’ wolf attack by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Hermiston Farm Fair highlights latest research, trends

- The 44th annual Hermiston Farm Fair featured a number of new seminars Thursday, including organic crops, precision irrigation and pollinators.

Food processors air grievances at Cleaner Air Oregon


While few people attended Tuesday’s public hearing in Pendleton about proposed regulations for industrial air polluters, one industry in particular was on hand to express its displeasure with Cleaner Air Oregon: f...

Region plan calls for connectivity of non-motorized trails

- After three rounds of public outreach, project leaders expect to release a draft version of the Blue Mountain Region Trails Plan later this winter.

Declining workforce leaves Smith Frozen Foods short-shifted

- Smith Frozen Foods is having a hard time filling shifts during harvest, based on issues with labor shortage experienced across the agricultural industry.

HHS students bring agricultural lessons to elementary schools

- More than 50 students from Hermiston High School participated in the annual fall Agriculture in the Classroom tour, visiting elementary schools across town.

Hermiston FFA team headed to national convention

- The Hermiston FFA veterinary science team took first place in state competition Saturday, Nov. 18 at HHS.

Real-time energy market eclipses $100M milestone

- PacifiCorp has announced the Western Energy Imbalance Market with California ISO has yielded more than $100 million in customer savings.

Retail battlefield: Walmart vs. Amazon in Eastern Oregon


Two of the biggest names in retail are investing serious money in Umatilla and Morrow counties as they wage a multi-billion dollar battle for the hearts and wallets of consumers across the globe.

Walmart, which has...

BLM approves 300-mile transmission line

- The Bureau of Land Management has signed its record of decision for the Boardman to Hemingway transmission line across Eastern Oregon.

Pendleton students transform old cabin into dog houses

- Students at Sunridge Middle School in Pendleton tore down an old Outdoor School cabin and used the material to make dog houses for PAWS.

Bellinger re-elected to Westland board

- Incumbent Jack Bellinger was re-elected Tuesday to the Westland Irrigation District board of directors, defeating challenger Ray Vogt.

Groups ask governor to reopen wolf killing case

- An alliance of 18 conservation groups is asking Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to reopen the state’s investigation into the killing of a wolf Oct. 27 in Union County.

Bills take different tacks to covering wildfire costs

- Oregon Rep. Greg Walden and Sen. Ron Wyden are backing different bills to address the issue of ‘fire borrowing’ to pay for fighting wildfires.

Umatilla reconsiders OSU Extension Service District, will give voters a choice

- Voters in the city of Umatilla will have a chance to weigh in on the proposed Oregon State University Extension Service District, after all.

OSP trooper keeps hunting fair in the forest

- Dain Gardner, senior trooper with the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, has a big job patrolling hunting grounds during elk season.

Westland Water Users hope to educate, not miss future opportunities

- A group of Westland Irrigation District patrons is mounting a public information campaign after missing out on Columbia River water supplies.

Elk hunter shoots wolf, claims self-defense

- A 38-year-old elk hunter from Clackamas shot and killed a wolf Oct. 27 in Union County, claiming self-defense.

Forest reform bill passes House

- The U.S. House of Representatives has once again passed a bill that would expedite forest thinning projects to protect against large wildfires.

Hermiston company hit with DEQ fine

- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined a Hermiston company $29,534 for operating without a water pollution control permit.

Power outage places TRCI on lockdown

- A lengthy power outage placed Two Rivers Correctional Institution on lockdown Saturday, except for laundry services, which continued.

Buckaroos, Bulldogs wage final battle on gridiron

- The 92nd and final War on 84 played out with fans on both sides remembering the series’ legacy and intensity.

Coalition rallies support for ‘cap and invest’ bill in Pendleton

- Supporters of a proposed “cap and invest” bill in Oregon touted its environmental and economic benefits at a meeting Wednesday in Pendleton.

PGG building up for auction in Milton-Freewater

- Bids are due Nov. 15 for the former Pendleton Grain Growers building in Milton-Freewater, which has hit the auction block.

Tree-free pulp may benefit Umatilla County farmers

- Columbia Pulp has broken ground on a new mill using wheat straw, instead of wood, to create pulp for paper products.

Bag limit increased for steelhead fisheries

- The steelhead bag limit has been increased to two hatchery fish for several northeast Oregon rivers after being reduced earlier this year.

Landowners, foresters fight fires by treating trees in Umatilla County

- Following another severe wildfire season in Oregon, landowners and state foresters are emphasizing the need to boost fire resiliency in the woods.

40 Taps fundraiser to benefit PAWS

- 40 Taps will host its third annual fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 4 to benefit the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter.

Feds, commissioners sort through grazing issues in Forest Plan revision

- Local county commissioners met Monday with the Forest Service and other agencies to discuss the ongoing Blue Mountains Forest Plan revision.