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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.

ODOT bracing for winter with new plows, salt

- Snow is already starting to fly in the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon, and ODOT says it is prepared with new plows and salt for local highways.

Hermiston FFA soil evaluation team headed to state

- The Hermiston High School FFA soil evaluation team is heading to state competition after winning the local event Monday at Threemile Canyon Farms.

Canadian company pursuing 350-MW wind farm near Echo

- Capital Power Corporation, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is looking to build a 350-megawatt wind farm near Echo in Umatilla County.

Cities put proposed tax districts on ballot, minus one

- Cities in Umatilla and Morrow counties have passed resolutions putting the proposed Oregon State University Extension Service districts to voters, minus one.

Lawmakers focus on air pollution from wildfire

- This summer’s Oregon wildfires created the same amount of carbon emissions as 3 million passenger cars do in a year.

Walden tours new BMCC facilities

- U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) was on hand Friday to tour new and renovated facilities at Blue Mountain Community College.

BMCC celebrates grand opening of FARM in Pendleton

- Blue Mountain Community College celebrated the grand opening of its new agricultural building Thursday at the school’s Pendleton campus.

Water district patrons drop suit against OWRD

- A group of Westland Irrigation District plaintiffs has dismissed its case against the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Drill, baby, drill: Agencies practice emergency response to Columbia River oil spill

- The Washington State Department of Ecology, BNSF Railway and Andeavor practiced their oil spill response procedures on the Columbia River Wednesday at Hat Rock State Park.

Benches honor Vietnam soldiers in Hermiston

- The Hermiston High School class of 1967 dedicated two park benches to honor classmates and Vietnam soldiers Dick Miller and John Ware.

Wolf numbers growing in Mount Emily, Meacham

- Wolves are making their home in the Mount Emily and Walla Walla units of northeast Oregon, with four packs and three additional pairs or groups.

Wildfire season sparks calls for forestry reform

- Oregon lawmakers are pressing for forestry reform following this year’s record-breaking wildfire season.

Juniper mill illustrates ‘new natural resource economy’

- A University of Oregon study aims to support the new ways businesses are utilizing natural resources in rural Eastern Oregon.

Tollgate Store & Restaurant draws potential buyers

- The Tollgate Store & Restaurant is attracting interest among potential buyers after closing earlier this year.

Eagles Lodge dances the night away during Round-Up

- The Pendleton Eagles Lodge is a popular spot for dancing and live music during Round-Up week.

Little buckaroos ride and play at Children’s Rodeo

- The annual Children’s Rodeo was held Thursday morning at the Pendleton Round-Up, with about 45 kids participating.

Round-Up celebrates Farmers Ending Hunger

- Wednesday was Farmers Ending Hunger Day at the Pendleton Round-Up, where the organization received $10,000 in donations.

Task force returns from Eagle Creek fire

- A local task force of firefighters has returned after serving nine days on the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

TETWP, Children’s Rodeo coming Thursday to Pendleton Round-Up

- Thursday is Tough Enough To Wear Pink and Children’s Rodeo day at the Pendleton Round-Up.

‘Era of Megafires’ coming to Pendleton

- A presentation highlighting the trend of megafires will be held Sept. 20 at the Vert Auditorium in Pendleton.

Happy Canyon Night Show

- Cultures come together for the century-old pageant


- Hosts of hospitality hold Twilight Breakfast to raise money for community

Out with the old smoke, in with the new

- A change in the weather means northeast Oregon could soon be saying goodbye to wildfire smoke from Montana, and hello to smoke from the Columbia Gorge.

Archery hunters face challenge amid smoke, heat

- Hot and dry conditions are making life difficult for bow hunters as archery season gets underway in northeast Oregon.

Pendleton native featured for homemade apparel

- Pendleton native Sydelle Harrison has been featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine for her homemade clothing line, Kanaine.

August was hotter, drier than normal in Pendleton

- Temperatures averaged higher than normal at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton during the month of August.

Bag limits lowered for summer steelhead

- Bag limits have been reduced to one fish per day for hatchery summer steelhead on the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers.

Acreage reduction means better prices for potato growers

- Early season potatoes are being harvested around Hermiston, and growers are so far encouraged by what they see.

Study: dams led to salmon die-off on Snake River

- A study released earlier this month models how dams were responsible for lethally hot water that killed sockeye salmon on the lower Snake River in 2015.

Inmates, family take part in TRCI powwow

- More than 70 inmates and 65 visitors gathered for the second annual powwow Saturday at Two Rivers Correctional Institution.

Search underway for new Morrow County administrator

- Kim Cutsforth, the former Heppner city manager, has been named interim Morrow County administrator.

Contractor sues to recoup dairy construction costs

- A contractor hired to help build Lost Valley Farm alleges the dairy still owes more than $1.4 million in payments.

ODFW to kill wolves from Meacham pack

- The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will kill two wolves from the Meacham pack to curb livestock attacks.

West Nile on the rise in Morrow County

- West Nile virus is on the rise in Morrow County, with 15 positive tests in mosquitoes for the year.

Planning pays off for eclipse rush

- While the total number of visitors has yet to be figured, communities in Eastern Oregon say they are pleased with how they handled the total solar eclipse.

Eclipse watchers marvel at totality in John Day

- Eclipse watchers gathered Monday morning at John Day Industrial Park, where they marveled at the cosmic spectacle in the path of totality.