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Pacific Power relicensed to run Wallowa County hydro project
Pacific Power relicensed to run Wallowa County hydro project
Pacific Power has received a license to operate the Wallowa Falls hydroelectric project for the next 40 years.
Wife assaulter sent to prison

HEPPNER — John Alexander Brown of Hermiston pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to assaulting his wife in front of their children.

The father and husband will go to prison for almost six years.

Morrow County Circuit Court records show Brown...

Motorcycle safety courses start in Pendleton

PENDLETON — Motorcycle safety courses begin this month in Pendleton.

Oregon law requires all new riders to take an approved safety course. Anyone younger than 21 must complete an Oregon basic motorcycle training course to earn a...

Wallowa drug investigation nets arrests for neglect, more
Four suspects are in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton
Highway 730 upgrades to cause delays around Umatilla
The Oregon Department of Transportaiton will install new sidewalks, traffic signals and pavement along Highway 730 near Umatilla.
With $53M roads wish list, Hermiston council urges long-delayed state transportation package
The Hermiston city council passed resolutions Monday asking the legislature to pass a transportation funding package and preserve funding for the OSP crime lab in Pendleton and drug detectives on BENT.
City council discusses replacing EOTEC board
The Hermiston city council will ask the Umatilla County commission to meet with them to discuss making the council the new Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board in an effort to speed up progress.
Campaign primer draws crowd
More than 100 seats are open in Umatilla County for May 16 primary
U.S. Sen. Merkley to visit Arlington for town hall
Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley is scheduled to visit Arlington during a series of town halls Saturday.
Stanton, York take top citizens awards
Stanton, York take top citizens awards

Tall trees to snowflakes and twinkle lights graced the tables at “A Winter Wonderland,” the 69th Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Friday evening at the Community Building.

Keeping the crowd entertained...

Tovey resigns as CTUIR executive director
Tovey resigns as CTUIR executive director
Dave Tovey has resigned as executive director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
EOCI locked down after 16 inmates injured in dining room brawl

Fighting triggered a lockdown of the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution after a fight between inmates touched off a brawl on Friday night.

“The lockdown is due to several inmate fights in the west dining room at our...

City of Irrigon celebrates 60 years with pride
City of Irrigon celebrates 60 years with pride
Crowd enjoys noise parade, speeches from longtime residents.
Pendleton High School hosts dance competition
Pendleton High School hosts dance competition
Elementary through high school teams compete
Putting out fires: Pendleton Fire Department contends with aging station, short staffing
Putting out fires: Pendleton Fire Department contends with aging station, short staffing

When talking about the cornerstones of his department, Pendleton fire chief Mike Ciraulo uses a stool as a metaphor.

Speaking before the city council Tuesday, Ciraulo said the stool’s legs — staffing, facilities, and equipment...

Large hole opens up on Griffith Road
Large hole opens up on Griffith Road

Rain, snow and flooding earlier this week took its toll on Morrow County roads.

“We got roads closed all over Morrow County,” said Ione farmer Gregg Rietmann. He said on Tuesday he drove on Elmer Griffith Road north of Ione and...

PSD releases superintendent’s only evaluation

Before announcing his resignation Feb. 13, Pendleton School District superintendent Andy Kovach scored poorly on an evaluation compiled by the school board.

The board had met multiple times with Kovach behind closed doors to discuss his...

Holiday Inn grand opening highlights new hotel, amenities
Holiday Inn grand opening highlights new hotel, amenities
Hotel expected to bring revenue, visitors to other downtown businesses
Umatilla County Fire District 1 swears in, promotes firefighters
Umatilla County Fire District 1 swears in, promotes firefighters
Seven new firefighters join department, three promoted to lieutenant
Ostrom Mushroom Farm looking to build compost facility near Athena
Ostrom Mushroom Farm, of Olympia, Washington, is looking to build a new compost facility north of Pendleton.
EOTEC still hammering out fair, rodeo contracts
EOTEC still hammering out fair, rodeo contracts
Board members hope contracts will be finalized next month as 2017 move approaches
Hermiston schools plan community forums

HERMISTON — Hermiston School District announced a day of community forums to talk about enrollment challenges, safety and security concerns, aging infrastructure and present information about the proposed 2017 bond.

Three sessions are...

Umatilla County Jail gets new deputies

PENDLETON — Two Umatilla County sheriff’s corrections deputies graduated Friday from the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Jeff Reichle and Anthony Scott completed the basic corrections course, according to the Oregon Department of...

Cantu pleads guilty to manslaughter
Cantu pleads guilty to manslaughter
Sentencing in 2015 homicide case is March 15
States set spring chinook season on Columbia River
Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington have set spring chinook salmon seasons on the Columbia River.
Umatilla County expands alcohol, drug treatment

Umatilla County Human Services rolled out an expansion of drug and alcohol rehab programs at the start of February. Department director Amy Ashton-Williams said the moves are about providing more services to more people.

Ashton-Williams took the...

BMCC pursuing new animal science facility
BMCC pursuing new animal science facility
Blue Mountain Community College is pursuing a new facility for animal science classes.
Cascadia Day 365 and beyond: Rebuilding
Cascadia Day 365 and beyond: Rebuilding
Cascadia’s impacts would last for years.
Cantu to take plea in murder case
Cantu to take plea in murder case
Hearing for change of plea from 2015 murder case is Friday morning in Pendleton
Students from local schools talk jobs, life after high school
Students from local schools talk jobs, life after high school
Special education students learn about local resources, job opportunities