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DA Primus questions if murder defendant ‘feigning’ mental illness
DA Primus questions if murder defendant ‘feigning’ mental illness

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus is seeking the raw data from the psychological evaluation of murder defendant Oscar Pastor Garcia Villegas. Primus said he needs to make sure he does not have a Tony Montwheeler case on his...

EOTEC neighbors take issue with noise, name change
Residents and business owners along Airport Road are opposed to changing the name of the road to make it easier to find EOTEC.
EOTEC board approves donor wall design
The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center Board met Friday.
Walden backs GOP health care bill that cuts pre-existing condition coverage
Walden backs GOP health care bill that cuts pre-existing condition coverage

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden indicated Thursday he supports the latest version of the Republican bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare.

The GOP lawmaker’s support for the bill comes even though the new bill would allow states to...

Hermiston grad keeps Walden’s schedule running smoothly
Hermiston grad keeps Walden’s schedule running smoothly
Lorissa Bounds has served as Rep. Greg Walden’s chief of staff since December.
Kovach out as Pendleton superintendent
Kovach out as Pendleton superintendent

The abbreviated tenure of Pendleton School District superintendent Andy Kovach came to an abrupt end Friday.

The Pendleton School Board at a special meeting Tuesday will vote to accept a separation agreement signed by Kovach that cuts ties...

Firewood permits on sale Monday for Umatilla National Forest
Firewood permits will be available beginning Monday on the Umatilla National Forest.
Irrigation district nets $5K water efficiency grant
The Westland Irrigation District has secured a $5,000 grant to install a new water flow sensor in the main irrigation canal.
Marijuana grow gets green light from Pendleton Planning Commission
Marijuana grow gets green light from Pendleton Planning Commission
Facility will have three employees, extensive security
Workplace deaths rose in 2016 in Umatilla County and the state

Four people died on the job in Umatilla County in 2016 compared to one in 2015, according to preliminary data from the state. Workplace deaths statewide also rose during that span, from 41 to 61.

The state Occupational Safety and Health Division...

Highway 395 a problem area
Highway 395 a problem area
Officials look at what causes crashes, how to alleviate
Changes ahead for Hermiston Police Department staff

HERMISTON — Hermiston police chief Jason Edmiston on Thursday announced several impending changes to the department.

Two long-time employees will retire: Sandra Werner on April 30 after 11 years with the police records department and...

Pendleton School Board plans to lay off 10
Situation could change if state adds funding back to education
Deposit increase keeps Hermiston bottle drop center busy
Deposit increase keeps Hermiston bottle drop center busy
Increase from 5 to 10 cents encourages more people to recycle
School board announces schedule for superintendent candidate meet-and-greet

PENDLETON — The Pendleton School Board has set a schedule for a meet-and-greet of the finalists for the school district’s superintendent position, according to a district press release.

From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday,...

Hermiston School District hires new principal for elementary school
Hermiston School District hires new principal for elementary school
New principal has years of administrative, Title I experience
Crash in Union County injures wife, kills husband
Crash in Union County injures wife, kills husband

LA GRANDE — A Washington man died Wednesday in a crash near La Grande. Oregon State Police also reported his wife suffered serious injuries.

Troopers responded Wednesday at 2:59 p.m. to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near...

Yellowhawk tribal health center chief executive officer resigns
Yellowhawk tribal health center chief executive officer resigns

MISSION — The Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center’s CEO resigned April 27, according to a release from the The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Health Commission.

Tim Gilbert’s last day at Yellowhawk is May...

School board to consider layoffs

A significant round of layoffs could be coming to the Pendleton School District for the first time since the recession.

The Pendleton School Board will be holding a special meeting Thursday to consider a “reduction of force,”...

Get rid of your old prescription drugs Saturday

HERMISTON — You can turn in old prescription medications Saturday at one of three collection sites in Umatilla County during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency works with local agencies to hold...

Pendleton city manager gets another good evaluation
Councilors leave comments off of public record
BMCC to cut the ribbon on Workforce Training Center
Blue Mountain Community College will cut the ribbon Thursday on its new Workforce Training Center in Boardman.
Construction of new Hermiston senior center underway
Construction of new Hermiston senior center underway
The Harkenrider Center will be the Hermiston Senior Center’s new home.
Merkley will speak in Pendleton, Heppner

The third Congressional representative to visit in two months, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Pendleton and Heppner this weekend.

The junior Democratic senator will hold town halls at Blue Mountain Community College and Heppner...

Water released from McKay Reservoir as rain continues to fall
Water released from McKay Reservoir as rain continues to fall
The Bureau of Reclamation has increased water releases from McKay Reservoir, which is filled to capacity.
High-speed chase ends with crash, arrest near Boardman

HERMISTON — Local police caught a fleeing driver after a high-speed chase early Wednesday crossed the Umatilla and Morrow county line. Chester Brent Paradiso, 45, of Irrigon, is in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, on multiple charges...

Local ingredients a staple at Pendleton, Hermiston restaurants
Local ingredients a staple at Pendleton, Hermiston restaurants
Local meat and produce are the preferred ingredients at a number of Pendleton and Hermiston restaurants.
Lostine woman raises rare sheep, runs multipurpose farm
Lostine woman raises rare sheep, runs multipurpose farm
June Colony set to register a new breed of sheep
Morrow County farmers seek to preserve no-till practices
Morrow County farmers seek to preserve no-till practices
A group of Morrow County farmers seeks to preserve no-till practices by eradicating Russian thistle in an ambitious proposal.
From tinkering to international trade
From tinkering to international trade
Circle C Equipment, of Hermiston, has innovated a line of hay products for farmers around the world.

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