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Sheriff Rowan seeks state funds for Umatilla County Jail mental health revamp
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Sheriff Rowan seeks state funds for Umatilla County Jail mental health revamp
Plan would create room for inmates suffering mental health crises

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Spray Rodeo secretary faces charges of theft, computer crimes

SPRAY — Joann Pearl Griffith of Spray faces 35 criminal charges for the theft of funds from the Spray Rodeo Association and the Haystack Cemetery Association.

Griffith is the secretary of the rodeo, according to filings with the Oregon...

Pendleton pot shops pass OLCC test
Pendleton pot shops pass OLCC test
Statewide sting found 89 percent compliance in January
Hermiston distinguished citizens shocked, humbled by honors
Hermiston distinguished citizens shocked, humbled by honors
Roger Bounds, Chris Finley receive Hermiston’s top citizen awards
Walden visits Ordnance, talks brewing tax cuts
Walden visits Ordnance, talks brewing tax cuts
Walden says tax cuts will benefit local breweries
Elgin principal hired for Weston-McEwen job
Elgin principal hired for Weston-McEwen job
New principal a former history teacher and Navy veteran
Council directs staff to look into preserving riverfront land
Council directs staff to look into preserving riverfront land
Pendleton Development Commission façade grant paves way for "made in Pendleton" store
Walden gathers opioid suggestions from Hermiston roundtable
Walden gathers opioid suggestions from Hermiston roundtable
Hearings on addiction in D.C. will begin next week
Umatilla County selects charter review committee

The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners selected nine people to serve on the county charter review committee.

The county’s home rule charter requires a committee of at least five residents to review the founding document every four...

Lifeways hires consultant to restore confidence
Paul Flanders comes from Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness
Delays and closures for Wednesday, Feb. 21

Due to inclement weather, the following schools are on a three-hour delay on Wednesday, Feb. 21:

• Morrow County School District, including Boardman, Heppner and Irrigon.

• Ione School District.

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Pendleton students learn to live on the moon
Pendleton students learn to live on the moon

On Feb. 6, SpaceX launched a rocket from Florida that the company envisions could one day carry supplies to the moon.

Two weeks later, NASA had students from Pendleton High School working on how humankind could establish a lunar colony.

PGE seeks permit to increase pollution at Carty plant in Boardman
PGE seeks permit to increase pollution at Carty plant in Boardman
Public hearing on Thursday at Port of Morrow
Firefighters work on Stanfield house fire; no injuries reported
Firefighters work on Stanfield house fire; no injuries reported

Crews worked for more than an hour to knock down a fire inside a Stanfield home Tuesday.

Smoke was coming out of the chimney and eaves of the home on North Ash Road. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but no one was...

Robbers mace Milton-Freewater gas station worker

MILTON-FREEWATER — Robbers attacked a Milton-Freewater gas station employee and made off with cash and more, according to the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Jeff Brown at 10:19 p.m. Sunday responded to Sinclair Gas...

Offroad events throttled back as overlap with Pendleton Bike Week wanes
Offroad events throttled back as overlap with Pendleton Bike Week wanes
Boise organizer drops short track race, moves back hill climb; Round-Up courts carriage auction
After first burglary sentencing, Morrow County co-defendants change plea
After first burglary sentencing, Morrow County co-defendants change plea
Daniel Faustino Arce gets almost 13 years after crime spree near Heppner
Hermiston resident flown to Portland hospital after motorcycle crash
Hermiston resident flown to Portland hospital after motorcycle crash

A motorcycle crash Sunday seriously injured a Hermiston resident.

Daisy Burton, 50, was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center and then transferred via air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland after Hermiston Police Department...

Imbibe@Blue brings in $3,200 for BMCC scholarships
Imbibe@Blue brings in $3,200 for BMCC scholarships

PENDLETON — Blue Mountain Community College raised about $3,200 from donations and ticket sales at the inaugural Imbibe@Blue Saturday in Pendleton.

About 130 people attended the event, according to information from the college. It...

Semi, pickup wreck on Highway 395 blocks traffic in Hermiston
Semi, pickup wreck on Highway 395 blocks traffic in Hermiston
395 collision blocks southbound traffic
Saturday wind storm knocks out Hermiston’s power
Saturday wind storm knocks out Hermiston’s power
More than 12,000 Umatilla Electric Co-op customers without power for two hours
Yarn Club creates a tight-knit group of friends
Yarn Club creates a tight-knit group of friends
Yarn Club meets Saturdays and Thursdays at the Hermiston Public Library.
TRCI inmates put their focus to art
TRCI inmates put their focus to art

The decor through most of Two Rivers Correctional Institution is bleak.

Long, bare corridors made of cement floors flanked by off-white walls stretch endlessly through the prison.

In the medical area, it’s different. Purple-hued...

Underground tours plans ‘made in Pendleton’ store
Nonprofit looks for façade grant to help fund renovation project
Immunization Exclusion Day is coming
Immunization Exclusion Day is coming

Last year, measles broke out in a Somali-American community in Minneapolis. When the dust settled, Minnesota had notched 79 cases of measles — the state’s largest outbreak in 30 years.

Twenty-one people, mostly children, were...

Pendleton biking trails expand, get a new trailhead
Pendleton biking trails expand, get a new trailhead

Pendleton’s newest park is starting to resemble an official recreation area.

Near the intersection of Airport Road and Northwest 56th Street, city crews are flattening ground to provide parking for the Pendleton Adventure Trails...

Pilot Rock hires new recorder, must improve accounting

Pilot Rock has hired a new Teri for the city recorder position.

Teri Porter has worked in the role since 2011 and is retiring at the end of April. The city council recently approved hiring Teri Bacus to take the job. Mayor Virginia Carnes said...

Two Morrow County car theft defendants arrested in Georgia

Two of three defendants facing charges in Morrow County for vehicle theft and more in October are in a jail in Georgia.

Buddy James Buoy, 42, and Julia Rachell Kraus, 37, both of Portland, ended up in the Houston County Detention Center in...

Heppner woman stabbed by her husband
Heppner woman stabbed by her husband

A Heppner woman was stabbed Friday morning.

Her husband, Matthew David May, 42, has been charged with attempted murder and is in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton. His bail has been set at $250,000.

The victim, 44-year-old Lisa Gail May,...

Pendleton woman turns side jobs into organizational business

Pendleton area residents looking to get a head start on spring cleaning activities can contact Jennifer Dokka for some organizational help.

Dokka said she had already been organizing homes and offices as a side job, but she decided to make it...

Banker returns to Baker Boyer
Banker returns to Baker Boyer

WALLA WALLA — Ted Cohan recently rejoined Baker Boyer as vice president/senior portfolio manager.

After serving four years as executive director of business services at the Walla Walla School District, Cohan returned to the bank where he...

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Umatilla County postpones making new livestock district

Umatilla County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday postponed creating a new livestock district near Umatilla. Commissioner George Murdock said he...

Lost Valley Farm in Boardman slapped with $10,000 penalty
Lost Valley Farm, a major new dairy in Boardman, Ore., was recently fined $10,000 for unauthorized wastewater discharges and faces two pending...
PGG selling more surplus sites

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Pendleton woman turns side jobs into organizational business

Pendleton area residents looking to get a head start on spring cleaning activities can contact Jennifer Dokka for some organizational help.

Banker returns to Baker Boyer

WALLA WALLA — Ted Cohan recently rejoined Baker Boyer as vice president/senior portfolio manager.

After serving four years as...

VA hospital welcomes interim director
Chamber luncheon highlights electric co-op
Good Shepherd wins excellence awards

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Delays and closures for Wednesday, Feb. 21

Due to inclement weather, the following schools are on a three-hour delay on Wednesday, Feb. 21:

• Morrow County School District,...

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Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges: Ban assault weapons
Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges says the United States' next civil rights movement should be to ban assault weapons. Bridges says she is distressed by...
US lands agency makeover would diminish Washington's power
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has revamped a proposed overhaul of his department following criticism from Western governors, but he's not...
2 youths arrested amid threats to 2 Oregon high schools
Washington lawmakers exempt themselves from records law
Oregon Senate advances tax plan, heads to House