Category Archives: East Oregonian

Umatilla County pushes state for watermaster post

The Oregon Water Resources Department is working to hire a watermaster to work in Milton-Freewater. Umatilla County Commissioner Larry Givens called that welcome progress. The position stems from a deal the county made in 2016 to move its watermaster division employees to the state agency. Source: Umatilla County pushes state for watermaster post – Local […]
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97 percent of curb ramps on state highways not ADA-compliant

Ninety-seven percent of curb ramps on Oregon’s state highways are not compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, according to a recent inventory, and Umatilla County is no exception to that lack of accessibility. Source: 97 percent of curb ramps on state highways not ADA-compliant – Local News – East Oregonian

Investigators: Kitzhaber violated ethics law 11 times

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber violated state ethics laws in at least 11 instances, according to an investigation report released Wednesday by the Oregon Ethics Commission. Kitzhaber violated law prohibiting use of his office for personal financial gain when he took actions that benefitted his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes’ environmental consulting firm, 3E Strategies, investigators wrote in […]
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Foundation for learning: Kindergarten entry test results show basic skills

Many students entering elementary school with a long path to literacy. Though graduation rates seem like the most obvious way to measure student progress, the key to success starts many years earlier. The Oregon Kindergarten Assessment, a statewide test now in its fourth year, is given to each kindergartner within the first few days of […]
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STDs on the rise in Umatilla County as fear of HIV falls

Gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia all see resurgence as HIV fears subside. What’s going on with gonorrhea? The sexually transmitted disease, known colloquially as “the clap,” is surging in Oregon and around the nation. Umatilla County reported 71 new cases of gonorrhea last year and 88 cases in 2016 — up from just four in 2012. […]
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Boardman overpass repaired, traffic back to normal

The Interstate 84 overpass at exit 164 in Boardman and the eastbound lanes of the freeway were re-opened to regular traffic Monday after a week of work and final inspections. Source: Boardman overpass repaired, traffic back to normal – Local News – East Oregonian

State applies for federal UAS pilot program

Would allow test ranges to expand scope of operations. The Oregon Department of Aviation has applied for a program that would allow its three unmanned aerial systems ranges — Pendleton, Tillamook and Warm Springs — to work with private drone companies on more advanced operations. Source: State applies for federal UAS pilot program – Local […]
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To save the oceans, save the rivers – Columnists

In 2013, I stood in the barren landscape south of Mexicali, Mexico. Everywhere I looked, for almost as far as the eye could see, there was nothing but dirt and sand. But it wasn’t always that way. Source: To save the oceans, save the rivers – Columnists – East Oregonian

OUR VIEW: The state of our state

How is Oregon doing as a state? Gov. Kate Brown answered that question only in the broadest sense during her State of the State speech this week: “Oregon’s rising economic tide should be lifting all boats. Yet many hardworking families are still under water.” Source: OUR VIEW: The state of our state – Editorials – […]
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Tensions rise as longer delay expected on depot transfer

Director Greg Smith says new EPA requirement could add four to seven months. The Oregon National Guard has its portion of the former Umatilla Chemical Depot, but nobody knows when the rest of the property will be transferred to local control for economic development. Frustration was palpable on a meeting via conference call between members […]
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