Category Archives: East Oregonian

Legislators prepping to tackle guns, wildfires, homelessness in upcoming session

Legislators will roll up their sleeves for some speedy politicking in February, tackling some of Oregon’s thorniest problems. When they gather for the monthlong legislative session, legislators want to improve the state’s care for people with mental illness and its ability to fight increasingly destructive wildfires. State Library Ed. Note:  Oregon Capital Bureau story also […]
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Pendleton, Hermiston lag behind graduation milestone

A rising tide doesn’t always lift all boats. The Oregon Department of Education announced Thursday that the state’s 80% graduation rate for the 2018-19 school year was the highest ever, and although most local schools grew along with the state, the region’s two largest school districts — Pendleton and Hermiston — continued to lag behind. […]
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Our view | Lawmakers shouldn’t rush complex bills

Oregon legislators will hit the 2020 legislative session on Feb. 3, and while there are already a number of high-profile bills on the horizon, elected leaders should remember that complex legislation can’t be ironed out in a mere 35 days. One key bill apparently on the legislative agenda is a new proposal to slash greenhouse […]
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Local legislators preparing for session

The 2020 Legislative Session starts on Feb. 3, but there are still a lot of unknowns about what the session will look like. The 35-day “short session” on even-numbered years, introduced in 2012, was originally meant to allow the Legislature to make budget reconciliations and small policy tweaks in their off-years, but some larger, more […]
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Activists petition EPA to step in on groundwater ’emergency’ in Umatilla, Morrow counties

A coalition of activist groups, known as Stand Up to Factory Farms, filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday asking the agency to take emergency action to address nitrate levels in the Lower Umatilla Basin Groundwater Management Area. Source: Activists petition EPA to step in on groundwater ’emergency’ in Umatilla, Morrow counties […]
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Series of storms over one week bolsters snowpack

Northeastern Oregon’s snowpack went from paltry to plentiful. And the transformation took just a week or so. A series of snowstorms that started Jan. 10 has more than doubled the water content in the snow at several measuring sites around the region. Source: Series of storms over one week bolsters snowpack | Local News | […]
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Project would restore configuration of Union creeks

A pair of Union County creeks may someday twist like they did when buffalo herds drank from their waters and salmon runs in the streams were thick. Under a proposal from the Union Soil and Water Conservation District, segments of Catherine Creek and Little Creek, on the eastern edge of the city of Union, would […]
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Schools see savings in energy management program

Students in the Umatilla School District energy management team will soon have a decision to make, according to District Superintendent Heidi Sipe. Through the Umatilla School District’s participation in Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management Program, the district has saved more than $16,000 through changes to energy policies throughout the district, policies that were […]
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Oregon lawmakers unholster new gun-safety proposal

Oregon’s gun owners will face penalties for not securing their firearms when not in use under a proposal that’s likely be introduced in the upcoming legislative session. State Reps. Rachel Prusak, D-West Linn, and Janeen Sollman, D-Hillsboro, shared at a legislative hearing Jan. 15, their proposal that they said would prevent gun deaths and keep […]
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Pendleton says farewell to Scott Fairley during emotional memorial

One could almost hear Scott Fairley’s booming laugh reverberating around the Pendleton Convention Center on Sunday afternoon. Almost. Though anyone who knew the good-natured Pendleton city councilman could hear Fairley’s trademark laugh bouncing around in their heads like a pleasant refrain as the stories flowed. Source: Pendleton says farewell to Scott Fairley during emotional memorial