Category Archives: East Oregonian

Turkeys could be in sights in Pilot Rock

Pilot Rock city leaders heard two choices for dealing with the town’s growing population of turkeys: Harass the birds or kill them. The surest method, state wildlife biologist Greg Rimbach said, is killing them. Rimbach, of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, addressed the city council during its meeting Tuesday night. Source: Turkeys could […]
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ODOT provides primer on rapid flash beacons

The Oregon Department of Transportation addressed concerns some Pendleton residents have about “rapid flash beacons,” specifically at the intersection of Southwest Frazer Avenue and 13th Street. Source: ODOT provides primer on rapid flash beacons – Local News – East Oregonian

Holding a phone while driving means big fines starting Oct. 1

A new Oregon law bans all cell phone use while driving and could land repeat offenders in jail. Answering a text could cost you a pretty penny after Oregon’s new distracted driving law takes effect on Oct. 1. The more important thing, Oregon State Police emphasize, is it could cost you your life. That’s why […]
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Our view: Bounds and determined – Editorials – East Oregonian

It’s exciting to think that a Hermiston High School graduate with strong Eastern Oregon connections could soon be sitting on the powerful, San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ryan Bounds’ nomination to that court by President Donald Trump brings with it a dash of hometown pride, but also a belief that Bounds might be […]
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State economists tackle pot, but gaps persist in young industry

State economists project the state will bring in net marijuana revenues of about $142 million in the next two years, but the very short history of legal marijuana and other factors complicate forecasting. Source: State economists tackle pot, but gaps persist in young industry – Capital Bureau – East Oregonian

Powell: Preparing ourselves for wildfire — Guest Opinion

Western forests are destined to burn. Before Euro-American emigrants arrived, Blue Mountain forests burned every five to 20 years when lightning or Native Americans ignited fires. These fires moved swiftly across the forest floor, conserving the large trees while consuming needles, twigs,downed wood, and small seedlings. After settlement, we began putting fires out. We did […]
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With one major hurdle left, depot transfer set for Dec. 1

Protection of cultural and historical resources is the last major hurdle to clear for transferring the Umatilla Chemical Depot to local control. After years of delays on transferring the former Umatilla Chemical Depot to local control, Columbia Development Authority director Greg Smith believes the project could be just a few months away from the finish […]
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Hermiston native nominated to federal judgeship

Ryan Bounds nominated to serve on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. An Oregonian is among sixteen individuals nominated by President Donald Trump to federal judgeships. Ryan Bounds was nominated to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Bounds, a Hermiston native and 1991 graduate of Hermiston High School, currently serves as […]
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Walden: Hermiston’s Bounds would be voice for rural Oregon on the Ninth Circuit — Guest Opinion

The President’s nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is welcome news for rural Oregon. Born and raised in Hermiston, Ryan has never lost touch with his roots and understands well the way of life in our communities. He knows firsthand the dominant role federal decisions can make in […]
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Archery hunters face challenge amid smoke, heat

A combination of high heat, wildfire smoke and tinder-dry forests is putting bow hunters to the test roughly halfway into archery season across northeast Oregon. Mark Kirsch, who manages the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s John Day Watershed District Office in Pendleton, said a prolonged wave of scorching hot weather is likely causing deer […]
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