Category Archives: East Oregonian

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers holds public meeting on Willow Creek Dam

The The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites members of the public to attend a town hall about Willow Creek Dam. The meeting is Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bartholomew Building, 110 N. Court St., Heppner. State and local officials from the Oregon Health Authority and Morrow County Health Department will join Corps […]
Read More »

Our view | Oregon lawmakers need to take a timeout

There is no better example of political failure than the move by Republican lawmakers to walk away from the Oregon Legislature Thursday. Source: Our view | Oregon lawmakers need to take a timeout

Smoke and drones complicate health, safety during fire season

With grass curing at lower elevations, fire managers announced they are preparing for a “normal” fire season in Northeast Oregon and the accompanying smoke and safety hazards. Source: Smoke and drones complicate health, safety during fire season

Queen bee makes prison break

The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution recently had an escape. The fugitive isn’t an inmate, but rather a honey bee — the queen bee of a hive in EOCI’s new beekeeping program. One day she was there overseeing her colony, and the next, she took flight. Source: Queen bee makes prison break

Influenza vaccination rates among health care workers still short of goals

A new state report shows that although health care worker influenza vaccination rates have increased over seven flu seasons, facilities overall continue to fall short of national goals. Source: Influenza vaccination rates among health care workers still short of goals

Other views | HB 3063 would have preserved health, safety of many Oregonians

As an organization invested in the health of every person in our communities, we were extremely disappointed to hear that the Oregon Legislature abandoned House Bill 3063, a bill that would have eliminated parents’ ability to opt out of vaccinating their children prior to school attendance without a medical exemption. Source: Other views | HB […]
Read More »

High hazard railroads could face higher safety standards in 2020

A bill, which would require high hazard trains carrying oil to have spill contingency plans approved by the Department of Environmental Quality, passed through the Oregon House of Representatives on a 56-3 vote Monday and is currently in the Joint Committee On Ways and Means. House Bill 2209, if passed by the Senate, would charge […]
Read More »

Four historic cemeteries in Umatilla County receive state grants

he Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries awarded grants to 12 historic cemetery projects throughout the state with four in Umatilla County. The grants totaled $62,394, and amounts ranged $2,460-$8,000 to help fund preservation efforts, repair work and visitor education. Source: Four historic cemeteries in Umatilla County receive state grants | Local News |

Umatilla, Morrow counties seek own workforce group

Umatilla and Morrow counties are joining forces to ask the state to set up a workforce development board covering only the two counties. The state in 2015 grouped Umatilla, Morrow plus six more counties in Eastern Oregon into one regional workforce board. Umatilla County Commissioner George Murdock said the configuration is the problem. Source: Umatilla, […]
Read More »

Pendleton City Council approves contentious airport lease language

After discussing the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport’s past and present, the Pendleton City Council made three decisions that will affect its future. At a meeting Tuesday, the council voted to create new lease language for airport businesses, enter into a contract for an Unmanned Aerial Systems economic impact study, and sell off the city’s interest […]
Read More »