Category Archives: East Oregonian

National Weather Service ends air stagnation warning for Northeast Oregon

A relatively smoke-free summer couldn’t prevent worsening air quality in Eastern Oregon during the cold weather months. Following more than a week of low winds and worsening air quality, the National Weather Service lifted its air stagnation advisory Tuesday for much of northeast Oregon. Source: National Weather Service ends air stagnation warning for Northeast Oregon […]
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Umatilla Electric Cooperative adds voice to support of bills aimed at protecting nonprofit status

Umatilla Electric Cooperative is one of dozens of electric cooperatives across the nation supporting passage of a bill in Congress aimed at protecting their nonprofit status. The cooperatives are asking members of the House of Representatives to pass the “Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands Act,” also known as House Bill 2147 and Senate Bill […]
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Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate dies

An inmate died in custody Thursday evening at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections. Stephen Kessler, 76, passed away in the infirmary. The Oregon State Police have been notified. Kessler was in the facility’s hospice program. Source: Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate dies | Local News |

Crash data helps inform road improvements

When someone dies or is seriously injured in a crash, people naturally wonder what more could have been done to prevent it. “That stretch of road is so dangerous,” people comment on Facebook. “Why haven’t they put a stop sign there?” they ask their friends. They share a common goal with government agencies: to reduce […]
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Feds pass on Pendleton’s I-84 grant application again

New year, same message: The city of Pendleton will not be getting a massive grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to realign the Interstate 84 Exit 209 interchange. For the second year in a row, the federal government passed over Pendleton in favor of another Oregon project for a BUILD grant. Source: Feds pass […]
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Why a new Oregon law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported

In late October, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office won the first conviction under Oregon’s new hate crime law. The case involved a 50-year-old man who hurled slurs at two gay men before picking a fight with them. The conviction marks a shift in Oregon’s response to hate crimes under a new law passed earlier […]
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Eastern Oregon University sets sights online

On par with national trends — which saw more than 350,000 students enroll in online courses in 2017, according to the National Center for Data Statistics — online enrollment at Eastern Oregon University is on the rise. A press release from the La Grande-based university said that the school’s online undergraduate student headcount is up […]
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State funding could have Head Start seeking more qualified staff

Four years ago, Umatilla Morrow County Head Start had 150 staff members. This year, the organization has 285 positions and some of those are still waiting to be filled. “That’s a huge growth curve for any organization,” said Executive Director Maureen McGrath. “Even in an urban center. For a rural population like ours, that’s huge.” […]
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Morrow and Umatilla County top producers in grains, cattle, vegetables

Morrow and Umatilla counties were ranked as two of the top agricultural counties in Oregon, ranking first and second in grain crops, vegetables and cattle, according to the 2017 National Agricultural Statistics Service. As of 2017, Umatilla County had 8% of its landmass in agriculture production with a total of 108,555 acres of irrigated cropland. […]
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Statewide trail grant advisory committee seeks volunteers to fill vacancies

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers for three positions on the Recreation Trails Program Grants Advisory Committee. The upcoming vacancies include biking representative, off-highway vehicle representative and accessibility representative. Source: Statewide trail grant advisory committee seeks volunteers to fill vacancies | State |