Category Archives: East Oregonian

Real-time energy market eclipses $100M milestone

PacifiCorp has announced the Western Energy Imbalance Market with California ISO has yielded more than $100 million in customer savings. Three years after launching a fully automated, real-time energy exchange market with California utilities, PacifiCorp announced earlier this month the project has surpassed $100 million in overall savings for customers. Source: Real-time energy market eclipses […]
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Hermiston leads Umatilla County in population growth

City, county population data released in annual Portland State University study It’s not the official slogan anymore, but you can still grow here in Hermiston. Portland State University released the first draft of its annual population estimates this week, measuring both county and city numbers statewide. Source: Hermiston leads Umatilla County in population growth

BLM approves 300-mile transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management signed off on a controversial 300-mile, 500-kilovolt overhead transmission line that would run from Boardman to near Boise, boosting electrical capacity between the two regions for future growth. It is a major step forward for the Boardman to Hemingway project, or B2H, which was first proposed by Idaho Power in […]
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Other views: Disdain the dams, but hydropower is clean energy

We understand the disdain some people have for hydroelectric dams. They turn free-flowing rivers into stagnant reservoirs. They interfere with, or block altogether, the migration of anadromous fish such as salmon and steelhead. But these dams also produce copious amounts of electricity, reliably and, unlike coal, without spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributing […]
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Barreto re-elected to House GOP leadership team

State Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove) has been re-elected to serve as deputy leader of the Oregon House Republicans heading into the 2018 short legislative session. Rep. Mike McLane, of Powell Butte, will once again serve as House Republican leader when the session begins Feb. 5, the caucus announced Thursday. Source: Barreto re-elected to House GOP […]
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Impaired drivers make holiday driving more dangerous

Pendleton police have made 119 arrests so far this year for driving under the influence. The department is on track for 136 arrests this year, just one less than 2016. Hermiston police, however, have had a big drop in DUII arrests, with 50 so far this year compared to 90 for 2016. Hermiston Police Chief […]
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Tribal students give good grades on Pendleton School District’s cultural responsiveness

Following years of sustained efforts to improve the outcomes of its Native American population, the Pendleton School District recently received high marks from its American Indian students. At the Pendleton School Board’s annual meeting on the Umatilla Indian Reservation Monday, Julie Smith, the district’s director of special programs, shared the results of a student survey […]
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Our view: Poaching punishment

This hunting season, plenty of deer and elk have been harvested from the fertile mountains of Eastern Oregon. Many of them were taken legally. But too many were not. Poaching has been a problem since the first king laid down the first rules for hunting. And it continues to this day to be a concern […]
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OUR VIEW: Governor’s energy orders set unrealistic standards

Building regulations would be onerous for private business. Gov. Kate Brown issued two executive orders last week that she said would reduce greenhouse emissions while supporting Oregon’s economy. The environmental aspects were obvious. The economic ones? Not so much. The Governor’s Office has yet to release any analysis of how her fiats would affect the […]
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Barreto, Hansell hear bill ideas from constituents

A last-minute flight cancellation had pushed state Senator Bill Hansell’s bedtime back to 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, but he was still sitting in front of constituents at Hamley’s Cafe in Pendleton by 8 a.m. “I may fall asleep up here,” he said, perhaps only half-jokingly. He and Rep. Greg Barreto were hosting the first […]
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