Category Archives: East Oregonian

Skip the line, apply early for controlled hunts

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for controlled hunts this year, ODFW advises. There is always a rush the last few days before the May 15 deadline — last year, 83,630 of 471,262 total applications were submitted on the last day. ODFW expects even higher call volumes and traffic this year on the […]
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Our view | Pain in the 21st century to fix problems from 20th

The good news is Gov. Kate Brown finally has a plan for putting PERS on solid financial footing. The bad news is that it includes pushing SAIF off that solid ground, as well as taking most of Oregonians’ tax “kicker” refund next year. Brown says her proposal has something for anyone to like and to […]
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State not ready to declare local scenes emergencies

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management is not ready to declare emergencies for two Eastern Oregon counties due to flooding. State Sen. Bill Hansell of Athena and state Rep. Greg Barreto of Cove, both Republicans, wrote a letter Monday urging Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency for Umatilla and Wallowa counties. Hansell […]
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Pendleton and Hermiston see school enrollment trends continue

Pendleton sees slight decrease while Hermiston undergoes larger increase. The Pendleton School District’s student population continues to shrink in 2018-19, but a district official found silver lining in the latest batch of numbers. The Oregon Department of Education released its annual fall membership report in February, revealing that the Pendleton’s enrollment had shrunk from 3,176 […]
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Pendleton to declare flooding emergency

Bill Ledbetter lost track of how many trips he had made to pick up sandbags. The Pendleton man was one of many McKay Creek area residents scrambling to protect his home from rising waters Saturday as the creek crested its banks, filling Community Park, backyards and city streets with muddy waters. Source: Pendleton to declare […]
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California building rules may protect homes from wildfires

The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna’s father sped away from their Paradise home. “I thought, ‘Oh, well, the house is done,’” Oney Carrell said. A few days later, they learned otherwise. Source: California building rules may protect homes from wildfires […]
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Our view | Should Oregon legislators get a raise?

Oregon’s Legislature is proposing Senate Bill 959, which addresses legislative financial compensation. As it stands, Oregon lawmakers earn $31,200 a year and a $149 per diem payment for meals and lodging, roughly averaging around $2,000 a month. SB 959 changes the way Oregon legislators are compensated by correlating it to the annual average salary of […]
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Cities worry about prevailing wage bill’s impact on development 

A bill aimed at regulating construction wages has cities worried major developers will look elsewhere. House Bill 2406, passed out of committee last week, would require private companies to pay prevailing wages on construction projects in Oregon covered by enterprise zone tax incentives. Projects under $20 million would be exempted, according to the bill’s current […]
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Popular vote bill passes Senate, but not before discussion was derailed by Linthicum

A debate about progressive elections reform on the Senate floor was hijacked Tuesday when Sen. Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls, brought up the political treatment of slaves in the 1700s. After Sens. James Manning, D-Eugene, and Lew Frederick, D-Portland, talked about the historical disenfranchisement black people experienced due in part to the three-fifths compromise, Linthicum opined […]
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Cities encourage residents to participate in upcoming census

The 2020 U.S. Census is still a year away, but cities and states are getting an early start on encouraging residents to participate. This week the city of Hermiston issued a proclamation that it is “committed to partnering with the US Census Bureau and the Umatilla County Complete Count Committee to promote participation” in the […]
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