Tag Archives: Morrow County

Counties look at joint transit plan

Umatilla, Morrow counties consider future public transit developments. Mass transit is big-city fixture, but rural ride-sharing could soon be making a surge in Eastern Oregon. Morrow and Umatilla county commissioners held a joint meeting Wednesday to hear a presentation about transit strategies for the region, which looked at the needs in each county for getting […]
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Courts face growing need for interpreters

Umatilla, Morrow courts mirror statewide need for indigenous interpreters. In the Umatilla County courthouse, the question, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” may be answered in a number of different languages. Across Oregon, requests for indigenous languages have spiked in the last year. As languages like […]
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State court hours changing in October

The state courts in Umatilla and Morrow counties are cutting back customer service hours on Fridays starting Oct. 5. Roy Blaine, the trial court administrator for the circuit courts in the two counties, said public counters and phone service will close at 3 p.m. rather than 4:30 pm. on Fridays at the Umatilla County Circuit […]
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Morrow County looks at land development for housing

Like many communities in Oregon, Morrow County has a housing shortage. A new county-wide project will aim to find out where the gaps are and work to bridge them. On Thursday, a group of city and county representatives had their first meeting for the Buildable Lands Inventory and Housing Analysis to assess available lands, and […]
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Morrow County looks at housing options

Morrow County is providing a growing number of jobs in the region, but at the end of the workday, the majority of those people go back to their homes somewhere else. That may be slowly starting to change. Morrow County Planning Director Carla McLane said the county is looking seriously at how to house the […]
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Morrow County launching housing analysis

A report is expected to be ready in March 2019. Morrow County is launching a major housing analysis and buildable lands survey in September. The county and its five cities, along with consultants Angelo Planning Group and Johnson Economics, are partnering for the study. County planning director Carla McLane said everyone knows anecdotally that the […]
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Wilson Prairie Fire grows, community meeting planned

A community meeting in Heppner has been scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday. A community meeting has been scheduled in Heppner to update the public about the Wilson Prairie Fire after it grew to 437 acres Thursday morning. The fire is burning through timber and grass on private land and the Umatilla National Forest in […]
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Health advisory at Willow Creek Reservoir

Toxins from algae bloom found in Morrow County reservoir. Residents are advised to avoid Willow Creek Reservoir in Morrow County as the water has been found to have high levels of toxins harmful to humans and animals. The Oregon Health Authority has issued a recreational health advisory for the reservoir, just east of Heppner, stating […]
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Wilson Prairie Fire reaches 700 acres in Morrow County

North portion held by firelines, but south section grew overnight. More resources arrived Wednesday to take on the Wilson Prairie Fire in Morrow and Grant counties. Christie Shaw, spokesperson with the Oregon Department of Forestry, said the burn stands at 700 acres. The fire on Tuesday jumped the containment line to the south and pushed […]
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Firefighters make progress on Wilson Prairie Fire

Work continues on firelines in southwest Morrow County. Firefighters made significant progress overnight building fireline around the Wilson Prairie Fire, located in the southwest corner of Morrow County, according to an Oregon Department of Forestry press release. The fire originated on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and spread onto the Umatilla […]
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