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PPD investigates two incidents of people brandishing guns

PENDLETON – Police Chief Chuck Byram says his detectives are investigating two cases from over the weekend where different suspects are reported to have brandished firearms. He says that fortunately in both instances, no shots were fired. He says one case saw a juvenile outside at about 10 p.m....
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Win Pendleton Whisky Music Fest Tickets

Time is running out to win yourself tickets to the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest, happening this Saturday! But there is still a chance! Here is how Woody and Janis will send you to see the show!. Pull out that mobile device, go straight to your iPhone app store or your...
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SW 10th rebuild is on the agenda

PENDLETON – The Pendleton Development Commission has scheduled a short special meeting to take place at 6:45 p.m. today (Tuesday). The commission is being asked to award Humbert Asphalt of Milton-Freewater the contract for reconstructing Southwest 10th Street between Southwest Court and Southwest Dorion avenues. That reconstruction will be...

Music Fest shuttle lot is set

PENDLETON – The Pendleton Whisky Music Fest is Saturday, and after one previously announced change, organizers want the public to know where the shuttle vehicles will be parking. Originally, they parked at the old PGG building, but that has been sold and is no longer usable. The decision was...

Geography matters: Hydrogen hub proposals spring up across North America

A regional hydrogen hub would include a transportation network anchored by a hydrogen production plant, like the one in Fort McMurray, Alberta, above. The U.S. government's multibillion-dollar effort to spur a national hydrogen economy has prompted developers to step forward with at least two dozen public- and private-sector hydrogen hub initiatives to date.

2022 BMCC Fall Athletics Schedules Released

PENDLETON, Ore. - The official 2022 Blue Mountain Community College fall athletics schedules have been released and finalized. This fall, the BMCC volleyball, men's and women's soccer teams will enter their seasons looking to continue their momentum towards the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) division titles and playoffs. The volleyball team,...

Wildhorse Pow Wow returns successfully after two-year hiatus

PENDLETON, Ore. — The Wildhorse Resort & Casino brought back its Wildhorse Pow Wow after two years off, bringing Native American dancers and drummers together in celebration. From June 30 to July 3, Native Americans and First Nations people participated in cultural and spiritual traditions, including drumming, singing, dancing and competition.

U.S. Postal Service Holding Job Fair in Pendleton Today

The U.S. Postal Service will hold a job fair today, July 6 at the Pendleton Post Office. USPS is hiring for several positions in the Pendleton area. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the post office, 104 S.W. Dorion Ave. For more information, visit the...

Oregon gun safety measure may make it onto fall ballot

Four weeks ago, the interfaith nonprofit Lift Every Voice Oregon had about 300 volunteers and had collected just a quarter of the signatures they needed to put a gun permit law on the ballot this fall. As of Thursday morning, organizers said 1,500 people from Coos Bay to Pendleton have gathered 115,000 signatures – more than they need to qualify.
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Oregon spending $1.6 million for eastern college equity program

The state will spend more than $1 million to help more students of color and adult learners graduate from colleges in eastern Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown announced last week the state will spend $1.6 million to launch an initiative called “Moon Shot for Equity” at Eastern Oregon University, Treasure Valley Community College and Blue Mountain Community College. The money comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, a pot of federal COVID-19 relief money that she controls.

July forecast is a mystery

PENDLETON – The month of July has forecasters stumped as far as the weather goes. “The Climate Prediction Center is calling for equal chances of above or below normal temperatures for July,” Meteorologist Camden Plunkett said. The normal precipitation for July is 0.26 inches. Temperatures warm as the...

Regional Independence Day celebrations return after COVID pauses

The return of Fourth of July events in the region was a huge success, with events all across the area reporting great turnouts and plenty of fun. One area favorite is the River of Fire at Columbia Park in Kennewick, a day-long event full of festivities ending with a fireworks show on the water. Families came to enjoy the water, barbecue and have some fun in the sun in the hours leading up to the fireworks show at 10 p.m.

Mark Wickersham Passes Away at 69

Mark E. Wickersham died on June 29, 2022 at his home in Hermiston at the age of 69. He was born on Sept. 24, 1952 in Portland. Please share memories of Mark with his family at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.