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Senate Confirms Chuck Sams as National Parks Service Director

The United States Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Chuck Sams as National Park Service Director after U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., went to the Senate floor...

Sen. Wyden Praises Chuck Sams Ahead of Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) spoke today on the Senate floor on behalf of Chuck Sams, nominated to run the National Park Service. Sams is...

ODOT to Issue Permits to Chain Up Commercial Trucks in E....

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will issue permits for individuals interested in chaining up commercial vehicles during the winter months along specific sections...

Governor’s Luncheon Canceled for 2021 Pendleton Round-Up

The Eastern Oregon Women’s Coalition has canceled the Governor’s Luncheon at the 2021 Pendleton Round-Up. The annual event was originally planned for Friday, Sept....

Former CTUIR Director to Be Nominated to Direct National Parks

President Joe Biden announced plans to nominate Oregon tribal leader Charles “Chuck” Sams III to direct the National Park Service. Sams is the former director...

Community Partners Line Up to Support Transportation Project

Multiple local partners have written letters of support for the Gettman Road/Railway Alternative Transportation Enhancement (GRATE) Project, which would create an alternative route for...

ODFW Closing Part of McKay Creek to Steelhead Fishing April 1-June...

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is conducting a study that involves releasing radio-tagged steelhead into McKay Creek, above the McKay...

Amazon Web Services Offering Scholarships to Area High Schoolers

Amazon Web Services (AWS) InCommunities has announced a new community-based scholarship program for qualifying high school seniors in several states, including Oregon – specifically...

Umatilla Tribe to Receive $1.38 million as Part of Recovery Act...

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that nine Oregon tribes will receive more than $10.5 million in affordable housing grants...

Kayak Public Transit Partnering to Bring Service to Boardman, Port

Kayak Public Transit and The LOOP have partnered with Umatilla and Morrow counties to begin extending services to the city of Boardman and the...

Pneumonia Outbreak Crosses I-84, Spreads to 2nd Bighorn Sheep Herd

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have determined that the same strain...

Apply Now to Obtain I-84 Chain-Up Helper Permits for Eastern Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will issue permits for individuals interested in chaining up commercial vehicles during the winter months along specific sections...

COVID-19 Task Force Aims to Guide County’s Health, Economic Recovery

A task force began work this week to help guide the county’s health, economic, and educational recovery from COVID-19. The Umatilla County COVID-19 Response and...

Governor, Health Officials to Review Umatilla County’s Status Weekly

Umatilla County will remain on “Baseline Stay Home” status for the next few weeks at least. Gov. Kate Brown announced on Friday that the county...

Amazon Web Services Donating Funds to Lessen COVID-19 Impacts

Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) and Hermiston Energy Services (HES) announced they are working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to donate funds to support local...

BMCC to Celebrate Class of 2020 With Parade of Graduates Thursday

Blue Mountain Community College will celebrate the Class of 2020 Thursday evening with a special “Parade of Graduates” in lieu of its traditional commencement...

Federal Assistance Available for Victims of February Flooding

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Oregon businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business...

Annual BMCC Powwow Will Dance Onto BMCC Campus on March 12

The annual Powwow will dance onto the campus of Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) on Thursday, March 12, starting at 6 p.m. with the...

Sheriff’s Office to Renew K-9 Program Thanks to Wildhorse Foundation

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is bringing back its K-9 program thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Wildhorse Foundation. The money will be used...

Happy Canyon Board of Directors Announces 2020 Princesses

The Happy Canyon Board of Directors has named Clarise “Clair” Huesties and Mary Rivera as the 2020 Happy Canyon Princesses. They will serve as the...

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