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OSP squad lights off fireworks

PRAIRIE CITY – The Oregon State Police bomb squad was called in last week ...
and called in the OSP East Explosives Unit, based in Hermiston. Police Chief Richard Gray said the device – which turned out to be an M-80 style firecracker that had been ...

Virgil L. Greene

He died on March 28, 2015, in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 89 years. Virgil was raised and attended school in Weiser, Idaho. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1943. Virgil served in the European Theater for 15 months during WWII and was ...

Invasive plant, garlic mustard, found in Eastern Oregon

that garlic mustard first appeared in Eastern Oregon several years ago atop Cabbage Hill. Now the invasive plant has spread to the Umatilla River all the way to the Oxbow site in Hermiston. Durfey says garlic mustard will eliminate small native plants.

WWU's Macdonald sets record; 2 headed to Texas relays

Central Washington's Kent McKinney and Dani Eggleston had PNQs in the men's 100 meters (10.61) and the women's steeplechase (11:00.27), respectively, in the Eastern Oregon Team Challenge in Hermiston, Ore., and Kevin Stanley had a PNQ in the hammer (183-9 ...

Northeast Oregon seeing early grass fires

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters in Eastern Oregon say they're already chasing grass fires, weeks earlier than usual. The Hermiston fire department tells the East Oregonian it's had five grass fires so far in March. That includes a two-acre fire ...

Oregon legislators to hold town halls in Pendleton, Hermiston

PENDLETON — Oregon State Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, will hold town hall meetings Friday and Saturday to meet with constituents. Hansell and state Rep. Greg Barreto, R-Cove, will be at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate, at noon Friday.

Hermiston top team at GHS’s 19-school invitational

Of the seven who scored in the 70s, three hailed from Hermiston. That paved the way for the Oregon team to claim top honors in the 19-school field. All told, the Bulldogs tallied an invite-low team score of 313. That was eight strokes lower than the second ...

Marjorie A. ‘Marge’ Powell

She died on March 18, 2015, in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 95 years. Marge was raised and attended schools in Wyoming. She then lived in South Dakota and New Mexico before settling in Oregon in the 1960s, where she has lived since. Marge owned and ...

Oregon Political Geography: The Great East

Bob Dole received little more than half the number of votes in 1996 as Reagan did in 1984. Northeastern Oregon Stretches from Hermiston to the Idaho border. In this definition I’m including the counties of Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Grant, and Baker.

Eileen Knowlton

Hatten and Christian S. Hatten and three sisters, Rebecca Borino of Diamondville, Wyoming and LaVanda Lattin of Soda Springs, Idaho and Jayne Stoor of Hermiston, Oregon. All are deceased. Nieces and nephews survive her. Eileen Married John ...

St. Ann’s Science winners preparing for Regional Science Fair

Right to left: Megon, Natalie, Ander, Foster, Julianna , Anson (Missing – Corson). NEWS/ SCHOOLS — Seven amazing science projects featuring 10 high school students from St. Ann’s Academy have been se…

Two Faces of Travel: Aggravation – and – Anticipation

One day in the market I told a woman she had a lovely smile and asked if she would allow me to take her picture, but she said no. Intimidated! I’ve lost my nerve so now many of my photos are taken sur…

Garlic mustard invading Eastern Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – Weed control experts in Umatilla County are saying: “Hold the mustard!” County weed control supervisor Dan Durfey tells the East Oregonian newspaper that garlic mustard first a…

How Can I Win In Divorce Court?

If you have queries about personal injury law or you would like to just discuss your accident with a lawyer, we are right here for you. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed Thompson’s lawsuit ag…

Sunday Sevens 03-22-15

Where has the week gone?  I feel like I spent the entire seven days doing boring, unphotographable (if that wasn’t a word before, it is now) things like hauling my mother to medical appointments.  I d…

Weird Stuff in the News…This Week – 03/21/15

Smelling like a bacon cheese burger…all the time, on purpose (video) A “Chinese Driver” decal that’s apparently mostly offending…Caucasia ns Free news for all! Because, apparently it’s our right …

Job Posting: GIS Administrator

Organization: Umatilla Electric Cooperative Position Type: Full-Time Permanent Location: Hermiston, Oregon Closing Date: March 26, 2015 Online Job Announcement Position Description Document Umatilla…

Working Hard at Hardly Working

OK, not really.  We have actually been running as hard as we can but we keep getting unexpected breaks. After we finished the UPS job, we got home on New Years Eve and we took the first three weeks o…

Washington County Fire District 2 Welcomes New Interim Fire Chief (Revised) (Photo)

WASHINGTON COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 2 WELCOMES NEW INTERIM FIRE CHIEF (REVISED) (PHOTO) News Release from Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 Posted on FlashAlert: March 6th, 2015 6:53 PM Downloadable file: Chief…

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Victms of discrimination in HERMISTON OREGON

The EEOC enforces the prohibitions against employment discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Title II of the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA), and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. These laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information, as well as reprisal for protected activity. The Commission´s interpretations of these statutes apply to its adjudication and enforcement in federal sector as well as private sector and state and local government employment.

The EEOC has held that discrimination against an inpidual because that person is transgender (also known as gender identity discrimination) is discrimination because of sex and therefore is covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See Macy v. Department of Justice, EEOC Appeal No. 0120120821 (April 20, 2012), http://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0120120821%20Macy%20v%20DOJ%20ATF.txt. The Commission has also found that claims by lesbian, gay, and bisexual inpiduals alleging sex-stereotyping state a sex discrimination claim under Title VII. See Veretto v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Appeal No. 0120110873 (July 1, 2011), http://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0120110873.txt; Castello v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Request No. 0520110649 (Dec. 20, 2011), http://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0520110649.txt.

While discrimination based on an inpidual´s status as a parent (prohibited under Executive Order 13152) is not a covered basis under the laws enforced by the EEOC, there are circumstances where discrimination against caregivers may give rise to sex discrimination under Title VII or disability discrimination under the ADA. See Enforcement Guidance: Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities, www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/caregiving.html.

Federal government employees may file claims of discrimination under the Part 1614 EEO process on any of the bases covered under the laws EEOC enforces, and/or may also utilize additional complaint procedures described below.

Civil Service Reform Act

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), as amended, also protects federal government applicants and employees from discrimination in personnel actions (see "Prohibited Personnel Practices" http://www.opm.gov/ovrsight/proidx.asp) based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or on conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the applicant or employee -- which can include sexual orientation or transgender (gender identity) status. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), www.osc.gov, and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), www.mspb.gov, enforce the prohibitions against federal employment discrimination codified in the CSRA. For more information, see OPM´s Addressing Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment at www.opm.gov/er/address2/guide01.htm, OPM´s Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Inpiduals in the Federal Workplace at www.opm.gov/persity/Transgender/Guidance.asp, and OSC´s Prohibited Personnel Practices and How to File a Complaint at http://www.osc.gov/ppp.htm.

Executive Orders

Additionally, federal agencies retain procedures for making complaints of discrimination on any bases prohibited by Executive Orders reviewed below. For example, some lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees may file complaints under both the agency´s Executive Order complaint process (for sexual orientation discrimination) and 1614 process (for sex discrimination), as these are separate processes.

Executive Order 11478, section 1 (as amended by Executive Orders 13087 and 13152) provides:

It is the policy of the government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in federal employment for all persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age, sexual orientation or status as a parent, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative program in each executive department and agency. This policy of equal opportunity applies to and must be an integral part of every aspect of personnel policy and practice in the employment, development, advancement, and treatment of civilian employees of the federal government, to the extent permitted by law.

Executive Order 13152 states that "status as a parent" refers to the status of an inpidual who, with respect to an inpidual who is under the age of 18 or who is 18 or older but is incapable of self-care because of a physical or mental disability, is: a biological parent, an adoptive parent, a foster parent, a stepparent, a custodian of a legal ward, in loco parentis over such inpidual, or actively seeking legal custody or adoption of such an inpidual. The Executive Order authorized OPM to develop guidance on the provisions of the Order.



Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in HERMISTON OREGON

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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Office on Violence Against Women


Register now and request your ballots for the year in HERMISTON OREGON

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

Completing a new FPCA is easy at FVAP.gov:

  • Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
  • Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
  • The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to print, sign and send directly to your local election official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
  • You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time

Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you wont have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you´re eligible to.

* While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.


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