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East Oregonian
JOBS: 50 percent of
Pendleton’s workforce
commutes from elsewhere
Continued from 1A
nity College, Wal-Mart and
Safeway.
But Chrisman maintains
that the basic message of the
study remains — Pendleton
doesn’t suffer from a lack of
jobs.
Rather than a dearth of
employment opportunities,
Chrisman said Pendleton is
hurt more from its lack of
housing.
Along with his own study,
Chrisman also pointed to a
U.S. Census Bureau Center
for Economic Studies inflow/
outflow analysis from 2011
that showed that more than
50 percent of Pendleton’s
workforce commutes from
elsewhere.
Chrisman
said
that
Pendleton’s
tight
real
estate market means that
commuters choose to remain
living in their home commu-
nities when they land a job
in Pendleton, rather than
relocate.
Chrisman believes that
these commuters eventually
take jobs closer to home,
contributing to the flat
growth Pendleton has expe-
rienced in recent decades.
“That’s a fragile work-
force,” he said.
Some employers are
always trying to build that
workforce.
Cayuse Technologies, a
Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Indian Reservation
enterprise that provides
application
development,
digital marketing and tech
support, has about 150
vacancies.
Cayuse
Technologies
lead staffing recruiter David
Filkins said his company’s
main challenge is offering
pay that is competitive with
larger cities.
Being based in Pendleton,
Filkins said Cayuse Tech-
nologies can’t offer the $12
to $15 per hour pay that a
Portland call center might
offer.
Given that disadvantage,
Filkins said Cayuse Technol-
ogies is unafraid to present
their entry level positions as
starter jobs, labeling them a
“building block” to manage-
ment positions within the
company or “the largest
piece of a stepping stone”
Report: Islamic
State group’s
‘business model’
near collapse
The Islamic State group
is hemorrhaging money
with every piece of territory
it loses, according to a new
analysis that found that the
group’s “business model” is
on the path to failure.
The analysis released
Saturday by the International
Centre for the Study of
Radicalisation and Political
Violence and the accounting
firm EY found that the
self-proclaimed caliphate’s
financial resources have been
drained substantially since the
days beginning in mid-2014
when it captured banks, oil
wells and entire warehouses
of weapons as it amassed
land.
The report found that
Islamic State revenue has
declined from up to $1.9
billion in 2014 to at most $870
million in 2016.
“One of the mistakes
that’s been made in the past
when we were talking about
Islamic State was talking
about it purely as a terrorist
organization. It is a terrorist
organization but it is more
than that. It holds territory,”
said Peter Neumann, director
of the center at King’s College
London. “That also means
it has a lot more expenses. It
needs to fix roads. It needs to
pay teachers. It needs to run
health services. It needs to pay
for these things that al-Qaida
never had to.”
But less money may
not make the group less
dangerous, the report said.
“We know from the attacks
in Paris and Brussels and
Berlin that none of them was
expensive,” Neumann said.
Most of the recent attacks
in Europe and the U.S. were
self-financed by the people
that carried them out, with
little input or money from the
IS leadership in the war zone
of Syria and Iraq.
to a tech job elsewhere that
usually requires a college
degree and 3-5 years of
experience.
Filkins said Cayuse
Technologies staff typically
focus their recruitment
efforts locally. And if they
do try to hire from outside
the area, they often have
them work from home rather
than relocate because of the
difficulty people face finding
affordable housing.
Across the street from
Cayuse Technologies is
another tribal enterprise
that’s always hiring.
At the time of Chrisman’s
study, Wildhorse Resort and
Casino had 40 vacancies, the
third most on the list.
Wildhorse spokeswoman
Tiah DeGrofft said the
team’s frontline staff, which
includes housekeepers, jani-
tors and culinary employees,
tends to have frequent turn-
over.
Although
Wildhorse
recruits employees from
Hermiston, Walla Walla,
Tri-Cities, La Grande and
other communities in the
surrounding area, DeGrofft
said the commute hasn’t
been too big of a hindrance.
While Wildhorse is
comfortable with having
a few dozen vacancies
in a business with 850
employees, DeGrofft said
Wildhorse is planning how
to properly staff its casino
and resort after a proposed
expansion that will include a
new hotel, bowling alley and
event center.
DeGrofft said the tribes
haven’t studied how many
jobs it could add, but it
will be “substantial.” Each
employee will need a place
to live, however, and the
odds of finding it in Pend-
leton are slim.
———
Contact Antonio Sierra
at asierra@eastoregonian.
com or 541-966-0836.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
BUDGET: Farmers decried proposed cuts to ag extension centers
Continued from 1A
said taxes need to be raised
to prevent proposed cuts
that will cause low-income
Oregonians to lose health
insurance, while Joy Post
said new revenue was
needed to save programs
like those that help her care
for her disabled son in her
own home.
Preserving funding for
Eastern Oregon Devel-
opmental
Disabilities
Resources, which is on the
chopping block in the gover-
nor’s proposed budget, and
maintaining funding levels
for the Oregon Consortium
of Family Networks brought
out a crowd of yellow-clad
supporters who advocated
on behalf of individuals with
developmental disabilities
and their caretakers.
Courtney Bissinger of
Pendleton said she lost her
home and her job of 12 years
after becoming a mother of
a severely disabled child.
She said she “didn’t know
what to do” until the Family
Networks program stepped
in to help.
Nazario Rivera, a Good
Shepherd Health Care
System employee, said
scaling back the Oregon
Health Plan as proposed
would harm low-income
families who cannot other-
wise afford insurance.
“The families we serve
in the ER wait until the last
minute (to seek treatment)
because they can’t afford
health insurance,” he said.
“When asked to follow
up with their primary care
provider they are unable to
do so.”
On the law enforcement
side, more than a dozen
people asked the committee
to reconsider the gover-
nor’s proposal to close the
Oregon State Police crime
lab in Pendleton and cut
funding for drug task forces
including BENT.
They pointed out that
evidence samples would
need to be sent more
than 200 miles away to
the Clackamas lab, while
forensic analysts would
have to travel equally as far
to testify in court or provide
training. District attorneys
and police chiefs from the
region also pointed to homi-
cides where the evidence,
say in an outdoor crime
scene, would have been
destroyed if analysts needed
hours or days to arrive from
Portland.
“With these types of
scenes, time is of the
essence,” said Umatilla
Police Chief Darla Huxel.
Students from Blue
Mountain
Community
College and Eastern Oregon
University also asked legis-
lators to fund higher educa-
tion in the state at a level
that would not require more
than a five percent increase
in tuition. Larissa Golightly
said BMCC helped her get
her higher education back
on track, after serious health
problems had previously
derailed it. Carlin Sacco
said the college gave her an
opportunity to pull herself
out of homelessness.
Farmers, ranchers and 4H
students showed up to decry
proposed cuts to agricultural
extension centers. Bryan
Wolfe of Hermiston said
the Hermiston Agricultural
Research and Extension
Center has helped his family
— now in its sixth gener-
ation of farming — grow
better-quality crops more
efficiently.
Other funding initiatives
that citizens supported
through testimony Friday
included
the
Oregon
Cultural Trust, K12 educa-
tion, noxious weed control,
mental health and addiction
services, and communi-
ty-specific projects such
as the Farm II project that
would help BMCC and the
city of Pendleton replace
the Round-Up pavilion with
a center giving students
hands-on experience with
livestock handling and other
agricultural subjects.
———
Contact Jade McDowell
at jmcdowell@eastorego-
nian.com or 541-564-4536.
Autopsy on N. Korean inconclusive as fourth person arrested
KUALA
LUMPUR,
Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia
performed a second autopsy
on the estranged half brother
of North Korea's leader
because the first procedure
was inconclusive, piling on
the intrigue surrounding what
appeared to be a well-ex-
ecuted assassination at an
airport in Kuala Lumpur, an
official said Saturday. Police
arrested a fourth suspect,
identified as a North Korean
man.
The second autopsy
clearly enraged North Korea,
which has vowed to reject
the results of any post-
mortem and demanded that
Malaysia turn over the body
immediately. Speaking to
reporters outside the morgue
late Friday, Pyongyang's
ambassador said Malaysian
officials may be “trying to
conceal something” and
“colluding with hostile
forces.”
A Malaysian official with
knowledge of the investiga-
tion confirmed the second
autopsy started Friday night
and said that the results of the
first one were inconclusive.
He asked that his name not
be used because he is not
authorized to speak to the
media.
The inconclusive autopsy
results raise all sorts of
questions about the myste-
rious death of Kim Jong
Nam, but a lack of closure
and a lingering sense of the
unknown aren't unusual
when it comes to North
Korea. While South Korea
has blamed North Korea for
a slew of notable assassina-
tions or attempted killings
in past decades, the North
often denies involvement or
simply doesn't comment.
The death of Kim Jong
Nam, the exiled half brother
of North Korea's powerful
and mercurial ruler, has
unleashed a torrent of
speculation, tales of intrigue
and explosive, unconfirmed
reports from dueling nations.
Malaysia has arrested
four people so far, the lastest
a man carrying an ID that
identified him as 46-year-old
Ri Jong Chol. He was picked
up Friday night.
Authorities were still
trying to piece together
details of the case.
Kim Jong Nam, who was
45 or 46 and had lived in exile
for years, suddenly fell ill at
the Kuala Lumpur airport on
Monday as he waited for a
flight home to Macau. Dizzy
and in pain, he told medical
workers at the airport he had
been sprayed with a chem-
ical. He died while being
taken to a hospital.
South Korea has accused
its enemies in North Korea of
dispatching a hit squad to kill
Kim Jong Nam at the airport
in Kuala Lumpur, saying two
female assassins poisoned
him and then fled in a taxi.
On Friday, Indonesia's
police chief said an Indo-
nesian woman arrested for
suspected involvement in
the killing was duped into
thinking she was part of a
comedy show prank.
Indonesian police chief
Tito
Karnavian,
citing
information received from
Malaysian authorities, told
reporters in Indonesia's Aceh
province that Siti Aisyah,
25, was paid to be involved
in “Just For Laughs” style
pranks, a reference to a
popular hidden camera show.
He said she and another
woman performed stunts
which involved convincing
men to close their eyes and
then spraying them with
water.