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    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017
Two men wounded in
shooting at Stanfield party
Police with the local
major crimes team are
investigating a shooting
early Saturday in
Stanfield that left two
men wounded.
Stanfield police at 2:47
a.m. Saturday received
a 9-1-1 call about shots
fired at a party on the
900 block of South Main
Street, Stanfield. Police
Chief Bryon Zumwalt
in a written statement
reported officers arrived
and found two adults
at the party were shot
following a dispute.
Their injuries were
not life-threatening,
according to the
statement, and both
received medical
treatment at Good
Shepherd Medical Center,
Hermiston, which later
released the pair.
“Based on the
investigation to date,”
Zumwalt reported, “this
appears to be an isolated
incident with no danger
to the general public.”
Major crimes team
members from Oregon
State Police and local
departments, including
Hermiston and Umatilla,
are helping with the
investigation, along with
the office of the Umatilla
County district attorney.
DEQ to sponsor local
hazardous waste collection
Local residents can get
rid of household hazardous
waste during a free collec-
tion Saturday, April 22, at
the Eastern Oregon Trade
and Event Center, 1705 E.
Airport Road in Hermiston.
Common items to be
collected may include aero-
sol cans, antifreeze, engine
cleaners, fluorescent tubes,
herbicides, batteries, motor
oil, paint, pesticides and
weed killers.
In addition, Oregon
E-Cycles will collect old
computers, monitors, televi-
sions, keyboards and mice.
Pharmaceuticals, ammu-
nition, explosives or prod-
ucts that contain radioactive
waste, such as smoke detec-
tors, will not be accepted.
Agricultural pesticides
from ranches and farms will
be accepted on Friday, April
21. Pre-registration was re-
quired for agricultural and
small business waste dis-
posal by Friday, April 14.
Saturday’s event will
run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It is sponsored by the Or-
egon Department of Envi-
ronmental Quality, city of
Hermiston, Umatilla Coun-
ty, EOTEC and Sanitary
Depot transfer delayed until end of year
Staff Writer
It may be later than ex-
pected, but the U.S. Army
has submitted a draft agree-
ment to transfer owner-
ship of the former Umatilla
Chemical Depot into local
Members of the Colum-
bia Development Authority
met over the phone Tuesday
to review the 22-page docu-
ment, which director Greg
Smith said marks a huge
“It means we’re in the
home stretch of transferring
the property,” Smith said.
However, Smith added
the agreement was due by
February, and delays have al-
ready cost the CDA millions
of dollars in lost economic
development over the past
two years.
The latest timeline from
the Army Base Realignment
and Closure Division pushes
the proposed transfer date
back even further, from Sept.
1 to Dec. 1.
“This is an extraordinarily
frustrating process,” Smith
The CDA plans to use a
portion of the depot land for
industrial development in
Umatilla and Morrow coun-
ties. Smith said a number of
industries have shown inter-
est in the property, including
data centers, animal feed
producers, aggregate mining
and four different national
hotel chains.
But until the transfer is
‘We believe there is value in protecting and
preserving a portion of these resources.
Where the Oregon Trail is undisturbed, we
have said we’ll take those best pieces and
set them aside for protection.’
Columbia Development Authority director Greg Smith
done, Smith said he is forced
to put those companies on
the back burner.
“We’re really hamstrung
until the Army completes its
work,” he said.
The CDA still has work
to do as well. One of the last
major hurdles is to figure out
how the group will account
for cultural and archaeolog-
ical resources on site, in-
cluding two branches of the
Oregon Trail that cross the
Smith outlined a propos-
al to preserve 50-100 yard
stretches of both roads and
build kiosks to educate the
public about their historical
“We believe there is val-
ue in protecting and pre-
serving a portion of these
resources,” Smith said.
“Where the Oregon Trail is
undisturbed, we have said
we’ll take those best pieces
and set them aside for pro-
The CDA also plans to
allow hunting and gathering
at Coyote Coulee, a portion
of the property deemed sig-
nificant by the Confederated
Tribes of the Umatilla Indi-
an Reservation.
Hunting will be opened
to tribal members as well
as the general public where
Coyote Coulee enters the
planned wildlife preserve,
but not where it crosses into
industrial areas.
“We have to be prudent,”
Smith said.
Finally, Smith said the
CDA plans to establish 30-
yard buffers around a fire pit
that was found within the in-
dustrial zone on the Umatil-
la County side, and a prehis-
toric thinning flake that was
discovered on the Morrow
County side. The artifacts
may or may not be signif-
icant, but until they can be
studied Smith said they will
err on the side of caution.
The Army will convene
a meeting in Mobile, Ala-
bama to continue negotiat-
ing an agreement on cultural
and historical resources.
Smith said he will attend,
along with representatives
from the State Historic Pres-
ervation Office and CTUIR.
In other news, Smith,
who serves as a state legis-
lator for the district where
the CDA is located, said he
was recently notified that
the Army has been fined
$21,600 by the Oregon De-
partment of Environmental
Quality for failing to submit
a sampling report that veri-
fies the land is clean and not
The fine is for procedur-
al — not environmental —
violations, but Smith said
it is another example of the
Army not meeting its dead-
“The reason I share this is
not to embarrass anyone,” he
said. “We’re hoping that com-
munication between the Army
and DEQ will be enhanced.”
Linda Hayes-Gorman,
DEQ Eastern Region ad-
ministrator, wrote that the
Army missed its submittal
date “by a wide margin.”
Michele Lanigan, who
works with the Army’s Base
Realignment and Closure
office in Umatilla, said an-
other division was responsi-
ble for that report.
Smith said he will push as
hard as he can to avoid any
further delays in getting the
depot transferred to the CDA.
“We’re doing everything
we can to move that conver-
sation,” he said.
Contact George Plaven
at gplaven@eastoregonian.
com or 541-966-0825.
Sheriff’s office arrests man in wake of two-vehicle crash
Staff Writer
A two-vehicle crash Satur-
day near Hermiston sent three
people to hospitals, and the
Umatilla County Sheriff’s Of-
fice arrested one man in con-
nection to the wreck.
Efrain Narcizo-Mateos, 23,
of Richland, Washington, is in
the county jail, Pendleton, on
the following charges: driving
under the influence of intox-
icants, reckless driving, hit
and run with injury and three
counts each of reckless en-
dangering and second-degree
The crash occurred Satur-
day night around 8:30 at West-
land and Agnew roads, Herm-
iston, according to police and
fire reports. The Umatilla
County Sheriff’s Office in-
vestigated the crash with help
from Oregon State Police.
The sheriff’s office in a
written statement reported
Narcizo-Mateos was driving
a 2004 GMC Envoy west on
Westland Road, crossed into
the eastbound lane and headed
straight for a 2012 red Ford.
Brady Frischman, 25, of
Gresham, was at the wheel
of the Ford and had two pas-
sengers, Daniel Breece, 22, of
Portland, and Alyssa Ray, 23,
of Philomath. Frischman tried
to avoid the crash, according
to the sheriff’s statement, and
the Envoy struck the Ford’s
passenger side.
Rescuers with the Uma-
tilla County Fire District 1
used saws and hydraulic
tools to free Breece from the
wreckage, the sheriff’s office
reported, and a helicopter
ambulance flew him to Kad-
lac Regional Medical Center,
Richland, Washington. Am-
bulances took Frischman and
Ray to Good Shepherd Med-
ical Center, Hermiston.
Sheriff Terry Rowan re-
ported “their injuries were sig-
nificant, but all three seem to
be doing OK.”
preliminary charges Monday
morning in circuit court in
Hermiston. His next hearing
is April 24 after a grand jury
reviews the case for possible
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