E. Oregon regional airport bears down on weeds

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The Pendleton airport is spraying to prevent weeds on the runways instead of waiting to kill them once they've sprung up.

The East Oregonian reports weeds are a problem the city is addressing at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, where there's a $2.4 million debt to other city funds and a change of management under way.

City Manager Robb Corbett told the airport commission Thursday the airport's problems are fixable.

Airport secretary Patti Johlke said the Federal Aviation Administration in 2011 admonished the airport about weeds, and they were quickly removed. But, she said, the airport has to spray to prevent them.

The worker who did daily runway inspections retired last week. Corbett said he's working to replace him, and someone from another department may do the spraying.