By Joyce Hensley

Staff writer

PENDLETON — The Oregon State Police (OSP) Pendleton crime lab has been operating with only two employees for the last few months — and staff size isn't likely to get any larger any time soon.

"We've been operating on a skeleton crew for the last year and a half, and we're included on a "chopping block" list," said criminalist Christine Ogilvie.

Besides Ogilvie, Donna Vogel, a forensic science lab support specialist, remains in the facility to process and examine evidence for criminal cases from all law enforcement agencies in Oregon.

"Our office has been short staffed for a year and a half," she said. "They didn't take any from us (with the latest OSP cuts). Because of our seniority, we weren't laid off, but a lab director and an additional scientist position remain vacant because of earlier budget problems."

(For the full story, please see the March 11, 2003, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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