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Healing with horse power


Ashley Haapla started out as a skeptic of therapeutic horseback riding.

The Pendleton resident described herself as “super not country” who was more familiar with the buses and trains of her native S...

Wiener dog winner has another boom year


A new dynasty was born Friday.

On the hallowed grounds of the 400 block of Pendleton’s Main Street, the 11th annual Dogtona 400 crowned Boomer its wiener dog race king Friday.

It was Boomer’s ...

Promise & Potential: Students alter paths but stay in school after freshman year

- More than a quarter of college students don’t stay enrolled for second year

Mayor hands Pendleton city critic an ultimatum


Grumbling about a letter to the editor published in the East Oregonian is not uncommon for the Pendleton City Council, but it isn’t usually followed by an ultimatum.

At a Tuesday city council meeting, Mayor...

Pendleton dispensaries try to stave off marijuana black market


On May 17, the Blue Mountain Enforcement Team seized a substantial amount of marijuana from a Pendleton downtown business.

The next day, Pendleton’s two marijuana dispensaries saw some benefits.


Too few cooks in the kitchen closes senior center


Down a cook, the Community Action Program of East Central Oregon closed the Active Senior Center of Pendleton for the past two weeks and intends to keep it closed through the first week of July.

Marci McMurphy, CAP...

OLCC recruiting new liquor store contractors for Eastern Oregon


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is ready to open Eastern Oregon for business.

About a dozen people attended an OLCC town hall in Pendleton Thursday, where state liquor officials explained how they could becom...

Pendleton Coffee Bean shuts down

- Downtown restaurant still owes $22,000 from Pendleton Development Commission loan

Pendleton youth outreach upstart setting roots in rec center


A local nonprofit is looking to expand its reach, using the Pendleton Recreation Center as a home base.

Hoping to fill in the gaps not covered by other youth organizations, REACH Pendleton intends to provide servi...

City of Pendleton, school district consider trading lots

- City’s McKay Park and school’s former district office on the trading block

Estimated 150 march for LGBT equality in Pendleton

- Estimated 150 take to streets in Pendleton in conjunction with national march

In first reservation town hall, Wyden talks tribal issues

- Senator says he will fight to protect Bureau of Indian Affairs funding, develop veteran services organization

Air taxi project ‘cleared for takeoff’ at new Pendleton hangar


Standing at a podium in the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range new hangar, Mayor John Turner told the audience about the Oregon Trail and the pioneer transportation made possible by wagon and livestock.


Washington Elementary revamps signs to promote tribal language, improve attendance

- Despite some early success with family nights tribal language signs, the future of tribal attendance program remains uncertain

Cason’s Place, new Pendleton grief support facility, finds home near former St. Anthony Hospital

- Non-profit recruiting volunteers, intends to open later this summer

A rodeo with an uplifting message

- Forklift contest pits drivers against one another at safety conference

Graduates, parents reflect on the past and future at Pendleton High graduation


Rather than a unified force, the audience that assembled in the Pendleton Round-Up arena were informally organized into well over 100 cheering factions at the Pendleton High School graduation ceremony Saturday.


Pendleton School District grapples with falling enrollment


Budget cuts hit the Pendleton School District hard.

The $1.4 million cut to the 2017-2018 budget’s general fund required the district to reduce its workforce by 19.5 positions through layoffs and unfilled v...

Adopted from a foster home, PHS grad looks to pay it forward


By the time she finishes college, Jennifer Kannier could come full circle.

After she graduates from Pendleton High School Saturday, she plans to pursue a degree and career in social work, a fitting profession for ...

Pendleton School District drafting new strategy to combat declining enrollment, state funding questions

- New superintendent to help craft goals for next school year

Veterans’ stories at Pendleton High bring sacrifice to life

- Veterans from five wars speak about their connection to loss

Pendleton event recruiter Pat Beard hired to manage convention center


As the event recruiter for the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, Pat Beard is used to marketing the Pendleton Convention Center as an asset to the tourism industry.

Representing the center will soon become Beardȁ...

McBee takes a seat after 43 years on Pendleton Foundation Trust

- Group has been donating to civic projects since 1928

School to Careers program puts Pendleton students in real-life job training


Pendleton School District budget woes or not, the School to Careers program intends to press on.

A work training program for high school students in the Pendleton School District, School to Careers officials are l...

I, Q, take you U


It was a love for the ages.

Having known each other for millennia, the letters Q and U have been frequent partners since they were incorporated into the English alphabet during the Middle Ages.

But it took th...

Cutting between worlds: Tribal school students learn art of linocuts

- Students finish year-long works of art, will put them up for sale

Committee sends diminished budget to Pendleton School Board

- Layoffs reduced to seven after resignations, retirement

Schools ease transfer between BMCC and EOU


The word of the day for Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University was “seamless.”

At a ceremony at BMCC’s Pendleton campus Wednesday, the presidents of BMCC and EOU signed ...

Athena Mainstreet Association buys old PGG store

- Building now in community control, new uses to be discussed

Pendleton voters approve fire station bond

- Bond for new fire station and equipment marks first bond victory in 21 years

Athena-Weston P.E. teacher ‘Mr. Fun’ among 2017 Crystal Apple winners

- Athena-Weston P.E. teacher named a 2017 Crystal Apple Award winner

Pendleton business man questions competition with city for RV storage space

- As recreational vehicle business booms, lots in Pendleton fill up with product ready to move

Pendleton council prepares to implement city goals


Shortly after he was elected on May 16, 2016, Pendleton Mayor John Turner sent out a statement laying out his plan to create new goals for the city.

A year later, they are ready to be implemented.

At a Pend...

Rivoli receives $100,000 grant for restoration

- Demolition work at the historic theater could start as soon as July

Hawthorne, Pendleton High School to remain separate

- No formal action means Hawthorne will stay separate high school for at least another year

Work begins on first new Milton-Freewater school since 1922

- Gib Olinger Elementary named after local businessman, school board member, player on ‘Tall Firs’ championship team

Fritsch picked as new Pendleton superintendent

- Administrator comes from Longview Public Schools in Washington

Promise & Potential: ‘Space gym’ concept gets noticed by NASA

- College team with PHS grad makes to it to the finals of NASA-sponsored competition

Pendleton superintendent candidates make their pitch


The four finalists vying to become the next Pendleton School District superintendent got their first chance to make an impression on the community, and the community got its first chance to make an impression on them.

District staff propose merging alternative school into Pendleton High

- Pendleton School District staff suggest moving alternative education program to PHS

Pendleton gala remembers Doolittle Raiders


Each veteran and military personnel had their reasons for being at the Oregon National Guard Armory in Pendleton Saturday.

The National Guard partnered with the Pendleton Air Museum to organize the Doolittle Raide...

Merkley answers Pendleton crowd on range of D.C. issues

- Senator talks about possible fight on revived health care bill, recently unveiled fossil fuels plan

Pendleton School Board plans to lay off 10

- Situation could change if state adds funding back to education