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Hermiston to consider extending deadline for Ranch & Home

- The Hermiston city council will discuss amending an agreement with retailer Ranch & Home on Monday after the owner said the store will likely not meet the deadline for financial incentives the city had offered.

Echo issues apology for councilor’s Facebook comments

- After Echo city councilor Lou Nakapalau told a gay man on Facebook that he would spit on his grave when he died of AIDS, the city council voted to issue a public apology and work on a social media policy.

Businesses and nonprofits collecting coats for those in need

- Clean, gently-used coats can be donated at locations around the county.

New housing projects could put dent in cities’ housing crunch

- Boardman, Hermiston, Umatilla all seeing new housing projects start.

Fire support: Umatilla County firefighters deployed to California

- Pendleton Fire Department and Umatilla County Fire District sent equipment and personnel to Chino, California on Saturday.

Hermiston diners hungry for new restaurants

- Hermiston has 58 restaurants reviewed on Yelp and Pendleton has 61.

Mount St. Helens survivor describes experience ahead of natural disaster show

- Venus Dergan is one of the survivors of Mount St. Helens featured on the series premier of “Make it out Alive.”

Facebook comments by city councilor highlight fears of coming out

- National Coming Out Day is Wednesday.

Harkenrider Center in Hermiston on time and on budget

- The Hermiston city council discussed progress on the new senior center and approved a police union contract

Back from the disaster zone: Echo pharmacist provided care after Hurricane Irma

- Pharmacist Cindy Parks is one of several Oregon medical professionals who deployed to Florida after Hurricane Irma hit.

Morrow County Harvest Festival provides family fun

- The Morrow County Harvest Festival was Saturday at the SAGE Center in Boardman.

Parks and Reclamation: Government agencies balance priorities on western Umatilla River

- Steelhead, Riverfront, Oxbow and other properties along the Umatilla River combine habitat restoration and public recreation.

Stanfield passes mobile food vendor ordinance

- Mobile food vendors must close by 9 p.m. each night in Stanfield.

State review highlights strengths and weaknesses at Umatilla County Public Health

- The Umatilla County Commission accepted a report Wednesday from the Oregon Health Authority.

Investor in biodiesel project urges caution against getting ‘suckered’ into scam

- Glenn Bradley has never seen a return on his investment in Inland Pacific Energy Center LLC and related companies.

Army moves depot transfer date out to May

- The Army’s Base Realignment and Closure office has informed the Columbia Development Authority it won’t be ready to transfer the depot by a previous deadline of Dec. 1

EOTEC faces questions on maintenance and management

- EOTEC hosts the Hermiston Horse Sale Extravaganza in two weeks.

State calls plans for Stanfield biodiesel plant a ‘scam’

- Developer Bob Doughty said he still plans to build a biodiesel plant in Stanfield despite being fined by the state for violating Oregon securities law.

Eastern Oregon Telecom breaks ground on new building

- Eastern Oregon Telecom is building a new location to combine business and warehouse operations into one building.

City evaluates recommendations for Hermiston Conference Center

- Recommendations for the Hermiston Conference Center include a single rate for public, private and nonprofit use.

Hermiston bus system changes to new route on Monday

- The Hermiston HART will now make fewer stops and more loops through town.

Hermiston to assist private pavilion project in exchange for skate park land

- Mitco Investments plans to build an event pavilion on South First Street.

Hermiston council eases rules to encourage housing development

- The Hermiston city council voted Monday to change residential development standards and create a new program for infill properties.

Oregon Military Department eyes improvements to Camp Umatilla

- Lt. Col. Noel Hoback is looking forward to improving Camp Umatilla after the former Umatilla Chemical Depot is transferred to local control.

The Force is strong with new Star Wars blankets from Pendleton Woolen Mills

- Pendleton Woolen Mills weaves new design in advance of ‘The Last Jedi’

Relationship between conference center, EOTEC on council’s agenda

- The Hermiston city council meetings Monday with a work session at 6 p.m. and regular meeting at 7 p.m.

Dynes fined for nuisance violation

- Hermiston’s nuisance ordinance was enforced in court Friday.

Walden discusses immigration, cybersecurity in Hermiston

- Rep. Greg Walden visited the Hermiston Rotary Club on Thursday.

Stanfield passes nuisance ordinance, considers mobile food vending rules

- Rules for mobile vendors discussed as new business readies to open

First nine holes of Hermiston Desert Disc Golf open

- The Hermiston Desert Disc Golf course, located across 11th Street from Good Shepherd Medical Center, is now open for use.

Holding a phone while driving means big fines starting Oct. 1

- A new Oregon law bans all cell phone use while driving and could land repeat offenders in jail.

Planned rock blast clears way for road


An explosion at the Port of Umatilla on Thursday night is helping pave the way for a new $3.5 million road connecting the port with industrial land owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.


Mixed results in state testing data, with overall downward trend


Test score data released by the Oregon Department of Education is painting a picture for school districts about where their students are struggling and succeeding.

The state publicly released hundreds of pages of a...

Good Shepherd adds two more surgeons

- Orthopedic surgeon Patrick Harrison and general surgeon R. Todd Jones join Hermiston.

City, irrigation district recognized for reuse project

- The city of Hermiston and West Extension Irrigation District were recognized with the Tyler Hansell Agricultural Efficiency Award.

Hermiston raises franchise fees to pay for street projects

- The Hermiston City Council voted Monday to increase franchise fees on electric, natural gas, cable and telecommunications companies.

September is National Preparedness Month.

- Hermiston
Oregonians encouraged to stock up on emergency supplies

A dream disrupted

- Young people who grew up undocumented face an uncertain future after President Donald Trump announced the end of a program allowing them to avoid deportation.

Indian Beauty Pageant

- Contests showcase traditional regalia

Tough Enough To Wear Pink

- 2017 is the rodeo’s 12th year participating in the national campaign

With one major hurdle left, depot transfer set for Dec. 1

- Protection of cultural and historical resources is the last major hurdle to clear for transferring the Umatilla Chemical Depot to local control.

Stanfield tables nuisance ordinance

- The Stanfield city council discussed a new nuisance ordinance, an agreement to take Echo’s recycled water and the proposed OSU extension service district Tuesday.

Referendums and initiatives give power to the people

- An explanation of how Oregonians can bypass the legislature to pass their own laws.

Hermiston senior center construction on track

- Hermiston’s senior citizens are meeting at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church until the Harkenrider Center’s completion.

Petition sponsors gathering signatures for proposed 2018 measures

- Sponsors of two initiatives and two referendums are working to gather enough signatures to appear on the ballot in 2018.

Former welder celebrates her 109th birthday with family in Hermiston

- Geneva Eddings turned 109 Thursday.

Community likes EOTEC best for Hermiston graduation

- Hermiston School District’s board of education weighed pros, cons and costs of different graduation venues Monday.

Hermiston kicks off new school year

- Principals Laura Jacobsma and Christie Petersen were among those who started their first day of school in Hermiston School District Monday.

West side of Hermiston’s downtown growing

- Business owner Cyndie Traner is working to make Southwest Third Street an extension of Hermiston’s downtown