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Community organizations help children overcome the ‘opportunity gap’

- In Umatilla and Morrow counties less than 50 percent of children who grew up in poverty escape it as adults.

Diagonal Road property may change from industrial to residential

- The Hermiston city council meets Tuesday instead of Monday next week.

Hermiston’s new farmers market opens

- The Maxwell Market, Hermiston’s new farmers market, opened Thursday on the corner of South First Place and West Locust Avenue.

At Umatilla High School, every college signee gets a ceremony

- Three quarters of school’s graduating seniors commit to continued education

Torres-Medrano named 2018 Umatilla Citizen of the Year

- The Umatilla Chamber of Commerce held its Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet.

Hermiston hosts first Professional Disc Golf Association tournament

- Dozens of competitors battled it out Saturday in the first round of the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation Open.

Pendleton Air Museum celebrates downtown location

- The Pendleton Air Museum is located at 21 S.W. Emigrant Avenue in Pendleton.

Stanfield Spring Fling draws area vendors

- The Stanfield Spring Fling ran Saturday on Coe Avenue.

Forum points to challenges of aging in rural Oregon

- The 2018 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon was May 16-18 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

Oregon Business Plan gathering feedback for 2019 legislative session

- Local business and governmental leaders met with representatives of the Oregon Business Council and Oregon Business & Industry on Friday.

Fair board looking for parade organizers

- Volunteers are needed to organize and direct entries for the 2018 Umatilla County Fair parade.

Narrow race for Hermiston council seat pushes election to November

- Mark Gomolski finishes with slight lead, will face incumbent Lori Davis in November

City passes supplemental budget

- City councilors listened to a report on the recent Cinco de Mayo event during their meeting Monday.

Ordnance buildings are gone, but memories linger

- Town south of Umatilla Army Depot had a brief life, including school, shopping center and community building.

Hermiston to add park foreman, new water tower to 2018-2019 budget

- The Hermiston City Council meets Monday to give final approval to the budget passed out of committee Thursday night.

Myers will hold farmers market in Hermiston after all

- After city offers to host market on festival street, business owner comes up with new plan

Hermiston Farmers Market replanted downtown after brief cancellation

- The city of Hermiston will host the 2018 farmers market instead of Mitch Myers.

Myers says Hermiston farmer’s market canceled for 2018

- Mitch Myers, who was planning the 2018 Hermiston Farmer’s Market, said the city building inspector is holding up the needed permits for a new home for the market.

National Guard members spending more time training

- National Guard soldiers will be spending more time away from their employment under the National Guard 4.0.

Challenge of Champions brings bull riding to Hermiston

- The Challenge of Champions Bull Riding tour swung through Hermiston on Saturday night.

Cinco de Mayo offers up celebration of culture in larger Hermiston venue

- Hermiston’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center featured food, live entertainment and a carnival.

Volunteer work party spruces up Pioneer Park in Pendleton

- Next cleanup on May 19 along Umatilla River

Umatilla group works to regain land purchased by Army Corps

- City would like to develop parks, historic sites on thousands of acres inside urban growth boundary

City, county disagree over splitting $4 million payments

- The city of Umatilla and Umatilla County will each benefit from Strategic Investment Program payments from Amazon data centers.

Depot nominated for Opportunity Zone tax incentive

- The Columbia Development Authority met Tuesday.

Former Stanfield police officer picked for council seat

- Ralph “Butch” Parrish will fill the remainder of Pam McSpadden’s term.

ELECTION GUIDE: Council candidates share vision for Hermiston

- Three incumbents make case to keep seats as five challengers file to join council

Plans for a new housing development on 350-acre property in the works

- Columbia Basin Land, LLC could build a large new housing development on the land at the junction of Feedville Road and Highway 207.

Perry promises to not sell off BPA assets without Congressional approval

- The idea to privatize BPA, which provides wholesale power to electric utilities across the Pacific Northwest, has received strong pushback.

Council candidates discuss housing, economic development

- Seven Hermiston City Council candidates discussed concerns facing Hermiston Wednesday ahead of the May 15 election.

Billions of boxes: Walmart Distribution Center celebrates 20 years in Hermiston

- Hub for the Northwest responsible for about eight percent of jobs on west side of Umatilla County

Former Navy captain setting his sights on governor’s mansion

- Greg Wooldridge visited Hermiston Friday.

Lights, cables, signs and more could reduce crashes on I-84

- The $11 million Interstate 84 Corridor Management Plan will result in new safety features.

Drivers can take safety into their own hands

- April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Umatilla approves more residential land for McNary

- Eight more homes can be added to the new Virginia’s Place subdivision in McNary.

April means spring cleaning for Hermiston

- Events on April 1-7, April 14 and April 21 provide free spring cleaning opportunities.

King’s work led the way for future generations

- John Carbage, president of the Hermiston Cultural Awareness Club, reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in light of the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Steel, aluminum tariffs create fluctuating market for local industries

- Metal fabrication, construction and other industries are affected by rising steel prices.

Believers remember biblical events through Way of the Cross

- Way of the Cross took place on Good Friday at noon, drawing hundreds of people through the streets of Hermiston.

Hermiston hopes to bring more theater to the community center


The stage at the Hermiston Community Center is often used for speeches and award presentations, but Wednesday night it was the scene of a murder.

It wasn’t a real murder — just a rehearsal for a murde...

Walden tours agricultural research center in Hermiston

- Rep. Greg Walden got a tour of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center on Wednesday.