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Landing Days features Friday entertainment for first time in years

- Umatilla Landing Days is Friday and Saturday at the Umatilla Marina.

Hermiston council to look at $1 million meter deal


The Hermiston City Council will consider a $1 million contract for new electrical meters Monday.

The contract between Hermiston Energy Services and Landis + Gyr Technology for new automatic meters would include $39...

Echo looking for more solutions to wastewater problems

- Echo must make adjustments to its sewer system by the end of 2019.

Hermiston cultural event to follow Funfest

- Around the World in One Fun Day will run from 4-7:30 p.m. on July 8.

EOTEC passes $2.2M budget


The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board adopted a 2017-2018 budget on Wednesday.

The $2.2 million budget is a decrease of $6.9 million from 2016-2017, reflecting a shift from construction to operation. Cons...

Hermiston Rock Hunt group providing cure for summer boredom

- Hermiston families are painting rocks and hiding them around town for others to find.

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution getting new superintendent

- Jeri Taylor is retiring as EOCI superintendent, to be replaced by Brigitte Amsberry.

Cancer survivors talk about life in remission

- A monthly lunch group for survivors of cancer provides support and advice from people who have “been there.”

Diplomas offer new beginning for EOCI inmates

- Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution held its spring graduation and awards ceremony Friday.

Hermiston looks for ways to afford street projects


As the Oregon legislature looks to raise revenue for transportation projects, the city of Hermiston is working on a plan of its own.

The city’s public infrastructure committee has been working to put togethe...

Chamber turns down Carnegie Library space

- The Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce is searching for new offices.

Hermiston represented at Rose Festival with parade float

- A giant slice of Hermiston watermelon rode in the Grand Floral Parade on Saturday.

Hermiston passes $57.3 million budget

- The 2017-2018 budget includes a trail project, new water treatment equipment, new water meters and a new senior center.

Columbia River bridge at Umatilla begins year-long repair project

- The Oregon-bound side of the Interstate 82 birdge near Umatilla will be closed for more than a year starting July 4.

Wanted: EOTEC general manager to ‘build from the ground up’

- The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board met Friday.

Umatilla gets two new voices on city council

- Mark Keith and Selene Torres-Medrano were appointed to the Umatilla city council Tuesday.

Maxwell Siding Event Center adding new event venue to Hermiston

- Building remodeled to fill hole left by Thompson Hall closure

Umatilla residents engaging in a new way

- A plan presented to Umatilla residents on Tuesday night envisions a revitalized downtown and a parks corridor

Bus buff has drive to ride all U.S. routes, checks Hermiston Hopper off list

- A travel agent from New Hampshire is working on riding every public bus system in the United States.

Eight Umatilla residents vying for two seats on city council

- The Umatilla City Council’s agenda for Tuesday includes appointing two new city council members, approving the 2017-2018 budget and authorizing the mayor to sign five different agreements.

Transportation bill lays out taxes, improvements for Eastern Oregon

- The legislature’s Joint Committee for Transportation Preservation and Modernization has released the text of its proposed transportation package to be voted on this summer

EOTEC ready to begin recruiting general manager

- The EOTEC general manager will make $70,000 to $85,000 per year.

New law keeps children in rear-facing car seats until age 2

- Umatilla-Morrow Head Start offers safety checks on car seats.

Airport Road name change tabled indefinitely


Airport Road will keep its name for now, but the Umatilla County Commission hasn’t ruled out changing the name sometime in the future.

The city of Hermiston petitioned the county to change the road’s ...

Actors bring Pendleton’s underground to life


Melissa Hale played a lot of different parts during her high school theater days, but when she stepped back into acting last weekend it was for a more grown-up role.

Hale, who recently moved to Pendleton from San D...

Morrow County School District launching online school

- Parents and students are invited to informational sessions June 5,7 and 8.

Hermiston football team carries on flag tradition

- Hermiston High School football players and coaches put up almost 800 flags at the Hermiston Cemetery on Friday.

Aquatic centers prepping for summer swim season

- The Hermiston Family Aquatic Center opens June 10, while Pendleton Family Aquatic Center opens June 16.

Senior center, trail, water meters headline Hermiston’s 2017-2018 budget

- Hermiston’s 2017-2018 proposed budget is $58.3 million.

FFA students donate 40,000 meals to food banks

- Students from Umatilla County and Morrow County FFA chapters raised $10,000 for Meals of Hope and packaged the meals themselves.

Lions Club celebrates centennial with state convention in Pendleton

- Lions Club members from around Oregon gathered in Pendleton this weekend.

Local developer considering hotel, amphitheater, RV park in Echo

- Kent Madison is proposing turning a 132-acre section of land outside of Echo into an RV park, hotel and other development.

Eastern Oregon cities hoping for dollars from transportation package

- Hermiston and Pendleton have plans for whatever new transportation revenue comes their way.

Whatever floats your goat: New studio offering goat yoga next week

- Lauren Barth opened Nourish Yoga in Hermiston in January.

Cascadia summit helps communities prepare for disaster

- Visitors for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse will be used as a trial run for the influx of Cascadia refugees.

EOTEC sees progress in year since event center opened

- The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board met Friday to discuss construction progress.

Feelingstone Gifts offers rocks and beads to Hermiston

- Feelingstone Gifts is located at 115 W Hermiston Ave., Suite 100.

County work group to focus on housing shortage

- Cities in Umatilla County are looking for ways to encourage more residential development.

Hermiston city employee loaned to chamber to learn how to manage conference center

- The city of Hermiston discussed some staff restructuring Monday

Echo could use eminent domain to take property for sewer project

- Michael Yunker of Echo received a letter from the city of Echo’s attorney in December asking him to sell 10 acres of his ranch for a recycled water pond

City of Hermiston to amend conference center agreement with Chamber

- The Hermiston city council will discuss the conference center, parking, a facade grant and staff organization Monday.

Screen Free Week encourages families to turn off the TV

- Umatilla families played in Hash Park Wednesday to celebrate Screen Free Week.

Dufloth named Umatilla mayor

- Umatilla is taking applications for two vacant city council positions.

Judge Daniel Hill promoted to Brigadier General

- One of Umatilla County’s circuit court judges will also serve as Assistant to the Chief Counsel of the National Guard Bureau.

Hermiston grad keeps Walden’s schedule running smoothly

- Lorissa Bounds has served as Rep. Greg Walden’s chief of staff since December.

EOTEC neighbors take issue with noise, name change

- Residents and business owners along Airport Road are opposed to changing the name of the road to make it easier to find EOTEC.

EOTEC board approves donor wall design

- The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center Board met Friday.