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Christmas Express ready to feed hundreds of families

- city of Hermiston staff and their families packed 420 boxes with food on Tuesday night.

Hermiston claims different approach to tourism

- Hermiston embraces trade shows, sports tournaments and conventions to draw visitors.

Hermiston Chamber to move into temporary home in Cornerstone Plaza

- The Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce will open its doors at 1055 S Highway 395 Suite 111 on Jan. 2.

Hermiston adds fee for ‘lengthy’ records requests


Public records fees for the city of Hermiston have expanded to include email and other digital formats.

The city council voted Monday to add $35 per hour fee to cover staff time for “lengthy” records ...

Umatilla County abandons hotel tax after criticism

- Discussion of a proposed transient lodging tax highlighted different approached to tourism in Pendleton and the rest of Umatilla County.

New Hope girls tackle 64 gingerbread houses

- A youth group activity Friday night provided Christmas fun for teenage girls at New Hope Community Church.

Hermiston downtown value increased by $8 million in four years


Hermiston’s urban renewal district has increased in value by more than $8 million during its first four years of existence.

The Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency began in 2014 to promote downtown Hermiston by r...

Carols and lights usher in Christmas for downtown Hermiston

- Hermiston’s biggest Christmas tree yet was lit up on Thursday.

UEC ready to flip switch on new substation in Hermiston

- Hermiston East Substation will help Umatilla Electric Cooperative and Hermiston Energy Services provide more reliable service.

Massive cedar planted in downtown Hermiston street as part of Christmas display

- The city has placed a giant Christmas tree on Northeast Second Street for the third year in a row.

Ignoring rules can send recycling to the landfill

- Transfer stations ask customers to only toss approved items into recycling containers.

Churches kick into high gear for Christmas season

- December is a busy time of year for Christian churches.

Industrial growth incentivized at interstate intersection near Hermiston

- The Hermiston city council approved expanding a property tax incentive and awarding a bid for new equipment at the Recycled Water Treatment Plant.

Small businesses face big hurdles to survive

- One in three fail in first two years, only half make it past five

Hermiston council to consider enterprise zone expansion

- The Hermiston City Council meets Monday at 7 p.m.

Net neutrality debate pits free market against government regulations

- Joe Franell of Eastern Oregon Telecom and Byron Wysocki of Wtechlink offer differing views on net neutrality.

Hermiston area brings the magic with trees, toys and lights


Tickets are selling out fast for one of Hermiston’s most highly anticipated holiday events, the Festival of Trees.

The annual event, in its 24th year, kicks off with a 21-and-over dinner and auction at the H...

Venuworks to run EOTEC starting in 2018

- The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board held a special meeting Tuesday.

New sushi restaurant to open Friday in Hermiston

- Shiki Hibachi Sushi will have a soft opening Friday at 1240 N. First St.

Hermiston councilor’s mother killed by impaired driver

- Hermiston city councilor John Kirwan lost his mother to a crash Nov. 10.

Holiday events spread cheer Saturday

- Echo’s community Thanksgiving meal, Altrusa’s annual holiday bazaar and an ornament-making activity at Hermiston Public Library offered weekend entertainment.

Computer shop back open after technician shortage

- M2 Netnerds had to close temporarily after its technicians went to work for Amazon.

Echo council waits to adopt social media policy

- The Echo city council examined drafts of a social media policy and ethics policy Thursday but will wait to pass them until they are reviewed by an attorney.

Crary sees opportunity to unseat Walden

- Democratic candidate for District 2 Jim Crary visited Hermiston this week.

Small Business Saturday asks holiday shoppers to buy local

- Some local businesses will participate in both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Hermiston City Council denies $10,000 sewer credit for EOTEC

- Also approves $750,000 bid to extend water to new data centers, to be paid by Amazon

Veterans’ sacrifices recognized at Hermiston breakfast

- Pastor Dean Hackett, Rep. Greg Smith and veterans Al Rafferty and David Gallagher were speakers at Hermiston’s annual Veterans Day breakfast.

Barreto, Hansell hear bill ideas from constituents

- Sen. Bill Hansell and Rep. Greg Barreto held joint meetings with constituents in several towns Wednesday and Thursday.

Confusion common as citizens try to contact the right government agency

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VenuWorks estimates a profitable EOTEC in three years

- The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board voted Friday to begin negotiating a contract with VenuWorks to run EOTEC.

Hermiston woman’s quilting gains national recognition

- Shelly Cokyendall of Hermiston has a quilt featured in Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine this month.

Shorter enrollment period for health insurance ends Dec. 15

- Help in available online, by phone and in the community to sign up for health insurance or switch plans by the Dec. 15 deadline.

Hermiston Foods employees prepare for life after closure

- CAPECO and Worksource Oregon help train those looking for new careers

Shorter enrollment period for health insurance ends Dec. 15

- Help in available online, by phone and in the community to sign up for health insurance or switch plans by the Dec. 15 deadline.

Cornerstone Pediatrics open for business

- Dr. Rachel Brennan is taking new patients at Cornerstone Pediatrics.

Hermiston celebrates new playground at Sunset Park

- An online voting contest sponsored by the Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Health helped pay for a new playground in Hermiston.

Hermiston woman cleans up community one bag at a time

- Miranda Ainsworth picks up litter every day on her morning walks.

Hermiston council extends Ranch & Home deadline to June

- Ranch & Home will have until June 1 to finish its store on the south side of Hermiston to be reimbursed for $107,800 in development costs.

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.