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Umatilla forum focuses on city’s improvement

- Umatilla has two mayoral candidates and four council candidates on the November ballot.

Local partnership sends surplus potatoes to food banks

- Test plots of potatoes at the Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center will be sent to the Oregon Food Bank.

Hat Rock artist puts abstract spin on nature

- Jean Christofori Howton will hold an open house featuring her work on Saturday.

City, feds and volunteers maintain Oxbow Trail


Four and a half years after the Oxbow Trail was dedicated, several sets of eyes are working to keep the area friendly to both humans and wildlife.

The land is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, which allowed the c...

Watkinds sells Columbia Court Club, opens new business


Steve Watkinds knows his new line of business is a little ironic.

Two years after he had to shut down the Columbia Court Club in Hermiston due to a fire, he has sold the building and started a new business inspecti...

Hermiston City Council challenger criticizes incumbent’s record

- Lori Davis and Mark Gomolski discussed their vision for Hermiston at a candidate forum Wednesday.

New Good Shepherd records system to provide patient tools

- Patients will be able to send messages to their doctor and request prescription refills online.

City adding more offices to EOTEC

- The Hermiston city council discussed EOTEC improvements, partnerships with the Hermiston School District and library improvements Monday.

Hermiston water, sewer rates to increase in March


The Hermiston City Council voted unanimously to raise water and sewer rates Monday.

The rate restructure will take effect in March 2019 and is expected to raise about $2 million additional revenue per year that the...

Retirement doesn’t slow down Hardin

- Rod Hardin has retired as principal of Hermiston Christian Center & School but not from the Hermiston City Council.

Hermiston council to vote on utility rate increases Monday

- A facility use agreement with Hermiston School District and a bid to manager new EOTEC projects are also on the agenda.

Former councilor challenges incumbent in Umatilla mayoral race

- Mary Dedrick is running against Daren Dufloth for Umatilla mayor.

Mobile vending licenses still available

- Hermiston’s new mobile food vending ordinance took effect Sept. 28.

Measure 106 fight presents conflicting views of abortion

- Measure 106 would ban taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions.

EOTEC hosts ‘Walktober,’ equestrian opportunities

- The public can walk or ride horses at EOTEC during October

Echo Corn Maze open for business

- The maze is open every day but Mondays through Halloween.

Mother and daughter team up in the kitchen

- Carol and LaNae Hull run Delish Bistro in Hermiston.

Free flu vaccines offered in October

- The flu killed an estimated 80,000 people last year according to the CDC.

Oregon expected to get extension on Real ID Act

- Oregonians will eventually not be able to use their regular driver’s license as identification to board a flight

Hermiston transforming park, building new trail


Hermiston’s smallest park is getting a makeover.

Most people don’t even know the half-acre on Beech Avenue exists, but the children who grew up in that neighborhood have used it as a gathering place f...

Hermiston council gets EOTEC update

- Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center manager Al Davis said parking and traffic went much better at the Umatilla County Fair this year.

Where’s Walden? Congressman addresses lack of in-person town halls

- Rep. Greg Walden visited Hermiston Thursday to speak to the Rotary Club.

Maxwell Market preparing to wrap up season

- The final day for Hermiston’s farmers market is next Thursday.

Hermiston man’s daughter, grandson trampled by giraffe

- Jack Standish of Hermiston said his daughter Dr. Katy Williams and grandson Finn Williams are recovering.

Contractor shortages delay projects big and small

- Umatilla County construction can take longer than expected when subcontractors are too busy to take on a new project.

Former Prosser city administrator chosen for Umatilla city manager

- The Umatilla City Council voted Tuesday night to extend a job offer to David Stockdale of Prosser, Washington.

Umatilla County sheriff explains support of Measure 105 to Hispanic Advisory Committee

- Rowan said his support of repealing Oregon’s sanctuary status comes from a desire to work more closely with federal officials on cases where undocumented immigrants commit serious crimes.

Umatilla city manager candidates make their case

- Projects continue to move forward in Umatilla as city searches for new manager

Hermiston man returns from 1,000-mile journey for CASA

- Charles Clupny walked 1,000 miles on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Echo looking at sewer rate increase

- Residents’ sewer bill could go up to $75 a month.

Quilt serves as reminder of life-saving power of organ donation

- To learn more about organ donation or to register, visit donatelifenw.org.

Hermiston council considers increasing water and sewer rates

- One plan would decrease cost for ‘regular’ user, increase for larger users

Hermiston celebrates opening of Harkenrider Center

- The ribbon-cutting drew about 200 people downtown on Saturday.

The price of life in Eastern Oregon

- Rent, utilities, internet, phone, gas, food, health care, child care and more factor into cost of living.

Hermiston City Council to discuss water rates Monday

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

Admissions down at Umatilla County Fair, but concessions and carnival up

- Gate sales came in $40,000 under budget as board estimates even larger crowds

Stanfield city manager among candidates for Umatilla job


Blair Larsen, Stanfield’s city manager, is one of three finalists for the open Umatilla city manager position.

The Umatilla Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it will be holding a public meet and g...

Hermiston employment: Just add water

- Hermiston was responsible for the majority of job in Umatilla County in 2005-2015.

Hermiston city manager given $6,400 raise


Hermiston city manager Byron Smith is meeting or exceeding all expectations of the city council, according to their annual evaluation, and he will receive a raise of $6,400 on Sept. 1.

During Monday’s city c...

Hermiston opens up more mobile food vending opportunities

- Hermiston City Council discussed mobile food vending, shipping containers and street projects Monday.

Hermiston time capsule to offer a slice of life in 2018

- Items can be submitted through Sept. 5.

Mirasol health fair spreads wellness information in Hermiston

- Mirasol Family Health Clinic offered a health fair Saturday.

Yard sales turn unwanted items into bargains

- The yard sales were plentiful around Hermiston on the Saturday before school starts.

Northgate project still under consideration for Echo


The city of Echo is still getting its ducks in a row to potentially welcome a major development on the north side of the city.

The proposed 132-acre development could include as many as 48 homes, a hotel, RV park, ...