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‘Make Oregon Great Again’ candidate faces pushback at Hermiston Hispanic Advisory Committee campaign stop


Gubernatorial candidate Sam Carpenter ran into some stiff criticism for his views on public employee unions, immigration and President Donald Trump when he visited Hermiston’s Hispanic Advisory Committee on Monday...

How nonprofits protect against donation theft

- Recent high-profile cases lead Hermiston Warming Shelter board member to ask questions

Echo appoints new city councilor

- Echo’s city council meeting Thursday included a vote for a new councilor and discussions on a wastewater project, an application for annexation and a new taxing district.

EOTEC welcomes new general manager

- Al Davis moved from Kansas to run the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center.

Hermiston Cinco de Mayo moving to EOTEC

- A two-day Cinco de Mayo Celebration will take place May 5-6.

Noise still a concern for EOTEC neighbors

- Now that the city of Hermiston has taken over full ownership of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, it will also take on the responsibility of responding to complaints about the facility.

City, county ink $4.6 million water project

- The project will include a 1 million gallon water tank at the corner of Northeast 10th Street and Punkin Center, plus 2.25 miles of water mains.

Seniors won’t move into Harkenrider Center until August

- Parking lot, kitchen still need finishing touches in new Hermiston senior center

Hermiston takes over ownership of EOTEC

- The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center starts a new chapter under full ownership of the city of Hermiston.

Hermiston council to consider EOTEC agreement Monday

- The council will tour the Harkenrider Center in a 6 p.m. work session before the regular council meeting.

Hermiston police will respond to fire alarms at schools

- In light of past school shooters pulling fire alarms, Hermiston Police Department will respond to unexpected alarms at schools in protective gear.

Four — not three — contested races for Hermiston council


Hermiston will have four contested city council races during the May election, not three.

After the filing deadline passed Tuesday night, a list provided by city hall after a public records request inadvertently le...

EOU hopes ‘rural university’ designation will help with enrollment, funding


Eastern Oregon University has always been a home for students looking for a smaller, more rural college experience in Oregon, but that role is now official.

The La Grande-based university has been designated by the...

Umatilla downtown plan captures national award

- Umatilla Together has won the 2018 American Institute of Certified Planners Student Project Award.

Three contested seats in Hermiston council race


Three of Hermiston’s four city council races are contested this year.

Only Shean Fitzgerald, husband of current councilor Clara Beas Fitzgerald, is running unopposed after the deadline for filing passed Tues...

Hermiston chamber gets $1 million, Umatilla County Jail does not

- The Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce is getting $1 million for a new building.

Local access roads cause funding dilemma for maintenance

- Residents along East McKinney Avenue are trying to figure out how to pay for filling in the huge potholes that have been there for more than a year.

Strangulation bill aims to stop abuse before it becomes murder

- Senate Bill 1562, co-sponsored by Sen. Bill Hansell, goes to House vote Friday

CTUIR participating in another round of land buy-backs

- Funds are available for purchase of “fractionated” lands with multiple owners.

Public and private projects push downtown value up by $8 million in four years

- Hermiston’s downtown district has added more than $8 million in assessed value since the creation of the Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency.

Stanfield dehydration plant catches fire again; fire district has busy weekend

- A fire at a dehydration plant in Stanfield was one of several fires Umatilla County Fire District #1 responded to in the last three days.

County making progress in Cascadia preparations

- Eastern Oregon residents could be without basic necessities for weeks if a catastrophic earthquake strikes.

Walden gathers opioid suggestions from Hermiston roundtable

- Hearings on addiction in D.C. will begin next week

Yarn Club creates a tight-knit group of friends

- Yarn Club meets Saturdays and Thursdays at the Hermiston Public Library.

TRCI inmates put their focus to art


The decor through most of Two Rivers Correctional Institution is bleak.

Long, bare corridors made of cement floors flanked by off-white walls stretch endlessly through the prison.

In the medical area, it...

Stanfield council to vote on student representative

- The Stanfield city council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the city council chambers, 150 W. Coe Ave.

97 percent of curb ramps on state highways not ADA-compliant

- Disability Rights Oregon criticizes the Oregon Department of Transportation for lack of ADA-compliant curb ramps along state highways.

Bounds, nominee for federal judge vacancy, under fire for college writings

- A federal prosecutor nominated to fill a judge's vacancy is under fire after opinion pieces he wrote as a college student mocking multiculturalism surfaced

Pendleton friends rescue pit bull shot twice in the head

- An injured dog’s rescuers are looking for answers about where he came from and who shot him.

Family farm in Milton-Freewater wiped out by flood

- The North Fork of the Walla Walla River is flowing through Ginger and Brian Afdahl’s property, but government regulations won’t allow them to push it back to its original channel.

Tensions rise as longer delay expected on depot transfer

- Director Greg Smith says new EPA requirement could add four to seven months

School board member Gomolski enters Hermiston council race

- Mark Gomolski is a member of the school board for Hermiston School District.

Festival street breaks ground in Hermiston

- Traffic will be disrupted around city hall through May.

Oregon Military Department investing millions in Camp Umatilla

- The former Umatilla Chemical Depot will be home to a National Guard training facility.

Street will be closed until Memorial Day as it is altered to host outdoor events

- Festival street construction begins Thursday

Smart technology gives Hermiston utility customers more knowledge

- Hermiston customers can track hourly water and power usage.

Flu, cold weather cause Red Cross blood shortage

- The next Red Cross blood drive in Umatilla County is Monday in Milton-Freewater.

HART gives 2,723 free rides in first year

- The city of Hermiston and Kayak Public Transit are trying to spread the word about the free public bus system.

Umatilla to reuse data center water for agriculture

- A reuse project by the city of Hermiston inspired a new Umatilla water project.

City of Hermiston to take full control of EOTEC


The city of Hermiston will become the sole owner of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center on March 1 — if everything goes according to plan.

The city council and Umatilla County Commission each voted una...