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Lamb auction raises $23,300 for Echo girl with brain tumor

- The fair community rallied around Maddy Thomas and her family on Saturday.

Morrow County launching housing analysis

- A report is expected to be ready in March 2019.

Celebration of Mexican Independence Day scheduled for Sept. 16 at EOTEC

- Tejano star Michael Salgado will headline a “moonlight concert.”

Preservation of Hermiston’s limited historic buildings can be a struggle

- Fast-growing city faces challenges in protecting its past

Lacrosse fields complex proposed for EOTEC

- The city is soliciting feedback about the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center’s longterm plan with an online survey.

Hermiston council to discuss noise ordinance, eminent domain at Monday meeting

- The Hermiston city council meets Monday at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Bus companies have difficulty competing for employees


It’s not easy finding bus drivers.

Aimee Cook, manager of Mid-Columbia Bus Company in Hermiston, said about 15 to 20 percent of their drivers turn over every year, and finding new ones takes active recruitme...

Crowds swell at Umatilla County Fair at night


During fair week, the Umatilla County fairgrounds are at their liveliest after dark.

Children dart through clusters of parents waiting for their own child to disembark from a spinning spaceship ride. Couples wander...

Protecting fair animals from the heat an all-day job

- Temperatures will be well over 100 degrees for part of fair week.

Shuttles, correct change and knowing your lane can help with fair traffic

- Free shuttles will pick up from Hermiston City Hall, Hermiston Community Center, Wal-Mart and Hermiston High School.

Wind turbine sparks grass fire


A malfunctioning wind turbine sparked a grass fire near Arlington that burned about 2,000 acres on Thursday.

Joe Claughton, North Gilliam Rural Fire Protection District chief, said no buildings were burned, but two...

Hermiston Foods plant has yet to find a buyer

- NORPAC is actively marketing the plant and surrounding industrial property south of Hermiston.

Recycling numbers up after increase in deposit amount

- Cans and bottles must be from Oregon to be redeemed for a deposit.

When wildfire strikes home, preparation can help

- Take photos of everything covered by your policy.

Thank-yous, vehicle maintenance ways to show support for firefighters

- This summer has put Oregon’s firefighters to work

Hermiston conducting feasibility study for indoor pool

- Hermiston is studying the possibility of a “health and wellness center” that would include an indoor pool

Unicyclists traverse Interstate 84 to raise church funds

- Small problems don’t stop Hermiston Nazarene fundraiser

New rules would allow more food trucks, ‘pod’ in Hermiston

- The Hermiston City Council discussed food trucks, a $4.5 million loan, the resignation of a city councilor and city finances Monday.

CDA director says depot transfer is close


There’s just one box left to check before the former Umatilla Chemical Depot can be transferred to local control.

At a Columbia Development Authority board meeting Tuesday morning, director Greg Smith told t...

Families face forced break-ups through deportation

- Umatilla city councilor Selene Torres-Medrano and her sister Thalia have been separated from loved ones deported to Mexico.

Hermiston councilor Clara Beas Fitzgerald resigning

- The city council will discuss food trucks, a noise ordinance, accessory dwellings and more Monday.

New subdivision underway on Gettman Road in Hermiston

- The Wolf Run subdivision is expected to feature 46 homes on 13 acres.

TRCI inmates donate to Leadership Hermiston

- Leadership Hermiston is now taking applications.

Splash and Dash helped hot Funfest weekend stay cool

- The Hermiston Rotary Club won the city’s first Splash and Dash bathtub race.

‘We speak music here’ : Pendleton parties to Blake Shelton, Pitbull

- More than 18,500 people packed the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds on Saturday night.

Fines under Oregon’s self-serve law are rare

- It’s still illegal to pump your own gas in Umatilla County.

Food truck survey shows support for rule change

- The city council will consider amending Hermiston’s mobile food vending license.

Mobile vendor rules on Hermiston council’s plate Monday

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

Hermiston rethinking approach to food trucks

- Hermiston is considering amendments to its mobile food vendor ordinance five years after it was adopted.

Mabbott named interim Umatilla city manager

- Tamra Mabbott will serve as interim city manager after the departure of Russ Pelleberg.

Heppner student wins national writing contest about citizenship

- Rylee Palmer, 10, finished first place in the national “Character Counts!” essay and drawing contest.

Distracted driving could add up to jail time starting July 1

- A third offense in 10 years could mean jail time.

Umatilla council to discuss city manager resignation, data center payments

- Umatilla’s city council meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Umatilla City Manager Pelleberg resigns


Umatilla City Manager Russ Pelleberg resigned after a short but turbulent time leading the city.

City recorder Nanci Sandoval confirmed the resignation in an email Wednesday morning, noting Pelleberg turned in his ...

North First Place project could relieve Highway 395 congestion

- The Hermiston City Council discussed North First Place, new Hermiston Energy Services projects and the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center Monday.

Hermiston Corvette turns heads

- William and Christy McMillen’s 1976 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray beat out more than 240 other Corvettes for the Dealer’s Choice award at Corvettes on the Columbia in the Tri-Cities.

Hermiston council to discuss $4.5 million North First Place project

- Funding for the project will come from th 2017 legislative transportation package.

Hermiston boy in bike crash out of coma

- Zeddrik Cota still has rehab ahead of him but is recovering.