Kathy Aney

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Teens reach out to community with student-led foundation


Eight teenagers finished a long humanitarian journey Tuesday night by giving away $8,000.

Last fall, the Pendleton High School students formed a tiny foundation called the CommuniCare Club. The philanthropists-in-t...

This is a story all about how a man’s life got flipped, turned upside down


Glen Taylor is just happy to be right-side up.

The Hermiston octogenarian spent a harrowing 20 minutes or so stuck upside down on an inversion table last Thursday evening. He’d purchased the device after wat...

Teens urged to attend Pendleton wellness night


It’s sports physical time, but with a twist.

All Umatilla County adolescents and teens, not just athletes, may attend Teen Wellness Night. The event for 6th-12th graders, taking place at Pendleton High Schoo...

Couple finds happiness creating designer bulls


Joy rises in Terry and Debby Anderson like the continuous upwelling of bubbles in a water cooler.

That’s not to say their life raising cattle and breeding bulls is an easy one. The operators of Anderson Land...

BMCC prepares for tuition hikes, stagnant budget

- Community college still hopes for some relief from Legislature

Couple adopts tiny school in Cambodian village


Never underestimate the power of one – or two.

Barry and Vecie Grant may seem an unlikely dynamic duo. Barry left his job as a social worker in 2007 because of a degenerative eye disease. He retains some pe...

Native plants attract birds to your own backyard

- Turn your tiny piece of the world into an avian oasis

Singer talks about growing up black: “We’re all on the same team”


Deletta Gillespie, who is black, learned her first painful lesson about racism at age five.

“My best friend Jeanette was a little white girl who lived three doors down from me,” said Gillespie on Mond...

Students learn about giving


Eight Pendleton High School students are trying out the role of philanthropist.

Giving is fun, they are learning, but it’s also a multifaceted and sometimes emotional endeavor.

The teens, all members o...

McGee, owner of the Rainbow, remembered for racing cars, reading Irish verse

- Former drag racer top of his class in 1970s and ’80s

School district could turn to layoffs if funding slashed


Pendleton School Board members wrestled Tuesday night with the vexing task of creating a budget without solid numbers from the state.

Because of uncertainty, the board paved the way for layoffs to happen if the nee...

First BMCC bond project comes to fruition


The first of the Blue Mountain Community College bond construction projects is at the finish line.

After voters approved a $23 million bond two years ago, BMCC broke ground on three capital construction projects i...

Kilkenny believed in UO’s Altman


As the Oregon Ducks manhandled the powerful Kansas Jayhawks at the Sprint Center last Saturday, one could almost hear the last persistent doubts about Coach Dana Altman fall away.

Pat Kilkenny, the guy who hired A...

Health problems plague Umatilla County


Umatilla County ranked near the bottom of Oregon counties in a new national report that scrutinizes health behaviors.

In the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual County Health Rankings report, Umatilla Co...

Engle helps children’s imaginations roam


Every land of make-believe needs a good fairy or level-headed older sister. At the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon, that’s Joanna Engle.

Last month, Engle drove her car through the icy Columbia Go...

Earwax tells whale of a tale

- Pendleton grad seeks insight into whales’ environment