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Fight over Hamley’s future gets heated

- Business partners at odds as business nears auction

Hamley’s goes to auction


Hamley’s is hitting the auction block. And Hamley’s co-owner Parley Pearce said he plans to save the icon of downtown Pendleton and keep it in local ownership.

“It’s one of those deals w...

Shafer unseats Givens in Umatilla County Commissioner race

- George Murdock will face off against Rick Pullen again in November

Hermiston woman faces 174 counts of theft, fraud

- Sheriff’s detective says Claudia Dugan ripped off elderly, others

Local corrections officers may lose certifications

- TRCI officer accused of failing to supervise work crew, EOCI officer cited for DUI

Umatilla County paying $43,000 for May election

- Outsourcing reduces errors in 42,519 ballots sent out

Hermiston crash leads to arrest of burglary suspect

- Two remain at large after burglary, crash

News org building first statewide database of student athlete concussions


Since March 2015, Dr. Derek Earl of Hermiston has had 279 area student athletes visit his medical clinic because of a concussion. More than 100 of those patients — all local middle school and high school students ...

House passes bill to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain

- Oregon Rep. Greg Wladen

Trump criticism in Oregon State Bar newsletter raises member questions

- Some members ask for dues refund after Oregon Specialty Bar Associations statement

Pendleton boy killed in crash near Umatilla

- Oregon State Police considering storm as factor in fatal crash

Pendleton’s outdoor dining pushes at seams

- Restaurants would like parklets to expand al fresco seating

Cellphone texts unlock sexual assault case

- Two different sexual assault investigations involved same victim

Milton-Freewater teen strikes tentative plea deal for killing son

- Would spend 14 years in jail

Sheriff’s office to see most added staff in county budget

- County to increase budget to $78.7 million, up 7.6 percent

Latest legal move from Hamley’s co-owner comes to end


Hamley’s co-owner Blair Woodfield’s latest attempt to sue business partner Parley Pearce met its demise.

Woodfield sued Pearce and Pearce Woodfield Development, the limited-liability company the two ...

Hoisington jailed five months after police shot him


Matthew Lucas Hoisington of Mission faced criminal charges Tuesday stemming from the robbery call five months ago that led to police shooting him.

The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office charged Hoisi...

Wheatridge wind farm seeks bigger turbine blades


NextEra Energy Resources wants taller blades on turbines at its Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility sites in Umatilla and Morrow counties.

NextEra, based in Florida, bought the development rights for the 292-turbine w...

Father who drowned saving son identified


Juan Carlos Armenta Madrigal gave his life Wednesday evening to save his son from drowning in the chilly water of the Columbia River at the Umatilla Marina.

The boy survived but Madrigal, of Umatilla, did not. He w...

Money in, money out in local races

- Most expensive local race is for the circuit court

Section of Pendleton’s Main Street to be closed for weeks

- Workers have to pull out “Plan B,” business feeling the pinch

Circuit Court candidates let their numbers do the talking

- Mike Breiling, Rob Collins make case for spot on the bench

FAQ: What the OSU Extension Service District means for voters

- How much it costs, what it will provide and who makes the call

Science as conversation starter


Americans trust science, but they don’t always trust in science findings.

Gail Wells of Oregon State University’s extension services office challenged students Thursday at Blue Mountain Community Col...

ELECTION GUIDE: Umatilla County Commissioner candidates debate policy, performance

- As charter review committee may change look of county government, Bailor, Pullen and Shafer make pitch to take seats

Pendleton classic Awesome Burger recreated in its original glory

- Oregon Grain Growers Distillery tracked down recipe, rights for mainstay of destroyed Burger Island restaurant

School shooter drill in Boardman aims to improve safety

- Agencies from across Eastern Oregon train to respond to chaos of emergency

Dayton changes plea to murder

- Life sentence handed down for killing of family friend in Milton-Freewater

Opposing stances arise in emerging county races

- Incumbents Murdock and Givens make case for past term as challengers Bailor, Pullen and Shafer push for change

Rob Collins vies for circuit judge position


Pendleton attorney Robert “Rob” Collins aims to step from his successful law practice to judge of the local circuit court.

“I don’t think there is anything more important I could do for ...

Dispatch adds text option to 911 service

- Unless disabled or in a situation where a caller can't speak, local dispatch center encourage residents to continue using voice call service.

Umatilla Museum captures community’s history

- Organizers make effort to spruce up displays that tell story of city

Hermiston nurse on mission to help hurricane-stricken children


Tamie Cline of Hermiston takes off Saturday to the United States Virgin Islands. Not for any vacation, but a medical relief mission.

Cline is a surgical nurse at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, and one of ...

Money from two ends of Umatilla County pour into commissioner race


Hermiston residents are putting their money into the re-election campaign of Umatilla County Commissioner Larry Givens of Milton-Freewater. And a Milton-Freewater family is the main backer of his challenger, Athena Mayor...

Umatilla County drug court making comeback

- Program could reboot as early as July

Richardson wants to turn up Umatilla County voter turnout


Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said he wants to help turn around Umatilla County’s low voter turnout.

Richardson arrived earlier this week to Pendleton and participated in Wednesday night’...

Walden touts benefits for rural Oregon from omnibus spending bill

- Secure Rural Schools fund brings $8 million to Eastern Oregon from sale of petroleum reserve

Hermiston defendant’s fate rests on judge’s decision on sentencing reforms


The court fight over the constitutionality of state sentencing reforms will land Friday in Umatilla County.

Cesar Macias Delatorre, 21, of Hermiston, could serve four years for theft and gun crimes — or he c...

Demolition underway at Pendleton’s Rivoli Theater

- Second act in store, with first phase aimed for completion June 1, 2020

Westland Road gets speed reductions during Lamb Weston construction


Lamb Weston’s $250 million expansion along Westland Road, Hermiston, is bringing temporary speed reductions through the construction zone.

The project will take more than a year to complete and employ as man...