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Published on November 23, 2017 10:17AM


A tip of the hat to Umatilla County commissioners for approving a four-way stop at the intersection of Feedville and South Edwards roads near Stanfield.

The crossing has been a danger zone for years, with vehicles on Edwards too often ignoring the stop signs and crashing at high speeds into vehicles with the right of way on Feedville. The collisions have been horrific and have taken lives, seriously injured others and left emotional scars on survivors.

The unpredictability of others on the road make motor vehicles an inherently dangerous mode of transportation. Signs and signals, speed bumps and rumble strips help but are never foolproof.

With that in mind, putting up a second set of stops signs at the Feedville/Edwards intersection is past due. It seems that both teen drivers in the wreck earlier this month will survive, but the next time might not be so lucky. And it’s never too late to make the right decision.

Let this be a warning to all drivers who take the back roads — proceed with caution.

A tip of the hat to Bryon Zumwalt, Stanfield’s police chief, for his observant catch of a double murder suspect on Tuesday.

Zumwalt spotted a red Honda Civic with Idaho plates near the Pilot travel center in his town and trailed it into the parking lot by the McDonald’s entrance. He and officer Joyce Wright helped make the arrest of Richard Carlin, 73, who was wanted out of Lewiston, Idaho, and considered dangerous.

It’s a reminder of what police officers deal with every day — the uncertain circumstances and constant vigilance that come with wearing the badge.

The arrest went down without incident, and for that we’re thankful.

A tip of the helmet to the Hermiston Bulldogs, who have had an incredible run through the playoffs and into the football state championship game this Saturday.

The championship for the state of Oregon, that is.

Next year the Bulldogs will leave this state’s athletic association for Washington’s, giving Hermiston the opportunity for a perfectly timed mic drop. Take the title and run. Go out on top.

Win or lose, the Bulldogs have played with class this season, earning positive remarks from opponents along the way. At the end of the season, that’s what really matters. That’s what all good coaches, parents and fans should be rooting for on the high school athletic field.

But boy would a trophy be nice.

Good luck, Bulldogs. We’re rooting for you.



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