A tip of the hat to our new neighbors.
You have hopefully met many of them this year, and you definitely met a few this week. People who moved to one of our Eastern Oregon communities in the last year have appeared on our front page all week long, and we will finish the annual series tomorrow.
The stories are among our favorites each year, when we get to ask people from all over the world how they ended up in our little corner of it. And it always makes us proud when a consistent through line in their stories is how kind and welcoming people here are, and how quickly newcomers were able to feel comfortable and included.
Being good hosts of a welcoming nature is a key attribute in everyone’s life. Not only is being a good neighbor a clear moral requirement, but it helps us continue to be a growing, blossoming region. As the saying goes, if you ain’t growing, you’re dying.
Obviously we can’t document everyone who moved to the area, and we know many others out there who have brought their own individual spice to the Eastern Oregon stew. We appreciate and welcome all of you, and tip our hat to everyone who chose our neck of the woods to be your neck of the woods.
A kick in the pants to these still-snowy streets, especially in Pendleton.
We include below two photos taken at the same time Thursday in Hermiston and Pendleton. And while Pendleton did get a couple more inches of precipitation on Sunday and Monday, the condition of the streets three days after the last measurable snowfall is night and day.
Night in Hermiston, where you can see the black asphalt of a clear city street. And day in Pendleton, as snow carpets all of the city’s commercial byways, and remains piled up much higher along our residential roads.
And we understand that Hermiston was a few degrees warmer and more than a few degrees flatter.
And we also understand that winter happens, and we enjoy the Eastern Oregon tradition to delight in the temporary gridlock that comes when Mother Nature demands her notice. But eventually we all have to get back to being productive members of society, and Pendleton’s inability to clear its roads and sidewalks impairs that.