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Healing with horse power
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Healing with horse power

Ashley Haapla started out as a skeptic of therapeutic horseback riding.

The Pendleton resident described herself as “super not country” who was more familiar with the buses and trains of her native Seattle than equine travel.

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Promise & Potential: Students alter paths but stay in school after freshman year
Promise & Potential: Students alter paths but stay in school after freshman year
More than a quarter of college students don’t stay enrolled for second year
Landing Days features Friday entertainment for first time in years
Landing Days features Friday entertainment for first time in years
Umatilla Landing Days is Friday and Saturday at the Umatilla Marina.
Local wildfire season starts with Pilot Rock blaze
Local wildfire season starts with Pilot Rock blaze
Oregon Department of Forestry will declare regional fire season on Monday
Hermiston council to look at $1 million meter deal

The Hermiston City Council will consider a $1 million contract for new electrical meters Monday.

The contract between Hermiston Energy Services and Landis + Gyr Technology for new automatic meters would include $397,227 for installation and...

Echo looking for more solutions to wastewater problems
Echo must make adjustments to its sewer system by the end of 2019.
Irrigon man charged with sexual assault of two children

IRRIGON — Eduardo Salas, 60, of Irrigon faces charges of sexually assaulting two girls younger than 12.

Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson said the victims are related to Salas, who the sheriff’s office arrested Thursday...

Hard choices loom as farms exit Conservation Reserve Program
Hard choices loom as farms exit Conservation Reserve Program
Umatilla and Morrow county wheat farmers are facing serious questions as land is set to expire from CRP.
Fire tower groundbreaking Thursday
The groundbreaking will take place at 2 p.m. on July 29 at Fire Station 23 on Westland Road.
Senate GOP unveils Obamacare overhaul, but not all aboard

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on...

Hermiston cultural event to follow Funfest
Around the World in One Fun Day will run from 4-7:30 p.m. on July 8.
Mayor hands Pendleton city critic an ultimatum
Mayor hands Pendleton city critic an ultimatum

Grumbling about a letter to the editor published in the East Oregonian is not uncommon for the Pendleton City Council, but it isn’t usually followed by an ultimatum.

At a Tuesday city council meeting, Mayor John Turner used the public...

Pendleton police see 8 percent raise; firefighters in mediation
Pendleton police see 8 percent raise; firefighters in mediation

Pendleton’s unionized police staff will receive an 8 percent raise over two years in a new labor contract.

The 19 members of the Pendleton City Police Association already ratified the contract, and Tuesday night the city council approved...

BLOOMIN’ BLUES: What a time for wildflowers
BLOOMIN’ BLUES: What a time for wildflowers

I’ve been on the Ruckel Ridge road every year except maybe one for at least the past 30 years. It has always seemed to me to be the best place for viewing wildflowers within a day’s drive of Pendleton.

A former botany professor at...

Athena woman injured in Washington wreck

ATHENA — Washington State Patrol reported an Athena woman crashed Wednesday into an oncoming vehicle, injuring herself and four others.

Judy McCulloch, 72, of Athena, around 3:30 p.m. was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Classic westbound on...

Umatilla County health redirecting insured patients to primary care

The Umatilla County Public Health Department is trying to push away patients who have insurance to make room for those who don’t.

James Setzer, the county health administrator, said public health does it differently than for-profit...

Semi accidents in Umatilla, Plymouth, on I-84
Semi accidents in Umatilla, Plymouth, on I-84
Semi collisions in area send some to hospital
Hermiston police have trained 1,400 in active shooter response
Training is available to individuals, groups
Pendleton police recover load of missing Indian regalia
Pendleton police recover load of missing Indian regalia
Items stolen from storage unit found at nearby business
Cyclist vs vehicle, woman sustains minor injuries
Woman taken to hospital with minor head injuries
Field day offers tips for potato growers
Field day offers tips for potato growers
The Hermiston Agricultural Research and Experiment Station held its annual potato field day Wednesday.
Pendleton Development Commission agrees to form a committee with river property conservationists

The clock is officially ticking on a group of Pendleton residents trying to preserve a piece of land north of the Umatilla River.

At a meeting Tuesday, the Pendleton Development Commission unanimously agreed to remove the half-acre property...

Pendleton dispensaries try to stave off marijuana black market
Pendleton dispensaries try to stave off marijuana black market

On May 17, the Blue Mountain Enforcement Team seized a substantial amount of marijuana from a Pendleton downtown business.

The next day, Pendleton’s two marijuana dispensaries saw some benefits.

Eight months after Pendleton voters...

EOTEC passes $2.2M budget

The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board adopted a 2017-2018 budget on Wednesday.

The $2.2 million budget is a decrease of $6.9 million from 2016-2017, reflecting a shift from construction to operation. Construction is expected to wrap up...

Crashed gas tanker requires handling with care
Crashed gas tanker requires handling with care

HELIX — Firefighters and a fuel supplier joined forced Tuesday to deal with a wrecked semi north of Pendleton hauling two tankers full of gas.

The East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District in a written statement reported five of...

Train collides with semi truck in Plymouth
Driver of semi life-flighted for injuries.
Four trees being removed from Hat Rock State Park
Four trees being removed from Hat Rock State Park
Four dead or dying cottonwood trees will be removed.
Hermiston Rock Hunt group providing cure for summer boredom
Hermiston Rock Hunt group providing cure for summer boredom
Hermiston families are painting rocks and hiding them around town for others to find.
Summer Photo Shootout
Summer Photo Shootout

Do you fancy yourself a photographer? Do you like to go out and search for that one special shot? Then send us your best photos taken in Eastern Oregon this summer for our 2017 Summer Photo Shootout. Email your best, high-res photos taken this summer...

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution getting new superintendent
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution getting new superintendent
Jeri Taylor is retiring as EOCI superintendent, to be replaced by Brigitte Amsberry.
Carrillo arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct, criminal mischief
Carrillo and two others involved in fight at Holiday Inn, caused damage to room

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