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Hermiston Realty to stay open after death of Donn Walls
Hermiston Realty to stay open after death of Donn Walls

Hermiston Realty staff are in mourning after principal broker Donn Walls died Friday.

Walls, 79, was a staple of Hermiston’s real estate community. He was born in La Grande, graduated from Umatilla High School and got a degree in animal...

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Spotlight on volunteers | Doyle helps preserve local history
Spotlight on volunteers | Doyle helps preserve local history

Digging through history is Susan Badger Doyle’s thing.

Doyle, 77, volunteers at the Umatilla County Historical Society’s Heritage Station Museum, Pendleton, helping to document and catalog the vast collection, including the 14,000...

Winter weather expected on Thanksgiving
Eastern Oregon drivers advised to plan ahead for winter weather
How a Pendleton High School senior ‘Beat the Odds’
How a Pendleton High School senior ‘Beat the Odds’

Keyshawn Jackson’s friends like to joke that he’s getting the star treatment.

The Pendleton High School senior’s compelling life story has led to a polished promotional video, sudden phone calls that cause him to excuse...

Spotlight on volunteers | Fox provides stability for children in foster care
Spotlight on volunteers | Fox provides stability for children in foster care

Tina Fox is a big believer in the power one person has to make a difference.

That’s why she became a CASA — a court-appointed special advocate — in April 2016.

“We’re a caring, stable person a child can...

Early signs point to better local giving
Early signs point to better local giving

Leaders of local charities expressed optimism about an uptick in giving this year but remain cautious after years of downturns.

Kricket Nicholson, executive director of the United Way of Umatilla and Morrow Counties, has wrapped up her annual...

Late surge of volunteers allows Hermiston Warming Station to open

The Hermiston Warming Station was able to open Monday after all.

The nonprofit emergency shelter had pushed its opening date back from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1 due to lack of volunteers. But after news of the shortage traveled, a late surge of...

Fire crews take out Athena blaze

Local firefighters battled a building fire on Saturday in Athena for hours.

The East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District reported its crew responded Saturday at about 11:30 a.m. to a call for mutual aid for a garage fire on the 400...

Family of electricians shares high voltage career
Family of electricians shares high voltage career

Electricity courses through Jeremy Kile’s family tree.

Kile is an electrician. His son, Cody, is apprenticing as an electrician. His wife, Angie, works as a locomotive electrician for Union Pacific Railroad. Her father and mother, Doug...

Coalition nears clean slate with Rivoli interior
Coalition nears clean slate with Rivoli interior

The Rivoli Theater in Pendleton is a shell of its former self, but that’s the way the nonprofit overseeing its restoration wants it at the moment.

Since 2017, the Rivoli Restoration Coalition has contracted with Kirby Nagelhout...

Icy roads and error contribute to local crashes
Icy roads and error contribute to local crashes

WESTON — Oregon State Police reported a Weston woman suffered serious injuries on Sunday in a single-vehicle crash. The wreck was one of two just minutes apart on the same section of Highway 204 and among several this weekend on local highways.

CTUIR selects next executive director

Following a candidate search that’s lasted well over a year, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation announced that it has hired Ted Wright to become its next executive director.

According to a press release from the...

Two of three Milton-Freewater drive-by shooting defendants taking deals
Charley Magana still faces attempted murder plus new charge for jail house assault
200-unit Pendleton apartment complex nears approval
Pendleton City Council will also discuss airport hotel lease and the repeal of river quarter plan at meeting
Forest Services holds objection meetings on Blue Mountains plans

PENDLETON — The U.S. Forest Service is hosting five meetings in Eastern Oregon communities to hear objections on the revised forest plans for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman national forests.

The meetings are daylong events...

Umatilla National Forest offering free Christmas trees to certain students

Every fourth-grader in the region can cut their own Christmas tree in the Umatilla National Forest for free this holiday season.

As a part of its Every Kid in a Park program, the U.S. Forest Service is offering students a free tree cutting...

Hermiston employers, hospital add new tools to reduce job-related pain
Hermiston employers, hospital add new tools to reduce job-related pain
Good Shepherd Health Care System plans to recruit providers for a comprehensive pain-management program.
Poet laureate Kim Stafford presents a road to unity in Pendleton
Poet laureate Kim Stafford presents a road to unity in Pendleton

They filled the Pendleton Center for the Arts, eager for Oregon’s poet laureate, Kim Stafford. He recited and read his work, amused the crowd with stories, dropped wisdom from Aristotle and Tom Waits, even knocked out a country tune on...

Hermiston population passes 18,000
Hermiston population passes 18,000
The latest population estimates by Portland State University show growth in Umatilla County’s west end and population loss to the east.
House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves
House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves
The House has passed a bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species
Hermiston woman turns 100
Hermiston woman turns 100

A Hermiston resident celebrated her 100th birthday this week.

Joan “Jo” Katherine Lagerberg, who currently lives at Guardian Angel Homes, turned 100 on Tuesday.

Her son Phil Hamm said he couldn’t say for sure what her...

Hermiston man arrested for alleged sex abuse
Armenta arrested in Hermiston for alleged sex abuse
Truss removal on Eighth Street Bridge delayed
Public works director says move comes down to timing
Reports of gunshots leads to arrest of wanted Pendleton man
Reports of gunshots leads to arrest of wanted Pendleton man

Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Pendleton man following a series of alleged gunshots early Thursday in Milton-Freewater.

Ricardo Lara Guttierez, 23, now faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including...

Former local corrections officers face discipline

Two former local corrections officers face the loss of their state public safety credentials.

Manuel Yetter, 27, of Hermiston, was a corrections officer at Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla. According to state records, Yetter on...

Sunridge seventh grader wins Peace Poster contest
Sunridge seventh grader wins Peace Poster contest
Sunridge seveth grader hopes art skills will translate into career in animation
Hermiston building official will be able to impose fines

The city of Hermiston added some teeth to its building code enforcement during a city council meeting Tuesday.

The council passed an ordinance allowing its building official to issue civil penalties for violations of the building code.

Family Health Associates opens Umatilla clinic
Clinic opens Thursday
Two Hermiston residents injured in Highway 395 crash
Two Hermiston residents injured in Highway 395 crash

Two Hermiston residents were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon after a crash on Highway 395.

Kevin Bailey, 50, crashed his black pickup head-on into Elai Borstad, 25, who was driving a teal Ford Escort, according to...

Trucking talk in Pendleton covers growing pot industry

The nation’s changing attitude on marijuana poses a quandary for the trucking industry. The Oregon Trucking Association is trying to help transportation companies deal with that change.

Waylon Buchan is the director of government affairs...

Pendleton City Council look to hire consultant for ‘efficiency review’

As the Pendleton City Council continues to debate how to best direct the budget toward city priorities, its moving toward hiring an outside consultant to help members figure out how to move forward.

At a council workshop, City Councilor Scott...

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