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Young volunteers read to shelter animals
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Young volunteers read to shelter animals

Despite the kids’ best efforts, the dogs just weren’t getting it.

Accompanied by volunteers from the Foster Grandparent program, a trio of elementary school students read books to Pongo and Aurora at the Pendleton Animal Welfare...

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Dack named Realtor of the Year
Dack named Realtor of the Year
Charlotte Dack is the oldest licensed Realtor in Oregon at age 94.
Hermiston adds Steelhead Park

The city of Hermiston is adding a new park to its books.

On Monday the city council voted unanimously to approve an agreement with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to take over Steelhead Park, a five-acre piece of land along the...

Fire restrictions increased on private forestland
The Oregon Department of Forestry has increased fire restrictions on private land in northeast Oregon.
Teen charged with assault after father stabbed
Umatilla County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an address at Cecil Street Monday afternoon.
Pendleton Bike Week, Whisky Fest provide summer boon
Pendleton Bike Week, Whisky Fest provide summer boon

One event has dominated Pendleton for so long that the town’s nickname is the Round-Up city.

Although no event is likely to match the cultural importance of the world-famous rodeo, the one-two punch of the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest and...

Mooney selected as interim superintendent
Mooney selected as interim superintendent
Current assistant superintendent will fill lead role for next 15-18 months
Judge denies request to ease Logman’s 24-hour supervision
Judge denies request to ease Logman’s 24-hour supervision

The case of Vanessa Logman inched forward on Monday with another pre-trial hearing.

The mother of four attacked a Good Samaritan who stopped to give her and her sons a ride near Pilot Rock on June 4, 2016. The Pendleton woman pulled a knife from...

Couple ties knot during biker wedding
Couple ties knot during biker wedding

This wasn’t your typical wedding.

The groom didn’t enter quietly from a side door, nor did the bride float demurely up the aisle wearing a white, lacy dress.

Instead, groom Skip Cripe hopped aboard his Harley Davidson...

Milton-Freewater hires new public works superintendent

Milton-Freewater decided to look internally when selecting a person to replace the city’s longtime public works superintendent.

In a press release Monday, the city announced Brian Steadman’s promotion to the...

Contractors begin water meter replacements in Hermiston
All Hermiston customers are getting their water meters replaced this year.
Rocky Mountain Colby Pipe Co. to reopen Pendleton factory in September

Pendleton’s Rocky Mountain Colby Pipe Co., which closed its Pendleton plant in February, is ready to reopen with expanded production of PVC electrical conduit. RMCP President Nicholas Lynch said in a statement that the product was experiencing...

Fix pleads not guilty in death of Pilot Rock man
Fix pleads not guilty in death of Pilot Rock man
Fix was arraigned Monday in Pendleton
Food science finds young fans at OMSI exhibit
Food science finds young fans at OMSI exhibit

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry turned the second floor of the SAGE Center into an experiment lab.

OMSI took over the space at the Boardman museum Saturday for its Celebrate Oregon Agriculture event, a chance to share some of their...

Washington man faces perjury stemming from dismissed case

James Brown Walker beat the rap for lying on his application for an Oregon hunting license, when Umatilla County Circuit Judge Dan Hill dismissed the case in April.

Come Monday, however, Walker faces a felony charge of perjury because of what he...

Crews begin removing Dillon Dam on the Umatilla River
Crews begin removing Dillon Dam on the Umatilla River
Removal of the Dillon Dam is underway on the Umatilla River, after decades of planning and discussion.
Hermiston School District names interim superintendent finalists
Tricia Mooney, Philip “Buzz” Brazeau and Richard Rundhaug will be interviewed Monday.
Little League all-stars raising money for trip to San Jose
Little League all-stars raising money for trip to San Jose

The Hermiston Junior Baseball Team is asking the community to step up to the plate.

Earlier this month, the Hermiston Little League team, which plays in the 13-14 age division, won the Oregon District 3 Tournament in John Day. Then, the team...

Hermiston committee raising money for Main Street courtyard
Donations made by July 31 will be matched by Edward Jones.
Change of plea on schedule for Villegas murder case

MILTON-FREEWATER — The murder case of Oscar Pastor Garcia Villegas of Milton-Freewater is moving toward a plea bargain.

Villegas, 27, has undergone two evaluations to determine if he is mentally fit and can participate in his own defense,...

Pendleton senior living center wins national award

PENDLETON — McKay Creek Estates of Pendleton received a national award for the quality of its care.

Prestige Care Inc., a provider of senior living and skilled nursing and rehabilitation care, announced the American Health Care...

Hermiston council to consider authorization for eminent domain
The Hermiston city council meets Monday at 7 p.m. with a 6 p.m. work session.
Irrigon man take deal, avoids sexual crimes

HEPPNER — An Irrigon man who faced first-degree rape and other serious sex crimes took a plea deal Thursday.

Jason Kane Kissler, 35, pleaded no contest to the domestic violence charge of fourth-degree assault. Circuit Judge Lynn Hampton...

State fines Pendleton property company for raw sewage pollution

PENDLETON — State environmental regulators fined Pendleton property managers almost $3,000 for allowing raw sewage to run in the street.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in a written statement reported real estate managers...

Shooting migratory birds flies in face of federal law
Shooting migratory birds flies in face of federal law
Someone shot a ferruginous hawk in Coombs Canyon
Motor home goes up in flames in Pendleton
Motor home goes up in flames in Pendleton
Pendleton firefighters extinguished a motor home blaze Friday morning on Southwest Emigrant Avenue.
Umatilla County fights gonorrhea with field visits
Umatilla County fights gonorrhea with field visits

What’s going on with gonorrhea?

The sexually transmitted disease is not only on the rise in Oregon and around the globe, but its ability to shape-shift has the World Health Organization warning of an antibiotic-resistant strain of super...

Riders fill Pendleton for Bike Week
Riders fill Pendleton for Bike Week

John Hansen left his home in The Dalles and covered about 1,500 miles on his Harley-Davidson touring bike before arriving Wednesday in Pendleton.

“I was on the road for 10, 11 days,” he said.

Hansen, 65, said he took off for...

TRCI inmates raise $7,266 for backpack program
TRCI inmates raise $7,266 for backpack program
The Agape House can start ordering food for this school year’s backpack program with a check from TRCI inmates.
Pendleton creates mobile vendor rules

Pendleton’s mobile food vendors now have to answer to a set of rules created by the city.

At a meeting Tuesday, the Pendleton City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that regulates mobile food vendors.

City Attorney Nancy...

EOU retreat to be held in Pendleton
Meetings will be open to community members

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Agriculture

Ione farmers extend helping hand for harvest
Morrow County wheat farmers pulled together to help out with harvest for Virgil and Debbie Morgan, of Ione.
Expo to showcase latest in farm technology
The 2017 Future Farm Expo is scheduled for Aug. 15-17 in Pendleton, showcasing the latest in automated farm technology.
OSU Extension proposes new tax districts in Umatilla, Morrow counties
Landowner blows whistle on plumeless thistle
Famous Hermiston watermelons inching closer to harvest

Business

Edward Jones wins award for client innovation

The financial services firm Edward Jones won the technology category for large broker/dealers at the 2016 WealthManagement.com Industry Awards.

RDO employee receives John Deere degree

HERMISTON — Jamie Newton, a service technician at RDO Equipment Co. in Hermiston, recently earned the master service technician degree from...

H&R Block hosts open house
First Thursdays sizzle during summer months
Yellowhawk unveils new logo

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Editorials from around Oregon
Editorials from around Oregon
Oregon house makes National Register of Historic Places
The Jacob Clearwater Farmhouse in Oregon has qualified for listing on the National Register of Historic Places
FBI investigating death from domestic dispute on cruise ship
No U-Haul: Oregon couple moves by bicycle into new home
Idaho mountain fire watch tower closed due to vandalism