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PENDLETON — Bonnie Smythe walked boldly across the grass, took the microphone and began belting out our national anthem — a song that is notoriously difficult to sing.

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Bonnie Smythe, of Pendleton, sings “The Star Spangled Banner” on Thursday evening during auditons to sing the song at this year’s Pendleton Round-Up.

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UMATILLA — Political pundits may wring their hands about rural American communities in decline, but Umatilla is one small town that’s not going anywhere.

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UNION — The Oregon Department of Transportation announced via a press release Wednesday that the eastbound Exit 179 off-ramp on Interstate 84 to Interstate 82 will be closed for 24 hours begin…

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A young rider fights to stay aboard a wild, wooly sheep during the mutton busting event that kicks off the Farm-City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston.

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PENDLETON — When the Pendleton Center for the Arts is crammed with over 70 teenagers playing rock music in every nook and cranny, it must be time for Rock & Roll Camp.

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PENDLETON — The public has until Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. to submit comments on the Oregon Department of Energy’s order to approve the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line.

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HERMISTON — Hermiston police officer Mike Ellwood was on patrol early Wednesday when a vehicle caught his eye — a primer gray Chevrolet Impala with two semitruck tires strapped to the top.

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HERMISTON — The Hermiston School District is seeking applicants following the resignation of board member Dave Smith at Monday’s regular board meeting.

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IRRIGON — Jeffrey Alan Kelly of Irrigon is in jail on charges of sexual abuse after leading law enforcement on a chase.

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HERMISTON — Umatilla County Fire District 1 responded to a grass fire near Westland and Powerline roads on Monday after 11 a.m.

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HERMISTON — As Annikah Perez waited to sell her 147-pound lamb at the Umatilla County Fair’s youth livestock auction on Saturday, her voice wavered as she described the good times she had with Tulip.

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WALLA WALLA — Milton-Freewater burglary suspect Amanda Maria Warren remains in jail in Walla Walla on charges ranging from theft to attempted murder after police in Burbank, Washington, shot her.

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BAKER CITY — A Baker City man pleaded guilty Friday in Baker County Circuit Court to criminally negligent homicide, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and recklessly endangering another pe…

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PENDLETON — Ryan Corey Newsome of Pendleton died this weekend after fleeing police Thursday and shooting himself in the head.

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HERMISTON — As pigs roll around in the swine barn, and musicians draw crowds on the Main Stage, a dozen or so bales of straw provide seating for where the magic really happens — the Les Schwab…

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The Umatilla County Fair brought people of all ages and backgrounds together this week with “strong roots and cowboy boots.”

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HERMISTON — The Oregon Legislature passed a balanced budget and funded new programs and projects this year. But Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, is hoping that the next budget cycle will see a bett…

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BOARDMAN — The Boardman City Council is discussing new rules for mobile vendors, but Mayor Sandy Toms said problems discussed may get worked out without a new city ordinance.

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JOHN DAY — Two wolves seen east of Highway 395 and north of Mount Vernon don’t appear to have bred, and there’s been no evidence of livestock depredations.

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HERMISTON — When news of another mass shooting begins to spread, certain elements can bring the tragedy home for the people who weren’t there.

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HERMISTON — As the Umatilla County Fair opened its gates for business on Thursday, dark clouds rolled in overhead while a damp warmth clung to the air.