Reporter joins EO's Hermiston staff

HERMISTON - Longtime Oregon resident Sue Ryan has returned home to join the staff of the East Oregonian as a community writer covering the Hermiston, Umatilla and Morrow County areas.

"I'm excited to be here," Ryan said Friday, her first day on the job. "I'm happy to return home to Eastern Oregon, the area and people I love and know well."

Ryan replaces Carol Marcum in the Hermiston bureau. Marcum left the post two months ago for personal reasons.

Ryan, 40, of Camas, Wash., is a 2002 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Previously, Ryan wrote for the Herald and News in Klamath Falls, and the News-Times of Newport. Ryan also has worked as a copy editor for the Times News in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Ryan grew up in Prineville and Burns.

Physicians join Enterprise hospital

ENTERPRISE - Wallowa County Memorial Hospital will welcome two new doctors this summer.

During a hospital district meeting Monday, Administrator Larry Davy reported Drs. Emily Scheanan and Kirsten Caine will arrive in August.

Both doctors are family practitioners and obstetricians, Davy said. They will begin practicing locally Sept. 1.

According to Davy, both have signed four-year contracts.

Scheanan and Caine could not be reached for comment.

New ranger joins Heppner district

HEPPNER - Tom Mafera has been hired as the new district ranger for the Heppner Ranger District of the Umatilla National Forest.

Mafera spent 10 years working on the Ochoco National Forest as assistant timber staff officer. He previously worked as natural resources team leader in the Paulina Ranger District. For the last few years, Mafera has been assigned to the Deschutes National Forest as the Sisters Ranger District environmental coordinator.

Flour mill closed in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. - ConAgra Food Ingredients has closed its flour mill here, one of 25 the company operated mills.

The mill employed 15, according to a report in the Rapid City Journal. Bob McKeon, ConAgra spokes-man, said the company's Rapid City customers would be served "better and more efficiently" from other ConAgra flour mills. The company intends to sell the facility as a grain elevator, he added.

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