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Like a gale that rips off the roofs in a small town, the lingering trauma of Jan. 6 has exposed basic truths about American life. Some of these are intellectual, as they pertain to the U.S. Co…

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In 1962, when Wallace McCrae was selected as the first president of Blue Mountain Community College, John F. Kennedy was president of the United States. Fertility rates were high and baby boom…

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Writing is a lifelong skill. Children are able to start developing skills used in writing as early as kindergarten and even preschool. Developing the skill of writing starts with language deve…

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It’s hard to believe it’s already been over a year since the tragic floods that impacted Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. Heavy snow followed by heavy rain led to rapid rises on the …

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The year 2020 proved to be a contentious year on many fronts — political, social, medical — but nothing surprised me more than the nationwide controversies over statues and monuments associate…

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On Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, the Umatilla River in Pendleton was trying to handle a record-breaking 28,900 cubic feet per second of water through our city. Compare this to the previous highest f…

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The past few months have highlighted the strange relationship between Umatilla County and the Oregon Department of Corrections.

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Oregonians living through September’s fires know the threat global warming poses; we are on the frontlines. We know temperature is rising and rainfall is declining during summer, while snowpac…

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I generally read your Editorial Opinion piece and find you to be fairly on target. However, I think your conclusion in your editorial in the Jan. 15 issue missed the mark when you closed with …

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Back in the day, comedian Arsenio Hall had a regular part on his late-night talk show that centered around things that were puzzling or defied logic — “Things that make you go hmmmm.”

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At long last, the lamb order made it into our freezer, the result of a personal connection. Whenever we’ve had food provided by someone we know, or just a local provider, I’ve always felt that…

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Whenever the National Weather Service issues a winter weather advisory or a winter storm warning due to snow, we get mixed reactions from the public. Some love snow, some hate it.

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When I worked for the BLM, us “ologists” (hydrologist, ecologists, biologists, archaeologists, geologists and botanists) used to refer to range conservationists as range “cons” because they co…

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One of my favorite movies is “Catch Me If You Can.” At one point, Tom Hanks, who plays FBI agent Carl Hanratty, encounters the target of his investigation, Frank Abagnale, portrayed by Leonard…