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Hermiston continues to expand its lead as Eastern Oregon’s largest city, adding an estimated 360 new residents between July 2019 and July 2020, according to Portland State University’s Population Research Center.

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A new study finds that removal of dams on the Columbia-Snake river system isn't likely to improve Chinook salmon survival, because salmon survival rates are similar in other regions. Researcher David Welch says "big puzzles" remain because so much is unknown about the time the salmon spend in the ocean.

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Advocates of using the Columbia-Snake river system for agricultural transportation say a new study questioning the basis for the push to breach dams will help their cause.