Jade McDowell

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McDowell, Jade

Hermiston company provides ‘cutting-edge’ bovine IFV treatments

- Vytelle was previously known as Cogent IVF before re-branding in August.

New Hermiston business brings European flair

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A new business is bringing a taste of Europe to Hermiston.

Paint & Patina, which opened last week at 158 E Main St., features art supplies, dresses, beauty products, teas and more imported from Europe.

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Lack of volunteers delays opening of Hermiston Warming Station

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Hermiston’s homeless may be in for more cold nights than usual if the Hermiston Warming Station doesn’t get more volunteers this week.

The nonprofit emergency shelter, which provides a warm place to s...

Echo students celebrate veterans

- Chuck Sams served as keynote speaker for the Echo Schools Veterans Day assembly on Thursday.

Davis beats Gomolski for Hermiston council seat

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Hermiston city councilor Lori Davis will keep her seat for another four years, beating challenger Mark Gomolski with 57.3 percent of the vote.

Davis has served on the Hermiston City Council since 2010. She was appo...

Challengers on path to win in Umatilla

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Umatilla’s mayoral race was too close to call when results came in at 8 p.m., but Mary Dedrick had a 22 vote lead over incumbent Daren Dufloth.

Dufloth was running for re-election for the first time since he...

EOTEC to hold Hermiston Mudfest Nov. 18

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The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center is seeing a more diverse lineup of events as people continue to think up new uses for the space.

On Nov. 18, EOTEC is partnering with a private group to host the Hermiston ...

Senior center volunteers save Hermiston woman

- Meals on Wheels volunteers provide check-ins for seniors living alone.

PGG auctioning off Hermiston industrial property

- A 122-acre PGG property next to the Hinkle Rail Yard is up for auction.

Umatilla undergoing shifts in health care

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Umatilla, a town of 7,132, is headed toward a future of three medical clinics.

Family Health Associates of Hermiston will open a new clinic in Umatilla on Nov. 15 at the building that formerly housed Encore Wellnes...

Good Shepherd community meeting provides updates and health information

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It was a year of growth and change for Good Shepherd Health Care System, according to CEO Dennis Burke.

Burke shared the hospital’s progress over the 2017-18 fiscal year at a community meeting Wednesday nigh...

First lunch at Harkenrider Center draws more than 100

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The first lunch at the new Harkenrider Senior Activity Center was a record-breaking one.

More than 100 people showed up for the inaugural meal of chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables and cake on Thursday. The senio...

Hermiston looking for food pod operator

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The city of Hermiston is requesting proposals from anyone interested in running a food truck pod.

The proposal would be for a 12- to 24-month pilot program on two city-owned parking lots at the intersection of West...

Umatilla County gets funding to plan new trail system

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Backers of the West County Trails project now have some funding to get the project off the ground.

The proposed network of trails would connect roughly 25 miles of new and existing trails around Umatilla, Hermiston...

Smith talks PERS, carbon tax with Hermiston City Council

- Rep. Greg Smith presented at a work session with the Hermiston City Council on Monday.

Local partnership sends surplus potatoes to food banks

- Test plots of potatoes at the Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center will be sent to the Oregon Food Bank.

Umatilla forum focuses on city’s improvement

- Umatilla has two mayoral candidates and four council candidates on the November ballot.

City, feds and volunteers maintain Oxbow Trail

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Four and a half years after the Oxbow Trail was dedicated, several sets of eyes are working to keep the area friendly to both humans and wildlife.

The land is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, which allowed the c...

Hat Rock artist puts abstract spin on nature

- Jean Christofori Howton will hold an open house featuring her work on Saturday.

Measure 106 fight presents conflicting views of abortion

- Measure 106 would ban taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions.

Watkinds sells Columbia Court Club, opens new business

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Steve Watkinds knows his new line of business is a little ironic.

Two years after he had to shut down the Columbia Court Club in Hermiston due to a fire, he has sold the building and started a new business inspecti...

Hermiston City Council challenger criticizes incumbent’s record

- Lori Davis and Mark Gomolski discussed their vision for Hermiston at a candidate forum Wednesday.

New Good Shepherd records system to provide patient tools

- Patients will be able to send messages to their doctor and request prescription refills online.

City adding more offices to EOTEC

- The Hermiston city council discussed EOTEC improvements, partnerships with the Hermiston School District and library improvements Monday.

Hermiston water, sewer rates to increase in March

- Larger users of water and sewer will pay more than small users.

Retirement doesn’t slow down Hardin

- Rod Hardin has retired as principal of Hermiston Christian Center & School but not from the Hermiston City Council.

Hermiston council to vote on utility rate increases Monday

- A facility use agreement with Hermiston School District and a bid to manager new EOTEC projects are also on the agenda.

Former councilor challenges incumbent in Umatilla mayoral race

- Mary Dedrick is running against Daren Dufloth for Umatilla mayor.

EOTEC hosts ‘Walktober,’ equestrian opportunities

- The public can walk or ride horses at EOTEC during October

Mother and daughter team up in the kitchen

- Carol and LaNae Hull run Delish Bistro in Hermiston.

Oregon expected to get extension on Real ID Act

- Oregonians will eventually not be able to use their regular driver’s license as identification to board a flight

Free flu vaccines offered in October

- The flu killed an estimated 80,000 people last year according to the CDC.

Echo Corn Maze open for business

- The maze is open every day but Mondays through Halloween.

Hermiston council gets EOTEC update

- Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center manager Al Davis said parking and traffic went much better at the Umatilla County Fair this year.

Hermiston transforming park, building new trail

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Hermiston’s smallest park is getting a makeover.

Most people don’t even know the half-acre on Beech Avenue exists, but the kids who grew up in that neighborhood have used it as a gathering place for d...

As fall begins, the farmers market ends

- The final day for Hermiston’s farmers market is next Thursday.

Hermiston man’s daughter, grandson trampled by giraffe

- Jack Standish of Hermiston said his daughter Dr. Katy Williams and grandson Finn Williams are recovering.

Contractor shortages delay projects big and small

- Umatilla County construction can take longer than expected when subcontractors are too busy to take on a new project.

Umatilla County sheriff explains support of Measure 105 to Hispanic Advisory Committee

- Rowan said his support of repealing Oregon’s sanctuary status comes from a desire to work more closely with federal officials on cases where undocumented immigrants commit serious crimes.

Umatilla city manager candidates make their case

- Projects continue to move forward in Umatilla as city searches for new manager