Jade McDowell

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McDowell, Jade

Yarn Club creates a tight-knit group of friends

- Yarn Club meets Saturdays and Thursdays at the Hermiston Public Library.

Art behind bars: TRCI inmates put their focus to art

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The decor through most of Two Rivers Correctional Institution is bleak.

Long, bare corridors made of cement floors flanked by off-white walls stretch endlessly through the prison.

In the medical area, it...

Stanfield council to vote on student representative

- The Stanfield city council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the city council chambers, 150 W. Coe Ave.

97 percent of curb ramps on state highways not ADA-compliant

- Disability Rights Oregon criticizes the Oregon Department of Transportation for lack of ADA-compliant curb ramps along state highways.

Valentine’s Day: Three stories of local love

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Every good romantic movie has a meet-cute moment where the two main characters see each other for the first time. Sometimes there’s a stolen identity or crazy mix-up involved, other times it’s love —...

Wyden and Merkley say Bounds is not ‘suitable nominee’ for Ninth Circuit Court

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Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley say they no longer believe Hermiston graduate Ryan Bounds is a “suitable nominee” for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after reading a collection of opinion pieces...

Tensions rise as longer delay expected on depot transfer

- Director Greg Smith says new EPA requirement could add four to seven months

Gomolski enters Hermiston council race

- Mark Gomolski is a member of the school board for Hermiston School District.

Oregon Military Department investing millions in Camp Umatilla

- The former Umatilla Chemical Depot will be home to a National Guard training facility.

Flu, cold weather cause blood shortage

- The next Red Cross blood drive in Umatilla County is Monday in Milton-Freewater.

Street will be closed until Memorial Day

- Festival street construction begins Thursday

Hermiston’s rough draft of history

- Old editions of the Hermiston Herald provide some laughs and some perspective.

New tech gives Hermiston utility customers more knowledge

- Hermiston customers can track hourly water and power usage.

HART gives 2,723 free rides in first year

- The city of Hermiston and Kayak Public Transit are trying to spread the word about the free public bus system.

Umatilla to use data center water for agriculture

- A reuse project by the city of Hermiston inspired a new Umatilla water project.

Hermiston to take full control of EOTEC

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The city of Hermiston will take on twice the control but also twice the risk on the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center after agreeing to take sole ownership of the project.

The Hermiston City Council and Umatill...

Enterprise zones offer tax breaks, foster investment

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Some of Eastern Oregon’s biggest businesses get a tax break only they can access, but it comes with a catch.

The enterprise zone, an Oregon program that provides multi-year property tax exemptions on new in...

Hermiston council race features two candidates so far

- The deadline to file for a council position is March 6.

Former Hermiston coach and mother of five dies from childbirth complications

- Priscilla Iliganoa Ena Boyd, 30, is survived by husband Cole Boyd and five sons

Federal commission confirms UEC’s authority to build Wheatridge transmission line

- Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative claimed the line would encroach on its exclusive service territory.

Nakapalau resigns Echo council seat

- Nakapalau was elected to an at-large council seat by eight write-in votes during the November 2016 election.

Memories of the former Union Club inform its rebirth

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Echoes of the past on Hermiston’s Main Street are helping inform its future.

A project is underway to restore the old Union Club bar to its former glory, re-imagined for a new generation as a coffee shop by ...

Planning commission questions EOTEC over failure to meet conditions

- EOTEC did not meet multiple conditions of a parking variance issued for large events in 2017.

City adopts changes in fees, policies at Hermiston Community Center

- The Hermiston parks and recreation department plans to have more music, art and theater at the re-named Hermiston Community Center.

Councilors blast EOTEC for lack of planning

- The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center needs $1.2 million for equipment, storage and RV park.

Hermiston council gives Lamb Weston 15-year tax break on $220 million expansion

- City, county will use $1 million annual revenue for water infrastructure project

Jose ‘Joey’ Phillip Escobedo is first Umatilla County baby born in 2018 after long labor

- Jose Phillip Escobedo was born at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.

Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce opens new office

- The Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce has moved to 1055 S Hwy 395 Suite 111, while the Hermiston Parks and Recreation department has moved in the Hermiston Conference Center.

Energy drinks, juice and other beverages now redeemable for a deposit

- A full list of included beverages can be found on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s website.

Resolution Run kicks off 2018 exercise routines

- Runners and walkers gathered for a 5k at Riverfront Park on New Year’s Day.

Snow brings out entrepreneurs

- Some businesses and individuals turn to snow removal to bring in extra cash.

EOTEC board looks to VenuWorks for longterm planning

- VenuWorks will begin management of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center Tuesday.

Toddler who was shot is home from hospital

- A Hermiston two-year-old accidentally shot by his sibling is walking again.

New finance director finds hospitality up north

- Mark Krawczyk moved from Texas with his wife Tammy to be Hermiston’s new finance director.

Hermiston Taco Bell ‘lobby supervisor’ known for jokes, hard work

- Mark Leach works at the Hermiston Taco Bell through a job placement program with Horizon Project Inc.