Jade McDowell

McDowell, Jade

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

Hermiston man returns from 1,000-mile journey for CASA

- Charles Clupny walked 1,000 miles on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Echo looking at sewer rate increase

- Residents’ sewer bill could go up to $75 a month.

Hermiston council considers water and sewer rate increases


The Hermiston City Council is planning to restructure water and sewer rates in October.

The city’s infrastructure committee has been working with engineers from Anderson Perry to create a capital improvemen...

Hermiston celebrates opening of Harkenrider Center

- The ribbon-cutting drew about 200 people downtown on Saturday.

Stanfield city manager among candidates for Umatilla job


Blair Larsen, Stanfield’s city manager, is one of three finalists for the open Umatilla city manager position.

The Umatilla Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it will be holding a public meet and g...

Hermiston employment: Just add water

- Hermiston was responsible for the majority of job in Umatilla County in 2005-2015.

Hermiston city manager given $6,400 raise


Hermiston city manager Byron Smith is meeting or exceeding all expectations of the city council, according to their annual evaluation, and he will receive a raise of $6,400 on Sept. 1.

During Monday’s city c...

Hermiston time capsule to offer a slice of life in 2018

- Items can be submitted through Sept. 5.

East Theater Lane to get paved sooner than expected


Residents of Theater Lane will be happy to hear the gravel portion of East Theater Lane will be paved sooner.

On Monday the Hermiston city council approved a request from city staff to “flip-flop” two...

Hermiston opens up more mobile food vending opportunities

- Hermiston city council discussed mobile food vending, shipping containers and street projects Monday.

Mirasol health fair spreads wellness information in Hermiston

- Mirasol Family Health Clinic offered a health fair Saturday.

Yard sales turn unwanted items into bargains

- The yard sales were plentiful around Hermiston on the Saturday before school starts.

Northgate project still under consideration for Echo


The city of Echo is still getting its ducks in a row to potentially welcome a major development on the north side of the city.

The proposed 132-acre development could include as many as 48 homes, a hotel, RV park, ...

Foreign exchange program still looking for host families


Kids are already starting to head back to school in some districts, but families in Eastern Oregon still have an opportunity to host a foreign exchange student this year.

Jennifer Gartin, the local coordinator for ...

Lamb auction raises $23,200 for Echo girl with brain tumor

- The fair community rallied around Maddy Thomas and her family on Saturday.

Celebration of Mexican Independence Day scheduled for Sept. 16 at EOTEC

- Tejano star Michael Salgado will headline a “moonlight concert.”

Another fair in the books

- Logistical changes mark second year at new fair venue

McLeod-Skinner includes Hermiston on campaign trail stop

- Jamie McLeod-Skinner is running against Rep. Greg Walden for Congress.

City to consider lacrosse fields at EOTEC

- The city is soliciting feedback about the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center’s longterm plan with an online survey.

Hermiston council to discuss noise ordinance, eminent domain

- The Hermiston city council meets Monday at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Bus companies have difficulty competing for employees


It’s not easy finding bus drivers.

Aimee Cook, manager of Mid-Columbia Bus Company in Hermiston, said about 15 to 20 percent of their drivers turn over every year, and finding new ones takes active recruitme...

Crowds swell at Umatilla County Fair at night


During fair week, the Umatilla County fairgrounds are at their liveliest after dark.

Children dart through clusters of parents waiting for their own child to disembark from a spinning spaceship ride. Couples wander...

Protecting fair animals from the heat an all-day job

- Temperatures will be well over 100 degrees for part of fair week.

Shuttles, correct change and knowing your lane can help with fair traffic

- Free shuttles will pick up from Hermiston City Hall, Hermiston Community Center, Wal-Mart and Hermiston High School.

Hermiston Foods plant has yet to find a buyer

- NORPAC is actively marketing the plant and surrounding industrial property south of Hermiston.

When wildfire strikes home, preparation can help

- Take photos of everything covered by your policy.

Recycling numbers up after increase in deposit amount

- Cans and bottles must be from Oregon to be redeemed for a deposit.

Thank-yous, vehicle maintenance ways to show support for firefighters

- This summer has put Oregon’s firefighters to work

Church members sacrifice to help with capital improvement projects


When a church needs a new roof or more rooms, the members often sacrifice to make it happen.

Sometimes that sacrifice comes in the form of donations, like those that are helping pay for a new fellowship hall at Her...

Hermiston conducting feasibility study for indoor pool

- Hermiston is studying the possibility of a “health and wellness center” that would include an indoor pool

10:30 a.m. update: Lake Wallula Fire 65 percent contained


The fire burning along Highway 730 was 65 percent contained Tuesday morning after crews fought back flames fanned by high winds and extreme temperatures.

The fire — dubbed the Lake Wallula Fire — bega...

Unicyclists traverse Interstate 84 to raise church funds

- Small problems don’t stop Hermiston Nazarene fundraiser

CDA director says depot transfer is close


There’s just one box left to check before the former Umatilla Chemical Depot can be transferred to local control.

At a Columbia Development Authority board meeting Tuesday morning, director Greg Smith told t...

New rules would allow more food trucks, ‘pod’ in Hermiston

- The Hermiston City Council discussed food trucks, a $4.5 million loan, the resignation of a city councilor and city finances Monday.

Bounds nomination pulled from consideration

- Mayor David Drotzmann said it was unfortunate Bounds’ nomination fell victim to partisan politics.

Hermiston councilor Clara Beas Fitzgerald resigning

- The city council will discuss food trucks, a noise ordinance, accessory dwellings and more Monday.