Jade McDowell

McDowell, Jade

Hermiston councilor’s mother killed by impaired driver

- Hermiston city councilor John Kirwna lost his mother to a crash Nov. 10.

Holiday events spread cheer Saturday

- Echo’s community Thanksgiving meal, Altrusa’s annual holiday bazaar and an ornament-making activity at Hermiston Public Library offered weekend entertainment.

Small Business Saturday asks holiday shoppers to buy local

- Some local businesses will participate in both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Got a problem? Talk to Greg. Or Greg. Or was it Mr. Smith?


Greg is a lovely name, but it causes a lot of confusion for the good people of Umatilla County.

Sometimes state Rep. Greg Smith’s staff fields complaints about votes that U.S. Rep. Greg Walden made, or a cit...

Hermiston city council denies $10,000 water credit for EOTEC


The city may co-own the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, but councilors weren’t showing any favoritism Monday when they denied the EOTEC board’s request for a $10,000 credit on its sewer bill.


Veterans’ sacrifices recognized at Hermiston breakfast

- Pastor Dean Hackett, Rep. Greg Smith and veterans Al Rafferty and David Gallagher were speakers at Hermiston’s annual Veterans Day breakfast.

Shorter enrollment period for health insurance ends Dec. 15

- Help in available online, by phone and in the community to sign up for health insurance or switch plans by the Dec. 15 deadline.

VenuWorks estimates a profitable EOTEC in three years

- The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board voted Friday to begin negotiating a contract with VenuWorks to run EOTEC.

Hermiston woman’s quilting gains national recognition

- Shelly Cokyendall of Hermiston has a quilt featured in Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine this month.

Hermiston Foods employees prepare for life after closure

- CAPECO and Worksource Oregon help train those looking for new careers

Beating the winter blues

- As winter weather hits and parks become less inviting, parents have other options for keeping children entertained.

Cornerstone Pediatrics open for business

- Dr. Rachel Brennan is taking new patients at Cornerstone Pediatrics.

Hermiston woman cleans up community one bag at a time

- Miranda Ainsworth picks up litter every day on her morning walks.

Hermiston celebrates new playground at Sunset Park

- An online voting contest sponsored by the Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Health helped pay for a new playground in Hermiston.

Hermiston council extends Ranch & Home deadline to June

- Ranch & Home will have until June 1 to finish its store on the south side of Hermiston to be reimbursed for $107,800 in development costs.

Businesses and nonprofits collecting coats for those in need

- Clean, gently-used coats can be donated at locations around the county.

Echo issues apology for councilor’s Facebook comments

- After Echo city councilor Lou Nakapalau told a gay man on Facebook that he would spit on his grave when he died of AIDS, the city council voted to issue a public apology and work on a social media policy.

New housing projects could put dent in cities’ housing crunch

- Boardman, Hermiston, Umatilla all seeing new housing projects start.

Umatilla County sends firefighters to battle California blazes

- Umatilla County Fire District sent equipment and personnel to Chino, California on Saturday.

Back from the disaster zone: Echo pharmacist provided care after Hurricane Irma

- Pharmacist Cindy Parks is one of several Oregon medical professionals who deployed to Florida after Hurricane Irma hit.

Stanfield passes mobile food vendor ordinance

- Mobile food vendors must close by 9 p.m. each night in Stanfield.

Harkenrider Center in Hermiston on time and on budget

- The Hermiston city council discussed progress on the new senior center and approved a police union contract

State calls plans for Stanfield biodiesel plant a ‘scam’

- Developer Bob Doughty said he still plans to build a biodiesel plant in Stanfield despite being fined by the state for violating Oregon securities law.

EOTEC faces questions on maintenance and management

- EOTEC hosts the Hermiston Horse Sale Extravaganza in two weeks.

Hermiston bus system changed to new route on Monday

- The Hermiston HART will now make fewer stops and more loops through town.

Eastern Oregon Telecom breaks ground on new building

- Eastern Oregon Telecom is building a new location to combine business and warehouse operations into one building.

Hermiston council eases rules to encourage housing development

- The Hermiston city council voted Monday to change residential development standards and create a new program for infill properties.

Holding a phone while driving means big fines starting Oct. 1

- A new Oregon law bans all cell phone use while driving and could land repeat offenders in jail.

Hermiston to assist private pavilion project in exchange for skate park land

- Mitco Investments plans to build an event pavilion on South First Street.

First nine holes of Hermiston Desert Disc Golf open

- The Hermiston Desert Disc Golf course, located across 11th Street from Good Shepherd Medical Center, is now open for use.