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Three take-aways from the midterms


Umatilla County voters just don’t do it.

More than 68.4 percent of Oregon voters cast ballots in the midterm election Tuesday, according to the latest results from the Oregon Sectary of State. Umatilla Count...

Walden wins 11th term by narrowing margin


The blue wave that carried Democrats to a majority in the U.S. House did not roll past the shores of Eastern Oregon.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden won an 11th term Tuesday night in the Oregon 2nd Congressional District. E...

Anti-105 rally draws dozens in Hermiston


Leaders and supporters of Umatilla County’s Hispanic community stood firm against ending Oregon’s sanctuary state status on Saturday.

Roughly 100 people participated in a rally at McKenzie Park urging...

Measure 30-128: Gun rights measure puts power in sheriff’s holster


Pro-Second Amendment activist Jesse Bonifer of Athena wants the oversight of Constitutionally-protected gun rights to become local.

“We’re trying to bring everything back to the county level,” ...

Walden, McLeod-Skinner take on the issues


Republican Greg Walden seeks an 11th term as the U.S. representative for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District. But he said this election is different.

He is feeling heat from some constituents. He has paid fo...

Murdock, Pullen firm up stances in race for county commissioner


Umatilla County Commissioner George Murdock and challenger Rick Pullen agreed the county’s election process could use some improvement.

Otherwise, they took familiar roles last Wednesday night during a local...

County commission race: Pullen mostly self-funded, Givens goes for write-in redemption

- Former commissioner candidate Bailor urges voters to participate

Eastern Oregon contractor sweep turns up 33 possible work site violations


Investigations at more than 100 job sites in Eastern Oregon revealed 33 possible contractor violations.

The Oregon Construction Contractors Board reported field investigators conducted the sweep last week through M...

Delay keeps De La Paz in jail for now


Attempted murder defendant Silvestre Sanguino De La Paz of Hermiston has to wait until next week for a jail release hearing.

De La Paz, 23, has been in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, since his arrest on Sept....

Lost Valley founder jailed for meth in Hermiston

- Greg te Velde was arrested Friday by Hermiston police.

Hazardous waste and health living: Umatilla County events helps locals clean up and get fit

- Pendleton has household waste collection and Hermiston High houses family wellness fair