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Hermiston council votes to take over conference center management
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Hermiston council votes to take over conference center management
The Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce will have to move to a new location in 2018.

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Hermiston History: UFO sighting reported near Hermiston in 1967

• Union Pacific workers are assessing the damage from a multi-car collision at the Hinkle Rail yard, which derailed several rail cars and spilled several hundred gallon of diesel fuel. Bill Nolen, manager of terminal operations at Hinkle, said...

Local high school returns to world robot championships

Umatilla County will be well represented at the world robotics championship.

For the first time, two county schools compete at the same FIRST Robotics Competition — Umatilla High School and Pendleton High School.

Both schools will...

Two men wounded in shooting at Stanfield party

Police with the local major crimes team are investigating a shooting early Saturday in Stanfield that left two men wounded.

Stanfield police at 2:47 a.m. Saturday received a 9-1-1 call about shots fired at a party on the 900 block of South...

Sheriff’s office arrests man in wake of two-vehicle crash

A two-vehicle crash Saturday near Hermiston sent three people to hospitals, and the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested one man in connection to the wreck.

Efrain Narcizo-Mateos, 23, of Richland, Washington, is in the county jail,...

DEQ to sponsor hazardous waste collection
A household hazardous waste collection will be held Saturday, April 22 in Hermiston.
BMCC hosts Arts & Culture Week

A multidisciplinary performing artist, a Holocaust survivor and a Bosnian war refugee are among the presenters during 2017 Arts & Culture Week in Hermiston.

The event, which included activities earlier in the week on the Pendleton campus of...

Leadership Hermiston goes to Salem
Leadership Hermiston goes to Salem
Leadership Hermiston’s Class 20 spent time in the state capitol last week.
Army extends draft agreement to transfer Depot
The U.S. Army is targeting Dec. 1 to transfer the former Umatilla Chemical Depot to back local control.
Volunteers spread the love with city cleanup day
Volunteers spread the love with city cleanup day
People from area churches picked up litter, pulled weeds, washed cars and collected junk to be recycled on Saturday.
School board approves plans to move forward with Harkenrider Center
Board discusses athletic facilities, expansion of high school
Council will discuss operation of conference center at future meeting
Citizens still speak up about center
Communities offer Easter activities
Communities offer Easter activities

Referred to as Holy Week — which began on Palm Sunday and culminates with Easter — many area churches and organizations have special services and Easter activities planned. Most events are free, unless otherwise noted. Information about...

Farm Bureau seeks scholarship applicants

The Umatilla-Morrow County Farm Bureau will award up to $3,000 in scholarships this spring to high school seniors in Umatilla and Morrow counties.

Eligible student may plan to attend any school of higher education, including trade school,...

Athletic director says company is soliciting funds in department’s name
Athletic director warns business owners of scam
Hockensmith cuts deal in animal neglect case
Rancher will not be allowed to own livestock for five years
Pursuit ended when stolen vehicle ran out of gas in Washington
Chase went through Hermiston, Milton-Freewater before ending in Walla Walla
New illuminated stop signs aim to increase driver awareness
Stop signs light up, alert drivers at busy intersections near schools
UCFD bids farewell to one battalion chief, welcomes another
UCFD bids farewell to one battalion chief, welcomes another
Roberts will retain EMS coordinator duties
Police identify cyclist killed Monday night
Police still investigating factors in collision
Barns being raised at EOTEC
Barns being raised at EOTEC
The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board meets the second and last Friday of each month.
Hermiston Special Programs director to leave in June
Hermiston Special Programs director to leave in June
Mishra spent eight years with Hermiston School District
Hermiston History: Guards posted at Cold Springs dam 100 years ago
Hermiston History: Guards posted at Cold Springs dam 100 years ago

• Without some substantial rainfall in the next few weeks, local farmers may face one of the driest years in recent history, and the Umatilla river’s spring run of salmon may be devastated. “I don’t think it’s quite...

Presentation explains Passover tradition

A re-creation of a traditional Passover service will present the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

“Christ in the Passover” is Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hermiston First Christian Church, 775 W. Highland...

Cinco de Mayo moves to Butte Park, grows to two days
Cinco de Mayo moves to Butte Park, grows to two days
Hermiston’s Cinco de Mayo celebration will be May 6-7 at Butte Park.
Umatilla airman dies while serving in Syria
Umatilla airman dies while serving in Syria

Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren, 25, of Umatilla died Tuesday, March 28, while serving as an Air Force security forces airman in northern Syria.

The Department of Defense released Bieren’s name Thursday, March 30, and stated that he appeared to...

Chili contest cooks up community support
Chili contest cooks up community support

Things will be heating up this weekend as the Umatilla/Irrigon Lions Club hosts its annual Chili Contest.

The event is Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Umatilla High School, 1400 Seventh St. Those entering the contest must bring their prepared chili in by...

Work party set for community garden
Work party set for community garden

Spring is in the air and it’s time to dig in the dirt.

Chelle Hankinson, a member of the Healthy Communities Coalition and facilitator of Lovin Spadefuls, is looking for people to help prepare the Hermiston Community Garden. Due to...

Cyclist killed in collision with truck on Elm and Highway 395
Semi truck hits cyclist on East Elm and Highway 395
Three Minutes with: Jazmin Avalos
Three Minutes with: Jazmin Avalos
Hermiston native works for Head Start, loves photography
Hermiston makes loan for festival street design

The Hermiston City Council had a busy meeting Monday, approving changes to the supplemental budget, approving a loan to fund the festival street project and discussing the progress at EOTEC.

• The council issued a proclamation declaring...