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By the Way: Chamber hoping search almost over

Published on December 5, 2017 7:10PM

UCFD firefighters extinguish a fully-englfed backhoe on Hermiston Foods property Tuesday afternoon.

UCFD firefighters extinguish a fully-englfed backhoe on Hermiston Foods property Tuesday afternoon.

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Time is ticking for the Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce to find a new home, but board chair Josh Burns said an announcement should be coming later this week.

The chamber’s offices have been located in the Hermiston Conference Center, but Hermiston Parks and Recreation plans to take over management of the building starting Jan. 1. The chamber has been searching for a new location after turning down the city’s offer earlier this year to use the basement of the former Carnegie Library across from city hall.

News of the chamber’s new location will be posted on www.hermistonherald.com when it becomes available.

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A fire that engulfed a backhoe on property behind the former Hermiston Foods was knocked down quickly on Tuesday, but not before it sent a column of smoke into the sky south of Hermiston.

Daryl Fuchs, harvest supervisor, said the cause was still unknown. He said the excavator was working on the scrap metal pile when it caught fire.

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Hermiston resident Sandra Vandever recently became a 12-gallon donor during the Nov. 20 American Red Cross blood drive held at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

Volunteer Patti Perkins said a total of 34 units were collected from 46 donors. The canteen was provided by Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.

The next drive is Monday, Dec. 18 from 12:30-6 p.m., also at Good Shepherd, 610 N.W. 11th St. Perkins said walk-ins are welcome, but it’s helpful if donors schedule an appointment by calling 800-448-3543. For more information, contact Perkins at pzperchek@charter.net or 541-571-5372.

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A handful of sure-shotted basketball players will advance to the Northeast District Hoop Shoot (Jan. 7 at Sandstone Middle School in Hermiston) after taking top honors in their age groups during the Dec. 2 Hermiston Elks Hoop Shoot Competition, which drew about 50 area youths ages 8-13. Moving on are Alexia Sanguino of West Park Elementary School, Adrian Gonzales of Sunset Elementary School, Layla Chavez of McNary Heights Elementary School, Julian Gomez of Irrigon Elementary School, Leslie Rivera of Clara Brownell Middle School and Ronaldo Torres of Armand Larive Middle School.

Other second and first place finishers in their division during the local competition included Girls 8-9: Rocio Garay of Windy River, Dulce Valencia of West Park. Boys 8-9: Jose Perez of McNary Heights, Carson Cyganik of McKay Creek. Girls 10-11: Ashlynn Cutburth of Sunset, Lorelai Keefauver of Highland Hills. Boys 10-11: Micheal Montez of McNary Heights, Blaze Hoffman of Desert View. Girls 12-13: Laura Molina of Irrigon Jr/Sr High, Chloe Gomez of Riverside Jr/Sr High. Boys 12-13: Alexis Armenta of Clara Brownell, Jesus Montes Martinez of Riverside Jr/Sr High.

Winners of the district competition will advance to the Oregon State Hoop Shoot Feb. 10 at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie. The Elks Hoop Shoot culminates with the National Hoop Shoot Finals, which are April 21 in Chicago. For more information, contact local Hoop Shoot director Ernie Kern of Hermiston Elks Lodge No. 1845 at eandkkern@yahoo.com.

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