Three Hermiston Bulldogs signed letters of intent Tuesday afternoon to further their athletic careers. Football players Jonathan Hinkle and Joey Gutierrez will join the Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers, while Antonio Campos, of the boys soccer team, will go on to play at Walla Walla Community College.
Hinkle and Gutierrez are coming off a championship season where they both received all-state honors for their work on defense. Hinkle was named to the first-team as a linebacker after recording 122 tackles and four interceptions on the season. Gutierrez joins him on the first-team as a defensive back with 70 tackles and six interceptions.
Campos, Hermiston’s starting goalkeeper before going down with an injury, will join a number of Oregon soccer players that will make the trip north to play with the Warriors.
Walla Walla head coach Ben Robert said of Campos: “Antonio is a quality goalkeeper that has proven his ability to keep clean sheets. Antonio possess a great amount of athleticism to make top-class saves. ... Looking forward to his contributions to the team.”
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The Hermiston city council plans to discuss and possibly vote on a final deal with Umatilla County to take over ownership of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center during their March 12 council meeting.
The city and the county are currently co-owners but are working out a deal to transfer sole ownership and financial liability to the city. On Monday city manager Byron Smith reported to the council that negotiations were going well, although the two most difficult issues — an agreement to build storage/office space for the Umatilla County Fair and an agreement for the city to take over at least part of Ott Road and Airport Road — have not yet been tackled.
Mayor David Drotzmann asked when the public would be able to weigh in on the deal, and Smith said information would be published on the city’s website in the agenda packet for the March 12 meeting a few days before the meeting, which will then include time for public testimony.
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The January American Red Cross blood drive at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston celebrated first-time donor Kayla Humphrey.
“It is people like Kayla that keep our blood supply strong,” said volunteer Patti Perkins. “Our donors are a special group of people.”
Calling the Jan. 16 event “a highly successful drive,” Perkins said it included 51 donors, which resulted in 48 units. In addition, Perkins expressed appreciation to Altrusa International of Hermiston for providing the canteen.
This month’s blood drive is Monday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also at Good Shepherd, 610 N.W. 11th St. While walk-ins are welcome, Perkins said it helps with volunteer staffing if appointments are made in advance by calling 1-800-448-3543.
The Red Cross is currently experiencing a blood shortage due to illnesses and winter weather that have kept donors away.
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The local American Youth Soccer Organization recently scored, thanks to the Hermiston Lions Club.
AYSO Regional commissioner Erik Juarez expressed appreciation for the $1,000 donation, which contributed to the support of six local teams. Money for the donation was generated from the annual Don Horneck Memorial Dinner. Don Horneck was a Lions Club member and an avid supporter of AYSO and other youth programs. He died unexpectedly in 2014. Lions Club president Phillip Spicerkuhn said the Hermiston group was pleased to honor Horneck’s memory by contributing to the local AYSO program.
“Don contributed to our community in many ways but one certainly important to him was the youth soccer program,” Spicerkuhn said.
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A Clara Brownell Middle School student already has his sights set on the future. As part of “The Promise of Oregon,” Bhavya Kumar shared that he hopes to become a police officer.
Kumar said he wants to help criminals turn their lives around. Referring to the middle schooler as “amazing,” Umatilla School District employees Tina Ridings and Stefanie Blake both give the youngster high marks.
The “Promise of Oregon” is a statewide public education support campaign launched by the by the Oregon School Boards Association showcasing school districts that are using cutting-edge programs to help prepare students for careers and college.
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