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Hermiston heats up with summer events
STAFF PHOTO BY TAMMY MALGESINI
Hermiston heats up with summer events

With summer just around the corner, Hermiston will be sizzling with a trio of events held the weekend of July 7-8, including Hermiston Funfest, the Eastern Oregon Arts Show and the Cool Rides Car Show.

Hermiston Funfest

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Gay chorus to sing in Pendleton

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is pulling out all the stops with a show that features the biggest hits by music’s most legendary male artists.

The Divos, which features the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, Michael Jackson, Nat King...

Three Minutes with Dave Smith,  O So Kleen
Three Minutes with Dave Smith, O So Kleen

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I was raised in Hermiston, attending K-12 in the Hermiston School District. I left to play college basketball and earn my bachelor’s degree and then began a career in food processing. We came back...

Chamber turns down Carnegie Library space
Chamber turns down Carnegie Library space
The Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce is searching for new offices.
By The Way: Farewell, Fontaines and welcome back, slime tradition
By The Way: Farewell, Fontaines and welcome back, slime tradition

Longtime Hermiston restaurateurs Chuck and Karen Fontaine seem committed to making another attempt at retirement. The Fontaines have operated restaurants at three different locations in Hermiston for more than 40 years, dating back to the Steel Wheel...

Students ‘slime’ principal after reaching goals
Students ‘slime’ principal after reaching goals

A five-year tradition continues at Rocky Heights Elementary School — on the last day of school, students slimed principal Jerad Farley.

To reward students for reaching reading goals, the top readers from each grade level earns the...

Hermiston looks at new venues for graduation
Hermiston looks at new venues for graduation
The district will consider three new venues to accommodate growing graduation crowds
Hermiston History: Wal-Mart celebrates grand opening 25 years ago
Hermiston History: Wal-Mart celebrates grand opening 25 years ago

• Local dignitaries are expected to be on hand for the grand opening celebration of Wal-Mart’s 73,000 square-foot store, Tuesday, June 30. “We appreciate the warm welcome we have received from the community and are eager to...

Elfering to share State of Umatilla County

Umatilla County Commissioner Bill Elfering is the special speaker for an upcoming lunch event in Hermiston.

Elfering will share the State of Umatilla County during the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce Business to Business Luncheon. The no-host...

Three Minutes with: Auto repair shop owner Tom Huxoll
Three Minutes with: Auto repair shop owner Tom Huxoll

Tom Huxoll

Owner, Cascade Auto Repair

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I moved here because my family was living here, in 1980. I’d been here off and on growing up.

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Hermiston passes $57.3 million budget
The 2017-2018 budget includes a trail project, new water treatment equipment, new water meters and a new senior center.
Two seriously injured in crash on Highway 207
Two seriously injured in crash on Highway 207

Two Boardman residents were seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 207 Monday near Interstate 84.

A teenager was most seriously injured, and he was taken by air to a hospital in Richland and later to Spokane.

Oregon...

Adult programs continue at Hermiston library

Adult are invited to attend specialty groups that meet regularly at the Hermiston Public Library.

•Yarn Club meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Lovers of needlecraft are invited to attend

•Writer’s...

Agape House hosts parking lot sale

Clothing, furniture, bicycles and more than 20 bins of knick-knacks are up for grabs during a parking lot sale at Agape House.

Clothing is five items for a dollar, furniture is priced as marked and knick-knacks are you-name-the-price. The sale...

May blood drive collects 28 units

With a goal of 31 units, the May 15 American Red Cross blood drive at Good Shepherd Medical Center was slightly below, collecting 28.

Patti Perkins said a large number of appointments were missed. While donors can walk-in, she said it’s...

Relay for Life walks on cancer

The Pendleton and Hermiston communities are combining efforts to form the Relay for Life of Umatilla County.

The event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Roy Raley Park, Pendleton. People...

By the way: Road to Omaha goes through Hermiston

Local Oregon State University Beavers super fans Steve and Janet Williams are off to Omaha for the College World Series. The Williamses have been regular attendees of Beaver Baseball games in Corvallis, including the Regional and...

Police arrest suspect in Hermiston homicide
Police arrest suspect in Hermiston homicide

Umatilla police on Monday arrested the lone suspect in the recent shooting death of James Cragun.

Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston in a written statement reported a Umatilla police supervisor arrested Tyree Houfmuse around 2:35 p.m. Monday...

Houfmuse arraigned on murder charges in Hermiston shooting death
Houfmuse arraigned on murder charges in Hermiston shooting death

Murder charges were filed Tuesday against Tyree Quaddray Houfmuse in connection to a fatal shooting in Hermiston last month.

The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office filed charges of first-degree manslaughter and murder against...

Hermiston represented at Rose Festival with parade float
Hermiston represented at Rose Festival with parade float
A giant slice of Hermiston watermelon rode in the Grand Floral Parade on Saturday.
School Librarian will take Appalachian trip to create lessons for students
School Librarian will take Appalachian trip to create lessons for students
Delia Wells will compare eastern mountain range with Blue Mountains
Two Boardman men injured in Saturday crash on I-82

Two Boardman men were injured in a crash on Interstate 82 Saturday afternoon.

Israel A. Martinez, 21, and Adrian Virelas Hernandez, 23, were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston and Martinez was later transfered by air ambulance to...

Columbia River bridge at Umatilla begins year-long repair project
Columbia River bridge at Umatilla begins year-long repair project
Project will funnel traffic both directions onto one span between Oregon and Washington
Love of Junk offers vintage treasures
Love of Junk offers vintage treasures

Recently ranked number four on a list of top flea markets in Washington, the Love of Junk offers shoppers cool finds, salvaged materials, repurposed objects and vintage items for the home, garden or gift giving.

The junker’s paradise is...

Park concert series continues weekly
Park concert series continues weekly

The Boardman/Irrigon Music in the Parks outdoor concert series recently kicked off its season.

The free summer shows alternate between Boardman and Irrigon marina parks each Monday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 14.

The next concert is Monday,...

Ladies foursome raises money for Meadowood
Ladies foursome raises money for Meadowood

Manning the 17th hole during the Camp Meadowood Springs Benefit Golf Tournament, a foursome of ladies brought in $5,144 to help the camp program, located near Weston.

Karen Fontaine, Jeanie Bloodsworth, Rita Walker and Donna Casper offered...

Lavender farm hosts magically fragrant festival
Lavender farm hosts magically fragrant festival

After a one-year hiatus, next weekend’s lavender festival will bloom again as it raises money for a pair of nonprofit organizations in Hermiston.

Jim and Sheri Konningrud started Purple Ridge Lavender Festival as a way to share their...

Crash shuts down Highway 207 overpass south of Hermiston
Crash shuts down Highway 207 overpass south of Hermiston

HERMISTON ­— The Highway 207 overpass above Interstate 84 south of Hermiston was closed to traffic for several hours after a wreck Monday morning.

Oregon State Police reconstructed a serious injury crash that happened at exit 182 at...

Hermiston graduates remember happiness, grief and hard work of last four years
Hermiston graduates remember happiness, grief and hard work of last four years
School’s historic class of 332 receives diplomas
Garden tour sprouts inspiration, raises money for PEO chapter
Garden tour sprouts inspiration, raises money for PEO chapter

Vicki Bowman, past president of P.E.O. Chapter DR, said a love of gardening has sprouted into an annual garden tour that serves as a fundraiser for the group.

“Audney Cosand started the Garden Tour and inspired us with her love of...

Police still looking for suspect in recent fatal shooting
Police still looking for suspect in recent fatal shooting

An arrest warrant has been issued for Tyree Quaddray Houfmuse, a suspect in the killing of James Cragun in Hermiston on May 27.

The Hermiston Police Department on Friday released a statement about the investigation.

“We wanted to...

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Elfering to share State of Umatilla County

Umatilla County Commissioner Bill Elfering is the special speaker for an upcoming lunch event in Hermiston.

Elfering will share the State of...

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Hermiston heats up with summer events

With summer just around the corner, Hermiston will be sizzling with a trio of events held the weekend of July 7-8, including Hermiston Funfest,...

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Eleanor Hockensmith spends entire career at Good Shepherd

By TAMMY MALGESINI

Community Editor

When she first started taking...

Summer fundraiser features dinner, dancing
Maryhill offers free admission to Umatilla Co. residents
Gay chorus to sing in Pendleton