25 YEARS AGO March 29, 1994

Voters in the Hermiston School District narrowly approved a $9.9 million bond issue to ease some overcrowding at local schools.

“We are delighted,” superintendent Jer Pratton said. “I think the people of the community identified that as a solid plan.”

The funds will go toward building a middle school on Diagonal Road and remodeling the aging Armand Larive Junior High structure. Both will eventually serve sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

2) In a work session last night, the Hermiston city council gave city administrator Ed Brookshier and the Community Center Committee a green light to continue their work.

“All in all, we can move forward on acquisition of the building and the required parking for between $480,000 and $500,000,” Brookshier said.

The county is expected to address purchase of the old Safeway building for $400,000. It will likely begin eminent domain proceedings to acquire the attached, vacant Sprouse building for $40,000 and possibly make a move to purchase vacant land between the building and St. Anthony’s Clinic.

50 YEARS AGO March 27, 1969

Hermiston and the West End experienced ferocious winds and a blinding sand storm Saturday afternoon, March 22, during which many trees were blown over and shingles lifted from roofs in a number of places.

Residents on the East Walls Hatchery Road were unable to travel on that artery which is connected to Diagonal Road, late Saturday afternoon, due to a tree which has crashed across the lane at approximately 4 p.m.

The terrific intensity of the winds, sometimes reaching 70 to 80 miles per hour, also blocked traffic with tumbleweeds and dirt at the UAD 80 N exit railroad overpass, and crews from Ordnance were called out to dislodge and clear much of the debris gathered at that point.

2) The Hermiston city council on Monday heard from Norman See, representing the LDS Church group in this area, and were advised by See that his group is interested in having their property on the southwest corner of West Highland and Southwest 11th annexed into the city. The group intends to build a large new church at this location to accommodate their congregation, which has grown from 15 members in 1948 to 615 at the present time.

In other annexation activity, the council voted to approve an ordinance calling for the annexation of two parcels of city-owned property, one piece being 40 acres known as the “Butte” property and the other containing five acres laying adjacent to Northeast 4th Street which is the site of the city’s new well and huge reservoir tank.

75 YEARS AGO March 30, 1944

Estimated cost for the Umatilla dam on the Columbia River was increased last week $20 million to make it a $69.5 million project.

The increase was included in a rivers and harbors postwar planning bill passed by an overwhelming 213 to 36 vote by the House. The bill authorizes construction and improvements costing nearly $400 million.

The measure carries no appropriation, however, and the report of the rivers and harbors committee stipulated that no work could be undertaken until after the war unless specifically recommended by the war agency. The bill now goes to the Senate.

2) From the opinion page: The suggestion in an amendment to the rivers and harbors bill that the Umatilla Rapids Dam be changed to McNary Dam gives the dam national importance.

The late Senator was watch-dog for the Umatilla Rapids Dam for over 20 years, and no man is more entitled to the name for the work done to bring it to the stage it is now in.

At this important time his name should have weight in the Senate where the bill now rests for final passage. Charles L. McNary has been responsible for many public works in Oregon, but none of them carry his name. It would be an honor justly due for the quarter of a century service he gave to the state, and the eminence to which he has risen.

100 YEARS AGO March 29, 1919

This part of Umatilla County is undeniably the region for early honey-giving daisies and the little white flower that much resembles wild buckwheat. And likewise it is the one place in all Oregon where the honey bee thrives and prospers in the early spring and all during the summer, providing, of course, that atmospheric and other conditions continue to prevail each succeeding year as they have so far this season.

Already the bees in this section are making honey from the wild flowers and now is the time that bee men should prepare and many are preparing, for a big harvest when alfalfa comes to bloom and the main flow begins.

First of all every bee man should examine his colonies and replace all missing queens, and at the same time build up all weak colonies. Never divide colonies that are not nearly ready to swarm, and then such colonies as will be strong enough to divide should be gone over and counted, and either raise or send to some good queen breeder for the required number of queens.

News Editor

Hermiston Herald news editor and reporter covering city government and economic development in Hermiston, Umatilla, Stanfield and Echo.

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