25 YEARS AGO

March 8, 1994

A week with absolutely no television; some might say it’s impossible.

Many Highland Hills Elementary School students this week, though, plan to do just that.

The Parent Teacher Association challenged students to meet that goal as part of the second annual No Television Week.

Participating students volunteered to sign contracts last week pledging to give up television for an entire week. Last year, about 300 students signed contracts and more than 200 met the goal.

Activities were planned for each night this week to promote alternatives to watching television, including a night at the Hermiston Skateway and a game night.

2) The Hermiston city council approve the sale of $450,000 in bonds to finance the beginning of construction for the Regional Water Project.

The funds will be disbursed by the Port of Umatilla when it awards the construction bid for the intake pier at tomorrow’s meeting.

The bonds were sold with the condition that U.S. Generating pay half of the debt.

50 YEARS AGO

March 6, 1969

Approximately 40 dogs have been impounded at the Hermiston Veterinary Clinic since the clinic was designated as the pound facility for the four west end towns of Hermiston, Echo, Stanfield and Umatilla pursuant to an agreement with the County Court effective Feb. 13, say employees of the clinic.

The arrangement with the Hermiston Veterinary Clinic came out of negotiations between the towns and the county after inspectors from the State Department of Agriculture showed their disliked for the facilities offered by the various towns several months ago.

Bud Draper, mayor of Umatilla, says, “We are checking up on licenses that are recently expired and will soon step up the pace in picking up stray and unlicensed dogs.”

2) A new potato packing shed, indicative of the accelerated trend toward intensive farming on irrigated ground in the West End, is due to go into operation around July 1, says E.A. Betz of Hermiston.

Betz, long active in potato farming and processing in Washington, says that Royal Pak Produce, Inc., a Washington corporation with which he is associated, will be the legal entity under which the packing shed will be built and operated.

When completed, the shed will use the unique process of sorting the potatoes while dry, rather than wet, with a giant vacuum cleaner powered by a 30 horsepower motor.

75 YEARS AGO

March 9, 1944

ENGLAND — The Flying Fortress “Hard Luck” almost had to bring back three bombs from the Berlin district raid Saturday when they stuck in their shackles, but Sgt. Austin Roberts kicked them loose, one by one, right over their targets.

Roberts, a waist gunner from Hermiston, Ore., and Sgt. Delbert Burns of Eureka, Kas., the other waist gunner, noticed just before their ship reached the target that the ball turret was revolving continuously in one direction.

Investigating, they soon discovered Turret Gunner Sgt. George Benedict of Bedford, Mich., had passed out after his oxygen mask froze. Roberts and Burns revived him and then saw the three bombs still hanging in their shackles.

Roberts made his way along the catwalk to the bomb bay and kicked them loose while “Hard Luck” was still high over Berlin.

2) You just can’t keep a good man down. Pvt. Bill Belt, son of Dr. and Mrs. F.B. Belt, who made news headlines a few years ago when he announced his candidacy for United States president in 1964, now heads the list of the staff which publishes the Torch and Sword, a mimeographed sheet printed at Fordham University where Bill is stationed with the U.S. Army. An excellent editorial, “The fate of the ASTP,” was printed in the latest issue.

The little paper is very newsy and typical of Bill Belt’s work. He was editor of the Hermiston High School Bulldog while attending school here. Local friends are glad to see him in similar work with the armed forces.

100 YEARS AGO

March 8, 1919

Umatilla County has again went over the top, her latest achievement being an almost unanimous vote cast at the polls Tuesday for the floating of a bond issue to be used in making good roads throughout the county for ranchers and city folks alike. Well might old Umatilla County feel proud of her patriotic and progressive population, for in carrying the measure an example has been set for the other counties in the state to follow.

All the precincts in and around Hermiston went strong for the bond issue, also all other precincts in the west end. The two Hermiston precincts voted 159 for and 1 against on the east side and 81 to 6 on the west side.

2) S.H. Boardman, after whom the thriving little town of Boardman on the Columbia River and the state highway was named, was a business visitor to Hermiston on Wednesday. Mr. Boardman is a very busy man these days looking after the buildings of the stretch of the Columbia Highway that runs through Morrow County, he being engineer in charge of construction.

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