25 YEARS AGO

Dec. 28, 1993

The city of Hermiston is prepared to go to the mat with the state over who is to control 911 services.

As it exists, the city provides emergency response communications.

However, the state wants to take the reins and consolidate 911 services county-wide into a central dispatch point in Pendleton.

The state would use the telephone tax money that pays for the services, and propose to put before voters the creation of a taxing district to help pay for it as well.

“To me, this is a classic case of ‘I’m going to take your dollar out of the community, take it to a distant point, and give you back less than you had to begin with,’” City Administrator Ed Brookshier said.

Oregon Emergency Management — a division of the state police — recently released an efficiency report that calls for limited primary dispatch centers to one per county.

That means 911 calls from Hermiston, Umatilla and Stanfield would go through a dispatcher in Pendleton.

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 26, 1968

Transportation Secretary Alan S. Boyd announced last week that a 28-mile highway through the Tri-Cities area was included in the release of money for 1,500 additional miles of the interstate highway system.

These funds would provide additional money in routing Interstate 82 from Prosser through the Tri-Cities area and hence into Oregon south of the Tri-Cities.

Norm Schroth, president of the Northeast Roads Association, said if the extension from Prosser to the Tri-Cities is indeed merely as a spur from the proposed route across the Horse Heaven Hills to the Umatilla crossing, then that is the State of Washington’s business. However, if there is some intent to bypass the proposed Umatilla crossing, then that is our business and our group has been in contact with our Congressmen to see that we don’t get maneuvered by the Washington representatives.

75 YEARS AGO

Dec. 30, 1943

From an op-ed by Roy White, business agent: It has been the pleasure of the little town of Hermiston to have lived in a long dream that the Umatilla dam will be constructed. The Umatilla dam question today is the heading of the list of post-war activities by the government. Today it is nearer to becoming a reality than ever before.

Let us not sit idly by and continue this dream. Let us get busy and prepare for the incoming conditions that are bound to come after this war. Let the world know that we in our community, no matter how small, are alive and active — on our toes — ready for any changing conditions. When we do this, instead of seeking investments, investments will seek this community.

A year or so back, if you recall, housing conditions in Hermiston were bad. Some live-spirited businessmen were called together by the Chamber of Commerce and the outcome of this meeting resulted in a great deal more spirit of action and along with it a gambling spirit, so to speak. They had planned to build houses, it required government approval, it required money. No individual was able to finance such a project.

So these foresighted men dug down in their jeans and put up the money to start the project, guaranteeing the good faith of the future development of Hermiston. They had no assurance of their money ever being returned, but the project proved all they expected and far greater. I have been informed that all these foresighted businessmen have been paid back the money they invested.

100 YEARS AGO

Dec. 28, 1918

After having been fairly well immune from the influenza epidemic that broke out in the state of Oregon in the fall of the present year, the city of Hermiston is now in the grip of the disease, with a sprinkling of pneumonia thrown in.

Isolated cases there have been all along, but early precautions taken by the city authorities by the placing of the city under rigid quarantine regulations had cleared up the flu situation, and it looked as if the town was going to get by without an epidemic.

A week ago health prospects were rosy, there being very little sickness in the community at the time. But with one fell swoop influenza broke out and spread with alarming rapidity, until now there are many cases reported here. President of the Council J.D. Watson is doing all he can to alleviate those in need of medical attention and nurses, and he has able assistants in Marshal Crandall, Alvine Barnes and Geo Holland. Many women have volunteered their services in the past day or two, and present indications are that the sick people will be well cared for.

The disease had gained such headway by Tuesday that at a conference of the council it was decided to place the city under strict quarantine regulations again, and as a result the flu ban went into effect at noon on Christmas day.

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