25 YEARS AGO

July 12, 1994

Dispatch services for the City of Stanfield could be directed through the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department as early as August.

Stanfield Police Chief Alan Humphrey and county police officials have negotiated a contract that would break off dispatch services with the Hermiston Police Department.

Humphrey said the new deal would cost less and eliminate radio interference in parts of Stanfield that makes police communication difficult.

2) If all goes well, the Umatilla Depot Activity should be free of conventional weapons about a month ahead of the Congressionally-mandated Sept. 30 deadline.

“They figure they’ll have everything out of here by the 25th of August, except for the chemicals, of course,” depot public affairs officer Donna Fuzi said.

She said about 90 percent of the igloos at the depot are empty. Much of the ordnance is in the process of being shipped to other installations and reserve units throughout “Operation Golden Cargo.” What can’t be moved — aging live rounds — is being detonated.

50 YEARS AGO

July 10, 1969

Area population growth and the completion of Interstate 80N are the key factors to Hermiston’s ever-increasing traffic pattern, and the resulting congestion is not unlike that found in major cities across the nation.

City officials are alarmed at the heavy traffic snarl that has developed on North First Street and Highway 32 but see no early solution to the problem.

At a recent meeting of the city council, L.T. Harper, city manager, was asked what progress was being made to get the Highway Department to start a four-lane improvement project on the street. Harper responded he had nothing new to report.

Under projected plans of the department, a four-lane road will be built that will most likely include curb gutters and possibly double yellow center lines. Such a program would improve traffic flow and permit turns only from spots designated for those purposes.

This would tend to reduce rear-end collisions, now a major cause of accidents on the street. Hermiston police note that during peak rush hours of workers, the traffic flow is often backed up three to four blocks waiting for signal changes.

75 YEARS AGO

July 13, 1944

Two Hermiston young people are in a Walla Walla hospital as a result of summer vacation accidents.

Miss Hope Reynolds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Smikley O. Bean, was taken to Walla Walla Sunday evening suffering from severe bruises as a result of falling from a horse earlier in the evening. She also suffered a sprained ankle and mild abrasions. Her condition was quite critical for some time but was considered some better by the middle of the week.

The other accident victim is Earl Miller, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hogan Miller. He, in company with Earl Fowler, Bob Phelps, Royal DeLaney and Tom Schoonover were starting out on a rabbit hunt south of Hermiston Tuesday afternoon, carrying .22 rifles.

The group reached the bridge across the irrigation canal near the H.G. Rankin home when young Earl Fowler stopped to pick a pebble out of his shoe. In laying down the gun, which was cocked ready for firing, he either jarred it enough or the trigger caught on something. The bullet entered Earl Miller’s back and lodged in the forepart of his abdomen.

An operation, performed that afternoon, removed the bullet and it was discovered that fortunately all vital organs had been missed, although striking his colon a number of times. His condition was announced as quite satisfactory Wednesday morning.

100 YEARS AGO

July 12, 1919

The latest estimates of the United States geological survey show that if gasoline continues to be used up at the present rates, all the petroleum fields now in use will be exhausted before 1950. Where, then, will the future supply of gasoline come from? Billions of dollars are involved in the question.

2) Sunday in a get-together quick game of baseball between Hermiston and Umatilla on the Umatilla diamond, the Hermiston boys showed up wonderfully well. In the fourth inning with our boys in the lead by seven to one the game suddenly came to a halt due to an argument between some of the Umatilla players. After the umpire, Mr. Payne of Boardman, called “play ball” several times Umatilla forfeited the game by not obeying the umpire’s request.

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