Highway 37, also known as the Cold Springs Highway, closed outside of Hermiston on Monday, Sept. 21, and isn’t expected to reopen until Oct. 26.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is repairing a bridge over the railroad tracks on the highway about a mile east of where it connects to Highway 730.

According to the news release by ODOT, travelers will need to detour around the closed bridge using Highway 730, Highway 207, Highway 395 or Interstate 84 and plan extra time for their trip accordingly.

Problems with the 68-year-old bridge that will be addressed by the project include a deteriorating deck, cracks in the concrete and gaps between bridge beams and other support mechanisms, worn bridge bearings and side rails that don’t meet current safety standards.

American Legion honors police

A recent ceremony held by American Legion Post 37 honored members of the Umatilla Police Department for the work they do.

Post Chaplain Aaron Wetterling said the post felt it was important to show their appreciation “due to recent events in our society.” Each officer was presented with a handshake, a certificate of appreciation and a “small monetary gift to share with their family.”

Afterward, Wetterling offered a prayer for the officers’ protection.

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Livestock auction raises money for youths

The Morrow County Fair Youth Livestock Auction raised $239,476 for Morrow County youths, according to Morrow County 4-H.

The total included $175,000 in direct auction purchases, $61,976 in add-ons that came after the fair was done and a $2,200 commission returned by Livestock Growers.

Most of the fair was canceled, but youths were able to drop their livestock and other submissions off at the fairgrounds for judging.

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Senior Center menu includes lasagna

The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center continues to provide takeout and delivery meals to senior citizens in the community.

The menu for Thursday, Sept. 24, is lasagna, salad, green beans and dessert. Tuesday, Sept. 29, will be ham, Jell-O salad, veggies and dessert.

For a Meals on Wheels delivery, call 541-567-3582 before 10 a.m. to place an order. To pick up a meal from the center at 255 N.E. Second St., call the same number before 11 a.m. Meals are $4 and can be picked up between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Look in this space after Oct. 6 for Boardman Senior Center’s menu to also appear.

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