Election

Michelle Morrison straightens folded ballots after removing them from their envelopes at the Umatilla County Elections Division in Pendleton on Tuesday afternoon.

Election results coming late Tuesday night were not posted in time to make it in today’s print edition of the Hermiston Herald, which prints at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. However, the results of the Hermiston School District bond vote and Umatilla County charter measures can be found online at www.hermistonherald.com, in today’s East Oregonian or in next week’s Hermiston Herald.

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The Hermiston downtown area was invaded by hundreds of costume-clad kids and youths (as well as some teens and adults) during Treats on Main and Beyond. The yearly Halloween event provides a fun and safe trick-or-treating environment for area families.

Gina Wicks of Hermiston Parks & Recreation expressed thanks on behalf of the City of Hermiston for all the businesses and individuals who contributed to the event’s success.

“The sidewalks were packed,” she said. “It was so crazy and fun for all attending.”

Also, Wicks said a number of new businesses not located on Main Street headed to the festival street area to “set up shop” so they could hand out candy to little ghosts, goblins and super heroes.

For photos of Treats on Main, see page B9.

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Get ready for a zany comedy with zombie battles, musical numbers and backup dancers as Hermiston High School presents “The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Geddon.” Written by playwright Don Zolidis, the production will be staged Nov. 15-16 & 22-23 in the HHS auditorium. See next week’s Hermiston Herald for a story and photos.

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The Hermiston School District announced Friday that the fifth home built by the Columbia Basin Student Homebuilders was sold for $404,000.

The home, with 2,376 square feet, is in the Fieldstone Crossing subdivision. It was sold to Hermiston resident Denny Whitsett, according to a press release from the school district.

Students from Stanfield, Umatilla and Hermiston participate in every aspect of homebuilding for the student-built homes, including design.

Proceeds from each home sale go to the next homebuilding project. Construction for the sixth house in the Fieldstone Crossing subdivision is currently underway, and expected to be complete in Spring 2020.

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The National Weather Service extended its air stagnation advisory for the region through Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The federal agency’s office in Pendleton released the advisory during the weekend, covering much of Umatilla and Morrow counties as well as nearby areas in Washington and through the Columbia River Gorge. Marc Austin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pendleton, said the extension came after checking with state and regional partners.

“It’s just looking like this weather pattern is going to hold into the weekend,” he said.

The poor air quality may cause issues for people with respiratory problems. The air stagnation advisory indicates pollution levels will increase during this period due to lack of air movement.

Air quality agencies recommend not to burn outdoors during the stagnation and limit residential wood-burning as much as possible. People should check with their local burn agencies for restrictions in their specific areas.

Austin said the Pendleton office will continue to monitor the conditions and adjust the advisory as needed.

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Thursday’s menu for the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center is meat loaf, au gratin potatoes, green beans and dessert. Friday is clam chowder, coleslaw, garlic bread and dessert. Monday is meat loaf sandwich, salad and dessert. Tuesday is baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and dessert. Next Wednesday is pigs in a blanket, baked beans and dessert.

— You can submit items for our weekly By The Way column by emailing your tips to editor@hermistonherald.com.

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