This is a reminder that starting next week, the Hermiston Herald will be making big changes.

The newspaper will be delivered to all Hermiston residents, free of charge, and will be available on newsstands for free to those who don’t fall within the home delivery radius. News will also be available for free online at www.hermistonherald.com and on the Hermiston Herald news app.

Current subscribers to the Hermiston Herald will have their subscription converted into an East Oregonian subscription. They will receive the EO at no additional cost for the remainder of the time left on their Herald subscription.

While we are keeping many of our current features, including Three Minutes, By the Way and Hermiston History, we will also be adding a new opinion page, a weekly business column and other features to replace some elements that will be migrating to the East Oregonian only, including state news and sports. The paper will also have a slightly different look, including a redesigned masthead.

You can send news tips, business announcements, guest columns and other submissions to editor@hermistonherald.com.

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The staff at Sun Terrace assisted living facility is inviting Hermiston residents to participate in a Cinco de Mayo parade as a way to bring cheer to the facility’s residents as they endure isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants are asked to decorate their vehicle in any way they wish and drive through the facility’s community parking lot, 1550 N.W. 11th St., on May 5 at 4:30 p.m. Signs of encouragement, balloons and words of support are some suggestions for decoration.

The facility will provide tacos to go for all participants.

There are a limited number of slots available for the parade, said Pam Carrier, Sun Terrace staff member, in an email. Those interested in participating should call 541-564-2595 as soon as possible to reserve a spot in the parade.

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Hermiston School District is placing 20 routers around town for use of students who don’t have internet access at home.

The routers have a Wi-Fi radius of 100-150 yards, and the only devices able to connect to them are Chromebooks distributed by the school district. Once a student has successfully connected their Chromebook to one of the district’s routers, named HSD-Home, their device should automatically connect to any district router in the future.

Routers have been placed at the following locations:

  • Vista Mobile Home Park
  • Ridgeway Apartments
  • Fifth Street and Madrona Avenue
  • Northwest Sixth Street, between Hartley Avenue and Ridgeway Avenue
  • 1200 block of West Ridgeway Avenue

Families without internet access will continue to have the option of picking up printed packets from the school on a weekly basis.

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Hermiston High School students can begin requesting classes for next school year. The forecasting window is open until May 15.

Students in grades 8-11 can access the district’s website to receive directions, videos and a copy of the course catalog in English and Spanish.

Hermiston School District requires 24 credits to graduate. School counselors will be available by phone for students who have questions.

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