This week is National Police Week, and Hermiston-area residents have a chance to show their appreciation.

They can pick up a blue ribbon at city hall, the police station or many area businesses. The ribbons can be placed in vehicles or rolled up in the window to show support for local law enforcement.

According to a proclamation read Monday at city hall, more than 21,000 members of law enforcement have been killed in the line of duty in the United States. Hermiston Police Department lost an officer of its own, Ronald G. Kilby, in 1959.

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Swimming lesson registration is beginning for the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center.

Parents can register their children online (or adults can register themselves for the adult class) beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Visit to register. For a list of lesson schedules throughout the summer, visit

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The taste buds have all been tallied — Trina’s Mexican Food was crowned the winner of the inaugural Tastiest Taco contest.

A fundraiser for the United Way of Umatilla & Morrow Counties, 10 local vendors offered up a featured taco as part of the competition. Located at 415 W. Hermiston Ave., the Hermiston restaurant gets to display a plaque designating them as the winner for a year — until next year’s contest.

Beth Harrington, United Way’s resource development coordinator, expressed appreciation to all the participants. She’s looking forward to expanding everyone’s taco journeys with even more vendors next year.

Money raised from Tastiest Taco provides crucial funds in supporting local agencies in need. For more about the United Way, call 541-276-2661 or visit

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Local students S-P-E-L-L their way to victory during the annual InterMountain Education Service District Spelling Contest. Competing in three divisions, first-fifth grade; sixth-eighth grade; and ninth-12th grade, the top spellers in each division may now advance to the state competition. That contest is Aug. 31 at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Local students advancing include: Adriel Ibarra (Stanfield Elementary School), Rafael Sepulveda (Windy River Elementary School), Stephanie Booher (Riverside Jr/Sr High School)

Others placing at the district contest were: Killian Clements (Clara Brownell Middle School), Jackson Hobbs (A.C. Houghton Elementary School), Gaven Harwood (Windy River Elementary School), Angel Flores Rosas (Riverside High School).

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The Hermiston Downtown District is taking vendor registrations for Spudfest, formerly known as Funfest. The downtown festival will take place on July 13. Vendors must submit applications by June 28. Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, 1055 S Hwy 395 Suite 111.

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The menu for the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center for Thursday is goulash, salad, garlic bread and dessert. Friday is soup or salad with sandwich and dessert. Monday is salad bar and dessert. Tuesday is pork chop, vegetable, au gratin potatoes, carrot salad and dessert. Next Wednesday is dinner salad, tuna salad sandwich and dessert.

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The Hermiston city council will move its next city council meeting from Monday, May 27 to Tuesday, May 28 to avoid meeting on Memorial Day. The council meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at city hall, 180 NE Second St.

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