SAIF, Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company, is offering a free, half-day seminar on agricultural safety and health in Hermiston on Jan. 14 in English and Jan. 15 in Spanish.

The seminars will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 South Highway 395. Lunch is included.

This year’s seminars will focus on four topics: respiratory personal protective equipment, working at elevation, safety leadership for anyone, and incident analysis

Anyone can attend, even if they are not insured by SAIF, but registration is required. Registration details and other information can be found at

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The Hermiston Herald offices will close at noon on Tuesday and all day on Wednesday in honor of the New Year’s holiday. After this week the Herald will resume its normal schedule of releasing a print edition on Wednesday.s

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Tickets are now on sale for the Melonville Comedy Festival. In its 27th year, the event will be held Friday, Jan. 24 at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, Hermiston.

The tickets are $35 if purchased in advance ($40 at the door) and are available online at or from Last Chance Tavern or Midway Bar & Grill. Also, tables of 10 are available for $300. See next week’s Hermiston Herald for a full story.

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The Harkenrider Senior Activity Center is closed for New Year’s on Wednesday. The menu for Thursday is scrambled eggs with ham, hash brown patties and biscuits with sausage gravy. Friday is cube steak sandwich, salad and dessert.

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