Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed 2,977 people in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

We haven’t been made aware of any memorial events taking place in the area this year, but there are other ways to mark the day. Visitors to can look up Sept. 12, 2001 to see how newspapers in all 50 states and around the world covered the attacks on the next day’s front page.

The Hermiston Herald reported on the attacks extensively in its next edition, quoting residents about where they were that day and reporting on the Hermiston Municipal Airport’s closure and heightened security at the Umatilla Chemical Depot. The paper also had stories about a Hermiston woman’s brother missing and presumed dead at the Pentagon, a former Hermiston resident surviving the attack, how schools handled the news and memorials held locally at Walmart and a Hermiston High School football game.

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The Buttercreek Boys are back. Offering toe-tappin’ music, the seasoned musicians are resuming performances at a new venue.

The group will play the second Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at Sun Terrace Hermiston, 1550 N.W. 11th St. There is no admission charge.

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Esmeralda Horn, the city of Umatilla’s development and recreation manager, was appointed to serve on a new state Task Force on the Outdoors.

The one-year task force was created by Governor Kate Brown to develop a report making recommendations on boosting economic development to ensure equal access to the outdoors and increasing outdoor participation, while balancing the improved access with environmental protection.

Horn said she is excited to represent Eastern Oregon on the task force. She has worked for the city of Umatilla for two years.

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Congratulations are in order to Nicholas Lemmon of the Umatilla Police Department. He recently graduated from the 391st Basic Police Class, a 16-week Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training course.

A graduation ceremony was held Sept. 6 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. Chief Robin Sells of the Gresham Police Department served as the special speaker.

Eriks Gabliks serves as the director of the academy, which is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs. For more information, visit

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Cecili Longhorn, director of the Stanfield Public Library, just returned home after spending the first week in September in New England. She flew across the country to attend the 2019 Association for Rural & Small Libraries Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont.

“It is amazing to be able to share ideas with small libraries from all over the United States,” Longhorn said.

She called the trip a “bucket list item,” which was made possible thanks to a scholarship from the Oregon Library Association. In addition to attending the conference, Longhorn did some sight-seeing, including visiting numerous local libraries.

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The menu for the Harkenrider Senior Activity Center on Thursday is tuna noodle casserole, salad, vegetable, fruit and cookies. Friday is clam chowder, dinner roll, coleslaw and dessert. Monday is chicken cordon bleu, salad and dessert. Tuesday is tater tot casserole, salad, fruit and dessert. Next Wednesday is two slices of pizza, salad and dessert.

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