The city of Hermiston is putting together an ordinance regulating shipping containers used as storage and is looking for feedback from residents.

A survey is available in English and Spanish on the city’s website at It asks whether large metal shipping containers, sometimes known as Conex boxes, should be allowed in various zones and whether the city should place restrictions on the number, location and look of the containers if they are allowed.

In June the city’s planning commission recommended an ordinance that would limit the shipping containers to industrial and commercial properties only. Containers on those properties would have to meet requirements such as placement on a concrete slab and a logo-free paint job matching the color of the primary building on the property. City councilors had mixed feelings about the proposed ordinance and asked that the public be surveyed before the council voted.

The survey is available until July 22.

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The Umatilla County Fair is gearing up for its second year at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center. With a theme of “Let’s Stirrup Some Fun!,” people are encouraged to enter their projects and animals as open class exhibits. See next week’s Hermiston Herald for information about the pre-registration process. The deadline is Wednesday, July 25.

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Cindy Schaan, director of volunteer services at Good Shepherd Health Care System, said volunteers provide a vital service throughout the facility. An annual awards luncheon held June 4 provided an opportunity to thank those who give of themselves — including through the CareVan Medical Transportation Service, the Good Shepherd Medical Center Auxiliary and the Auxiliary Jr. Volunteers.

The CareVan provided 5,882 transports during the 2017-18 fiscal year, which Schaan said amounted to 65,740 miles providing free transportation for patients to medical appointments. There are 10 volunteers, including Gary Miller, who has been in the driver’s seat for the past six years, logged 526 hours.

With 72 members, the auxiliary racked up nearly 9,000 volunteer hours. In addition to manning the gift shop, they assist in various departments and help coordinate American Red Cross blood drives. Pat Moncrief, the 2017-18 auxiliary president, logged in 569 hours. Other top volunteers were Joyce Anderson (541), Miki Mikami (470) and Sharon Timms (455 hours). Tim Glass, who served as auxiliary vice president, became president July 1.

High school-aged youths gave 282 hours of their time. Many of the young people, Schaan said, are interested in pursuing a medical career and view volunteering as a way to learn more about healthcare settings.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Schaan at or 541-667-3690.

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A team from the McNary Lock and Dam was recognized during the annual awards presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District.

The McNary Turbine Replacement project delivery team received the Project Management Business Process award for complex scheduling, multiple-agency collaboration and overall project utilization.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the $321 million project includes the installation of 14 new hydroelectric turbine runners, rewind three main unit generators, and rehabilitation or replacement of other critical hydraulic passage and powertrain equipment. The total project is expected to take approximately 14 years.

The replacement project delivery team, as well as eight civilian employees — Aaron Schuff, Julio Morelos, Joe Braley, Patty Ramos, Andrew Dankel Ibanez, Sonya Kurle, Matthew Reeves and Leigh Cranmer — were recognized during the June 29 event held at District Headquarters in Walla Walla. Also, Mark F. Lindgren, retired Walla Walla District chief of Engineering and Construction Division, was inducted into the Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees — the highest award the district gives. Lindgren retired from federal service in 2013 after 37 years.


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