Fundraiser to benefit Desert View staff member

Photo contributed by Amanda West. Patients of Dr. James West and Columbia Orthodontics stand in line for tacos at a recent patient appreciation party at the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center.

The City of Hermiston is asking for items to be placed in a time capsule that is scheduled to be opened in 50 years.

The city plans to seal the capsule underground to celebrate the dedication of the new Harkenrider Center on Sept. 8.

Items for consideration can be dropped off at the Hermiston Public Library until Sept. 5. City staff will choose photographs, documents and some small three-dimensional items to go in a small capsule for future Hermiston residents to unearth on Sept. 8, 2068. Items not chosen for inclusion will be returned to their owners, but items chosen for the time capsule will become property of the city.

The city asks that people donating items for consideration keep in mind that food, plants and other similar items could damage the capsule’s content.

“Also consider that digital or electronic items may be unusable 50 years from now,” the city news release reads. “For example, if a floppy disk were included in a capsule 20 years ago, the likelihood of the future residents being able to read its content is very low.”

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Medical bills are stacking up for a recent Umatilla High School graduate.

Dayra Ugarte, 22, a paraprofessional at Desert View Elementary in Hermiston, has undergone several major surgeries in the past six weeks, said Lynne Hamblin, who also works in the school district. A community fundraiser has been scheduled to help support Ugarte.

The event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at Smitty’s Ace Hardware, 1845 N. Fist St., Hermiston. A barbecue lunch offers hot dogs, potato chips, watermelon, cookies and water for $4. The event also features more than $4,000 of donated raffle items. Tickets are $1 each. And, a dunk tank will offer people a chance to send lacrosse team coaches into the water.

For more information, contact Hamblin at

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Tacos Xavi served up 1,700 tacos at a recent patient appreciation party for Dr. James West and Columbia Orthodontics at the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center.

The orthodontist and his staff welcomed more than 600 patients to the pool in the 103 degree weather and offered tacos, Yo Country Yogurt and raffle drawings.

“Columbia Orthodontics and Dr West are very thankful to be part of this community and are already making plans for next years party,” their office wrote to the Hermiston Herald.

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A new byline appeared in the Hermiston Herald last week as the paper welcomed Brett Kane as a news intern covering sports. Kane grew up in Hermiston and returned to the community after graduating from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. You can read his story “Sons of Speed” on page A10, and look for him at future sporting events around the community or email sports tips to him at

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Hermiston Police Department has welcomed three new reserve officers to its force. Bryce Kennedy, Shawnee Rodriguez and Sterling Hall earned their badges last week, the department reported, after completing the 2018 Multi-Agency Police Reserve Academy. To do so they had to work 200 hours of training around their non-police jobs over the course of the last five months.

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Good Shepherd Health Care System has welcomed pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist Lina Castillo, M.D. to its staff.

Castillo said in a news release that her parents are both doctors and she felt called to the profession.

“I observed how hard they worked, the relationships they built with patients, the long days and sleepless nights, and the deep sorrows that accompany the burden of delivering a less than favorable diagnosis,” she said. “It is a sacred responsibility and one that I am willing to carry.”

She did her residency at Miami Children’s Hospital and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

She is welcoming new patients at the Good Shepherd Pediatrics Clinic, 600 NW 11th Street in Hermiston. To schedule an appointment call 541.667.3740.

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Altrusa International of Hermiston recently added four new members to its club.

Holly Woods, Marcy Rosenberg, Cynthia Traner and Linda Monroe were presented by their club sponsors during the July 19 initiation meeting. Dawn Long is the current club president.

Altrusans work together to create better communities. The name “Altrusa” is derived from combining altruism and USA.

To learn more about the club, contact, visit or search Facebook.


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