By Frank Lockwood
A racial browning, long predicted by government planners, has been occurring in the Hermiston area. According to the U.S. Census 2000, several Hermiston area towns grew at a rapid rate, but the rates were especially high among Hispanics and blacks.
Boardman outpaced other nearby towns, with an increase of 106 percent general population and a 301 percent increase in the Hispanic population. Boardman increased from 1,387 people in 1990 to 2,855 in 2000, but the Hispanic population grew to 1,431, accounting for just over half of the towns total number of residents.
Hermiston general population grew at 31 percent, while Hermiston's Hispanic population grew 115 percent and the black population grew by 67 percent. The white population grew at the relatively slower rate of 16 percent.
(For complete story, see March 20 edition of The Hermiston Herald)