Kris Barnum


When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I came here for a position with Blue Mountain Community College that my wonderful daughter, who lives here, encouraged me to apply for. She kept texting me openings at BMCC and eventually I decided that sounded like a good idea. I started in the fall of 2016.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

It would have to be between Veg Out and Delish Bistro.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Now that I’m supposedly, partially, retired, in my spare time I’m finding more time to sew, and to spend time with my grandchildren, and connect virtually with the ones that don’t live here.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

I knew Hermiston, because I had visited a lot before I moved here, but what surprises me is how much that it has what I need. I don’t need to go to bigger places very often, because it has a little bit of a lot of different things, and that suits me just fine.

What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was a birthday present, because my children know where my interest is. It was “The Faraway Horses” by Buck Brannaman. It was funny because at the beginning of the book he talks about growing up in the Northwest, and he had an experience with his brother at a children’s talent show in Spokane, and I was in that talent show myself once.

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

I would say Instagram, but the only people I connect with is my children. It’s my favorite way to stay connected to what they’re all doing.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would say Japan. I’ve hosted quite a few exchange and international students from Japan in the past. They were wonderful young women who shared their beautiful culture.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

To move into retirement, and get back to visiting family and making fun trips to visit friends. I also have a goal to get more seriously and productively into family history.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My children, absolutely. All four of my wonderful children and their families.

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