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The federal agencies that operate 14 dams in the Columbia River Basin just spent more than three years and a lot of money to look at dam breaching as a possible solution to salmon recovery. Th…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) and its partner, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc., (GOBHI) are honored to join our providers th…

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I received an urgent message from my sister on April 15, 2020, that our cousin's adult grandson, Caleb, was missing. Caleb had graduated from a Salem high school in 2019 and had started an app…

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Many business owners have applied for or received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and/or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). We have received the following questions and wan…

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The Hermiston School District has an excellent track record of planning for the future. But as we have learned in the last eight weeks, even the best-laid plans can go awry.

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The first 13-year-old has died two days prior to me writing this. With no overall health conditions, while being young and healthy, COVID-19 caught up to her and she passed away in Panama, Sou…

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School plays, dance competitions and practices, watching my brother play baseball, hanging out with friends, are all things I miss from before COVID-19. It has been really hard adjusting to st…

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Living through a pandemic has many side effects, but one particularly relevant to 2020 is knowing what the inside of professional acquaintances’ homes look like.

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column titled “Things to be grateful for in the age of COVID-19.”

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The people-powered candidate: The Oregon Secretary of State serves all of Oregon’s 36 counties as chief auditor, administrator, and elections officer. Jamie McLeod-Skinner is the only candidat…

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While driving along Highway 395, my partner and I noticed something different about Hermiston’s welcome sign recently. For one, it’s adorned with a brightly colored watermelon, and I am all ab…

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When a natural disaster the size of last week’s flood hits, the information comes flooding in as fast as the water.

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The past decade brought us many wonderful things, from life-changing advances in technology and medicine to worldwide decreases in poverty and illiteracy.

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The 12/18/19 issue of the Hermiston Herald had an article discussing our poverty level estimates and how it effected the Title V Rural and Low Income Schools grant for the Hermiston School Dis…

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Editor’s note: This is the first answer in our new “Ask a Lawyer” column series with Hermiston attorney Blaine Clooten of Clooten Law. To submit questions for future columns, email editor@herm…

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When a local business announces they are closing their doors for good, the announcement is often greeted with a flood of comments from people sad that it is closing.

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A bit of an adrenaline junkie, I like things that get my heart pumping — including scary stories and even ghost hunting. A couple of recent trips with friends have featured things that go bump…

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If the city of Hermiston follows through with the sale of the Hermiston Community Center, then Bryan Wolfe and Tim Mabry need to dust off their donation list and see that the city return that …

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For the past 17 years, it has been my honor and privilege to lead Eastern Oregon Mission and its two outreaches Agape House and Martha’s House. It is now time for me to turn over the reins and…