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In his recent open letter to Governor Kate Brown, Hermiston Mayor Dave Drotzmann questioned Brown’s decision to return Umatilla County to “baseline” from Phase 2 of reopening. Drotzmann admitt…

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When I first arrived in Hermiston three months ago as an eager Snowden intern, I didn’t know what working as a reporter for the Hermiston Herald and the East Oregonian would look like amid a p…

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I felt a strong sense of déjà vu last week when I had to scramble to post information about a sudden, late-night announcement from Gov. Kate Brown about Umatilla County being sent back to the …

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In November of 2000, Greg Smith was first elected to represent District 57 in the Oregon State House of
 Representatives. In the years since then, Greg has demonstrated himself to be honest, p…

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There are still a lot of questions about what school will look like when it resumes in the fall, but one thing is clear: It won’t look anything like what the rest of us experienced when we wer…

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As we’ve lived through a global pandemic together these past few months, the strange new situations it has created have prompted us to think more deeply about some aspects of our society.

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I would like to write my fellow non-Black East Oregonians as to why I feel we must engage in difficult conversations regarding race in America. No longer can small towns be tucked away only en…

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When someone submits an idea for a story to us, they often preface it with, “I’m not sure if this is newsworthy, but ...”

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I’m not usually someone who is at a loss for words, but it took me more time to decide what the first sentence of this column should be than it takes me to write an entire column some weeks.

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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.”