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On Oct. 2, my younger brother told me he has end stage cancer. We do not know how long he will live. New technology to improve cancer early detection and save lives is on our fingertips. Sever…

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For September and into October, the path at Umatilla’s Hash Park has been lined with frames of pages of a banned book, “The Story of Ferdinand,” by Monroe Leaf. The display was first arranged …

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Umatilla County residents should follow the old axiom of keeping our mouths shut and just letting people think we’re ignorant and not opening our mouths and removing all doubt.

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At least recently good news can seem hard to find but for those looking for a story that showcases what community and business can do tighter one needs to look no further than the Families Fir…

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You should have seen their faces! Nearly 100 veterans and professional river guides from throughout the Pacific Northwest took to the Columbia River on Saturday, Sept. 11, for a day at “ Fish'…

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I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Hermiston Herald for its coverage of the Greater Hermiston CityFest with Andrew Palau. CityFest is just another shining example of the sacr…

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Over and over again, the people of our area remind me they are amazing helpers. The kindness I have seen lately has been so great, I hardly know where to start.

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Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan made probably the best point lately when it comes to the ongoing controversy regarding Gov. Kate Brown’s mask and vaccination mandates.

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Where do you think the laws of science and the laws of the natural world come from? The Big Bang didn't create them. The Big Bang couldn't have happened without them. So what created them? Her…

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In a park early this morning, I had a thought about the joy I have been experiencing lately. The feelings I experienced following this initial thought started with guilt but then morphed into …

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It’s back-to-school time. After this last year, our children experienced many futuristic forms of back to school. Very few were what we would consider normal with the pandemic happening around…

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I really hate having to mask up again. but I also hated flak jackets when I was in Vietnam. But I wore one, and it saved my life. The mask, although from several accounts it isn't considered e…

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It will be a tall order to find a better feel-good community story in the near future than the decision by the Hermiston School District to pay for all school supplies for elementary and middl…

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I remember Camp Pine Valley because it was the site of my first kiss, delivered by a sweet nerdy guy named Frank.

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The decision the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners made last week to reinstate mask requirements for county employees and for residents visiting county buildings, was the right one.

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I have one word for those of you that have yet to get a vaccination, fools! I can also add self-centered, selfish, sheeple and, Kool-Aid drinkers to that. If you don't understand the Kool-Aid …

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Oregon, like the rest of the West, is staring down a dry summer. In an executive order, Gov. Kate Brown instructed state agencies to trim water use in preparation for what can only be called a…

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Inmates outside the walls of Two Rivers Correctional Institution for a family play date — what? Forthcoming is a date to have inmates, also known as adults in custody, to be allowed at Hermist…

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The time for allowing vast tracts of forest on state and federal lands to remain untouched from management is long over. Now, elected leaders and state and federal officials need to develop a …

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I recently overheard a couple of older men discussing problems employers were having to fill employment openings. One guy was adamant that the unemployed were all a bunch of "slackers." He cla…

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On behalf of all of us at Threemile Canyon Farms, we’d like to offer our sincere gratitude to the Oregon State Legislature for passing Senate Concurrent Resolution 16, commemorating the life o…