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.
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…
As I approached college graduation, my goal was to eventually become a boss with my own office where I could hang posters on the ceiling.
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…
Every school year in Hermiston begins with the promise of new opportunities for our students and staff. New friendships are formed, new experiences pursued, and we set out to learn new ways to…
Everybody seems to have an opossum story. My favorite is we thought it was an ugly cat until we tried to put a flea collar on it.
Recent road construction has altered my preferred route to work.
When I was a kid, my parents’ unfinished basement held dozens of milk jugs filled with water and shelves of large silver cans with words like “rice” and “oats” written across the side in black…
It’s that time of year again.
It seems like it was only a few days ago that we were wrapping up the spring sports season and crowning state champions in track, baseball, softball, golf and tennis.
As National Dog Day approaches I would be in the doghouse if I didn’t brag on our canine kids — both German shepherds.
Less than three months ago, I was fresh from college and spending my days pouring lattes at a fast-paced coffee shop in downtown Portland. Next door to a nice hotel, fielding tourists at work …
Several weeks ago I thought I had a sudden windfall of $30,000.
After turning the tassel, area graduates are looking to the future and what’s next — joining the workforce, entering the military or going to college.
Even though Administrative Professionals Day has passed, it’s important to remember how vital these men and women are in the workplace.
That 825 Oregonians died in a single year by suicide is a sobering assessment of our collective ability to help those who feel trapped in their own despair.
I used to consider the semicolon the unwanted child of punctuation. It is usually misused or mistakenly typed on the keyboard if you forgot to hold shift while pressing for the colon button. I…
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration when I say that my class has gone through a lot.
As the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hermiston, I have the honor and privilege of officiating at many weddings. A greater honor and privilege for me is to work with the engaged couple as …
I could have been born on April Fool’s Day.
Hermiston is a family-friendly place to live. There are parks, a bowling alley, a roller rink, and in the summer an incredible aquatic center. But with an ever-growing population of younger pe…
The best advice I’ve ever seen on the internet may be the meme that advises, “Dance like no one is watching, email like it may one day be read aloud in a deposition.”
Everywhere we go, we are bombarded with requests for money.
If you’ve been paying attention to recent online conversations, you may have noticed that social media has become the popular place of blame for this generation’s depression.
I was diagnosed with an eating disorder (some in the community call it ED) my sophomore year of high school. It’s been a difficult thing for me to talk about.
“You can have any tree on the lot for five bucks,” he joked as I backed up to the growing pile of discarded Christmas trees.
Have you ever felt like life is unfair? I have. I’m sure that if you’re like me, there have been plenty of times when you have experienced situations when you thought that you were the only on…
Dear Hermiston Herald readers:
Resolutions … smesolutions. While I don’t really get into the whole thing, I decided to read about making New Year’s resolutions.
When I was about 12, my parents came to the conclusion that most parents come to at some point: My three younger brothers and I had gotten too focused on the “getting” part of Christmas instea…
Bill Belichick is the National Football League’s version of the Grinch. The head coach of the New England Patriots recently said Christmas is very inconvenient — coming in the middle of the fo…
With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the holiday than having a fright-fest.
Election season is always exciting for journalists.
I recently returned after embarking on a round-trip encompassing more than 800 miles and 40 years.
Dear Hermiston residents of 2068,
I finally decided to attend my 40-year high school reunion.
Evidently I’m old-school.
I might have created a future journalist at a recent career day at Stanfield Secondary School.
Agriculture is a big player in the eastern Oregon economy. More than 37 percent of the workforce in Umatilla County is either directly or indirectly employed by the agriculture industry. And f…
I remember the first time I sat in a government meeting, put my head in my hands, and thought, “what is the point of this?”
I’m a Winter Olympics junkie, but several things connected with things happening in PyeongChang have me scratching my head.
Downtown Hermiston is a mess right now — there’s no denying it.
Combing through old editions of the Hermiston Herald to put together our regular Hermiston History feature this month gave me a few chuckles.
One of the great experiences of my professional career has been Leadership Hermiston, a chamber of commerce program intended to give people a crash course on what makes this community tick.
Four out of six staff writers in the news department will have the jury message line on speed dial during the month of February.
The Hermiston Police Department and city of Hermiston just concluded the 48th annual Christmas Express program. Each year since I took over in 2004 we have tried to fine tune and make the oper…
What’s the point of making a New Year’s resolution?
At the end of a long day last month, my boss came up to my desk. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he sat down, something clearly on his mind.
If you’re stressing out about preparing a Thanksgiving turkey, I may be able to offer some tips.
Greg is a lovely name, but it causes a lot of confusion for the good people of Umatilla County.
I started writing this column last fall after the #NotOkay posts went viral on social media.
There are many ingredients to a great sports rivalry.
Although I stifle the fact like many bury family secrets, I was born and raised a city kid. Worse, actually — a suburbanite. I’ve spent and loved the last three years in rural Oregon, but stil…
I get so tired of the continuous calls from telemarketers and the incredibly annoying, “This is your last chance regarding renewal of your car warranty.”