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The other day, a friend commented that the suffering of the last few years has diminished his capacity for experiencing spontaneous joy. The dictionary defines “joy” as “a state of happiness o…

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As the commander of American Legion Post 37, Hermiston, it is my responsibility to pass along information to our membership, whether it concerns our post or the veterans in our community.

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A year ago, at this time I wrote a column with firm roots in the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, the omicron variant of the infection was a new threat and it looked like we were locked in essentially…

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Quickly babies learn that if they are hungry, with a bit of crying, someone will provide nutrition. As they grow and develop, they promptly refine what response they need to give to resolve wh…

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Something fantastic is happening in Echo, and I am happy to be part of it. With siblings making up nearly half of the Echo High School basketball players this year, this season marks a special…

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We all have busy lives, and in a fast-paced world, gratitude often gets shoved aside in the rush to finish things. However, when we stop and take a minute, there are many things around us that…

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Whew! What a week it was. Election coverage kept us up late on Tuesday. By Friday, we were still writing stories on winners and the fallout from Election Day. Please visit us online at hermist…

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With the election deadline coming up on Nov. 8, activities to support voter registration efforts have been underway, and there've been careful conversations with friends and acquaintances, som…

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The 2022-23 school year got off to a great start for Travis Reeser, a physical education teacher at Stanfield Secondary School. He was recognized Sept. 15 as the 2023 Regional Teacher of the Y…

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Although summer is winding down, fire season is still flaming on. Umatilla County Fire District No. 1, as well as other local fire agencies, were called out to extinguish numerous brush fires,…

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While the Pendleton Round-Up is kicking off just down the road, lots of festivals and fun are still on the horizon on the west end of Umatilla County, as well as north Morrow County. 

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With fall just around the corner, students throughout the region are headed back to the classroom. In the Hermiston School District, secondary students started this past week and elementary st…

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In my mind I knew it was inevitable. That didn’t stop me from feeling panicky. My daughter was going to college.

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