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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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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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As National Dog Day approaches I would be in the doghouse if I didn’t brag on our canine kids — both German shepherds.

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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Resolutions … smesolutions. While I don’t really get into the whole thing, I decided to read about making New Year’s resolutions.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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?”

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I’m a Winter Olympics junkie, but several things connected with things happening in PyeongChang have me scratching my head.

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Combing through old editions of the Hermiston Herald to put together our regular Hermiston History feature this month gave me a few chuckles.

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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.

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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…

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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.