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A pet peeve among journalists is when people ask, “Why isn’t the media covering this?” about a topic that every major media outlet in the country has, indeed, covered with multiple articles.

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For the better part of the past six months, I haven’t even set an alarm clock. That all changed last month, as I was asked to fill in for a couple of weeks while one of my former colleagues wa…

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While I was watching the news events of last week unfold, I was thinking of a song that I grew up singing in church when I was a young child. It went:

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Each new school year is a learning experience. Teachers and students join together to create a positive environment out of a new mix of personalities, skill sets and abilities. Educators intro…

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I’m sure no one in the world would have expected something so small that you cannot even see it to turn everything in the world upside down, but COVID–19 did. School does not look anything lik…

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If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it is that you never know when disaster will strike. I don’t think any of us in January thought Umatilla County would be underwater in February and lo…

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One of the biggest challenges many employers are facing is getting their workforce back on the job during the continuing COVID-19 environment. There are many obstacles, including the fact thos…

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The evils of human trafficking and child abuse have seen increased attention in recent weeks, including a march in Hermiston last weekend to raise awareness of the issue.

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This column is part of a longer history submitted by Robert Bowman, a former Echo resident, about his father, Asa Mitchell Bowman Jr., who was killed in action in World War II on Oct. 4, 1944,…

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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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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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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…