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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…

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Living through a pandemic has many side effects, but one particularly relevant to 2020 is knowing what the inside of professional acquaintances’ homes look like.

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column titled “Things to be grateful for in the age of COVID-19.”

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While driving along Highway 395, my partner and I noticed something different about Hermiston’s welcome sign recently. For one, it’s adorned with a brightly colored watermelon, and I am all ab…

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When a natural disaster the size of last week’s flood hits, the information comes flooding in as fast as the water.

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The past decade brought us many wonderful things, from life-changing advances in technology and medicine to worldwide decreases in poverty and illiteracy.

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Editor’s note: This is the first answer in our new “Ask a Lawyer” column series with Hermiston attorney Blaine Clooten of Clooten Law. To submit questions for future columns, email editor@herm…

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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.

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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 …