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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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Since the start of my sick leave, the Hermiston Herald produced two newspapers, and many things have occurred during my absence. The biggest gut punch, however, was the death of Umatilla’s Joh…

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The Spruce Goose is a spectacle of an airplane — part sideshow oddity, part historical relic — on display in a custom hangar at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville.

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In my junior year in high school, my mother fashioned herself as my college admissions coach. She decreed that I needed something besides grades and SAT scores. I needed to become a school lea…

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When you live in a small community, you get to know the people around you. You help them when you can, and they help you, too. In recent stories in the Hermiston Herald, we looked into some of…

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I played basketball at Marshfield High School after Title IX was enacted. However, I didn’t receive my varsity letter from the Coos Bay school until shortly after my 50th birthday.

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Betsy Johnson entered my office at The Astorian in 2000 as a candidate for the state House of Representatives. Decades prior, our family histories intersected when my father and Johnson’s moth…

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Recently Blue Mountain Community College President Mark Browning released the news that the college would be losing one whole department.

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Students graduating in 2022 are at the end of a difficult road. We caught up with local school administrators to see how they are doing. We were glad to receive and report on the good news. Th…

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When most people are asked about their greatest death-related fear, they say cancer. I agree that it is a worry; I am also afraid of cancer. But I have been thinking of another fear lately, as…

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I recently read a string of responses on a community Facebook page where a newcomer to Eastern Oregon asked what people do in the area over Memorial Day weekend. Out of the 20-plus responses, …

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Above all else, water should be trusted to sustain us and give us health, but this is not the case for us. Not anymore. In the latest print edition of the Hermiston Herald, we covered problems…

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Local author Ronald E. Ingle wrote “Oasis in the Desert: The Story of Hermiston from Sagebrush to City.” In the early chapters he established that the city of Hermiston, Oregon, shared its nam…

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I’ve recently been forced to use my non-dominant hand for everyday tasks. I have minimal skills with being ambidextrous, however, after having surgery on my right hand/elbow, I have learned a …

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Stories shape our world, and the stories coming from Ukraine have been so overwhelming that we want to shrink from the horror of this war. A recent Guardian headline, “Books Against Bombs: how…

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Spring is fast approaching, and most everyone loves the newness of what comes with spring. Leaves on trees start appearing. New plants start popping up and growing. Spring is a great time to a…

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Now that we again have a drought in south-central Oregon and the southwest United States, it seems like it is time to seriously think of long-term solutions. One of these could be pumping wate…

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Before even the first gavel dropped on the 2022 legislative session, I knew that one of the most consequential bills of my legislative career would be considered.

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