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When the word “environment” comes up in mixed company (and in this case, I mean Republicans and Democrats), it generally doesn’t take long for the conversation to devolve into an argument abou…

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When I was in middle school, I thought Mulan was the coolest Disney princess, but I related most to Belle. I felt a kinship with the woman more delighted by a castle’s giant library than its w…

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In 1962, our community took on the courageous challenge of opening one of the first community colleges in Oregon. In the nearly 60 years since Blue Mountain Community College first opened its …

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Over the last several months, we have witnessed history happening in our country that has not happened since the Civil War. It is United States history in the making.

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Rural Oregon is facing a difficult post-COVID economic recovery. The $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief package will undoubtedly help, but without addressing some long-standing barriers …

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In 1962, when Wallace McCrae was selected as the first president of Blue Mountain Community College, John F. Kennedy was president of the United States. Fertility rates were high and Baby Boom…

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A week and a half ago, as I wandered up and down the line of vehicles at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the Hermiston High School parking lot, a driver exiting the line rolled down his window an…

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With the United States bringing in a new administration, one of a different political party, some changes in trade policy and strategy could be expected. As the Biden administration takes shap…

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With the development of vaccines for the coronavirus and distribution underway, there may be an end to distance learning just around the corner. This said, there are still many children strugg…

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As images emerged from the U.S. Capitol being overrun by a mob on Wednesday Jan. 6, many sparked a sense of horror among those watching.

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School this year looks like something we might have seen on the cartoon show “The Jetsons” from the 1960s. Students of all ages are spending hours on electronics.

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This month, as people of many faith traditions celebrate holidays focused on peace and love, it feels particularly important to fully embrace the ideals those holidays have come to stand for.

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Each year, Time Magazine famously dubs a particularly influential person or group of people as its “Person of the Year.” While Time went with president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect…

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It’s been a beautiful fall in the Columbia Basin so far, but it feels inevitable that the first icy roads of the season for Hermiston aren’t far off. Already, the mountain passes east of Pendl…

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This has been an incredibly challenging year for the Hermiston School District, and especially for our students and families. So much of their learning and growing experience is about being to…

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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…