With the recall election in the rearview mirror, Hermiston City Manager Ed Brookshier hopes to have someone on board as an assistant to his position by early August.

Brookshier halted the search for his No. 2 a few months back because of the recall election.

Applications are also lined up for consideration on the business advisory committee.

At least nine people have shown interest in the committee and applied for a position.

Brookshier plans to interview for the committee tentatively within the next few weeks.

Also, a framework to establish a neighborhood organization in Hermiston has been made available at City Hall.

An "Ad hoc" committee of councilors, who have met with interested citizens since December, recommended Wednesday that the city council approve a resolution to encourage neighborhood organizations.

To get involved, citizens must gather signatures from at least 10 residents within the area to propose an organization to the council.

Those interested in forming an organization or who want more information can pick up a packet at City Hall.

Sounds like a good way for people to get to know their neighbors and become involved.

On another note, it's the first day of Hermiston's Own Saturday Market from 8:30 a.m. to noon today. Head down to the Hermiston Conference Center parking lot and check it out.

Also, check out the Hermiston Airport Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have kids aged 8 to 17, chances are they might like a free airplane ride. The Air National Guard in Pendleton will also have a Chinook helicopter on display today.

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