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State Jobless Rate Hits Record Low at 4 Percent

According to the Oregon Employment Division, Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in February, from 4.3 percent in January. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s 4.0 percent unemployment rate was significantly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in February. In February, the number of Read More

Hermiston Chamber Luncheon Set for March 28

The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Business to Business Luncheon on Tuesday, March 28. The guest speaker will be Nick Bejarano, marketing and communications director with Good Shepherd Health Care System. He will share with the audience what’s happening at the hospital. Everything will get underway at 11:45 a.m. at the Hermiston Read More

Oregon’s Studded Tire Season Ends on March 31

Drivers in Oregon are reminded to remove studded tires by Friday, March 31. “We encourage drivers to not wait until the March 31 deadline to remove their studded tires, especially if they aren’t driving in the mountain passes between now and then,” said Luci Moore, State Maintenance and Operations Engineer. Studded tires are allowed in Read More

Hermiston Fails to Land AutoZone Warehouse

Hermiston was one of five prospective locations for an AutoZone distribution center that is nearing completion at Pasco, the Tri-City Herald reports. The $50 million project will employ about 200 at full operations and serve 235 stores in seven states. The identity of AutoZone as a prospective Pasco business was a secret until 2016, when Read More

J.C. Penney Closures Hit Eastern Oregon

Three of J.C. Penney’s four stores east of the Oregon Cascades will close – in Pendleton, La Grande and The Dalles, the company said in a news release. Only the company’s store in Bend will remain open. Also hit with closures will be stores in Astoria and Grants Pass. With the closures, Oregon will have Read More

Head Start Hosts ‘A Day for Dudes’

The Umatilla-Morrow County Head Start on Tuesday hosted an event just for dads, grandpas, uncles, older brothers and all male role models who play a role in a child’s life. Rocky Heights Elementary School opened up their auditorium for all the events, activities and dinner that was served. The agency served a total of 45 Read More

Library District Executive Session Re-Scheduled

The Umatilla County Special Library District Board’s executive session meeting scheduled for today has been re-scheduled for March 30. The session, set for 5:15 p.m., will cover personnel issues. The library district office is located at 17 S.W. Frazer Ave., No. 360, in Pendleton.Read More

Hermiston Gearing Up For Spring Clean-Up Week

Got Junk? The city of Hermiston is encouraging residents to take part in a week-long clean sweep at the Transfer Station (two miles north of Hermiston on Highway 395), April 1-7. Cash Customers can receive up to $14 off each acceptable load. Those with less than 2.5 cubic yards or a maximum of 454.5 pounds Read More

Five-Vehicle Crash Kills 1, Injures 3

A five-vehicle crash took the life of one man and injured three others Wednesday morning on Highway 30 east of the Sauvie Island Bridge. Oregon State Police Troopers from the St. Helens Worksite responded to the crash around 9:55 a.m. Preliminary information indicates that a red 2004 Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Lewis Demars, 58, Read More

Planning Commission to Consider Composting Facility

Ostrom’s Mushroom Farm, owned by Sheldon and Traci King is requesting to construct and operate a 450-ton-per-week composting facility. The compost is unique to mushroom growing and will support an existing farm located in Washington and a new mushroom farm yet to be sited. The applicant is also proposing a land division of the subject Read More
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