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HPD Investigating Saturday Morning Shooting Death

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in Hermiston early Saturday morning. According to the Hermiston Police Department, a report of a shooting was made around 2:31 a.m. on Saturday. The incident occurred at 525 S.W. 13th Place. The first officer arrived and found James John Cragun, 38, non-responsive. He began CPR and Read More

Extra Patrols on Duty for Memorial Day Weekend

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office will conduct enhanced patrols on during the Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29. Deputies will focus on drivers who are intoxicated or engaging in distracted driving. In 2015, there were 10,265 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the United States. A total of 363 occurred in Oregon. The primary intent of these DUII/High Read More

Local Farms Helping Fight Against Hunger

For several months, employees of the Oregon Department of Agriculture have volunteered some of their own time to repack produce or sort pallets of food at Marion Polk Food Share in Salem, often bringing their spouses and kids as part of the work crew. The experience is rewarding but also much needed. Oregon remains one Read More

Good Shepherd Earns Patient Safety Excellence Award

Good Shepherd Health Care System (GSHCS) announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places GSHCS among the top 10 percent of all Read More

City, County to Meet to Discuss EOTEC

The Hermiston City Council will hold a special meeting on June 1 with Umatilla County Commissioners to discuss the Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Hermiston City Hall. For more information, call 541-567-5521.Read More

Oregon Lawmakers Seek to Expand Vote-By-Mail

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, today introduced their bill to expand Oregon-style vote-by-mail nationwide and knock down the mounting obstacles that voters across the country are facing, just to cast their ballots. “This administration is fixated with making it harder for Read More

Walden Issues Statement on CBO Score

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on Wednesday regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act. “The American Health Care Act is the first step in our efforts to repeal Obamacare and rebuild our broken health care system,” Walden Read More

Students to Compete in Fruit, Veggie Derby

If you think derbies are for soapbox cars and thoroughbred horses only, think again. On Thursday, May 25, Desert View Elementary School in Hermiston will be the site of the Fruit and Vegetable Derby, a required scientific method/inquiry project conducted by the fourth grade classes. The assignment is to build a car out of fruits Read More

Lawmakers Call for Review of Hanford Work

Following this month’s tunnel collapse at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, a bipartisan group of Pacific Northwest lawmakers today called for a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of the nuclear waste cleanup and environmental remediation work at Hanford. In their letter today, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., along Read More

Laura Jacobsma Selected as Desert View Principal

Laura Jacobsma will be recommended to become the next principal at Desert View Elementary School. Hermiston School Superintendent Fred Maiocco will recommend to the school board on June 12 that Jacobsma be considered to fill the vacancy. If approved, Jacobsma will begin her employment on July 1. Jacobsma obtained her master’s of education degree from Read More
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