Category Archives: East Oregonian

Hermiston population passes 18,000

Hermiston’s population has passed the 18,000 mark. Portland State University’s annual population estimate places Hermiston’s population at 18,200 — up 215 people from 2017. The number secures Hermiston’s title as the largest city in Eastern Oregon for another year. The city passed Pendleton in 2011, and the gap between the two cities continues to grow. […]
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Poet laureate Kim Stafford presents a road to unity in Pendleton

They filled the Pendleton Center for the Arts, eager for Oregon’s poet laureate, Kim Stafford. He recited and read his work, amused the crowd with stories, dropped wisdom from Aristotle and Tom Waits, even knocked out a country tune on guitar. But Stafford, ever the teacher, also gave the dozens there an assignment, one of […]
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Forest Services holds objection meetings on Blue Mountains plans

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting five meetings in Eastern Oregon communities to hear objections on the revised forest plans for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman national forests. The meetings are daylong events and include multiple two-hour breakout sessions on specific topics. Source: Forest Services holds objection meetings on Blue Mountains plans – Local News […]
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Former local corrections officers face discipline

Two former local corrections officers face the loss of their state public safety credentials. Manuel Yetter, 27, of Hermiston, was a corrections officer at Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla. According to state records, Yetter on March 26 fired a gun that carried the risk of injuring others. He lost his job soon after and the […]
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Trucking talk in Pendleton covers growing pot industry

The nation’s changing attitude on marijuana poses a quandary for the trucking industry. The Oregon Trucking Association is trying to help transportation companies deal with that change. Waylon Buchan is the director of government affairs for the Oregon Trucking Association. He addressed a couple dozen trucking company human resource directors, supervisors and the like on […]
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Local hunters end up on wrong side of the law

Oregon State Police last week caught more local elk poachers. An anonymous caller Thursday at 2:01 p.m. reported four alleged trespassers shot an elk on private land off the South Fork Walla Walla River Road near milepost 3 outside Milton-Freewater, according to state police. The four took off running when they caught sight of the […]
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Port of Morrow sues for damage from train derailment

The Port of Morrow is suing Union Pacific Railroad and Pacific Ethanol Columbia for nearly $340,000 for a train derailment last September. Patrick Gregg, attorney for the port, filed the pleading on Aug. 3 in Morrow County, according to circuit court records, and Union Pacific and Pacific Ethanol received their copies four days later. The […]
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Three take-aways from the midterms

Umatilla County voters just don’t do it. More than 68.4 percent of Oregon voters cast ballots in the midterm election Tuesday, according to the latest results from the Oregon Sectary of State. Umatilla County, however, continued its trend of low voter turnout at 56.5 percent. Once again, Umatilla County is dead last in the state. […]
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Local leaders don’t look to jump at local measure right away

On a night when four other statewide ballot measures failed to muster enough support to pass, Oregon voters approved the less contentious Measure 102. Supporters believe the measure will make it easier to build affordable housing through public-private partnerships, although local leaders aren’t champing at the bit to implement it in their housing-strapped communities. Source: […]
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With win, Brown looks ahead to four years

In a surprisingly swift end, Gov. Kate Brown fended off state legislator many saw as the Republican’s best chance to return to the governor’s suite. On Tuesday night, Kate Brown ended a record-breaking year for campaign spending and anticipating what could be her last four years in public office. The Democrat defeated Republican Knute Buehler, […]
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