This individual had underlying medical conditions. Within two weeks, many other shelves of the grocery store would also be bare, and toilet paper would become nearly impossible to find for sale in town. Nature lovers can now cut down their own Christmas tree in the Umatilla National Forest. A crowd of roughly 40 Black Lives Matter protesters were met with about 100 counter-protesters at Highway 395 and East Highland Avenue in Hermiston on Aug. 21, 2020. The final paid subscription of the Hermiston Herald runs off the press at the East Oregonian in Pendleton on April 28, 2020. The month ended with the county getting sent back to baseline COVID-19 restrictions on July 31. Lopez confessed to writing the letter, which had gone viral on social media, in an attempt to show an example of the type of racism county residents encounter, and issued an apology. Umatilla County Courthouse 216 SE 4th St. Pendleton, OR 97801 Phone: 541-276-7111 Alice and Gay Newman were named the 2020 grand marshals of the Umatilla County Fair, as the Fair Appreciation Dinner on Jan. 25 teased plans for the fair parade, concerts and other events that would never end up taking place. Hermiston School District Superintendent Tricia Mooney hands out hard hats to members of the Hermiston High School softball team during a groundbreaking for the district’s new softball complex on Sept. 29, 2020. In July, Lifeways held a ribbon cutting for Aspen Springs Psychiatric Hospital, a secure 16-bed inpatient facility in Hermiston for people experiencing a mental health crisis. Overcast. Note: This page primarily lists records kept at the county level. Hermiston High School students leave school for the last day of school on March 13, 2020. While busloads of out-of-town protesters never materialized, more than 100 people — most armed with one or more firearms — showed up to the protest on the corner of Highway 395 and Highland Avenue with the stated intent of defending local businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small business and non-profits for working capital who are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in OREGON. Researchers with Oregon State University prepare for door-to-door COVID-19 testing in Hermiston on July 25-26, 2020. The county’s public health department announced the 52nd victim of the virus on … On June 9, 21-year-old Jesus Eli Lopez was found deceased of a gunshot wound in an apparent homicide in Hermiston. What we know about the 5 deaths in the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol, Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submits resignation, Kennewick man dies in wrong-way crash on I-82, Sunnyside Police identify deceased gunshot victim, Amid riot fears, Washington lawmakers plan in-person session, Police: Man vandalized Black Lives Matter sign at Yakima restaurant. Joshua Bunting checks in with a driver while handing out free 20-pound bags of potatoes and 5-pound bags of onions from AgriNorthwest and River Point Farms on April 17, 2020. During their first meeting of the new year, the Hermiston City Council discussed whether to spend more than $100,000 to repair City Hall, which in late December 2019 had experienced damage from a fire in the HVAC system, or move up the timeline on a new City Hall the council had been hoping to consider in another two or three years. A group of Hermiston residents formed a nonprofit called Stepping Stones, and in April asked the Hermiston City Council to consider providing support for a homeless shelter the group hoped to build by placing small huts behind the Agape House. HollyJo Beers, left, Duane Ehmer and Chris Waine discuss what Waine believes is the true boundary of his property at the corner of South Ott Road and East Airport Road near Hermiston on April 23, 2020. A majority of voters in two rural Oregon counties decided last week that their commissioners must consider moving the state border to become part of Republican-led Idaho. A movement known as “Move Oregon's Borders for a Greater Idaho” hopes to…, HERMISTON, Ore. --- This Saturday Nov. 14, Good Shepherd Health Care System (GSHCS) is providing another free drive-thru flu shot event on the main hospital campus. In May, the Herald redesigned the paper and made significant changes to its business model, switching from a paid subscription to free distribution to roughly 14,000 homes in west Umatilla County and north Morrow County. News broke that Umatilla County commissioner candidate Dan Dorran had been arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants at the intersection of Highway 730 and Highway 395 outside Umatilla on Sept. 26 after leaving a golf tournament and getting into a crash. The November election ended with Dan Dorran becoming the newest Umatilla County commissioner and Rod Hardin, Doug Primmer, Nancy Peterson and Maria Duron winning a five-way race for the Hermiston City Council’s at-large seats. Umatilla County, OR Breaking News provided by The Emergency Email and Wireless Network Breaking News Service. The Oregon Health Authority began reporting workplace outbreaks of COVID-19, and Lamb Weston reported an outbreak at its Hermiston plant that forced a temporary closure of the plant and eventually grew to include more than 190 cases linked to the site over the next few months. Students donned their caps and gowns before parading through town after COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of a conventional graduation ceremony. UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County Public Health reported 223 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 4. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) — A Umatilla County Commissioner-elect has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge. Businesses will…, UMATLLA COUNTY, Ore. - It's that time of year again. New year, new plans. You have permission to edit this article. Find more Umatilla County news here. By the Way: Bus routes adjusted for January. Hermiston City Councilor John Kirwan resigned at the same meeting, citing a career change, and was later replaced by David McCarthy. Line crews examine a utility pole on Sept. 8, 2020. Find more Umatilla County news here. Grassety, who killed Garret, in Umatilla county a few days since, has been held to bail in $2,000, which he has not procured. Umatilla County OR Newspapers and Obituaries. Deanna Brandhagen removes ballots from envelopes at the Umatilla County Elections office in Pendleton on Nov. 3, 2020. UMATILLA COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION. Two Hermiston teens, Raymon Rios and Hugo Madrigal-Leon, were shot and killed outside Hermiston on Nov. 29 in what the shooter claimed was self-defense after they shot his father. that is degrading to another person. UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) — A Umatilla County Commissioner-elect has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge. Protesters hold signs in protest of racism and police violence on the corner of Highway 395 and Elm Avenue in Hermiston on June 1, 2020. Our Foundation's mission is to support the activities of the Umatilla County Search and Rescue Unit by acquiring or helping to acquire needed equipment and by defraying expenses of our volunteers. Other nearby communities, including Umatilla, held their own protests. Umatilla County reported its first death of a COVID-19 patient on May 1, a 76-year-old female who died April 30 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. Forty-one members of the Oregon National Guard deployed from the Hermiston armory to fight the fires. Event cancelation announcements flooded the paper, the Hermiston City Council announced it would start livestreaming its meetings online to discourage in-person attendance, hospitals halted elective procedures and local quilters began sewing masks for health care providers to help with the national personal protective equipment shortage. Umatilla.—Umatilla county journalism started in the little hamlet of Umatilla, at the confluence of the river of that name and the Columbia. LOCAL 1393, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO Find more Umatilla County news here. Local high schools held their graduation ceremonies, with most schools opting for a drive-thru ceremony while Hermiston High School allowed students in a few at a time to walk across a stage. While 2020 has been rough, it's a tradition that can't be taken away. As COVID-19 cases rose rapidly in the state and in Umatilla County, both Umatilla and Morrow counties started the new system in the “extreme risk” category. Umatilla County reports updates on COVID-19, vaccines. Walla Walla County's COVID-19 case total has grown to 3,516 so far during the pandemic. Please enter a valid email address. Airport Road resident Chris Waine, backed by Umatilla County commissioner candidate HollyJo Beers and others, got into a standoff with county employees over a planned expansion of Airport Road. Fireworks explode over Butte Park in Hermiston on May 29, 2020, in recognition of the graduating class of 2020. Umatilla County and Pendleton, Oregon Obituaries. "Favorite pancakes lab!" Umatilla County returned to Phase 2 of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing recreational facilities, such as the bowling alley and aquatic center, to reopen. This Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 & Dec. 13, there will be a Walmart truck…, HERMISTON, Ore. - Angela Treadwell's students describes their tastiest project from her cooking class at Hermiston High School. Hermiston family looks to expand foster children donation station, Umatilla Robotics Team highlighted in documentary, Oregon schools can decide to reopen in 2021, gov. Wearing a mask is one of the ways health experts across the world have said can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Fifty-two people have been killed by COVID-19 in Umatilla County. They had just become certified foster parents that day when the state called, in need of their help. The Columbia Development Authority board caused a rift between its member bodies — Umatilla County, Morrow County, Port of Umatilla, Port of Morrow and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation — after a last-minute vote to deed the industrial portions of the Umatilla Chemical Depot over to the two ports. A city spokesperson announced Friday that they will be making portions of city-owned parking lots available for…, UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) — A Umatilla County Commissioner-elect has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge. Kate…, HERMISTON, Ore. -- The city of Hermiston is stepping in to help restaurants stay afloat during the current phase of restrictions on businesses. The governor sent a letter Wednesday to…, PENDLETON, Ore. -- Umatilla County Public Health reported the county's 55th death on Wednesday as total confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 5,000 -- with 200+ more suspected cases. The East Oregonian reports 65-year-old Dan Dorran was arrested Sept. 26 for driving while under the influence of intoxicants in Umatilla after a collision with another vehicle. A new mask mandate was put in place in Oregon on July 1, requiring adults to wear masks in indoor public spaces, such as grocery stores. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, Hermiston School District Superintendent Tricia Mooney, right, speaks during an emergency meeting of the Hermiston Board of Education at the Hermiston School District offices on March 13, 2020. Tracy Wart, an infection prevention nurse at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton draws up a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the hospital’s first round of staff vaccinations on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Multiple police officers responded to a shooting in Hermiston on Aug. 21, 2020. Families stand and take pictures of their graduates during Hermiston High School’s commencement ceremony at the high school on June 4, 2020. Umatilla County on Wednesday reported its 56th death from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and Walla Walla County reported its 34th. SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Masked shoppers leave Walmart in Hermiston on July 6, 2020. In October, Stanfield residents held a candlelight vigil and several fundraisers in support of five teenage boys who were seriously injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash outside Stanfield. The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce had its 50th annual Distinguished Citizens Awards banquet on Feb. 12, honoring Lou Lyons as Man of the Year and Cindy Meyers as Woman of the Year. This comes in response to a recent sharp increase of positive cases. "UCo Health is saddened to report that an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 has…, PENDLETON, Ore. - As vulnerable healthcare workers across the nation get the first vaccines against COVID-19, a couple hundred doses are headed to Indian Reservations. RELATED: Kennewick…, UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. - Businesses in Oregon can get up to $200,000 through the new Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund. "It was really interesting, and it's still…, UMATILLA, Ore. -- Minutes after Governor Kate Brown announced schools could decide for themselves in the new year whether to reopen to students, at least one local school district jumped at the opportunity. On Feb. 6, a once-in-a-century flood swept through Umatilla County. The Hermiston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Christmas light contest for all homes located in Umatilla County. Umatilla County’s fifty-eighth death with COVID-19 is a ninety-four-year-old male who tested positive November 29th and died December 29th at Sun Ridge Retirement Community in Pendleton. Don't Threaten. The measures taken for graduation are a preview of social distancing schools will be required to practice in the fall. Farmers, facing a sudden decrease in demand for crops like potatoes due to restaurants closures, made large donations to local food banks, and hundreds of Hermiston residents lined up for a free giveaway of potatoes and onions from AgriNorthwest and River Point Farms. says, 5,000 confirmed COVID cases, 55 deaths in Umatilla County, COVID-19 vaccines make their way to Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Holiday ice skating: Outdoor rinks open in Washington, Oregon, KPD, Walmart partner to hold toy drive this weekend, Oregon teacher takes virtual learning to the kitchen, 18th person with virus in Oregon Corrections custody dies, Oregon to enter new 'risk level' system to help combat COVID-19, City of Hermiston working with downtown restaurants to expand outdoor dining options, Umatilla County commissioner-elect pleads not guilty in DUII case, Homeless man accused of using stolen gun to rob Hermiston store, Residents in Umatilla, Morrow Counties can be added to Christmas light map, How to get free Thanksgiving dinners through Walmart, Oregon Legislature approves $20 million for struggling businesses, How to chop your own Christmas tree in Umatilla National Forest, Four hunters rescued by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue team this week, All of Oregon will go under 2-week shutdown, Brown announces, Oregon reports 876 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, 2 Oregon counties vote to discuss joining 'Greater Idaho', Hermiston non-profit holding free drive-thru flu shot event, WSU Tri-Cities to offer in-state tuition rates to students in Umatilla County, Oregon elections director fired after he details problems, Kennewick PD: Teenager shot during armed robbery, suspects at large, Two victims shot, one man dead after family shooting in Walla Walla, Man arrested after domestic violence incident, Kennewick PD say, 14 people may be banned after rowdy D.C. to Seattle flight, Foster children receive free birthday cakes thanks to new local initiative, Coronavirus update: 331 cases added, Franklin Co. hits 9k, Officials: Republican lawmaker let protesters into Oregon Capitol, WATCH: Good Morning Northwest - January 8, 2021, Federal murder investigation to be opened in Capitol Police officer's death. A few students returned to in-person classes for the first time as the state allowed for limited in-person instruction for students in specific categories, such as special education. Lou Lyons delivers an acceptance speech after winning the Man of the Year Award at the 50th annual Distinguished Citizens Awards in Hermiston on Feb. 12, 2020. The man was 75 years old, tested positive December 17 … According to Umatilla County Public Health’s website, since the pandemic began, 14.8% of the county’s COVID-19 cases have been under age 20. Gatherings of more than 25 people were prohibited, and everyone was urged to stay home other than trips to the grocery store, doctor’s office or other necessities. Lifeways CEO Tim Hoekstra, center, prepares to cut the ribbon at a celebration for the opening of the organization’s new Aspen Springs Psychiatric Hospital in Hermiston. The FBI collects statistics on the following major crime categories (Part 1 Crimes). Umatilla County Courthouse 216 SE 4th St. Pendleton, OR 97801 Phone: 541-278-6205 Fax: 541-278-6374 Collective Bargaining Agreements. Jenna said. They're asking residents with stand-out holiday decor to enter the Umatilla County Christmas Light Contest. Umatilla County, OR Breaking News provided by The Emergency Email and Wireless Network Breaking News Service. Students originally expected to return to school on April 1, 2020, as a response to Gov. On Aug. 21, a Facebook invite for a weekly Black Lives Matter protest in Hermiston, which usually drew 5-10 local residents, went viral as a poster erroneously claimed that “Antifa” was planning on bringing busloads of up to 150 people from Portland. Shannon and Norman Rhodes of Hermiston help move Gerry Root’s belongings through floodwater after her Echo home flooded in February.