FOOTBALL | HERMISTON’S PLAYOFF HOPES HINGE ON FRIDAY’S GAME >> PAGE B1 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018 HermistonHerald.com $1.00 INSIDE GOOD CAUSE Hermiston’s agricultural community rallied together to send truckloads of potatoes to the Oregon Food Bank. PAGE A3 WITH CANDY, COSTUMES AND HOLIDAY CHEER EARTHQUAKE Hermiston students spent time under their desks last week practicing for a natural disaster. PAGE A9 LOCAL ARTIST Jean Christofori Howton of Hat Rock has shown her art in galleries in the Pacific Northwest and Europe. PAGE B4 BY THE WAY Hermiston school board postpones appointing new member The Hermiston School District has postponed its decision to appoint a new board member until its November board meet- ing. Mark Millard had applied for the position, but due to a work com- mitment could not be at the group interview ear- lier this month. The board allowed Millard to come back at Monday’s meeting and have his interview. He was asked the same ques- tions posed to other candi- dates, which spanned his interest and vision for the district, and his views on what the role of a board member in the commu- nity should be. The exist- ing board members will appoint a new member on Nov. 12. The other can- didates are Kris Lerten, Brent Pitney, Trish Ros- sell and Mike Todryk. The board is filling a posi- tion vacated last month by Jason Middleton. • • • Local nonprofits are invited to a nonprofit board training hosted by the Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Com- merce and sponsored by the Hermiston Holiday Inn Express on Tuesday, HH FILE PHOTO Sisters Alexis Smith (Thing 1) and Hailee Smith (Thing 2) enjoy candy they receivied from a nearby shop during Treats on Main on Halloween last year. By TAMMY MALGESINI COMMUNITY EDITOR Costumes featuring everything from super heroes and princesses to pirates and dinosaurs will be featured as Halloween offers several area safe trick-or-treating opportunities, community parties and other fright- fully fun activities next week. HERMISTON •Put on your dancing shoes for the annual The Arc Halloween Dance. Groove to the sounds of Desert Sounds Mobile DJ Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Arc Building, 215 W. Orchard Ave. Admission is $5 and includes snacks. People are invited to wear costumes. The Arc advocates for people with intellectual and developmental dis- abilities, including offering activities to help individuals connect with the community. For more information contact Kristi Smalley at 541-571- 0997 or firstname.lastname@example.org. •Follow the specially marked pumpkin path on Halloween for Treats on Main & Beyond. Kids can collect a cache of candy as downtown Hermiston businesses provide safe trick-or-treating from 3-5 p.m. Partic- ipating establishments with signs in their windows welcome little ghouls and goblins. And, after all the candy has been collected, go “Beyond” as the fun con- tinues from 4-7 p.m. at the Hermiston Community Center, 415 S. High- way 395. Hermiston Parks & Recreation invites kids of all ages to par- See HALLOWEEN, Page A10 See BTW, Page A10 Students quiz Wyden on issues By JAYATI RAMAKRISHNAN STAFF WRITER In his two-hour town hall meeting with students and staff at Hermiston High School, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said there wasn’t a specific issue that drove the session, but it all boiled down to one idea. “They feel it’s more important than ever before that government be accessible,” he said. The Tuesday morning event drew about 250 students and 30 commu- nity members, and was open to all residents in the area. Unlike Wyden’s last visit to Umatilla County in April, where students overwhelmingly wanted to discuss gun control, there wasn’t a focused line of question- ing at this meeting. Instead, students and community members asked him about his stance on issues such as immigration, health care costs, grad- uation rates, and some of his specific votes in the Senate. When a student asked him point- blank his opinion of Donald Trump, Wyden acknowledged that he has some gripes with the president, but steered clear of bashing him. “I agree with him on some issues,” Wyden said. “The question of fight- ing those who cheat on international trade — I agree with him on that.” He frowned on Trump’s praise this week of Montana Rep. Greg Gian- forte, who body-slammed a reporter while on the campaign trail last year. “I’m for freedom of the press — See WYDEN, Page A10 STAFF PHOTO BY E.J. HARRIS Hermiston High School senior Alexis Perez asks U.S. Senator Ron Wyden about high school graduation rates on Tuesday during a town hall meeting at Hermiston High School.