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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018
THREE MINUTES WITH ...
Owner, Nelly’s Super Tacos
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When and why did you move to Hermiston?
In 2003 or 2004. I wanted to my kids to grow up in a
different environment — we used to live in Las Vegas.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
Nelly’s Super Tacos
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to rest in my house and go to church.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
That the fairgrounds moved, and the construction on
What was the last book you read?
What app or website do you use most often?
If you could travel anywhere, where would you
California. Or Canada — I have a friend that lives
there and I haven’t seen her in a long time.
What is the funniest thing that’s happened to
Every day is funny for me. I’m a happy person; I
make fun out of anything.
What is one of your goals for the next 12
Make this place (the restaurant) more successful, and
make a lot of changes.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I’m proud of myself and my business — from not
knowing anything, I came to know a lot about ser-
vice and cooking.
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Brian Pursifull (back right) is quick to give his offensive line — from left, Jarod Wizner, Forrest Pourier, Howard Califf, Noel
Thurra and Steve Moe — and fullback Brian Clubb (back left) much of the credit for three straight years of 1,000 or more
rushing yards for the Umatilla Vikings in this 1993 photo.
25 YEARS AGO
OCT. 26, 1993
A seventh-grade student at Armand
Larive Junior High School was taken
into custody after he pointed a rifle
at a teacher in a full classroom this
No one was injured.
According to police and school
district officials, the boy allegedly
brought the .30 caliber rifle into the
school in a box that was presumed to
contain an ongoing art project.
Police said the boy took the box
into the lavatory, removed the rifle
and loaded it during the morning
announcements. He then returned to
the classroom and aimed the gun at
the teacher in front of 18 classmates.
The teacher was able to distract the
boy long enough to wrestle the gun
• People who use their cars to get
into trouble may end up walking.
An ordinance passed last night by
the Hermiston City Council gives
Municipal Judge Daniel Hill the
power to seize automobiles if their
drivers are found guilty of certain
“It’s a good tool,” City Councilor
and Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Boise
said. “I think the best thing you can
do is take something monetary, some-
thing they’ve worked hard for.”
The new law specifically states that
a vehicle used in a drive-by shoot-
ing can be impounded. The munici-
pal judge could seize the vehicles of
habitual traffic offenders convicted of
a DUII. Those driving on a licenses
suspended or revoked for drunk driv-
ing or auto-related manslaughter
could suffer the same fate if they are
caught on the roads.
50 YEARS AGO
OCT. 24, 1968
George Metsker of Hermiston, a
retired railroad employee and a res-
ident of Hermiston since 1953 has
been having a ball all summer, doing
what a lot of people would like to do
... acting in a movie.
Metsker wound up his recent
movie employment this last week
when he returned to Hermiston from
the “Paint Your Wagon” set on loca-
tion approximately 52 miles North-
east of Baker on East Eagle Creek.
He has been employed as an “extra”
in the Paramount production since
last June, and was cast as the typical
rough and tumble gold miner.
Stars of the production, Lee Mar-
vin, Clinton Eastwood and Jean See-
burg, as well as the director Josh
Logan were common and friendly as
a new pup, says Metsker, and there
was none of the star aloofness you
have been led to believe.
The Paramount company is now
working on the earthquake sequence
of the film. The Hollywood techni-
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George Metzsker served as an extra in Clint Eastwood’s “Paint Your Wagon” in
cians really have this down to a sci-
ence, Metsker goes on to say, and they
employ huge tractors to pull under-
ground cables that tumble houses
down, cause the earth to split open
and overturn the entire scenery in
seconds. In one particular earthquake
scene, things got so hectic an extra
fell into the earth fault along with the
star Lee Marvin, which of course was
75 YEARS AGO
OCT. 28, 1943
This little story is written to you
because this time it is your turn to
help your big brothers and sisters win
this war for all of us. Saturday night is
Halloween! In years past it has been
so much fun to cause everyone a great
deal of trouble by soaping store win-
dows, carrying away gates, blocking
streets and tipping over woodpiles
and generally causing lots of grief for
Yes, it is lots of fun. We did our
share of it when we were young. But
right now, things are so much differ-
ent. Everyone is working overtime to
get this war over with so Big Brother
can come home. He is “over there”
fighting his best.
If you fellows will skip doing dam-
age this year, next year when the war
is over (we all hope) we’ll help you
have an extra good time.
Signed: Mayor F.C. McKenzie,
Chief B.J. Nation and the Hermiston
100 YEARS AGO
OCT. 26, 1918
Charles Hahn, the shoe merchant,
is going into the shoe repairing busi-
ness again, this time in an up-to-date
manner, having installed a Landis
complete shoe stitching and finishing
machine in his place of business on
This is the latest improved pattern
of shoe repairing machine. For the
time being the gentleman will oper-
ate it himself, but later, should busi-
ness warrant, he will employ a jour-
neyman shoemaker to look after the
work in that department.
• Election day is only 10 days
away, and as yet there has been no
great excitement among the local
people as to who shall fill the may-
oralty and council chairs for the next
two years in the city of Hermiston.
This year there is a full complement
to elect, the terms of all the present
incumbents expiring this fall.
From our observations of how the
present council handled the business
of the city the past 12 months, it might
be well to re-elect them, whether they
seek re-election or not, for it is a well-
known fact that it is hard to get a set
of taxpayers to sit on a council board
and devote their free time gratis to
city affairs and use as much fair judg-
ment and conservation methods as
those now holding the government
Hermiston approves vehicle-leasing agreement
The Hermiston City Council voted
Monday to contract with Enterprise
Fleet Management to manage its fleet
City Manager Byron Smith said
in the past the city has managed its
own vehicles for departments such as
water and streets, but by leasing vehi-
cles through Enterprise (a sister com-
pany to the Enterprise car rental busi-
ness), the city should save money.
The company can negotiate
directly with manufacturers for a bet-
ter price, he said, and knows the opti-
mum time to sell vehicles. It can also
keep track of needed maintenance
and let the city know when it has a
“lemon” that it would be better to get
rid of than continue to maintain.
Smith said the city would start by
leasing four vehicles for $35,000.
Councilor John Kirwan said he had
worked with a similar company in his
line of work and while he had seen a
few problems when people weren’t
specific enough in their requests for
vehicles, overall he thought there
were advantages to contracting with a
On Monday the council amended
its ordinance to allow commercial and
residential driveways of up to 36 feet
wide. The city had previously allowed
20 feet for residential driveways and
25 feet for commercial driveways, but
city planner Clint Spencer said now
that most new houses feature a three-
car garage the city is constantly grant-
The council also voted to annex a
quarter-acre property on Theater Lane
into the city, and co-adopted a Uma-
tilla County amendment to allow the
city to place a municipal water tower
in the “future urban” zone.
City recorder Lilly Alarcon-Strong
was recognized for her work in
becoming a certified municipal clerk
through the International Institute of
Smith said Alarcon-Strong had
gone through more than 120 hours
of training to receive the designa-
tion, and she had helped the city
improve in all areas the training cov-
ered, including public records han-
dling and compliance with public