YEAR IN REVIEW A12 • HERMISTONHERALD.COM YEAR Continued from Page A1 community members, who felt it would disrupt test- ing and make it difﬁ cult for teachers with children in dif- ferent districts. On Feb. 12, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merk- ley issued a statement saying they did not support Hermis- ton native Ryan Bounds as a nominee for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a liberal judicial activ- ist group published college writings of Bounds’ they described as “inﬂ ammatory” concerning race and gender. Bounds had been nominated for the position in January, but after months of contro- versy the White House ulti- mately withdrew the nomi- nation in July. MARCH March 3 brought good tidings to the Hermis- ton chamber, which was awarded $1 million for a building to house its ofﬁ ces, a welcome center and work- force training in the legis- lature’s capital construction bill. The Umatilla County Jail faced disappointment the same day after ﬁ nding out the jail would not be get- ting $1 million that Sheriff Terry Rowan requested for an expansion that would bet- ter accommodate mentally ill inmates. After experiencing trag- edies with several of their peers dying to suicide in the past few years, Herm- iston High School students decided to start a campaign to look out for each other. Though not in response to any one incident, the “We Care” project focused on positive messages and aimed at changing school culture, with leadership students posting signs around school and around town with uplift- ing messages to promote mental health and openness. On March 12, the city of Hermiston took full con- trol of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center after what had previously been an equal partnership with Uma- tilla County. Commissioner George Murdock had ﬁ rst proposed the idea in Janu- ary. Later in the month, Al Davis became EOTEC’s general manager. The same day, the city council approved an agree- ment with the county for a $4.6 million project to build a new water tower and pipes in the northeast part of Hermiston to encour- age housing development. They agreed to use Lamb Weston’s payments in lieu of taxes to fund it. As stories of gun vio- lence in schools across the nation made headlines, 300 Hermiston students took to their own campus to protest, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2018 Staﬀ photo by Jayati Ramakrishnan Gov. Kate Brown presents a check to Lamb Weston employees in April, in front of the site where the business will open a new facility. joining students around the U.S. in a walkout. The pro- test was 17 minutes long, each minute for one of the people killed at a shooting in a Parkland, Florida high school a month prior. APRIL In April Dr. Joseph Gif- ford, a longtime staple of Hermiston’s medical com- munity, retired, and Good Shepherd Medical Center assumed ownership of the practice. Gifford, who spent 44 years as a family practi- tioner in Eastern Oregon, worked as a family doctor, obstetrician and urgent care physician, treating thou- sands of community mem- bers over the years. Hermiston’s Walmart Distribution Center, one of the community’s larg- est employers, celebrated its 20-year anniversary on April 10. The D.C. employs about 1,100 people. Manager Josh Burns said the goods pass- ing through the center in the past 20 years represent about $54 billion in revenue. MAY May brought changes for the Hermiston Herald and its sister paper the East Ore- gonian as former publisher Kathryn Brown stepped down to start a new maga- zine called The Other Ore- gon, and Chris Rush took her place as publisher. A disagreement between the city of Umatilla and Umatilla County over how the two entities should split strategic investment pay- ments by Amazon came to a head in May. The month was also a tur- bulent one for Hermiston’s farmers market. On May 9, businessman Mitch Meyers, who had been tapped to run the market, announced he was canceling it for the sum- mer due to a dispute with the city’s building department. He changed his mind a few days later after the city vol- unteered to run the market in front of city hall instead, and the Maxwell Market on Meyers’ property ended up drawing crowds all summer. During the May 15 pri- mary election, Doug Smith and Jackie Meyers kept their Hermiston city council seats, Roy Barron was elected for the ﬁ rst time and a race between Jackie Linton, Mark Gomolski and incum- bent Lori Davis became a November run-off between Gomolski and Davis. On May 31, Eastern Ore- gon Telecom announced executives Joe Franell, Paul Keeler and Richard Holbo bought out the com- pany from Umatilla Electric Cooperative. 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