Hermiston herald. (Hermiston, Or.) 1994-current, December 26, 2018, Page A2, Image 2

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Human Resources Director,
Hermiston School District
HH fi le photo
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I was hired as the HR Director for the Hermiston
School District in October of 2017 and my wife and
I moved to Hermiston in April of 2018 after selling
our home in Milton-Freewater.
What is your favorite place to eat in
There is a lot of variety and great places to eat in
Hermiston and we are still working our way though
all the options. It is diffi cult to choose one, but if
I had to choose, I’d say the Delish Bistro. I end
up going there one or two times a month and the
food is always fresh and tasty. I do fi nd it diffi cult to
resist their gelato.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Since we moved relatively recently, we are still
spending a lot of time fi nishing up small projects
around our house and trying to get rid of stuff we
still have in storage. We we are not doing that, we
love to go to the movies and visit our daughter in La
Grande. I also try to go skiing and hiking with my
daughter as much as possible.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
Having lived over 20 years in Milton-Freewater, I
didn’t know what to expect when moving to Herm-
iston. I have been pleasantly surprised at how wel-
coming the community has been. Other than the
challenge of fi nding a new home, Hermiston has
been an easy community to become a part of.
What was the last book you read?
Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why.” The book offers
some great insights as to what helps to make an
organization exceptional. I also am fi nishing “The
Deepest Well” by Nadine Burke Harris. This book
delves into the connections with adverse childhood
experiences and long-lasting and often surprising
impacts. Thankfully the book provides numerous
examples of how communities can successfully sup-
port families to break the adverse cycle. I also will
hide away for a weekend each time the new Clive
Cussler book comes out.
What app or website do you use most often
other than Facebook or Google?
I have to admit that I am a little bit addicted to Pin-
terest. No matter what your interest, there is tons of
information and ideas about it. It is a great resource
for your hobbies and interests. Of course it can be a
little bit of a time vacuum as well.
If you could travel anywhere, where would
you go?
Tibet and Nepal are fascinating places. The combi-
nation of dramatic scenery (tallest mountains in the
world) as well as ancient cultures is very intrigu-
ing. I hope to travel there at some point.
What is the funniest thing that’s happened to
I’m not sure this is the funniest thing, but it popped
into my mind fi rst. Years ago when I was teaching
high school, one of my students was the daugh-
ter of a colleague. During class, I asked the stu-
dent a question but inadvertently called her by her
mother’s name. Needless to say, the student was not
happy by the slip and the rest of the class thought it
was quite amusing. Thankfully the student was not
scarred for life by being called her mother’s name
and has gone on to a successful career in the med-
ical profession.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
So far, I would say that seeing my daughter walk
across the stage to receive her bachelor’s degree at
Eastern Oregon University tops the list.
Kristine McCullough, left, is presented with an “Employee of the Year” award by city manager Ed Brookshier in 1993.
McCullough served as executive secretary for the city.
to speak. They had planned
to build houses, it required
government approval, it
required money. No indi-
vidual was able to fi nance
such a project.
DEC. 28, 1993
The city of Hermis-
ton is prepared to go to
the mat with the state
over who is to control 911
As it exists, the city pro-
vides emergency response
However, the state
wants to take the reins
and consolidate 911 ser-
vices county-wide into a
central dispatch point in
The state would use the
telephone tax money that
pays for the services, and
propose to put before vot-
ers the creation of a taxing
district to help pay for it as
“To me, this is a classic
case of ‘I’m going to take
your dollar out of the com-
munity, take it to a distant
point, and give you back
less than you had to begin
with,’” City Administrator
Ed Brookshier said.
Management — a divi-
sion of the state police —
recently released an effi -
ciency report that calls for
limited primary dispatch
centers to one per county.
That means 911 calls
from Hermiston, Uma-
tilla and Stanfi eld would
go through a dispatcher in
DEC. 26, 1968
Transportation Secretary
Alan S. Boyd announced
last week that a 28-mile
Tri-Cities area was included
in the release of money
for 1,500 additional miles
of the interstate highway
These funds would pro-
vide additional money in
routing Interstate 82 from
Prosser through the Tri-Cit-
DEC. 28, 1918
HH fi le photo
Six-year-old Toni Pulley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry
Pulley of Hermiston, enjoys a pre-Christmas talk with Santa
at Stewart’s Market in 1968.
ies area and hence into Ore-
gon south of the Tri-Cities.
Norm Schroth, pres-
ident of the Northeast
Roads Association, said if
the extension from Prosser
to the Tri-Cities is indeed
merely as a spur from the
proposed route across the
Horse Heaven Hills to the
Umatilla crossing, then that
is the State of Washington’s
business. However, if there
is some intent to bypass the
proposed Umatilla cross-
ing, then that is our business
and our group has been in
contact with our Congress-
men to see that we don’t get
maneuvered by the Wash-
ington representatives.
DEC. 30, 1943
From an op-ed by Roy
White, business agent: It has
been the pleasure of the little
town of Hermiston to have
lived in a long dream that
the Umatilla dam will be
constructed. The Umatilla
dam question today is the
heading of the list of post-
war activities by the govern-
ment. Today it is nearer to
becoming a reality than ever
Let us not sit idly by and
continue this dream. Let us
get busy and prepare for the
incoming conditions that
are bound to come after this
war. Let the world know that
we in our community, no
matter how small, are alive
and active — on our toes —
ready for any changing con-
ditions. When we do this,
instead of seeking invest-
ments, investments will seek
this community.
A year or so back, if you
recall, housing conditions in
Hermiston were bad. Some
live-spirited businessmen
were called together by the
Chamber of Commerce and
the outcome of this meeting
resulted in a great deal more
spirit of action and along
with it a gambling spirit, so
After having been
fairly well immune from
the infl uenza epidemic
that broke out in the state
of Oregon in the fall of the
present year, the city of
Hermiston is now in the
grip of the disease, with a
sprinkling of pneumonia
thrown in.
Isolated cases there
have been all along, but
early precautions taken by
the city authorities by the
placing of the city under
rigid quarantine regulations
had cleared up the fl u situa-
tion, and it looked as if the
town was going to get by
without an epidemic.
A week ago health pros-
pects were rosy, there being
very little sickness in the
community at the time. But
with one fell swoop infl u-
enza broke out and spread
with alarming rapidity, until
now there are many cases
reported here. President of
the Council J.D. Watson is
doing all he can to allevi-
ate those in need of med-
ical attention and nurses,
and he has able assistants
in Marshal Crandall, Alvine
Barnes and Geo Holland.
Many women have volun-
teered their services in the
past day or two, and present
indications are that the sick
people will be well cared
The disease had gained
such headway by Tuesday
that at a conference of the
council it was decided to
place the city under strict
again, and as a result the fl u
ban went into effect at noon
on Christmas day.
STORY TIME, 2-3 p.m., Hermis-
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activities for developmentally
disabled children and adults.
Free. (541-567-2882)
8:30 p.m., Avamere Assisted
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Hermiston. Join the jam
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Thursday. (Laura Mecham 541-
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Senior Center, 100 Tatone
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Hermiston. Cost is $4 for adults,
free for children 10 and under,
$4 for Meals on Wheels. Extra
50 cents for utensils/dishes.
Bus service available. (541-567-
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