Hermiston herald. (Hermiston, Or.) 1994-current, December 26, 2018, Page A9, Image 9

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Dear Readers,
Since fi rst arriving in May to take the helm of the East Oregonian and its affi liated weekly
newspapers — the Hermiston Herald, the Blue Mountain Eagle, and the Wallowa County
Chieft ain — I have been at times mesmerized by, and in awe of, the natural landscape
around us.
From the fi elds of golden canola in Spring, acre aft er acre of waving wheat in early
Summer, the sparkling waters of the Umatilla, John Day, Grand Ronde, Wallowa, Walla
Walla, and the Columbia rivers, or the sight of fi rst snowfall covering Ponderosa pines
high in the Blue Mountains, we are all truly blessed to live in such a diverse and
beautiful place.
I’ve also been privileged to work alongside a team of professionals who are dedicated
to producing the best possible local news, features, and sports content on a daily basis.
Whether in print, or online, the EO and it affi liates have been consistently named
the top newspapers in Oregon, year aft er year.
But even more important than a wall full of awards, is the everyday feedback we receive
from you, our valued readers. Without you, we would not be here.
As 2018 draws to a close and we prepare for what is yet to come in 2019, I extend my
personal thanks to each and every one of you who await your newspaper in the mailbox,
or purchase a copy at the grocery store, or log onto any one of our four newspaper
websites to be informed about your community, state and world.
Our New Year’s resolution is to continue to bring you timely,
quality local information that you can use in your every
day life. Like you, we’re dedicated to Eastern Oregon and its
continued growth and success into the future.
From all of us here at your local newspaper, we wish
you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!
Chris Rush
Regional Publisher