HERMISTON TRAP SHOOTERS HEADING TO NATIONALS » PAGE A12 WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019 HermistonHerald.com $1.00 INSIDE District to try for new bond in November NO TEXTING Hermiston Police Department was awarded a grant to crack down on distracted driving. PAGE A3 SPUDFEST Formerly known as Funfest, a family-friendly event will take over downtown on Saturday. PAGE A5 Bond would replace Rocky Heights, add elementary school NEW LAWS Legislators refl ect on the 2019 session, plus 14 new laws you should know about. PAGE A8 BY THE WAY Stanﬁ eld names parade winners Stanﬁ eld named the winners of its Fourth of July parade this week. See page A13 for photos from the holiday. Overall ﬁ rst place went to the Desert Shrine Club lead by Jim Leitch. Sec- ond went to Jim Morris and his 1955 M38A1 Mil- itary Jeep and third was Petsense driven by Yazell Chavez. Category winners were Shirley Pettit and Tony Erickson (classic car), local motorcycle riders (new vehicles), Glory Rid- ers of Oregon (horses), American Legion Post 37 (royalty), Scott Har- vesting driven by Patrick Scott (farm), Stanﬁ eld FFA (youth/fraternal), Patriot Auto Glass (busi- ness) and Hermiston Warming Station with Teesie Hill and Sandy Francis (miscellaneous). The pie-baking con- test winners were Jen- nifer Baros (ﬁ rst place adult), Kylee Ranson (second place adult), Beth- any Woodall (third place adult), Taylor Carnine (ﬁ rst place junior), Kate- lyn Smith (second place junior), Will Smith (third place junior) and Jory Carnine (fourth place junior). Staﬀ photo by Jade McDowell he Board of Education unanimously approved a recommendation during Monday night’s school board meet- ing to put an $82.7 million bond measure on the ballot this November. The bond would not raise school bond taxes past current levels, according to the district. “I personally am very excited about the outlook for this,” school board mem- ber Ginny Holthus said. “[The proposal] addresses the overgrowth in our district.” The bond would fund a number of proj- ects, including the replacement of Rocky Heights Elementary School with a larger capacity building on the same property and the construction of a new elementary school on property owned by the district on Theater Lane. The bond would also fund a multi-class- room annex for Hermiston High School, See BTW, Page A2 Rocky Heights Elementary School would be replace with a new, larger school on the same property if a school bond is approved by voters in November. See BOND, Page A14 Staﬀ Photo by Jessica Pollard The proposed bond would fund the replacement of Rocky Heights Elementary with a higher capacity building. By JESSICA POLLARD STAFF WRITER T Hermiston hopes for more restaurants and retail By JADE MCDOWELL NEWS EDITOR 8 08805 93294 2 From Red Robin to Costco, everyone has a wish list of restau- rants or stores they wish were closer. Those businesses have their own lists of what they need in a new loca- tion, however, and some communi- ties don’t measure up. A city might have too few people, too much com- petition, not enough local spending, too low of a median income or be too far away from an interstate. Companies today are able to ana- lyze exactly what makes for a suc- cessful location and what each com- munity has to offer, Hermiston assistant city manager Mark Mor- gan said. “There are companies out there that know more about Hermiston than we do as far as the market,” he said. Companies can go beyond look- ing at the number of people living in a market, for example, and see how many locals are actually shopping there. Consultants like Retail Coach put together analyses by using cell- phone location data from the many apps that make their money by qui- etly tracking users’ location and selling the information. “Your cellphone knows where you live because it knows where you sleep at night,” Morgan said. From there, a company can ana- lyze how many Hermiston residents are shopping or eating in the Tri-Cit- ies, or create a “heat map” of sorts showing where visitors to a certain Hermiston store are coming from. “If you really want to help drive Staﬀ photo by Jade McDowell See RETAIL, Page A14 Panda Express is tearing down the former India Kitchen building in Hermiston’s commercial corridor to build a new restaurant.