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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019
Local Special Olympians
tee off in La Grande
A group of athletes and
coaches from Hermiston/
Pendleton Special Olympics
Local Program recently took
to the links in La Grande.
The group teed off with
Union County Special
Olympics June 24 at the
La Grande Country Club.
Four athletes competed in
the Individual Skills Com-
petition, earning scores for
accurate putting, chipping
and driving. Also, 15 ath-
letes along with their Uni-
fied Partners participated
in an alternating shot nine-
hole format and one athlete
from Union County com-
pleted all nine holes as a sin-
The afternoon event
was coordinated by Pam
Thompson, Union County
golf coach, along with local
coach Mark Smalley with
the support of program coor-
dinators Doug Trice (Union
County) and Angela Schnei-
The event was the first
time that Union County and
joined forces to provide a
competitive golfing experi-
ence for the local programs
in Eastern Oregon. After
completing the golf compe-
tition, athletes enjoyed pizza
works, one is still under
investigation, and two were
caused by use of fireworks
that are banned in Oregon.
According to UCFD, the
individuals involved with
the illegal fireworks inci-
dents will be receiving a
bill for suppression of the
fires they caused.
“We anticipate that
due to the Fourth falling
on a weeknight that the
use of fireworks will con-
tinue into the weekend,
and encourage everyone
to have fun, but be aware
of the winds and the areas
surrounding you,” the dis-
trict wrote. “When the fire-
works have been used,
soak them in a bucket of
water before you put them
in the trash.”
Umatilla County Fire
District averaged a call an
hour over the Fourth of
According to the dis-
trict’s Facebook page,
responded to 24 calls in a
24-hour shift, including
a few fireworks-related
The shift’s eight fire
calls included five grass
fires, one structure fire,
one dumpster fire and one
event stand-by. Two fires
were caused by people
throwing used fireworks
into the garbage without
soaking them in water.
One of the grass fires
was caused by legal fire-
Hermiston police seek public’s
help finding offender
Photo contributed by Kristi Smalley
Local athletes and coaches from Hermiston/Pendleton Special Olympics traveled to the La
Grande Country Club to compete in the June 24 Union County Special Olympics end-of-the-
season golf event.
and all participants received
certificates for their efforts.
“The La Grande Coun-
try Club did a wonderful
job providing a venue at no
cost to our local program,”
Smalley said. “The course
was in excellent shape and
our golfers had an amazing
ton Local Program #510 will
hold its annual Fundraising
Tournament Aug. 10 at the
Echo Hills Golf Course. For
more information or entry
forms, call Kristi Smalley at
Vacation Bible school
An African safari theme is featured
during vacation Bible school at Living
Children ages 3-12 are invited to go
on an adventure of a lifetime during
ROAR Vacation Bible School. The
event is July 21-26 from 6-8:30 p.m.
at the church, 1611 Diagonal Blvd.,
For more information or to register,
visit www.winacity.org. For questions
or to arrange transportation, call 541-
567-4486 or 541-720-7808.
The public also is invited to a board
meeting Wednesday, July 24 from
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tamástslikt Cul-
tural Institute, located near Wildhorse
Resort & Casino, Mission. They will
discuss the draft strategic plan, pro-
gram updates and a charter for Energy
Trust’s proposed diversity advisory
For more information, contact
Emily Findley at 503-459-4061, emily.
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.
Patrons of the Hermiston Public
Library have another way to commu-
nicate interest in particular books or
other library materials.
People can suggest new books to be
purchased or other items they’d like to
see added to the library’s collection.
Relaying that information to library
staff is now just a click away.
To submit suggestions, visit www.
hermistonlibrary.us, scroll to the bot-
tom and select “Recommend a Book
for Purchase” and a Google form will
appear. By entering your library card
number, staff can contact you if they’re
able to acquire the item and place it on
hold. For questions, call 541-567-2882.
into seventh year
The public is invited to strike up
some fun during a bowling event to
raise money for Domestic Violence
In its seventh year, the annual Bowl-
A-Thon is Saturday, July 27 from
6-8 p.m. at Desert Lanes, 1545 N. First
St., Hermiston. The cost is $30 per
bowler or $120 for a team of four. The
registration fee includes three games
and shoe rental. It’s open to all ages,
and prizes will be given. Also, raffle
tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
The annual fundraiser helps support
the nonprofit organization’s mission in
providing support to victims of stalking
and domestic, dating and sexual vio-
lence. In addition to shelters in Pendle-
ton and Hermiston, Domestic Violence
Services maintains a 24-hour crisis line
(800-833-1161) and provides support
and advocacy activities for victims of
domestic violence or sexual assault in
Umatilla and Morrow counties.
For more information or to regis-
ter for the Bowl-A-Thon, call 541-276-
3322 or visit www.dvs-or.org.
HHS class of ‘99
The Hermiston High School class of
1999 is seeking fellow Bulldog class-
mates for its 20-year reunion.
The event is planned for Aug. 9-11.
The Friday evening informal meet-
and-greet starts at 7 p.m. at Midway
Bar & Grill, 1750 N. First St. The Sat-
urday activity is a dinner from 5-7 p.m.
at The Gathering Place at Bellinger’s,
1823 S. Highway 395. Reunion activ-
ities wrap up Sunday with a fami-
ly-friendly gathering from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m. at McKenzie Park, 320 S. First
St. People are invited to bring a picnic
lunch; refreshments will be provided.
There is no fee for the Friday and
Sunday events. Tickets are $25 for the
Saturday event, which includes dinner
and a drink ticket. And for those who
want to continue the party, classmates
will gather in Chute 8 after the Farm-
City Pro Rodeo (purchase tickets on
For dinner tickets or more infor-
mation, search www.eventbrite.com.
For questions, contact Tina Han-
son at email@example.com or
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the ground,” Studebaker
reported in a news release
Hermiston police are on Facebook. “Nobody
asking the public for was hurt and there was
help finding Austin Lon- no
nie Black after
reported during this
he allegedly ran
Black is 25,
from officers and
stands 6 feet tall
dropped a gun that
and weighs about
170 pounds. He has
Police want to
a distinctive tattoo
arrest Black on a
on his neck. Local
tion warrant and
police have arrested
Black more than 20
according to Hermiston times.
Studebaker also warned
police Lt. Randy Stude-
baker, and he took off there is the possibility
Black remains armed.
Monday from police.
“If you see him, do
“We believe that during
the chase he either acci- not attempt to apprehend
dentally dropped or dis- him yourself,” Stude-
carded a loaded firearm, baker advised. “Call 911
which fired when it hit immediately.”
LIM E O
The Energy Trust of Oregon will
discuss its draft 2020-24 strategic plan
during a pair of local meetings.
Executive director Michael Col-
grove invites public comment on the
organization’s draft 2020-24 strategic
plan during a public reception. In addi-
tion, members of the board of directors
and staff will be available to answer
questions. Customers of Pacific Power,
Cascade Natural Gas and Avista are
especially encouraged to attend.
The reception is Tuesday, July 23
from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Pendleton Cen-
ter for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. It offers
the public an opportunity to engage in
Energy Trust’s strategic planning pro-
cess, which occurs every five years.
The draft plan builds on the organi-
zation’s history in serving residents and
businesses with clean energy solutions,
including more than 7,000 sites served
in Umatilla County since 2002. For the
next five years, Energy Trust of Oregon
will continue to invest utility customer
funding in low-cost energy efficiency
and clean, renewable power for people
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