Articles from the May 23, 2024 edition


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  • Summa Dem Fokkers Vas Estonian

    Lawrence J. Hammar|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    "She is a pilot herself, so her AIR BABIES commit none of the technical errors so revolting to well-informed children" (A. Earhart, 1936). High praise, that, for a fine children’s book, Air Babies, penned and illustrated by Elvy Kalep, coming from America’s most beloved aviator. Amelia Earhart would depart from Lae, of what was then Papua and New Guinea, just a year later, never to return. Air Babies was published first by The Saalfield Publishing Company in Akron, Ohio, fir...

  • Cris Patnode wins Gilliam Co. Judge election by landslide

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 30, 2024

    Cris Patnode has emerged victorious in the Primary Election for Gilliam County Judge and will be the county's next executive officer, capturing more than 61% of the vote. Patnode defeated Commissioner Leah Watkins and Condon Mayor Jim Hassing to win outright, with no need to hold a general election in the fall. Patnode, who was raised outside of Condon and now lives in Arlington, has served as the Gilliam Co. Justice of the Peace for 24 years. The Gilliam County Court is curre...

  • DAYS OF YORE: May 23, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated May 30, 2024

    Days of Yore for May 23, 2024 10 years ago— The Ford Family Foundation has selected 104 students from Oregon as new Ford Scholars. This year’s Oregon Scholars were chosen from 5,202 applicants. The Foundation and the Arlington School District have announced that Efren Zuniga is a recipient of the 2014 Ford Family Scholarship. The Condon/Wheeler Lady Knights have successfully defended their Class 1A state championship track and field title by earning another one last week at...

  • Wyden, Merkley join bipartisan deliver for democracy act to help local news overcome persistent postal delays, surging rate increases

    Press Release|Updated May 30, 2024

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today joined the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would help local news outlets overcome their current crisis by providing incentives to ensure reliable postal service and limit excessive rate increases. The Deliver for Democracy Act comes in the wake of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) consistently raising rates for periodicals under the guise of increased efficiency and improved service. However, local...

  • Community grants strengthen local solutions, opportunities with flexible operations funding

    Press Release|Updated May 30, 2024

    Oregon Community Foundation awards $5.3m to 281 nonprofits making an impact in every corner of Oregon PORTLAND, OR — Nonprofit and community leaders throughout Oregon are seeing their work strengthened through new grants that provide important operational support. The funding is flexible, allowing organizations to direct it to where it is needed most. The 2024 Spring Cycle of Community Grants from Oregon Community Foundation has awarded $5,266,908 to 281 nonprofits making a...

  • Umatilla National Forest prepares for Memorial Day Weekend

    Press Release|Updated May 22, 2024

    PENDLETON, OR — Memorial weekend traditionally kicks off summer recreation season on the Umatilla National Forest and many are planning their annual trek to the mountains to enjoy nature. With that in mind, forest visitors are cautioned that not all roads, trails and campgrounds are open, particularly this year with the late season snow. Shaded areas and cut banks on roads at higher elevations may still have impassible snowdrifts. Most hiking and motorized trails have not y...

  • Senator Jeff Merkley holds townhall in Arlington

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 22, 2024

    Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley swept through Eastern Oregon on a three-day tour, holding townhalls in nine counties. Starting on Friday, May 17, Oregon's junior Senator started his townhall tour in Malheur County, and then went to Harney, and Grant County. On Saturday, Merkley held townhalls in Baker County, Union County, and Wallowa County. On Sunday, he met with constituents in Umatilla County, Morrow County, and in Gilliam County. At the Gronquist Building in Arlington,...

  • Pans on Fire 4-H cooking club meets

    4-H Student Reporter|Updated May 22, 2024

    By Logan Christensen, 4-H Student Reporter The Pans on Fire outdoor cooking club met on May 16 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office. Attending were sixteen members.The Pledge of Allegiance led by Cooper and Garrett. 4-H Pledge led by Zane. What we did during the meeting: talked about heat, made and cooked foil packets, took suggestions for improvements, did a MyPlate activity, and record books. The next meeting is May 30. The meeting adjourned at 4:50pm....

  • Mike Beck brings old time storytelling to Liberty Theatre

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 22, 2024

    Montana based cowboy, horse trainer, songwriter, and storyteller Mike Beck performed at the Liberty Theatre in Condon last Saturday. More than 120 people attended the concert, and rave reviews were heard in the days that followed. The concert is the latest event for the Condon Arts Council, which purchased the Liberty Theatre in 2022 and has worked to bring more music and entertainment to Condon. Beck grew up in California and was influenced by the old California lifestyle of...

  • NEWS IN BRIEF

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 22, 2024

    Old Condon Grade School approved for Brownfield grant The Old Condon Grade School has moved one step closer to getting federal funding for environmental remediation – as the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization selected the site for negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Port of Arlington's non-profit wing – the Environmental Sentry Corp, took ownership of the old school building last year. It is working to remediate the building of asb...

  • Generational talent: Condon's Grady Greenwood

    Stephen Allen|Updated May 22, 2024

    Natalie Wilkins knows a good runner when she sees one. Having coached Cross-Country and Track for nine years at Condon Middle School and High School, Natalie can immediately spot talent. But talent only takes an athlete so far. Development, training, and mental fortitude separates the talented from champions. Natalie's daughter Kallyn Wilkins had "it." The gifts and athleticism, but also the work ethic and desire to win. Kallyn shattered school records and was a Cross-Country...

  • Sherman senior three-time state champ in discus

    Jessica R. Wheeler|Updated May 22, 2024

    Sherman County School senior Sophie Hulke ended her high school track career on a high note last weekend, earning her third consecutive 1A state championship in discus. She also scored a personal best in shot put, taking 1st place and setting a new school record at the state track meet at University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene. The last record in shot put for Sherman was set in 1997. In March, Hulke signed a letter of intent to join the track and field team at...

  • Bobby Christensen, Pat Nogle inducted into Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame

    Press Release|Updated May 22, 2024

    PENDLETON, OR— Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame Board of Directors announced the 2024 inductees into the Hall of Fame on May 14 during the organization's annual membership meeting. The class of 2024 inductees includes Pat Nogle (Contestant Category), Bobby Christensen Jr. (Contract Personnel Category), Jesse Jones Sr. (Early Years Category), Scott & Bonnie Sager (Happy Canyon Volunteers category), and Ron and Linné Dodge (Special Board Inductee). Each year, th...

  • Obituary Betty Blanche (Wilson) Breeding

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Betty Blanche (Wilson) Breeding passed away on May 16th, 2024 in Boise, Idaho. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2024 at the Lexington Cemetery at Lexington, Oregon. Betty Blanche Wilson was born in Monument, OR on May 22nd 1939 to father, Perry Wilson and mother, Lydia (Cox) Wilson. Betty was the 6th child out of 8. She lived mostly in Hardman and Monument in her younger years. After her dad Perry passed away in a car accident near Spray, Oregon in 1957 they moved to Heppner. She married Max Breeding... Full story

  • Six n' One

    Isabel Montclaire|Updated May 22, 2024

    I love to eat granola for breakfast, the kind stuffed with goodies like nuts, seeds and dried fruit. That is really a crumbly, healthful cookie in disguise! However, the luxurious, loaded-with-nuggets granola typically sold at high-end grocery stores can cost upwards of $15-$17 a pound. A while back, I learned to make granola and after some trial and error now have a reliable recipe that is, of course, easy to make. You can mix and match this recipe to suit your own tastes;...

  • Wasco gears up for Memorial Day celebration

    Jessica R. Wheeler|Updated May 22, 2024

    Community members are hard at work preparing for the annual Wasco Memorial Day celebration, a long-running tradition for the town. The festivities kick off Monday, May 27, with a Country Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Wasco School Events Center. A Memorial Service will follow at 10 a.m. downtown at the Wasco Train Depot, with a parade planned for 11 a.m. An Oregon Air National Guard military jet flyover also is planned, subject to availability. The event features a...