City News


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HERMISTON, Ore. - Hermiston Energy Services (HES) has selected Toth and Associates, Inc. to perform a full-asset inventory of its electrical distribution system starting February 14, 2018.

Zoning Changes Intended to Spur Residential Development

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Developing housing in Hermiston just became more profitable thanks to changes which will allow for smaller lot sizes, greater lot coverage, and easier development standards for constrained lots.  The new standards are available HERE.

New HART Bus Route Announced

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Members of Hermiston’s Public Transit Advisory Committee (PTAC) knew that starting a brand new bus service would require some trial and error to develop a system that meets as many needs as possible.  With almost nine months of ridership information on-hand, the PTAC recommended Monday to make several changes to the HART system which will result in additional circuits through town at a faster pace.  The new schedule will take effect October 1st.

Hermiston & WEID Honored for Recycled Water Project

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Hermiston, Ore. –   The City of Hermiston and the West Extension Irrigation District (WEID) are being honored by the Oregon Water Resources Department with the Tyler Hansell Agricultural Efficiency Award for their cooperative effort which now treats the community’s sewage to a Class-A water standard and is available to irrigate local farms.


Hermiston-Portland Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest & Giveaway

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The grand title of “Watermelon Seed Whisperer” is on the line as officials from the City of Portland and City of Hermiston square off to see who can spit a watermelon seed the farthest.  The competition will finish up with the groups giving away a truckload of Hermiston’s world famous watermelons.  The Seed spitting contest will begin at 11am Friday, August 4th at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.


Hermiston... We Did It!!

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We won the $20,000 MODA assist competition for a new playground at Sunset Park! 

Thank you from the Hermiston Parks and Recreation Department!!

The total votes were as follows:

  • Hermiston - Sunset Park: 19,519
  • Portland - Jason Lee Elementary: 15,424
  • Tillamook - Goodspeed Park: 1,610

Image: MODA Parks Assist image graphic.

Downtown Action Planning Meeting Set for Feb 28

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The City of Hermiston and the Hermiston Downtown District group will be hosting a Downtown Focus Workshop February 28th, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center.  All members of the community with interest in downtown Hermiston are invited to attend.

Crime Continues to Decline in Hermiston

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Overall crime in Hermiston continued its 10-year downward slide in 2016 despite continued growth in population.  There were 513 total crimes reported in 2016, which was a 2% decline compared to 2015, but was 32% below the previous 10-year average of 759.  The continued drop in crime occurred while Hermiston’s total population hit a new high of 17,730, roughly 2,300 more than lived in the city 10 years ago.

Hermiston Seeks Artistic and Creative Volunteers for its first Mini-Float in Portland's Rose Festival Parade

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Are you: Artistic, Creative, Resourceful, and Like Parades? Then we welcome and encourage you to attend the first Rose Festival Parade Float Meeting at City Hall on Thursday, January 26th at 5:30pm.

The City is looking for community champions that have an interest in creating and building a Mini-Float made of all organic materials that represents and promotes the City of Hermiston at this year’s Portland Rose Festival Parade held in June.

Please help us showcase what a great City Hermiston is by volunteering in this spectacular project and event! 

Council Approves Fixed Route Bus System

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The Hermiston City Council unanimously approved an agreement Monday night with KAYAK Transit to begin a fixed-route bus system within the community.  A map of the route is available HERE, and timing for each of the stops will be developed over the coming weeks.  The Council is still also taking feedback on proposed names for the new system.  You can pick your choise HERE.

Accessibility Statement - The City of Hermiston is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities. We are currently in the process of upgrading our web site to ensure we meet or exceed the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 for web content.

For more information on how to report an issue related to the accessibility or how to file a formal Section 504 or ADA (Title II) complaint about the accessibility of any content on our website, please see our full Accessibility Statement.

Anti-Discrimination Policy - It is a policy of the City of Hermiston that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. For more information, visit the Anti-Discrimination Policy page.