City News

City Makes Graffiti a 'Nuisance,' Bans Sale of Graffiti Implements to Minors

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The Hermiston City Council tonight voted to make graffiti a nuisance under the city’s existing nuisance codes, and banned the sale of graffiti implements to minors.

Property owners with graffiti on their property will now be subject to the same abatement process as those who have other nuisances like weeds and junk, when the new ordinances take effect April 25.

DuPont Pioneer Expands Capacity Again in Hermiston

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 DuPont Pioneer announced today plans to increase capacity at its Hermiston, Ore., IMPACT™ Research location. The expansion, expected to break ground in March and be completed in August of this year, will add over 5,000 square feet of office space and 51,000 square feet of drying, storage and seed conditioning space.

City Earns National Cultural Diversity Award

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The City of Hermiston today received a national award for its commitment to cultural diversity.

The National League of Cities presented the City of Hermiston with the 2013 City Cultural Diversity Award during the NLC’s Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.  The award was given to Hermiston for its creation of a Hispanic Advisory Committee to the City Council. 

Hermiston Police News: Trespass Enforcement Program in Action

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On the 7th of March 2013, at approximately 9:55 PM, officers of the Hermiston Police Department took two people into custody for trespassing at the Agape House (500 W. Harper Road). 

Local Hermiston transient Stacey E. Kirby, 27 years of age, and Orin A. Whitbeck, 49 years of age, of 74587 McCall Lane, Irrigon, were located behind the business rummaging through containers.

Kirby was ultimately charged with Unlawful Possession of Meth and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.

Urban Renewal Planning Gets Underway

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The group which will propose final projects and area boundaries for a potential downtown Hermiston Urban Renewal District had its first meeting Thursday. 

City Launches Prescription Drug Discount Program

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The City of Hermiston Wednesday launched a program to help provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription medications. Through the program -- sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC) -- the city is making free prescription discount cards available to city residents. The discount cards offer city residents an average of 23 percent savings off the retail price of prescription medications.

HAC Hears Mobile Vendor Regulations

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A recommendation from Hermiston’s business community to regulate mobile vendors in the city was heard by the City of Hermiston Hispanic Advisory Committee Monday.  The proposed regulations establish time limits for mobile vendors and ensure that mobile vendors comply with other parts of Hermiston City Code.


A full list of the proposed regulations can be found HERE, but several key points from the proposal include:

Mayor Drotzmann Delivers Immigration Request to Senator Wyden

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Hermiston Mayor David Drotzmann presented a letter today to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) requesting the creation of “fair & sensible” immigration reform laws.  The presentation came at a town hall meeting held by the senator in Hermiston.

Council Requests "Fair & Sensible" Immigration Reform

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The Hermiston City Council agreed Monday through a 7 to 1 vote to write a letter to the city’s federally elected officials to, “request that you (Federal elected officials) make fair and sensible immigration reform laws a priority and work to make fair and sensible laws allowing for the legalization of worthy un-documented immigrants.”  The vote came after many comments from a crowd of nearly 100 people supporting the request.

Full City Council Agenda Packets Available Online

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The City of Hermiston is continuing its efforts to make more information available to the public by posting the full City Council agenda packets online.  The full packets contain all of the information which is provided to City Councilors including items like feasibility reports, staff recommendations, financial reports and more.

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