December 10, 2016

Veterans donate to Help Them To Hope

The Ontario Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5452 has donated $250 worth of food to Help Them To Hope. Harvey Hatfield, post commander, and Don Ristow, Quarter Master, said this was the third year the post has donated to Help…

November 28, 2016

Veteran’s daughter grateful for support after Facebook post

A local family is feeling thankful after an inquiry on social media resulted in a deluge of offers for help.

Kimberly Harting of Hermiston said hundreds of people wrote her with kind words and offers of free flags or other help after she asked who she could call to help her father, Larry Hatle of Umatilla, replace the weathered American flag he flies in his yard along with a Marine Corps flag.

Harting said she had noticed

November 23, 2016

American Legion meets monthly in Hermiston

Veterans from all eras and members of  American Legion Post 37 are encouraged to attend its monthly meetings.

They meet the first Monday of each month at 7 a.m. at the Hermiston VFW Hall ,45 W. Cherry Ave.

Chartered by Congress in 1919, the American Legion provides service to veterans, current military personnel and the communities in which they reside. The nonprofit organization is committed to advocating patriotism, mentoring youth and supporting worthwhile community programs, including American

November 21, 2016

Community feasts offered to everyone

Grant County residents have options this Thanksgiving. If you don’t feel like cooking or paying for that big meal, there are free community Thanksgiving dinners in both John Day and Prairie City.

In Prairie City, it’s happening at the PBC Teen Center sponsored by Prairie Baptist Church. It’ll be a traditional Thanksgiving meal at 1 p.m. this Thursday.

In John Day, it’ll be at the Elks Lodge from 1 until 4 p.m. The lounge will

November 21, 2016

Veterans service officer joins Umatilla County

A new face has joined the Umatilla County human services department to help local veterans access resources such as filing disability claims, pensions and other benefits.

Jennifer Olson was hired Oct. 17 from the Department of Veterans Affairs office in Walla Walla. As assistant veterans service officer, it is Olson’s job to work with the 1,800 veterans in Umatilla County and make sure they are aware of tools and programs available in the community.

“A lot of

November 15, 2016

National Veteran organization chapter comes to Southeastern Washington

November 12, 2016

Patriotism and our national honor

November 10, 2016

Many veterans don’t enroll with VA

November 10, 2016

Ray leaves logging to repair World War II submarines

Repairing submarines in Hawaii during World War II was quite an “about-face” from Dick Ray’s logging background.

The John Day resident served in the U.S. Navy from August 1943 to March 1946, achieving the rank of motor machinist third class.

Growing up during the Great Depression, Ray’s family moved from place to place, following logging jobs and living in logging camps.

He started driving truck when he was 14. He recalled building plank roads with 12-inch wide and