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Boarman Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Diane Wolfe

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Healthy Communities Coalition Juli Gregory

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From the newsroom of KOHU & The Q

February 17, 2014

KOHU News Top 5

5. School exclusion day looms, immunization clinic on Saturday

School Exclusion Day in Oregon is Feb. 19. Children who are missing immunizations - or the necessary paperwork to exempt them from the requirement - will not be allowed to attend school or certified child care facilities until the immunizations are brought up-to-date. Saturday the Umatilla County Public Health Department will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a School Exclusion Immunization Clinic.

4. ODF&W offering incentives to people who turn in '13 harvest tags

Anglers who turn in 2013 combined angling tags and hatchery harvest tags before May 16 will have a chance at over 100 prizes. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to entice tags to be returned with outdoor gear and Bi-Mart gift cards. The agency estimates about 20 percent of anglers return their combined tags.

3. Rep. Smith tabbed to head GOP House Budget Committee

Oregon State Representative Greg Smith (R - Heppner) will lead the House Republican Caucus Budget Committee. The group tracks issues related to the state budget and pending budget bills for the Republican party. Smith will advise House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R - Powell Butte).

"I am honored by the opportunity to use my experience in regards to the state budget to help my fellow caucus members," Smith said in a press release. "These issues can be very complex and I believe the knowledge I bring to them will be helpful."

This is Smith's seventh term representing District 57 in Salem. He is the senior member of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government.

2. Sen. Jeff Merkley swings through Eastern Oregon, stops at RHS and PHS

U.S. Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley will barnstorm the eastern side of the state next week. Sen. Merkley starts with a public forum at Riverside High School in Boardman Monday at 9 a.m. He will speak at Pendleton High School at 12 p.m. and then appear in Imbler at 4:30 p.m. all on Feb. 17. This is an election year for the Senator in the final year of his first six-year term.

1. One lane of Interstate 84 open in each direction near Hood River

Work over the weekend has allowed crews to clean up both westbound lanes of Interstate-84 just West of Hood River where a landslide last Wednesday poured 2000 cubic feet of debris onto the freeway. The Oregon Department of Transportation has repositioned center divide barriers to allow for one lane of traffic in each direction near the landslide location. Later today ODOT expects to have an estimate for when they can reopen all four lanes.

KOHU Sports Top 5

5. Beaver wrestling to try National Duals consolation bracket

Oregon State wrestling missed out on a quarterfinal spot against No. 4 Cornell losing to No. 16 Virginia Tech 18-16.

4. Ducks beat Beaver men's basketball to split season series

Oregon State made a second-half run but the Oregon men's basketball team had an answer this time, winning 93-83 in Eugene.

3. All-Star Blazers don't play much, probably wanted to play defense

The result doesn't really matter. The East beat the West 163-155 in the NBA All-Star game. Portland had two representatives in the game for the first time since 1994.  

2. Irrigon boys, Pilot Rock girls clinch BMC's top seeds & OSAA playoff birth

The top seed in the Blue Mountain Conference gets an automatic birth into the OSAA state playoffs. The Irrigon boys and Pilot Rock girls each finished on top of the conference table. Each will play Saturday in Hermiston in the conference tournament championship game. Saturday at 1 p.m. in Hermiston High Pilot Rock will play the winner of a Friday afternoon 1 p.m. game. No. 2 seed Union and No. 3 seed Weston-McEwen will play for the chance to take on the Rockets for the BMC tournament title. The loser of the Union/Weston-McEwen game will play for third place and the BMC's final playoff spot against the winner of the 4/5 game between Enterprise and Elgin.

The Irrigon boys play at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Hermiston High against ether No. 2 Stanfield or No. 3 Union. The Tigers and Bobcats play Friday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. at Armand Larvie Middle School.  

1. Bulldogs basketball teams pull out tight contests with Pendleton Friday

The Pendleton girls haven't been this close to snapping Hermiston win streak against them in a long time but Friday night in Warburg Court the Bulldogs had just enough beating the Buckaroos 59-56. Hermiston (14-5, 5-0) is a game in front of The Dalles (17-2, 4-1) in the Columbia River Conference standings going into tomorrow night's game with the Eagle-Indians at Hermiston High at 7 p.m.

The Hermiston boys beat Pendleton 55-51 in overtime to pull two games in front of the second place Bucks in the CRC standings. The Bulldogs travel to The Dalles tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Coverage on AM 1360 KOHU and gohermiston.com starts at 6:40 p.m.

Email me: eolson@eotnet.net.


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On The Hardwood



OSAA 1A Playoffs 1st Round       Echo 46 @ Portland Lutheran 48

Hermiston 48 v Pendleton 42


Pendleton @ Hood River Valley 7 p


Hermiston @ The Dalles 7 p



Hermiston 56 v Pendleton 49


OSAA 1A Playoffs 1st Round    Ione v Joseph


Pendleton v Hood River Valley 7 p


Hermiston v The Dalles 7 p


OSAA 2A Playoffs 1st Round

Stanfield v Knappa 2 p

Irrigon v Lost River 2 p

Sports On Radio

Thursday Oregon State @ USC Pre game 7:30 pm/Tip off 8 pm

Friday Hermiston girls @ The Dalles Tailgate 5:30 pm/Pre game 6:40 pm/Tip off 7 pm

Saturday Stanfield v Knappa Pre game 1:55 pm/Tip off 2 pm (AM 1360 KOHU, gohermiston.com)

Saturday Irrigon v Lost River Pre game 1:55 pm/Tip off 2 pm (FM 100.1 KQFM)

Listen to Hermiston High games with the Voice of the Bulldogs Erick Olson, the 2013 OAB Radio Sports Broadcaster of the Year; Analyst and Statistician Sonny Liebe and BiMart Bulldog Tailgate Show Host Joe Thompson on AM 1360 KOHU and streaming online at gohermiston.com.

Listen to Learfield Sports presentation of Beaver athletics on AM 1360 KOHU with the Voice of the Beavers Mike Parker.

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