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‘Dirty book’ creates uproar in Weston
A novel published in the 1930s by Eastern Oregon native Nard Jones caused quite a stir with residents in his home town of Weston, who thought some of the characters and scenarios were just too familiar. The book, “Oregon Detour,” follows a group of teenager...

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Lucky lamb brings coolness to school
The last survivor of triplet lambs born in early February 2000 near Umatilla took up residence at Umatilla High School after being rejected by its mother at birth. Too small and fragile to be left on his own while his owner was at school, Lucky the lamb qui...

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McNary Dam troubled by determined beaver
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were scratching their heads in the spring of 1957 after a beaver, just doing what comes naturally, attempted to plug up the dam’s navigation locks. Joe the Beaver became a celebrity with his attempts to shore up the “leaky” ...

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State quashes drive-up beer stands
Imagine, if you will, driving your car up to a sidewalk stand serving beer and having a frosty brew delivered to you without your ever leaving the driver’s seat. Before May of 1934, it was allowed in the state of Oregon. A May 16, 1934 article in the East O...

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Bomb charge linked to love triangle
A Condon man wound up in U.S. District Court in Portland in 1975 facing charges of planting a bomb in a rival’s car. Roy P. Urie, 61, was accused of possession of an unregistered dynamite bomb and possessing a firearm (bomb) not identified with a serial num...

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Curiosity leads to day-long search for Umatilla man
Curiosity, they say, killed the cat. Luckily for Darel Beemer of Umatilla, being curious is not always fatal. Beemer was the subject of an intensive search and rescue effort in March of 1999 after he disappeared during a trip to McNary Dam. Beemer, 25, was ...

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Morrow County sand storm stalls auto delivery
In 1917, autos were big business. As more and more people traded in their horse and buggy for gas-powered transportation, deliveries of vehicles from the Portland area to Eastern Oregon were a regular occurrence. In March of 1917, two men on a routine deliv...

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Round-Up Indian director dies in hunting accident
Robert Chauncey Bishop, known in Pendleton as Chauncey, who served during the 1920s as the Pendleton Round-Up’s Indian director, was killed in a freak hunting accident near Pendleton in January of 1927. Chauncey was part of the Pendleton Woolen Mills legacy...

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Quarrel over watch leads to assault, suicide
A small island in the Columbia River midway between Wallula and Umatilla was the scene of an attempted murder and suicide in April 1908. Switzler’s Island was the property of John B. Switzler, who took up residence on the island in 1882 and built a house, b...

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Island theater pays homage to Round-Up City
Members of the armed forces sacrifice a lot in the service of their country. In return, various types of entertainment are provided, when and where possible, to afford service members a little respite from the realities of war — the USO is a prime example. ...
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