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PENDLETON — Coming up with a list of just 10 top news stories is never easy.

We started weeks ago looking at the news we reported in 2023 and made a big list, enough to have a story a week.

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Cathy Lloyd, chair of Stepping Stones Alliance, front center, cuts the ceremonial ribbon Dec. 7, 2023, with Jesalyn Cole, front right, executive director of Stepping Stones Alliance, at the Project PATH grand opening in Hermiston.


Hermiston City Councilors Nancy Peterson, left, and Jackie Linton pose for a photo Nov. 17, 2023, outside Hermiston City Hall. Both are running for mayor in next May’s election.

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The setting sun Dec. 13, 2023, illuminates the front entrance of the East Oregonian at 211 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton. The Community Action Program of East Central Oregon in Pendleton bought the building for $2.15 million and became its new owner effective Dec. 29.


From left, Oregon House Reps. Khanh Pham, of Southeast Portland, Ricki Ruiz, of Gresham, and Annessa Hartman, of Gladstone, all Democrats, attend a community water issue meeting Nov. 27, 2023, at Blue Mountain Community College in Boardman. The three officials came to the east side of the state to learn about the water crisis in hopes of finding a solution for the people of the Boardman region.


Markus Orman, left, and Tim McFetridge, talk on March 22, 2023, about their plans for renovating the space of the former Crabby’s Underground Saloon & Dance Hall in downtown Pendleton. They are calling the new venture the Flying X Speakeasy Lounge and on Tuesday, July 18, received a $20,000 Path to Success grant from the Pendleton Development Commission for the business venture.

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