Perhaps the biggest news of 2022 was how the coronavirus pandemic ebbed in news coverage. The East Oregonian, then, does not have a top 10 list dedicated to just the virus, the disease and the fallout it caused.

We derived our top 10 news stories of the year from analytics about what was popular online as well as discussion about what was newsworthy.

Highland Manor

Karen Dela Cruz, Highland Manor resident, shows the remains of her garden on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. She was selling garden items, household goods and paintings at a yard sale at the Hermiston apartment complex.

No. 10: Hermiston apartment complex offers buyouts to tenants


Students exit a Mid Columbia Bus Co. school bus Feb. 15, 2022, at Pioneer Park in Pendleton. The Pendleton School District’s 40-year relationship with MidCo is coming to an end after the Pendleton School Board on Feb. 14, approved a bid from an Ohio bus company to take over the district’s bus service.

No. 9: Pendleton School District dumps Mid Columbia Bus Co.

Water, water, everywhere

A motorist splashes through flooded Tutuilla Road near Southwest Nye Avenue, Pendleton, on May 29, 2022, where overflowing Patawa and Tutuilla creeks come together.

No. 8: Spring flooding affects Pendleton residents, businesses


Students navigate through the halls on the first day of school Aug. 29, 2022, at Hermiston High School. School staff stopped 62 students that day due to dress code violations. Two students started an online petition to change the dress code.

No. 7: Hermiston High School irks community with dress code enforcement


MotoLodge owners David Mogg, left, and Jeremy Duncan cut the ceremonial ribbon the evening of June 16, 2022, to open their boutique hotel in Pendleton.

No. 6: Pendleton hotel developments takes off

No. 5: Morrow County recalls two commissioners

Jim Doherty


Melissa Lindsay


I-84 Crash 1

Emergency crews respond to the scene of a mass crash involving more than 170 vehicles Feb. 21, 2022, on Interstate 84 about 21 miles east of Pendleton.

No. 4: Crashes stretch almost 2 miles on Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon

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This Nissan Pathfinder belonging to the Hyatt family of Yelm, Washington, crashed Feb. 21, 2022, into the back of this Amazon trailer on Interstate 84 about 21 miles east of Pendleton. The crash was part of a series of wrecks that stretched almost 2 miles on the westbound side. The Hyatts were unharmed in the crash.

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A fire burns Feb. 22, 2022, at Shearer’s Foods off Highway 207 in Hermiston.

No. 3: Shearers’ Foods explodes, burns down in Hermiston

Shearer's Fire

The smoking rubble of Shearer’s Foods reflects in the layer of water from fire hoses Feb. 22, 2022, in Hermiston. The company on Sept. 23 announced it will not rebuild the plant.

Flour mill fire

Flames shoot from the Pendleton flour mills the morning of Aug. 10, 2022.

No. 2: Fire destroys Pendleton flour mill

Flour mill fire

Smoke pours from the Pendleton flour mills the morning of Aug. 10, 2022, as firefighters work to control the blaze.

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Smoke pours from the Pendleton flour mills the morning of Aug. 10, 2022, as firefighters work to control the blaze.


Rubble plummets Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, during demolition of the burned-out flour mill in Pendleton.

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Morrow County Commissioner Jim Doherty and Boardman homeowner Elno Sanchez take a look at Sanchez’s well July 14, 2022, which he shares with a neighbor. The 2023 federal omnibus spending bill includes $1.7 million for testing wells in Umatilla and Morrow counties to address drinking water contamination.

No. 1: Fine of Port of Morrow highlights contaminated water crisis

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Morrow County Commissioner Jim Doherty discusses nitrate contamination in the drinking water at a meeting Sept. 15, 2022, in Boardman.

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