A landscaping ordinance mulled by Hermiston's city council has huge support, but also major critics.

The details are still getting hammered out. One part requires a developer to preserve natural vegetation, but some residents are complaining Hermiston's natural vegetation is goatheads (puncture vines)!

The idea of preserving or creating more green space is generally a supported proposal. Critics complain Hermiston is missing out on attracting new businesses and residents because they find more attractive places to live while shopping for a new community.

Hermiston has a lot going for it, though. The high school just expanded into the old county fairgrounds, providing ample room for new athletic facilities. The fairgrounds gets a new facility south of town, along with a huge convention center. The weapons depot is shut down and cleaned up, improving the community's reputation. The community is home to attractive parks, including a fantastic aquatics center. The July 4 celebration is getting bigger and the Watermelon Festival has returned.