City Council Meeting

October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

The public is always welcome to attend.  If possible, please let City Hall know in advance if you would like to be on the agenda for any items.


Mayor's Message:  I recently saw a meme that said Summer should get a speeding ticket this year!  I would have to agree.  Kids are back to school and everyone is having those fleeting moments of looking to Fall, while still trying to enjoy the last of the longer days and beautiful evenings.  Be sure to take some time to spend doing whatever you love most in the Summer season!  Pendleton Roundup is just around the corner so be sure to check our community page for a link for more information on that.  Best Regards...

GEM Theater Gets New Mural

In August of 1928, film director F.W. Murnau filmed the wheat harvest scenes of the Fox silent feature film "City Girl" in Thorn Hollow, five miles from the Gem.

The film used local harvesting crews and livestock.  We knew a lady whose husband was one of the farmhands and remembered visiting the filming.

The layout of our mural is based upon an original "City Girl" lobby card.  The images are local harvest scenes that were promotional images for the film.

The mural was produced and installed by John Sasser of Integrity Design and Copyworks, Walla Walla WA.

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OCTOBER 5, 2019


Local Vendors, Food Vendors, Car Show, Pie Baking Contest, Free Kid Activities, on Main Street Athena!

Bridge Project

Bridge Project

Beginning next week citizens will see fencing placed and 3rd street marked for the beginning of the 3rd street bridge replacement. This is a combined effort with the Umatilla Basin Watershed Council, Umatilla County, CTUIR Board of Trustees and the City of Athena. Rod Anderson is the General Contractor for the project. Work will begin September 3rd and is expected to last approximately 2 months. Third street from Hwy 11 past the bridge will be closed to both vehicle and foot traffic during this time. Please make other travel arrangements if you normally use 3rd street to enter or exit from Athena. Signage will be placed on Hwy 11 before the east and west exits into Athena so motorists are aware of the road closure and can adjust their routes. The project was scheduled for this time of year because water flows in Wildhorse Creek are low, and there would be minimum impact harvest vehicles. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Nancy Parker Earns OAMR Award

Congratulations to Nancy Parker for winning the OAMR President's Award of Distinction.  This award is to given to the member who has contributed greatly and has performed exceptional work for OAMR.  Nancy has been extremely involved in many OAMR programs, committees, and she sits on the Board of Directors from Region VII.  Please congratulate Nancy when you see her out and about!





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Caledonian Days

July 10, 11, 12, 2020.

Come join us the 2nd weekend in July for our annual celebration of our Scottish heritage!  To get involved or find out details please email Sue Friese at: or 541-566-3880.