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MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 22
Ontario students take to the football field, but with instruments in hand
Ontario's marching band is close to 70 years old, and offers a familial space for students who are passionate about making music to do so together.
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COMMUNITY Oct. 22
Treasure Valley events raise awareness of domestic violence
Events in October are raising awareness about domestic violence. Officials in Malheur County say prosecutions continue at levels comparable to prior years, while the demand for shelter through Project DOVE continues to rise.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 21
National parks nominee from Oregon pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale
Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service.
COMMUNITY Oct. 21
PHOTO GALLERY: Four Rivers hosts Day of the Dead altars, event in Ontario
Colorful altars offer heartfelt tributes to lost loved ones in the annual Day of the Dead exhibit at Four Rivers Cultural Center. The opening event included a dance performance and refreshments.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Oct. 21
A Street Tavern sold, ending three-decade run for owner Saldana
Kathy Saldana looks back on 30-plus years of hard work and enjoyable times as she turns her Vale business, the A Street Tavern, over to new owner Rebecca Lamott.
MALHEUR COUNTY HOUSING Oct. 21
Malheur County moves ahead to permit homes on marginal farmland
The Eastern Oregon Border Board is putting up $50,000 to help Malheur County launch a process to qualify some land – deemed inferior for farming – for much needed housing. Property would need to meet 15 benchmarks to qualify, with a county board evaluating the projects.
FreeCOVID Oct. 20
Valley Family Health Care CEO says sick leave costs dropping as workers get vax
The company incentivized workers to get vaccinated in the spring and had a vaccination rate of about 90% as of last week.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Oct. 20
OBITUARY: James “Jim” Fred Mathews Jr.
James “Jim” Fred Mathews Jr., 80 ,of Ontario passed away at his home on Sunday, Sept. 26. He was born in the family home in Post, Texas, on May 14, 1941, to J. Fred Mathews and Fay Blasingame Mathews. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Oct. 20
Vale puts younger players to work in big gridiron win
After romping past McLoughlin 39-8 last weekend, the Vikings will gear up to meet the Bulldogs in Nyssa on Friday, Oct. 22. Adrian and Ontario will be on the road.
FreeCORONAVIRUS IN MALHEUR COUNTY Oct. 20
Covid claims 2 more lives in Malheur County
The Malheur County Health Department on Wednesday reported two more people with Covid have died, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 70s. With the updated counts, the county has seen 12 Covid-related deaths since early August and 77 overall.
PUBLIC NOTICES Oct. 20
Publications from local governments, private parties
City of Ontario
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Oct. 20
OBITUARY: James Raymond Hammond
James Raymond Hammond, 82, passed away early Sept. 30. Jim was born March 31, 1939, in Rodney, Iowa, to Hiram “Si” and Gladys (Broyles) Hammond. Jimmy joined siblings: Robert, Betty Mary, Lemoine, Patricia, John “Jack”, and Beverly; Carl and MaDonna followed. (Submitted Information)
COMMUNITY Oct. 20
PHOTO GALLERY: FFA Auction draws bidders with array of items
The annual FFA Auction, which raises money for scholarships, drew a crowd of bidders to the Vale Bus Barn last weekend.
EMPLOYMENT Oct. 20
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include feed lot help
WATCHDOG Oct. 20
'NEED $3.6 MILLION' – Records raise questions about Malheur County rail center finances
SPECIAL REPORT: Newly-obtained county records show cost estimates for building the Treasure Valley Reload Center were more than $3 million beyond the money available. Those responsible for the estimate - and cutting it back - won't answer questions or document what was cut from the Nyssa project.
COMMUNITY Oct. 19
Vale Senior Center's serving up hot meals again
The center in Vale will resume its popular hot meals onsite once a week for age 50 and up, starting Friday, Oct. 22.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 19
Urban hospitals in Oregon lose hundreds of employees over mandate but largely adjust
In rural areas, it’s business as usual with health care facilities largely accepting most exemption requests.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 19
Federal judge rejects last-ditch effort to block Oregon Covid vaccine mandate
Vaccination requirement for state employees, teachers, health care workers was left to take effect.
FreeCOVID Oct. 18
As governor's vaccine mandate goes into effect, key local services will keep functioning after all
Despite concern that tensions around the Covid vaccine would result in mass walkouts from key sectors including education, health care and public safety, the availability of employer-certified exemptions to the mandate seems to have cushioned Malheur County from the feared impact.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 18
2020 was a banner year for Oregon nurseries but the value of wine grapes plummeted
AGRICULTURE: Cherry and hazelnut growers also enjoyed banner years but the smoke from fires hammered the wine industry. Beef ranked No. 2 and onions ranked No. 12 in total value.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 18
Shortage of bus drivers the latest staffing challenge for Oregon schools
In some districts in Oregon, routes are being combined, cut and parents are being paid to figure out alternatives.
AROUND OREGON Oct. 17
Staffers at Oregon State Hospital endure violence, long hours despite promises of improvements
A Salem Reporter investigation found hospital administrators' response to the Covid pandemic included moving some of the institution's least stable patients to units ill-equipped to care for them. Now, the hospital is seeing more violence between patients, more staff quitting and continues to rely on soldiers with no medical expertise to care for patients.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Oct. 17
SPECIAL SECTION: Now Hiring - your guide to local job openings
Employers in Malheur County and the region are looking for help. Look through this special section from the Enterprise to see if there is a match for you among these companies.
DEMOGRAPHICS Oct. 15
Census: Ontario's population edging upward, with slow gains in diversity
The city's growth was largely driven by the Latinx population. Northwest and southwest Ontario experienced growth in their Latinx populations, whereas east Ontario experienced a slight decline. Advocates and city officials said that as the city diversifies, it's time for its leadership to reflect the changing community's interests.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 15
Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson to launch independent campaign for governor
Johnson will leave the Democratic Party by next spring, she told supporters, as she prepares to run for governor outside Oregon's two major political parties.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 15
Classes to Career Profile: Construction class builds skills for Nyssa senior
Santiago Miranda says he values the construction class skills he's learning at Nyssa High School.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Oct. 15
Malheur County's dispatch center running short staffed
The center, which provides coverage for all emergency services in the county, needs more employees but faces a tough sell as the economy remains robust and other employers can meet or exceed the wages offered by the sheriff's office.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Oct. 15
Ontario, Vale and Adrian all record weekend prep football victories
The Tigers defeated visiting McLoughlin High School while Vale beat Baker and Adrian rolled over Cove.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 14
Facing threats, superintendents and school boards turn to legislature, law enforcement
Growing concerns around job and personal safety are behind new contract rights legislation and FBI intervention.
EDUCATION Oct. 14
Oregon Community Foundation grants boost summer learning across Malheur County
Organizations received hundreds of thousands of dollars to help local children retain and grow their academic skills over the summer during a year when many were challenged by the demands of virtual learning.
MALHEUR COUNTY HOUSING Oct. 14
Work on two major affordable housing projects in Ontario moves ahead
Crews are already busy on a 70-unit townhouse complex in the northeast part of town and a project to transform Presbyterian Community Care Center into 56 affordable housing units.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 14
Ontario district eyes 4-day school week amid pandemic pressures
With staffing shortages posing challenges to teachers, Superintendent Nikki Albisu said that the main request she was hearing from her staff was for more time. So far, a majority of parents surveyed have been in favor of the proposal for four-day weeks.
COMMUNITY NEWS Oct. 14
Saturday's the big day for Vale FFA benefit auction
The annual event, a prized local tradition, will take place at the Vale bus shed off South Cottage Street behind the elementary school beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Oct. 14
Spring weather, summer heat leads to reduced onion yields
Smoke from wildfires across the West also helped interfere with the crucial growing season. The weather conditions impacted the size of onions across the valley.
FreeMEETINGS Oct. 13
Vale's Pioneer Nursing District slates October meeting
Here's a look at some of the local public meetings coming up this month, starting with the Pioneer Nursing Home Health District board of directors meeting.
PUBLIC NOTICES Oct. 13
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Richard Allen Hood, Estate of BARBARA JUNE GIPSON
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 13
Oregon Republicans sue over new congressional districts
Former Secretary of State Bev Clarno and three others allege maps are a Democratic gerrymander. They have sued to stop the new Congressional districts and have judges instead create the state's new House district.
EMPLOYMENT Oct. 13
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Wrestling Coach, Custodian, Instructional Assistant, Boys Basketball Coach, Superintendent, Bus Driver, Business Manager
EDUCATION Oct. 13
For Malheur County schools, contact tracing is a win – with a cost
The Malheur County Health Department is supporting schools to do their own in-depth contact tracing when cases of Covid are identified. That means pinning down who amongst students and staff was in close contact with the positive case during a certain date range, and under what circumstances. The process allows schools to be more selective about who they ask to quarantine, as opposed to simply quarantining large groups, but it's a lot of work.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Oct. 13
Vale area farm proposed to become home to one of Oregon's largest dairies
If approved, the Recla farm west of Vale could house up to 9,000 animals in a concentrated animal feeding operation in a proposed dairy operation. A sale is pending.
FreeSTATE NEWS Oct. 12
Oregon tenants at risk in expiration of eviction safe harbor
Legislators and tenant advocates are calling for special session to extend protections, as renters run out of time to get help
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