The Voice of Malheur County
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 24
Stalemate continues in Oregon Senate, threatening budget and other bills
With Senate Republicans still out of state to deny Democrats a quorum, 67 bills that have passed the Oregon House are in limbo, including 29 co-sponsored or carried on the floor by Republicans.
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OBITUARIES June 24
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Vaughn L. Moser, Bill A. Mordhorst, Edward Kroll, Mark Douglas Caddell, Paul Gleichman, Clyde O. Chaney
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 24
More housing choices win House approval, allowing mixes in Oregon's single-family zoning
In a move to increase housing options and affordability, the Oregon House approves changes in what's allowed in historically single-family neighborhoods. The bill now needs Senate approval.
PHOTO GALLERY June 24
PHOTO GALLERY: Nyssa Nite Rodeo Parade delivers fun, smiles and rodeo royalty
The annual event rolled through downtown Nyssa Saturday and showcased a touch of the Old West along with plenty of candy for youth lined up to watch.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS June 24
Vale's Hamilton plays for all-star team
The Viking athletic standout participated in the Oregon East-West 3A, 2A, 1A All-Star baseball series at Linfield College recently. Hamilton will move on to play football for Eastern Oregon University in La Grande this fall.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 23
Legislature did make progress on some new laws, before senators scooted away
Away from the glare of public attention, important new laws have been approved by the Oregon Legislature that affect your life. We bring you up to date.
BREAKING NEWS June 22
'Credible threat' cited as Senate cancels Saturday session, advises staff to stay away
Senate President Peter Courtney, acting on advice from the Oregon State Police, urged senators and their employees to stay away from the Capitol on Saturday. A planned rally to support missing Republican senators was scheduled at the building on Saturday.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 21
State police communicating with missing Oregon senators as Democrats balk at any new deal
Republicans disappear, Democrats dig in, State Police get polite and the next steps for the Oregon Legislature are unclear. Gov. Kate Brown appears in no mood to deal as she did last month to end a similar walkout by Senate Republicans.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT June 20
State commission delays Nyssa rail center decision, keeping project alive one more month
The Oregon Transportation Commission decided to give Malheur County one more chance to plug information gaps in planning for the Treasure Valley Reload Center. Commissioners want more certainty the ag industry would use the rail plant.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 20
Governor puts Oregon State Police on trail of missing senators
In an escalation not seen in years, state troopers are being tasked with finding missing Republican senators and returning them to the Oregon's Capitol. The senators say, however, that they are out of state and beyond reach.
PHOTO GALLERY June 20
PHOTO GALLERY: Vale's Art in the park proves to be a big hit
Area youth descended on Vale's Wadleigh Park for some painting, food, fun and prizes. The event, held June 14, was also an opportunity for youth and other volunteers to spruce up the park and playground equipment.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 20
Republican senators disappear from Capitol after negotiations over cap-and-trade flop
State Sen. Cliff Bentz of Ontario left Oregon Thursday morning as political drama took center stage at the Capitol when Republican senators disappeared. They said they were out of state, beyond the reach of Oregon State Police and a forced return to work. Next steps Thursday weren't immediately clear.
YOUR COMMUNITY June 20
Malheur County vector control announces mosquito spray dates
The Malheur County Vector Control District will be spraying chemical insecticides across the county in the coming week to control mosquitoes that may be carrying West Nile virus.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT June 20
Baker County ends contract with Greg Smith's company
County commissioners voted Wednesday to end a contract that Gregory Smith & Company has held since 2011. The decision was made on declining county revenues, commissioners said.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 20
Oregon Legislature in turmoil as Senate Republicans threaten to bolt from Capitol
Republicans are threatening to walkout and deny the Senate a quorum. Gov. Kate Brown says she'll have the police go get them and call a special session to get the legislation passed.
YOUR COMMUNITY June 19
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds concert slated Friday at Four Rivers Cultural Center
The band offers up a unique sound of blues and pop music. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Meyer McLean Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are $10.
PUBLIC NOTICES June 19
Publications from local governments, private parties
Summons, Oregon Telephone Corporation, Estate of Kenneth D. Price, Sheriff's Sale,Mineral Interest,Trustee's Notice of Sale, Jordan Valley Cem.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT June 19
Consultants question benefit to agriculture industry of $26 million rail center
Consultants raise 'legitimate' concerns as viability of the proposed rail shipping center remains in question, according to Malheur County's economic development director.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS June 19
Vale schools in for changes as months of planning now turn to action
A focus on math scores, reducing absenteeism, and providing more mental health resources are part of the Vale School District's drive to improve local schools. The goals follow months of work.
EMPLOYMENT June 19
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include :Salesman, Production Worker, Instructional Designer, Building Construction, Parts Dismantler, Harvest Helpers, Maintenance, General Farm, Roofers, Ag Teacher, Dairy Help
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT June 19
Vale railroad opposes Nyssa project, says jobs at risk and county ignored its offers
State officials Tuesday released a letter from Oregon Eastern Railroad, based in Vale, in which it opposes the Treasure Valley Reload Center. The late objection comes as the state is considering whether to give Malheur County $26 million for the Nyssa location.
RAIL RELOAD CENTER June 19
Oregon Transportation Commission to decide on Malheur County rail project
On Thursday the Oregon Transportation Commission is scheduled to discuss and consider approving the Treasure Valley Reload Center and $26 million in state funds.
OREGON GOVERNMENT June 19
Nine state employees clicked on email and now 645,000 Oregonians could be vulnerable
The state Department of Human Services disclosed Tuesday that a "phishing" effort in January exposed personal information of more than half a million Oregonians. Now, the state is their credit protector.
PHOTO GALLERY June 19
PHOTO GALLERY: Night time was the right time at the Nyssa Nite Rodeo
Rodeo fans collected plenty of excitement and fun at the rodeo last weekend. From buckin' broncs to barrel racing, the annual event furnished a good time for all. Behind the thrilling rides and past the dirt arena, cowboys huddled in groups and prepared their gear - and their minds - for the next timed ride.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 18
Major environmental bill affecting Malheur County clears Oregon House
With more than six hours of debate, state representatives engaged in political battle over the proposed "cap and trade" measure but in the end Monday, Democrats prevailed.
PHOTO GALLERY June 17
PHOTO GALLERY: With hot weather, Vale pool's the place to be
The public pool in downtown Vale provides open swim times in the afternoons, a good way for kids to cool off. See anyone you know in these photos?
YOUR COMMUNITY June 17
Pillage and plunder event slated July 6 in Vale
Contestants will navigate obstacle course that stretches along Lytle Boulevard and the Malheur River. More than bragging rights on the line, though. The winner of the race will collect $1,000 cash.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 16
Expanded family leave law would give more workers right to paid time off
Major business, labor groups back paid leave for workers, but don't plan time off yet. The new benefit becomes available in four years.
YOUR COMMUNITY June 16
Running down a dream: Vale photographer ready to open new studio
Dana Gookin-Owens began to snap photos 30 years ago and instantly fell in love with the art form. Now, Gookin-Owens is ready to showcase her talents to local residents at her new business, Studio D Portrait Design.
DOME DIGEST June 15
DOME DIGEST: Immigrants rights, drunk driving and youth suicide
Changes in Oregon law that you probably haven't heard about are headed to the governor's desk and then into the books. We do the homework for you to catch you up on changes that could affect your life.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS June 15
Six Vikings collect all-league honors
Three baseball and three softball players gain conference-wide acclaim. Meanwhile, Vale softball coach Cirbi Morrison collects coach of the year honors.
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