The Voice of Malheur County
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 5
In an emotion-charged Ontario City Council meeting, Rodriguez confronted about personal conduct
Thursday night's Ontario City Council work session turned explosive when seven Ontario citizens asked councilors to remove Council President Freddy Rodriguez from his role. Their complaints touched on domestic abuse, bullying and intimidation.
Get our free email newsletter
You’ll also get a 14-day free trial to our site.
Login with email Subscribe Gift a subscription
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 4
TIMELINE: Anthony Montwheeler's long, legal road
The former Nampa man's experience within the Oregon judicial system began nearly two decades ago and concluded recently with a guilty plea.
STATE NEWS Mar. 4
Oregon's child welfare director sees reforms taking hold
Midway through her second year Oregon's child welfare director, Rebecca Jones Gaston says the agency is working hard to bolster training for its workers, improve response times on an abuse hotline, and address difficult issues such as structural racism.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 4
Relatives of victims get chance to face Montwheeler at sentencing
Anthony Montwheeler's admission he was guilty of killing two people and injuring a third sets up his sentencing, scheduled for March 19.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 4
Area prep football teams kick off new season Friday
Gridiron squads across the county open 2021 play under different circumstances because of Covid restrictions. The upcoming season will be four weeks and does not include playoffs.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Mar. 3
Local businesses pleased, but remain cautious, regarding new Covid mandates
Malheur County dropped from the extreme risk category to moderate risk Feb. 27, heralding a new beginning for area merchants. The new rules, though, are not set and stone and some businesses owners remain guarded about the future.
COMMUNITY Mar. 3
READING CORNER: Vale club takes an insider's look at the White House
The Vale Book Club meets Thursday, March 4, to discuss its monthly selection, "The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House" by Kate Andersen Brower.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 3
OBITUARY: Melinda Harruko Pressley
Melinda Harruko Pressley, 85, passed away at her home on Feb. 22. She was born Jan. 5, 1936, to Harry and Rose Tano in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was the youngest and only girl to three older brothers: Harry, Sam, and Benny. She was raised on her family farm where they grew onions and tomatoes. In 1948, after the death of her oldest brother Harry, Melinda and her family would leave Colorado and move to Ontario, Oregon. (Submitted Information)
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 3
Publications from local governments, private parties
Vale Oregon Irrigation District, Vale Irrigation, Sheriff’s Sale, Ironside Rural Road, Estate of Jeanne Margason Robinson, TVCC, Malheur County Court, Vale School District.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 3
OBITUARY: Curtis Culp
Curtis Culp left his Dunster home, where he had lived for 49 years, on Feb. 16. Curtis was born in Weiser, Idaho, on Jan. 7,1936. He lived on the family farm in Vale, Oregon, with his parents and five siblings until graduating from Vale Union High School in 1954. He joined the Army and served two years in Tokyo, Japan, as a military policeman. Curtis then moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he met and married Bonita Caywood and began his career as a state policeman in the Fish and Wildlife Division. They moved with their young family to Heppner, Oregon, where he received his degree in law enforcement from Blue Mountain Community College. After five years, he was promoted to detective in Ontario, Oregon. (Submitted Information)
FreeSPECIAL REPORT Mar. 3
SOLUTIONS: Experiences elsewhere seek to quell abuse, providing lessons for Malheur County
Intimate partner violence persists in Malheur County despite local efforts to curb it. In a special report, Malheur Enterprise looks at three methods tried in other parts of the U.S. that show promise in addressing a crime that often occurs in the shadows.
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 3
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Production Worker, CDL Driver, EHS Administrative Assistant
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 3
OBITUARY: Kaye Kishiye (Morishita) Yamaguchi
Kaye Kishiye (Morishita) Yamaguchi, 91, died peacefully at her residence in Beaverton, Oregon, on Feb. 13. Her children were with her during her passing. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 3
OBITUARY: ALFRED E. CRUMMITT
Al Crummitt, 85-year-old former Vale, Oregon resident, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 23, at his home in Buffalo, Wyoming. (Submitted Information)
ONTARIO NEWS Mar. 3
Neighbors' concerns dog homeless project in Ontario
Residents of the tiny homes shelter project at Northwest First Street and Northwest Third Avenue said that loud music, drug dealing, and street crime in the area predates and is unrelated to them.
FreeSOLUTIONS JOURNALISM Mar. 2
SOLUTIONS: Survey shows top concerns in Malheur County - and a willingness to help
Malheur County residents share common concerns about challenges in the community, according to results of a survey conducted by the Malheur Enterprise. The survey showed a high level of volunteering - and that local people wanted to help solve local issues.
STATE NEWS Mar. 2
AROUND OREGON: Biden administration rescinds grazing permit for Hammond Ranches a day after environmental groups file lawsuit
Officials at the U.S. Interior Department officials rescinded a 10-year grazing permit for Hammond Ranches Inc. and directed the Bureau of Land Management to further consider the matter. Four environmental advocacy groups on Thursday sued the Interior secretary and Bureau of Land Management, alleging last month’s permit approval on the final day of the Trump administration was “tainted by political influence” and that a “rushed and truncated public process” cut out opportunities for public participation required by law. The Oregon Farm Bureau argued that the Hammonds’ grazing permit should be restored and not issued or taken away based on “ever-changing regulatory whims,” according to farm bureau spokeswoman Anne Marie Moss.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 1
Volleyball is back on the schedule as Malheur County enters moderate Covid risk
Now that the county is out of the extreme Covid risk metric, indoor contact sports like volleyball can proceed with less restrictions.
REGIONAL NEWS Feb. 28
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson talks about saving the salmon, breaching the dams and his new proposal
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has drawn both praise and criticism for his plan to save Idaho's wild salmon, but he says many opponents simply shut down when they hear the words "dam removal." He talks about the response – and the aims of his proposal – in this interview with Columbia Insight.
FreeNYSSA NEWS Feb. 27
NYSSA NEWS: Today's the day to get your Girl Scout cookies in Nyssa
The Girl Scout cookie sale runs to 2 p.m. Saturday at two locations. Correspondent Susan Barton has the scoop on that as well as a blood drive underway at Nyssa Elementary School.
COVID Feb. 26
Advocates seek to bridge vaccine gap for Latinos, others in Malheur County
Local medical providers said they were working with community-based organizations to address disparities in vaccine distribution that affect communities of color.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 26
Montwheeler pleads guilty to killing ex-wife, Vale man to end 4-year-old case
Anthony Montwheeler pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault as a result of a settlement conference Friday in Malheur County Circuit Court
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 26
A chance to sit inside a restaurant or bar starts Friday across Malheur County
After months of inactivity, a change in the county's Covid risk level means area taverns and restaurants are once again accessible to residents.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Feb. 26
At last, Malheur County soccer players take to the field - with changes
Teams began practice for a shortened season this week in the snow.
EASTERN OREGON NEWS Feb. 25
IN OREGON: Brewer bullish on beer prospects in Baker City
Kevin Multop has been brewing his own ales for years, but now he's stepping it up with plans to open a new brewery in Baker City. He believes the town's brew-related businesses could make it a big draw for beer aficionados.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 25
Rodriguez asks for hearing to contest January restraining order
Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez has requested for a hearing with the Malheur County Circuit Court to contest the restraining order filed against him by a local woman last month. No hearing date has been set yet.
VALE Feb. 25
Vale's old city hall is filling with new tenants
The city signed an agreement with Elkhorn Public Defenders in early February and the county already rents space in the facility for grand jury proceedings.
WATCHDOG Feb. 25
Industrial park work that cost Malheur County thousands now getting done for free
WATCHDOG: For nearly two years, Malheur County put up money for Gregory Smith & Company to pursue a much-needed federal grant for a publicly-owned industrial park. Now, a Pendleton firm is taking on the work for free, according to public records and interviews
MALHEUR COUNTY HEALTH Feb. 25
Report: Obstacles complicate Latinos' access to mental health services
The biggest problem in rural counties is a lack of access to providers offering culturally relevant services.
EMPLOYMENT Feb. 24
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include EHS Administrative Assistant, CDL Driver, Production Worker, Owyhee Irrigation
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Feb. 24
OBITUARY: Thomas James Bronson Sr.
Thomas James Bronson Sr. was born on July 20, 1936, in Ontario, Oregon, to Otto and Loise (Domby) Bronson. He passed away in Boise Idaho due to heart complications on Feb. 1, 2021. (Submitted Information)
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 24
Ontario keeps team in Washington chasing project money
The city is working on grants for public art and economic development with Merchant MacIntyre, a firm based out of Washington, D.C.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Feb. 24
OBITUARY: Lawrence Richard “Dick” Grigg
Lawrence Richard “Dick” Grigg, 96, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Feb. 18, 2021, at home in Nyssa, Oregon. (Submitted Information)
YOUR GOVERNMENT Feb. 24
Push by Malheur County to open low-grade ag land for development back on the legislative docket
Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, is a key priority for the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board.
PUBLIC NOTICES Feb. 24
Publications from local governments, private parties
TVCC, Vale Irrigation, Sheriff’s Sale, Estate of Jeanne Margason Robinson
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Feb. 24
Malheur County football teams gear up for a new - and shortened - season
Gridiron squads will kick off a four-week season beginning in March. Local teams will also compete within a hybrid league that includes Ontario, Baker and La Grande.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 23
State eases Covid restrictions on Malheur County
The county will drop from the Extreme Risk level to Moderate Risk beginning Friday. That means bars and restaurants will be open for indoor service and larger public gatherings will be allowed.
ELECTIONS Feb. 22
Plan to move Oregon-Idaho border leaps ahead with local ballot measure
The measure, supported by the non-profit, grass-roots group Greater Idaho, will require the Malheur County Court to meet three times a year to discuss the border modification blueprint.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 21
Oregon legislation to ease Measure 11 draws concern from Malheur DA
Senate Bill 191 is just one of several pieces of legislation that aim to make changes to the minimum sentencing law state voters approved in 1994.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Feb. 19
Governor's decision clears the way for spring prep football in Malheur County
The new season is slated to start March 1. Some details, including safety protocols, still need to be finalized before the first football hits the grass.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 18
Malheur County's Covid case count shows sharp decline
The county logged just one new Covid case during a three-day period last week. While the trend may be a hopeful sign for the future health officials caution it is too soon to tell if the county has turned the corner in the Covid war.
Advertisement
Farm to Market Cannabis Company
Advertisement
Get Noticed in our Guides!
Advertisement
COVID-19 VACCINE: Click here to see when you are eligible — Healthy Families. Strong Communities.
Load more