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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
'Retaliated against': Patients, staff reel as Lifeways closes clinic in Ontario
Lifeways, Inc. laid off all staff at its residential substance abuse treatment facility last Friday, citing concerns over COVID-19. But interviews with staff indicate that company administrators were actively pressuring clinicians to take in more clients up until the day employees were laid off.
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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
COVID-19 virus outbreak compels county jail to adjust intake rules
The Malheur County Jail will no longer accept people accused of low-level misdemeanor level crimes. However, individuals who are arrested and accused of more serious, person-to-person crimes will be lodged.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
Complaints some businesses are skirting governor's ban prompts response from county health official
Malheur County Health Department Director said complaints centered on local salons that may be ignoring the order issued by Gov. Kate Brown last month. Poe warned that the entire community must follow the governor's guidelines to help stop the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
PHOTO GALLERY: It's pick-up day at Vale Schools
Districts are adapting as distance learning becomes the norm for the remainder of the school year. At the Vale School District, staff are passing out learning packets and laptops for students who need them.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
OSAA scuttles spring prep season
The OSAA made its decision just hours after Gov. Kate Brown announced the schools across the state would not reopen this year.
FreeNYSSA NEWS April 9
NYSSA NEWS: Local eateries, fundraisers are adapting
Never before has shopping local been so important. Switching to carry-out only, several Nyssa food service businesses are open with adjusted hours.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Malheur County Circuit Court adjusts hours, postpones some hearings in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
All non-essential court proceedings are on hold while the court decided to slash hours on Friday. The moves were made on orders from the chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and because of staff shortages.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Gov. Brown announces school closures for remainder of the school year
Schools in Oregon will not reopen their doors this school year, Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday. The state released guidance for high school seniors and announced that distance learning will continue in lieu of in-person classes.
OBITUARIES April 8
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Shirley Mallon,Sue I. Braguy, George J. Volmer, Minerva T. Lopez, Kevin W. Johnson, Joan M. (Richter) Wright, Lyle H. Lake, Michael Duane King
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Local churches in Malheur County organize interfaith day of fasting and prayer
Local religious leaders are collaborating on a day of fasting and prayer on Good Friday – April 10 – to send a message of hope and unity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
EMPLOYMENT April 8
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FreeOUR VIEW April 8
EDITORIAL: Malheur County, time for bold move to rescue our economy
EDITORIAL: It will be a new economic era when the pandemic threat lifts, and Malheur County should begin preparing for that now. The county should start with a position dedicated to charting our post-COVID economic course.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Spring prep sports season in Malheur County likely over
While the Oregon School Activities Association has yet to make a final decision, the planned announcement today by Gov. Kate Brown that school will be closed for the rest of the year almost certainly means the end of spring sports.
PUBLIC NOTICES April 8
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Jesus Eduardo Vazquez Lopez, Summons, Notice of Sale
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION April 8
Ontario's Longoria named middle school principal of the year
The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators chose Ontario's Lisa Longoria as the 2020 middle school principal of the year.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Malheur County businesses tap lenders in quest to survive COVID
Across Malheur County, small businesses trying to survive cutbacks and shutdowns are running into new challenges as they try to get help from government recovery loan programs. Lenders say they are struggling to meet an overwhelming demand.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS April 8
Pandemic compels Bentz to scuttle traditional political campaign model, shift emphasis
The Ontario attorney, who seeks to win Oregon's 2nd Congressional seat, will now shift to online platforms, newspapers and radio to attract voters. At the same time, large fundraisers are out of the question so the former Oregon state senator must work the phones to collect money.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Unemployment claims in Malheur County jump - surprising no one
The state's most recent data shows that two key elements of the Malheur County recorded immediate hits - hospitality and health care
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 7
Lawmakers blast Oregon Health Authority over rural hospitals in ‘freefall’
With virus impact looming, rural hospitals are facing financial challenges just when they are needed most.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County April 7
PHOTO GALLERY: Signs of the times crop up across Malheur County
From closed businesses and playgrounds to quiet streets, Malheur County communities are showing the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photos taken by the Enterprise staff chronicle the changes.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 7
TVCC classes zoom into virtual world
Treasure Valley Community College has spent weeks prepping to move hundreds of classes to virtual as the spring term kicked of last week.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY April 5
Enterprise launches fund drive to sustain news operations, keep free information available
The Malheur Enterprise has created a special news fund to sustain coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations are now tax deductible - and vital to continue to provide vital information free to any citizen that wants it.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 4
Barber poles go dark, chairs empty in mandated shutdown
Following state orders that all barbers and hairdressing businesses in the state close in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, Danny Moore turned off his barber pole, dropped the shade on the big windows of his shop and locked the door.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 4
Malheur County trails state in obeying 'stay home' order, and officials urge limits
The Malheur County Health Department once again issued a plea to local residents to take steps to protect themselves and others from spreading the potentially deadly COVID-19. Ideas include creating a family plan if someone at home falls ill with the virus.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 3
Jacksons Food Store in Ontario closes temporarily after employee hit by COVID-19 virus
The company announced Thursday it deep-cleaned its station at 1320 S.W. 4th Ave. The store reopened Friday morning. The disclosure by the company came the same day the Malheur County Health Department announced the county's second confirmed COVID-19 case.
FreeCOMMENTARY April 3
If you own a business in Malheur County, money could be waiting for your company
Just about any functioning business in Malheur County qualifies for an extraordinary federal program that puts money into the company through an unusual loan that doesn't have to be repaid. Every employer needs to learn about this for the community's benefit.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 2
Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Malheur County
The Malheur County Health Department announced the newest case is a female between the age of 10 and 19 who is isolated at home. The first COVID-19 case for the county was reported Sunday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 2
Malheur county businesses struggle as virus rules take hold
Patio season is around the corner at many local restaurants, but with doors closed, these businesses and many others are facing shrinking sales and uncertain futures.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 2
Financial hit from COVID-19 virus outbreak prompts furloughs, cutbacks by Saint Alphonsus Health System
How many employees will be impacted at the Ontario hospital is not known. Trinity Health, the parent company of the Saint Alphonsus Health System, operates medical facilities and clinics throughout southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 1
Ontario loses its all-night diner as Denny's turns off the lights
The restaurant was a refuge any hour of the day for travelers swinging off Interstate 84, night owls and graveyard shift workers. Denny's in Ontario, however, succumbed to the economic realities of COVID-19.
OBITUARIES April 1
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Helen Joyce Russell-Sokol, Clyde Willard Hager, Barbara A. Goff, Rayden C. Dodson, Mary G. Blaylock, Norman L. Folkee
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