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MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 18
Classic car show scheduled for Wadleigh Park during Vale 4th of July Rodeo
The Show and Shine event is July 4. Area residents can browse a collection of cars, motorcycles and tractors.
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PHOTO GALLERY Jun. 18
PHOTOS: Meetings online and in hallways are key to quality control at Saint Alphonsus
Almost every day, Dina Ellwanger shows up at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario before breakfast, catching the night shift as it ends its duty. The Enterprise tagged along to watch this key to the hospital president's highly detailed watch over patient care.
EMPLOYMENT Jun. 17
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Harper School District, Vale School District, Executive Director and Marketing and Development Director, Ranch Help
HOMELESSNESS IN ONTARIO Jun. 17
Ontario's tiny home shelter prepares to close for season
After state legislation allowed them to stay open past the council's original May 31 deadline, the tiny homes are now scheduled to close June 30. Representatives of Community in Action said that the project had been "very successful."
VALE COMMUNITY Jun. 17
Vale BLM installs new fire danger sign, just in time for fire season
The new fire danger sign, installed on June 9, was immediately set to 'HIGH' as BLM officials say that fire season is here.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Jun. 17
Passion for patient care puts Ontario hospital in elite company
A national company ranked Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario among the top 100 community hospitals in the country. A deep look at how the hospital operates shows that a focus on quality and improvement is evident in stand-up meetings, conference calls and daily tours by hospital executives.
EDITORIAL Jun. 16
EDITORIAL: Voters should oust Rodriguez from Ontario council
The July 6 recall election gives Ontario residents the opportunity to take a clear stand against domestic violence, against political bullying, against abuse of public power. Voters should not hesitate to cast their ballots to remove Freddy Rodriguez from the Ontario City Council.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE Jun. 16
PHOTOS: Local ropers test their team skills at Mejia Memorial
(Photo Gallery) Approximately 30 team ropers came to Nyssa to compete in the annual Richard Mejia Memorial Team Roping with hopes of advancing to the Nyssa Nite Rodeo.
ONTARIO HOUSING Jun. 16
$3.5 million shelter housing coming to Ontario after last-ditch work by Euvalcree
The project, sponsored by the Oregon Community Foundation and administered by Euvalcree, a local community nonprofit, will provide 60 rooms for families in self-sufficiency programs who are unable to get into permanent housing because of the housing shortage, foster children and state-appointed guardians in Malheur County who have been removed from their current environments and are between homes, and victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 16
Annual rodeo qualifying event slated for the weekend
The Billy Evins Memorial team roping competition is set for Friday and Saturday at the Vale rodeo grounds. More than 90 people typically attend the well-known competition where locals get a chance to qualify for the Vale 4th of July Rodeo.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Jun. 16
Longtime Vale restaurant on the sale block
Sharon Bannon, the owner of the Starlite Café, said a final sale on the place will most likely be finalized by early July.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY Jun. 15
Dorian Drive property owners await council's decision on pricey fix
The Ontario City Council will decide at Tuesday's meeting if one Ontario family will need to cover the $50,000 cost to pave a 91-foot road section in front of their house.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 15
Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez sent unsolicited explicit photo to local woman
An Ontario woman said she was shocked to receive a photo in April 2020 from Freddy Rodriguez that revealed parts of his body. Rodriguez and the woman sometimes flirted over Facebook Messenger, but the woman said she had no intention of provoking such a photo from the city councilor. Rodriguez explained Sunday, "I'm human." He faces a recall vote on July 6.
AROUND OREGON Jun. 15
AROUND OREGON: Oregon Ethics Commission reviews allegations against Baker County commissioner
The Oregon Government Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday, June 11 to make a preliminary finding that Bill Harvey, chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners, violated state ethics laws last year. A member of the Ethics Commission, Sean O’Day, told Harvey, who participated in the meeting by phone, as did Ethics Commission members, that he hopes the Commission will “emphasize education” rather than taking punitive action against Harvey. Harvey requested that the Ethics Commission dismiss all allegations related to reimbursements for mileage and meals.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 11
Ceremony at Four Rivers Cultural Center will honor World War II Japanese-American warriors
A private reception is set for Monday, June 14 at the Hikaru Mizu Japanese Garden. The event will laud the performance of Japanese-American service members and the roster of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 11
Annual Vale Farmers & Crafters Saturday Market set for another year
The market begins Saturday, June 19, at 860 Washington Street E. The event will be held every Saturday until October.
FreeEDITORIAL Jun. 11
EDITORIAL: Local teachers and other school workers deserve thanks after a tough year
COMMENTARY: While the local area struggled to come out from under the Covid cloud, area school staffers stepped into a drastically changed landscape and achieved success.
NYSSA Jun. 11
NYSSA NEWS: Gather round for the 75th Nyssa Nite Rodeo
The rodeo is now accepting teams for everything from wild cow milking to mutton bustin'.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jun. 11
Malheur County schools ready for summer classes as state money flows in
Summer school programs got a boost this year as the state turns its attention to helping students recover from the Covid slide.
VALE Jun. 11
From books to compact disks to computers, the Vale library has it all
The Emma Humphrey Library is back open after a Covid hiatus and librarian Heather Kesey wants the community to utilize the facility as much as possible.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Jun. 10
Six Vale women receive scholarships from local PEO group
The Philanthropic Educational Organization is dedicated to "celebrat(ing) the advancement of women, educat(ing) women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College, and motivat(ing) women to achieve their highest aspirations."
MALHEUR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Jun. 10
Ontario boys soccer cap successful year, six sign to TVCC
Following a third place finish at the District 4A tournament, six seniors from the Ontario High School boys soccer team signed to play at TVCC.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 10
PHOTO GALLERY: El Campo carnival delivers games, prizes and fun
More than 300 adults, volunteers and kids converged on the Vale rodeo grounds Friday, June 4 to participate in the carnival. The event showcased a host of game booths and other entertainment.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Jun. 10
Fourth of July parade returning to Vale, seeks entries
Vale Community Coalition, in their first year running it, is now accepting entries for the Vale 4th of July Parade. The parade, cancelled last year due to Covid, is set to return Sunday, July 4 at 5 p.m.
PUBLIC NOTICES Jun. 9
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ontario Recreation District, Community in Action, Summons, City of Vale, Pioneer Place
EMPLOYMENT Jun. 9
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Vale School District, Novice Educator Specialist, Harper School District, Willowcreek Elementary School, Executive Director and Marketing and Development Director
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 9
Rodriguez concedes domestic convictions – 'I lost my temper'
The beleaguered councilor addressed parts of his controversial past in a live online appearance Monday. Rodriguez's conduct has polarized Ontario city politics.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 9
Nyssa Nite Rodeo back on the local entertainment docket
The 75th annual event was cancelled last year because of Covid but the show is a go June 18 through June 19.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 9
Major leadership change in the works at Four Rivers Cultural Center
Executive director Matt Stringer along with Tanya Navarrete, the marketing and development director, will leave the local entertainment venue and museum. Stringer - who plans to retire - will stay on until his replacement is selected. Navarrete will depart to start her own business.
ONTARIO POLITICS Jun. 8
SPECIAL ELECTION: What Ontario voters will see on their recall ballot
Here is the text of the case Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez is putting before voters on why he shouldn't be ejected from office. The full statement from the recall petition addresses why he should be removed.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 8
SPECIAL ELECTION: Recall vote on Ontario's Rodriguez set for July 6
The Malheur County Clerk's Office will send out ballots for the special election on June 16 to all registered voters within Ontario city limits. Two Ontario city councilors have said they will vote to recall Rodriguez.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 8
Svaty ready for new role on the Oregon Board of Agriculture
The branch manager and relationship manager for Northwest Farm Credit Services in Ontario, Svaty and her husband also own a local farm. Svaty said she wants to advocate at the state level for farmers.
MALHEUR COUNTY PEOPLE Jun. 5
Eva Castellanoz, Nyssa's nationally recognized artist and healer, still at work in her eighties
Castellanoz, 82, has been celebrated for her wax and paper flower crowns and for her knowledge of curanderismo, or faith healing. She learned both arts from her family from a young age, and continues her healing practice now.
AROUND OREGON Jun. 5
AROUND OREGON: Few Klamath Project irrigators involved in protest at canal
Ben DuVal, Klamath Water Users Association president who farms in Tulelake, said while he appreciates the enthusiasm and attention being brought to the basin’s water crisis and supports peaceful protests, most irrigators don’t support the actions those at the head gates said they will take. A group of protesters has set up a base in Klamath County, urging action to overcome the federal government's clamp on water.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 4
Melendrez calls for Rodriguez's resignation at Ontario council meeting
Councilor Eddie Melendrez became the first of his peers to publicly declare that he had signed the recall petition and ask Rodriguez to resign.
Malheur County Jun. 4
For Malheur County's unemployed, new requirements coming into play
Starting the week of July 25, Malheur County workers will need to show they are actively searching for a job to continue receiving unemployment benefits.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jun. 3
Immunization goal for Malheur County far off, keeping 'low risk' rating out of reach
Recent data shows only 26% of county is immunized, far short of the state-mandated goal of 65%. Health officials, though, plan to continue outreach efforts through the summer to cut the margin.
REMBERING THE FALLEN Jun. 3
Nyssa, Vale hold Memorial Day graveside ceremonies
A group of volunteers organized by the Nyssa American Legion Auxiliary decorated headstones May 28 while members of the Vale American Legion Post 92 conducted a ceremony May 31 at Pioneer Cemetery for Memorial Day.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
Monger takes charge at Vale BLM district office
The new district manager started in May and took the place of Don Gonzalez, who retired in December 2020 after 14 years in the role.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jun. 3
Vale Elementary School teacher voted Malheur Regional Teacher of the Year
Whitney Barnes, a kindergarten teacher, was recognized for inspiring students and making a positive impact on the community. She is now in the running for the Oregon Teacher of the Year contest to be held this fall.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
Legislation means Ontario can't shut down tiny home project
House Bill 2006, which passed in Salem on May 12, requires local governments to "allow siting of qualifying emergency shelters by qualifying entities notwithstanding land use laws and regulations." In other words, the city council's deciding power over the shelter's fate is now limited.
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