The Voice of Malheur County
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY September 25
Malheur County plans massive Covid testing event in October
The testing site, set at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, will be open to those without symptoms of the infection. The event will kick off Oct. 14.
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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK September 26
Malheur County's courthouse to get new air system, thanks to pandemic relief money
The ventilation project in Vale will include the courthouse, jail and juvenile corrections. The county is projected to spend $150,000.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK September 24
Potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus promises relief but key questions shadow effort
How potent the vaccine will be in terms of protection and whether the general public will accept and use the serum remain unknown.
ONTARIO CRIME September 24
Stabbing of Black man in Ontario results in federal hate crime charge
A Colorado man already facing state charges for a racist attack in Ontario has now been charged with a federal hate crime. The victim, who drew wide community support after the attack last year, has since moved away.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK September 24
Malheur County sees jump in liquor sales during pandemic
Liquor sales in Malheur County compared to last year have grown since March, when bars and restaurants were forced to close or reduce their operations.
ONTARIO CRIME September 24
Ontario man charged with attempted murder for separate assaults
Ontario resident Luis Manuel Palomares was arrested and subsequently booked into the Malheur County Jail early Wednesday morning following two assaults with a gun.
FreeNATURAL RESOURCES September 23
Air tanker crash kills pilot near Emmett
The single-engine aircraft went down near the Schill Fire in Gem County Tuesday evening. Federal officials are investigating the crash.
OBITUARIES September 23
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Justine (Dusty) G. Bennett, Lindy Dean Dentinger, Linda Hoodjer, Wallace F. Kent, Richard Keller, Janice A. Roggenkamp, LaVerne Wesley DeJongh, Marvin Randal Peterson, Donald Archie Doersch, Jaylene June Tolman, Nicanor M. Martinez
EMPLOYMENT September 23
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Hops distribution, Geiser Grand Hotel, tvcrn, Head Librarian, Lifeways , Car Cleaner, Tower House Coffee, Recruiting Coordinator, Math Lab Coordinator, Foreman
PUBLIC NOTICES September 23
Publications from local governments, private parties
Storage Auction, Malheur County SWCD, Federal Communications Commission
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS September 23
Malheur county clerk's office flags common errors voters make that get ballots rejected
Voters should follow directions posted on the ballot envelope and remember if they have questions to contact the clerk's office.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY September 23
PHOTOS: Vale ceremony recognizes prisoners of war, missing in action
A new memorial highway sign displayed at a ceremony in Vale last Friday, along with several speakers, paid tribute to the hundreds of Oregonians who have been prisoners of war or missing in action from World War I to the Vietnam War
AROUND OREGON September 21
AROUND OREGON: Rash of Oregon arson cases fuels fear, conspiracy theories during devastating wildfires
Police and court records show none of those accused in recent arson cases have ties to left- or right-wing groups or appear to have been motivated by politics.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY September 21
Malheur County now alone on state's watch list for Covid
The number of new Covid infections in Malheur County continues to mount at more than 100 per week, leaving the county a long way from getting off the state's watch list. Umatilla and Morrow counties, once with rates higher than Malheur County, were dropped from the list Friday.
SCHOOLS September 18
Adrian School Board sues state to reopen schools
The board wants to decide whether or not their schools teach in-person instead of the state, and argues that the imposition of county Covid metrics to determine their educational model is arbitrary and capricious.
COMMUNITY NEWS September 17
Volunteers work with Vale city crews on water drainage project
Vale volunteers pushed a drainage project to completion with help from city resources. The dirt parking lot behind the city library will drain to the street instead of collecting four inches deep and seeping into buildings.
ONTARIO CRIME September 17
Federal indictment says Wold bought speedboat with stolen Fry Foods money
Former Fry Foods human resources manager Doug Wold was charged in a federal court last Friday and subsequently arrested by IRS agents in connection with a paycheck fraud. An indictment alleged that Wold, who also faces charges in Malheur County Circuit Court, used funds he stole from the company to buy a speedboat.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK September 17
When pandemic hit, a task force worked to find Malheur County's way through
The group, made up of representatives from a broad swath of agencies, formed in the early spring. The group's weekly meetings give officials an opportunity to measure the impact of Covid and develop measures to fight the virus.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS September 17
Migrant program keeps Nyssa students involved
If students don't sign in to class, they show up at their door. The migrant student workers are personally checking in with families, and giving out Dutch Bros cards if they perform well.
ONTARIO CRIME September 17
Phony payroll: details surface in Fry Foods paycheck fraud case, police investigation
Court documents obtained by the Enterprise provide insight into how Fry Foods caught wind of its Human Resources manager’s $100,000 embezzlement scheme, as well as the ensuing criminal investigation.
OBITUARIES September 16
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Babe Yraguen,Joyce Louise Elfering ,Harlen V Garner,Erma “Kay” Lamb,Rita Siglinde Bacher, Lois Jean King, Donald D. Gugin, Willard J. Draper, Patricia Murphy, Guillermo “Willy” Trujillo Jr.,David Cuellar, Steven F. Borwieck, John Kurts
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK September 16
Confusion, misinformation on Covid hamper efforts by health officials to stop the pandemic
Mistakes early in the crisis at the state and national level along with apathy by some in the public complicated the response to the virus and may have helped shut the window of opportunity to get ahead of the infection.
SCHOOLS September 16
Ontario School Board vacancy filled by environmental health director, Ontario High School graduate
The school board voted 3-1 to appoint the Craig Geddes as a new school board member, filling the vacancy left by Mike Blackaby. Geddes is an Ontario High School graduate who said he wants to bring success to all students.
EMPLOYMENT September 16
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Foreman, Geiser Grand Hotel, Math Lab Coordinator, Headstart, Hops distribution, Head Librarian, Lifeways , Car Cleaner , Tower House Coffee, Recruiting Coordinator
PUBLIC NOTICES September 16
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Myrtle E. Belisle, Storage Auction, Malheur County SWCD, Malheur County Court
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY September 16
Pioneer Place deals with Covid outbreaks
Ten residents in the living center's apartments and five staff are infected with the disease. The first case was identified Aug. 26, and the living facility is testing patients and staff twice a week.
FreeONTARIO September 16
Homeless dilemma lingers for county but planned revival of tiny home project in Ontario may help the displaced
The trial run of the tiny home project ended in April but local officials are working to find a permanent site for the housing geared to helping the homeless.
COMMUNITY NEWS September 16
Vale pool reopens after state shifts pool rules
The Vale City Pool reopened last week, with a summer schedule Friday and Saturday, and reduced hours Monday through Thursday.
OREGON WILDFIRES September 15
SPECIAL REPORT: A night in hell - Santiam Canyon's ordeal
As people turned in for the night in the Santiam Canyon on Labor Day, one wildfire that had been held at bay for three weeks was unleashed and a second started a westward march that proved to be stunningly destructive. Salem Reporter has assembled this account of that night in the canyon from interviews and documents.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY September 15
PHOTOS: Ontario community offers solemn tribute to 9/11 in event at Four Rivers
A ceremony in Ontario last Friday honored first responders, members of the armed forces and the lives lost in the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS September 11
SCHOOLS: The community provides thoughts on schooling during the pandemic
Of those who responded to the Malheur Enterprise's recent school survey, some left comments addressing distance learning, children's wellbeing, academic progress, school staff and returning to schools.
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