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ONTARIO GOVERNMENT May. 7
VIDEOS: Rodriguez, upset by decorum call, marches out of Ontario City Council meeting
UPDATE: NEW VIDEO ADDED VIDEO: Councilor Freddy Rodriguez, facing a recall petition for his conduct, walked out during an active Ontario City Council meeting on Thursday, May 6.
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RAIL RELOAD CENTER May. 7
Malheur County board to farm operation: You will stay silent
The board of directors of the public company that oversees the rail reload facility rejected a plea from a local agriculture family to remove a contract requirement that prohibits them from speaking publicly about the project.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS May. 7
May election will give local voters first opportunity to weigh in on plan to move the Oregon-Idaho border
Measure 22-64 stipulates the Malheur County Court must meet three times a year to consider the plan that includes counties in eastern and southern Oregon.
ELECTIONS May. 7
School board, TVCC candidates press cases in Ontario forum
Candidates for the Ontario School Board and the Treasure Valley Community College Board had a chance to introduce themselves and their views to the public April 28 at Four Rivers Cultural Center.
COMMUNITY NEWS May. 7
Farmworkers can get rent relief
The STARR program at the Oregon Human Development Corporation is offering help with up to 12 months of back rent for certain populations. Immigration status will not be considered, so undocumented community members can apply.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY May. 6
Vale mayor tells governor of distress of restrictions on local residents
Tom Vialpando wrote fluctuating state Covid mandates create frustration and impact businesses. He also sought guidance from the governor regarding the next steps in the Covid response.
HEALTH May. 6
Ontario hospital ranks in top 100 nationwide in national study
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario recently learned it made an elite national list. The hospital was cited for providing care that could be a model for others.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY May. 6
Dry weather over Malheur County proves worrisome for federal fire managers
The local high desert range is parched and future forecasts do not call for a deluge of moisture. The dry conditions may create greater wildfire challenges in the coming months.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY May. 5
OBITUARY: Ruby Chloe Linville
In Remembrance of Ruby Chloe Linville: Ruby passed away in her sleep at home in Ontario, Oregion in the early morning hours on April 15. (Submitted Information)
POLITICS May. 5
Recall drive homes in on signature goal as Ontario businesses host petition
A petition to recall Ontario city councilor Freddy Rodriguez is close to the requisite 494 signatures needed to force the matter to a vote. But that hasn't preempted a seemingly unending stream of drama on Facebook and at city council meetings.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY May. 5
State officials say worker Covid testing could foment unrest at Ontario prison
Snake River Correctional Institution officials said that if they test their workers for Covid before entry, delaying the start of shifts, it "could strike a powder keg" with adults in custody, who have been on lockdown for Covid for months.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY May. 5
OBITUARY: Kitty Strohmeyer
Born in Massachusetts, just after the second world war, Kitty was the oldest daughter of native New Englanders Ted and Millie. Teddy Jr., Kitty, Carol, Barbara, Karen, and Mike comprised the large family, which moved around a lot. While most of Kitty’s formative years were spent in Massachusetts, the family moved to Texas where Kitty attended Catholic primary school and enjoyed being a Campfire Girl. With both a New England and Southern flare, Kitty would later become an excellent cook, especially learning the talents of her maternal ‘Ma. Returning to Massachusetts for high school, Kitty met her best friend Dot and stayed close to home after graduation – but not for long. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY May. 5
Malheur County could get billion-dollar energy project on Owyhee Reservoir
Executives from a Utah company, rPlus Hydro, recently briefed the Malheur County Court on a proposal to build a pumped storage facility. Matthew Shapiro, chief executive officer of rPlus Hydro, said the project could generate 300 new jobs and generate a significant amount of electricity.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY May. 4
Malheur County sees 'concerning' increase in Covid cases, now faces new state restrictions
After being at a low level of risk for the coronavirus, Malheur County is now considered at "high risk" for the spread of the virus. On Friday, new limits take hold on some local businesses and institutions.
COMMENTARY May. 4
LETTER: New Interior secretary offers hope for protection of lands like Owyhee Canyonlands
A former member of the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council notes that with a new administration, there's an opportunity to restore conservation efforts that languished in the past several years.
POLITICS May. 4
Rep. Bentz slams governor over her increased Covid restrictions
After the governor announced that 15 counties would be moving into the category of "extreme risk" for Covid last Friday, U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz released a statement criticizing the restrictions, which include a shutdown of indoor dining for eight of the 20 counties he represents. Malheur County is still in "moderate risk," with indoor dining allowed.
OREGON POLITICS May. 4
Oregon delegation sees greater access, clout with addition of sixth representative
The latest Census tally gives Oregon a new Congressional district. Oregon's current representatives say that will give the state added clout in decision-making on matters of national and state import, and also offers constituents one more place to get help.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY May. 4
Non-profit seeks contractors to transform Presbyterian Community Care Center into housing
The $16 million project will create more than 50 affordable rental units inside the mothballed facility in Ontario. The project is scheduled to kick off in June.
EDUCATION May. 4
Voters may decide fate of Ontario schools director who resigned as censure loomed
Derrick Draper quit the school board during a meeting April 20 at which he and colleague Eric Evans were censured by the board for their treatment of Superintendent Nikki Albisu. But his name will remain on the ballot for the May 18 race.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 30
AROUND OREGON: Klamath irrigators claim state permit allows them to divert water
Reagan Desmond, general counsel for Klamath Drainage D, said KDD obtained the state permit from the Oregon Water Resources Department in the 1970s as a backup for situations when Reclamation would be unable to satisfy the district’s Project right in full.
ELECTIONS Apr. 30
Nyssa school board openings draw dozen hopefuls
Five out of five incumbents face challengers in an unusually busy race.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 29
AROUND OREGON: Iconic moment in Bend: Wienermobile visits last Blockbuster
Two cultural icons converged in Bend on Saturday when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile parked in front of the last Blockbuster video rental store on Earth. It was a flashback to childhood for Pittman, who remembers singing the Oscar Mayer song in the grocery store with her mother and looking for the Wienermobile on road trips with her family. Charles Health System, always loved the old advertisements for Oscar Mayer on TV, but never had a chance to see the Wienermobile in person.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 29
Classes to Career Profile: Harper's Jeremiah Wright sees benefits from ag, business studies
In this series, the Malheur Enterprise introduces Malheur County students focusing on career goals through vocational education.Jeremiah Wright is finding understanding about the world and skills for work through his vocational classes at Harper School.
COVID Apr. 29
Vax efforts fall short for Oregon Latinos, including in Malheur County
Across the state, Latinos make up 13% of the population and 25% of Covid cases, but only 6% of vaccinations. In Malheur County, local providers are looking to improve access and information-sharing within the Latino community.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS Apr. 29
May election offers a full slate of choices for voters
There will be 20 contest races on the May 18 ballot that run the gamut from school boards to cemetery districts. Local ballots for the election were mailed between April 28.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Apr. 29
Malheur County farmers, water managers cast a wary eye on water outlook
There will probably be enough of the wet stuff to go around this year for farmers but the long-term irrigation water picture remains blurry.
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT Apr. 29
Ontario City Council rejects plea to keep tiny homes open past May
Despite the recommendation of its own staff to extend the shelter's operations through the end of June and give the shelter a chance to become permanent, Ontario's city council decided to close the tiny homes at the end of May in response to neighbors' concerns.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 29
At TVCC, students adjust to new normal with mix of live, online classes
Students and administrators say that changes to adjust to Covid haven't derailed either their academic or social lives.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Apr. 28
OBITUARY: William Earl Strauchon
William Earl Strauchon November 1962-April 2021 Passed from this life April 18 due to a farming accident. Deeply loved by his grieving family. (Submitted Information)
COMMENTARY Apr. 28
EDITORIAL: Ontario board’s mixed signals, secrecy undercut public’s trust
EDITORIAL: The Ontario School Board should release the report that led to censure of two directors, and make it clear to the public that the acrimony and bad behavior of past months will not continue. The community and its children deserve that transparency.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Apr. 28
OBITUARY: Russel “Rusty” Wayne Girvin
Russel “Rusty” Wayne Girvin, 99, of Vale, Oregon was born August 15, 1921, in Creighton Valley, Nebraska, and passed away April 18, 2021, at Pioneer Assisted Living in Vale, Oregon. His parents were John and Jennie Dickinson Girvin. He left Nebraska when he was 15 and moved with his family to Vale on March 13, 1937, during the Nebraska Dust Bowl. He had two brothers, Blaine and Bob, and four sisters, Margaret Ross, Thelma Marcum, Erma Tschida and Bonnie Magnuson. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Apr. 28
Businesses in Malheur County grapple with sudden, acute labor shortage
Since the state eased Covid restrictions, many local restaurants are welcoming record numbers but a lack of available employees created new, and lingering, challenges.
PUBLIC NOTICES Apr. 28
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Elizabeth Lee McBride, Estate of Norma Joann Ebright, Notice of Sale, Malheur Education Service District, Valley View, Jordan Valley
ELECTIONS Apr. 28
Ontario district's turmoil fuels school board races
Issues at play include decorum and civility on the board, rebuilding trust with the community, equity, and the return to in-person instruction.
EMPLOYMENT Apr. 28
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Cook & waitress, Equipment Operator, Elementary Teacher, CDL Driver, Production Worker, Metal Fabricator
PHOTO GALLERY Apr. 28
PHOTO GALLERY: Annual Community Serve Day event spruces up the community
Volunteers armed with shovels and rakes and paint brushes fanned out across the county and into Idaho Saturday, April 24 as part of the annual community enhancement program.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Apr. 27
Ontario forum on Wednesday will test school board candidates with questions
The Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open forum on Wednesday, April 28, for the public to hear from candidates for seats on the boards of the Ontario School District and Treasure Valley Community College.
CORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County Apr. 27
Restrictions loom again for Malheur County as Covid case rate rises
Covid cases are on the rise in the region, as Malheur County struggles to boost the vaccination rate – now the second worst among Oregon counties. Officials are gearing up for a return to tighter restrictions on businesses and gatherings.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 27
AROUND OREGON: Oscar winner ‘Nomadland’ based on book by former Oregon journalist
Jessica Bruder, an Oregonian/OregonLive reporter from 2006 to 2008, traveled for several years throughout the West and worked alongside her subjects at low-wage jobs to research the 2017 book.
AROUND the NORTHWEST Apr. 23
AROUND OREGON: Supermoon, pink and flower versions, puts on a show this spring
The moon will put on a show this spring, with supermoons in late April and May as the moon's orbit brings it closer to planet Earth. The popular terms "pink moon" and "flower moon" refer not to the color of the moon but the timing in spring, as early flowers bloom.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 23
UPDATE: One dead, another seriously injured in early-morning crash near Cairo Junction
State police are still investigating the head-on collision that occurred at about 3:46 a.m. Friday. Jennifer Haueter, 31, Vale, died in the crash while another Vale resident was seriously injured.
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