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FreeMALHEUR COUNTY WEATHER Jun. 24
HEAT WAVE: Temperatures will begin to ramp up this weekend, approaching records
Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid 90s Friday, before breaking 100 degrees over the weekend. Authorities are warning people to take extra precautions for what could be record-setting heat.
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FreeEN ESPAÑOL Jun. 24
LA OLA DE CALOR: El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología lanza recomendaciones para las altas temperaturas
Las temperaturas este fin de semana se acercarán al record para estas fechas, que no habían alcanzado este nivel desde el 1973.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jun. 24
OBITUARY: Claudia Kay Montague Widmer
Claudia Kay Montague Widmer, 72, cherished wife, mother, Nana and friend died at her home in Ontario, Oregon, on June 13, 2021 after a short battle with metastatic breast cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. (Submitted Information)
COMMENTARY Jun. 24
FROM THE EDITOR: We press public officials, but with an aim for fairness, accuracy
COMMENTARY: The pursuit of facts for readers can irritate public officials, especially those who aren't accustomed to being questioned. At the Malheur Enterprise, the work of our journalists is guided by principles shared publicly.
COVID Jun. 24
Health department aims to boost Latino Covid vaccinations
The Malheur County Health Department submitted an equity plan to address ongoing disparities between vaccination rates in the white population and communities of color, as part of meeting the requirements to make Malheur County eligible for lifted Covid restrictions and extra state funding.
VALE 4TH OF JULY Jun. 24
Vale rodeo grand marshals 'go the extra mile' for the community
Gail and Connie Bateman have lived in Vale for 55 years and have been honored as the grand marshal couple for the upcoming Vale 4th of July Rodeo.
FreeHOUSING Jun. 23
Euvalcree to hold public hearing on shelter initiative Friday, June 25
The subject of the hearing is a $3.5 million shelter funded by the state of Oregon. It will be held at Four Rivers Cultural Center on June 25, with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.
VALE RODEO Jun. 23
Oregon Trail Days returns in Vale
The popular festival will include four full days of activities from July 1 through July 4.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Jun. 23
Colorado man pleads guilty to 2019 federal hate crime committed against Black Ontario resident
Nolan Strauss pleaded guilty on June 17, 2021 at the Eugene Federal Courthouse for an unprovoked, racially motivated against a random Ontario man.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE Jun. 23
PHOTOS: Good times at the 75th Nyssa Nite Rodeo
Hundreds of people attended the Nyssa Nite Rodeo last weekend for two nights of back-to-back rodeo entertainment.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jun. 23
Vaccination rate continues to lag even as the Covid infection endures
The virus isn't vanquished and remains a persistent threat to area residents. While cases are down from their peak more than six months ago, health officials believe the only way to stop it is through more vaccinations.
PUBLIC NOTICES Jun. 23
Publications from local governments, private parties
Summons, Ontario Recreation District
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 23
Munk named Nyssa's Citizen of the Year
Alesha Munk was recognized during the Nyssa Chamber of Commerce Honors Banquet for her efforts in helping students and parents adapt to the virtual learning environment in 2021.
EMPLOYMENT Jun. 23
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include City of Vale, Executive Director and Marketing and Development Director, Ranch Help
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jun. 23
Feds end funding for TVCC migrant ed program
Treasure Valley Community College's College Assistance Migrant Program was cut after five years despite good marks on its evaluations and significant improvement throughout the grant cycle. Administrators are now hoping to get a grant extension to be able to continue serving students.
OREGON POLITICS Jun. 22
Gun issue prompts recall try to remove Findley from Senate
Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, drew the ire of a Mount Vernon man and prompted the effort. Patrick Hales says Findley's stance on two bills - including one on new gun legislation - spurred his action.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE Jun. 21
PHOTOS: Vale Boy Scouts 'fly in, boat back' for Owyhee service project
Snapshots from the air as the Vale Boy Scouts flew to Owyhee Reservoir State Airport, also known as Pelican Point, for a two-day service trip collecting trash and cleaning up the area.
NATURAL RESOURCES Jun. 21
UPDATE: Red Flag Warning in effect beginning noon Tuesday
The National Weather Service in Boise issued a Fire Weather Watch beginning 2 p.m. Tuesday as lightning and 50 mph wind gusts are expected to occur.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Jun. 21
Boys playoff basketball returns for two Malheur County high schools
Vale and Adrian high schools will play their first round playoff games tonight, both matching up against undefeated teams.
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.
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.
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