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FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
Malheur County among counties at 'extreme risk' of virus spread as goverrnor extends restrictions
On the afternoon before Thanksgiving, Gov. Kate Brown announced changes in restrictions that now could last through December. Restaurants and bars can provide outdoor dining and churches can hold services with more people starting next week.
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FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
READ FOR YOURSELF: Full text of remarks by OHSU doctor on Covid care
TEXT: This is the text of remarks on Wednesday, Nov. 25, by Dr. David Zonies of Oregon Health and Science University about the urgency of containing the virus in Oregon.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
READ FOR YOURSELF: Full text of Gov. Kate Brown's remarks
TEXT: This is the text of Gov. Kate Brown's statement on Wednesday, Nov. 25, explaining why she is imposing new restrictions for Oregonians to control the coronavirus
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
READ FOR YOURSELF: Full text of pandemic remarks by Oregon Health Authority director
TEXT: This is the prepared text of remarks by Pat Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, who spoke of the impacts of the pandemic on Oregonians beyond medical acare
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
BREAKING NEWS: With Malheur County in 'extreme risk' category, governor extends restrictions for at least two weeks
Malheur County is one of 21 counties listed Wednesday as at "extreme risk" of the spreading coronavirus. Gov. Kate Brown announced new measures that will further limit retailers but will allow restaurants to resume dining - outside.
THANKSGIVING IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
Starlite Café offers free Thanksgiving meal
The drive-thru feast begins at noon and runs until 2 p.m. at the restaurant in Vale. The free dinner has been part of the community since 2006 and though it will look a little different this year Starlite Café owner Sharon Bannon said she is happy to provide the venue for the meal.
COMMENTARY November 25
EDITORIAL: Amid this year's challenges, the spirit of giving can help our communities in Malheur County
Local businesses and nonprofits are struggling during the pandemic, and workers are facing a tough winter. But there's a lot we can do in our community to support those who need help if we embrace the spirit of giving.
YOUR COMMUNITY November 25
New program aims to boost local businsess during holidays - you can help
The "Shop Four Rivers" effort revolves around the purchase of a virtual MasterCard that can be used at stores across Malheur, Payette and Washington counties. The plan is sponsored by the Treasure Valley Community College Small Business Development Center, area chambers of commerce and local merchants.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY November 25
COLD CASE: Who killed Billy Tucker in Ontario?
Ontario police detectives need help to solve the year-old murder of Billy C. Tucker, found dead on the back porch of his Ontario home. Security video showed two people, hooded and masked, arriving at the home. Anonymous tips are welcome, police said.
HOLIDAY EVENTS November 24
Most restaurants closed on Thanksgiving; Starlite Café and Hog Rock Café open
Restaurant owners at more than a dozen locations in Malheur County said they would be closed to observe the holiday.
CRIME November 24
Local stabbing incident leads to long sentence for Nampa man
Luis Carlos Duran, 20, received a 24-year prison sentence Monday in Malheur County Circuit Court in the wake of the stabbing death of Jonah Noel Reyes. The incident occurred March 1 just outside the Burnt River dispensary in Ontario.
EMPLOYMENT November 24
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include CDL Driver, English Instructor, Behavioral Health
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 24
Merchants across Malheur County double down to save crucial holiday sales
As local retailers have suffered economic fallout from Covid, a strong holiday performance has become even more important. Here's how some plan to make the best of the season.
PUBLIC NOTICES November 24
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Mary Lou Feasel
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK November 24
Area businesses react to new Covid mandates issued by the governor
Gov. Kate Brown's two-week "pause" leaves some Malheur County business owners worried about the future. The "pause" was issued to try to cut down on the number of Covid cases across Oregon.
WATCHDOG: MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY November 24
Malheur County needs $15 million for its industrial park. A two-year effort to get it flopped.
WATCHDOG: Malheur County bought farmland outside Nyssa with the hope of putting up an industrial park. The county was hoping the federal government would come up with the $15 million needed to make that happen. But the county's application was thin on information needed, according to an analysis by the Enterprise
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 23
State reopens Covid relief fund program for medium-sized businesses in eastern Oregon
Eligible area business have until 3 p.m. Tuesday to seek the money from Biz Oregon, the state's economic development agency. This round is for medium-sized firms that have received at least $100,000 in earlier federal aid - a qualification that will leave out smaller businesses.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS November 23
Adrian principal job shifts put longtime workers into new roles
After a resignation at the elementary and middle school, Adrian School District Superintendent Kevin Purnell will become principal there and former teacher and football coach Bill Wortman will become principal at the high school.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK November 20
Southern Idaho health district issues Covid advisory
Southwest District Health encouraged residents in six counties - including four that adjoin Malheur County - to adopt stronger Covid protocols. The announcement was made Friday, Nov. 20.
YOUR COMMUNITY November 19
Festival of Trees virtual event kicks off Friday
Forced online this year because of the Covid epidemic, local residents can still contribute to charity organizations through the annual Festival of Trees event. Those who want to help and buy a Christmas tree or wreath, can go online to the Festival of Trees Facebook page beginning Friday morning.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 19
State, regional lawmakers urge governor in letter to review Covid restrictions
Elected officials who represent largely rural areas of the state laid out their concerns in the three-page document penned Nov. 18. Lawmakers proposed four areas for review, including keeping bars and restaurants open. The Malheur County Court also endorsed the letter.
ONTARIO BUSINESS November 19
Longtime Ontario tire business gears up for move across town
Commerical Tire will set up shop on a two-acre lot on the east side of Ontario. Construction of the new facility will begin later this year.
OBITUARIES November 18
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Calvin Van Haueter, Victor Ramirez, Bill Ralph Lambeth Sr., Charles Edward Packer, Mary Suemiko Mizuta, Ron Martin, Brandon Bruzewski, Betty S. Newell, Larry Galloway, Charles Leonard Williams, Roger Williams
EMPLOYMENT November 18
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions CDL Driver, Physical Education Teacher, City Manager
COMMENTARY November 18
EDITORIAL: With new Covid mandate in place, we must work together to address emerging civic crisis
Our View: Malheur County can survive the Covid threat if everyone takes it seriously and does their part. There's too much at risk to do otherwise.
PUBLIC NOTICES November 18
Publications from local governments, private parties
Custody Hunt VS Cline, Preliminary Determination for Transfer Application, Estate of Mary Lou Feasel
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 18
Malheur County state court grapples with case backlog because of Covid outbreak
While some limited jury trials are back on in Malheur County, more than six months of little legal activity pushed cases back and created an array of challenges for judges, attorneys and court staff.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 18
New limits take hold in Malheur County as Covid case counts head back up
A statewide "pause" on dining and going to the gym started Wednesday, and restaurants and bars across Malheur County can for now only provide takeout. Private social events now are restricted to no more than six people, though police say they aren't planning to cite violators.
ELECTION 2020 November 18
Board chair of Vale assisted living facility says voters saved the day with passage of new tax levy
Vale businessman John Nalivka believes Pioneer Place skilled nursing and assisted living and rehabilitation center is a priority for the community and he said the outcome of the Nov. 3 election shows voters agree.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR November 18
Unprecedented rationing of medical care looms in Treasure Valley as Covid spreads
Doctors from the area's largest medical operations on Tuesday said the cases of the coronavirus are clogging their systems - and it's expected to worsen. They pleaded with the public to trust warnings from the medical profession and act to stop more infections.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 17
Legislators lash out at governor's new mandates on Malheur County businesses
State Sen. Lynn Findley and state Rep. Mark Owens think the state is imposing the wrong limits on local businesses. They want the virus contained and think it's up to people, not business, to act.
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