The Voice of Malheur County
HEALTH November 21
Chlamydia cases high in Malheur County, health officials say
Malheur County had the third highest rate of the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia in the state last year, according to data from the Oregon Health Authority. The county saw a total of 188 chlamydia infections last year, and over 150 cases so far this year. The disease can be hard to spot, but it's easy to test for, say county health employees. Confidential testing is available at the Malheur County Health Department and is free for eligible patients.
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AGRICULTURE November 21
Hemp growers in Malheur County endure learning curve
Some of the struggles for hemp growers, Stuart Reitz, Malheur County extension agent said, include the size of the hemp plant, as well as the weeding process, which has to be done by hand and requires sizable investments in money and time.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 21
Nyssa High senior signs with Salem University for softball
Syriah Trujillo, a senior at Nyssa High School, has played everything from volleyball to basketball, but the 17-year-old has a soft spot for softball. Last week she signed to play the sport at Salem University in West Virginia.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 21
With months until primary, Oregon's secretary of state crowded with Democrats
Four Democrats are running in the only statewide race on the 2020 ballot. No Republican has yet declared.
COMMUNITY NEWS November 21
Ontario's Festival of Trees kicks off Friday
The annual Festival of Trees – where holiday shoppers can purchase trees, centerpieces, wreaths and more – is a major source of support for Meals on Wheels and Help Them to Hope. The event kicks off Friday at 7 a.m. inside Ontario's Clarion Inn and runs until Sunday. Click for more holiday events happening in Malheur County.
COMMUNITY NEWS November 20
Aspiring local actors bring Willy Wonka to stage
Four different casts consisting of 187 kids will participate in eight shows starting on Thursday, Nov. 21, going through Saturday, Nov. 23. The musical is produced by the Four Rivers Children’s Community Theatre and is adapted from the feature film.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 20
Incomes up, but Oregon job growth slowing, state economists report
Oregonians are being helped by a tight job market with higher incomes, state economists reported Wednesday. The poverty gap among races is narrowing too, the report said.
OBITUARIES November 20
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Bob Fleming, Joe Yraguen,Mary Clyde, Cynthia Potts, James Carl Weeks, Rose Ann Bemrose, Raymond Jones, James J. Mckoski
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS November 20
Malheur County plans borrowing to buy up private industrial land for future projects
Malheur County officials are asking to borrow $2 million from state to pay for more than 200 acres of raw land as it explores how to get millions more to make the land useful to industry.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 20
Vale High volleyball coach named league coach of the year
Shannon Steele, head coach of the Vale High School varsity volleyball team, was selected as this year’s Eastern Oregon League coach of the year. The honor is bestowed by fellow coaches.
NYSSA NEWS November 20
Youths scout up food donations in Nyssa
Cub Pack 450 and Boy Scout Troop 450 held a food drive at M&W Markets as part of a national Boy Scout service project. A total of 586 pounds of food and $611 in cash donations were given in just one day!
EMPLOYMENT November 20
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Executive Director of Nursing, Fire & Ambulance, Learning Resource Center
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 20
Santiam Christian ends Vale’s football season with 58-6 win
The Eagles (11-0) built a 36-0 lead at halftime but the Vikings cut the margin early in the third quarter on Jared Fulwyler’s four-yard touchdown run but Vale never regained momentum.
VALE November 20
Vale gets ready with fun, food and deals for Moonlight Madness
The annual Moonlight Madness event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 with 18 businesses and organizations in Vale offering deals. This year's event will feature a transit service consisting of two mini vans that will shuttle people to the various participating merchants.
ONTARIO November 20
Ontario council explores sheds to shelter homeless
Ontario City Manager Adam Brown said Community in Action would use $150,000 from the state, allocated to address the city's homeless problem, to buy tiny homes while the city will look for a site for the homes. He believes the city could have enough money to buy 20.
PUBLIC NOTICES November 20
Publications from local governments, private parties
Owyhee Energy Storage LLC Project , Notice of Sale
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION November 20
After shakeup, interim director of TVCC nursing program approved by state
State officials voice support for Treasure Valley Community College's nursing program, giving a green light for an instructor to serve as interim director.
SPORTS November 19
Adrian/Jordan Valley football crushes Hosanna Christian in quarterfinal contest
The Lions built an early lead but Adrian/Jordan Valley turned it up a notch to clinch the win. Now the Antelopes will move on to play Crane in a semifinal game Saturday in Hermiston.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 19
Why does a diverse group of Oregon’s political interests want to take redistricting out of the legislature’s hands?
From the Oregon Farm Bureau to Common Cause, a broad spectrum of groups are rallying around an initiative proposing to reform Oregon’s redistricting process to protect against ‘bi-partisan gerrymandering.’
NEWS November 18
No suspects identified after man found dead in Ontario
The Ontario Police Department said the body of the 56-year-old man, whose name it was withholding, was found at a home in the 200 block of Northeast Second Street when police responded around 6 p.m.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 17
Flavored marijuana products can go back on sale, Oregon court decides
A state ban on vaping products featuring flavored marijuana is being set aside after the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled last week. The court said the state's actions imposing the ban appear flawed.
YOUR COMMUNITY November 15
Dental program targets eastern Oregon schools with free services and oral health education
Healthy, Happy Smiles, a grant-funded dental program, has brought free dental services to eastern Oregon schoolchildren since 2016, and they're seeing results.
COMING UP November 14
COMING UP: Dinner, bazaar, trap shoot and more in store for Malheur County
Among the events to look forward to this month is the Annex Charter School annual dinner and auction this Friday at 6 p.m. and St. Paul Lutheran Church's Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 14
Former state exec who questioned Oregon emergency spending gets $500,000 settlement
Oregon officials have agreed to pay a half-million dollar settlement after a former executive claimed misuse of federal money and abusive treatment. The state didn't admit to any of the claims of the former deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
MALHEUR COUNTY November 14
New grant arms weed warriors in southern Malheur County
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board granted $143,454 to the Owyhee Watershed Council for weed eradication work near Jordan Valley. Invasive species there threaten sage grouse habitat.
MALHEUR COUNTY PEOPLE November 14
Ontario coalition forms to help youth, others with sexual identity concerns
A new coalition in Ontario aims to make the city more inclusive for LGBTQIA+ community members. The LGBTQIA+ Community Planning Coalition of Oregon/Idaho was created over the summer and has brought local agencies and nonprofits to the table to discuss ways to improve resources for community members who identify as anything other than straight.
NYSSA November 14
NYSSA NEWS: Young musicians show talents, community meal coming up
Nyssa’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nyssa Senior Center.
EDITORIAL November 13
EDITORIAL: Communities must take action to solve homelessness
Homelessness is one of the most vexing issues facing any community. Ontario is no exception. Make it your affair to learn, donate and volunteer to help mitigate this issue in Malheur County.
PHOTO GALLERY November 13
PHOTO GALLERY: Four Rivers Cultural Center Holiday Bazaar
'Tis the season, no doubt about it. Over 80 vendors proved it at Four Rivers Cultural Center's annual Holiday Bazaar last Saturday, Nov. 9. Folks flocked en masse to buy everything from treats to trinkets in time for the holidays. Check out photos from the event – and if you know of any coming up, let us know!
EMPLOYMENT November 13
They're hiring - local job openings
Copy Center Assistant
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 13
Viking netters come up short in state tournament play
Set scores for the match against South Umpqua ended in 16-25, 25-18, 18-25, 26-24, 15-8. Against Sutherlin, Vale went down in four sets, with set scores ending in 25-13, 14-25, 25-21, 25-22.
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