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PUBLIC SAFETY September 19
Two die in U.S. Highway 20 crash west of Vale
A Medford man and a California resident died in the head-on accident early Wednesday afternoon. Two other passengers were seriously injured.
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PHOTO GALLERY September 19
PHOTOS: Vale contains Ontario's high-octane offense to post 41-30 victory
Vale used its vaunted running game to take control of a close non-league prep contest Friday night. See anyone you know?
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS September 19
New Mexican restaurant in Ontario started off as a food truck
Owners of La Pasadita food truck in Ontario opened up Two Aces, a new Mexican restaurant, at 2880 S.W. 4th Ave last month.
COMMUNITY NEWS September 19
Want to become a U.S. citizen? Free prep classes return to Ontario Public Library this fall
Registration is now open for free classes to help prepare applicants for the U.S. citizenship interview and exam. Classes start Sept. 24 and run through Nov. 26. every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ontario Public Library.
OREGON POLITICS September 19
Brown drops special session on Oregon death penalty law
Governor says there wasn’t enough support for changes to the measure; Republican leaders say it’s a ‘lost opportunity’ for victims.
EDUCATION September 18
PHOTOS: Nyssa High shows off pride at homecoming parade
Nyssa High School is celebrating homecoming this week. Check out photos of the homecoming parade that floated its way through town Wednesday afternoon.
STATE NEWS September 18
Boquist content to break political china to make his points
With headlines and national attention, state Sen. Brian Boquist seemed to be a politician out of control. A closer look shows someone of introspection who can get along to set state policy.
COMMUNITY NEWS September 18
It's homecoming week at Nyssa High School
Nyssa High School's homecoming game is set for Friday, and the town is ready to cheer. Susan Barton's column updates readers on activities in Nyssa.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS September 18
Vale uses run game to stymie Tigers
The Vikings beat the Tigers 41-30 at a home game for Vale Friday, Sept. 13.
YOUR COMMUNITY September 18
Ontario ceremony honored 9/11 victims
A ceremony last Wednesday, Sept. 11, in front of Ontario City Hall marked the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
PUBLIC SAFETY September 18
Area schools grapple with vaping as federal government considers e-cigarette ban
As state and federal authorities weigh in on vaping crisis that has led to seven deaths across the nation, local schools work to curb electronic cigarette use among students.
STATE NEWS September 18
Gov. Brown's top lawyer declines judicial appointment amid allegations he pressured records advocate
Misha Isaak had been tapped by Gov. Kate Brown for a seat on the Oregon Court of Appeals, but turned down the job Tuesday, citing risk of damage to his reputation if he accepted under a cloud.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS September 18
No strangers in Vale-Nyssa volleyball matchup
Nyssa and Vale will go head to head at a volleyball match Thursday. At the home game for Nyssa, Bulldogs coach Maddie Speelman will be reunited with her former coach, Vale's Shannon Steele.
WATCHDOG September 17
CASE CLOSED: In Oregon campaign investigations, 'I did not do it' is all it takes
Officials including current candidates for Oregon secretary of state see the state lagging in followup on campaign spending complaints, which often are resolved with little – or no – actual investigation. Cited as examples in an Oregonian/OregonLive investigative piece are situations involving Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, former state Rep. Deborah Boone, and state Rep. Greg Smith of Heppner
DEATHS September 17
Farmworker, 32, killed by machinery in Brogan
José Vázquez López was killed after an accident with a machine rolling drip tape on McGourty Farms.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT September 17
Malheur County faces need to borrow $2 million to make rail project run
Malheur County's economic development officials are scrambling to find $2 million to borrow to buy land for the Nyssa rail project and future industry. The county's plan to have the state pay for all the ground fell apart, leaving the Treasure Valley Reload Center project possibly going into debt before the first onion is shipped.
PHOTO GALLERY September 16
PHOTOS: The sights and sounds of summer were still present at the Vale rodeo grounds
The rodeo was back in Vale over the weekend, with Bulls and Broncs bucking riders once again. Who do you see that you know?
COMMUNITY NEWS September 16
PHOTOS: Mexican Independence Day Celebration at Four Rivers Cultural Center
Four Rivers Cultural Center hosted its seventh annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration Sunday, Sept. 15. Today – the 16th – Mexico is celebrating their independence from Spanish rule nearly 200 years ago.
SPORTS September 14
PHOTOS: Adrian/Jordan Valley Antelopes beat Crane Mustangs 42-36
The league match at home was the first one the 'Lopes played beneath the newly installed field lights.
OREGON GOVERNMENT September 14
Oregon's public records council calls for independent advocate
Moves are a first step to clearing up gray areas in 2017 law creating the public records advocate.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS September 14
Nyssa boys soccer team victorious vs. Four Rivers
The Bulldogs played hard at an away game in Ontario, clinching their first league win for the season.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS September 13
PHOTOS: Nyssa JV football team beats New Plymouth 52-0
The Bulldogs played a non-league match at home against the Pilgrims Thursday, Sept. 12. Check out photos by Nyssa High School junior Yolanda Diaz.
YOUR COMMUNITY September 13
Ag calendar showcases Jordan Valley 6th grader's art
Claire Collins' drawing, chosen from 2,100 entries, will be featured on the December page of the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation calendar.
PHOTO GALLERY September 13
Oompa Loompas are coming to Ontario
Three performers were the first to audition for parts as Oompa Loompas in the Willy Wonka play showing in November.
YOUR COMMUNITY September 13
Vale book club ready for a new year
"The Martian" and "A Gentleman in Moscow" are among the book's the club chose to read this season. The first meeting is set for Oct. 3.
NYSSA NEWS September 13
Nyssa Library welcomes employee, seeks new board member
The library, which is currently having a book sale, is seeking to fill a vacant board member seat. They're also looking for more people to join the Friends of the Nyssa Library fundraising non-profit.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS September 13
Students getting crack at computer coding in classes now offered at Nyssa, Vale and Adrian
The computer science program is an initiative by the Malheur Education Service District to help address poverty and workforce development in the county. The courses are taught by Tom Whaley, who has been teaching computer science since 1975.
EDUCATION September 12
Nyssa FFA chapter launches new year of competitions
Members took home two banners from the Snake River District Dairy Judging Competition and a slew of other prize at the Malheur County Fair this summer.
YOUR COMMUNITY September 12
Hydrant repaint effort seeks volunteers
Local civic action group is ready for its second effort to spruce up the town's hydrants Saturday but they need help from the public.
EDITORIAL September 12
EDITORIAL: Malheur County commissioners have duty to audit county operation
EDITORIAL: Looking the other way shouldn't be the response of county commissioners to serious questions about credibility of their economic development unit. Citizens say a review is in order. When will the Malheur County Court act?
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS September 12
Bulls and Broncs Extravaganza rodeo comes to Vale Saturday
Ready for a little more rodeo? The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Vale rodeo grounds. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. A street dance in Vale caps the day.
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