The Voice of Malheur County
COMMUNITY NEWS July 17
Severe drought hitting Malheur County
Sixty-two percent of Malheur County is in a severe drought. The conditions are creating problems for ranchers and taking a toll on cattle. With the hottest weeks of the summer yet to come, the effects of the drought may persist.
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OBITUARIES July 18
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Dwight Olson,Steven Magedanz, Macario Romerio Luna, Mary Laura Neighbors, Nellie Wahlert, Alfredo Contreras, Kathleen Amanda Fennimore, Ruth E. Cottrell, Amos A. Freeman
VALE July 18
Arsenic remains a risk in Vale water
An ambitious project to upgrade the city's water system, including a new water treatment plant, is expected to finally filter out arsenic that has laced Vale water for years.
PUBLIC SAFETY July 18
A night along the river, a family campout, then a stranger
Three young girls sat roasting hot dogs over a fire last week on the banks of the Owyhee River when an armed Idaho man burst into their camp. Moments later, 65-year-old Michael Reitler of Orofino lay dead from a gunshot wound.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 18
Nyssa's annual rock hound festival stays true to its roots
Thunderegg Days offered plenty of fun and lots of good food but the heart of the celebration remains the unique rocks that dot the high desert landscape of Malheur County.
EMPLOYMENT July 18
They're hiring - local job openings
COMMUNITY EVENTS July 18
PHOTOS: Farm Festival and Field Day at OSU Malheur Experiment Station
The Malheur Experiment Station held it's annual farm festival and field day on July 11. The event drew farmers and families and featured tours of agricultural experimentation fields, lunch and booths from local businesses and organizations.
BREAKING NEWS July 17
Walden condemns Russian interference in break with Trump
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, on Tuesday said he supports intelligence findings that Russia interfered in elections. This follows President Trump's stunning announcement Monday that he accepts Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of any election activity.
SCHOOL NEWS July 16
Vale student receives prestigious college scholarship
The Ronald Reagan Foundation awarded Josh Andersen, a Vale High School student,with a $40,000 college scholarship.
COMMUNITY NEWS July 15
Curry Canyon Fire near Juntura under control
UPDATED: Firefighters from neighboring federal and state agencies have joined the fight to suppress a fire that has burned 3,100 acres two miles east of Juntura.
COMMUNITY NEWS July 13
In Nyssa, it's lawn mowers in the fast lane
The Thunderegg Days Festival kicked off on Thursday, capping the first evening with Outlaw Lawn Dragsters race at Nyssa High School. Events continue through Saturday.
COMMUNITY NEWS July 13
Cause of local range fire is still under investigation
It’s possible the Fourth of July fire started because people were shooting targets. Anyone with information about how the fire started is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.
COMMUNITY EVENTS July 13
Dazzling queens, gritty riders: Rodeo stokes Vale's patriotic spirit
The community enjoyed good weather, great rides and no major injuries at the 104th Vale Fourth of July Rodeo.
COLUMN July 13
Malheur County residents lose when government blunts the media
When government officials act to control the press, by manipulation or by playing favorites, the losers are Americans who deserve to know what they’re doing.
OUR VIEW July 13
EDITORIAL: Tariff impacts not just an issue for national stage
EDITORIAL: Tariffs are a tax. In a time when reducing taxes is ballyhooed as economic salvation, the country is busy hiking these tariff taxes.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT July 13
Ontario officials primed to transfer pool to rec district
The City of Ontario pledged to offer the aquatics center, recreation district office, skate park, tennis courts and the splash pad to a new recreation district -- if voters approve forming the district.
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