The Voice of Malheur County
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 18
Vale Viking seniors get set to graduate
This Sunday, senior Vikings will claim their diplomas at Vale High School. The ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. at the school. Seniors Japheth Carlson, Isabel Lastiri and Isabella Sigrah will lead the class as valedictorians, while Morgan Harrison is the class salutatorian.
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS May 20
Adrian girls return home as state track champs
Stormy weather didn't deter the Antelope girls, as Adrian claimed the state title at the OSAA 1A track and field meet in Monmouth over the weekend.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS May 18
Track records crumble as Adrian's Young heads to state
Adrian high school sprinter and jumper Roby Young has garnered local attention on the track all season. After breaking school records in the 200 meter dash and in the triple jump events last week at districts, the Adrian senior headed to the state championships at Western Oregon University this weekend to make more history.
OREGON GOVERNMENT May 18
Engineers renew alarm over Oregon's crumbling bridges, water lines and more
Civil engineers evaluated Oregon's infrastructure and didn't like what they saw. In the first report of its kind since 2010, engineers put the state on notice that action is needed now to repair and rebuild.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS May 18
For Vale firm, there is such a thing as a free lunch
CAPS Auto, Truck & Ag opened its doors and invited the community to a free barbecue last week to celebrate its anniversary. Three years ago owners Derek and Claire Chamberlain opened their business with a lot of hope and faith and now have 12 employees and a second store in Ontario.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 17
Vale CNA students take top honors at state competition
Two Vale High School students recently placed in the top 10 at a state-level competition for students pursuing healthcare fields. They will soon head to the national Future Health Professionals conference to compete in a job skills contest.
SPORTS May 16
Local softball, baseball playoff games set
The local sports slate will heat up this weekend when Vale, Nyssa and Ontario baseball and softball teams compete in postseason action.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 16
Harper graduates Class of 2019 this Sunday
A dozen graduates will claim their diplomas this Sunday in ceremonies at Harper Charter School. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Class of 2019 will be lead by valedictorian Alexis Wilson and salutatorian Sierra Manees.
OREGON POLITICS May 16
Bentz drives plan to remove border region from proposed carbon emission mandate
The Ontario state senator recently presented his plan to "carve out" a section of eastern Oregon if lawmakers approve the controversial climate legislation. The longtime area lawmaker said he isn't sure if his plan will gain traction.
STATE NEWS May 15
Oregonians will see largest "kicker" tax rebate in state history in 2020
Oregon has collected far more money over the past two years than was expected, paving the way for a record $1.4 billion rebate. An average taxpayer would get about $338 back.
SPORTS May 15
Vale, Nyssa players set to attack nets at state tennis tourney
The Vale and Nyssa tennis teams will be sending several athletes to the state championship this weekend at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
SPORTS May 15
Malheur County tracksters take on state track and field championships
Malheur County track and field athletes are in the final stretch for the season, and many of them delivered standout performances at special district championships last weekend. Several athletes are now preparing for the state championships, which begin this weekend.
SPORTS May 15
Lady Viks clinch perfect league season
Vale finished a 12-0 Eastern Oregon League run last weekend with a doubleheader sweep of Irrigon. The Vikings piled up 271 runs during the season and will now host a district playoff game Friday in Vale.
NYSSA NEWS May 15
Choir sings into spring in Nyssa this Wednesday
Nyssa High School's spring choir concert has been rescheduled for this Wednesday. It's also a good week to catch a movie at the library and volunteer at the Agricultural Museum.
PUBLIC SAFETY May 15
Malheur Sheriff's Office adding deputy to crack down on ordinance violations
Officials hope a new deputy post will curb the growth of violations across Malheur County. Complaints for such violations as illegal burning, littering, animals at large and illegal construction are on the rise.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS May 15
Jordan Valley's Quintero joins Yotes football
Jordan Valley High School senior Zeke Quintero recently signed his letter of intent to join the College of Idaho’s football program. Quintero will head to the liberal arts college month. There, he plans to study marketing and digital media with minors in engineering and psychology.
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