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MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Oct. 15
Malheur County's dispatch center running short staffed
The center, which provides coverage for all emergency services in the county, needs more employees but faces a tough sell as the economy remains robust and other employers can meet or exceed the wages offered by the sheriff's office.
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DEMOGRAPHICS Oct. 15
Census: Ontario's population edging upward, with slow gains in diversity
The city's growth was largely driven by the Latinx population. Northwest and southwest Ontario experienced growth in their Latinx populations, whereas east Ontario experienced a slight decline. Advocates and city officials said that as the city diversifies, it's time for its leadership to reflect the changing community's interests.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 15
Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson to launch independent campaign for governor
Johnson will leave the Democratic Party by next spring, she told supporters, as she prepares to run for governor outside Oregon's two major political parties.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 15
Classes to Career Profile: Construction class builds skills for Nyssa senior
Santiago Miranda says he values the construction class skills he's learning at Nyssa High School.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Oct. 15
Ontario, Vale and Adrian all record weekend prep football victories
The Tigers defeated visiting McLoughlin High School while Vale beat Baker and Adrian rolled over Cove.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 14
Facing threats, superintendents and school boards turn to legislature, law enforcement
Growing concerns around job and personal safety are behind new contract rights legislation and FBI intervention.
EDUCATION Oct. 14
Oregon Community Foundation grants boost summer learning across Malheur County
Organizations received hundreds of thousands of dollars to help local children retain and grow their academic skills over the summer during a year when many were challenged by the demands of virtual learning.
MALHEUR COUNTY HOUSING Oct. 14
Work on two major affordable housing projects in Ontario moves ahead
Crews are already busy on a 70-unit townhouse complex in the northeast part of town and a project to transform Presbyterian Community Care Center into 56 affordable housing units.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 14
Ontario district eyes 4-day school week amid pandemic pressures
With staffing shortages posing challenges to teachers, Superintendent Nikki Albisu said that the main request she was hearing from her staff was for more time. So far, a majority of parents surveyed have been in favor of the proposal for four-day weeks.
COMMUNITY NEWS Oct. 14
Saturday's the big day for Vale FFA benefit auction
The annual event, a prized local tradition, will take place at the Vale bus shed off South Cottage Street behind the elementary school beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Oct. 14
Spring weather, summer heat leads to reduced onion yields
Smoke from wildfires across the West also helped interfere with the crucial growing season. The weather conditions impacted the size of onions across the valley.
FreeMEETINGS Oct. 13
Vale's Pioneer Nursing District slates October meeting
Here's a look at some of the local public meetings coming up this month, starting with the Pioneer Nursing Home Health District board of directors meeting.
PUBLIC NOTICES Oct. 13
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Richard Allen Hood, Estate of BARBARA JUNE GIPSON
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 13
Oregon Republicans sue over new congressional districts
Former Secretary of State Bev Clarno and three others allege maps are a Democratic gerrymander. They have sued to stop the new Congressional districts and have judges instead create the state's new House district.
EMPLOYMENT Oct. 13
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Wrestling Coach, Custodian, Instructional Assistant, Boys Basketball Coach, Superintendent, Bus Driver, Business Manager
EDUCATION Oct. 13
For Malheur County schools, contact tracing is a win – with a cost
The Malheur County Health Department is supporting schools to do their own in-depth contact tracing when cases of Covid are identified. That means pinning down who amongst students and staff was in close contact with the positive case during a certain date range, and under what circumstances. The process allows schools to be more selective about who they ask to quarantine, as opposed to simply quarantining large groups, but it's a lot of work.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Oct. 13
Vale area farm proposed to become home to one of Oregon's largest dairies
If approved, the Recla farm west of Vale could house up to 9,000 animals in a concentrated animal feeding operation in a proposed dairy operation. A sale is pending.
FreeSTATE NEWS Oct. 12
Oregon tenants at risk in expiration of eviction safe harbor
Legislators and tenant advocates are calling for special session to extend protections, as renters run out of time to get help
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Oct. 12
Malheur County Health Department warns of more Covid hospitalizations, deaths as rates hold
The county health department said that with case rates at, or above, 200 per week during the past six weeks, residents should remain vigilant to the spread of Covid and take preventative measures like masking, avoiding gatherings, and getting tested in the presence of any symptoms.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 11
OREGON NEWS: Report shows parts of Oregon spent months last year with elevated air pollution levels
OREGON NEWS: Air quality monitors show some communities in Oregon had pollution as worse as some of the country's largest cities.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 11
OREGON NEWS: Oregon nursing group, resigned to mandate, wants ‘bold’ action to address staffing shortages
OREGON NEWS: The Oregon Nursing Association blasted hospital executives, saying they were more concerned about profits than their nursing staff.
AROUND OREGON Oct. 8
OREGON NEWS: State representative sells house in district, moves to Nevada
OREGON NEWS: State Rep. Bill Post, who has represented District 25 since 2014, announced Sept. 27 that he had sold his house in Keizer and moved to Nevada. Post plans to continue in his role for now, but hasn't decided yet if he will resign in 2022.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 8
OREGON NEWS: With lines still uncertain, congressional hopefuls slow to announce campaigns
OREGON NEWS: Oregon has a new district, but most candidates are waiting for lawsuits over redrawn boundaries.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Oct. 8
PHOTO GALLERY: Four Rivers Cultural Center Art & Soul event showcases local artists
More than 200 people converged on the center Friday, Sept. 24 to view a wide range of different artists and their works.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Oct. 8
Nurses in training at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario ready to take on Covid
The nursing program at Treasure Valley Community College provides students with intense preparation for an intense career, with 720 hours of clinicals required for graduation. Students will be caring for Covid patients this year, and say they are ready to take on the challenge.
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 7
Oregon Health Authority advises employers to be flexible in enforcing Oct. 18 vaccine mandate
OREGON NEWS: Monday was the last day for state executive branch employees, health care staff and educators to receive their last dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 7
Despite return to in-person classes, many who chose homeschooling during pandemic stay home
OREGON NEWS: Homeschooling sees explosive growth of 70% to 200% in some education districts.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Oct. 7
PHOTO GALLERY: Vale uses balanced offensive attack to subdue Tigers
Nate Kimball ran for 117 yards and scored two touchdowns to help lift the Vikings over the visiting Ontario Tigers, 41-6, Friday night in a prep football game.
COMMUNITY Oct. 7
Classes to Career: Student aims for future in sports, health
Marcos Martinez finds skills for his future in Ontario High School's personal trainer course, one of the career training classes offered in Malheur County schools.
NONPROFITS Oct. 7
Organizations in Malheur County use foundation grants to bolster summer programs
Grants funded by the state to provide programming for underserved students served their purpose well in Malheur County. Executives at local organizations explain how they used the extra money through the summer.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Oct. 7
Vale will seek help from other emergency service agencies if Covid-related resignations develop
Vale city councilors last week debated the possible impact from Gov. Kate Brown's vaccination mandate and directed Todd Fuller, Vale city manager, to seek alliances with other agencies in the county. Officials say they anticipate some first responders to quit rather than comply with a vaccination mandate.
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 6
New Oregon laws tackle affordable housing, rebuilding from fire
OREGON NEWS: The Oregon Legislature passed several changes to Oregon laws that modify land use practices around the state. Land use experts see trend of state telling cities what to do.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Oct. 6
County announces two new Covid-related deaths
Two men, one in his 40s and the other in his 80s, died over the weekend. The two deaths bring the total number of deaths in the county from Covid-related illnesses to 72.
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 6
Dr. Dean Sidelinger: Big-picture team player in Oregon public health
OREGON NEWS: The state epidemiologist’s calm demeanor and untiring public safety message belie the toll of the pandemic
EMPLOYMENT Oct. 6
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Wrestling Coach, Custodian, Instructional Assistant, Basketball Coach, Feed lot, Superintendent, Bus Driver, Deputy Clerk/Business Manager.
COVID Oct. 6
Staff of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario exhausted, but determined to help the sick
Malheur County's only hospital used to send its Covid patients to its sister locations in Nampa and Boise, but those sites have faced new challenges as Idaho has entered crisis standards of care. Now, local Covid patients are more likely to stay in Ontario, where a dedicated team of medicals and professionals takes on their care.
NYSSA Oct. 6
Coordinated effort delivers much-needed touch up to Nyssa overpass
The city, Union Pacific Railroad, the state Transportation Department and local businesses all chipped in to help splash paint and Bulldog logos on the well-known city landmark.
PUBLIC NOTICES Oct. 6
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Richard Allen Hood, Malheur County Court, Ironside Rural Road District, Estate of BARBARA JUNE GIPSON
MALHEUR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Oct. 6
Vale holds back early Ontario surge to subdue Tigers, 41-6
Nathan Kimball piled up 117 rushing yards and the Viking's scored 41 unanswered points to blow past visiting Ontario Friday night.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Oct. 6
Vale mayor announces run for county judge, challenging Dan Joyce
Tom Vialpando will face incumbent and longtime local lawmaker Dan Joyce in the May 2022 election. Five other incumbents also announced recently they will seek reelection.
FreeSTATE NEWS Oct. 5
Oregon's rural counties on their own if Covid vaccine mandate causes staff shortages
Cities and counties are declaring emergencies, fearing the state’s vaccination deadline will cause teachers, health care workers and first responders to quit in droves. State officials say they can’t step in to help unless local governments are overwhelmed.
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