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FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY January 27
Covid outbreak strikes Malheur County Jail
The virus struck earlier this month and infected 25 people - inmates and employees - before it began to burn itself out. No one died or was hospitalized from the outbreak.
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MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY January 27
Decision by state commission clears the way for construction of Malheur County rail facility
Nearly four years after funding was earmarked for the project, dirt will begin to move at the site north of Nyssa in the spring. Local officials praised the judgement by the Oregon Transportation Commission Jan. 21.
YOUR GOVERNMENT January 27
Fuller tapped to lead Vale as city manager
Todd Fuller will begin work as city manager of the Malheur County town March 1. The Vale City Council made its decision Tuesday.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY January 27
OBITUARY: Jack Edward Robertson
Jack Edward Robertson, 68, Willowcreek, Oregon, died at home peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Submitted information)
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY January 27
OBITUARY: Clarice L. (Notheis) Poor
Clarice was born in Aldershot, County of South Hampton, England, to Albert L. Notheis and Alice A. Willard Notheis. Albert was in the U.S. Army serving during World War I when he and Alice were married. Clarice and her mom came to the United States when Clarice was 9 months old—through Ellis Island and on to South Dakota, where they farmed. Brother “Bud,” Alvin Lee Notheis, was born in 1924. In 1935, the family moved west, settling in the Sunset Valley on Klamath Avenue in 1937. (Submitted Information)
PUBLIC NOTICES January 27
Publications from local governments, private parties
Storage Auction, Pioneer Nursing Home Health District, Vale Rural Fire Protection District, Adrian School District #61, Ironside Cemetery District, Malheur County Local Work Group, Estate of Joseph Lloyd Arriola
NYSSA CITY HALL January 27
Small town politics delivers lessons, insights for Nyssa mayor
Betty Holcomb was voted to the top political spot in Nyssa by the city council recently. For the lifelong Nyssa resident, building trust and looking out for seniors are key priorities.
EMPLOYMENT January 27
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Math Lab Coordinator, English Instructor, Math Instructor, Nursing Program Coordinator, Laborer, (LRC) aide, CDL Driver, Counter Salesman, Parts Dismantler, Mine Equipment Mechanic
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT January 27
Freddy Rodriguez, Ontario city councilor, subject of new restraining order over abuse, the second in a year
Malheur County Circuit Court judge Lung S. Hung found that Rodriguez “represents a credible threat to the physical safety” of an Ontario woman and that she “is in imminent danger of further abuse.”
PUBLIC SAFETY January 27
Police say Ontario infant found with injuries, meth exposure is improving
The 8-month-old was discovered at a local motel in early January. Police arrested Jose Montes Diaz, 24, of Ontario, and Marissa Pizano Solis, 26. Both are lodged in the Malheur County Jail.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS January 26
Resolution by state Republican party sparks questions, bewilderment from Malheur County lawmaker
The document links recent mob violence at the U.S. Capitol as a false-flag operation designed to discredit former President Donald Trump. GOP lawmakers and officials were caught off guard by the resolution.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY WEATHER January 25
Malheur County, brace for up to half a foot of snow Tuesday night
A storm system barreling out the Pacific is expected to hit Malheur County Tuesday night with up to a half foot of snow. Travel could be "impossible," the National Weather Service said in issuing a winter storm warning.
ONTARIO January 25
Riley Hill, mayor of Ontario, sues his own city over $500
Ontario mayor and developer Riley Hill is appealing a civil penalty levied on his company, Eldorado Investments Inc, for a nuisance ordinance involving weeds and an abandoned car left on one of the company's lots. His company recently took the city to court to overturn the penalty.
COVID IN IDAHO January 25
IN THE REGION: ‘Like my heart was trying to tear through my rib cage.’ Idahoans describe long COVID
Idaho residents chronicle their battles with long-haul Covid, reporting a range of symptoms that persist after surviving their initial bout with the virus. Health officials are bracing for more cases that will require long-term monitoring and treatment.
YOUR GOVERNMENT January 22
Malheur County Court approves commitment letter for rail reload center
The documents spells out six, non-binding guidelines between the county, a group of Malheur County onion shippers and Americold Logistics will follow regarding the taxpayer-funded facility north of Nyssa.
YOUR COMMUNITY January 22
Transportation department gears up for sidewalk, curb renovation project in Malheur County
Beginning Monday, crews will start to set up traffic control signs in several areas across Vale. The project will focus on U.S. Highway 26 and Ellsworth Street and U.S. Highway 20 between 10th Street North and Viking Drive.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS January 22
Nyssa FFA conquers Zoom to claim wins in district, state contests
Nyssa School District's FFA chapter's farm business management team won first place at the Oregon FFA Virtual Convention.
RAIL RELOAD CENTER January 21
Transportation commission approves release of construction funds for Malheur County rail center
The decision marks a milestone in the project slated north of Nyssa. The taxpayer-funded reload facility is projected to cut costs for local onion producers and help the local agriculture industry.
COMMUNITY NEWS January 21
Grant helps fill late-night child care needs for Malheur County workers
Wiggles and Giggles, a new childcare center in Ontario, won a $100,000 grant from the Border Board to become the first round-the-clock childcare option in the area.
ONTARIO January 21
Justus leaves position on Ontario City Council with no regrets
Marty Justus recently closed out his five-year stint on the Ontario City Council. The local real estate agent and business owner pointed to triumphs, and a few political setbacks, as hallmarks of his tenure.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY January 20
OBITUARY: Joel Makelin Florenzen
Joel Makelin Florenzen, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Hermiston, Oregon, on Dec. 17. He was with his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia “Trish” Florenzen, daughters Heidi Florenzen, Jennifer (Florenzen) Gilbert, and son-in-law Jonathon “Jon” Gilbert. (Submitted information)
PUBLIC NOTICES January 20
Publications from local governments, private parties
Storage Auction, Estate of Patsy Pearl Smith, Ontario Recreation District, Harper School District #66, Vale School District #84, Ironside Rural Road Assessment District #5, Jordan Valley School District #3
YOUR COMMUNITY January 20
New Ontario hospital president sets her sights on creating inclusive culture and community outreach
Dina Ellwanger stepped into the top position at Malheur County's only major hospital last summer as Covid raged. Now the North Dakota native must guide her staff through the challenges of a global pandemic.
EMPLOYMENT January 20
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Nursing Program Coordinator, Math Instructor, English Instructor, Math Lab Coordinator, LRC AIDE, CDL Driver, Counter Salesman, Parts Dismantler, Mine Equipment Mechanic
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS January 20
Vale students back to school after 10 months of interrupted instruction
New school safety measures included temperature checks before entering the building, as well as cohorting and block scheduling for high school students.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY January 20
Records recount tumultuous melee at Snake River Correctional Institution
A 37-man fight at Snake River Correctional Institution injured three and sent two to the hospital. More than a hundred pages of records obtained by the Enterprise for the first time provide details on one of the largest disturbances in years at the prison..
PUBLIC SAFETY January 19
Deadly shooting by police of Malheur County man after standoff is ruled to be justified
Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe released a brief statement Tuesday on his investigation into the death of Henry Martinez Jr., 49, Nyssa Jan. 3. Police shot and killed Martinez Jr., after a four-hour-long standoff in Ontario.
MALHEUR COUNTY CRIME January 19
Ontario police arrest pair after infant found with injuries, meth exposure
Jose Montes Diaz, 24, and Marisa Solis Pizano, 26, face multiple charges after authorities responded to a report of a ill infant at an Ontario motel.
PUBLIC SAFETY January 19
Two Ontario residents face charges after infant discovered with multiple injuries in motel room
Jose Montes Diaz, 24, and Marisa Solis Pizano, 26 are lodged in the Malheur County Jail after police responded to a call of an infant was having trouble breathing. After medical tests, the infant was found to have been exposed to methamphetamine.
OREGON GOVERNMENT January 19
Clarno tries again to retire after stint as Oregon secretary of state
Bev Clarno is the last Republican to hold statewide office in Oregon, but she retired from service at the start of the year. She worries that partisanship is hindering good public policy work in the state.
COMMENTARY January 17
COLUMN: For The Enterprise, a good year of local journalism despite challenges of Covid
OPINION: In 2020, the Enterprise did what it is supposed to do - provided fair, accurate and sometimes tough reporting on local matters. We still won't have a polar bear beat, however.
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