The Voice of Malheur County
NYSSA May. 22
NYSSA NEWS: New businesses open up, and library calls for bookmark art
New businesses in Nyssa include a boutique full of kids clothing and goods, and a lunchbox with Latino flair. Columnist Susan Barton has the details.
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COMMENTARY May. 20
COLUMN: Take time now to enjoy life – that granite can wait
Her father's recent medical emergency prompts farmer and author Brianna Walker to reconsider her priorities, and take time to enjoy the little but important moments in life.
FreeELECTION 2022 May. 20
Many Oregon candidates breeze to victory with no primary opponents
Six legislators will take their seats in January without worrying about the general or primary election, and nearly 100 more have no primary opponents.
FreeOREGON NEWS May. 20
Water contamination worsened as DEQ went easy on Port of Morrow
SPECIAL REPORT: State officials rarely intervened and never stopped the port as it dumped hundreds of tons of excess nitrogen over a critical groundwater area.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS May. 20
Ready to ride? Big Loop Rodeo's the draw in Jordan Valley
Bull riding, calf roping, rodeo dances and a buckaroo breakfast are just a few of the events that draw rodeo fans to Jordan Valley each spring. The Big Loop Rodeo rides again this Friday through Sunday, May 20-22.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY May. 20
Four Rivers Cultural Center readies to host a big night of dancing
The cultural center will host Dancing with the Four Rivers’ Stars event from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Meyer-McLean Performing Arts Theater Friday, May 20.
ONTARIO May. 19
Ontario hospital nurses’ union files federal complaint over contract issues
The union also seeks $4,000 in back pay for each nurse. The union asserts Trinity Health bargained in bad faith. At least one nurse, though, contends a "majority" of nurses want to leave the union.
FreeELECTION 2022 May. 19
In race for governor, Tiernan concedes, but Drazan not ready to declare victory in Oregon GOP primary
Results show Christine Drazan likely will be the Republican nominee for governor, facing Democrat Tina Kotek.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS May. 19
PHOTO GALLERY: Plenty of fun and airplanes at Ontario Fly-In event
More than 20 planes and pilots descended on the local airport Saturday while aircraft static displays lined the airfield tarmac.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS May. 19
Vale seniors ready to claim diplomas
The graduation ceremony for Vale High School's class of 2022 will be Sunday, May 22.
OBITUARIES May. 18
Celebration of Life: Gary Boor
A time to honor Gary Boor, who left this life October 7, 2021, will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 1 p.m. in the pasture at the corner of Morgan Avenue and Arabian Drive.
OBITUARIES May. 18
OBITUARY: James E. B. Stewart
James E. B. Stewart, 76, of Vale, Oregon, passed away May 10 peacefully at his home with family at his side. He is survived by wife, seven children, his sister, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
OBITUARIES May. 18
OBITUARY: Alexis Lee Ann Beltran
Alexis Lee Ann Beltran, of Boise gained her angel wings on April 25, 2022 at the age of 19.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION May. 18
Sharp set to retire, cap decades-long career at Vale School District
Mary Jo Sharp, the principal at Vale High School, will retire at the end of this school year. Sharp has worked for the local education district in a variety of roles for more than three decades.
EMPLOYMENT May. 18
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include: K-5 Multisubject Teacher for a Self Contained Classroom and Dorm Host
GRADUATIONS May. 18
Jordan Valley Mustangs graduate in May 12 ceremony
The Class of 2022 claimed diplomas at Jordan Valley High School on Thursday, May 12.
PUBLIC NOTICES May. 18
Publications from local governments, private parties
Notice of Budget Committee Meetings, Notice of Public Hearing, Estate of Grant M. Mayo, Ironside Rural Road District Budget Documents
COMMUNITY May. 18
Vale proposes fee to bolster fire department
The city is drafting a plan for a fee that would help the Vale Fire Department upgrade equipment and staffing. A recent survey showed support for the idea.
FreeELECTION 2022 May. 18
Oregon primary election: Progressive women win big, Republican races remain tight
Incumbent Congressman Kurt Schrader could be on his way out, but Clackamas County results were slow because of ballot issues. Tina Kotek and Christine Drazan appear to have won party nominations for governor.
OREGON ELECTION 2022 May. 17
FINAL RESULTS: Mendiola defeats Hodge for county commissioner, Joyce heads for re-election
UPDATED: Jim Mendiola, a Vale businessman making his second run for Malheur County commissioner, soundly defeated incumbent Don Hodge. Dan Joyce, incumbent Malheur County judge, edged out challenger Tom Vialpando for one more six-year term.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS May. 16
Malheur County track athletes heading to state after winning district titles
Nyssa High School girls track team won the district title on Saturday, May 14, while the Bulldogs boys clinched second place . Meanwhile, the Adrian boys track team won their 1A district title and the Antelope girls finished second in Class 1A district team standings.
FreeOREGON NEWS May. 15
Oregon’s Agriculture Department Director Alexis Taylor nominated by White House to serve in USDA
A White House announcement said she was nominated to serve as under secretary for trade and foreign agriculture affairs.
COMMENTARY May. 14
COLUMN: Here's a really pricey vacation idea
Vale columnist Pauline Sheehan recalls a really expensive vacation trip. And no, it wasn't a cruise.
TREASURE VALLEY RELOAD CENTER May. 13
Oversight of Smith unclear as reload project falters
As serious questions unfold about troubles with the Treasure Valley Reload Center, some county officials now want answers Malheur County's economic development director. "Where's the audit?" asks County Judge Dan Joyce.
FreeNATIONAL NEWS May. 13
Democrat legislators from the West push update of 150-year-old federal mining law
Proposed legislation would require companies to clean up abandoned mines, lease the federal lands they operate on and pay royalties for revenue from public land.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT May. 13
Vale officials dust off water rationing plans - just in case
Vale elected leaders reviewed plans for rationing because severe drought continues to grip the region and Malheur County. Last summer, as a heat wave hit the area, two of the city's wells went dry.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS May. 12
VALE NEWS: Celebrate spring with Fling – and lots more
A Spring Fling, citywide yard sale, history talk and a fun shoot are on the calendar in the Vale area.
COMMENTARY May. 12
LETTER: Circuit judges urge support for Ortega
This week's mailbag includes a letter urging support at the polls for incumbent Judge Darleen Ortega.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS May. 12
Who will be the 2022 grand marshal for Vale's 4th of July Rodeo?
Vale's 4th of July Rodeo is coming up July 1-4, and the community is invited to nominate rodeo and community boosters to be grand marshals for the annual festivities. May 16 is the deadline to submit your pick.
FreeAROUND the NORTHWEST May. 12
St. Luke’s hospital system sues Bundy, Rodriguez, People’s Rights and others
Lawsuit alleges defamation, harassment surrounding a 2022 child protection case in Idaho.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT May. 12
Pioneer Place finances show improvement even as bailout request to the county remains in limbo
The publicly-owned nursing home in Vale approached county commissioners in February to get $900,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act to help offset costs from the Covid pandemic. The request, though, probably does not meet federal requirements. The county forwarded the request to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's office.
ELECTION 2022 May. 12
Ontario voters asked to give council more power, but impose limits on tax increases
Voters inside the city of Ontario have two ballot measures to decide in the May 17 primary election. One would increase the city's motel tax. Another would change the city's primary governing document to modify powers of the Ontario City Council.
OBITUARIES May. 11
OBITUARY: Dave Yraguen
Dave Yraguen, 68, of Boise, died Tuesday, May 3, in his home, surrounded by those that loved him most. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 11, from 1-3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 811 S. Latah, Boise, Idaho 83705.
OBITUARIES May. 11
OBITUARY: Joy “Darlene” Standage
Joy “Darlene” Standage, 87, of Vale, Oregon, passed away on Monday, May 2, surrounded by family.
OBITUARIES May. 11
OBITUARY: Samuel Henry Warrington
Samuel Henry Warrington 72, of Ontario, Oregon, lost his battle to cancer Thursday April 28 at his home with family around him.
EMPLOYMENT May. 11
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include: K-5 Multisubject Teacher for a Self Contained Classroom, Dorm Host for the Parents Boys’ Dorm
ONTARIO May. 11
Fly-In on Saturday offers food, fun at Ontario airport
Pilots and air aficionados will have plenty to see and do this Saturday at the Ontario Municipal Airport's Fly-In.
PUBLIC NOTICES May. 11
Publications from local governments, private parties
Notice of Budget Committee Meeting, Estate of Sandra Isbell
VALE May. 11
Family creates Vale pool fund aims to help area youth
The Bella Sims Dream Big Swim Fund, spearheaded by Sherri Hironaka and Lynn McKinney and in conjunction with the city of Vale, will help local residents pay for swim lessons and other swimming equipment. The fund is named after Hironaka's granddaughter, a U.S. Olympic women's team swimmer and silver medalist.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY May. 10
Ontario food pantry confronts rising demand for services
The Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida food pantry in Ontario began to see an uptick in clients after the beginning of the year. Since then, more and more people are visiting the pantry but officials are not exactly sure what is driving demand.
FreeOREGON NEWS May. 10
Oregon, Washington detect first cases of bird flu in backyard flocks
Bird owners should report respiratory symptoms, lethargy or sudden death in their flocks, as bird flu arrives in the Northwest, officials say.
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