The Voice of Malheur County
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 3
Impact from virus forces Malheur County employers to jettision jobs
About one-third of the job losses occurred in the hospitality industry while health services and education lost 180 employees.
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PUBLIC SAFETY June 1
Two Parma men die in ATV crash south of Vale
The Malheur County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fatal accident that occurred Saturday night near Mitchell Butte.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT May 30
Twitter suspends account of Oregon group that claims voters’ party affiliations were changed without consent
Secretary of State Bev Clarno’s administration alerted the social media companies to what she said were falsehoods being shared on their platforms.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 29
Migrant students chronicle learning, living in pandemic
We asked students in Ontario Middle School's Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute Club to share something about their life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what they wrote.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 28
Ontario's Four Rivers center weathers string of cancellations amid COVID shutdown
With events including the Live After 5 concert series canceled, Four Rivers Cultural Center officials turn to grants and partnerships to find ways to continue as a resource for the community. Meeting room rentals are allowed to resume June 1, with restrictions.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT May 28
Malheur County Circuit Court adjusts hours
The local judicial entity will be closed several days during the summer in response to budget challenges.
FreeEDITORIAL May 28
EDITORIAL: Wilson defeat holds lessons for rest of court
EDITORIAL: Malheur County's commissioners need to heed sobering lessons from the defeat of incumbent Larry Wilson. Voters were sending a clear message they aren't happy with the county court's handling of economic development matters.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 28
Closure of Vale pool draws ire of some local residents
Vale City Manager Russ Kirkpatrick said he received questions about why the facility is still closed. Some people, he said, believe the COVID-19 virus is a hoax and want the pool back open as soon as possible.
FreePHOTO GALLERY May 28
OHS graduation delivers smiles, laughter and lots of fun
The drive-by event Wednesday proved to be a unique way to honor the 2020 Tiger graduates.
FreeNYSSA NEWS May 28
NYSSA NEWS: Parade makes great tribute to 2020 class
Fresh asparagus, "takeout" at the library and more in this week's Nyssa News.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS May 28
Voters bounce Wilson, give green light to Jacobs in county commissioner race
Ron Jacobs, the retired state water master, won the primary election over incumbent Larry Wilson and challenger Jim Mendiola last week. Jacobs, a Republican, will face Democrat Byron Shock in the November general election.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 27
Tests in Vale, Nyssa produce no new local cases of COVID-19 virus
More than 50 people were tested at sites in Vale and Nyssa earlier this month. No Malheur County residents tested positive for the virus, though test results showed two Idaho residents were infected.
PUBLIC NOTICES May 27
Publications from local governments, private parties
Budgets, Estate of Kathleen M. Lea, Summons
OBITUARIES May 27
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Warren G. (Jerry) Auyer, Lillian Wilkins, James E. Cox, Wanda M. Ford, Linda Ann Cloud
EMPLOYMENT May 27
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Transportation Supervisor, Mail route Sub, General Ranch Worker
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 27
County elected leaders balk at support for new economic recovery position
After weeks of delays, the Malheur County Court declined to make a final decision on a plan to help fund the new position. Officials said they might be willing to provide support for the slot in the future.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS May 27
Local board hands out nearly $300,000 to boost Malheur County economy
A recycling plant for drip tape in Ontario and a co-working space in Nyssa are among the projects that received funding from the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 27
Vale businesses may take major financial hit with no rodeo
The annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo usually means a windfall for local merchants. The rodeo, though, was scrubbed this year leaving some business owners wondering how, or if, they will be able to recoup profits.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 26
State plans to announce soon details on how Malheur County schools can open in the fall
The state's top education official said schools in most communities across Oregon can open in the fall - but limits will be in place. Challenges for staffing, money and bus service are ahead, educators say.
FreePHOTO GALLERY May 25
PHOTOS: Pandemic can't rain on grads' parade
Vale and Nyssa High Schools celebrated 2020 grads last week with parades in front of the schools.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 25
Judge in Baker County has to act Tuesday to defend or drop his order on governor's pandemic rules
Baker Circuit Court Judge Matt Shirtcliff is under a directive from the Oregon Supreme Court to act on his decision that Gov. Kate Brown's orders limiting church gatherings are no longer in effect. The holiday weekend action by the state's highest court continues the legal debate about civil rights versus government authority.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION May 22
Vale FFA gives scholarships to 7
Vale High seniors took home a total of $13,200 in scholarships from FFA.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 22
COVID-19 virus cases climb in Malheur County
Seven new cases were reported Thursday by the Malheur County Health Department, pushing the total number to 28. Meanwhile, test results from events in Nyssa and Vale last week are delayed.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION May 22
Aiken kindergarten teacher wins Malheur region's Teacher of the Year award
Mayra Pelayo overcame several obstacles before she settled into a now nearly 17-year career at Aiken Elementary. This week she was recognized for her ability to reach every one of her students, particularly those who are struggling the most.
FreeEDUCATION May 22
School district helps families gain Wi-Fi connection, as education moves online
The Nyssa School District paid for Wi-Fi services for more than 200 families in district schools to help remove barriers that got in the way of distance learning.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 21
Fry Foods' Ontario plant reopens after COVID-19 testing
Four employees who work at Fry Foods in Ontario tested positive for COVID-19. The employees were asked to self-quarantine and the plant is operating at partial capacity for now.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS May 21
Jacobs seals GOP primary victory for county commissioner position
Retired water master claims top slot in the Tuesday election and will now take on Democrat Byron Shock in the November general election. Jim Mendiola, a local contractor, finished second in unofficial results while incumbent commissioner Larry Wilson was a distant third.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 21
Fair cancellation dashes hopes of county’s young competitors
As the Malheur County Fair Board was left with no choice but to cancel this year's event, students across the county lost an opportunity to show off their hard work in person this summer.
NYSSA NEWS May 21
NYSSA NEWS: Silk flowers needed for Memorial Day tributes
If you have gently used, or new flowers to donate, please take them to the church office or entrance of the church, located at 504 Locust St.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS May 20
Wilson, county commissioner overseeing rail project, appears to be losing bid for re-election
The incumbent Malheur County commissioner trails challengers Ron Jacobs and Jim Mendiola for the Republican nomination in the most recent, unofficial results released by the clerk's office.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS May 20
Malheur County's vote tally will be updated once equipment fixed, county says
Malheur County Clerk Gayle Trotter said a problem with a voting machine is holding up a final, unofficial, tally of votes. She said she hopes to have the machine operational later this afternoon or early in the evening.
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