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COMMENTARY Sep. 20
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MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 17
Time for more rodeo in Vale Saturday and Sunday
The Jim Reed Memorial Rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Vale Rodeo Grounds. The Bulls and Broncs Extravaganza will begin Sunday at 3 p.m. in the same location.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 17
Ontario mayor wins suit against his own city over nuisance citations
The city of Ontario's code enforcement fined Mayor Riley Hill $500 for having a messy property. Hill sued to get out of the fine, and won't have to pay it, though the judge said he would not rule yet on whether the city should also reimburse Hill's lawyer fees. The suit cost the city more than $8,000 in legal fees.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Sep. 17
Ontario Tigers grid squad will rely on returning starters
Four seniors and two juniors are returning starters with the potential to be impact players this year, said Coach Greg Simmons.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Sep. 17
Malheur Enterprise wins awards in state news contest
The Enterprise took home 12 awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, including the second place award for general excellence.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 16
UPDATE: Tasting available as Tater Tot Festival to roll into Ontario this weekend
The Tater Tot festival is on Friday, Sept. 17 ,from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will be in Downtown Historic Ontario, on South Oregon Street and Southwest 2nd Avenue.
COMMENTARY Sep. 16
EDITORIAL: We need leadership to defeat Covid, defy the politics of fear and anger
EDITORIAL: President George W. Bush, in his 9/11 remembrance speech, noted the slide of American politics into 'a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment.' Nowhere is that more apparent today than in our divisiveness over how to combat Covid. And amid strident calls for local control, few local leaders are offering their own solutions to protect the community.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 16
PHOTOS: Annual color run raises funds for Ontario relief nursery
The Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery held its 10th annual Relief Run on Saturday, Sept. 11, where runners and volunteers were pelted with colored dye for charity.
FreeCOVID CRISIS Sep. 16
Idaho hospitals, which serve Malheur County, now go to rationing care because of Covid
Idaho Capital Sun report: Idaho is now in statewide mass-casualty triage mode, due to COVID surge. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the last-resort move on Thursday. NOTE: Most Covid patients from Malheur County are sent to Idaho hospitals for treatment.
WATCHDOG Sep. 16
Onion executives rely on public, private roles in pushing along Nyssa rail center
Grant Kitamura and Kay Riley fill multiple functions as leaders of their private firms, board members of a local non-profit designed to oversee the construction of the rail facility and top directors of a private onion shipping firm geared to use the center.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Sep. 15
Steele guides Vikings past La Pine in non-league contest
The Vale quarterback manufactured a late-game, epic touchdown run to lift the home team over the Hawks last Friday.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Sep. 15
OBITUARY: William (Bill) Neil Cummings Sr.
On September 7, 2021 we lost our beloved father, grandfather and friend, William (Bill) Cummings Sr. Bill passed away peacefully Tuesday morning in his home in Vale, Oregon. (Submitted Information)
EMPLOYMENT Sep. 15
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Grounds and Maintenance Support Staff, District Nurse, Administrative Assistant, feed lot
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 15
Battle lines drawn in Malheur County as virus surges
Elected officials and citizens protest vaccination mandates while Covid cases surge in Malheur County, and Malheur County resident is among a group suing Gov. Kate Brown. “There is more hardship than ever,” said Sarah Poe, director of the Malheur County Health Department. “We have a vaccine. About a third of our community is protected. People who are getting really sick and dying of this disease are not vaccinated.”
PUBLIC NOTICES Sep. 15
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of GERALD JAMES LEROY, Estate of FLORENCE M. SHENK, Vale Oregon Irrigation District
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 15
Vale council green lights new ambulance purchase
The city will use federal Covid relief money to buy the vehicle. The new rig will replace a similar ambulance bought last year that is prone to breakdowns.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 15
Signs of Hope during tough times in Malheur County
The Malheur County Prevention Coalition held two Signs of Hope rallies last week as part of a state-wide initiative during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and National Recovery Month. It is one of three events this month.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 14
Malheur County Court holds first meeting to discuss "Greater Idaho"
The Malheur County Court held its first required public meeting to discuss how the proposed "Greater Idaho" border change could affect the county. Public commenters considered the impact it would have on business and community relations.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Sep. 13
School board members around Oregon get warning: Obey the law
The state association representing school boards was blunt in a letter to board members about the risk of ignoring Covid restrictions. The association leaders wrote that school board members have a duty to obey the law regardless of their views.
AROUND OREGON Sep. 13
AROUND OREGON: Court rules against Bend using hotel dollars to fix roads
The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association and two local hotel owners challenged the ordinance in court, arguing that Bend broke a state law by using about $350,000 of its lodging tax money to fix roads instead of for tourism promotion. So now, the city has to go back to allocating the full 35.4% to tourism promotion and facilities, said Ian Leitheiser, an attorney with the city.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Sep. 10
Longoria keeps focus on equity, student success in Ontario
Ontario Middle School principal Lisa Longoria draws on her own personal experiences as an Ontario School District alumna to effectively serve a diverse student body.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 10
Ontario charity 5k run open for registration
A charity run benefitting the Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11. The Relief Run Color Blast will start at 10 a.m. at Beck-Kiwanis Park in Ontario. Entry is $30 for individuals and $100 for teams.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Sep. 10
Vale claims first win of the season, Bulldogs fall to Cole Valley
The Vikings clinched a 25-0 win over Parma but the Chargers defeated Nyssa/Harper Charter 16-0 last Friday night. Both games were non-league contests. This week Vale is scheduled to host La Pine in another non-league game while Nyssa/Harper Charter travels to Melba.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Sep. 9
Victim in Ontario racist stabbing faces attacker, who gets 16 years in federal prison
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Nolan L. Strauss, 27, of Colorado, to 16 years in prison for a federal hate crime in Ontario in 2019. The victim, Ronnell T. Hughes, appeared in the Eugene courtroom to speak about the attack.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Sep. 9
Adrian community looks for unity as Mark Redmond named interim superintendent
Mark Redmond, the superintendent of the Malheur Education Service District, was named interim superintendent for Adrian School District Wednesday night. Adrian fired their previous superintendent, Kevin Purnell, last week amidst disagreements over the state's mask mandate for schools. Redmond said the mask mandate must be followed.
MALHEUR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Sep. 9
Experience, know-how will define 2021 Antelope grid squad
Adrian welcomes a number of returning starters to a program that has defined 8-man football success in recent years. Head coach Bill Wortman, though, cautioned every game this season will be a tough one.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 9
Kids continue to get Covid in Malheur County, officials report
Covid cases in people under 18 have “increased dramatically” since July, officials say. Malheur County reported 115 pediatric cases in August.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Sep. 8
Vale plans Patriot Day celebration on Saturday
The event, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, will showcase area first responders. Vale Mayor Tom Vialpando pushed for the event and invites the community to attend the event at Wadleigh Park.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Sep. 8
OBITUARY: Mary Trump
How can one sum up the life of a woman who was such a wise matriarch and a never-ending source of encouragement in just a few paragraphs? There are not enough words or pages to do her justice, but we will start from the beginning and tell you a few things about the most amazing woman we have ever known, our mother Mary Pearl Armon Trump. (submitted Information)
PUBLIC NOTICES Sep. 8
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of GERALD JAMES LEROY
EMPLOYMENT Sep. 8
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include feed lot help
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 8
Cases hit record in Malheur County, vax rate lowest in Oregon
Health and medical professionals renewed their call for people to get vaccinated against Covid as the surest way to prevent deaths. “We continue to lose people who didn’t have to die. We continue to comfort families after a death that didn’t have to happen. There is heartache and there is pain,” said Dr. Richard Augustus of West Valley Medical Center.
EDUCATION Sep. 7
Adrian to pay former superintendent more than $100,000; he agrees not to sue
Kevin Purnell, the superintendent in Adrian who was recently terminated related to the state's mask mandate, agreed not to sue the district. According to the settlement agreement, he will receive a payout two installments while the district searches for a replacement.
FreeCOVID CRISIS Sep. 7
Idaho forced to ration medical care as hospitals buckle under Covid
Idaho Capital Sun: The state's unprecedented decision on Tuesday means a rationing of emergency care in the northern part of Idaho. This could impact hospitals in the Boise, which treats Covid patients from Malheur County.
AROUND OREGON Sep. 6
AROUND OREGON: Today's cannabis consumers break the stereotype, survey finds
Cannabis consumers tend to be younger and college educated, not unemployed drug users, according to a study done by Dutchie, a Bend-based online marketplace platform. The survey showed that the stereotype of a cannabis user is false, said Ross Lipson, Dutchie CEO, in an interview. The survey showed that the baby boomers are the fastest growing demographic for cannabis sales, Lipson said
FreeAROUND OREGON Sep. 3
AROUND OREGON: ‘Intentional misuse’ of ivermectin rises in Oregon
Poison control operators in Oregon have already seen a third more calls this month for people who intentionally misused veterinary and human forms of ivermectin than they saw in all of the other seven months of the year combined.
FreeCOVID MANDATES Sep. 2
Sheriff Wolfe's petition gains traction, and Gov. Brown responds
More than 400 people have signed on to Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe's letter to Gov. Kate Brown rejecting statewide mandates for masking and vaccinations. Gov. Brown had not asked sheriffs to enforce the mandates, and said that local leaders were playing politics with Oregonians' lives.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 2
County elected leaders issue letter of protest over governor's Covid mandates
The missive signed Wednesday by the Malheur County Court calls for Gov. Kate Brown to discard requirements for vaccinations and to allow residents to make their own choice.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 2
Malheur County's industrial park on hold as federal grant skipped, costs continue
Officials hoped to tie the planned business park to the Nyssa rail center. But the county has put the project on hold, even as taxpayers pay on debt and with a decision not to seek millions from the federal government for now.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 2
Malheur County breaks daily Covid case record
Malheur County reported 85 new cases of Covid from Tuesday, Aug. 31, breaking the previous daily record set over a year ago.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Sep. 1
Ontario police chief will step down from post in October
The city made the announcement Wednesday. Steve Romero served as the chief of police for a little over two years.
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