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ONTARIO October 15
Government crews clear out Ontario homeless camps
A potential breach of Ontario's drinking water system triggered a move Monday to eliminate a homeless camp. City and state workers used heavy equipment to clear an area along the Snake River.
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ONTARIO SCHOOLS October 15
Ontario cites 'bullying' behavior to dismiss former football coach
Tony Cade was hired last June to take over the Ontario High School football program but was forced to resign part way through the season after administrators conducted an investigation concluding Cade was bullying players, according to a document released to the Enterprise.
OREGON POLITICS October 14
Recall effort against Oregon governor falls short
UPDATE: Two efforts to recall Kate Brown ended in failure Monday, with one organized by the Oregon Republican Party conceding without turning in petitions to the state. A second campaign submitted paperwork to the state claiming 290,000 signatures but elections officials concluded petitioners turned in significantly less than that.
COMMUNITY NEWS October 14
PHOTOS: A week of Viking pride at Vale homecoming
Vale High celebrated homecoming last week. Check out photos from five days of festivities that led up to an Oct. 11 homecoming football game and coronation.
OREGON POLITICS October 12
Drives to recall Brown see petitions pile up as Monday deadline looms
Racing the clock, two groups press the case to recall Kate Brown as they round up last signatures before Monday's deadline. They say they are close and any recall vote would be historic for Oregon.
SPORTS October 11
PHOTOS: Nyssa came close, but Vikings remain undefeated
The Vikings lead their league with a 7-0 record after a win against Nyssa Thursday night in Vale. The match was a close one, with a surprise comeback from Nyssa in the third set and a neck-and-neck fourth set. Scores ended in 25-17, 25-18, 17-25, 28-26.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE October 11
SAIF offers farm safety program in Ontario
The free sessions will happen on Monday Oct. 28 in La Grande and on Tuesday Oct. 29 in Ontario. The sessions have been offered in Spanish in the past, and while none are available in Malheur County at the moment, a spokesperson for SAIF said they wouldn't rule out offering sessions in Spanish. A webinar in Spanish will be available in March.
OREGON POLITICS October 11
Getting laws changed through Oregon ballot draws many efforts, few successes
Getting a measure into the hands of Oregon voters to change state policy or law is a daunting process. The state lists 16 steps in the initiative process before a voter ever gets to consider a yes or no choice.
YOUR GOVERNMENT October 11
Broadband to expand across Malheur County with federal money
About 1,000 Malheur County residents currently do not have access to broadband, but that may soon change. The county will receive federal funds to beef up its broadband capability as part of a program to invest nearly $68 million over the next 10 years across 10 rural Oregon counties – including Malheur – for broadband improvements.
HEALTH October 10
Experts recommend getting flu shot soon for best protection this flu season
It's that time of year again: flu season. Experts recommend getting the shot before the end of October to get the best protection this season. Without insurance, flu shots typically range from $25 to $40 locally.
EDUCATION October 10
USC journalism school partners with Malheur Enterprise
The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism chose the Malheur Enterprise as the spot for the university's course on rural reporting. Next May about half a dozen journalism students will spend two weeks in Malheur County learning about rural journalism and writing for the Enterprise.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS October 10
Oregon Eastern Railroad serves Vale-area niche
With a handful of employees, Oregon Eastern Railroad serves local clients in the Vale area and looks for new opportunities.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS October 10
Homedale overpowers Vikings
The Trojans took the lead early in the Friday, Oct. 4 non-league game, piling up 557 yards of offense, including 491 yards in the first half, on the way to a 65-12 win against Vale.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS October 10
Rivals gear up for ‘Black and Blue’ fray
The Bulldogs will hit the grass Friday after they clinched their first league win – a 22-7 triumph over Umatilla – last week. The game against Nyssa will be Vale’s first league match up and will cap a week of homecoming festivities.
COMMENTARY October 9
Saturday's Vale FFA auction builds on rich tradition
COMMENTARY: Vale's annual FFA auction is not the place to go bargain hunting. It's an opportunity to back local kids who are determined to do better for themselves. So come on out to the Vale school bus barn Saturday at 10 a.m. and support the cause.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE October 9
Nyssa-area farmer, 42, killed while working on harvesting equipment
Theodore Trevor Frahm, 42, from Ontario, died after getting pulled into an onion harvester at King Avenue south of Cairo Junction.
COMMUNITY NEWS October 9
Treasure Valley Community College rodeo contenders riding into spotlight in Ontario
The rodeo is coming back to the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Friday for a college rodeo followed by the Treasure Valley Community College Chukar rodeo on Saturday.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS October 9
PHOTOS: Lady Viks do it again
The Vikings continue undefeated in league play, kicking off the second round of league with a victory over rival team Burns last night in Vale. Set scores: 25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21. Vale currently ranks No. 1 in their league.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 9
Home prices soar at state's Juntura site
The state Transportation Department is paying $284 per square foot for two new homes for its employees in Juntura; that's $65 more, or roughly 30%, than the median cost per square foot in the state. Agency officials blamed a healthy economy and the remoteness of Juntura for the high cost of the homes.
NYSSA NEWS October 9
Sales, sales, sales in Nyssa this week
In Nyssa, the Senior Center is putting on a yard and bake sale and the M&W supermarket is celebrating 67 years with an anniversary sale.
PUBLIC NOTICES October 9
Publications from local governments, private parties
Notice of Sale, Notice of Public Improvement, Notice to Interested Persons
MALHEUR COUNTY ENVIRONMENT October 9
State wildlife leaders to tour grouse, mine sites in Malheur County
The public is invited to join the tour that is scheduled to begin at the Holiday Inn Express, 212 S.E. 10th St., at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.
YOUR COMMUNITY October 9
Pheasant hunt coming up for youngsters
A pheasant hunt for kids, sponsored by several local and state groups, is set for Oct. 12-13, at the City of Ontario’s Skyline Farm Access Area at the end of Canyon 2 Road.
SPORTS October 8
Nyssa volleyball is making a comeback
The Bulldogs have made a comeback following spotty performance at the beginning of the season. They swept Umatilla and Riverside last week and defeated Irrigon in four sets over the weekend. Next stop in league play: a rematch with Vale Thursday.
NYSSA NEWS October 8
Nyssa couple escapes burning house
A long-time Nyssa family fled its . home early Sunday morning with nothing but the clothes on their backs and some valuables after an electrical fire engulfed their home in flames. The community has since come to their aid, showering them in support.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS October 7
Fans jam Snoop Dogg's surprise show in Ontario and now city officials consider fines
A free concert with a national rap star and show-ending fireworks pleased the thousands who took to an Ontario dirt field Saturday night. City officials say they're evaluating what happened and whether city laws were violated.
SPORTS October 7
PHOTOS: Vikings ranked No. 1 in league after finishing undefeated
The Vikings now rank No. 1 in their league after finishing the first round of league play undefeated. A match against Burns tomorrow will kick off the second round of league play, followed by a Thursday match against Nyssa. JV play starts at 4 p.m. both days.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS October 5
UPDATED: National star Snoop Dogg to perform in Ontario; crowds, traffic expected
UPDATED Ontario's retail marijuana industry will get a marketing boost Saturday when rap star Snoop Dogg puts on a free performance. He's part of the grand opening show for Hotbox Farms' new retail store in east Ontario and his appearance is drawing regional attention.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS October 5
TVCC to host three days of rodeo in October
Treasure Valley Community College will host two rodeos from Oct. 11-13 at the Malheur County Fairgrounds. The Northwest Regional Rodeo is on Friday, Oct. 11, and then the TVCC Chukar Rodeo is on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.
SPORTS October 4
PHOTOS: Vale volleyball is on a roll
The Vale volleyball team is on a roll, winning against Umatilla Friday following a sweep of Weiser at an Oct. 1 match and a stunning win against rival team Burns last month.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS October 4
Nyssa teacher leaves the classroom to start new business
Melodie Ayarza spent seven years as a schoolteacher at Willowcreek and Nyssa before opening up her consignment shop, Four Rivers Auction, in Ontario.
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