Year in review: Malheur County headlines of 2016

Lead detected in water at schools throughout Malheur County caused concern for staff and parents. (Malheur Enterprise/FILE)

VALE - From unemployment to water supply to a proposed national monument over the vast Owyhee Canyonlands, Malheur Enterprise readers faced an array of news in 2016.

Here are some of the key local stories of the year from the pages of the Malheur Enterprise.

Wage Hike

In February, the Oregon Senate passed Senate Bill 1532, which increased the minimum wage up in Oregon. The program is being phased across three geographic locations in Oregon. The wage will top out in the Portland area at $14.75 an hour; $13.50 in medium-sized population areas and $12.50 in Oregon’s low-population areas.

The regions’ legislators – Oregon Sen. Ted Ferrioli . . .