COLUMN: First half of year challenging, gratifying for crew of the Enterprise

We’ve been gunning hard at the Malheur Enterprise and it’s time to take a breath and assess. What a six months it’s been for us and for you.

The year started, of course, with twin challenges for news gathering.

The winter snowstorms tested our news staff. We turned our Facebook page into a sort of dispatch center for the public, and thousands upon thousands of people came to us for the latest on forecasts, road closures and then building collapses. Even with a small staff, we became Malheur County’s go-to source for breaking news.

Our reporters then tackled the horrific murders now blamed on Anthony Montwheeler. We didn’t just report the awful events of Jan. 9. We dug in hard to find out who was Montwheeler. Our news crew brought you the startling news that Montwheeler had just been released from the . . .