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County Court opens door to new Ontario recreation district

A plan to create an independent recreation district for Ontario moved ahead last week when the Malheur County Court agreed to place an initiative on the November ballot. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser).

VALE – A plan to create an independent recreation district in Ontario gained new life last week after the Malheur County Court agreed to support the proposal.

Mary Jo Evers, an Ontario resident, is spearheading the effort and she gave her second presentation to the court in two weeks May 16.

Evers decided to get involved after she learned Ontario city budget woes meant elimination of the city’s recreation department, which fields a variety of sports teams for area youth.

Two weeks ago, Evers asked the court to place an initiative on the November ballot to create a new government that would run a recreation . . .