Volunteers serve up tech solution to keep Ontario nursery running

Alicia Ruiz, Treasure Valley Relief Nursery case manager, shows how a newly designed, cost-free web system helps her organization conduct at-home visits in Malheur County. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – Ryan Doute spent years working for the U.S. Army disposing of chemical weapons or searching for weapons of mass destruction but one of his greatest achievements happened much closer to home recently.

“It’s quite a story,” said Doute last week.

This particular story, like so many this year, began with the Covid outbreak. Eventually the effort involved several Treasure Valley tech companies and volunteers on the way to creating a unique computer system for a local non-profit.

Last spring, after Oregon established measures to stop the virus, the new mandates put the Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery of Ontario . . .