State throws financial life preserver to Malheur County groups as Covid epidemic endures

With no one to book conferences or plays, chairs are stacked up in a hallway of the Four Rivers Cultural Center last week. The facility suffered a drop in use in the wake of the Covid epidemic but state funding will help keep the doors of the building open. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz).

ONTARIO - A financial life preserver in the form of a state grant will help three Malheur County groups weather the crippling impacts on their operations of the pandemic.

Four Rivers Cultural Center and the Malheur County Fair in Ontario and the Drexel H. Foundation in Vale all received emergency grants from a special state allocation intended to keep Oregon nonprofit groups alive.

“It saved 600 arts foundations from closure,” said Matt Stringer, executive director of Four Rivers.

Malheur County remains under state . . .