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Top stories of 2020 in Malheur County: Crime, Covid, controversy and more

New Year's Eve fireworks produce a dazzling display over Vale on Dec. 31, 2020, as the pandemic year comes to a close. (Pat Caldwell/The Enterprise)

The year 2020 is history, and indeed it was a historic year for Malheur County. Editor Les Zaitz selected the Top 10 stories of the year from the hundreds reported by the Enterprise. He based his selection on how many people were affected, accountability of government, or local changes that will have broad impacts on the community.

The stories:

No. 10 – MAJOR 


Douglas Wold, 48, went to work for Fry Foods in June 2019, handling human resources. Investigators a year later uncovered a scheme in which they accused Wold of cutting phony payroll checks and putting them into his personal bank accounts . . .