Filing deadline nears in Malheur County as citizens urged to step up and help

Shagay Jones looks at the inscription on a tombstone at the Owyhee Cemetery between Nyssa and Adrian last week. Jones is one of three members of the Owyhee Cementer Board. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Jeremy Chamberlain stepped onto the Vale Rural Fire Board because wanted to get involved in his community.

Someone wrote Elias Eiguren in for the Arock School District Board – and he won.

Dennis Buttice liked the care his mom received when she was a resident of Pioneer Place, so he decided to join the facility’s board.

Buttice, Chamberlain and Eiguren are among the local residents who are members of sometimes little-known elected boards that oversee everything from fire departments to cemeteries to school districts in remote areas of Malheur County. Their work occurs largely in the background but their . . .