Hundreds in Malheur County behind on utility bills but new help arrives

An Idaho Power substation in Ontario. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

ONTARIO– Malheur County customers won’t see their utilities shut off in coming weeks as the utilities and state regulators roll out new programs to help with past-due bills.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission has approved plans by regulated utilities to help their customers catch up on bills piling up because of the pandemic.

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