The Voice of Malheur County
COMMUNITY NEWS July 17
Severe drought hitting Malheur County
Sixty-two percent of Malheur County is in a severe drought. The conditions are creating problems for ranchers and taking a toll on cattle. With the hottest weeks of the summer yet to come, the effects of the drought may persist.
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BREAKING NEWS July 19
Jury convicts Nyssa man for sexual abuse of 10-year-old girl
On Wednesday, a jury convicted Doug R. Villines of seven counts for the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl in Nyssa in October 2017. He hid from police after being indicted in December, spurring a community search for the man.
PUBLIC NOTICES July 19
Publications from local governments, private parties
CITY OF NYSSA NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING,Storage Auction,TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE TS NO.: 16-43726,TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE,TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE
COMMENTARY July 19
EDITORIAL: Ontario Recreation District initiative jumps first hurdle with more to come
EDITORIAL: The Malheur County Court approves citizen initiative to put the fate of the Ontario Recreation District in the hands of voters. Now, good candidates needed for the first board seats, assuming the district is approved.
COMMUNITY NEWS July 19
Grant builds fence at Rockville Cemetery
A grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries for the Rockville Cemetery will help community members install a new fence.
COMMUNITY NEWS July 19
Vale educator named regional teacher of the year
Rhonda Erstrom, a second-grade teacher at Vale Elementary School, was recently named the regional teacher of the year.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 19
Ontario's Obon festival draws a big crowd
The annual event at Four Rivers Cultural Center was hosted by the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple and honored ancestors, featured good food, music and a peek at Japanese culture.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 19
Hefty investments yield big changes at Ontario hospital
A $11 million dollar intensive care wing puts the cap on a series of upgrades during the past eight years at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario.
OBITUARIES July 18
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Dwight Olson,Steven Magedanz, Macario Romerio Luna, Mary Laura Neighbors, Nellie Wahlert, Alfredo Contreras, Kathleen Amanda Fennimore, Ruth E. Cottrell, Amos A. Freeman
VALE July 18
Arsenic remains a risk in Vale water
An ambitious project to upgrade the city's water system, including a new water treatment plant, is expected to finally filter out arsenic that has laced Vale water for years.
PUBLIC SAFETY July 18
A night along the river, a family campout, then a stranger
Three young girls sat roasting hot dogs over a fire last week on the banks of the Owyhee River when an armed Idaho man burst into their camp. Moments later, 65-year-old Michael Reitler of Orofino lay dead from a gunshot wound.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 18
Nyssa's annual rock hound festival stays true to its roots
Thunderegg Days offered plenty of fun and lots of good food but the heart of the celebration remains the unique rocks that dot the high desert landscape of Malheur County.
EMPLOYMENT July 18
They're hiring - local job openings
COMMUNITY EVENTS July 18
PHOTOS: Farm Festival and Field Day at OSU Malheur Experiment Station
The Malheur Experiment Station held it's annual farm festival and field day on July 11. The event drew farmers and families and featured tours of agricultural experimentation fields, lunch and booths from local businesses and organizations.
BREAKING NEWS July 17
Walden condemns Russian interference in break with Trump
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, on Tuesday said he supports intelligence findings that Russia interfered in elections. This follows President Trump's stunning announcement Monday that he accepts Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of any election activity.
SCHOOL NEWS July 16
Vale student receives prestigious college scholarship
The Ronald Reagan Foundation awarded Josh Andersen, a Vale High School student,with a $40,000 college scholarship.
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