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Oct 22 2018 thru Oct 28 2018

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STATE GOVERNMENT October 27
Brown's administration wins bid to keep state records secret - for now
At the last minute, a state high court on Friday gave Oregon state officials authority to keep from the public documents showing what law changes are being considered.
OREGON POLITICS October 26
Ballots continue to flow in, but pace off from last governor's race
Voters are turning ballots in more slowly than the last time Oregon elected a governor, according to the state Elections Division, as big money continues to flow to the campaigns of Democrat Kate Brown and Republican Knute Buehler.
SPORTS October 26
Vikings prep for big game tonight
Vale will face Burns at 7 p.m. at Hawley Stadium in a game with important playoff implications.
OREGON POLITICS October 25
Walden challenger hits $1 million mark in campaign effort
Jamie McLeod-Skinner trails Greg Walden in the race for the congressional seat representing Malheur County, but her polling suggests he's not as popular as he once was in his district.
EDITORIAL October 25
EDITORIAL: Faith in City Hall key to Ontario council races
EDITORIAL: There are three city council seats on the ballot, but there are seven people running for those few spots. Voters need to judge who has the attitude for and the interest in closing the gap between those governing and the governed. Our recommendations to do that.
NYSSA NEWS October 25
Scarecrows invading Nyssa, block party planned
Fall festivities is in full swing around Nyssa, with scarecrows and fall décor at businesses, homes and churches. A community block party will be held at the Lighthouse Church on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. And next month, Mary Shelton will be looking for volunteers and helpers for the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 22.
COMMUNITY NEWS October 25
No easy fix seen as Ontario gangs persist
Ontario police say graffiti tags around the city suggest that gangs remain a problem and that solving it isn’t going to be easy. They say that one of the best solutions to fixing it would be to hire more officers focused on gangs, but the city said it would cost too much money.
VALE NEWS October 25
Tricks and treats coming up in Vale
The Vale Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Business Trick or Treat throughout the downtown area from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The event offers a safe and fun venue for children to celebrate Halloween.
ONTARIO NEWS October 25
Ontario adventurers talk to youth
Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray of Ontario will share their story of traveling the Camino de Santiago, in northern Spain at the Nov. 7 Emerging Leaders Summit at Treasure Valley Community College. The two friends backpacked around the mediterranean region despite Justin’s challenges from a neuromuscular disorder.
COMMUNITY NEWS October 25
Vale nursing home gets top marks
The 2018 HealthInsight Quality Awards recently identified Pioneer Place as one of the 17 Oregon nursing homes, recognized for their “excellence in providing high-quality care for their residents.”
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 24
After public backlash, Gov. Brown orders the state to release school performance ratings
The state Department of Education earlier this week announced it would delay the performance reviews until after the election, contending needed more time to review the numbers. A political firestorm ensued, leading to a prompt reversal on Wednesday.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 24
Judge tells Brown's administration to cough up proposed laws
State officials in Gov. Kate Brown's administration faced a Marion County judge Wednesday who told them to turn over state documents they wanted to keep secret. The records detail laws that state agencies want to change.
VALE NEWS October 24
Chili feed, drawing, auction set to aid injured Vale boy
A chili feed is set for Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vale High School cafeteria. Raffle tickets will be available for a $750 gift certificate from Malheur Drug. The proceeds will go toward helping Axel Barnes, a 7-year-old Vale Elementary student who sustained a head injury trauma in an accident Oct. 15.
ELECTIONS October 24
Meet Ontario's mayoral hopefuls
There are four mayoral candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot: Billy Carter, Frank Griffith, Riley Hill and Marty Justus.
EDITORIAL October 24
EDITORIAL: Competing arguments lace marijuana measure debate
EDITORIAL: As Ontario voters get a second chance this November to decide whether marijuana businesses should be allowed in town, they should think carefully about who this repeal is really meant to serve. The measure isn't as citizen-driven as it might appear.
BREAKING NEWS October 24
Ontario council approves pot rules with larger buffer zones that include private parks
The Ontario City Council Tuesday approved larger buffer zones for marijuana businesses in anticipation of a Nov. 6 vote that could allow them in the city. Private parks also were included in the buffer rules after criticism from a mayoral candidate who owns one of them.
SPORTS PHOTO GALLERY October 24
Bulldog boys and girls socccer teams battle it out with Riverside
A sunny, mid-autumn Saturday proved to be the perfect setting for some exciting prep soccer action in Nyssa. The Nyssa boys defeated Riverside 4-0 while the girls lost 4-0 to the Pirates.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 24
State agency chases nearly $800 million in new taxes on alcohol, tobacco
Oregon consumers would pay more for beer, wine and even cigars under a proposal from the Oregon Health Authority. The agency said it wants about $80 million for prevention programs - but isn't detailing where another $700 million would go.
LOCAL POLITICS October 24
Out-of-state money dominates Ontario's pro-marijuana campaign
A Spokane businessman has dropped more than $130,000 into the campaign to repeal Ontario's ban on recreational sales of marijuana, according to state campaign finance reports.
COMMUNITY NEWS October 24
Community spirit shines in Vale inductees
The Vale Alumni Association will honor three former Vikings Saturday at a banquet and auction at the Malheur County Fairgrounds. The three new members of the Vale Hall of Fame include Frank Yraguen, Ray Barnes and Arnold Lewis.
GUEST COLUMN October 24
Wanted: confidence in system
Although there is dysfunction and drama at the highest echelons of American government, some Americans say they're disappointed in their fellow citizens for supporting politicians who cannot seem to make our representative government work. But Americans need to stop and reflect and count their blessings. They need to believe in their representative government.
SPORTS October 24
Bulldog soccer teams split two with Riverside
The Nyssa boys soccer team recorded a 4-0 win over Riverside while the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 4-0 decision to the Knights.
EMPLOYMENT October 24
They're hiring - local job openings
Jobs available include Licensed Journeyman Electrician, OTR Driver, Maintenance , Ranch Worker, Handy person.
SPORTS October 24
Vikings batter Umatilla 55-6
The prep football victory sets up a prime-time contest between Vale and Burns this Friday in Vale. If Vale defeats Burns it wins the Eastern Oregon League title.
YOUR COMMUNITY October 24
Conservation group flags zoning design for Nyssa center
In a September letter, 1000 Friends of Oregon raised concerns about a move to change the county and Nyssa's comprehensive development plans to make way for the new facility.
PUBLIC NOTICES October 24
Publications from local governments, private parties
Producers LIivestock Marketing Association, Estate of Darrell D. Standage , Estate of Doris F. Standage ,Estate of Edith Earlene Jennings
OREGON POLITICS October 23
Democrats quick to return ballots in Oregon, report says
In the early voting for the governor's race and other ballot entries, returns from Democrats make up half the tally, according to the state Elections Division. Ballots aren't due, however, until Nov. 6.
SPORTS October 23
Bulldogs maul Irrigon in prep football action
Nyssa cruises to a 35-14 victory to cap the season. The Bulldogs will sit out this week with a bye and await the result of the Vale-Burns game Friday to discover where they will play their first post-season game.
OREGON POLITICS October 22
Oregon governor candidates stretch the truth in late ad pushes
As Nov. 6 nears, Gov. Kate Brown and state Rep. Knute Buehler spend millions on late-season ad campaigns taking shots at each other. The ads are at times misleading and false.
VALE NEWS October 21
Hall of Fame nears, along with treats
The Vale High School Alumni Association will meet next Monday to put the finishing touches on plans for its second annual Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held Oct. 27.

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