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Dec 10 2018 thru Dec 16 2018

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OREGON POLITICS December 15
Senator's anonymous delivery under doors triggers Capitol worries
The Oregon Legislature's chief lawyer has warned state Sen. Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, that his recent conduct borders on workplace harassment.
NYSSA NEWS December 14
Nyssa rings with the sounds of the season
Music abounds this time of year in Nyssa, and the public will have the opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the season. This Thursday, the Nyssa School District Music Department will present a choir concert at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. OnSaturday, the Adrian PTO will hold a bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school cafeteria.
OREGON GOVERNMENT December 14
Secretary of State Dennis Richardson releases video updating the public on his cancer
In his latest video update, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said his brain cancer is impacting his ability to communicate, but MRIs show the tumor isn't growing and he is optimistic.
EDITORIAL December 13
EDITORIAL: Time for governor to act on flaws putting Oregonians at risk
EDITORIAL: The findings are clear - Oregon's system for dealing with the criminally insane has serious flaws. The state board in charge shrugs its shoulders. Gov. Kate Brown needs to take the lead for reforms.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT December 13
BOLI execs struggle to explain last-minute act on major Oregon pay law
Oregon senators peppered officials from the state Bureau of Labor and Industries with questions on why state rules to help employers obey a new pay law were shared just five weeks before the law takes effect. Labor bureau officials conceded they didn't have good answers.
VALE NEWS December 13
Community gatherings and fireworks brighten Vale's holiday calendar
This Sunday, the community will celebrate Christmas at Light of The World. The event will be held at Vale High School at 6 p.m. In a few weeks, Vale residents can celebrate the New Year with a fireworks show over Rhinehart Butte.
YOUR COMMUNITY December 13
Ontario officials tackle effort to restore homeless shelter
The vacant former public works building on North Oregon is the focus of a proposed plan but city elected leaders will need to sign off on the effort.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION December 13
Enrollment at Malheur County college continues to lag
State data from October shows Treasure Valley Community College recorded its lowest number of full-time students since 2012.
LOCAL SCHOOLS December 12
Nyssa sends two robotics teams to state championships
On Saturday, robotics teams from across the Treasure Valley region gathered to compete at the FIRST LEGO League regional meet held at TVCC's gym in Ontario. Nyssa's Bionic Bulldogs and Spac3 Hack3rs and Alameda Elementary's Space Atronics were among the top six teams to qualify for the state championship meet next month at Twin Falls.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 12
Pilgrims notch back-to-back wins over Vale
After losing by more than 20 points to New Plymouth in their first game, the Vikings keep the second contest last Friday close but come up short, 52-48, in non-league action.
PHOTO GALLERY December 12
PHOTOS: May Roberts students thrill audience with songs and musical instruments
May Roberts Elementary School held its annual winter concert Tuesday night, Dec. 11 at the Meyer McLean Performing Arts Theater at FRCC.
COMMUNITY NEWS December 12
With no shelters in town, homeless residents are left to brave the cold
The holiday season is a time for families to get together and cozy up inside their homes. But for the homeless, winter can be devastating. With no shelter services within Malheur County, homeless residents are left to sleep outdoors in the cold, where they face the risk of hypothermia and frostbite.
EDUCATION NEWS December 12
Full-time enrollment at TVCC continues to slump, but officials are hopeful
Full-time student enrollment at Treasure Valley Community College is still down despite efforts to reverse the trend. However, college officials are optimistic, saying the college will continue to work toward increasing enrollment.
WATCHDOG REPORT December 12
Oregon labor commissioner rushes employers to digest new pay rules
Brad Avakian, Oregon labor commissioner, started working last January on new rules to guide employers on a new pay law. He finally released 11 pages of rules just before Thanksgiving -- giving employers five weeks to absorb them as they prepare for a way to pay employees mandated by Jan. 1.
OBITUARIES December 12
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Emma Lou Sunderland,Virgil L. Carpenter,James Johnson, Joe Y. Saito, Karen McCombs, Manuel Apodaca
EMPLOYMENT December 12
They're hiring - local job openings
Available positions are Library Assistant, Feed mill employee, General Ranch Worker, Boards, commissions & committees
PUBLIC NOTICES December 12
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Lamont Darrell Saunders, Estate of Richard L. Fly, Estate of Betty Lorene Gordon, Summons, Trustee's Notice of Sale
SPECIAL REPORT: A SICK SYSTEM December 12
Criminally insane in Oregon attack twice as many people as previously known, new data shows
Each year, the state’s Psychiatric Security Review Board frees dozens from custody who had been deemed criminally insane in felony cases -- far more often than most states. New data released by the state reveals that the risk to the public is greater than what we found in an analysis last month.
SPECIAL REPORT: A SICK SYSTEM December 12
UPDATED: Oregon board says those found criminally insane rarely commit new crimes. The numbers say otherwise.
The Psychiatric Security Review Board questioned how many people it discharged from state custody returned to crime. But it did not share its findings or change policies even as former clients killed or raped.
SPECIAL REPORT: A SICK SYSTEM December 12
UPDATED: How we analyzed the outcomes of those freed by Oregon's Psychiatric Security Review Board
The Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica calculated outcomes by reviewing public records collected from the board, courts and state agencies. The analysis is among a handful of recidivism studies of insanity defendants, experts said.
SPORTS December 11
Prep grapplers clash at Calhoun Classic
Wrestlers from across the region descended on Nyssa High School last weekend to compete in the renowned tournament. Kuna High School claimed top honors while host Nyssa logged a fourth-place finish in team standings.
OREGON GOVERNMENT December 11
Audit finds Oregon keeps vital opioid information under wraps
The state created a system to track prescriptions to identify suspicious patterns. State auditors say limits on who can get the information impairs efforts to get opioid abuse under control.
OREGON POLITICS December 11
Courtney hopes to temper politics in Oregon's Legislature
Poised for another stint as Oregon Senate president, Peter Courtney is ambitious not only for big issues but also to ensure civility. He says Oregonians want their government to function, not be disrupted by partisan battles.

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