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Jan 7 2019 thru Jan 13 2019

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OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 12
Three weeks into shutdown, Oregon state government weathering the storm
The state has yet to see deep impacts from a three-week federal government shutdown, but future funding for welfare programs and some state agencies is uncertain.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 12
Oregon legislative leaders, regulators to meet behind closed doors to settle harassment claims
Days after a state report raked Oregon legislative leaders, a plan emerged to resolve claims of harassment and hostility through negotiation. The Legislature is also embarking on a review of its practices that left workers and legislators feeling ignored and subject to abuse.
YOUR GOVERNMENT January 11
Walden slates town hall sessions
The Hood River Republican, who represents Oregon's 2nd Congressional District, will hold open meetings across the region for the first time in 11 months. Walden defeated Democratic challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the November election.
MALHEUR COUNTY OUTDOORS January 10
Biologist, volunteers, track trout numbers on Owyhee River
Effort helps officials - and anglers - determine the overall health of the river ecosystem and preserve its trout population for future generations.
LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT January 10
'We Three' comes to sing at Four Rivers
The McMinnville trio of We Three will be at Four Rivers Culture Center Friday, Jan. 18, for a one-night only concert. We Three band members Joshua Humlie, Manny Humlie and Bethany Blanchard were semifinalists last spring in "America's Got Talent." The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Meyer McLean Performing Arts Theatre in Ontario. Tickets are $15 and can be bought online at eventbrite.com.
VALE NEWS January 10
Vale book meets Thursday to discuss "News of the World," and nominations due for citizen awards
The Vale Book Club will discuss “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles this Thursday. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the home of Carol Spears, where Marge Mitchell will facilitate the discussion. Also coming up is the Jan. 15 deadline to nominate people for Vale’s Distinguished Citizen awards.
EMPLOYMENT January 10
They're hiring - local job openings
Available job openings include highway maintenance specialist
NEWS January 9
Ontario names interim police chief
Ontario City Manager Adam Brown has named Lieutenant Jason Cooper as interim police chief.
YOUR COMMUNITY January 9
Ontario Chamber to honor five leaders at Friday banquet
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce will hold a banquet this Friday at Four Rivers Cultural Center to honor locals who have made a difference in their community. Cost for the steak and shrimp dinner is $35.
OBITUARIES January 9
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Danny E. Byington, David G. Staup, Cierra Hope Shaffer, Kevin Kimball, Howard Wayne Girvin, Dona Goodfellow, Franklin (Frankie) Cody Bashon
LOCAL GOVERNMENT January 9
Ontario police chief sees needs in agency as he departs for Nevada
Cal Kunz will take over the top cop position in West Wendover, Nev. Kunz became Ontario police chief in 2016 and said he will miss the town and its people.
OUTDOORS January 9
Wolf visits, but does not linger, in Malheur County
A young male wolf wandered into the county and into the Malheur Reservoir area in November but quickly moved on to southern Oregon and California, according to state wildlife officials.
NEWS January 9
Ontario marijuana stores could be open for business by spring
Now that recreational marijuana sales are legal in Ontario, residents in the border town can expect a retailer to roll into town as soon as a couple of months. The city began accepting conditional-use permit applications on Jan. 2, but pot merchants still face an array of regulations.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS January 9
Vale wrestling team topples Marsing, Payette
The Vale wrestling team clinched dual wins Monday night, downing Marsing 46-24 and then defeated Payette 45-25.
PUBLIC NOTICES January 9
Publications from local governments, private parties
Election of Board Members,Estate of Lance J. Norman, Notice of Sales
YOUR GOVERNMENT January 8
Ontario’s new mayor wrangles over committee appointments
Ontario mayor Riley Hill pushed up the tension during a city council work session last week as he sought to get his choices onto the city's budget and public works committees.
SPORTS January 8
Offensive execution guides La Grande past Ontario
The Tigers kept a scrappy Ontario squad at bay for most of the game on the way to a 63-46 Greater Oregon League victory.
MALHEUR COUNTY JUSTICE January 7
Judge declares Montwheeler fit, schedules plea on murder, other charges
A state judge, relying on a state hospital report, has concluded that Anthony Montwheeler is now mentally capable of helping his own defense. More than two years after the murders, the Idaho man is scheduled to enter his plea.

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