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CORRECTION January 18
Recent stories on Oregon's system for dealing with the criminally insane contained errors, flawed data
CORRECTION: Mistakes have been identified in statistics compiled in reporting on the recidivism of those who are judged "guilty except for insanity" compared to those freed from Oregon prisons. Those released by the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board are convicted of new crimes at a rate less than those released from prison.
STATE POLITICS January 18
Oregon unions look to take advantage of Democratic leadership and strong economy in 2019
Organized labor likes its chances in the 2019 legislative session, saying the climate is ripe for a pro-worker agenda.
YOUR COMMUNITY January 18
A passionate educator helps build success for migrant youth
Greg Contreras, an Ontario High School alum, spearheaded a summer educational program to help migrant youth in eastern Oregon get help they need to succeed in school and prepare for college .
YOUR COMMUNITY January 17
Nyssa embraces recent spate of growth
Five new businesses opened in town last year and more could be on the way as city leaders look to the future.
AGRICULTURE January 17
Mother Nature lends a helping hand and boosts Malheur County snow packs
A series of storms last month helped local watersheds but questions linger about whether that will be enough to help local farmers when planting season arrives.
LOCAL NEWS January 17
National group tabs Enterprise for journalism expansion
Report for America, driving to help fill journalism gaps across the U.S., on Thursday announced that it has selected the Malheur Enterprise of Vale, Oregon, to get funding for reporting work.
OBITUARIES January 16
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Francis A. (Frank) Kavanaugh, Elisandro O. “Alex” Urrea, Arris F. Brys, Shannon Kelly, George Sternberg Sr., Kevin Luby, William Bracht, Timothy Dean Littlefield, Toma L. Talamantes, Maria Dovina Vanhill, Hugh Norris, Duane F. McPheeters
ONTARIO NEWS January 16
Ontario council backs Hill’s drive to boost marijuana tax
Tuesday night the Ontario City Council approved a resolution to recommend the Oregon Legislature boost the local tax on retail marijuana sales in town. The proposal – crafted by Ontario Mayor Riley Hill – would push the tax rate marijuana dispensary owners pay to 35 percent.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS January 16
Ontario boys, girls hoop squads drop league games to Baker
The Bulldog boys clinched a 62-44 victory while the Ontario girls lost 65-31 Friday at Ontario High School.
YOUR GOVERNMENT January 16
Solution to Vale school water line dispute remains elusive
A clash between Vale and the Vale School District over a water line loop at the new middle school remains unsettled after city leaders tabled a decision on the matter last week. The Vale City Council will review the issue again at its Jan. 22 meeting.
EMPLOYMENT January 16
They're hiring - local job openings
Available opening at Harper School District
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS January 16
Vale girls, Nyssa boys win in crosstown rivalry showdown
In last Saturday's prep sports action, the Vale varsity girls basketball toppled the Nyssa Bulldogs 37-33 in a game that went into overtime. Meanwhile, the Nyssa varsity boys team defeated the Vale Vikings 55-47.
PUBLIC NOTICES January 16
Publications from local governments, private parties
Storage Auction, Estate of Lance J. Norman, Estate of Otto Jr. Goodman, Election of Board Members, Malheur County Local Work Group, Notice of Sale
YOUR COMMUNITY January 16
Antelopes choose Tip-Off king and queen
Adrian High School celebrated its annual Tip-Off week during half-time of last Friday's boys basketball game against Jordan Valley. Sadey Speelmon and Sanders Shin were crowned Tip-Off queen and king.
SPORTS January 15
Lady Mustangs defeat the Antelopes, 59-17
In last Friday night's prep basketball showdown, the Jordan Valley varsity girls defeated their hosts at Adrian, 59-17.
SPORTS January 15
Jordan Valley boys topple an ailing Adrian team, 61-34
The Jordan Valley boys basketball team defeated Adrian 61-34 in a conference road game last Friday night.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT January 15
Consultants question Nyssa rail project, urge state to set conditions for money
The Oregon Transportation Commission will consider a consultant's recommendations to withhold money for the Nyssa rail shipping center until deals are struck with railroad, center operator. County officials still hope to be shipping onions by this fall.
OREGON POLITICS January 15
Brown calls on Oregon to be ambitious, speed help for homeless
In her state of the state address Monday, Gov. Kate Brown told legislators in Salem that she thinks it's time for Oregon to use its success to solve major challenges. She spoke after being sworn in with two former governors watching.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 15
After a decade of delay, Oregon officials finally launching child abuse call center
Auditors and others for years said Oregon's abused children would get faster, better help if the state streamlined hotline calls. A Portland center cranking up now will replace 15 call centers around the state.
PUBLIC SAFETY January 14
Ontario woman charged with first-degree arson, attempted murder after Sunday incident.
Marisa Rochelle Dionne, 24, was arrested after police arrived at a northwest Ontario home and found a back door on fire. A police officer grabbed a shovel and threw dirt on the blaze and extinguished it. No one in the home was injured.

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