ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Feb. 1
County economic development director says Union Pacific is committed to rail reload project
During a conference call Thursday, Greg Smith told listeners that the railroad firm appears to be committed to serving the facility planned north of Nyssa. The role of Union Pacific was a key question raised by an independent report to the Oregon Department of Transportation on the project.
YOUR COMMUNITY Feb. 1
Onion growers meeting slated next week in Ontario
The conference, scheduled at Four Rivers Cultural Center, begins at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5. The event will showcase presentations on soils, herbicides, onion diseases and feature more than 50 vendors.
YOUR COMMUNITY Feb. 1
Vintage classic cars, hot rods, fill up Four Rivers Cultural Center
The Ontario event offered up Corvettes and Mustangs and Pontiac GTOs along with host of other classic cars Saturday.
NYSSA NEWS Feb. 1
It's time to dance at the Nyssa Senior Citizen Center
The Nyssa Senior Citizen Center will be holding its monthly dance this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. The Dale Borge Band will be playing music and the cost is $5. Also coming up next week at the center is morning bingo and the monthly foot clinic.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Jan. 31
Jordan Valley girls remain perfect in league play
The Jordan Valley varsity girls basketball team remain undefeated in High Desert League play after outscoring their opponents last weekend. Last Friday, the Lady Mustangs defeated Crane 53-50 and outscored Dayville/Monument, 53-24 on Saturday. Jordan Valley plays their next two games this weekend at home, first on Friday against Prairie City and then on Saturday against Adrian.
EDUCATION Jan. 31
TVCC earns conditional passing grade on federal accreditation
TVCC reaffirmed its federal accreditation last week with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. But the passing grade came under the condition that the college makes significant improvements on its educational standards.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 31
Local federal employees back to work after 35-day hiatus
The Bureau of Land Management and the Farm Service Agency were the two area federal agencies hit the hardest by the government shutdown.
EMPLOYMENT Jan. 30
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Coaching Vacancy, Mine Administrative, Administrative Assistant, Production Worker
YOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 30
Snake River Correctional Institution slashes isolation cells
The prison, the biggest in the state, began new progressive policy last year. The move was prompted by research that shows long-term isolation of inmates isn't effective. Segregating inmates, research shows, creates more problems and doesn't make prisons safer.
VALE NEWS Jan. 30
Celebrate Groundhog Day, buy a book and go dance
The annual Groundhog Dinner, sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Men’s Club, is this Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Catholic Parish Hall in Vale. Coming up next week is a book sale at the Emma Humphrey Library and a dance at the Vale Senior Center.
EDITORIAL Jan. 30
EDITORIAL: Nyssa rail project risks should be faced head on
EDITORIAL: The effort to launch a major rail shipping center in Nyssa faces hard questions from state consultants, and answers so far aren't as clear as they should be. Public faith in this taxpayer-funded effort needs careful nurturing.
EDUCATION Jan. 30
Malheur County high school graduation rate shows improvement
More Hispanic and migrant students received diplomas, state statistics show, and most local learning centers are qualifying more students for graduation than in the past.
OBITUARIES Jan. 30
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Norman Neil Bryson (Neil), Lois M. Boenig, Colleen Dawn Bonnell, Susan Lee (Szekely) Oft, Norman Neil Bryson, Walter Watkins, Wayne W. Robb, Carlos Flores Cuevas, Robert "Bob" Morcom
YOUR COMMUNITY Jan. 30
Community activism is a passion for Ontario's Latino leader
Gustavo Morales believes in a bright future and the notion that community challenges can be overcome through cooperation and understanding.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Jan. 30
Republicans say consideration from Democrats has eroded in first week of Legislature over carbon reduction
Democrats at the Oregon Legislature are playing hide-and-seek with major environmental legislation, Republicans contend. The cap-and-trade proposal could affect gas prices and cost of goods.
LOCAL AGRICULTURE Jan. 30
Weather woes across the nation, Mexico help to boost onion prices
After suffering through a lukewarm market during the fall, local onion producers and packers are seeing an improvement in prices after vile weather hammered Mexico and other onion-growing centers in the U.S.
PUBLIC NOTICES Jan. 30
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Otto Jr. Goodman, Telephone Corporation, Notice of Election of Board Members, Summons, Notice of sale
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Jan. 30
Burns slips past Vale boys, 55-51
The Vale varsity boys basketball team fell to Burns, 55-51 in an Eastern Oregon League game Saturday night. The Vikings (1-6) hit the home court again this weekend, first on Friday against Riverside and then on Saturday against Umatilla.
SPORTS Jan. 29
Physical Lady Vikings come up short against Burns
The Vale girls varsity basketball team put the No. 1-ranked Hilanders through a bruising four quarters of basketball Saturday only to come up short, 50-46, in an Eastern Oregon League contest.
OREGON POLITICS Jan. 28
While back to carpentry, Starnes wants to craft campaign spending limits
A former candidate for Oregon governor spends his spare time at the Capitol, hoping to convince legislators to control money's influence in political campaigns. He's got Gov. Kate Brown on his side.