OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 9
Chance at having a home in Oregon could increase with legislative action
Money, relaxed land use rules and speedier work on building permits are all part of the mix as legislators consider ways to address Oregon's housing shortage.
WEATHER Feb. 8
Malheur County braces for series of winter snow storms
Forecasters say the weather pattern setting up over the Pacific Northwest is unusual for this time of year. Snow could show up off and on for the next week, impacting life around the county.
COMMUNITY NEWS Feb. 8
Nyssa FFA receives Wilco-FFA grant for a chapter stock trailer
The Nyssa FFA chapter recently received a $2,000 grant from the Wilco-FFA Grants Program and has used it to buy a stock trailer to transport livestock and other chapter projects.
COMMUNITY NEWS Feb. 8
Pre-registration for Adrian's annual Owyhee Off-Road Challenge is now open
Pre-registration is now open for the fifth annual Owyhee Off-Road Challenge on March 23. All the proceeds will go toward a new track for the Adrian School District.
NYSSA NEWS Feb. 8
Senior potluck and card-making event coming to Nyssa for Valentine week
The Nyssa Senior Citizens will hold their monthly meeting and potluck on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The meeting will start at 11 a.m., followed by the potluck. Also coming up is Valentine's Day. To celebrate, the Nyssa Library will be hosting a Valentine card-making event on Thursday at 5 p.m.
COMING UP Feb. 7
On tap for Valentine week: Fudge sale at St. Al's and history meet-up at TVCC
A Valentine's fudge sale will be held next Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the cafeteria of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario to benefit the hospital's volunteers. Also coming up next week is the Malheur Country Historical Society meeting on Feb. 14 and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet on Feb. 16.
YOUR COMMUNITY Feb. 7
Eastern Oregon board will soon be accepting applications for border economic development program
An Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board subcommittee is finalizing details of a new program that will inject $5 million into the local economy. Applications for the Eastern Oregon Border Fund Proposed Grant and Loan Program will be accepted from community organizations, agencies and individuals.
EMPLOYMENT Feb. 7
They're hiring - local job openings
Available positions Mine Administrative Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Production Worker
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Feb. 7
Treasure Valley Community College officials ready to tackle flaws outlined in accreditation audit
The local learning center will create a task force to fix a list of faults that include disorganized planning and lack of qualified administrators. The college has battled a decline in enrollment since 2010 and endured budget woes last year.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Feb. 7
Malheur County cattlemen step up to help local schools with beef donation
The effort, part of the Ranchers Feeding Kids program, delivered free meat to school lunch programs. Chris Christensen, former president of the Malheur County Cattlemen's Association and his wife, Bonnie, helped spearhead the program. Vale High School senior Joseph Bentz also played a key role in the donation.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Feb. 7
Vale boys hammer Riverside in Malheur County prep action
Kade Haueter scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Viking past the Pirates in league play Friday night.
YOUR COMMUNITY Feb. 6
Malheur County health officials alarmed by measles outbreak
The outbreak began in Clark County, Washington where there are now 49 confirmed cases of the malady. There was also one case of measles reported near Seattle and one in Multnomah County. Concern of contagion is based on the fact people can be exposed and not know it for several days.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 6
Four vying for vacant Ontario police chief slot
Adam Brown, Ontario city manager, said officials will begin to review applications this week. Former police chief Cal Kunz resigned last month to take over the West Wendover Police Department in Nevada.
SPORTS Feb. 6
Vikings sink Pirates in league tilt
Led by Matyson Siddoway, the Vale girls varsity basketball team blew open a close game with an offensive binge in the second quarter to post a 40-28 win Friday.
OBITUARIES Feb. 6
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Robert Lawrence Morcom, Sr., Kathryn “Katy” Louise Varney Chamberlain, Patsy B. McConkey
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 6
Malheur County team turns attention to cold case involving nurse
The group, formed by Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe, will look into the death of May Hori. Hori was found floating in the Snake River in March 2001.
PUBLIC NOTICES Feb. 5
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Norman Neil Bryson, Ironside Rural Road District, Malheur County Court, Vale Oregon Irrigation District, Summons, Trustee notice of sale
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Feb. 5
Million-dollar errors dogging Malheur County's rail center project
The Malheur County official overseeing development of a rail shipping center in Nyssa says land for the project could cost $3.9 million -- more than double what state officials were told. An investigation by the Malheur Enterprise examined financial discrepancies in the project.