STATE POLITICS Mar. 2
Governor pledges to safeguard Malheur County jobs, help boost local housing
Gov. Kate Brown delivered a message of support for eastern Oregon and Malheur County. Brown said she doesn't want state land use laws to get in the way of housing expansion locally. Brown also attended a meeting of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board in Ontario.
STATE NEWS Mar. 1
Hundreds turn out for heated, emotional testimony in Salem on vaccination bill
Parents stream into the Oregon Capitol to participate in the debate over legislation that would change the rules about vaccinations for school children statewide. The House bill would remove religious and philosophical exemptions for children attending public and private schools.
LOCAL ECONOMY Mar. 1
Major Malheur County employer eyes exit if state's carbon plan is approved
EP Minerals, which produces diatomaceous rock, employs 115 people and has an annual payroll of $5 million. The company, based in Nevada, is the ninth-largest taxpayer in Malheur County. Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, told fellow lawmakers Thursday that the departure of the company will hit the county hard.
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 1
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Lead Groundskeeper, Program Assistant, life guards, feed mill employee, Roofers, General Ranch Hand, Contractors
COMMUNITY NEWS Mar. 1
Construction training and hiring event coming to Ontario in March
Construction Combine 2018, a training and hiring event, is coming up Wednesday and Thursday, March 20-21, at the Home Depot parking lot, 311 East Lane, in Ontario. Trainees will learn as they build storage sheds, which will then be donated to local veterans.
BREAKING NEWS Feb. 28
Key member of Malheur County board overseeing rail reload center resigns
Jim Farmer, a member of the Malheur County Development Corp., stepped down Thursday. The development corporation is a county-formed entity charged with overseeing a rail reload facility planned north of Nyssa. Farmer is president and co-founder of Fort Boise Produce, an onion packer and shipper.
LOCAL EDUCATION Feb. 28
An Ontario elementary school makes steady gains
Alameda Elementary School in Ontario is achieving the kind of student success that is driving top state officials to talk about transforming education. The school’s sure and steady climb in academic results shows how committed district executives and school leaders can reap rewards.
NYSSA NEWS Feb. 28
Nyssa gives kudos to banquet organizers
The Nyssa community thanks all the organizers, donors and volunteers who came out to support the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture annual Honors Banquet. Coming up this Saturday is the Nyssa Senior Center monthly dance this Saturday at from 6 to 9 p.m. Next Tuesday, the Nyssa Library is hosting 'Science is Fun ' from 3:15-5 p.m.
COMMUNITY NEWS Feb. 27
Malheur County pair launch support group for families facing addiction
The Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) meet every Wednesday evening at the First Church of the Nazarene in Ontario. The focus is to offer support, education and hope for parents of children battling addiction.
STATE NEWS Feb. 27
Colleagues pay tribute to late Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson
Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who lost his battle against cancer this week, was remembered by colleagues as a dedicated statesman with a kind heart and strong ethics.
VALE NEWS Feb. 27
Sports gear drive and Shrove pancake supper on tap for Vale
This weekend, Vale High School senior Breyden Lande is hosting a baseball and softball equipment drive Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. in the Logan's Market parking lot. Next Tuesday, the Vale Community methodist Church will be hosting a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
SPORTS Feb. 27
Jordan Valley girls basketball edges Elkton in playoff win, eyes state tournament at Baker
The Jordan Valley girls basketball team shrugged off early-game jitters to post a 48-38 win over Elkton last Saturday. The Mustangs are heading to the Class 1A state girls basketball tournament at Baker High School, where they will face Perrydale this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Feb. 27
Rail reload supporters make their case to transportation commission
The Feb. 21 meeting showcased testimony from local leaders and Greg Smith, economic development director for Malheur County, regarding the feasibility of the project. Little new information was delivered during the session by supporters. The commission probably will not make a final decision on releasing taxpayer funds for the venture until March.
PUBLIC NOTICES Feb. 27
Publications from local governments, private parties
Annual Meeting of Farmers Supply Cooperative, TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Feb. 27
Nyssa wrestling claims silver while individual wrestlers come home with championship titles
The Nyssa wrestling team finished second in the OSAA Class 3A state wrestling tournament, as local wrestlers made school history. In the 2A/1A, Adrian's Cole Kennedy-Gooch finished second in the 220-pound division and was the school's first wrestler to make it to state championships. In the girls division, Vale freshman Tyler Richardson won the 140-pound state title, and Nyssa’s Noelle Acosta placed third in the 155-pound class.
BREAKING NEWS Feb. 27
Oregon secretary of state dies of cancer
Dennis Richardson, Oregon secretary of state for two years, died at his Central Point home Tuesday evening, according to his staff.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Feb. 27
Governor touts plan to help rural Oregon
Gov. Kate Brown said she intends to resolve a longstanding state deficit in housing. The shortage is especially acute in remote places of the state such as Malheur County where it blocks economic development and hampers workers and employers.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Feb. 27
Vale girls basketball edges Riverdale for ticket to 3A state tournament
The Vale girls varsity basketball team heads to the Class 3A state tournament this week after edging seventh-ranked Riverdale, 62-49, in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs at Portland last Saturday. The Vikings hit the court again this Thursday against Blanchet Catholic at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay.
OBITUARIES Feb. 27
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Orville Marion Philpott Jr. , Teresa Ann Delgado Pierce Harrod, Chuck Kuwahara, Gilbert John Gallegos Jr., Darryl E. Poulsen Sr., June Cooper, Ivan F. Stoliarov, Rafael Torres, Axella E. Stephen, Sandra S. Snyder, Gail Gardner Atkinson
EDUCATION Feb. 26
Nyssa administrator named as a finalist in Jefferson schools superintendent opening
Nyssa School District's director of operations was recently selected as one of the finalists for the superintendent post at the Jefferson School District.
SPORTS Feb. 26
Nyssa boys basketball grinds out playoff win over Rainier, secures berth for state tournament
The Nyssa boys basketball team defeated Rainier, 66-61, in a loser-out playoff game last Friday night at Nyssa High School. The Bulldogs head to the 3A state tournament this Thursday, where they will face Pleasant Hill at North Bend High School at 3:15 p.m.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Feb. 26
Vaccine bills prove controversial amid measles outbreak
Last week, testimony on a vaccine bill got support from witnesses as being informative, but rebuke from doctors saying it would mislead the public. Legislation has been introduced that would remove non medical exemptions for school children otherwise required to be vaccinated.