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Mar 11 2019 thru Mar 17 2019

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OREGON LEGISLATURE March 15
Local governments say they need more time to learn to obey year-old records law
In testimony this week, lobbyists for cities, counties and other local governments objected to a plan to fine agencies $200 for failing to turn over public records. Journalists supported the plan.
EDUCATION March 15
Malheur County educators receive state recognition
Ryan Hawkins, director of operations at the Nyssa School District, and Debbie Durham, transition specialist supervisor at Malheur Education Services District, were recently honored at the Oregon Statewide Transition Conference in Eugene.
EDUCATION March 15
Nyssa hosts third annual county spelling bee
Over 80 students across Malheur County will be competing in the third annual Malheur County Spelling Bee this Friday at Nyssa Elementary School. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 12 p.m.
NYSSA NEWS March 15
Nyssa Fire is seeking volunteers
The Nyssa Volunteer Fire Department is seeking additional volunteers to fill out the ranks. Applicants need to be 18 years or older and pass a background and drug screening. Applications can be obtained at Nyssa City Hall or at the fire department, on Good Avenue at South 2nd Street. To learn more about becoming a member, stop by Monday evenings when the department holds a meeting.
BREAKING NEWS March 15
Man pursued into Ontario dies after shooting
A rush hour police chase that started in Idaho ended in Ontario Thursday evening. The driver was shot and later died at a local hospital, authorities said.
BREAKING NEWS March 14
UPDATE: Police chase from Idaho ends with shooting in Ontario
UPDATE: A police pursuit that started in Idaho ended in Ontario Thursday evening. Police have provided no information yet about the episode and what happened to the driver.
SPORTS March 14
Lady Viks gear up for spring softball season
Vale coach Cirbi Morrison fields a team with nine returning starters from a state-qualifying 2018 squad. The Vikings played their first game - a 16-2 defeat to Homedale - Monday.
YOUR COMMUNITY March 14
Malheur County clinic logs the miles and delivers smiles across the region
Valley Family Health sends its mobile clinic - housed in a RV with state-of-the-art equipment - into the rural environs of the area on a weekly basis. The clinic furnishes health care to a population miles away from the nearest hospital.
AGRICULTURE March 14
Late-winter storms boost area snowpack levels
Two months ago the water outlook for 2019 looked dismal but a "remarkable" turnaround occurred last month when Mother Nature sent a series of storms across the region. Those storms built a good reserve of snowpack for the spring and summer.
COMING UP March 14
History buffs, clinic open house, Ontario chamber gala and more on tap for Malheur County
This Thursday, Ann Kindschy will be speaking at the Malheur Country Historical Society meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Weese Building, and the TVCC Music Department will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Four Rivers Cultural Center. On Friday, the Treasure Valley Women and Family Medicine will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m., and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will hold a gala in the evening.
LOCAL SCHOOLS March 14
Vale robotics team advances to world robotics championship
Vale High School robotics team members Japheth Carlson and Jacob Graviet will head to Iowa and Kentucky next month to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship Tournament after finishing with one of the top scores in the Skills Challenge at the state robotics tournament last weekend.
LOCAL EVENTS March 14
Ontario's Home Depot hosts weekend training and networking event for construction jobs
A free construction job training and networking event will be held next week, March 20-21, at the Home Depot parking lot. The 'Construction Combine' will give area job seekers a good opportunity to demonstrate their skills and meet potential employers.
YOUR GOVERNMENT March 13
State moves to stop family lawsuits in Montwheeler case
In December the families of David Bates and Annita Harmon filed separate legal actions that claim three state agencies were negligent when they agreed to release Anthony Montwheeler. The Department of Justice, though, asserts the families have no right to sue the state.
EMPLOYMENT March 13
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Lead Groundskeeper, Program Assistant, Ordinance Officer, Flight Instructor, Teaching Vacancies, Coaching Vacancy
ELECTIONS March 13
Malheur County school boards lure few filers as the deadline for special district election nears
The May 21 special district election opens 35 school board seats for re-election. Although candidate filing began Feb. 19, yet there are still many positions for which no candidates have come forward. The last day to file is Thursday, March 21.
YOUR GOVERNMENT March 13
Key Malheur County bill passes Oregon House
The legislation will increase the number of specialized teaching positions locally along the border with Idaho. Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, sponsored the legislation.
EDITORIAL March 13
EDITORIAL: In Malheur County, citizens and government benefit from transparency
Public access to government records is not only important but also one of the foundations of our democracy. This is Sunshine Week, and we hope citizens of Malheur County will join the Enterprise in celebrating the legal right for all to see public records and to hold accountable those who want to use the power and money that you have granted them.
COMMUNITY NEWS March 13
Ontario High hosts hoops for special athletes
Students with special needs from Ontario, Nyssa and Vale schools will be competing in the "Support the Court" basketball game next Tuesday at the Ontario High School gym from 6 to 8 p.m. Students and families from each school are encouraged to attend.
OREGON GOVERNMENT March 13
Oregon should overhaul handling of insanity defendants, state official says
The executive director of the state Psychiatric Security Review Board acknowledged gaps in the system for treating and discharging people found criminally insane and said the Legislature should weigh appointing a task force to consider reforms.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 13
Oregon considers time change, but Malheur County remains special case
Almost to a person, witnesses told legislators this week that they want to end the practice of switching times in the spring and fall. The Oregon Legislature could send a measure to the ballot to settle the matter.
VALE NEWS March 13
Vale Fire and Ambulance hosts annual crab, steak dinner
The 16th annual Vale Fire and Ambulance crab feed is set for Saturday, March 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Vale Fire Hall. Also coming up in Vale is the Senior Citizens Center's monthly potluck and dance this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., and the Malheur Gun Club will hold a shoot Sunday at 11 a.m.
NYSSA SCHOOLS March 13
Nyssa principal set to leave at the end of the school year
Nyssa High School principal Malcolm McRae recently announced that he will resign from his position at the end of the school year. McRae, who has served as principal since the 2017-18 school year, had been a principal at Junction City High School before moving to the Nyssa School District.
PUBLIC NOTICES March 13
Publications from local governments, private parties
Nyssa Public Hearing, Notice of sale
YOUR NEWSPAPER March 12
Can you help bring two college students to Vale?
For the third summer, the Malheur Enterprise plans to provide essential training to two journalism interns. They will spend the summer reporting on Malheur County while learning advanced skills and ethics to serve the growing need for trusted reporters.
Oregon Legislature March 12
Legislators consider sharpening access to Oregon government records
Following major reforms two years ago, legislators on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a proposal that would require state agencies to track how they handle public requests for their documents.

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