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Mar 18 2019 thru Mar 24 2019

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STATE NEWS March 23
Fill 'er up? Rural lawmakers want to see changes at the pump in Oregon
Self-service gas pumps could pop up at stations under a compromise wrangled by Oregon lawmakers.
WATCHDOG REPORT March 22
Legislature's HR director retires, gets work-at-home deal worth $12,000 a month
A state investigation found that Lore Christopher, the Oregon Legislature director of human resources, didn't fully act on harassment complaints that have embroiled the Capitol and cost taxpayers more than $1 million. An investigation by the Oregon Capital Bureau established she struck a retirement deal last fall, and will be paid for several months to work from home.
MALHEUR ECONOMY March 22
State sets new deadlines for Nyssa reload center
Transportation Department wants answers to a host of questions - including who will operate the facility and where rail cars will come from - by late April and early May.
EDUCATION March 21
Nyssa school board names two finalists for superintendent job
The Nyssa School Board has narrowed the search for its next superintendent to two finalists. District leaders named Dr. Darren Johnson, principal at Canyon Crest Elementary School in Utah, and Dr. Benjamin Merrill, principal at Middleton High School, as the top two choices for the position.
PHOTO GALLERY March 21
Photo Gallery: Kites take to the skies in Vale
Kids and their families fly their colorful kites under clear skies at the Vale High School football field last Sunday, March 17.
YOUR COMMUNITY March 21
Nyssa Chamber bestows business of the year accolades to Frahm family
Over the years Rod and Launa Frahm built a successful onion packing business then purchased the A&W restaurant in town. In their typical, low-key manner, the duo keeps the focus on helping the community.
SPORTS March 20
Nyssa judo champion headed to international meets
Nyssa High School junior Noelle Acosta won two age brackets in the 70-kilogram weight division at the Judo Youth National Championships, held March 8-10 in Colorado Springs. Her accomplishments qualified her for a spot on the national team to compete internationally.
YOUR GOVERNMENT March 20
Judge rules Montwheeler psychological evaluation will remain sealed
The decision by Judge Thomas M. Ryan is the latest in a two-year legal saga revolving around the former Nampa resident. Montwheeler faces charges of aggravated murder, three counts of murder and one count each of first-degree assault and first degree kidnapping. Feb. 22 Montwheeler pleaded not guilty to the charges. His trial is set for September.
SPORTS March 20
Vale Vikings maul Panthers in non-league contest
After a slow start to the season, the Vale softball team put together a complete game against Parma Monday. Meanwhile, the Ontario softball squad is off to a 2-0 start after with victories over Fruitland and Vale.
EDUCATION March 20
Vale students take honors at SkillsUSA Oregon competition
Vale High School students Japheth Carlson, Jacob Graviet, Beau Belnap and Abraham Vasquez recently earned top honors at the SkillsUSA Oregon competition last week in Clackamas.
NYSSA NEWS March 20
Family movie night, spring cleaning and community service in Nyssa
The Nyssa Library will be hosting a family movie night this Thursday. Also, Spring is here, and that means it’s time for yard work. Nyssa Burn Days are underway through March 25. Burn days are for burning yard debris only.
OBITUARIES March 20
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Frank E Fisher, James Matthew Johnson,Diane L. Shalz, Aletha Pfeifer, Charlotte M. Green
EDUCATION March 20
Nyssa sixth-grader repeats as Malheur County Spelling Bee champ
Pushing aside fear and nerves, Nyssa sixth-grader Cadi Corn bested 81 competitors to win the third annual Malheur County Spelling Bee. The spelling contest was held at Nyssa Elementary last Friday.
PUBLIC NOTICES March 20
Publications from local governments, private parties
Nyssa Public Hearing, Notice of Sale
SPORTS March 20
Vale holds off Parma for baseball win
The Vale High School baseball team posted a 19-12 non-league win over Parma on Monday. The Vikings will take on Nyssa for the next game on April 4.
EMPLOYMENT March 20
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include : Program Assistant, Academic/Career Advisor, Coaching Vacancy, Mine Mechanic, Flight Instructor, CDL Driver, Lead Groundskeeper, Mine Oiler, Groundskeeper, Willowcreek Elementary, Teaching Vacancies
PUBLIC SAFETY March 20
Ontario shooting that left one man dead remains under investigation
Victor J. Morales Zavala, 25, was shot by state police troopers March 14 after leading law enforcement officers on a chase that ended on a busy city thoroughfare. According to his family, the Ontario man had recently began to turn his life around and was preparing to move to Nevada.
SPORTS March 20
Malheur County athletes flock to Harper Charter's annual track and field meet
Harper Charter hosted teams from across the region last Friday in the annual Diana Thurmond Invitational.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY March 19
Malheur County faces new obstacles to get money for rail center
Instead of cashing a state check for $26 million, Malheur County officials face new questions from transportation officials. The county's economic development director says, however, that the questions would be "easily" answered.
STATE NEWS March 19
Oregon may make new move to limit money going to candidates
A potential amendment to the Oregon Constitution would make campaign funding limits the law - long after voters said they wanted to control political cash.
LOCAL POLITICS March 18
Walden faces testy audience after voting against Trump
In a town hall in Hermiston, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden explains why he voted for a Congressional resolution to stop the president's use of emergency powers. He faced tough questioning

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