OREGON POLITICS Mar. 30
Bev Clarno selected to finish term of Oregon secretary of state
The Redmond Republican and former lawmaker was appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to serve the remainder of Dennis Richardson's term.
PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 28
District attorney rules deadly police shooting was justified
Victor J. Morales Zavala, 25, Ontario, was shot four times by Oregon State Police troopers March 14 after a high-speed chase ended at the Ontario underpass.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 28
A long-ago execution and a modern apology from Oregon
A Republican state senator surprises Klamath Tribes with move to "regret" the military execution of four Modoc Indians after a long standoff - more than a century ago.
BUSINESS Mar. 27
Marshalls prepares for Ontario grand opening
Ontario's newest store will open its doors April 4. The store will offer a little bit of everything, from clothes to toys to cosmetics.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Mar. 27
Five contested races on the Malheur County May election docket
Candidates will battle for positions on the Ontario School District, Ontario Parks and Recreation District, Nyssa School District and Juntura Rural Road Assessment District boards. Elected slots across the rest of the county remain uncontested for the May 21 special districts election.
EDITORIAL Mar. 27
EDITORIAL: Society must lift veil of silence about suicides
Last week, two teens who were survivors of the deadly high school shooting a year ago in Parkland died by suicide, one day apart. Earlier this week, a father of a victim of the elementary school shooting in Sandy Hook died by suicide. Suicide is no longer a topic to be cloaked in silence, for it is costing our country too many lives – from teens to veterans to the elderly.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Mar. 27
Ontario School District wants bond to improve security, drive construction projects
Voters in May will decide a bond request for $25 million to pay for safety and other improvements in the Ontario schools. The funds will pave the way for a new building on the middle school campus and renovations at four other learning centers.
EDUCATION Mar. 27
Nyssa school board expects to decide on new superintendent this week
The Nyssa School Board was scheduled to vote on hiring a new superintendent Monday night, but deferred that decision pending additional discussion. Last week, the board narrowed the search for the top district job to two finalists. Meanwhile, two more administrators give notice they are resigning.
VALE NEWS Mar. 27
Quilt of Valor honors the memory of a Vale woman
Vale happenings recently included presentation of a “Quilt of Valor” honoring Axella Stephen, who died recently. Coming up in Vale: a food distribution planning session, and a fun shoot and barbecue hosted by the sheriff's office.
COMMUNITY Mar. 27
Adrian draws runners to conquer rugged Owyhee off-road course
Saturday marked the return of one of the region’s most popular races each year: the Owyhee Off-Road Challenge half marathon, 10K and 5K. More than 450 participants ran the courses set by the Adrian Sports Boosters Club to raise funds for Adrian School District’s plans for a new track.
OBITUARIES Mar. 27
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Donna Marie (Faw) Hale, Robert Ernest “Bob” White, Margaret I. Gardner
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 27
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include : Mine Oiler, Groundskeeper, Production Worker, CDL Driver, Mine Mechanic, TVCC Academic/Career Advisor, Teaching Vacancies
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 27
West Coast needs to move together on time change, legislators decide
The idea of Oregon moving to daylight saving time and staying there remains alive at the Legislature, but key political hurdles remain.
NYSSA NEWS Mar. 27
Nyssa Library offers spring break activities
The Nyssa Library has several activities lined up for this week, as most Malheur County students go on spring break. On Thursday, an "Imagination Station" will offer STEM activities to kids at 2 p.m. This Saturday, the Nyssa Senior Center will be celebrating Betty Holcomb's retirement after 35 years with the Nyssa Post Office. The party will be held from 3 to 6 p.m.
NEWS Mar. 27
Malheur County land use bill pushed by border board draws controversy
The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board has proposed a land use bill to open up a small amount of non-productive farmland to residential development in Malheur County. It is now before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, but it may be a long way from approval. The bill has attracted criticism from two environmental groups.
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 27
Publications from local governments, private parties
STATE NEWS Mar. 26
Second version of carbon cap bill gives nod to rural Oregonians, pulls coveted exemptions from industry
Oregon’s cap and trade policy would strictly regulate polluters and transform Oregon’s economy. The proposal’s architects say the new version will be a cleaner, more effective bill.
OUTDOORS Mar. 25
Vale BLM staffers capture stunning scenes in photo contest
Employees of the Bureau of Land Management took top honors in six categories in a recent regional photo contest.