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Apr 8 2019 thru Apr 14 2019

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COMMUNITY April 13
Ontario-area shelter seeks help as dog kennels fill up
Ani-Care Animal Shelter put out a call for more volunteers and food donations this week to cope with a dog population that's growing by the day at the facility between Ontario and Nyssa.
BREAKING NEWS April 12
Student found with gun at Ontario Middle School
A student tipped off school officials at Ontario Middle School Friday that another student had a gun. The student and gun were found and taken from the building without incident.
SPORTS April 12
Track teams line up against strong Burns squad in Ontario
Ontario High School hosted a dozen track and field teams for the Oregon Trail Invitational last Saturday. The Hilanders from Burns took home first place team honors in both the boys and girls events at the meet. In the boys competition, Burns was followed by Idaho City in second, Adrian in third, Harper in fourth and Ontario, fifth. In the girls events, Ontario finished second, Vale was third and Adrian placed fourth.
COMMUNITY NEWS April 12
Nyssa FFA awarded grant to help tackle local housing issues
The Nyssa FFA chapter recently received a $1,200 grant from the National FFA Foundation for a project to remodel low-income housing units in Nyssa. The money will be used to remodel bungalow homes near Amalgamated Sugar.
OREGON LEGISLATURE April 12
Billion-dollar business tax proposed for Oregon but small firms exempted
The proposal will tax businesses just under one-half of 1% of their gross receipts over $1 million while cutting Oregonians' income tax rates by one-quarter of a percent for all but the top bracket. Sales of groceries, gasoline and diesel would not be taxed under the proposal.
OBITUARIES April 12
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Duane LeRoy Drydale, Julie Rae (Obermeier) Gregory, Edith L. Bell, Joyce L. Nelson, Robert E. Williamson, Aiko Uchida
YOUR COMMUNITY April 11
Man and his best friend hit the road to raise awareness for service dogs
Ron Storms is biking to Pennsylvania from Lincoln City, pulling his black Lab dog, Onyx and seeking to gather donations to help others who need a service animal but can't afford one. Storms, along with partner Meghan Shreiner, began their travels a month ago and rolled into Vale last week.
NEWS April 11
Wyden heads to Ontario for a town hall on Saturday
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, will be in Ontario Saturday for a town hall meeting at the Oregon Army National Guard armory, 1330 S.W. Fourth St. The session begins at 2:15 p.m. and the public is invited.
COMMENTARY April 11
Letter to the Editor - April 10
A reader from Ontario, Kenneth Hart, president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario, makes his case for a proposed house bill that would would increase the tax on tobacco products.
VALE NEWS April 11
Malheur County Sheriff's Department to host annual Family Fun Shoot on Saturday
The Malheur County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting its 11th annual Family Fun Shoot & BBQ fundraiser this Saturday at the Snake River Shooting Complex in Vale. There will be three courses at the event where shooters can use either a 50-round pistol, a .22 rifle or a center-fire rifle. Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. and shooting at 9 a.m.
NEWS April 11
New Ontario police chief puts focus on community and collaboration
Ontario’s new police chief, Steven Romero, is hoping to build partnerships between police and local community groups. Romero, a lieutenant with the Hawthorne Police Department in Southern California, succeeds Cal Kunz, who left in January to take a job in West Wendover, Nevada.
EDUCATION April 11
Malheur County school district aims to use bond to renovate aging buildings
School officials in Ontario believe the $26 million levy will create the right conditions to fix failing infrastructure, improve security and set the stage for the future. Voters will get the chance to vote on the measure in May.
EMPLOYMENT April 11
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Food Service, Coaching Vacancy, Mill Worker, Mine Oiler, CDL Driver, Parts Dismantler, Library Assistant, Mine Mechanic
OREGON POLITICS April 11
From state to local: how government puts lobbyists to work
Special interest groups aren't the only ones spending to sway Oregon lawmakers. Government bodies, from large state agencies to small cities or associations, also spend big money in the Capitol.
PUBLIC SAFETY April 10
Police crack down on distracted driving
A one-day sting last week put extra officers out on the roads of Malheur County. Police were searching for seat belt violations and illegal cell phone use by motorists while driving.
COMMUNITY NEWS April 10
Nonprofit board training underway in Ontario
A series of classes on nonprofit board training and planning began last week and continues through June 4. Each session costs $35 and the series for $295. The course is sponsored by Cause Oregon and Malheur County Economic Development.
NEWS April 10
A state-run prison pharmacy in Ontario serves aging, growing clientele
A pharmacy managed by the Department of Corrections recently moved to a Southwest 3rd Avenue building in Ontario. The pharmacy, which provides medications for inmates at eight correctional centers in Oregon, used to operate in a warehouse at the Snake River Correctional Institution but had run out of room.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY April 10
Serious crimes stretches Malheur County sheriff’s overtime budget
A wave of major crimes during the past year has stretched the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office overtime budget to the breaking point. The sheriff's office has used up nearly 75 percent of its overtime coffers with three months to go in the budget cycle.
NYSSA NEWS April 10
Quilt shop hop and senior dance on tap for Nyssa
Two Nyssa quilt shops – Country Corners Quilting and Marilynn’s Pickets and Patchwork – participating in the 18th annual Treasure Shop Hop will kick off activities Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also coming up, the Nyssa Senior Center will host a Collectible Show Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS April 10
Vale baseball pitches past Nyssa, Weiser
The Vale baseball team defeated Nyssa 9-2 April 4 in a league contest and then beat Weiser, 7-3 in a non-league game April 5.
OREGON GOVERNMENT April 9
Business group takes aim at PERS benefits, with Kulongoski's help
A business-backed group wants to put a measure before voters next year that would adjust how public employees get their retirement benefits. The move wouldn't touch current retirees -- and wouldn't solve a $26 billion shortfall.
SPECIAL REPORT: Breaking the Silence April 8
BREAKING THE SILENCE: Improvements sought in suicide prevention in Oregon schools
Adi's Act, named for a Portland teen who died by suicide, would require school districts to have prevention plans. Legislators are considering other laws focusing on prevention and services.

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