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May 27 2019 thru Jun 2 2019

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YOUR GOVERNMENT May 30
Findley sides with Demo majority to reform youth sentencing
The Vale Republican helped push Senate Bill 1008 out of the Oregon House last week. The bill modifies the mandatory minimum sentencing rules for juveniles. The bill passed the House on a 40-18 vote.
YOUR COMMUNITY May 30
Vale sheds deputy to cut down on costs
Facing a budget with little wiggle room, Vale city officials moved ahead on a plan to drop one of three sheriff's deputies. The decision will save the city about $100,000 but the impact on public safety remains uncertain.
PHOTO GALLERY May 30
Photo Gallery: Nyssa graduates Class of 2019
Nyssa High School conferred diplomas to its Class of 2019 at the graduation ceremony Sunday, May 26, at the school gymnasium. Here are some scenes from festive event.
COMMUNITY NEWS May 30
Ontario splash park debuts with festivities, music, barbecue
The city of Ontario is celebrating the grand opening of the Splash Park at Lions Park Thursday, May 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. with live music, a barbecue by the Ontario Fire & Rescue and homemade root beer. A dedication ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m.
NYSSA NEWS May 30
School may be out but reading’s still in at Nyssa Library
With the end of the school year, students can keep up their reading skills at the Nyssa Library starting on June 4. Also kicking off next month is a monthly dance at the Nyssa Senior Center from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The Dale Borge Band provides the tunes, everyone is asked to bring something for the potluck.
STATE NEWS May 29
Sen. Jackie Winters dies amid lung cancer battle
The death of Republican lawmaker Jackie Winters was announced today on the House floor. She had been absent from the Capitol for more than a month as she fought cancer.
PUBLIC NOTICES May 29
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Equilla J. Carter, Storage Auction, Notice of sale, budget meetings
PUBLIC SAFETY May 29
Attorneys say Montwheeler was insane at the time of crimes, so death penalty can't apply
The Nampa man's defense team also assert the death penalty in the case is "not appropriate." In court documents filed last week, Dave Goldthorpe, Malheur County district attorney, claimed Montwheeler's mental state and his final sentence are issues for a jury to decide. Montwheeler's trial is slated to begin next year.
VALE NEWS May 29
Carnival, dance, summer festivities in Vale
El Campo, a fundraiser for Vale Youth Baseball, is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the Vale Fire Hall. Also starting in June, the Vale Senior Center will offer a slate of weekly activities, including cards from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and potluck and pinochle on Friday evenings.
YOUR GOVERNMENT May 29
Malheur County land use bill gains momentum in Salem
HB 2456 is designed to open a small amount of unused farm land in the county to development. The proposed bill - considered a key pillar in the legislative blueprint for the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board - cleared the Oregon House and is now before a Senate panel.
COMING UP May 29
Art, music and more on tap in Malheur County
Art, music, health and wellness events are coming to Malheur County. June kicks off with the annual potluck and decoration event at the cemetery in Malheur City this Saturday at 1 p.m. Coming up next week, the Treasure Valley Chorale and TVCC Concert Choir present “Life has Loveliness” at 7:30 p.m., June 7 in the Meyer-McLean Theatre in Ontario.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS May 29
Ontario High School seniors ready for diplomas
Ontario High School’s Class of 2019 wraps up the series of high school graduations in Malheur County this week. The graduate claim their diplomas in a ceremony starting at 7 p.m. this Wednesday at the high school.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT May 29
Vale grower sets his sights on new onion packing facility
Jeff Bair plans to build a packing shed and line plus a storage warehouse just off U.S. Highway 26 between Vale and Willowcreek. Construction has already started on the project and Bair said one reason he decided to expand was to help the local economy.
EMPLOYMENT May 29
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Nursing Instructor, Director of Nursing, Director of Caldwell Center
OREGON LEGISLATURE May 27
Adi's Act goes into the books, focusing on preventing youth deaths in Oregon
'High risk' students in Oregon expected to get more attention under legislation approved and heading for the governor's signature.

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