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Jun 3 2019 thru Jun 9 2019

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OREGON LEGISLATURE June 8
DOME DIGEST: Straw ban, revenge porn and DNA testing
Changes in Oregon law that you probably haven't heard about are headed to the governor's desk and then into the books. We do the homework for you to catch you up on changes that could affect your life.
OREGON GOVERNMENT June 7
Movement is slow to improve Oregon's response to wildfires
Wildfire season has taken a new meaning in Oregon, as fires burn longer, larger and hotter. Lawmakers in districts especially impacted by fires say the state isn't reacting quickly enough to the changing climate.
VALE BUSINESS June 7
Snake River Septic ready to serve Vale
Jed and Andrea Frank already have one truck ready and plan to bring a second vehicle on line by the end of the summer. The two Vale residents believe a focus on local, rural customers will pay dividends.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS June 7
Adrian decathlete gives heart and hard work
Former Adrian High School athlete Reagan Shira recorded six new personal bests as a Corban University decathlete at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championships in Alabama last week.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 7
As Oregon moves towards no clock changes, Malheur County goes its own way
Oregon legislators favor sticking with Daylight Saving Time. Now, it will take an act of Congress to make it so, but Malheur County gets to stay put.
EDITORIAL June 7
EDITORIAL: Citizen action makes a splash in Ontario
EDITORIAL: Ontario and Malheur County have challenges, and always will. But the splash park is a symbol of what a caring community can accomplish when adults start being adults and they let kids be kids.
EMPLOYMENT June 6
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include director of Caldwell Center , teaching vacancies
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 6
Ontario High migrant grads tip caps to parents
On Friday parents, students and administrators celebrated the achievements of 59 graduates from Ontario High's Migrant Education Program .
NYSSA NEWS June 6
It's time to saddle up for the Nyssa Nite Rodeo!
The Nyssa Nite Rodeo on June 14-15 is an open rodeo, and the books opened June 1. The kick-off event will be at 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Apple Valley Pizza with the Rodeo Honors Banquet. Tickets are $20. The rodeo is at Oregon Trail Arena. Visit nyssaniterodeo.com for information regarding registration and events.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 6
Oregon's foster care system remains in crisis, $1 million consultants brought in
Workers assigned to manage the state’s treatment of foster kids still have too much on their plates, according to an audit report released by Secretary of State Bev Clarno. To drive reforms more quickly, Gov. Kate Brown is paying an outside consulting firm $1 million to help.
YOUR COMMUNITY June 5
Ontario goes global with village festival
Held the first Saturday in June each year, the American Global Village Festival was founded as a way to raise money for the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce and the Four Rivers Cultural Center as well as the local groups that participate.
YOUR COMMUNITY June 5
Vale's Malheur Drug to host customer appreciation day
The annual event will kick off Friday at 8 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. A free lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will also mark Malheur Drug's 65th anniversary.
PHOTO GALLERY June 5
Photo Gallery: Locals splash into summer at Ontario Splash Park
Children of all ages had a splashtastic evening in the new Splash Park in Ontario during the grand opening festivities last week.
WATCHDOG June 4
PUBLIC MONEY, PRIVATE EMPIRE: Greg Smith serves many public masters - for a price
Since going into the Oregon Legislature, Heppner's Greg Smith also has managed to win one government contract after another for his private business. Some question how he can keep his roles straight.
ONTARIO June 4
Ontario swears in new police chief
Steven Romero, a former police lieutenant from southern California, was sworn in as Ontario's new police chief Monday.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATED June 3
Fatal accident, fire closes U.S. 20 near Vale on Monday afternoon
Fire and police personnel responded to a major collision on U.S. 20 about two miles west of Vale Monday afternoon. One man died in the head on collision and the highway was closed for more than three hours.
PHOTO GALLERY June 3
PHOTO GALLERY: Ontario High School seniors mark milestone at graduation ceremony
See who you know in photos from the May 29 graduation ceremony at Ontario High School.

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