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Jun 24 2019 thru Jun 30 2019

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PHOTO GALLERY June 29
PHOTO GALLERY: Vale Little League celebrates end of the season
The 16 youth baseball teams that make up the Vale Little League came together at Wadleigh Park Wednesday, June 26, to eat hot dogs and sign baseballs as souvenirs for teammates and sponsors.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 29
With 120 bills and 39 hours on the clock, Oregon legislators face slog to finish work
The political impasse between Republicans and Democrats in the Oregon Senate ended and now legislators face a midnight Sunday deadline to pass state budgets and other pending legislation.
BREAKING NEWS June 28
Republican senators, assured HB2020 is dead, return to work Saturday to close out Legislature
Enough of the caucus vows to return Saturday morning for two marathon days to vote on as many bills as possible.
VALE RODEO June 28
Get yours! The Vale 4th of July Rodeo Guide available now
The magazine-style guide to the rodeo also gives you details on everything going on in Vale in the next few days - from the parade to Oregon Trail Days and local merchant events. The guide is free and available at area businesses
RAIL RELOAD CENTER June 28
Vice chairman of Transportation Commission seeks answers on rail facility
Transcript: Robert Van Brocklin questioned Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, on the costs of leasing rail cars for the proposed center during a meeting last week.
PHOTO GALLERY June 28
PHOTO GALLERY: Vale Chamber of Commerce Banquet 2019
Roughly 100 people gathered at the Vale Fire Hall to honor local businesses and citizens at the annual Vale Chamber of Commerce banquet
EDITORIAL June 28
EDITORIAL: Malheur County officials need to act quick to save rail project
EDITORIAL: Oregon state officials are deeply skeptical that a rail center in Nyssa would serve the ag industry without taxpayers footing the costs. They want details, and Malheur County has considerable work to rescue this economic development dream.
LOCAL EVENTS June 28
Ontario's Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival is Saturday, earns state award
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History recently recognized Four Rivers Cultural Center with its Oregon Stewardship Award for the center’s Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival. The daylong festival highlights eastern Oregon’s traditional arts and artist this Saturday at Four Rivers Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS June 28
Vale, Jordan Valley volleyball players compete at all-star series
Three Malheur County volleyball players, who graduated this spring, competed at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association’s 6th annual All-Star Volleyball Match at Eastern Oregon University Saturday, June 22.
OREGON POLITICS June 28
Truckers, loggers and activists roll into Salem, making loud point about rural life
The rally protested two bills that could impact shipping and driving costs, though one has been amended significantly and the other has been pronounced dead.
BREAKING NEWS June 27
Bentz returns to Ontario, says state police called off
Sen. Cliff Bentz confirmed Thursday that he has reentered the state and his caucus is continuing to talk about whether to return to Salem.
OREGON POLITICS June 27
Hundreds of timber workers and supporters gather to protest cap and trade, diesel standards
When the Senate convened briefly at 9:30 a.m. – not its usual time – semitruck airhorns immediately began sounding, reminding lawmakers that they are being watched.
PUBLIC NOTICES June 27
Publications from local governments, private parties
Sheriff's Sale, Summons, Notice of Sale, Mineral Interest
VALE 4TH OF JULY RODEO June 27
Juntura cowboy heads to Vale 4th of July Rodeo
Luke McKay has made a name for himself in the local rodeo world. Born in Haiti, McKay moved to Juntura as a child.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 27
Standoff in Salem continues as clock ticks toward adjournment, legislation imperiled
Despite their stated reason for leaving – cap and trade – dying, Republicans continue to stop the Senate from doing business.
PHOTO GALLERY June 27
Photo Gallery: Vale Little League
The Vale Little League team faced Fruitland Wednesday, June 19.
NYSSA NEWS June 27
Nyssa summer meals move to parks, fun continues at library
The Nyssa Food Service Program (no charge meals) for children 1 to 18 continues through June 28 in the main cafeteria at the Nyssa School District. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to noon.
COMMUNITY NEWS June 26
Former Vale woman's daughter recovering after losing leg to rare infection
Abbie Metge, a 10-year-old with long ties to Vale, rests in a hospital in Salt Lake City after getting diagnosed with a deadly bacteria that forced doctors to amputate her right leg earlier this month.
PHOTO GALLERY June 26
Photo Gallery: Kids in the Garden
Four Rivers Cultural Center invited kids to learn about Japanese landscaping at its Hikaru Mizu garden Thursday, June 20.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT June 26
State sets final deadline for Nyssa reload center
Last week officials appeared poised to reject a proposal to build a rail facility north of Nyssa. Now, project supporters have until July 18 to answer an array of questions about the viability of the venture.
YOUR COMMUNITY June 26
Vale Chamber honors businesses and community members at banquet
The chamber gave out awards in seven categories at the annual banquet.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 26
Path forward at Oregon Legislature uncertain as Republican senators mull options
Chaos dominated the Legislature Tuesday as the cap and trade effort fell apart and Republican senators remained out of Oregon with less than a week left in the legislative session.
PHOTO GALLERY June 25
PHOTO GALLERY: 2019 Billy Evins Roping
Twenty-four team roping teams and 20 barrel racers are set to compete at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo following the Billy Evins Memorial Roping event Friday, June 21. See anyone you know?
POLITICS June 25
Bentz unsure what the next step is for Senate Republicans
The local legislator joined his fellow GOP lawmakers last week in a walkout to protest the state's controversial carbon emission cap bill. Earlier today, Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) said the legislation doesn't have enough Democratic votes to move ahead. What happens next is still unclear.
BREAKING NEWS June 25
BREAKING: Courtney says controversial cap-and-trade bill doesn't have votes to pass Senate
In a stunning announcement Tuesday, Senate President Peter Courtney announced he doesn't think there are 16 votes needed to pass House Bill 2020, the controversial carbon emission legislation. Eleven Republican senators, including Cliff Bentz of Ontario, have been out of state to force changes in the legislation
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 25
'No deal' so far, Senate Republicans report as Oregon Legislature stalls
Oregon's Republican senators remained in what the said were out-of-state locations, waiting for Democrats to meet their demands over cap-and-trade. Democrats showed no sign of budging.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 24
Stalemate continues in Oregon Senate, threatening budget and other bills
With Senate Republicans still out of state to deny Democrats a quorum, 67 bills that have passed the Oregon House are in limbo, including 29 co-sponsored or carried on the floor by Republicans.
OBITUARIES June 24
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Vaughn L. Moser, Bill A. Mordhorst, Edward Kroll, Mark Douglas Caddell, Paul Gleichman, Clyde O. Chaney
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 24
More housing choices win House approval, allowing mixes in Oregon's single-family zoning
In a move to increase housing options and affordability, the Oregon House approves changes in what's allowed in historically single-family neighborhoods. The bill now needs Senate approval.
PHOTO GALLERY June 24
PHOTO GALLERY: Nyssa Nite Rodeo Parade delivers fun, smiles and rodeo royalty
The annual event rolled through downtown Nyssa Saturday and showcased a touch of the Old West along with plenty of candy for youth lined up to watch.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS June 24
Vale's Hamilton plays for all-star team
The Viking athletic standout participated in the Oregon East-West 3A, 2A, 1A All-Star baseball series at Linfield College recently. Hamilton will move on to play football for Eastern Oregon University in La Grande this fall.

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