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Jul 22 2019 thru Jul 28 2019

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OREGON GOVERNMENT July 26
Department of Fish and Wildlife to get new Ontario office
The state agency received a $450,000 grant to build a 2,100-square-foot field office and parking lot by this time next year.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 25
Want to get muddy for a good cause?
This year's Mud Fest – a double elimination volleyball tournament – will benefit the domestic violence nonprofit Project DOVE.
ONTARIO PHOTO GALLERY July 25
PHOTOS: Ontario Chamber of Commerce welcomes first marijuana retailer
Weedology, the first marijuana retailer to open in Ontario, had its ribbon cutting with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Thursday, July 25. The store will begin recreational marijuana sales Friday.
EDITORIAL July 25
EDITORIAL: Perseverance pays off in pursuit of Malheur County rail project
The last-minute save with financial information deserves applause for those leading the Treasure Valley Reload Center project. New opportunities for more growth seem possible.
BUSINESS July 25
New owner takes over Vale Liquor Store
Teri Doran, who has spent her working life in the retail business, said she wants to expand the footprint of the liquor store and begin selling beer and gifts.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT July 25
Nyssa rail reload center on its way to becoming reality
The modified plan, approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission July 18, is expected to boost local economy.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 25
Ontario-based program helps steer ag workers in new direction
The National Farmworker Jobs program helps farmworkers and their families move on to better-paying jobs.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 25
Citizens Coalition of Ontario holds second forum
City council members and residents discussed several topics. Here are some takeaways from the July 17 meeting at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 24
Local historian writes book about ghost town in Malheur County
In his book "Eldorado," Gary Fugate researched the former gold mining town of the same name. Fugate will sign copies of the book Friday, July 26 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
NATURAL RESOURCES July 24
Drummon Basin fire nearly contained
Crews from the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management expect to contain the blaze today. Meanwhile, crews are still at work on the Anderson Crossing Fire in southern Malheur County.
EMPLOYMENT July 24
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Cafeteria position, Recruiting Coordinator, Salesman, Harvest Helpers, Test Proctor, CDL Driver, Seasonal
EDUCATION July 24
Ontario school administrators press for two board resignations over harassment, conduct
A letter that claims to be from 14 Ontario School District administrators outlines a long list of grievances against Derrick Draper and Eric Evans. Accusations include the creation of an unsafe and hostile work environment and civil rights violations. The board is considering how to investigate.
PUBLIC NOTICES July 24
Publications from local governments, private parties
Storage Auction
ONTARIO July 24
Ontario's first marijuana store opens this week
Weedology, a marijuana retailer, is holding a ribbon cutting at its Ontario location Thursday. The recreational marijuana store is the first dispensary to open in Ontario since the local ban on the retail sale of marijuana was lifted at the end of 2018.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS July 24
New festival in Ontario will honor the Tater Tot
The well-loved potato product was invented in Ontario. To honor the tot's roots, organizers are planning a tater tot festival for 2020.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 24
Elite Hotshot firefighters call Vale home
The highly trained federal Hotshot firefighting crew based at the Vale district of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is one of 97 such crews nationwide.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARIES July 24
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Glenn R. Smedley, Paul W. Ivester, Clinton Kennington
EDUCATION July 23
Sparks erupt at Ontario School Board meeting
The session, held Monday night, attracted a standing-room-only crowd of local residents. Eight people testified to the board regarding an array of issues and a vocal audience made sure their voices were heard.
NATURAL RESOURCES July 23
UPDATE: Lightning ignites fires in southern Malheur County
The Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management deployed eight engines while area rangeland fire protection agencies furnished initial attack resources to range fires at the south end of Malheur County.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 23
Retired rodeo star brings rodeo and free clinic to Malheur County on Wednesday
This Wednesday, July 24, Tom Reeves will sponsor a free rodeo school at the Malheur County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of his youth program Wild Horses, Building Champions. A PRCA-sponsored adult rodeo is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Cost to see the rodeo is a $10 donation.
OREGON GOVERNMENT July 23
Oregon to get $2.8 million settlement over Equifax data breach
Nearly half of all Americans, including nearly 1.8 million Oregonians, saw their Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and credit card numbers compromised by the 2017 data breach. Equifax settled with all 48 states, the District of Columbian and Puerto Rico on Monday.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS July 23
Enterprise wins top state journalism honors
The Malheur Enterprise was cited for journalistic excellence more times than any other newspaper east of the Cascades in competition judged by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

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