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Oct 28 2019 thru Nov 3 2019

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MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Nov. 2
Federal legislation provides path to legal status for farmworkers
Rep. Greg Walden joins as a co-sponsor of legislation craft by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, that would ease fears of farmworkers and lighten regulation.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Nov. 1
New business in Ontario takes playtime indoors
Toddler Town, an indoor playground in Ontario, is now open for business. The location at 475 South Oregon Street is bringing the fun of playtime indoors to keep parents and kids safe from the elements as winter rolls around.
BREAKING NEWS Nov. 1
Director of TVCC's nursing unit resigns over fears state will close program
The surprise resignation comes just three months after Paulla Mizer was hired to turn around a struggling program. She said in her resignation letter that TVCC administrators have been aware the state may force the program to close.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Nov. 1
Oregon State Hospital gets a break as federal judge decides against contempt finding
Disability Rights Oregon, a Portland group, plans to continue fighting for Oregonians timely access to health care after losing a federal case meant to pressure the state. The organization said criminal defendants needing state care weren't getting it fast enough.
EDITORIAL Nov. 1
EDITORIAL: Ontario Middle School shows impact of focus, drive to boost students
Each fall, state officials put out stacks of scores and percentages to show how students performed on tests. The numbers tell important stories about what the schools themselves are accomplishing.
PHOTO GALLERY Oct. 31
PHOTOS: Vale turns into a mini Halloweentown
Trick-or-treaters from young to old to canine hit the streets of Vale on Halloween on the hunt for sweets at local shops. Can you recognize the faces beneath these costumes?
WATCHDOG Oct. 31
New information shows Ontario shooting was related to gangs
Two lives marked by gang links and crime converged in an Ontario shooting earlier this month. Adam A. Gomez is suspected by police of shooting Xavier A. Jimenez four times on Oct. 9. Gomez is under arrest for unrelated federal gun charge and Jimenez is facing a new weapons allegations as well.
HOMELESS IN MALHEUR COUNTY Oct. 31
Day shelter takes shape inside Ontario church
The New Hope Day Shelter soon to open at Origins Faith Community will offer folks without a home some respite from the elements and access to a shower, laundry and other resources to help them get back on their feet.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Oct. 31
Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe hosting citizen academy
The sheriff's office is getting ready for this year's Citizens Academy. The six-week program will allow locals to learn more about what the sheriff and his deputies do and why.
OBITUARIES Oct. 30
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Joyce Elveretta (Palmer) Swanson, Martha Matsuko Nakamoto,Ruth Minnie Manzer, William Carlsen, Jeanie T. Essex, Billy E. Hardin Sr., Zola Christensen
EMPLOYMENT Oct. 30
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available includes Pool Manager and Assistant, Copy Center Assistant, Equipment operator
MALHEUR COUNTY CULTURE Oct. 30
Four Rivers center and citizens bring Day of the Dead to life locally
Four Rivers Cultural Center will host its annual Day of the Dead celebration Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. But in the days leading up to the holiday, locals have already started celebrating with family traditions.
NEWS Oct. 30
Search and rescue crews find woman stranded two nights in Jordan Valley area
A pair from Idaho were stranded near Jordan Valley Sunday night after their vehicle got stuck. The woman stayed with the vehicle while her companion hiked out to find help. Rescuers located her Tuesday night.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Oct. 30
Nyssa rolls past Irrigon
Nyssa built a 21-0 lead after the first quarter on the way to a 70-7 win over the Knights (0-3,0-8) in an Eastern Oregon League prep football game.
ONTARIO NEWS Oct. 30
Snoop Dogg concert results in hefty city expenses for dispensary owners
A free Snoop Dogg concert on Saturday, Oct. 5, put on by Hotbox Farms as its grand opening event, cost the city of Ontario thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds. The founder and co-owner of the marijuana dispensary, Steven Meland, has agreed to pay the city, officials said.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Oct. 30
Tiger soccer season ends in triumph
The season resulted in the girls flipping their league record from last year and securing a spot in the playoffs, and the boys earning the league title for the second year in a row.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Oct. 30
Growers pack up cold, damp 2019 onion season
Onion growers are nearing the finishing line of a harvest year marked by bad weather and delays.
PUBLIC NOTICES Oct. 30
Publications from local governments, private parties
Owyhee Energy Storage, LLC Project No. 15006-000
COMMUNITY NEWS Oct. 30
Halloween events transform area towns into spooky scenes
All around Malheur County, the spirit of Halloween is transforming the ordinary into fun activities for the family. However, for the more daring, there are haunted adventures in wait.
WATCHDOG Oct. 30
For Malheur County commissioner, special shirt from contractor was needed 'uniform'
WATCHDOG: Commissioner Larry Wilson accepted two personalized shirts from Greg Smith, a Malheur County contractor, that no one else in county government got. He paid for them after the Enterprise sought county records about the clothing.
OREGON POLITICS Oct. 29
Bentz announces bid for Congress
The longtime Oregon state lawmaker said Tuesday he intends to run for Rep. Greg Walden's (R-Hood River) position to represent the 2nd Congressional District. Bentz currently serves in the Oregon Senate.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Oct. 29
Vikings crush Umatilla, 49-7; state playoffs loom
The Vikings went ahead 27-0 early in the second half after quarterback Colton Kesey hooked up with Matt McBride on a 15-yard touchdown pass, one of two the senior scored Friday.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Oct. 29
Viking netters fall to Burns
The Vikings fell to rival Burns in four sets at a district seeding tournament last week. Vale will enter the state tournament as the EOL's No. 2 seed.
OREGON POLITICS Oct. 29
Second attempt filed to repeal Oregon's law easing driver's license requirements
Deciding against a courtroom battle, petitioners are taking a different tack in going after Oregon law that that allows undocumented immigrants to get licenses. An earlier try for the ballot was deemed unconstitutional.
BREAKING NEWS Oct. 28
UPDATE: Pilot killed, daughter survives helicopter crash in remote part of Malheur County
Jordan Valentine and her father, Jim Valentine, were flying near Succor Creek Friday when their aircraft went down. The crash killed Jim Valentine, but Jordan crawled out of the wreckage and huddled against the wind through the night and into the early morning hours Saturday before she was found by search and rescue personnel.

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