YOUR COMMUNITY Nov. 15
Dental program targets eastern Oregon schools with free services and oral health education
Healthy, Happy Smiles, a grant-funded dental program, has brought free dental services to eastern Oregon schoolchildren since 2016, and they're seeing results.
COMING UP Nov. 14
COMING UP: Dinner, bazaar, trap shoot and more in store for Malheur County
Among the events to look forward to this month is the Annex Charter School annual dinner and auction this Friday at 6 p.m. and St. Paul Lutheran Church's Holiday Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Nov. 14
Former state exec who questioned Oregon emergency spending gets $500,000 settlement
Oregon officials have agreed to pay a half-million dollar settlement after a former executive claimed misuse of federal money and abusive treatment. The state didn't admit to any of the claims of the former deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
MALHEUR COUNTY Nov. 14
New grant arms weed warriors in southern Malheur County
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board granted $143,454 to the Owyhee Watershed Council for weed eradication work near Jordan Valley. Invasive species there threaten sage grouse habitat.
MALHEUR COUNTY PEOPLE Nov. 14
Ontario coalition forms to help youth, others with sexual identity concerns
A new coalition in Ontario aims to make the city more inclusive for LGBTQIA+ community members. The LGBTQIA+ Community Planning Coalition of Oregon/Idaho was created over the summer and has brought local agencies and nonprofits to the table to discuss ways to improve resources for community members who identify as anything other than straight.
NYSSA Nov. 14
NYSSA NEWS: Young musicians show talents, community meal coming up
Nyssa’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nyssa Senior Center.
EDITORIAL Nov. 13
EDITORIAL: Communities must take action to solve homelessness
Homelessness is one of the most vexing issues facing any community. Ontario is no exception. Make it your affair to learn, donate and volunteer to help mitigate this issue in Malheur County.
PHOTO GALLERY Nov. 13
PHOTO GALLERY: Four Rivers Cultural Center Holiday Bazaar
'Tis the season, no doubt about it. Over 80 vendors proved it at Four Rivers Cultural Center's annual Holiday Bazaar last Saturday, Nov. 9. Folks flocked en masse to buy everything from treats to trinkets in time for the holidays. Check out photos from the event – and if you know of any coming up, let us know!
EMPLOYMENT Nov. 13
They're hiring - local job openings
Copy Center Assistant
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Nov. 13
Viking netters come up short in state tournament play
Set scores for the match against South Umpqua ended in 16-25, 25-18, 18-25, 26-24, 15-8. Against Sutherlin, Vale went down in four sets, with set scores ending in 25-13, 14-25, 25-21, 25-22.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Nov. 13
Vale trails state in high school attendance
According to the Oregon Department of Education, Vale had the lowest attendance rate in the county last year, with the percentage of average student attendance in at 60%. That is a 14% decrease from the previous school year.
ONTARIO Nov. 13
Ontario eyes $150,000 in state funds meant for temporary overnight winter shelter
The state is offering $150,000 in one-time funding to set up an overnight homeless shelter in Ontario this winter. City council members discussed potential locations for the shelter at a work session last week. The city and Community in Action, an Ontario non-profit, are currently working to find a space for the potential shelter.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Nov. 13
TVCC enrollment edges up
Enrollment at Treasure Valley Community College has gone up about 2%. It's the first increase since 2012 and college officials say part of the increase relates to a federal grant the school currently has.
HIGH SCHOOL . SPORTS Nov. 13
Adrian blanks foes 70-0, gears up to host Lions
Adrian scored five touchdowns in the first quarter on the way to a 70-0 victory over Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter Academy.
PUBLIC NOTICES Nov. 13
Publications from local governments, private parties
Owyhee Energy Storage LLC Project, Notice of Sale
MALHEUR COUNTY NEWS Nov. 13
Harmony in the Canyonlands?
New legislation – by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley – is called the Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act and is the result of months of private negotiations between local ranchers, conservation groups, state universities and federal agencies.
COMMENTARY Nov. 12
COMMENTARY: As doubts about press grow, local news retains trust
In a nation increasingly doubting what it reads or hears from the news, local news outfits such as the Malheur Enterprise are more trusted. Yet there remains work to do to build that trust.
SPORTS Nov. 12
Vale claims first-round playoff victory over Tigers, now sets it sights on No. 2-ranked Santiam Christian
The Vikings collected some big-time, late-game heroics from Pete McBride to post the win. Now Vale will hit the road for the second week in a row to take on the undefeated Eagles at Adair Village Saturday.
STATE GOVERNMENT Nov. 11
Two of Oregon's largest unions see decline in state workers paying dues, but claim they're bouncing back
Two of the largest unions representing state workers have seen significant declines in the number of state workers paying dues since mid-2018. That includes expected declines in "fair share" agency fee payers after the Janus vs. AFSCME decision, and a decline in full members as well.