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EVENTS November 22
PHOTO GALLERY: Moonlight Madness kicks off holiday shopping
The annual Moonlight Madness sales event Friday night in Vale brought shoppers to participating merchants offering sweet holiday deals.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 22
Twenty-one arrested after hours-long sit-in of Gov. Kate Brown’s office
Protesters unhappy with Brown’s refusal to stand with them in opposition of 230-mile pipeline planned for Southern Oregon.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY November 22
Family plans to sue over March shooting in Ontario highway chase
of this year after leading officers on a high-speed chase in Idaho and into Ontario. Now his family has announced their intent to sue for his death.
AGRICULTURE November 21
Hemp growers in Malheur County endure learning curve
Some of the struggles for hemp growers, Stuart Reitz, Malheur County extension agent said, include the size of the hemp plant, as well as the weeding process, which has to be done by hand and requires sizable investments in money and time.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 21
Nyssa High senior signs with Salem University for softball
Syriah Trujillo, a senior at Nyssa High School, has played everything from volleyball to basketball, but the 17-year-old has a soft spot for softball. Last week she signed to play the sport at Salem University in West Virginia.
HEALTH November 21
Chlamydia cases high in Malheur County, health officials say
Malheur County had the third highest rate of the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia in the state last year, according to data from the Oregon Health Authority. The county saw a total of 188 chlamydia infections last year, and over 150 cases so far this year. The disease can be hard to spot, but it's easy to test for, say county health employees. Confidential testing is available at the Malheur County Health Department and is free for eligible patients.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 21
With months until primary, Oregon's secretary of state crowded with Democrats
Four Democrats are running in the only statewide race on the 2020 ballot. No Republican has yet declared.
COMMUNITY NEWS November 21
Ontario's Festival of Trees kicks off Friday
The annual Festival of Trees – where holiday shoppers can purchase trees, centerpieces, wreaths and more – is a major source of support for Meals on Wheels and Help Them to Hope. The event kicks off Friday at 7 a.m. inside Ontario's Clarion Inn and runs until Sunday. Click for more holiday events happening in Malheur County.
COMMUNITY NEWS November 20
Aspiring local actors bring Willy Wonka to stage
Four different casts consisting of 187 kids will participate in eight shows starting on Thursday, Nov. 21, going through Saturday, Nov. 23. The musical is produced by the Four Rivers Children’s Community Theatre and is adapted from the feature film.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 20
Incomes up, but Oregon job growth slowing, state economists report
Oregonians are being helped by a tight job market with higher incomes, state economists reported Wednesday. The poverty gap among races is narrowing too, the report said.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS November 20
Malheur County plans borrowing to buy up private industrial land for future projects
Malheur County officials are asking to borrow $2 million from state to pay for more than 200 acres of raw land as it explores how to get millions more to make the land useful to industry.
OBITUARIES November 20
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Bob Fleming, Joe Yraguen,Mary Clyde, Cynthia Potts, James Carl Weeks, Rose Ann Bemrose, Raymond Jones, James J. Mckoski
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 20
Vale High volleyball coach named league coach of the year
Shannon Steele, head coach of the Vale High School varsity volleyball team, was selected as this year’s Eastern Oregon League coach of the year. The honor is bestowed by fellow coaches.
NYSSA NEWS November 20
Youths scout up food donations in Nyssa
Cub Pack 450 and Boy Scout Troop 450 held a food drive at M&W Markets as part of a national Boy Scout service project. A total of 586 pounds of food and $611 in cash donations were given in just one day!
EMPLOYMENT November 20
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Executive Director of Nursing, Fire & Ambulance, Learning Resource Center
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 20
Santiam Christian ends Vale’s football season with 58-6 win
The Eagles (11-0) built a 36-0 lead at halftime but the Vikings cut the margin early in the third quarter on Jared Fulwyler’s four-yard touchdown run but Vale never regained momentum.
VALE November 20
Vale gets ready with fun, food and deals for Moonlight Madness
The annual Moonlight Madness event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 with 18 businesses and organizations in Vale offering deals. This year's event will feature a transit service consisting of two mini vans that will shuttle people to the various participating merchants.
ONTARIO November 20
Ontario council explores sheds to shelter homeless
Ontario City Manager Adam Brown said Community in Action would use $150,000 from the state, allocated to address the city's homeless problem, to buy tiny homes while the city will look for a site for the homes. He believes the city could have enough money to buy 20.
PUBLIC NOTICES November 20
Publications from local governments, private parties
Owyhee Energy Storage LLC Project , Notice of Sale
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION November 20
After shakeup, interim director of TVCC nursing program approved by state
State officials voice support for Treasure Valley Community College's nursing program, giving a green light for an instructor to serve as interim director.
SPORTS November 19
Adrian/Jordan Valley football crushes Hosanna Christian in quarterfinal contest
The Lions built an early lead but Adrian/Jordan Valley turned it up a notch to clinch the win. Now the Antelopes will move on to play Crane in a semifinal game Saturday in Hermiston.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 19
Why does a diverse group of Oregon’s political interests want to take redistricting out of the legislature’s hands?
From the Oregon Farm Bureau to Common Cause, a broad spectrum of groups are rallying around an initiative proposing to reform Oregon’s redistricting process to protect against ‘bi-partisan gerrymandering.’
NEWS November 18
No suspects identified after man found dead in Ontario
The Ontario Police Department said the body of the 56-year-old man, whose name it was withholding, was found at a home in the 200 block of Northeast Second Street when police responded around 6 p.m.

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