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YOUR COMMUNITY December 13
Inmates at Ontario prison train for workforce, better future on the outside
Work training and skill development are part of the rehabilitation efforts at Snake River Correctional Institution. Inside the prison's physical plant, inmates might train to become a licensed journeyman electrician or earn a welding certificate.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 13
Lady Bulldogs off to a good start
The Lady Bulldogs won their first match of the season 34-31 at home against Liberty Charter in a non-league game on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
RAIL RELOAD CENTER December 12
County eyes land deal as investment for the future
Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, presented an update to the county court Wednesday regarding real estate purchases for the planned 26-million dollar north of Nyssa.
OREGON POLITICS December 12
Oregon lawmakers share wishlists for 2020 short session
The Oregon Legislature has a jam-packed 35-day session starting in February. Here's what your senators and representatives have on their minds as they get ready.
NYSSA December 12
NYSSA NEWS: Christmas crafts and choir concerts coming up
A Christmas card craft class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Nyssa Library. The community is also invited to attend the Nyssa Choirs Holiday Concert, to be held on Monday, Dec. 16 starting at 7 p.m. at the Nyssa High School Auditorium.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 12
Holiday calendar is jam-packed
Mark your calendars for holiday events, continuing through this month in Malheur County communities.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 12
Vale boys hoop team gears up for season
The Viking boys basketball team may be short on experience but they have plenty of new talent. Vale lost its home opener, 48-31 to Parma Dec. 5 but defeated Payette 70-43 Saturday.
PHOTO GALLERY December 12
PHOTO GALLERY: Nyssa fundraiser raises $500 for Help Them to Hope
Nyssa Middle School held a fundraiser for Help Them to Hope, raising $500 dollars. Canned food items were also donated.
YOUR COMMUNITY December 11
Traffic stop in Malheur County ends with $50 holiday gift
When Vale resident Saradawn Curtis was stopped for a broken tail light three days before Thanksgiving, she had no idea her roadside encounter with a sheriff's deputy would end with a $50 gift from an anonymous donor.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 11
Lady Viks ready to roll into season
Vale girls basketball got off to a good start this season and clinched a 53-25 non-league victory over Homedale Friday. Coach Jason Johnson said he will look to a solid group of returning starters to help the Vikings find success this season.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT December 11
Vale seeking new city manager
Vale City Manager Katy Lamb announced she will retire at the end of February. The city is now looking for her replacement.
EMPLOYMENT December 11
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include City Manager, Recruiter, Cook & Wait staff
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT December 11
Ontario car wash appeals tax case, says it was 'strung along' by county officials
Bluebird Express Car Wash, which opened in Ontario earlier this year, has taken Malheur County to Oregon Tax Court, saying it was told repeatedly that a tax break was in the works before it was unexpectedly denied. The complaint cited investigative work by the Malheur Enterprise.
PUBLIC NOTICES December 11
Publications from local governments, private parties
Oregon Telephone Corporation, Notice to Interested Persons
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 11
Coach sees ‘chemistry’ as Lady Tigers focus on future, not past
The Ontario girls basketball team is turning the page this season with a new coach and a positive outlook.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 11
PHOTO GALLERY: Vale Tree Lighting ushers in holiday spirit
Following the tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 6, there was a warm reception with Santa in the Vale Grange Hall, complete with hot beverages, chili, local crafts, and more.
COMMENTARY December 10
How the Enterprise produced its story on county land deal, finances
While county officials declined to provide information, state agencies quickly released to the Malheur Enterprise documents that made key disclosures. The newspaper offered county officials previews of elements of its planned story. Most didn't respond.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT December 10
Malheur County leaders mum as appraisal shows land value $1 million less than they agreed to pay
An independent appraisal shows that Nyssa land the county intends to pay more than $3 million for is valued at $2 million. The county's administrative officer addressed the matter in an internal memo "not intended for the public."
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT December 10
Oregon short on resources for local mental health treatment
State officials intend to ask legislators soon to put more money into local care for criminal defendants found unfit for trial.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 10
PHOTO GALLERY: Winter Wonderland Parade proves to be a big hit
Floats, candy and Santa Claus highlight the county's biggest holiday parade Saturday, Dec. 7. A large crowd showed up in Ontario to watch the traditional opening of the Christmas season.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 9
PHOTO GALLERY: Nyssa parade lights up town
Although it was raining on Saturday, Dec. 7, it did not stop folks decked out for the holidays, from coming downtown for the annual 2019 Nyssa Nite Lite Parade to watch the glittering holiday themed floats.
MALHEUR COUNTY TRANSPORTATION December 9
State eyes roundabout as fix at Cairo Junction
Federal funding for the project isn’t available until 2021 or 2022 and state officials are still working on a roundabout blueprint for the area.
COMMUNITY NEWS December 9
Vale Scouts seek new backers
The future of the Boy Scouts in Vale is in jeopardy after one of its biggest sponsors – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – decided to cease support. Victor Noble, a Vale resident, said there are around 25 youth involved in Boy Scouts in Vale and probably another 10 that are Cub Scouts. He's looking for new backers.

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