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Dec 16 2019 thru Dec 22 2019

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OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT December 21
With a $3.5 million consulting job done, state officials turn to fixing the troubled foster care system
Gov. Kate Brown brought on the consulting firm to overhaul the Department of Human Service's child welfare program after a highly publicized controversy over officials’ practice of sending foster kids to residential facilities in other states with little oversight.
COMMENTARY December 20
FROM THE PUBLISHER: Enterprise accused of criminal conduct again
The newspaper's determined coverage of economic developments in Malheur County once again brings an accusation of criminal behavior by a county official. The claim is baseless.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS December 20
New bakery in Ontario aims to perfect the art of cookie baking
Sugar Momma, a bakery dedicated exclusively to cookies, opened at 361 S.W. 12th St. in Ontario last week. The shop has been a dream of Ontario-native Chelsea Skeen's for years.
YOUR COMMUNITY December 20
Want to make a year-end donation? Here are Malheur County nonprofits you could help
The Enterprise asked local nonprofits to send us some details on their services and their current needs so we could share it with readers. The result is this guide to some local organizations that are eligible for tax-deductible year-end donations.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT December 19
Take the Malheur Enterprise survey about publicly-funded development
As Malheur County officials develop plans for using public money to build and operate an industrial park, an online survey by the Enterprise assesses community attitudes about the projects and how decisions on millions of dollars should be made.
OREGON GOVERNMENT December 19
State Hospital puts up 'no vacancy' sign for civil commitments
The Oregon State Hospital to focus on defendants needing care to be fit for criminal trial. The temporary halt to other admissions is expected to ripple through the state.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT December 19
Malheur County Court hears that county will make back any industrial investment
The Malheur County Court’s session on Dec. 11 attracted a large crowd that listened to Greg Smith, county economic development director, give County Judge Dan Joyce and County Commissioners Don Hodge and Larry Wilson an update on efforts to turn farm land into an industrial complex anchored by the Treasure Valley Reload Center.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 19
Calhoun wrestling tournament in Nyssa is another 'classic'
Area wrestling teams faced off against each other and wrestlers from Oregon and Idaho at the annual Calhoun Classic Wrestling tournament in Nyssa. See how they did and what to expect for the rest of the season.
RAIL RELOAD CENTER December 19
Sale document sets out terms for Farmers to get Nyssa industrial acreage
The option allows the Farmers first choice on five acres next to the rail reload center for a packing and processing facility in the county’s proposed industrial park. Farmer is president and co-owner of Fort Boise Produce of Parma.
BUSINESS BEAT December 18
Be merry, and other seasonal business tips
As a business owner you should be enjoying and deriving benefit from this time of year. Like Santa, you have spent time getting to know your customers and learn what they want for Christmas.
EMPLOYMENT December 18
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Custodian, General Ranch Hand, Recruiter, Student Program Coordinator, City Manager
EDITORIAL December 18
EDITORIAL: Malheur County should let voters decide on millions for industrial development
When plans for the Treasure Valley Reload Center were unveiled two years ago, the county led the public to believe: This won’t hardly cost you a dime. That’s because, with the work of then-state Rep. Cliff Bentz, the state put $26 million aside for Malheur County. That sum, the community was told, would cover virtually every cost of opening a rail shipping center, putting Nyssa on the map of industrial sites.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY December 18
Study: Workers stream into Malheur County from Idaho
Just over half of Malheur County’s workforce came from outside the county in 2017, with roughly 67% of commuters traveling in from Idaho, according to a recent report from the state Employment Department. The economic impact of the numbers is hard to calculate, says a state economist.
YOUR COMMUNITY December 18
PHOTOS: Hispanic parishioners in Vale pay tribute to 'Lupita'
While the Hispanic community in Vale is not as visible as it is in Ontario and Nyssa, local families have deep ties to the city. Each year on Dec. 12 they gather at St. Patrick Catholic Church to celebrate Mexico's patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, with a procession and a mass in Spanish.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 18
Hoop teams gear up for area tourneys
Area basketball teams had an eventful week with far more in store.
PUBLIC NOTICES December 18
Publications from local governments, private parties
Notice to Interested persons, Budget Hearing
COMMUNITY NEWS December 18
Inmates serve up Christmas cheer for Malheur County seniors
The occasion was the annual Senior Christmas Meal at the minimum-security facility at the Snake River Correctional Institution. Held Tuesday, Dec. 10, the event featured a choir of inmates singing traditional songs such as “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT December 17
Malheur County needs another $14 million to build Nyssa industrial park, records show
Documents obtained from the state show that Malheur County officials project that the county has to come up with another $14 million to turn Nyssa farmland into a county-run industrial park. County officials for six weeks have declined to answer questions about those development costs.
PHOTO GALLERY December 16
PHOTO GALLERY: The Calhoun Classic brings wrestlers to the mat in Nyssa
The Calhoun Classic wrestling tournament on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, drew hundreds of people to the gymnasium at Nyssa High School for two days of wrestling action.
PHOTO GALLERY December 16
PHOTO GALLERY: 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.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT December 16
Malheur County region soon to get 10 efforts to help fix up properties, attract workers
A grant and loan program that will help homeowners, property owners and local governments will use $5 million in state funds to spark economic growth along the border region of Malheur County and Idaho.

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