OREGON ECONOMY Jan. 4
Housing affordability worsened in Oregon in last decade with low construction rates
Despite Oregon's strong economy, a state economist called the last a decade a "disappointment" as the state recovers from the Great Recession.
SPORTS Jan. 3
Tiger standout makes state 4A soccer roster
Greg Rodriguez, a senior at Ontario High School, who was voted league MVP as his team, the Ontario Tigers, clinched the league title for the second year in a row, was surprised to find out he also made first team.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH Jan. 3
Local heart disease rate soars in Malheur County; experts list risk factors
White men in Malheur County have the highest death rate in the state due to heart disease, according to state and federal data. Local experts said that factors such as poor nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking, and alcohol and drug abuse play into an individual’s risk for heart disease.
YOUR COMMUNITY Jan. 3
McDermitt outpost offers stark tribute to soldiers who serve, but fall to suicide
In remote McDermitt Oregon, Vietnam War veteran Joe Vaneeten is working on a project to raise awareness about veteran suicides. Recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say the number of veteran suicides across the country exceeded 6,000 each year from 2008 to 2017.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 2
Suspect who led authorities on manhunt released following arraignment
Joshua B. Christoffersen, the suspect of a botched burglary who led police on a manhunt on New Year's Eve, was released from custody Thursday afternoon following his arraignment for reasons that remain unclear.
PHOTO GALLERY Jan. 2
PHOTOS: Fireworks light up sky over Vale
The annual fireworks display on the butte above Vale dazzled viewers across town on New Year's Eve.
YOUR COMMUNITY Jan. 2
Ontario chamber honors top citizens, tickets on sale
The annual Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet honoring distinguished citizens is set for Friday, Jan. 10, at Four Rivers Cultural Center. Tickets are $40 each and reservations are required by Friday, Jan. 3. This year's honorees include retired nurse and educator Charlene Pelland and Four Rivers Cultural Center's Matt Stringer.
YOUR COMMUNITY Jan. 2
MALHEUR MOVERS: For Cruickshank, issues are a call to action
Tiffany Cruickshank is not one to sit back when it comes to her community. This is the first in a series of articles about people who make things happen in the communities of Malheur County.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 2
As civics education declines in Oregon, nonprofits and a state office try to fill the gap
Legislative attempts to mandate civic instruction in Oregon classrooms has failed. The Secretary of State's Office has shifted its priorities to promote civic education.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 1
Manhunt leads to Idaho man suspected of burglary
Joshua B. Christoffersen, 40, of Idaho, was found inside a shed at a mining operation on New Year's Day after a manhunt that went on for 12 hours on New Year's Eve. Christoffersen is being held on two counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of methamphetamines.
YOUR COMMUNITY Jan. 1
Ontario's homeless find shelter anywhere they can
As the city and local groups work to install 20 tiny homes to help ease heomelessness in Ontario, the city's homeless talk of finding shelter anywhere they can during the winter months.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 1
Students convince legislators to save Oregon beagles
The story begins in 2018, when fifth grade teacher Courtney Yeager of Beaverton’s Elmonica Elementary was in the middle of teaching a unit on the United Nations’ Global Goals. Students chose to work on goal 15, which has to do with protecting the earth and animals.
EDITORIAL Jan. 1
EDITORIAL: Attack in Ontario doesn't reflect the community
EDITORIAL: Malheur County is a diverse community reflecting many cultures. An assault on a man in Ontario, suspected to be racially motivated, was the act of someone passing through.
SPECIAL REPORT: BIG RIG SAFETY Jan. 1
Oregon inspectors home in on unsafe trucks, drivers to reduce highway deaths
Trucks in dangerous condition are yanked off the highway by inspectors, but Oregon state inspectors say educating drivers is seen as the best way to keep Oregon truckers and highways safe.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Dec. 31
Police teams searching remote rural area for thief who fled Harper area after gunfire
A man interrupted while stealing ranch equipment near Harper was being sought by police Tuesday afternoon in an area along the Malheur-Harney county line. The man is considered armed and dangerous after he shot at a witness.
EMPLOYMENT Dec. 31
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include General Ranch Hand, Student Program Coordinator, Head Librarian, Electrician
YOUR COMMUNITY Dec. 31
Top ratings roll in for Saint Alphonsus in Ontario
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario received an “A” for hospital safety from Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization. In December, the local care center was also selected as a five-star hospital by the federal Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Safety – one of only about 290 out of 4,500 hospitals nationwide garner the distinction.
COMMUNITY NEWS Dec. 31
Vale Chamber of Commerce hosts fireworks show for New Year's Eve
The show starts at 7 p.m. and will last for about 20 minutes, weather permitting. The fireworks will be launched from Rhinehart Butte. Event organizer, Dwight Keller, said the show can be viewed from anywhere far away from streetlights and within four to five miles away from the butte.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Dec. 31
Colorado man accused of Ontario stabbing was convicted in 2017 assault
Nolan Strauss is being held in Malheur County Jail on charges related to the Dec. 21 knife attack of a man in Ontario. Court records show Strauss was convicted in 2018 of assaulting a police officer in Nebraska.
PUBLIC NOTICES Dec. 31
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District, Malheur County Court, Notice to Interested Persons, Notice of sale, Budget hearing
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Dec. 31
Adrian football coach, players clinch top state honors
Adrian head coach Bill Wortman was named the coach of the year while quarterback Conley Martin was named Class 1A football co-player of the year along with St. Paul’s TJ Crawford.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 30
Spectacular truck crashes grab attention, but accident rate dropping, state data shows
As trucks log ever more miles on Oregon highways, major accidents can create the impression they are getting more dangerous. But state reports show the accident rate has been dropping as state enforcers target education, not punishment.