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Jan 6 2020 thru Jan 12 2020

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OREGON GOVERNMENT January 10
Cyber attack disrupts training for thousands of Oregon state employees
A Christmas Day attack on the state’s iLearn web program has left thousands of state employees unable to access mandatory training.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 10
A chat in a parking garage and a path to a new climate plan for Oregon
Democrats intend to roll out a new emissions plan for Oregon that would be easier on industry and rural Oregon. But a key Republican senator walks from the talks.
EDITORIAL January 9
EDITORIAL: Time to pause county's industrial plans to judge real benefits
EDITORIAL: Taxpayers have considerably more at risk on the industrial development. County officials have made only vague, and sometimes misleading, explanations. They suggest that hundreds of jobs would take root in Nyssa when companies snap up ground in a county-run industrial park.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS January 9
Ontario hardware store donates paint for city's pool project
Kinney Bros & Keele True Value Hardware stepped in to help the Ontario Recreation District revamp the city's aquatics center – shuttered in 2013 – by donating $1,000 worth of paint for the project.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY January 9
An interrupted theft, gunshots and a wild chase is on in Malheur County
In the early hours of New Year's Eve Ty Ingram woke to unusual sounds coming from his neighbor's property. What happened next would lead to gunshots and a wild chase.
OBITUARIES January 8
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Violet LaVelle “Vi” Nelson Fields, Delores Weideman, Alvin Perry, Alexander “Joe” Barron, Joe Cole
EMPLOYMENT January 8
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Ditchrider
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT January 8
Malheur County OKs $1 million to seal land deal as citizens have their say
Commissioners voted unanimously to spend nearly $1 million for 290 acres of farmland in Nyssa as part of the county’s proposed industrial development including a rail shipping center. With the money in hand, the county is expected this week to close its $3 million deal for the property.
SPORTS January 8
Baker overpowers Vale in girls prep basketball action Tuesday
Emersyn Johnson led Vale with nine points and Baker established jurisdiction early on the way to a 50-28 non-league win over the Vikings.
NYSSA NEWS January 8
NYSSA NEWS: Willamette choir visits Nyssa and senior center gets new board members
The Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers will perform at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Nyssa High School. In other news, the monthly meeting of the Nyssa Senior Center will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. New board members will be installed.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT January 8
Malheur County's rail project hits delays with unclear impact on its pace
The Malheur County Development Corp., the public company tasked with managing the $26 million project, advised the state that it would be delayed by as much as two months in completing initial tasks that were supposed to be done in December.
PUBLIC NOTICES January 8
Publications from local governments, private parties
Notice to Interested Persons, Public Hearing, Notice of Sale
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS January 8
Fruitland holds off Vale 34-31
The Lady Vikings (2-5) trailed by five points with just 40 seconds to go but managed to claw back in the game and had a chance to tie it at the buzzer but Matyson Siddoway’s three-point attempt missed.
YOUR COMMUNITY January 8
MALHEUR MOVERS: Vale native builds business to make community blossom
Through her work and volunteering, Sarah Rodriguez, owner of Luzetta's Flowers in Vale, has built a business that's helped the community blossom.
STATE NEWS January 7
Likening his words to a 'bully,' judge dismisses Sen. Brian Boquist's lawsuit
The lawsuit stemmed from last year's Republican walkout in the Oregon Senate and is the latest in the acrimony between GOP Sen. Brian Boquist and the chamber's head.
COMMUNITY NEWS January 7
Firefighter from Payette dispatched to Australia to fight wildfires
Justin Fenton of the BLM was deployed yesterday on a 30-day assignment to Australia, his first time on an overseas mission. He was part of a Northwest contingent dispatched by the BLM.
COMMUNITY NEWS January 7
Community raised nearly $5,000 in support of stabbing victim
Mackey’s, Rusty's and Kanpai raised a combined $2,800 on sales from a New Year’s Eve fundraiser. An additional $2,100 in donations was also raised.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY January 7
Theft suspect, hard to catch, was released without bail
Joshua B. Christoffersen led a local man and police on a wild chase after a suspected burglary out of Harper, but Christoffersen walked away last week without posting bail. Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe said the judge was not given the full picture of Christoffersen's alleged crime at the arraignment.
OREGON POLITICS January 6
Findley appointed to fill Bentz seat in state Senate
County commissioners from the state's District 30 convened Monday to select the Vale lawmaker to replace former senator Cliff Bentz. Bentz stepped down earlier this month to focus on his bid for Congress.

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