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Feb 3 2020 thru Feb 9 2020

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STATE LEGISLATURE February 8
Impassioned testimony highlights Oregon hearing on gun storage bill
Citizens made good use of their allotted two minutes to tell lawmakers their views of House Bill 4005, which proposes gun storage rules and penalties for violations. Another hearing to allow testimony is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12.
OREGON POLITICS February 7
Timber Unity sits down with governor with its own plan to reduce Oregon emissions
Opponents of the greenhouse gas reduction plan presented Gov. Kate Brown, Senate with alternative solutions to shrinking carbon emissions.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 7
Enterprise chosen for national journalism project
The Malheur Enterprise was one of 12 newsrooms selected in the country for the Solutions Journalism Revenue Project. No other Oregon newsroom was picked from among 100 newsrooms nationwide competing to participate.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS February 7
Malheur County groups gather to show how volunteers can help
A Community Volunteer Fair set for Thursday, Feb. 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Four Rivers Cultural Center will bring local nonprofits under one roof to help potential volunteers learn where their help is needed.
OREGON POLITICS February 7
Mark Owens moves into state representative slot for Malheur County
We chat with Mark Owens, appointed to the Oregon House ast month, and the first person who is not from Malheur County to hold the seat in nearly 50 years.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 7
Juntura filmmaker captures 'American dream' in upcoming documentary
Filmmaker Clare McKay is taking her Juntura family’s experience to the screen with her upcoming documentary "Living an American Dream." McKay will talk about the film, which examines ranching and rodeo culture, at the Malheur Country Historical Society meeting Thursday, Feb. 13, at Treasure Valley Community College.
TIMBER UNITY February 6
With air horn blasts, thousands of big rigs and lots of camo hats, rural Oregon makes its voice heard
For the second year, Timber Unity holds a large rally on the Capitol steps in hopes of defeating climate legislation.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY February 6
Two local residents plead guilty in shooting case
Star Bales, 22, and Nicholas Tucker, 20, pleaded guilty last month in the shooting death of 21-year-old Raymond T. Kelly in April 2019.
COMMUNITY NEWS February 6
District seeks bids on Vale Middle School demolition, plans for grounds
Once the bids are in, the district will then present a contract to the Vale School School Board on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Alisha McBride, Vale School District superintendent, explained the project includes demolishing the shuttered middle school, installing a sprinkler system, and seeding grass.
COMMENTARY February 6
COMMENTARY: Donor list grows for public records disclosure fund in Malheur County
The effort to obtain public documents from Malheur County's economic development arm has gotten a significant boost from citizens. Contributions to the "Dollars for Disclosure" fund created by the Enterprise continue to build.
EDITORIAL February 6
EDITORIAL: Court decisions at times dismay, but system still works
EDITORIAL: No one likes a mistake, especially when public safety is at stake. But it’s also a mistake to lace into public officials who ordinarily are diligent about protecting Malheur County.
MALHEUR COUNTY DEVELOPMENT February 6
New subdivision in Ontario aims to bring down home cost to get owners in
A project on a five-acre subdivision in Ontario is in the works to help lower income residents become homeowners.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS February 6
Experts set to talk hemp issues at Four Rivers Cultural Center
The first ever Treasure Valley Hemp Conference – scheduled for Feb. 21-22 at Four Rivers Cultural Center – will bring together experts to help local hemp growers avoid common pitfalls of growing the crop. Tickets for the presentation are on sale now. A free health conference on Feb. 22 is also part of the two-day event.
OREGON POLITICS February 6
Hundreds to descend on Salem Thursday in demonstration against cap and trade bill
Timber Unity organizers say cap and trade legislation unfairly burdens low-income and rural Oregonians despite concessions made by Democrats. Either way, expect interesting traffic in Salem.
OBITUARIES February 5
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Darrel George “Nick” Pascoe, Dennis Rose, Laurel Gay Ross, Janet Sato, Matthew Sharp, Edwin Joseph Guerricagoitia
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS February 5
Vale girls, boys roll over Irrigon
The Vikings (3-3) trailed by two points going into the final frame but outscored the home team 19-5 down the stretch for the win.
OREGON GOVERNMENT February 5
Oregonians tell lawmakers what they really think about cap and trade
Citizens got a chance to talk to legislators Tuesday and they spoke plainly and sometimes fervently about climate change and the Legislature's proposed greenhouse emissions legislation. More hearings are scheduled, including on Saturday to giving working people a chance to weigh in.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION February 5
Latino students in Malheur County lag behind in test scores
Latino students make up a majority of the population at some district schools, but they lag behind their peers in test scores, according to the state's most recent data. In both math and English language arts, Latino students are scoring lower than their white classmates, with gaps of as much as 30 points.
EMPLOYMENT February 5
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include LRC AIDE
NYSSA NEWS February 5
NYSSA NEWS: Seniors plan yard, bake sale this weekend
The Nyssa Senior Center will hold a two-day yard and bake sale from 9 to 4 starting Friday. Click for more events in store in Nyssa
MALHEUR COUNTY PEOPLE February 5
MALHEUR MOVERS: For the love of sports – and kids
Javier Gonzalez is a husband, father, coach, firefighter and role model. As a coach, he teaches his student athletes to be confident. His recent success as the Ontario girls soccer coach proves he knows what he is talking about.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS February 5
Anonymous letter triggers complaint by Ontario school board member
Eric Evans, Ontario school board member, asked the board to investigate a 26-page unsigned letter that came to light last summer and called for the resignation of Evans and board member Derrick Draper. Evans said he wants the board to “take appropriate action."
PUBLIC NOTICES February 5
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District, Malheur County Court, Estate of Barbara Asumendi, Oregon Telephone Corporation, Public Hearing, Notice of Sale
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY February 5
App Alert: Deputies offer safety tips after Vale girls get nude photo query
The Malheur County Sheriff's Office put on a meeting last week to help walk parents through the perils of social media after a local student was caught soliciting nude photos from underage girls.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS February 5
Mustangs gallop past Antelopes
Friday night in a High Desert League match up, the Jordan Valley boys varsity defeated Adrian 66-48. Meanwhile, the Adrian girls fell to Jordan Valley 58-25. In the girls game, Jordan Valley sophomore Kelsey Gluch dropped a three-pointer right as the final buzzer went off.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 4
Judge denies temporary injunction to stop homeless project in Ontario
Malheur County Circuit Court Judge Lung Hung made decision Tuesday morning, allowing for the venture to provide temporary shelter to move ahead. However, a lawsuit to stop the project remains to be settled.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT February 4
Quiet start to legislative session, but tensions simmer just below surface
The first day of the 2020 Legislature wasn't as contentious as expected ahead of votes on controversial bills, but committee hearings on Tuesday could change that.
NEWS February 3
Grain exporters acquire new facility, expand into Ontario
United Grain Corp. of Vancouver, Wash. on Saturday took ownership of an Ontario facility and one in Idaho that belonged to the Scoular Company, the corporation said in a press release.
EDITOR'S NOTE February 3
EDITOR'S NOTE: Citizens not happy with the conduct of Malheur County government officials
After the Enterprise shared the latest obstacle to getting Malheur County records, readers took to social media - and their checkbooks - to weigh in. "They should be so ashamed," one reader wrote. So, we're paying an extra $400 to the county - the price of open government in Malheur County.

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