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OREGON LEGISLATURE February 21
The Legislature's greenhouse gas reduction bill has been the session's most complex and contentious legislation. Here's what it means
The Oregon Capital Bureau consulted energy and climate policy experts and reviewed state and federal reports and analyses to cut through political claims and focus on what the program would do as proposed and how Oregonians would be affected.
BUSINESS February 21
Developer eyes Vale lots for new homes
Riley Hill, a local developer and mayor of Ontario, acquired three lots on the west side of North 14th Street, adjacent to the Vale BLM with the intention of building three homes for sale. The three homes would be for sale, not for rent, and would have fenced in yards, full landscaping, and underground sprinkler systems.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS February 21
Challenges pose no problem for Ontario High trackster
Katie Adams, an 18-year-old from Ontario, has competed in state three years in a row. This month, Adams signed to the track team at Oregon Institute of Technology.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS February 21
Home, again: American students journey back from childhoods lived in Mexico
In Mayra Rodriguez's class at Ontario High School some of her students - American citizens - are learning English after spending their childhoods in Mexico. These students have returned, some of them unaccompanied, to finish their education.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 20
Feral cat project seeks help to limit litters in Vale
The Vale Feral Cat Project, an effort funded by donations, is trying to slow down the overpopulation of feral cats in the area.
MALHEUR COUNTY HEALTH February 20
Report: Malheur County leads state in access to dental care
Kids enrolled in Medicaid in Malheur County have the state's highest rate of access to care, according to a recent report.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 20
Town hall tackles Ontario's homeless challenge
The session, sponsored by the Malheur Enterprise, brought together local agencies, officials and residents Wednesday night at Four Rivers Cultural Center.
ONTARIO February 20
City sees permits rise, signaling growth in commercial activity
In the fiscal year of 2018-19 the city of Ontario finalized 57 land-use actions compared to 22 during the 2017-18 fiscal year.
SPORTS February 20
Burns topples Vale, 59-51
Burns (5-5) held off a late-game comeback bid by the Vikings (4-6) to claim the victory.
BUSINESS February 20
Vale council OKs land sale to produce firm
The Vale City Council voted unanimously to sell a city-owned parcel to Jamieson Produce for $100,101. The city received only one other offer – from Bay City developer Gary Oldenkamp, for $120,000.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS February 20
Calling all Tater Tot fans – Fest wants you!
The first ever Tater Tot Festival in Ontario - scheduled for Sept. 18-19 - is in need of volunteers. Sound a-peel-ing?
YOUR GOVERNMENT February 20
Senator Merkley visits Vale Thursday
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley Thursday visit in Vale is part of a series of nine town hall meetings Merkley will hold across the state.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS February 20
Lady Viks’ claim district crown
The Vikings’ effort to clinch the league title wasn’t easy. The Hilanders kept the contest close until the final moments and held a 24-22 advantage at halftime.
EMPLOYMENT February 19
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Geographic Information Systems Instructor, Mechanic,Production Worker, Equipment Operator, Ranch Worker
YOUR COMMUNITY February 19
From farmworker roots to national acclaim for former Nyssa man
Nyssa schools and farm fields helped form Gustavo Balderas. Now the superintendent of the Eugene School District, last week Balderas was named the national superintendent of the year.
NYSSA NEWS February 19
Nyssa council takes stand affirming right to bear arms
The Nyssa City Council unanimously voted to declare Nyssa a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 19
Ontario revives riverside greenbelt idea
The greenbelt plan has been on the long-term city planning board for years. The plan calls for Ontario to create a greenbelt along the Snake River.
PUBLIC NOTICES February 19
Publications from local governments, private parties
Annual Meeting, Notice of Sale
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY February 19
Vale woman's death ruled an accident
An investigation concluded that Marcelina Flores Piedra's death was an accident leading from her car not being fully engaged in park. Flores Piedra, 58, was found dead Jan. 21, pinned underneath the passenger side door of her vehicle.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS February 19
1A schools close out 2020 hoop season
The Adrian girls end their season at 5-3 while the Antelopes boys hoop team ended their season with a 5-4 High Desert League record.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 18
A House divided as Republicans take a walk, stalling legislative action
Republicans in the Oregon House took the night off from a floor session Tuesday, making a public point about their unhappiness. They said they want more time, while staffers must drone on by the hour reading legislation aloud. State Rep. Cheri Helt of Bend was the lone Republican to take the floor.
COMMUNITY NEWS February 18
Soup’s on to benefit Ontario food pantry
Local restaurants are giving away free soup to benefit a food pantry in Ontario as part of an annual fundraiser. During the week of the fundraiser, tickets purchased from area churches, can be taken to any of the participating restaurants to receive one bowl of soup of your choice.
VALE February 18
Golf tournament honors Vale man’s memory, helps kids
Beau Mooney, David Bates' nephew, decided not to let his uncle's death be in vain. So, he and his wife, Kaysi Mooney started a memorial golf tournament in his name. The proceeds go towards helping students in Vale.
COMMENTARY February 17
EDITOR'S NOTE: New journalism partnership brings help to Malheur County
The Malheur Enterprise can tap colleagues across the U.S. for ideas on how it can better deliver information to Malheur County residents. The partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network is extraordinary for a small news operation.

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