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Mar 2 2020 thru Mar 8 2020

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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 7
As Oregon expands coronavirus testing, uninsured patients may struggle with access
For now, Oregon and the federal government are covering the cost of tests for the novel coronavirus. But seeing a doctor who can order the test could be costly for the 248,000 Oregonians without health insurance.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 7
State tells of 4 new virus cases as officials seek more money to ramp up Oregon efforts
Oregon authorities said four more people are presumed to have the novel coronavirus, bringing the state count to seven. They are seeking millions in state and federal funds to expand the health care system's ability to react to an anticipated increase in infections.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT March 7
Governor turns to executive order to advance Oregon climate change program
With legislative action stymied on greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Kate Brown is expected to issue an executive order implementing some elements. The governor wasn't disclosing details of her plan.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 6
Senate, House go dark as 2020 session shuts down in burst of acrimony
With "critical" money needs pending, Democratic legislators head for home, frustrated by a wasted month. The Republicans in the House and Senate have been in hiding for a week, demanding the majority bend to their will. Gov. Kate Brown now vows to act on her own.
HEALTH CARE March 5
Eight major Oregon insurers agree to waive co-pays, deductibles for COVID-19 testing
Gov. Kate Brown announced a deal brokered between state insurance regulators and private insurers to waive costs for people who need testing for the novel coronavirus. About 1 million Oregonians are covered by participating insurers.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 5
Oregon Democrats end "failed short session" following Republican boycott
In an extraordinary move, Democratic legislators on Thursday effectively ended the contentious and gridlocked 2020 Legislature, killing key legislation and taking with it the hotly debated climate change legislation that Republicans fought.
EVENTS March 5
BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble brings world dance and culture to Ontario
The ensemble comes to the area on Tuesday, March 10, and will bring a unique display of history, rhythm and dance from around the world to the Four Rivers Cultural Center’s Meyer McLean Performing Arts Theater.
YOUR COMMUNITY March 5
Malheur County Little League holding sign-ups
Malheur County Little League has officially been chartered and announced registration dates for 2020.
NEWS March 5
Smith out as Linn County resets search for rail project operator
Linn County's Economic Development Group is starting over to find an operator for its rail facility, going ahead without Greg Smith's services.
VALE March 5
Vale book club studies ‘Educated,’ a tale of a re-invented life
The Vale Book Club is reading “Educated,” which tells of the struggle for self-invention, fierce family loyalty, and the grief caused by severing one’s closest ties.
NYSSA NEWS March 5
NYSSA NEWS: Library events, seniors dance and annual chamber banquet
New book club forms in Nyssa and the Nyssa Senior Citizens monthly dance will be from 6-9 p.m. this Saturday.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 5
The only two Republican legislators in the Capitol say their voters want them to stick around
While Republican senators and representatives disappeared from Salem, two legislators stayed behind, waiting for action in the 2020 Legislature as the calendar ticks towards adjournment.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS March 4
Vale's Tyler Richardson claims second wrestling title
Three Nyssa wrestlers also claimed top honors Saturday.
WATCHDOG March 4
Tracking the Treasure Valley Reload Center: Key data eludes county, stalls rail project
The fate of nearly $26 million in state funding for the Nyssa shipping center hinges in part on getting a private operator in place to run the center. But three years after the idea of Treasure Valley Reload Center took hold, questions remain unanswered.
EMPLOYMENT March 4
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Lifeguards, General Ranch Worker, Parts Dismantler
YOUR COMMUNITY March 4
Malheur County's homeless rate nearly doubles, survey finds
The number of homeless people in Malheur County shot up to 377 – up from 198 last year. Local agencies said they've seen a rise in homeless families in particular.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT March 4
Malheur County commissioner says he has no role in county land deal
Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, said questions about the purchase of land for a county industrial project should be directed to Malheur County Commissioner Larry Wilson. But Wilson said that's not the case.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS March 4
Lady Viks cage Aardvarks 48-45
The Vikings trailed by nine at halftime and grabbed their first lead, 43-42, late in the game when Emersyn Johnson hit a key three-point bucket.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE March 4
Onion producers see better costs, new markets ahead
Under current talks, onion producers may have rail access to more markets in the U.S. This could mean more profit for local onion producers and packers.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH March 4
Agencies, medical providers. in Malheur County prepare coronavirus response
The local health care system will react to potential cases of COVID-19 through a multi-tiered system that includes the health department, local health care providers, hospitals, clinics, the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon Health Authority, and emergency service providers.
PUBLIC NOTICES March 4
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District, Malheur County Court Proceedings, Farmers Supply Cooperative, Estate of Robert R. Richter, Vale Oregon Irrigation District
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT March 4
Gov. Kate Brown is worried about rural hospitals, protective equipment and money as the state responds to the coronavirus
The governor outlined her concerns in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence about resources the state needs in confronting the outbreak.
STATE NEWS March 3
After initial stumble, Oregon prepares to ramp up testing of possible coronavirus cases
Oregon now has the capacity to run up to 80 tests a day for the virus after federal authorities distributed flawed testing kits.
EDUCATION March 3
School district seeks feedback from parents, community on elementary grade level schools plan
District officials will hold a series of meetings, which will also be conducted in Spanish, over the next couple of weeks at area elementary schools to explain the change and gather parent reaction.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 3
A normally bustling Capitol takes on new routines in absence of Republicans
The floor sessions are short - and so are the tempers. Committee meetings proceed, but with nowhere near the usual buzz. The 2020 Legislature is now a waiting game, over by Sunday.
OREGON ECONOMY March 3
Coronavirus outbreak could affect Oregon’s economy, including exports
Economists say Oregon's strong economy could be impaired by developments over coronavirus. Supply chains could be disrupted, and shipments out of state reduced.
PUBLIC HEALTH March 2
Casino worker is first confirmed coronavirus patient in eastern Oregon
Oregon's third coronavirus patient was taken to the hospital from a youth basketball game in Weston in Umatilla County.
ONTARIO SCHOOLS March 2
Ontario schools plan major fall shift, moving elementary students and teachers
A school model shifting students from one grade to a single school in Ontario is moving ahead. Teachers briefed on the change were told they will follow their grades to new schools. Ontario School District officials are releasing little information ahead of a special school board meeting planned for 7 a.m. Tuesday.
PHOTO GALLERY March 2
PHOTO GALLERY: Four Rivers Cultural Center turns into Basque country
For the 73rd year in a row Ontario's Basque Charity Dinner and Dance dazzled audiences with dancing, food and a live lamb auction.
ONTARIO March 2
UPDATE: Two men detained in Ontario stabbing death; witness recounts the attack
Ontario police are continuing to investigate the stabbing death of Jonah Reyes on Sunday afternoon as he left a local dispensary. Two Nampa men are in custody at the Canyon County Jail and charged in connection to the incident.
BREAKING NEWS March 1
Customer murdered outside Ontario dispensary Sunday afternoon
UPDATED: Ontario police are investigating the murder of a man at Burnt River Farms dispensary Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said three men taunted the victim with a gang insult before fleeing the scene.

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