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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 13
Malheur County schools announce plans to provide free meals during closure
With the unexpected closure of schools, Malheur County educators are announcing plans to feed thousands of kids with bagged meals. Here is the latest and we will update this as schools get us information. SCHOOL OFFICIALS: Email us at [email protected]
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 13
Vale Fire and Ambulance crab feed still good to go - and they do mean go
The format for one of the area's most popular events will be changed because of public health concerns. The emergency service agency plans to deliver food with a drive-through plan at the ambulance hall at 950 Hope Street.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 13
Virus shutters Ontario homeless shelter
The center will close indefinitely in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Meals will continue to be served at the site from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 13
FRIDAY DIGEST: The latest reporting from the Enterprise, other news teams on coronavirus
DIGEST: You can see all the latest news coverage from the Malheur Enterprise and other news organizations in one place. This post will be updated regularly with the latest headlines and developments.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 13
State authorities expand restrictions in face of estimates that coronavirus could infect 75,000 Oregonians
Schools will close for at least two weeks, prisons are the latest venue to stop visiting, and cancellations of community events continue to build as Oregon confronts what health authorities now say is a global pandemic.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 12
Malheur County schools ordered closed by governor as part of statewide move to contain coronavirus
Gov. Kate Brown Thursday night ordered Oregon's school districts to shut down their schools for two weeks in an escalating effort to contain the novel coronavirus. The move came as the state recorded six new suspected cases of COVID-19, bringing Oregon's total to 30.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 12
Saint Alphonsus imposes restrictions on visitors as state anticipates spread of COVID-19.
Ontario's hospital is restricting visits to family and clergy and even those individuals will be turned away if they have a fever or respiratory ailments.
NYSSA NEWS March 12
NYSSA NEWS: Loom knitting, bingo and S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G Bee
Nyssa Elementary School is the location for the Malheur County Spelling Bee. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and features students from schools across Malheur County.
YOUR COMMUNITY March 12
Bilingual Census effort skips Malheur County
The U.S. Census Bureau will not mail bilingual questionnaires to Malheur County. Local stakeholders fear the decision will lead to an undercount in the county.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 12
'We have not seen anything like this in our lifetimes' governor declares as new measure to combat coronavirus outbreak
'We have not seen anything like this in our lifetimes' governor declares as new measure to combat coronavirus outbreak
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 12
Cancellations for Malheur County events continue to pile up
Organizers around the county have started announcing event cancellations. If you have events that need to be updated, please email [email protected] We are updating this post on a regular basis.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 12
THURSDAY DIGEST: The latest reporting from the Enterprise, other news teams on coronavirus
DIGEST: You can see all the latest news coverage from the Malheur Enterprise and other news organizations in one place. This post will be updated regularly with the latest headlines and developments.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 12
Oregon bans large gatherings, school assemblies to end as two in Lebanon veterans' home found infected with COVID-19
Attempting to contain the novel coronavirus, Gov. Kate Brown is imposing restrictions on large events in Oregon for the next four weeks. The state also is urging schools to cancel assemblies and other gatherings and employers to take cautions as well. Oregon's major universities said they would switch to remote teaching in spring term.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 11
As the coronavirus outbreak reaches pandemic levels, Oregon sees its number of cases rise to 19
Gov. Kate Brown is preparing to take more measures in response to the outbreak while issues over testing and supplies continue to linger.
FreePUBLIC HEALTH March 11
UPDATED: Health fairs set in Malheur County
Spring into Wellness fairs co-sponsored by the Malheur County Health Department in Adrian (3/12), Jordan Valley (3/17), and Nyssa (3/19) will be postponed.
FreeOUR VIEW March 11
EDITORIAL: Avoid the hype, heed Malheur County experts as virus spreads
Health officials are urging Americans to take steps to protect themselves. Most of it is common sense that should be in place anyway. But one of the other best steps we can all take is to stop with the rumors.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS March 11
Malheur County athletes join up to 'Support the Court'
Support the Court, an annual event that gives differently abled students a chance to shine on the basketball court, is scheduled for Monday, March 16 at Vale Middle School.
OBITUARIES March 11
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Margaret Zueger,Raymond “Ray” B. Barnes, Raymond Heck, Virgil V. Battershell, Bonnie Jean Brasseur
EMPLOYMENT March 11
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available includes Teaching Vacancies, Ranch Worker, Head Librarian
PUBLIC NOTICES March 11
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Robert R. Richter, Estate of Jacob William Elfering, Estate of Susan Ann Carlson, Notice of Sale, High School Kitchen Remodel
VALE March 11
Vale gets new city manager
Arkansas native Russell Kirkpatrick will replace Katie Lamb as Vale city manager starting March 16.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 11
Malheur County health experts urge folks to wash up, avoid virus myths
Health department officials said Monday the agency doesn’t face any shortages of supplies or personnel and remains ready to respond to a crisis. Around the county, schools continue to prepare in the event of a local outbreak.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT March 11
Gov. Kate Brown's executive order on climate change has similar goals as an unsuccessful bill. But its effects are uncertain
The governor turns to an executive order to drive down Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions. State officials say they can't yet estimate the costs to consumers and business, including the price of fuel. Her order covers the entire state, dropping rural exemptions contained in failed legislation.
ONTARIO NEWS March 11
Ontario school plan intended to modify elementary class sizes
Under the elementary reconfiguration plan, the Ontario School District would shift students in the same grade to a single school. An exception would be rural Cairo Elementary School, which would maintain the traditional kindergarten through sixth grade classes.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS March 11
Lady Viks claim fourth at state
The Vikings saw big games from key players and finished out the 2020 season with a 34-33 victory over Willamina Saturday to claim fourth place at the tournament.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS March 11
ELECTION 2020: Shock seeks seat on Malheur County Court
Longtime Ontario resident Byron Shock is running for county commissioner on the Democratic ticket.
OREGON POLITICS March 11
The matches are set for secretary of state, Oregon legislative races
Tuesday was the filing deadline for state offices, and there were the usual surprises among Oregon candidates. Democrats are competing in every House race in the state in 2020.
FreeOREGON STATE GOVERNMENT March 10
Oregon promised millions from federal agency to help confront coronavirus
Federal officials have advised Gov. Kate Brown that Oregon will get more than $7 million to boost the state's efforts to contain and treat the novel coronavirus. This comes on top of $5 million shifted from the state's reserves this week as state health officials expect to see more infected Oregonians in the coming days.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 10
Oregon officials restrict visits to elderly in care homes, acting to prevent coronavirus from hitting 30,000
In a continued ramp-up to contain the novel coronavirus, Oregon officials on Tuesday announced tight restrictions for visitors to 670 care facilities. Health officials also urged the elderly, especially vulnerable to the disease, to stay home.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 10
Oregon’s supply of coronavirus tests could run out Wednesday without infusion of kits from feds
State officials are expecting more materials for testing to arrive in Oregon by mid-week, after the supply of kits dwindled to 130 Monday.
STATE NEWS March 9
Legislative emergency board allocates $24.2 million in emergency spending for coronavirus, flood relief
The board allocated $11.5 million for flood relief in the Pendleton area and another $5 million for COVID-19 efforts without specifying how the money would be used.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 9
Oregon officials taking emergency actions to contain coronavirus outbreak
With new cases of COVID-19 emerging, state and county health officials are focusing testing to determine how widespread the virus is in Oregon and who is most vulnerable to the infection. At the same time, they urged school officials to take precautions but to close schools only as a "last resort."

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