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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 21
For Oregonians, time to stay home in a matter of life and death
Government leaders and medical professionals say it's now up to Oregonians on how far the spread of COVID-19 will go. They are calling on people to stay at home, and appear ready to order that happen as Oregon records its fourth death from the disease.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 20
Legislators propose stopping evictions, expanding unemployment and requiring interest-free loads to businesses to help Oregon survive coronavirus
Oregonians would be more assured of food, a home and a job or unemployment benefits under an emergency relief plan framed by two Oregon legislators. Their proposal would require a fresh infusion of state money into a variety of programs and leniency on state regulations, all intended to help Oregonians manage over the next 90 days.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 20
Ontario dispensaries still open but heeding recommendations to keep clients, staff safe
There is no indication that the state will shutter dispensaries as local shops remain open and take measures to ensure safety. Around the country, dispensaries have been deemed as an "essential service" in some cities.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 20
Here's how COVID-19 is already affecting Malheur County agriculture
Nyssa farmer Craig Froerer may lose some of his yield this year. Some of the workers he relies on, who come over on H-2A visas from Mexico, may be stuck on the other side after fears of COVID-19 closed the U.S. embassy and consulates in Mexico and curbed visa procedures.
PHOTO GALLERY March 20
PHOTOS: County's top spellers compete at Nyssa Elementary
The top spellers in Malheur County competed in the fourth annual Malheur County Spelling Bee at Nyssa Elementary School on Thursday, March 12. Cadi Corn, a seventh-grader at Nyssa Middle School, emerged as the county's top speller for the third year in a row.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 20
Oregon is running out of masks, gloves and gowns needed to protect health care workers from contracting the coronavirus
State officials say that they've only gotten a fraction of supplies requested from the federal government. With supplies dwindling, they're now seeking creative solutions and donations.
Coronavirus Outbreak March 19
Vale closes city hall, library
The Vale City Council made decision Wednesday night during a special meeting. Elected leaders also chose to defer loan payments to the city's revolving loan fund for 90 days.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 19
Governor orders colleges and universities to stop in-person classes, TVCC goes online
Treasure Valley Community College will deliver online classes starting Saturday, March 21, through Tuesday, April 28, and most college employees will be assigned to work from home starting Saturday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 19
Malheur schools plan strategies for online education, graduations as COVID-19 closures extend through April
Meeting by teleconference with state officials, local school superintendents are honing plans to educate students as closures due to the coronavirus continue. A series of such meetings will focus on the evolving needs, challenges and requirements.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 19
THE LATEST: Headlines from around Oregon, the NW on the outbreak
DIGEST: Get all the latest local and regional news coverage from the Malheur Enterprise and other news organizations in one place.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 19
Legislators tasked with coronavirus response get a bleak overview of the outbreak and possible responses
A special legislative committee formed to establish the groundwork for a special session dedicated to the pandemic had its first hearing Wednesday. Some ideas to help businesses and workers have emerged, but questions remain on how to pay for it all.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 19
Census suspends field operations for two weeks
The U.S. Census Bureau said in a statement Wednesday that field operations will be suspended until April 1. The Bureau is encouraging households, especially now, to fill out the Census questionnaire online.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT March 19
Oregon prison system, facing escalating costs, cutting employees but no corrections officers
The Oregon Department of Corrections, trying to cover a $60 million shortage in its budget, this week started laying off some employees and cutting other expenses. Prisons are experiencing unexpectedly high medical costs for inmates.
MALHEUR COUNTY ISSUES March 19
Coalition forms to house Malheur County's homeless
The coalition can trace its roots to a conversation between Barb Higinbotham, executive director of Community in Action, a local non-profit, and Liz Johnsen and Tim Hoekstra at Lifeways Behavioral Health in Ontario more than a year ago.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 18
Coronavirus economic advisory council examining every option in providing support to Oregonians
Oregon's top business and government leaders started meeting this week to sort out steps to take as the state's economy teeters. Getting money to businesses is considered one key step to maintain employees and services. Who's on the council? We have the list.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 18
Temporary hospital to be installed on state fairgrounds in Salem, governor says
State officials bracing for a significant increase in patients needing hospitalization for the novel coronavirus plan to erect a 250-bed hospital at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center. Gov. Kate Brown said this was part of a plan to add 1,000 beds to Oregon's current capacity.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 18
State temporarily makes changes to child care subsidies program
The governor announced that parents who rely on child care subsidies from the state won't have a copay for now. The income limit for eligibility was also raised. The move offers respite for families and providers.
FreeCoronavirus Outbreak March 18
Malheur County issues emergency declaration
Elected leaders made the move Wednesday morning. The declaration will allow the county to seek state and federal funds to battle the COVID-19 virus outbreak. So far there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malheur County.
PUBLIC NOTICES March 18
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Susan Ann Carlson, Summons, Estate of Jacob William Elfering, Notice of Sale
EMPLOYMENT March 18
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Parts Dismantler, Head Librarian, Ranch Worker, Teaching Vacancies
FreeOREGON STATE GOVERNMENT March 18
Food stamp cuts coming for adults in Malheur County
Under the new guidelines imposed by the federal government, adults ages 18-49 without children and who do not qualify for an exemption will only be allowed to receive food assistance for three months over a period of three years.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT March 18
Findley expects court battle over emission reduction plan
Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order directs 16 state agencies – from the Department of Land Conservation and Development to the Department of Environmental Quality – to lower emissions by 45 percent from 1990 levels by 2035 and by 80 percent from 1990 standards by 2050.
EDUCATION March 18
Attracting Latinos, TVCC eyes federal grant
The college’s current student body is 29% Latino. The number means the college qualifies for a grant awarded to schools that meet the federal government’s definition of a Hispanic-serving institution. The school will apply for the grant next year.
FreeHIGH SCHOOL SPORTS March 18
Promising spring Vale softball season canceled over coronavirus
Everything changed March 13 when the Oregon School Activities Association suspended all prep practices and games until March 31 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. For Morrison and her team, that means days already slated to hone their skills in practice are gone and a season remains in doubt.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 17
School closures in Malheur County, around Oregon, extended through April, governor orders
The 580,000 public school students scheduled to return to classes on April 1 will now stay home until at least April 28, according to a new order from Gov. Kate Brown.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 17
TVCC announces operational changes due to coronavirus
There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 among students, employees or members of the community that have accessed the campus at Treasure Valley, and at the moment, the college does not plan on closing its doors, according to a statement from the college.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 17
LATEST OUTBREAK NEWS: Headlines from around Oregon and the Northwest
DIGEST: You can see all the latest local and regional 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 17
As coronavirus pandemic enters 'stark new phase,' hospitals prepare for a shortage of beds
With an already low per-capita hospital bed rate, Oregon could find itself with too many sick people and not enough places to treat them as soon as next month. Four major Portland area hospital systems have formed a new front to coordinate and increase hospital bed capacity.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 17
Life changing rapidly in Malheur County as closures pile up
An almost an hourly basis, word comes of another, restriction, closure or postponement across Malheur County. The Oregon Supreme Court chief justice is recommending postponing some jury trials. The Vale library closed. Government meetings are going virtual. Here's the latest
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 16
UPDATED: Malheur County restaurants adapting to new restrictions, some plan to close
UPDATED: Restaurants across the county learned Monday afternoon that Gov. Kate Brown has ordered that they stop inside dining. They are allowed to offer delivery and takeout service, but some already have elected to close. The development comes as the governor said she was trying to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus now expected to infect up to 75,000 Oregonians.
FreeEDITOR'S NOTE March 16
EDITOR'S NOTE: How the Enterprise is covering the coronavirus outbreak
While some accuse the press of creating panic, the Enterprise is focused on accurate, truthful reporting for Malheur County. The goal is to give local readers credible information from authoritative sources.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 15
Restaurants are next to face Oregon restrictions as governor considers curfew, closure
In the latest step to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Kate Brown said Sunday she is considering ordering restaurants across the state to close. She said she may impose a less-drastic order that would set curfews. She expects to decide on Monday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 15
Oregon officials working to prepare hospitals for expected surge in infected patients
State health and medical officials are working to divert some care away from emergency rooms and hospitals to free up beds to care for seriously ill patients with the disease COVID-19. Federal supplies are flowing to beef up local stocks - but at a fraction of what Oregon officials say they need.

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