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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 10
Malheur County woman infected with COVID-19 but is recovering, officials report
The third case of the novel coronavirus has been detected through testing, Malheur County health authorities said Friday. Relatively few people in the county have so far been tested, according to state data.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 10
GOOD DEEDS: Locals get creative to spread positivity in the face of pandemic
From providing free lunches to face masks to photos – here's a roundup of locals who have stepped up to the plate to help make the community a little bit better in these troubling times.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY April 10
Churches across Malheur County adapt, drawing growing attendance - online
With state restrictions on gatherings, churches have been among the Malheur County institutions that have shifted practices. For their leaders, life now involves talking to a camera.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
COVID-19 virus outbreak compels county jail to adjust intake rules
The Malheur County Jail will no longer accept people accused of low-level misdemeanor level crimes. However, individuals who are arrested and accused of more serious, person-to-person crimes will be lodged.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
Complaints some businesses are skirting governor's ban prompts response from county health official
Malheur County Health Department Director said complaints centered on local salons that may be ignoring the order issued by Gov. Kate Brown last month. Poe warned that the entire community must follow the governor's guidelines to help stop the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
PHOTO GALLERY: It's pick-up day at Vale Schools
Districts are adapting as distance learning becomes the norm for the remainder of the school year. At the Vale School District, staff are passing out learning packets and laptops for students who need them.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
OSAA scuttles spring prep season
The OSAA made its decision just hours after Gov. Kate Brown announced the schools across the state would not reopen this year.
FreeNYSSA NEWS April 9
NYSSA NEWS: Local eateries, fundraisers are adapting
Never before has shopping local been so important. Switching to carry-out only, several Nyssa food service businesses are open with adjusted hours.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
'Retaliated against': Patients, staff reel as Lifeways closes one facility in Ontario
Lifeways, Inc. laid off all staff at its residential substance abuse treatment facility last Friday, citing concerns over COVID-19. But interviews with staff indicate that company administrators were actively pressuring clinicians to take in more clients up until the day employees were laid off.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Malheur County Circuit Court adjusts hours, postpones some hearings in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
All non-essential court proceedings are on hold while the court decided to slash hours on Friday. The moves were made on orders from the chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and because of staff shortages.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Gov. Brown announces school closures for remainder of the school year
Schools in Oregon will not reopen their doors this school year, Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday. The state released guidance for high school seniors and announced that distance learning will continue in lieu of in-person classes.
OBITUARIES April 8
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Shirley Mallon,Sue I. Braguy, George J. Volmer, Minerva T. Lopez, Kevin W. Johnson, Joan M. (Richter) Wright, Lyle H. Lake, Michael Duane King
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Local churches in Malheur County organize interfaith day of fasting and prayer
Local religious leaders are collaborating on a day of fasting and prayer on Good Friday – April 10 – to send a message of hope and unity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
EMPLOYMENT April 8
They're hiring - local job openings
Position available is Ranch Worker
FreeOUR VIEW April 8
EDITORIAL: Malheur County, time for bold move to rescue our economy
EDITORIAL: It will be a new economic era when the pandemic threat lifts, and Malheur County should begin preparing for that now. The county should start with a position dedicated to charting our post-COVID economic course.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Spring prep sports season in Malheur County likely over
While the Oregon School Activities Association has yet to make a final decision, the planned announcement today by Gov. Kate Brown that school will be closed for the rest of the year almost certainly means the end of spring sports.
PUBLIC NOTICES April 8
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Jesus Eduardo Vazquez Lopez, Summons, Notice of Sale
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION April 8
Ontario's Longoria named middle school principal of the year
The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators chose Ontario's Lisa Longoria as the 2020 middle school principal of the year.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Malheur County businesses tap lenders in quest to survive COVID
Across Malheur County, small businesses trying to survive cutbacks and shutdowns are running into new challenges as they try to get help from government recovery loan programs. Lenders say they are struggling to meet an overwhelming demand.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS April 8
Pandemic compels Bentz to scuttle traditional political campaign model, shift emphasis
The Ontario attorney, who seeks to win Oregon's 2nd Congressional seat, will now shift to online platforms, newspapers and radio to attract voters. At the same time, large fundraisers are out of the question so the former Oregon state senator must work the phones to collect money.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Unemployment claims in Malheur County jump - surprising no one
The state's most recent data shows that two key elements of the Malheur County recorded immediate hits - hospitality and health care
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 7
Lawmakers blast Oregon Health Authority over rural hospitals in ‘freefall’
With virus impact looming, rural hospitals are facing financial challenges just when they are needed most.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County April 7
PHOTO GALLERY: Signs of the times crop up across Malheur County
From closed businesses and playgrounds to quiet streets, Malheur County communities are showing the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photos taken by the Enterprise staff chronicle the changes.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 7
TVCC classes zoom into virtual world
Treasure Valley Community College has spent weeks prepping to move hundreds of classes to virtual as the spring term kicked of last week.

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