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FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Oregon April 18
Pearl Harbor survivor shares stories from quarantine in Central Oregon
A 98-year-old great-grandfather from Bend may be living in a pandemic, but he’s survived some of history’s greatest crises. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he's sharing his memories on Instagram.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 17
Malheur County eyes stockpiling more personal protective equipment
The supply of personal protective equipment - or PPE - is satisfactory but officials warn a sudden surge in COVID-19 virus cases could quickly deplete reserves.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 17
Pandemic continues taking economic toll in Malheur County as jobless claims pile up
The latest figures from the Oregon Employment Department showed more than 100 workers in Malheur County lost their jobs and sought unemployment benefits.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY April 17
Graduation comes early to Malheur County's class of 2020
High school seniors like Brianna Beesley in Vale are starting to get phone calls from local school administrators letting them know they've officially graduated.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 16
Poverty, underlying health conditions put Malheur County residents at higher risk if infected with COVID-19 virus
More than half of the county's adult population struggle with underlying health conditions such as asthma, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. Add a high poverty rate to the equation and the county faces unique challenges if there is a widespread COVID-19 virus outbreak.
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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 16
Federal government runs out of money for small business program, impacting Malheur County employers
Employers across Malheur County were seeking a share of a federal loan program intended to keep small businesses operating during the pandemic. The leading federal agency running the program announced Thursday the money is gone and no more applications are being accepted.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 16
Without state's help, OSU lab found its own way to help COVID-19 testing
The Oregon State University veterinary laboratory teamed up with a private lab to use its expertise to boost testing and tracking of the COVID-19 virus, even after its offer of help drew scant interest from state health officials.
FreeOUR VIEW April 16
EDITORIAL: Stay the course, stay home and Malheur County will get out of this
As a community, we’re an independent bunch. We don’t much care for others telling us what to do. But numbers available to all of us don’t lie. Oregon, and Malheur County, so far are dodging the worst of COVID-19. There is no way to cap the suffering without all of us sticking with “stay home” and social distancing.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY April 16
Vale flower shop and photo studio put on free prom event – pandemic style
Luzetta’s Flowers and Red Barn Photography are teaming up to give Vale seniors a prom experience with a free flower and digital portrait session in front of the flower shop Saturday.
EMPLOYMENT April 15
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Heavy Equipment Operator, Administrative Assistant, Ranch Worker
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 15
Effects on economy of global pandemic hammer Malheur County's onion industry
Restaurant closures combined with a drop in the retail market translated into low prices and an uncertain future for Malheur County's biggest economic engine. Onion shippers and packers did see a surge in demand and prices last month but it was short-lived.
PUBLIC NOTICES April 15
Publications from local governments, private parties
Notice of Sale, Arock Budget, Juntura Budget, Jordan Valley Budget
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County April 15
Q & A: Where are the packets and other questions about distance learning in Malheur County
Parents and students alike face new routines and challenges as schools in Malheur County and across Oregon shift to distance learning. Here are some of the questions posed by parents, and answers.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 15
Oregon pandemic deaths include 32 people from senior care homes
The majority of Oregon deaths due to COVID-19 are people associated with senior care homes, according to the most comprehensive data released to date. The tally doesn't distinguish between staff and residents, but reporting suggests residents account for most of the deaths.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 15
State reviewing Lifeways residential facility's abrupt shutdown
The Oregon Health Authority will be reviewing whether Lifeways did all it could to prevent the closure of its residential substance abuse treatment facility at 686 NW 9th Street in Ontario. The company laid off the Lifeways Recovery Center's staff and cut short the stay of 24 clients.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 15
Malheur County schools kick off distance learning in earnest this week
Students and teachers are adapting to the new changes that are now going to continue until the end of the school
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Oregon April 14
COVID restrictions narrow the path for Oregonians desperate to recover from addictions
Treatment specialists are trying new online methods but some say the COVID restrictions are increasing the odds of relapse for clients trying to get – and stay – clean from drugs, alcohol.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 14
Northwest governors join in a pledge to coordinate reopening from coronavirus shutdown
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown joined Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and California Gov. Gavin Newsom in agreeing to work together to develop what they described as a regional framework for reopening their economies. The plan would be guided by data and science, not by politics, they said.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County April 14
Session set for Malheur County businesses to learn about payroll, disaster grants
Malheur County Economic Development is holding a ZOOM program Thursday, April 16, to talk about payroll grants and disaster loans to help business survive the economic impacts of COVID-19.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 14
Malheur County records 4th COVID-19 case
The Malheur County Health Department reported the latest COVID-19 case, the county's fourth confirmed by laboratory testing, as it began posting virus information online Monday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 14
TVCC lays off 19 as state prison system suspends education programs
The state Corrections Department made a surprise decision to stop education services for inmates at Snake River Correctional Facility, forcing Treasure Valley Community College to cut 19 employees immediately. The college announced the development Monday night.

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