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FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN OREGON May 2
Standing together, often without masks, protestors in Salem demand Oregon drop virus restrictions
With horns, signs and shouts, demonstrators clustered in front of the Capitol Saturday, pressing for changes in state restrictions that have closed businesses and schools and disrupted life across the state. Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that the state is moving to open some rural areas by May 15.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 1
Malheur County's COVID-19 cases jump for the second day in a row, doubling in less than a week
The Malheur County Health Department on Friday reported two more local residents tested positive for the respiratory disease, pushing the county's total to 12. The two new cases Friday are a woman in her 50s and a man in his 20s.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 1
Governor not ready to lift restrictions for state – although some rural areas with few cases may begin opening May 15
Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that more testing is needed across Oregon before she starts easing restrictions and that social distancing is with us for the future. She said some rural areas may see eased restrictions as soon as May 15.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 1
Malheur County students are taking to tech to print protective gear
Students are using 3D printers to make personal protective equipment for the region's healthcare workers. Other locals are resorting to good old-fashioned sewing machines. Health officials say all of it is welcome – and needed.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 30
Malheur County's COVID-19 cases jump by 3, officials plea for public attention to distancing measures
The number of Malheur County residents infected with COVID-19, the respiratory disease, has increased to 10, county health officials announced Thursday evening. That's a 40% increase in a day over what the county had been tracking.
FreeCoronavirus Outbreak April 30
Malheur County's first COVID-19 testing event proves to be a success
Local public health officials and volunteers tested 39 people at the Malheur County Fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon. Yet even as the testing site marked a milestone in local efforts to curb the virus outbreak, an eighth case of the malady was reported.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS April 30
Coffee lovers now have another option in Ontario
The Coffee Cactus, a new coffee shop sharing the building with Bake-A-Deli at 2609 SW 4th Ave, in Ontario, opened for business earlier this month.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 30
County medical, dental providers set to restart non-emergency procedures
Gov. Kate Brown announced last week she will lift her statewide order to suspend non-urgent surgeries May 1. The move is key as it will allow facilities such as the 49-bed, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario to slowly return to normal operations.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS April 30
Nyssa, Vale FFA flower fundraisers set for the next two weeks
The Nyssa FFA chapter will hold its annual flower fundraiser Friday at the greenhouse while Vale FFA's event is slated for May 8 and 9 in front of Malheur Drug.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 30
Heart problems most common condition among Oregonians who have died from COVID-19
A new state report gives a clearer snapshot of how COVID-19 is affecting Oregonians. We pulled five takeaways from the data.
OBITUARIES April 29
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Ted Payne, Gary Lee Kamo, Richard L. Jordan Sr. , Harry Shimojima, Gerald Martin, Delmar Singletary, Leonard Allen Newman, Prudencio G. Escobedo, Theodore “Ted” C. Grim, Dollie L. Wiggins, Duane L. DeLong, Betty Jo Wright, Michael R. Chappell
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County April 29
PHOTO GALLERY: This is what drive-thru testing in Malheur County looks like
Health care workers and volunteers were on hand Wednesday to help collect 100 swabs for COVID-19 testing at the Malheur County Fairgrounds.
EMPLOYMENT April 29
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include ODOT team, Ranch worker
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY April 29
Restaurants could seat, barbers could cut soon under Malheur County's phased plan to ease restrictions
UPDATED: With only seven confirmed coronavirus infections in Malheur County, local officials say they are ready to see businesses open and life return a step towards normal. A detailed county plan now goes to the state for approval. This is a developing story.
PUBLIC NOTICES April 29
Publications from local governments, private parties
Oregon Telephone Corporation, Adrian School District, Summons, Valley View Cemetery, Malheur Education Service District, Notice of Sale, Jordan Valley School District, Vale School District, City of Vale,
FreeCoronavirus Outbreak April 29
Malheur County group considering how to get local economy going again
The blueprint will create an economic coordinator slot, seek assistance from federal and state sources and focus on helping local businesses get back to normal operations.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 29
Malheur County pulls together plan to allow business, life to resume more normally
The process will be a methodical one and revolve around flattening the curve of the number of COVID-19 virus cases locally.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County April 29
TVCC students face challenges with remote classes; enrollment drops
Taking classes on Zoom is the “new normal” for students across the U.S.. While TVCC students are adapting, some say the video-conferencing app doesn’t provide the same feeling that being in a classroom does.
MALHEUR COUNTY NEWS April 28
Ontario library group spreads out book program to kids all over the county
Children up to age 5 in every Malheur County zip code are now eligible to register for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The program provides a free book for young readers.
COMMUNITY NEWS April 28
Payette man wins big at Jacksons Food Store in Ontario
Levi Robinette took home $100,000 from a scratch lottery ticket he purchased in Ontario last week.
FreeCoronavirus Outbreak April 28
Virus prompts Ontario chamber to cancel key events
The annual ONTCCY fundraiser and the popular Global Village celebration are both scuttled for this year.
COMMUNITY NEWS April 28
Hey HGTV, look over here! – Locals try to bring network series to Vale
A local group wants to put Vale on the map by applying to make the town the star of HGTV's upcoming show, "Home Town Takeover." The series, set to premiere in 2021, will give one town in America a make-over. A nationwide call for nominations went out in January. Now, we wait...
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Oregon April 27
Coronavirus is bad news for Oregon’s state budget ‘on every front’
Oregon's state agencies face an array of challenges as the pandemic undercuts traditional revenue sources, from lottery proceeds to income taxes to fuel taxes and more.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 27
Malheur County detects another person infected with coronavirus
The Malheur County Health Department reported a seventh person tested positive for COVID-19. The agency is planning a broader testing effort on Wednesday with a drive-through clinic.

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