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FreeMALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION May 8
PHOTOS: Teamwork makes the dream work at Vale flower sale
Volunteers put on the annual Vale FFA flower sale Friday morning as cars lined up around the block. An additional sale at the high school kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday until plants sell out.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 8
OSHA saw complaint spike after gov orders for social distancing
Most of the recent complaints received by the state's workplace safety agency dealt with COVID-19. OSHA received 3,582 complaints between March 2 and April 19. The division typically receives just over 2,000 complaints per year.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 8
Program to educate employees, residents about COVID-19 virus pays off for Pioneer Place
Coaching families and residents on the risks of the virus and creating stringent safety protocols meant the local care facility has so far avoided the respiratory disease.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 7
Another event shutters because of coronavirus: Oregon State Fair
With the prohibition on large gatherings likely through September, the Oregon State Fair said it is canceling the 2020 edition.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 7
Ontario studio offers free yoga for kids through month of May
Balance Studio in downtown Ontario is offering free, 30-minute yoga sessions online on Tuesdays.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 7
State issues detailed guidelines for sectors as parts of Oregon prepare to open
When counties get permission to open in Oregon, businesses will face a range of restrictions, from restaurants to barbers to boutiques. Oregonians are to continue to have their role to play, the state says.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 7
Governor eases restrictions - you can buy furniture - but major events are likely gone until at least September
Gov. Kate Brown continued her move to relieve Oregonians from restrictions imposed in March to contain the coronavirus, announcing some retailers and youth programs can resume. She said greater freedom will be county by county starting in about one week.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 7
Onion producers seek federal help as Malheur County industry tips into free fall
The $80 million local industry faces unprecedented losses because of the COVID-19 virus epidemic and area agriculturists hope to be able to raise the cap on individual aid packages.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION May 7
TVCC to boost tuition cost for next school year
Tuition at TVCC is going up by $3 per credit next school year. On par with nationwide predictions, the college anticipates a drop in enrollment. Locally, some say students are feeling the pressure of COVID-19 and opting to stay close to home for school.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 7
Here's how the state plans to protect farmworkers
Oregon is ramping up efforts to protect farmworkers by issuing temporary guidelines for field sanitation, housing and transportation. Some farmers say the new rules will further strangle operations. Advocates point out that the state's farmworkers remain uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 7
County's first drive-thru COVID-19 testing event goes off without a hitch
Officials say 39 people were tested during the April 29 event held at the Malheur County Fairgrounds. The testing site - and one planned next week in Nyssa - are crucial for the county as it races to determine how prevalent the disease is locally.
OBITUARIES May 6
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Dollie Louise Jackson Wiggins, Roger Alan Fox, Betty V. Marcroft, Patty Ronneburg, Noemi Velasco, Kenneth Rocky Vivier, Elva Stella (Fenn) Simpson, Shirley Ann Giacomo, Karen L. Schaeffer, Leeman Arthur White, Clara R. Glascock
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION May 6
Malheur County high schools finalize graduation plans
From a drive-in to a drive-thru, local schools have found ways to celebrate high school seniors and award diplomas.
EMPLOYMENT May 6
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include ODOT Maintenance and Ranch Worker
PUBLIC NOTICES May 6
Publications from local governments, private parties
Summons, Notice of Sale, City of Vale, Malheur County Court, Ironside Rural Road District
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION May 6
Vale FFA flower sale venue changed, sale kicks off Friday
The Vale FFA flower sale will now be held at the high school’s greenhouse Friday from 8 to 6, with an additional sale Saturday while supplies last.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 6
Business, interrupted: Ontario merchants adapt as COVID changes everything
Take a tour of downtown Ontario with us. On a recent sunny Saturday, business owners shared tales of distress, changes and hope.
FreeCoronavirus Outbreak May 5
County announces second COVID-19 testing site
The drive-thru clinic will be Tuesday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nyssa High School. This is the second such testing done by the county. The first was April 29 at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, where 39 people were tested.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 5
Officials: Malheur County ready for phased reopening despite last week's increase in cases
State legislators and county officials say Malheur County businesses should be allowed in phases to resume operations. They cite adequate medical capacity and preparedness to deal with COVID-19 despite a recent rise in case numbers.

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