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May 11 2020 thru May 17 2020

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FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 15
PHOTOS: Malheur County communities step into first phase of reopening plan with enthusiasm and caution
Given the green light to relax restrictions, Malheur County stepped up on Friday as barbershops were busy and restaurants opened for dine-in customers – albeit with a few modifications.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 15
With caution and care, Malheur County edges into a new phase, balancing health and the economy
It's not a formal holiday, but Malheur County people are likely in a celebratory mood Friday as state restrictions ease, more businesses turn on the "Open" sign, and even video poker comes back to life. Officials warn, though, that the coronavirus remains a menace to be closely watched.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Oregon May 14
With counties opening up, Oregon's video poker machines flashing back to life
A money-maker for the state, video poker machines were turned off as restaurants and bars closed down sit-down service. In counties that operate under relaxed rules starting Friday, the Oregon Lottery plans to put the poker machines back to work - while enduring deep staff cuts.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 14
Fry Foods' Weiser plant shuts down after employees test positive for COVID-19
Fry Foods closed its food processing plant Weiser after an outbreak of coronavirus cases over the weekend. The company's Ontario operation, a major employer in Malheur County, remains open.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 14
Need a mask? Local crafters and businesses are ready to cover you up
The Enterprise put out the call to see who has a supply of masks available or can make face masks for you. Here's our quick guide.
FreeEDITORIAL May 14
EDITORIAL: Prepare to reopen – responsibly
We got to this point because of hard work – by local officials, by health authorities and by responsible citizens who know a crisis when they see one. Many have worked tirelessly to protect you and the community, and a few deserve a special call-out.
FreeBREAKING NEWS May 14
Governor says 'yes' to Malheur County - a step back to normal starts Friday
The Malheur County Health Department announced Thursday morning that it had received written approval from Gov. Kate Brown to proceed with a reopening plan meant to reduce restrictions that have limited business in the county for two months. Brown was to formally announce which counties could open at a news conference Thursday morning.
OBITUARIES May 13
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Paul Wesley Shaw, Shelly M. Goodfellow, John Melvin DePonte, Elmer Sr. Duncan, Toni Lyn Wright, Alice Doraine Keele, Wayne Palmer
EMPLOYMENT May 13
Publications from local governments, private parties
Positions available include Owyhee Irrigation District, Mill Worker, Transportation Supervisor, Transportation Maintenance, Ranch Worker.
YOUR COMMUNITY May 13
Vale woman gives back with community cupboard project
Melissa Wilson knows what it is like to hit hard times. That's why she decided to repair an old cabinet and turn it into a modest platform for free items such as food and cleaning products.
PUBLIC NOTICES May 13
Publications from local governments, private parties
Summons, Jordan Valley Cemetery District, Notice of Sale
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS May 13
Ontario gets fifth marijuana dispensary
Top Crop opened for business at 297 S.E. 10th St. this week. This is the store's second location following a first shop in Eugene.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 13
NOW WHAT? A guide to what you can do when we open
When Malheur County is approved to phase in some openings, residents can expect life will change. Here is what state and county officials say will now be allowed.
YOUR COMMUNITY May 13
Longtime Vale ambulance director steps down
Todd Hesse will move to Tillamook County to become the Rockaway Beach fire chief after a 20-year public service career in Vale. Hesse said serving the Vale community has been a rare privilege.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 13
Malheur County edges closer to state approval to begin reopening
Gov. Kate Brown is expected to decide by mid-week whether counties including Malheur can reopen in a phased return to some semblance of normal business.
FreeCoronavirus Outbreak May 12
Webinars set to give guidance to area merchants on reopening the county
Two sessions will be held Wednesday and can be accessed either online or by phone. The webinars are sponsored by the Malheur County COVID-19 Task Force.
FreeCoronavirus Outbreak May 12
COVID-19 virus forces cancellation of the Malheur County Fair
The decision by the fair board Monday night will be the first time in 111 years the event was scrubbed.
FreeCoronavirus Outbreak May 11
Health department slates COVID-19 testing sessions in Vale and Nyssa
The first testing session will be in Nyssa Tuesday and the second will be held in Vale Thursday. Both events begin at 10 a.m. and run through 2 p.m. There is no charge for the testing.

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