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MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION May 22
Vale FFA gives scholarships to 7
Vale High seniors took home a total of $13,200 in scholarships from FFA.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 22
COVID-19 virus cases climb in Malheur County
Seven new cases were reported Thursday by the Malheur County Health Department, pushing the total number to 28. Meanwhile, test results from events in Nyssa and Vale last week are delayed.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION May 22
Aiken kindergarten teacher wins Malheur region's Teacher of the Year award
Mayra Pelayo overcame several obstacles before she settled into a now nearly 17-year career at Aiken Elementary. This week she was recognized for her ability to reach every one of her students, particularly those who are struggling the most.
FreeEDUCATION May 22
School district helps families gain Wi-Fi connection, as education moves online
The Nyssa School District paid for Wi-Fi services for more than 200 families in district schools to help remove barriers that got in the way of distance learning.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 21
Fry Foods' Ontario plant reopens after COVID-19 testing
Four employees who work at Fry Foods in Ontario tested positive for COVID-19. The employees were asked to self-quarantine and the plant is operating at partial capacity for now.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS May 21
Jacobs seals GOP primary victory for county commissioner position
Retired water master claims top slot in the Tuesday election and will now take on Democrat Byron Shock in the November general election. Jim Mendiola, a local contractor, finished second in unofficial results while incumbent commissioner Larry Wilson was a distant third.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 21
Fair cancellation dashes hopes of county’s young competitors
As the Malheur County Fair Board was left with no choice but to cancel this year's event, students across the county lost an opportunity to show off their hard work in person this summer.
NYSSA NEWS May 21
NYSSA NEWS: Silk flowers needed for Memorial Day tributes
If you have gently used, or new flowers to donate, please take them to the church office or entrance of the church, located at 504 Locust St.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS May 20
Wilson, county commissioner overseeing rail project, appears to be losing bid for re-election
The incumbent Malheur County commissioner trails challengers Ron Jacobs and Jim Mendiola for the Republican nomination in the most recent, unofficial results released by the clerk's office.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS May 20
Malheur County's vote tally will be updated once equipment fixed, county says
Malheur County Clerk Gayle Trotter said a problem with a voting machine is holding up a final, unofficial, tally of votes. She said she hopes to have the machine operational later this afternoon or early in the evening.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 20
Businesses rejoice as Malheur County shifts toward normal
Across the county Friday, local merchants stepped tentatively into a new normal after Gov. Kate Brown approved plans to lift COVID-19 virus restrictions. In some places, such as barber shops, business was brisk. Others, such as restaurants, saw a slower pace.
PUBLIC NOTICES May 20
Publications from local governments, private parties
Summons, Notice of Sale, Ontario Recreation District, City of Vale
OBITUARIES May 20
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Austin Leroy Barton, Wayne Palmer, Sandra K. Hart, Leslie L. Odgers, Ray E. Hickman, Lillie Lucrist Sturgill, Tyler J. Hardy, Alice Joyce Gipson
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 20
Organizers cancel Vale 4th of July Rodeo
Rodeo board president Kurt Haueter announced the move Wednesday morning. Haueter said the board held off as long as it could but, in the end, felt there was no choice.
EMPLOYMENT May 20
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Mill Worker, Transportation Supervisor, Highway Contracted, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Ranch Worker
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 20
Top Nyssa official recounts monthlong struggle with coronavirus-like malady
Jim Maret came down with all the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus in March. For almost the next 30 days he battled the infection. While never tested, he is convinced he was sickened by the illness that is epidemic across the nation.
ELECTION 2020 May 20
Bentz wins nomination to succeed Walden in Congress
In an unusual campaign season, Ontario attorney Cliff Bentz bested a field of 10 other candidates to win the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District. He faces a lesser known Democratic opponent in the fall.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS May 19
Early results favor challengers in county commissioner race
Ron Jacobs holds an early lead over Jim Mendiola while incumbent commissioner Larry Wilson is a distant third in the GOP race for county commissioner position 2.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 19
Malheur County Court stalls decision on economic relief coordinator, judge doubts approval
For the third straight week, the Malheur County Court pushed off a request from local government leaders to support key funding to help the community's economy recover from the coronavirus. The court is scheduled to take up the matter again on Wednesday, May 20.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 19
With large gatherings prohibited, Nyssa Nite Rodeo pulls the plug
Organizers elected to cancel the 75th edition of the local June event Monday. The rodeo, which has grown in popularity recently, attracted more than 1,500 people in 2019.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS May 19
Investigation of Greg Smith wins top honors for the Enterprise
Competing against newsrooms across the West, the Malheur Enterprise was cited for journalistic excellence Monday for its three-month investigation of Greg Smith, an Oregon state legislator and director of the Malheur County Economic Development Department.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 19
Governor's limits to stay in force for now as legal action lands in Oregon Supreme Court
In a fast-moving legal drama Monday, a Baker County judge declared as void Gov. Kate Brown's orders related to the pandemic and said they were no longer in effect. But Monday night, the Oregon Supreme Court put that decision on hold, leaving the governor's orders in place as the legal wrangling continues.
FreeCoronavirus Outbreak May 18
COVID-19 cases climb in Malheur County
New confirmed cases of the virus jumped more than 50% over the past week to 21. Health officials are not yet sure what caused the spike but are monitoring the situation closely.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County May 18
Fry Foods' Ontario plant shuts down after rumors that employees were sick with COVID-19
Fry Foods, a major employer in Malheur County, shut down its plant in Ontario late last week and procured testing for a majority of its roughly 280 employees as word of mouth indicated two employees had the infection. No positive test results have been confirmed at the Ontario plant as of Monday but the company is still awaiting results.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 18
State judge rules that Gov. Kate Brown's coronavirus orders are invalid
A state judge in Baker County ruled Monday that the governor's orders, which have upended life for many Oregonians, are unlawful. But the orders will remain in place after the governor appeals the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
FreeOREGON STATE GOVERNMENT May 18
With Oregon State Fair canceled, millions in income lost, events scrapped
Salem will be a lot quieter than usual at summer's end as the state fairgrounds remain shuttered. The Oregon State Fair has a rich history and has touched countless lives over the years, and now vendors and exhibitors are left with no crowds to please.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY May 18
Mask up, Malheur County. State issues new requirements for employers
Nearly every business that serves the public will be required to put employees behind face masks under new state guidance issued on Friday, May 15. The state is recommending citizens wear masks when out shopping.

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