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ONTARIO COMMUNITY June 5
Second protest planned in Ontario Friday night
Organizer Charlie Gonzalez announced a second demonstration would be held at 8 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Plaza Inn restaurant on Southwest Fourth Street. He said Steven Romero, Ontario police chief, would address the demonstrators.
PHOTOS June 5
PHOTOS: Ontario's Black Lives Matter protest draws diverse, engaged crowd downtown
PHOTO GALLERY: A collection of scenes from the march and rally at Ontario City Hall.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 5
Coalition launches new fund to help immigrant farmworkers
Dubbed the Oregon Worker Relief Fund, the program focuses on individuals who cannot qualify for federal unemployment help. The effort is supported by a coalition that consists of more than 100 stakeholders and advocacy groups.
ONTARIO PROTEST June 5
With hundreds attending, Ontario's Black Lives Matter protest proceeds peacefully
Protesters in Ontario marched Thursday night in a peaceful, but vocal effort to a shine light on racial inequality across the country and in Ontario.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS June 5
New store in Vale offers up CBD oil products
Jackie Lemer and Samantha Winebarger utilize locally-grown hemp to create an array of products for customers at their store at 289 A. St. West.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT June 4
Ontario protest organizer demands more racial equity, police transparency
In an "Our Demands" document posted Thursday afternoon, the organizer of the Black Lives Matter demonstration seeks change in Ontario city police transparency, gender diversity on Ontario City Council.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 4
Malheur County gets green light to enter Phase 2 reopening this weekend
Gov. Kate Brown's approval means certain restrictions – such as crowd size and hours of operation for restaurants and bars – will loosen up, starting Saturday. Also, pools would be able to reopen with certain precautions, as the county enters the second phase of opening.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY June 4
Ontario creates loan fund to assist businesses hit hard by COVID-19 virus restrictions
The new program, spearheaded by Ontario City Councilor Michael Braden, offers a 1% interest rate to be paid back over 24 months. No payments are due on the loan for six months.
FreeCOMMENTARY June 4
Editorial: Seek ways to heal, not incite, as strife spreads across nation
As protests triggered by the death of George Floyd spread, it's important to ensure that the violent acts of a few don't undercut the case for justice and fairness in our society.
SPECIAL REPORT: SUCCESS AT A DISTANCE June 4
Vale Elementary School teacher takes on distance learning challenge
Lynda Gastanaga learned innovation and flexibility were essential ingredients to success when her district made the sudden switch to distance learning in March because of the COVID-19 virus.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE June 4
Black Lives Matter protest and march planned Thursday in Ontario
An Ontario man announced plans for a protest Thursday evening to demonstrate against the death of George Floyd. The event is planned for 6 p.m. at the Albertsons parking lot in Ontario, changed from an earlier plan to hold it in Lions Park.
YOUR COMMUNITY June 3
Oregon Trail Mushroom plant goes on the auction block - again
The trustee seeks more than $650,000 to pay off various fees and back taxes. The plant began operation in 1988 but was abruptly closed in 2007. Since then it has remained abandoned and unused at the south end of town.
PUBLIC NOTICES June 3
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Kathleen M. Lea, Ironside Rural Road District, Juntura Budget, Adrian Budget, MESD Budget, Valley View Budget, Harper Budget, Ontario Rec. Department Budget,Malheur County Court, Summons
OBITUARIES June 3
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Clark Hutton, Juanita M. Hall, Evalyn E. Wieneke, Joseph Katancik, Naomi M. Morley, Todd B. Winings, Lillian Irene Roberts Vinsonhaler, Javier Fuentes, Darrell Ernest Barker, Delbert Randall Buell
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS June 3
Vale High scholars awarded grants from alumni group
This is the first year the organization has been able to give more than $20,000 in a single year.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS June 3
State to cede to local school districts decisions on how to run in the fall, state leader says
Colt Gill, director of the Oregon Department of Education, said in a letter to local officials that the state expects Malheur County school districts to decide how schools should run in the fall. They will get guidance from the state, he said, and they will work with state health agencies.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 3
Malheur County edges toward next phase of reopening
County officials Monday asked Gov. Kate Brown to relax certain COVID-19 restrictions. If the governor approves, theaters, swimming pools, bowling alleys and other establishments could reopen.
EMPLOYMENT June 3
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include ranch worker
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 3
Impact from virus forces Malheur County employers to jettision jobs
About one-third of the job losses occurred in the hospitality industry while health services and education lost 180 employees.
PUBLIC SAFETY June 1
Two Parma men die in ATV crash south of Vale
The Malheur County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fatal accident that occurred Saturday night near Mitchell Butte.

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