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ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT June 12
Judge restrains Ontario city councilor from contacting woman after she reports threats
Freddy Rodriguez, an Ontario city councilor, has been ordered by a state judge to stay away from an Ontario woman. In a petition seeking the restraining order, the woman said she was "very fearful" of Rodriguez and said he threatened to kill two people.
NYSSA NEWS June 12
Nyssa High School graduate wins $3,000 wrestling scholarship
Elijah Cleaver, a 2020 Nyssa High School graduate, was one of three students awarded a wrestling scholarship from the Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation. Cleaver scored the highest of all applicants.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT June 11
Street work creates challenges for some merchants in Ontario
A $700,000 project to create new curbs, gutters and widen sidewalks on South Oregon Street kicked off last month. While some businesses said work has not made a big impact, others are upset over the timing of the project.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY HEALTH June 11
Saint Alphonsus joins effort to assure residents that hospitals are open and ready
The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems recently introduced the "Your Care Continues" program as a way to urge residents not to put off health care needs because of COVID-19 virus fears.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 10
Malheur County transitions into Phase 2 of reopening plan
More people will be able to gather inside and outdoors while hours of operation for bars and restaurants will lengthen under the plan approved by Gov. Kate Brown last week.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY June 10
Protests show strength of Black Lives Matter movement in Ontario
The protest and march in Ontario Thursday evening drew hundreds who gathered in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. At a second protest the following day, Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero spoke to the crowd and answered questions at city hall.
PUBLIC NOTICES June 10
Publications from local governments, private parties
City of Vale, Pioneer, Summons, Estate of John Melvin DePonte
OBITUARIES June 10
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
William D. “Bill” Arriola, Gordon “Dale” Luther, Karan Mae Ward, Mary Ellyn McCray, Terry Neil Baskett, Lanelle Marie Williams, Eric Trujillo
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS June 10
Malheur County schools have 60 days to devise complex plans to get students back in the classroom
The Oregon Department of Education on Wednesday said local school districts will decide how to teach students in the fall, ranging from returning to school buildings to continuing distance learning that was used to close out the last school year. State requirements will space out students in classrooms, require face coverings for employees working with students, and limit seating on school buses.
EMPLOYMENT June 10
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Ranch worker, Highway Contracted, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic, CDL Driver, Production Worker, Heavy Equipment Operator
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 10
COVID-19 contact tracers work to slow disease spread
Contact tracers at the Malheur County Health Department work to identify individuals who have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case through a lengthy process in order to slow the spread of the virus.
FIRE SEASON June 10
Malheur County fire season in effect, experts provide guidance
There is still uncertainty surrounding what to expect from the current fire season in Malheur County, though the Bureau of Land Management says the conditions will likely be "hot and dry."
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT June 10
Malheur County requests reimbursement from state for COVID-19-related costs.
Malheur County requested reimbursement from the state of Oregon for almost $95,500 in COVID-19-related expenses. Most of the funds would cover either payroll costs of employees working on the county's COVID-19 task force or medical and protective supplies.
MALHEUR COUNTY RECREATION June 9
Campgrounds, day use areas reopening in eastern Oregon
Following weeks of closure, a list of campgrounds and day use areas in eastern Oregon have already reopened or will this week.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS June 8
Local school officials await word on fall classes, content with state's approach to rural Oregon
State and education officials are pleased with the Oregon Department of Education's decision to allow local school districts to decide when to reopen schools, but are still waiting for guidance on how schools should operate for the 2020-2021 school year.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY June 8
VIDEO: Demonstration in Ontario brings out diverse crowd
A crowd of hundreds gathered in Ontario’s West Park Plaza Thursday night for a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest and march, which made its way down Southwest Fourth Avenue until it reached Ontario City Hall.

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