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MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY June 20
Domestic dispute leads to police standoff in Jamieson
A Vale man is accused of battering another man's pickup truck with a hammer and then using his own car to ram the truck in what police said was a domestic violence case Wednesday night. The man was later found near Jamieson but it took police four hours to get him to surrender.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH June 20
VIDEO: Director of Malheur County Health Department discusses regs for restaurants
VIDEO: Restaurants are some of the most heavily regulated businesses in the context of COVID-19. In the fourth part of the Enterprise's video series with the director of Malheur County Health Department, Sarah Poe talks about what to expect to see in restaurants as phase two of economic reopening takes shape.
SPECIAL REPORT: SUCCESS AT A DISTANCE June 19
Ontario's DeWitt embraces change and challenges in online distance learning model
The May Roberts Elementary School instructor keeps the focus on student success through participation, innovative techniques and persistence.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS June 18
Nyssa School District overpaid by state, and state wants the money back
The Nyssa School District misreported data from its English Language Learner's program, causing the state's education department to provide a significantly higher payment than necessary for the 2018-2019 school year.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION June 18
Ontario High School's Perez claims prestigious scholarship from The Ford Family Foundation
The recent high school graduate was one of 130 students selected for the $100,000 scholarship.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH June 18
VIDEO: Director of Malheur County Health Department discusses rules for nursing homes
VIDEO: Restrictions on gatherings have eased, but there are still regulations. In the third installment of a series of video interviews, Sarah Poe, the director of the Malheur County Health Department, talked about the regulations for nursing homes and care facilities in phase two of economic reopening.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY June 18
Washington shippers say Nyssa rail center attractive - but only with speedy train service
Since the closure of a similar center in eastern Washington, supporters of the $26 million local project believe more business will flow to the local rail center. Some Washington agriculturists, though, said they are only interested if the facility offers expedited transportation options. Union Pacific so far has promised only standard train service out of Nyssa.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS June 17
Malheur County school officials working on plans for schools reopening in the fall
School administrators face a multitude of choices as they aim to bring students in Malheur County back to school. Here's a look at the status of that work.
PUBLIC NOTICES June 17
Publications from local governments, private parties
Storage Auction, Environmental Assessment, Estate of John Melvin DePonte, Vale School District, Jordan Valley Cemetery
EMPLOYMENT June 17
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Mail Route, Heavy Equipment Operator, Production Worker, Food Services Supervisor, CDL Driver, Maintenance Mechanic, Equipment Mechanic, Ranch Worker
MALHEUR COUNTY FAIR June 17
Internet market stock auction slated for mid-July to help 4-H and FFA members
The sale of livestock that is normally done during the Malheur County Fair will instead go online from July 15 to July 31. The public will be able to bid on the animals to help local youth who have invested in their animals.
WATCHDOG June 17
Lifeways under tight state monitoring after treatment center clients found at risk
State regulators found that Lifeways, the nonprofit mental health agency based in Ontario, violated state regulations at its addiction recovery center. Lifeways officials say they have agreed to new state conditions and its programs are being reformed.
REGIONAL NEWS June 17
State officials trace major virus outbreak to church in Union County
Union County is dealing with the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in the state. More than 200 people attending a local church have been infected. Some businesses are closing as a precaution. (Story by La Grande Observer)
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 16
Vale will host COVID-19 testing site
The drive-thru event will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH June 16
VIDEO: Director of Malheur County Health Department talks guidelines for gatherings
VIDEO: Restrictions on gatherings have eased, but there are still regulations. In the second installment of a series of video interviews, Sarah Poe, the director of the Malheur County Health Department, laid out the new guidance on groups in phase two of economic reopening.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT June 16
Ontario city manager says Black Lives Matter protesters' demands already being discussed, considered
The Black Lives Matter protesters' eight demands of the Ontario City Council and police department were already being worked on by the city or will be looked into and considered, according to City Manager Adam Brown.
MALHEUR COUNTY HEALTH June 16
First hospitalization because of virus reported in Malheur County
The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 ticked up in recent days in Malheur County, with an elderly woman hospitalized with the respiratory disease.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH June 16
VIDEO: Director of Malheur County Health Department discusses phase two reopening
In the first of a series of video interviews, Sarah Poe, the director of the Malheur County Health Department, talked with the Enterprise about entering phase two of economic reopening in the wake of COVID-19. Here, she shares five things to help stay healthy and slow the spread of the illness.
FreeVALE June 15
Summer fun on tap in Vale as pool sets Wednesday opening date
After a long hiatus, the popular summer venue in Vale will be ready for swimmers beginning this week. The price on the first day: Free. The pool was previously closed because of state COVID-19 virus restrictions.
ONTARIO LIFE June 15
PHOTOS: Black Lives Matter hosts quiet Ontario vigil to learn history, honor victims
PHOTOS: Ontario's organizers of recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations brought in speakers for an event held Saturday night.

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