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Jun 22 2020 thru Jun 28 2020

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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 26
Malheur County COVID-19 cases rise to 84
The Malheur County Health Department reported 11 new cases of the coronavirus Friday, bringing the county total to 84. The new case rate rose from 5.7% Thursday to 6.5% Friday.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT June 26
Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero reflects on first year, says community involvement his biggest success
Steven Romero, Ontario police chief, discussed his first year in a police department with limited resources, along with the many ways he immersed himself and got involved in the community.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 25
Malheur County covid cases take biggest one-day jump yet
The county health department reported 13 new COVID-19 virus cases Thursday. The percentage of people testing positive for the infection also continues to climb even as more people are being tested.
COMMUNITY NEWS June 25
Ontario splash pad reopens Friday
COMMENTARY June 25
Editorial: Malheur commissioners miss opportunity to boost economic recovery
EDITORIAL: The County Court balked at joining local governments to prepare the post-COVID economy, citing a need for caution about milestones. That's a concern that's been lacking in budgeting and oversight of the county's own economic development department.
VALE June 25
Vale City Council delays final decision on plan to buy the former Umpqua Bank building to replace city hall
The Vale City Council elected to postpone a decision on the $450,000 purchase until next month to give City Attorney Larry Sullivan more time to review the financial package for the deal.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 24
Mounting number of local COVID-19 virus cases is worrisome for health officials
The total number of infected residents climbed to 60 Wednesday, including 25 new cases in the past 11 days. Of those 60 cases, 33 people have recovered, two remain hospitalized, and two have been released after hospital treatment.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 24
Malheur County churches reopen with COVID precautions
Churches in Malheur County are taking a step back towards normal after living the past three months with rules that prevented traditional services.
PUBLIC NOTICES June 24
Publications from local governments, private parties
Oregon Telephone Corporation, Storage Auction, Estate of Romaigne Yost, Estate of John Melvin DePonte, Owyhee Cemetery, Jordan Valley Cemetery
EMPLOYMENT June 24
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Mail Route, Food Services Supervisor, Mayor & City Councilor Candidates,Progressive Franchised Dealer, Maintenance Manager , Ranch Worker
WATCHDOG June 24
Rodriguez, Ontario city councilor embroiled in restraining orders, has prior domestic violence history
WATCHDOG: More complaints emerge accusing Freddy Rodriguez of threatening behavior as the Ontario city councilor seeks his own protection through the courts. Rodriguez didn't address questions from the Enterprise about Idaho court records showing previous domestic violence cases.
MALHEUR COUNTY NEWS June 24
Supreme Court decision buoys local Dreamers as DACA applications, protections to resume
A high court decision recently cleared the way for the federal DACA program to continue, providing relief to some Malheur County residents.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 23
COVID-19 virus prompts temporary shut down of hardware store in Adrian
Owner Artie Freytag said her business will be closed for 14 days. Freytag said her business has adopted an extended shutdown only one other time in 38 years.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT June 23
Ontario homeless shelter project receives pushback at community forum
Neighbors of Ontario's "tiny homes" project, which provided shelter for the homeless, were invited to a community forum for feedback on the project's trial run from April 2-30. Some cited homeless individuals drinking, loitering and leaving trash as problems they encountered.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT June 23
Ontario city councilor obtains restraining order against ex-girlfriend
In an ongoing public disagreement, Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez filed and was granted a restraining order on June 19 against his ex-girlfriend, who was granted a restraining order against Rodriguez June 4.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 22
County health officials prepare in-depth plan to combat an unexpected COVID-19 virus outbreak
Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, said her agency crafted a three-pronged blueprint in case an outbreak happens locally. The preparations resonate as COVID-19 cases locally, across the region and the state continue to climb.
YOUR GOVERNMENT June 22
Vale elected leaders will consider plan to purchase Umpqua Bank building to replace city hall
The Vale City Council will review a tentative plan to buy the facility for $450,000 Tuesday night at its regular meeting.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH June 22
VIDEO: Health official answers reader question: What about yard sales?
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. In the last installment of this interview series, Poe answers a reader question: What about yard sales?
COMMENTARY June 22
Death of a local paper isn't good news in any town and the Enterprise works to avoid that fate
Across the U.S., local newspapers are closing down in the face of business realities worsened by the coronavirus. The Enterprise relies on reader support to stay strong, to provide more news and to give the community information it otherwise would never read.

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