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CORONAVIRUS IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 17
White House recommends tighter Covid restrictions for places like Malheur County
A White House Coronavirus Task Force document obtained by the Center for Public Integrity revealed Malheur County and Ontario as in the "red zone" for high amounts of new Covid cases and rates of positive test results.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 17
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario president to step down
Ken Hart, a longtime employee at the medical facility, departs to take chief financial officer slot at Valley Family Health Care.
ONTARIO CRIME July 17
Couple involved in string of animal abuse cases in Ontario
Sharon Peplinski and Casey Soper were contacted by Ontario Police three times over one month for abandoning and neglecting animals in Ontario by leaving them in a hot van without food or water. Peplinski was also convicted of animal abandonment in 2018.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY July 17
Boise man arrested, hospitalized after weekend police pursuit
An attempted traffic stop by a Malheur County sheriff's deputy led to a police pursuit into Vale early Sunday morning. The driver, 33 year-old Ory Hansen of Boise, was arrested and taken to the hospital after ingesting methamphetamine.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 17
Covid death linked to Ontario senior facility that was taking significant precautions
Brookdale Ontario senior living passed a Covid inspection with flying colors. Later reports show minimal improvements they could make. It wasn't enough.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 16
PHOTOS: Ontario's Feral Cat Project works through Covid-induced obstacles
Ontario's Feral Cat Project has run into many problems due to Covid, such as reduced volunteers, donations and veterinary access. But despite it all, the project is continuing its work.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 16
What do you want to know about the coronavirus and what's happening in Malheur County?
Help us report. We know there are many questions related to Covid and the situation in Malheur County. Rumors move as fast as fact at the moment, and the Enterprise wants to sort them out. Ask us your questions
YOUR COMMUNITY July 16
Company scouts Nyssa, Vale as possible sites for new Dollar General stores
An Ohio development firm is in the preliminary stage of searching for possible sites for Dollar General stores in Nyssa and Vale.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 16
En español: VIDEO – ¿De qué sirve una máscara? Los expertos del condado de Malheur explican
VIDEO EXCLUSIVO – Morris Smith, el director de médico del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Malheur, y Brian Kitamura, médico de emergencias en el Centro Médico Saint Alphonsus, explican por qué los revestimientos faciales son vitales para prevenir la propagación de Covid, y cómo usarlos adecuadamente.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 15
One-third of county Covid tests were positive last week
Local health authorities continue to battle the most recent outbreak of Covid but are losing ground as cases continue to climb. The county reported a total of five deaths related to Covid.
ONTARIO NEWS July 15
Ontario pool plans revealed tonight
After a year of structural review and planning, the Ontario Recreation District will review the plans from their contracted architecture firm to bring back the Ontario pool tonight. Residents are invited to join.
OBITUARIES July 15
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Jimmie (Jim) Henry Reed, Isaiah Enoch Webb, Robert Joseph “Bob” Mooney, Russell D. Aman, Jennifer M. Hendriks, Harry Allen Phillips, Penny L. Rooks
YOUR COMMUNITY July 15
Vale council approves plan for new city hall
The city will use a $450,000 loan from a Montana financial service holding company to buy the former Umpqua Bank building to replace the current city administrative center.
NYSSA July 15
VIDEO: Thunderegg Days festival goes ahead with restrictions
The 55th annual edition of the festival that celebrates Oregon's state rock, the thunderegg, was held this year with protocols in place to protect attendees and vendors from Covid.
SCHOOLS July 15
Vale, Ontario, Adrian and Nyssa school plans take shape as budgets, guidelines form
Nobody said operating school during a pandemic would be easy. With student safety in mind, districts plan for in-person classes with contingency plans and precautions.
EMPLOYMENT July 15
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include ESL Coordinator and Ranch Worker.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 15
County court approves resolution to limit local gatherings
As area Covid cases surge, elected leaders gave a green light to a plan that restricts indoor gatherings to no more than 10 people and no more than 25 people outside.
FreeCOVID July 15
Mandate masks: Saint Alphonsus, St. Luke's hospital systems warn of Covid overflow
Hospitals predict overflow by August if current Covid spread continues. Delayed surgeries and medical assistance are possible if the state of Idaho does not mandate masks, and residents don't wear masks, watch their distance or wash their hands, they warn.
PUBLIC NOTICES July 15
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Carl E. Kochsmeier, Estate of Romaigne Yost, Estate of Keith L. Meacham, Estate of Richard Valencia Martinez, Estate of Richard Lee Johnson
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT July 15
Judge rules Ontario city councilor is credible threat to former girlfriend, imposes year-long order
Judge Matthew Shirtcliff of Baker County ruled Ontario City Councilor Alfredo “Freddy” Rodriguez to be a credible threat to the safety of a former girlfriend, who filed a restraining order against him in early June, ordering him to stay away from the victim for a year. The order came after an hours-long hearing in Malheur County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY July 15
Suspects in Nyssa-area murder accused of robbery, destroying evidence
The three suspects in the June 19 shooting death of 39-year-old Salvador Bahena Reyna are accused of first-degree robbery and tampering with evidence, among many other charges. All three suspects have previous convictions in Malheur County.
FreeEDITORIAL July 14
EDITORIAL: Malheur County risks economy, lives and schools if people don't act now
OPINION: The surge in the coronavirus across Malheur County represents a profound threat to the community. Those who attempt to minimize the dangers only put the community's livelihood and future at more risk. Now's the time to act in the collective, not self, interest
PHOTO GALLERY July 14
PHOTOS: Thunderegg Throwdown draws crowd for what is now a rare event - a rodeo
Around 250 people gathered at the Oregon Trail Arena from Oregon and Idaho to partake and attend the Thunderegg Throwdown as other rodeos across the county were canceled.
MALHEUR COUNTY FAIR July 14
Online Malheur County Fair animal auction begins Wednesday
This year's livestock auction will be online through July 31. Those interested in placing a bid can go online to the JBS Auctions homepage. The auction will cover steers, sheep, pigs, goats and dairy heifers.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 14
Malheur County Health Department schedules Covid testing site in Vale
The Covid testing site opens at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
COMMENTARY July 14
Column: Hospitals urge patients to seek routine care despite pandemic worries
People fearful of catching Covid may be skipping needed medical care for unrelated conditions. Dr. Paul Gering of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center says that can delay needed treatment, and even lead to more severe problems. "It's safe to come back," he writes.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 14
Ontario's Feral Cat Project works through Covid-induced obstacles
Ontario's Feral Cat Project has run into many problems due to Covid, such as reduced volunteers, donations and veterinary access. But despite it all, the project is continuing its work.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 13
UPDATE: State announces outbreak of more than 140 Covid cases at Ontario prison
The cases come as Oregon is placed under restrictive gathering limits, Malheur County has 434 Covid cases as of Monday and the county fails on four of six public health metrics.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 13
Governor acts to slow virus spread, imposes limits statewide on indoor gatherings
Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that no indoor gathering of more than 10 people is allowed for now as Covid cases surge in the state. She also directed that Oregonians wear face masks outdoors when they can't keep a 6-foot distance from other people. The latest restrictions reflect growing state concern that the virus is rapidly spreading throghout the state.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 13
Your quick guide to Malheur County's pending action to contain the coronavirus
The Malheur County Court is scheduled to take up a resolution on Wednesday, July 15, to impose new local restrictions in a move to get Covid under control. Here's a guide what's being considered
NYSSA July 13
VIDEO: Without a rodeo, the Miss Nyssa Nite Rodeo Queen is still in the saddle
Jaeden Forrey's schedule would normally be full of rodeo appearances and parades this time of year. Without all the events, she is quietly honing her skills and business as a horse trainer.

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