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MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS July 25
Oregon Food Bank to host emergency food distribution event next week
On Friday, July 31 the Oregon Food Bank is holding an emergency food distribution event at Beck-Kiwanis Park in Ontario from 1-3 p.m. Due to Covid, drive-thru and curbside pickup options are available.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT July 25
Witnesses testify against Ontario City Councilor Rodriguez during restraining order hearing
At a hearing on July 14, Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez contested a restraining order filed against him by a former girlfriend. Witnesses at the hearing testified about his threatening and abusive conduct.
ONTARIO NEWS July 24
Ontario School Board report finds director's claims unproven
An investigation found claims from Director Eric Evans's January tort threat unsubstantiated. Evans said the report didn’t address his concerns, but wants leave the issue behind.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS July 24
County officials confident in ability to host secure elections amid Trump's concerns of voter fraud
President Donald Trump has recently voiced concerns of widespread voter fraud in the upcoming election due to mail-in ballots, but local and county officials remain confident in their well established voter fraud prevention processes.
ONTARIO July 24
Cruise For Justice event in Ontario draws a crowd - in their cars
On Sunday, around 40 cars drove down Ontario in support of Vanessa Guillen and other victims of violence in the military. This event was organized by the Black Lives Matter Ontario group.
FreeCOVID July 23
Ontario residential facility group cleared after five cases, proactive testing
The Dorian Place Residential Facility's five cases, reported yesterday, were isolated quickly after the parent company mandated 100% testing across its 39 facilities. One resident died while hospitalized.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 23
Group strives to make plan to shift Malheur County to Idaho a reality
Greater Idaho wants to fold more than a dozen Oregon counties into Idaho. The grassroots effort is already at work with a petition in the county. Greater Idaho consists of residents from across eastern, central and southern Oregon.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 23
Malheur County sees Covid numbers worsen, state ready to step in
Malheur County has recorded the majority of its Covid infections since July 1 - a total of 415. County officials say the public has to act now to forestall any tighter restrictions on business and public activity.
ONTARIO July 23
Ontario pool plans, price tags revealed
Costs to make the Ontario aquatic center usable again range from $2.5 to $4.2 million, and the district is not considering rebuilding the entire aquatic center, lockers or bathrooms.
PUBLIC NOTICES July 22
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Carl E. Kochsmeier, Estate of Keith L. Meacham, Estate of Richard Lee Johnson
COMMENTARY July 22
EDITORIAL: Rodriguez should resign from Ontario council
City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez, with a history of domestic violence incidents, can't expect to keep the confidence of the public in his Ontario city role. He should resign from the council.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 22
Governor announces new Covid restrictions requiring children to wear masks, lowering gathering sizes
New Covid restrictions requiring children to wear masks and lowering gathering sizes, among other new guidelines, were announced by Gov. Kate Brown at a press conference Wednesday. The changes go into effect Friday, July 24.
OBITUARIES July 22
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Elvin LeeRoy Ballou, Donald Vandeweghe, Joyce Elaine Shaw, Maria Elena Contreras Gallegos, Anastacio C. “Don” Gonzales
EMPLOYMENT July 22
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Instructor, Test Proctor, Ranch Worker, Seasonal Packer.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 22
Saint Alphonsus sees big increase in requests for Covid tests
By Labor Day, if people don’t wear masks and the current trend continues, Saint Alphonsus expects as much as 50% of all hospital resources to be used for Covid care.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY July 22
VIDEO: Cruise for Vanessa rolls through Ontario
Three Ontario women on July 19 organized a car cruise as a memorial to a murdered Texas Latina soldier.
BREAKING NEWS July 22
Malheur County will back up on some opening standards as Covid continues to spread
UPDATED: As reported cases of the coronavirus continue to climb in Malheur County, state and county officials are expected to announce Wednesday that additional limits on public activity will be required. The county has one of the highest infection rates in the state and more than 500 caes.
FIRE SEASON July 22
Malheur County under red flag warning due to possible thunderstorms Wednesday
The National Weather Service put Malheur County under a red flag warning from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday due to potential thunderstorms causing fire conditions. Due to weather conditions, the Vale Bureau of Land Management announced new restrictions on its public lands.
ONTARIO NEWS July 21
Ontario School Board chair resigns over report secrecy
Mike Blackaby turned in his resignation after the five-member board voted not to publicize a report into board member misconduct triggered by an anonymous letter and a threat by another director to file for damages. Directors said no misconduct was found in the report.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS July 21
Nyssa gets good news - a new employer coming to town to put dozens to work
Field Fresh Foods, based in Los Angeles, will move into the former Golden West warehouse in Nyssa, the Enterprise has learned. The firm is already hiring truck drivers and plans to be open by this fall. Field Fresh Foods could hire up to 45 people.
CORONAVIRUS IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 21
Outbreak at Kraft Heinz in Ontario sickens 26; three more county deaths reported tied to Covid
A Covid outbreak at Kraft Heinz in Ontario caused 26 cases as of July 8, resulting in the facility’s shut down for deep cleaning from June 30 to July 8. In other developments, three more Covid deaths were reported in Malheur County as of Saturday.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS July 20
You're going to have to wait a year to celebrate everything Tater Tot in Ontario
Revitalize Ontario's board voted to postpone the first-ever Tater Tot Festival until September 2021, based on Gov. Kate Brown's orders for Covid protocol.
BREAKING NEWS July 20
One death in U.S. 95 traffic collision
An illegal attempt to pass on the 95, close to Rome, resulted in a Subaru and semi-truck collision on Sunday. The truck driver had minor injuries.

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