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FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY August 15
State, county officials acting to rein in fast-spreading virus in Malheur County
Malheur County has the third highest rate of Covid infections in Oregon. Steps taking hold on Monday, Aug. 17, aim to change that but more restrictions could be coming.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY August 14
Inmate with Covid dies at Snake River Correctional Institution
An inmate in his 60s died one day after testing positive for Covid in the infirmary at Snake River Correctional Institution. The Ontario prison, the largest in Oregon, remains under quarantine because of the pandemic.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY August 14
DIGEST: County goes to Phase 1, rural counties show the way to low case counts, schools pivot
SUMMARY: A quick read on the top stories from the Enterprise related to the pandemic in Malheur County - your fast brief to keep up to speed.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS August 14
Scrambled schedule still gives Malheur County athletes 'a chance to play'
High school athletes are eager to jump back into competition as a new schedule revealed by the Oregon School Activities Association will delay sports seasons to 2021.
YOUR COMMUNITY August 14
Monroe steps into top administrative slot at Pioneer Place in Vale
Chris Monroe will replace former administrator Tom Hathaway, who retired. Monroe left the post of administrator of Laurel Hill Nursing Center in Grants Pass to come to Vale. Pioneer Place is a skilled nursing and assisted living facility.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 13
Malheur County to drop back to Phase I of state reopening plan as virus continues spreading
Gov. Kate Brown made the announcement Thursday and the new restrictions will go into effect Monday.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY August 13
Some Oregon superintendents, parents report ‘whiplash’ as state school reopening rules change again
In Salem-Keizer, Superintendent Christy Perry says she appreciates state agencies are working overtime to plan for fall, but said it's difficult to communicate clearly to families and teachers when plans shift with little warning.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY August 13
Amid Covid, some Ontario police officers aren’t wearing masks on the job
Some Ontario police officers aren’t wearing face masks at all times while working despite Gov. Kate Brown’s mask mandate and increased Covid spread in Malheur County. Police Chief Steven Romero said this is because masks can create communication problems while doing police work.
OPINION August 13
EDITORIAL: One strong candidate needed to help Ontario School Board get back on track
OPINION: With classroom challenges aplenty, the Ontario school system needs a board united in purpose to focus on kids and their education. An open board seat should be filled by someone ambitious to help keep that focus and overcome distracting board turmoil.
FreeSPECIAL REPORT August 13
SOLUTIONS: As Malheur County struggles with pandemic, other rural counties provide clues to control
A firmer commitment to comply with state and federal social distancing guidelines along with rapid mitigation efforts paid dividends for some secluded counties to corral Covid. This is a special report prepared in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY August 12
Malheur County businesses got about $14 million to help keep employees on board during pandemic
The federal government infused $13.8 million dollars into Malheur County businesses to preserve jobs against lost revenue due to the pandemic. One lender says it helps business owners sleep at night.
OBITUARIES August 12
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
John Kenneth (Kenny) Friend, Anna Louise (Lou) Martin, Shirley May Smith, Jack F. Sams, Myrtle Lou Alston, Mary Louise Haburchak, Molly A. Hess, Herman J. Jungk Jr., Erma Coleman, Francis Florez, Daniel Delbert Ledington, Emma Ruth Petterson
EMPLOYMENT August 12
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available CDL Driver, Ranch Worker
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION August 12
TVCC reopens with smaller, in-person classes
With a majority of classes in-person and safe guards in place, the college is accepting students to start school Sept. 28
PUBLIC NOTICES August 12
Publications from local governments, private parties
Vale Irrigation
MALHEUR COUNTY YOUTH August 12
Sold! Local 4H and FFA members show their animals online
With the conclusion of the online auction, organizers reflect on community support and how bidding for Malheur County's 4H and FFA participants went during the pandemic.
NATURAL RESOURCES August 12
BLM cautions public about growing fire danger
More people are traveling across the county to visit lakes and hike trails but the public needs to be aware of the restrictions set in place to protect public lands, BLM officials said.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 11
Malheur County Health Department slates Covid test drive-thru in Nyssa
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1309 Park Ave, Wednesday.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS August 11
State officials relent, giving Malheur County schools more options to put kids in classrooms
Student therapy classes and career technical education can continue in-person with fewer restrictions than announced last week. Small districts like Jordan Valley, Juntura and Arock will also be able to teach in-person if they don't have local outbreaks.
FreeCOMMENTARY August 11
As pandemic deepens in Malheur County, the Enterprise will dig for facts and context
OPINION: There is plenty of confusion about the coronavirus, and the news team at the Enterprise remains determined to provide the best reporting possible to help sort fact from fiction, to keep the community updated on developments. We'll keep answering reader questions too.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMMENT August 10
Effort to recall Ontario Councilor Rodriguez close to gathering signatures
An Ontario resident who is leading an effort to recall City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez will soon meet with the city recorder to discuss the next steps for gathering signatures after his remaining documents were recently accepted.
Free CORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY August 10
The latest figures on Malheur County's pandemic
Charts reflect the latest information from county and state health authorities to provide a snapshot of the status of the Covid outbreak in Malheur County.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY August 10
Oregon officials explain how they tie a death to Covid, varying from other states
Oregon authorities each day report on new deaths they say are linked to Covid. An investigative report looks at how those deaths are categorized compared to how other states do so.

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