MALHEUR COUNTY WILDFIRES Aug. 22
Indian Creek Fire spreads to nearly 50,000 acres as smoke hinders air attacks
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said the range fire burning east of Juntura has been spreading to the north. The fire, human caused, started north of U.S. HIghway 20 on Sunday, Aug. 16.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 22
Governor calls for tougher enforcement of Oregon mandates - or new restrictions are coming
Gov. Kate Brown thinks it's time for police to start citing those who won't wear face coverings or violate limits on social gatherings. The governor said Friday such enforcement is needed to drive down Covid infections and make way for schools to open sooner than April.
NATURAL RESOURCES Aug. 21
Indian Creek fire grows to 26,000 acres
The blaze, which began Sunday, is now burning west of Westfall. More resources - including fire trucks and crews - have been deployed to fight the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Aug. 21
Early end to census count could paint incomplete picture of rural areas
Rural communities such as Malheur County could be misrepresented in the 2020 census after the federal government decided to end the count four weeks early.
FreeYOUR OPINION Aug. 20
SURVEY: We want your opinions about local schools and the coronavirus
We invite parents to participate in this survey by the Malheur Enterprise to gauge local opinion about the future of education during the pandemic. The survey participation is confidential - and important.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Aug. 20
Man who fought Malheur County criminal conviction for 11 years wins governor's pardon
Frederick E. Bain has been pardoned by Gov. Kate Brown over his 2009 conviction in Malheur County for first-degree sexual abuse. The rare pardon was backed by Dave Goldthorpe, Malheur County district attorney.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMMENT Aug. 20
Signature gathering begins for recall of Ontario Councilor Rodriguez
Two Ontario residents have begun collecting signatures to recall Freddy Rodriguez from the City Council, drawing the help of locals who wanted to take part in the effort.
FreeYOUR COMMUNITY Aug. 20
As Covid epidemic rolls into its sixth month more people seek mental health help
Two local mental health experts outline tools people can utilize to overcome waves of anxiety and helplessness created by the worldwide pandemic.
COMMUNITY NEWS Aug. 20
Music and masks in neighborhood parade in Ontario on Saturday
The Four Rivers Cultural Center will tour eight neighborhoods in the evening Saturday, Aug. 22, in a one-trailer float to hand out popsicles, masks and rental relief applications.
EMPLOYMENT Aug. 19
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Foreman, Construction Laborer, CDL Driver, Nurses, Ranch Worker
NATURAL RESOURCES Aug. 19
Indian Creek fire near Juntura expands to 14,000 acres
Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service crews are fighting five other blazes in different sections of Malheur County.
PUBLIC NOTICES Aug. 19
Publications from local governments, private parties
City of Vale
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 19
Jordan Valley, small rural schools get yellow light to reopen with students in class
Three smaller school districts in Malheur County can reopen for in-person instruction in the fall based on an exception in the state's metrics.
YOUR COMMUNITY Aug. 19
Pioneer Place will seek financial help from voters in November
The facility will ask voters to approve a new tax rate to help fund operations. The proposed levy would be 47.73 cents per 1,000 of assessed value beginning in 2021.
NATURAL RESOURCES Aug. 18
BLM battles four wildfires in Malheur County, Ironside area fire spreading
UPDATE: Three of the blazes were sparked by lightning Monday but officials are still investigating the cause of the Indian Creek wildfire near Juntura.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Aug. 17
Malheur County outlines new measures to battle Covid outbreak
In a letter to Gov. Kate Brown penned by Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, a specific set of steps were sketched. They include beefing up a media outreach campaign and an enhanced testing regime.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 17
Across the river in Idaho, it's back to the classroom for many students
While Malheur County schools deal with limits on returning students to classrooms, students in Idaho counties bordering Oregon are heading back to school in the coming days. The Idaho Statesman reports on the choices made by those school districts.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Aug. 16
Range fire burning out of control east of Juntura
The wildfire, reported Sunday afternoon, had covered an estimated 9,000 acres by Monday afternoon as winds picked up, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reported.