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COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY October 9
Malheur County adjusts count of Covid infections involving Nyssa schools
Malheur County officials said Friday that state officials double-counted four infection cases in Nyssa schools because some individuals work in two school buildings. The total number of infected individuals tied to the schools is eight, not 12, the county said.
COMMENTARY October 9
Editorial: Now, more than ever, is the time to wear a mask
OPINION: Recent national events have made it clear that the basic pandemic precautions – face coverings, hand-washing, social distancing – still offer the safest course for people here in Malheur County and across the U.S.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS October 9
Hungry? Head to Harper Saturday for a $10 meal that will leave you full
UPDATE: Meals sell out in 30 minutes. The Harper Ladies Club figured a way around the pandemic to still host its annual Hunter's Supper. The take-out meal, available starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, still features home cooking.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS October 9
Enterprise captures 18 awards in annual newspaper contest
The paper also claimed seven first-place finishes in the Oregon Newspapers Publishers Association better newspaper contest.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION October 9
Vale School District shows Viking pride with relief drive for fire victims
Students and teachers worked to collect food and other needed supplies to help survivors of the Santiam Canyon wildfires.
MALHEUR COUNTY ELECTIONS October 8
VOTE 2020: Jacobs, Shock deliver views on their platform for county commission slot
Republican Ron Jacobs and Democratic Byron Shock are vying on the November ballot to replace Malheur County Commissioner Larry Wilson. Both men answered questions from the Enterprise last week on what they believe are the key issues for the county.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY October 8
Virus hits three Nyssa schools, state reports
Oregon state officials disclosed that staff at three Nyssa schools have tested positive for the coronavirus as well as students. District officials on Thursday wouldn't comment.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 7
Montwheeler court case enters into new phase
After several delays - including one because of Covid - the former Nampa man's trial is set for February. In another development, attorneys representing Montwheeler asked the Malheur County District Attorney's Office for a settlement conference in the near future.
OBITUARIES October 7
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Arleta June Turner, Glen Frederiksen, David Schweizer, David Leon Dunbar, Diane Denise Dietzel, “Ginger” Virginia Maloney, Virginia Lopez, John L. Echanis, Charles E. Locey, Lela Irene Medairy
EMPLOYMENT October 7
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Hops distribution, Geiser Grand Hotel, tvcrn, Lifeways Recovery Center, Car Cleaner, Recruiting Coordinator, Tow Truck Operator, Program Assistant, Tower House Coffee shop, Math Lab Coordinator, Industrial Education Instructor
PUBLIC NOTICES October 7
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District, Malheur County Court
ONTARIO EVENTS October 7
Candlelight vigil puts a local focus on under-reported crime
Annual event at Four Rivers Cultural Center shed light on the financial and human cost of domestic violence.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY October 7
State throws financial life preserver to Malheur County groups as Covid epidemic endures
The pandemic hit local venues such as Four Rivers Cultural Center and the Malheur County Fair especially hard. With the infusion of state money, though, both gain a new lease on life.
FreeCORONAVIRUS October 6
Oregon to double Covid testing capacity with influx of tests from federal government
Health officials said Tuesday they'll be able to more quickly respond to Covid outbreaks in Oregon with the rapid tests, which offer results in 15 minutes, but cautioned false negatives are common and other precautions like mask-wearing remain essential.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY October 5
Three inmates die at Snake River Correctional Institution after they tested positive for Covid
All three men were 60 years of age or older. So far eight inmates at the large prison north of Ontario who tested positive for Covid have died.
COMMENTARY October 5
COMMENTARY: State's odd handling of Covid data only adds to public confusion, challenges trust
When state officials recently released a study of the coronavirus in Malheur County, they blanked out lots of numbers. They said they had no choice. But the agency already serves up many of those numbers in other places. Inconsistency is poor public practice.
PRISONS October 5
Oregon community colleges face deadline as state prisons chief moves to take over inmate education
The Oregon Department of Corrections says it could save $500,000 by using its own staff to teach inmates, instead of community colleges on contract. At Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, the shift would end a $2 million program that employs 19 people.

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