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COVID IN IDAHO November 13
Idaho governor tightens restrictions as Covid cases grow, but no mask mandate
Gov. Brad Little orders Idaho back to Stage 2 of its reopening plan, setting tighter limits on gatherings, and alerts the Idaho National Guard to be ready to help over-burdened medical facilities deal with virus cases.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 13
Malheur County faces a holiday shutdown as new state Covid restrictions take hold
Oregonians for the first time will face the prospect of being ticketed if they violate restrictions on social gatherings, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday. She announced new limits on restaurants, bars, grocers and pharmacies along with other steps aimed at slowing the coronavirus.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 13
For now, no more dining in restaurants, gyms have to close, grocers limited under new state Covid rules
Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced new statewide mandates that require restaurants and bars to end all but take out service, require grocers and retailers to limit the number of customers, and force the closure of gyms, museums and other venues.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 13
BREAKING NEWS: Oregon, Washington, California urge travelers to quarantine
As the coronavirus spreads rapidly in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown on Friday urged Oregonians to limit travel and called for those returning to the state or coming to visit to first undergo a voluntary 14-day quarantine.
LIFE IN ONTARIO November 12
PHOTOS: With flags flying, Ontario ceremony marks Veterans Day
Veterans, supporters and a group of local students braved a cold wind Wednesday in Ontario to note the sacrifices of those who serve in the Armed Forces. The Veterans Day event was held in front of Four Rivers Cultural Center.
PUBLIC SAFETY November 12
Reported crimes decline in Ontario in first part of 2020 as pandemic has impact
Arrests and calls for service are down even as the local law enforcement agency battles news challenges prompted by the Covid epidemic.
ELECTION 2020 November 12
Malheur County election turnout lags behind state average
Fewer people appeared to vote Nov. 3 in Malheur County but most of those who did backed President Donald Trump. Local voters also decided to support the Pioneer Place Health District in Vale with more funds.
ELECTION 2020 November 12
Three win election, taking seats on Ontario City Council
Sam Baker, John Kirby and Eddie Melendrez are the three new councilors on the elected board. The new local lawmakers will help set city policies and supervise Ontario City Manager Adam Brown.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 11
Here's what is behind the state's move to 'pause' a lot of social life in Malheur County
As Covid cases mount across Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown and her health advisers sought a way to get the worst counties under control. Malheur County has posted Oregon's worst infection rate for weeks.
PUBLIC NOTICES November 11
Publications from local governments, private parties
Custody Hunt VS Cline, Notice of Preliminary Determination for Transfer Application, Estate of Mary Lou Feasel
EMPLOYMENT November 11
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include CITY MANAGER
ONTARIO November 11
Four Rivers Cultural Center duo plans to boost community outreach programs, events
Tanya Navarrete and Allison Simon believe the local center can be a cornerstone for diverse and interesting art venues that enhance Malheur County.
OBITUARIES November 11
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Floyd Eugene Eldred,Darlene Nada Allison, Rosario A. Garcia, Bethel Frankes, James Sutterfield, Jerry Matlock
PUBLIC SAFETY November 11
New Plymouth man arrested after Walmart incident
Logan Gonzalez is charged with second-degree invasion of personal privacy and second-degree disorderly conduct after law enforcement personnel accused him of crafting a basket camera that could be used to video tape under the skirts of female customers.
ELECTION 2020 November 11
Vialpando sets his sights on first term as Vale mayor
Tom Vialpando says he wants to gather as much input from city residents as possible as he charts a course into the future. Vialpando defeated incumbent Mike McLaughlin for the city's top elected slot in the Nov. 3 election.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 11
Malheur County, you're now under new state Covid rules, asking that you cut socializing
State officials call it a "pause" - a new form of rules imposed in Malheur County in another effort to slow the spreading virus. People are asked to hang with their households, avoid any other gathering.
ELECTION 2020 November 10
Ontatrio's Bentz caps long political career with seat in Congress
Cliff Bentz of Ontario won election to Oregon's 2nd Congressional District, putting him in position to impact rural issues he has worked on for decades in public office.
PHOTOS November 10
PHOTOS: Hour by hour, election workers moved through thousands of Malheur County ballots to ready results
PHOTOS: As controversy swirls over election results elsewhere in the U.S., the Malheur County Clerk's Office moved through election season methodically, with security checks built in at every step. Voters in Malheur County case 11,768 ballots - a 70% turnout.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 9
New Covid requirements scuttle popular Ontario holiday bazaar
The cultural center announced Monday the “Fill Your Sleigh” bazaar set Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. was canceled. The event was to host 50 vendors. The bazaar usually draws a big crowd of at least 300 people.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS November 9
PHOTOS: Alameda returns some to the classrom - all keeping their distance
At last, Ontario students head back to the classroom. They still share lessons virtually and they remain at school two hours a day, but educators say such personal contact is essential. In the next two weeks, more Ontario schools will open for limited classes.

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