MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Dec. 11
Local credit union merges with southern Oregon banking firm
Malheur Federal Credit Union will unite with the Medford-based Rogue Credit Union after a recent vote by local members. Malheur Federal Credit Union opened in Nyssa in 1957 and now counts about 14,000 members.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Dec. 11
Major project to upgrade Ontario's airport nearly complete
The effort to construct new taxiways and expand hangar lots at the Ontario Municipal Airport will be complete in the spring when paving is finished. Meanwhile, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management may expand its footprint at the facility.
YOUR COMMUNITY Dec. 10
Covid restrictions prevent annual Christmas party for foster children in Malheur County but local residents can still help
Usually this time of year the Elks Lodge in Ontario opens its doors for the area's foster children to enjoy a holiday meal and to receive gifts. Covid scuttled that traditional event but donors can still help by picking up a Christmas Wish List at the Oregon Department of Human Services in Ontario.
YOUR COMMUNITY Dec. 10
Local onion executive steps down from top state post
Grant Kitamura, the general manager and part owner of the onion packing facility Baker & Murakami Produce Co., resigned from his position on the Oregon Board of Agriculture because he is moving to Idaho.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 10
Vaccine on the way but when it will arrive in Malheur County remains uncertain
The state announced it will receive 147,000 doses of the two Covid vaccines – one created by Pfizer and the other by Moderna – in the coming weeks. Plans now call for the serum to be administered to health care workers first.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Dec. 10
Holiday bazaar at Malheur County Fairgrounds ready for second weekend
The bazaar with 40 vendors will run Friday and Saturday. The fair is requiring masks and is regularly sanitizing the Commercial Building where the event is being held.
OBITUARIES Dec. 9
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Glenda Mitchell, Darla Mikkelsen Neilson,MaryEtta L. Hemenway, Reverend Wesley Glenn Jones, Richard A. Lanier, Richard “Rick “ Byron Olsen, Michael Barry Leavitt, Nancy Sitz, Samuel A. Denney, Stormie Cummings Couch
COMMUNITY NEWS Dec. 9
With hours and even jobs cut, Malheur County workers struggle amid virus rules, shutdowns
Layoffs and reduced hours have become the norm throughout the restaurant industry as Covid restrictions limit indoor dining.
EMPLOYMENT Dec. 9
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include City Manager, English Instructor, lifeways
PUBLIC NOTICES Dec. 9
Publications from local governments, private parties
E911 Rate Change, Estate of Robert Dale Haney, Malheur ESD
COMMENTARY Dec. 9
EDITORIAL: It's time for an audit of Smith & Co.'s work in Malheur County
COMMENTARY: In our view, it's time to get the experts to look into how the county's money is being spent by its contract economic development director, Greg Smith and his company. A case in point: The poorly drafted – and recently rejected – application for federal money to build an industrial park.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Dec. 9
TVCC gets extra money to boost help for students of color
Treasure Valley Community College won a $55,000 state grant to expand its services to students of color, who make up 31% of the student body.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 9
Applications for business relief funds pour into Malheur County
With the program, the county plans to use $768,183 in state funds to dole out grants to area businesses hit hard by the pandemic. The program, which began just last week, is already proving to be a popular one with county merchants.
FreeCORONAVIRUS IN OREGON Dec. 8
'The more who die, the less we care' – Why we're growing numb to Covid-19
Why do many people seem to relax their guard and dismiss concerns in the face of a clearly exponential spread of Covid? University of Oregon professors examine the psychological research to offer some explanations.
PHOTO GALLERY Dec. 8
PHOTOS: Nyssa rings in the Christmas season with unique holiday parade
Covid scrambled plans for a traditional parade but Nyssa city officials and residents decided to do things a little bit different for Christmas 2020. Instead of a parade, decorated floats were parked on each side of Main Street for a drive-by event that drew a big crowd.
AROUND OREGON Dec. 8
AROUND OREGON: Central Oregon leaders urge elementary students' return to classroom
Local leaders in the Bend area cite 'learning loss' in pressing Gov. Kate Brown to relax restrictions to get young students back in school.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Dec. 7
Sports teams at Malheur County schools face new season schedules
The Oregon School Activities Association on Monday decided to revise 2020-2021 sports schedule. The decision is the latest twist for local high school teams that have so far been unable to practice or compete.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Dec. 7
Remote reservation fills critical gap in Malheur County rescue net
The newly inaugurated Fort McDermitt Tribe EMS Rescue is ready and able to provide advanced life support to anyone, native and non-native, in the Jordan Valley.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 7
Hospitals in Treasure Valley gear up to ration services as Covid spreads
With the pandemic continuing to spread unabated in the local community, St. Luke's and Saint Alphonsus health systems are preparing for an unwanted shift to crisis care in the new year. This comes as health workers are increasingly overwhelmed by the virus and the patient loads it is causing.