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MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Jan. 2
Bentz to be sworn in as U.S. representative, replacing Walden
Cliff Bentz, an Ontario lawyer with a long political history, will be part of the new Congress that starts on Sunday. One of his first issues will be the expected challenges to the election of Joe Biden as the next president.
EDUCATION Jan. 1
Students in Jordan Valley 'ecstatic' to be at school full-time
Unlike most schools in Malheur County, which have been closed due to the "extreme risk" of Covid, remote Jordan Valley School District has been hosting full days of class since the beginning of the year.
COMMUNITY LIFE Jan. 1
Leaders in Malheur County look ahead to 2021 - what they're saying
From school administrators to nonprofit leaders, those who help run Malheur County's organizations took time to share their thoughts about what hope they see for the year ahead.
AROUND OREGON Dec. 31
AROUND OREGON: Police agencies brace for multiple protests in Salem on New Year's Day
Four organizations are planning demonstrations in Salem on Friday - New Year's Day. At least 100 officers from three police agencies will be on duty to keep the groups separate.
COVID: THE HUMAN TOLL Dec. 31
AROUND OREGON: Bend nurse works around the clock as cases spike
HUMAN TOLL: Joel Hernandez has sometimes worked around the clock -- doing 24- and 48-hour shifts - to care for emergency room patients at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. The stress has taken its toll but with years of experience in emergency rooms, he feels it's his duty to help as much as he can.
COMMENTARY Dec. 31
OUR VIEW: As Malheur County schools plan to reopen, we all need to do our part
Gov. Kate Brown's decision to let school districts move toward reopening in the new year is great news. But people still need to adhere to Covid precautions to rein in the continuing risks to our kids, school workers and communities.
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT Dec. 31
Crume closes the door on 12-year career as Ontario city councilor
Norm Crume said he brought along a lot of preconceived notions about city government when he took office more than a decade ago. His tenure as a city lawmaker, he said, erased most of those views.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 31
Getting schools open in Malheur County - your guide
Here are key facts about the change in Oregon state policy regarding when public schools can return to more normal operations. See what is changing for Malheur County schools - and what isn't.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 31
Local school district leaders pull plans to reopen off the shelf in the wake of governor's directive
Gov. Kate Brown issued new guidance regarding in-person instruction last week and her announcement caught some education leaders off guard. Now, area school officials will meet with health authorities to craft a plan to put students back at their desks.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 30
Six eastern and southern Oregon counties ask state to reduce Covid restrictions
Public health officials from Baker, Grant, Harney, Klamath, Lake and Malheur counties seek more freedom regarding state-designated risk levels in an effort to help area restaurants and other businesses.
EMPLOYMENT Dec. 30
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Salesman, Parts Dismantler, lifeways
COMMUNITY NEWS Dec. 30
Ontario turns up the heat with gifts of lamps, gear for restaurants
The Ontario City Council allocated $12,000 worth of equipment to upgrade the local hospitality industry for outdoor dining, the only on-site dining currently allowed with pandemic restrictions.
PUBLIC NOTICES Dec. 30
Publications from local governments, private parties
Vale Senior Citizens Center, Estate of Glen Allen Schoeneman
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 30
Pioneer Place kicks off Covid inoculations for residents
Vale's skilled nursing center vaccinated 21 residents and 15 staff members at a clinic in the facility's dining hall last week. One of those vaccinated, Joan Ash, said she wasn't worried about the serum.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 29
County court awards aid to more than 50 Malheur County businesses
Elected leaders signed off on the distribution plan Wednesday and the county will immediately cut and send checks out to local merchants. The county received about $700,000 in state financial aid to help area merchants and others recover from the Covid pandemic.
COMMENTARY Dec. 29
COLUMN: Wartime keepsake offers lessons about flag, patriotism and values
Columnist Brianna Walker reflects on a treasured family keepsake, a tribute to great uncle who died in wartime, and why the flag means so much to her.
COVID: THE HUMAN TOLL Dec. 28
AROUND OREGON: 'I don’t know when … or if I’m going to get better'
HUMAN TOLL: West Linn woman said she’s spoken with a lot of people, from doctors and nurses to bodybuilders, who’ve contracted the virus and battled symptoms for several months. Part of what makes it so hard for her to guess how long she’ll be sick, Gaither said, is that the virus is still so new with so many unknowns. Gaither posted about her COVID-19 diagnosis on social media and said the outpouring of support she’s received has helped keep her spirits up.

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