MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 8
At last, Vale students headed back to regular classes, starting Jan. 19
After months during which state Covid metrics limited in-person instruction to two hours per day, a Dec. 23 decision by Gov. Kate Brown enabled the Vale School Board to retake local control and vote to send kids back to school full-time.
COMMUNITY Jan. 8
Top stories of 2020 in Malheur County: Crime, Covid, controversy and more
From the pandemic restrictions to a rural crime spree to controversial political issues, 2020 was a news-packed year in Malheur County. We look at 10 of the top stories from the pages of the Malheur Enterprise.
COMMUNITY NEWS Jan. 7
PHOTO GALLERY: 2020 photos of the year in Malheur County
We soared, we struggled, and we found hope as a new year dawned.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 7
Malheur County teens struggle with anxiety as pandemic puts life on hold
Covid is a significant stressor with far-reaching effects for school-age children and teens. School is usually one of the places they would seek help. But distance learning has complicated the traditional ways support is asked for and received.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 7
Malheur County releases Covid relief money to more than 50 businesses
The county court signed off on the monetary package last week, a move that sent checks through the mail to local merchants struggling to survive during the pandemic. More than $700,000 was distributed throughout the county.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Jan. 7
Bentz acknowledges Biden win after opposing one state's electors
U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon, voted to object to Pennsylvania's presidential electors, questioning legality of voting in that state. He called the invasion of the Capitol by Trump supporters on Wednesday "a stain on the history of our country."
FreeYOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 6
Local lawmakers speak out about attempt by rioters to seize U.S. Capitol building
Most Malheur County and regional politicians decry the mob violence that erupted as Congress worked to certify the presidential election results Wednesday.
PUBLIC NOTICES Jan. 6
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District, Malheur County Court, Estate of Patsy Pearl Smith, Vale Senior Citizens Center, Estate of Glen Allen Schoeneman
EMPLOYMENT Jan. 6
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Salesman, Parts Dismantler, Lifeways
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jan. 6
Congress steps in to keep jobless benefits flowing into March
With the passage of the new stimulus bill in Washington, D.C., unemployment insurance for both traditional and self-employed workers has been extended.
ONTARIO Jan. 6
Malheur County woman finds hope for the future through tiny home project
Anne St. Peter was once homeless and searching for answers. A victim of domestic abuse, St. Peter said her temporary stay in one of 16 tiny homes in Ontario gives her a chance to map a viable path to the future.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 6
Malheur County Health Department to vaccinate essential workers
Members of Groups 1-4 of Phase 1A of the vaccination process, such as medical workers, care facility employees and residents, prison staff, hospice workers, and medical transport workers, are eligible to schedule vaccination.
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 5
Police continue probe into deadly Malheur County domestic violence incident
Henry Martinez Jr., 49, was shot and killed by police after a four-hour-long standoff in southeast Ontario Sunday afternoon. Police responded to the home after a relative of Martinez's girlfriend - Carlen Mercado, 51 - reported she was being held against her will. When police entered the house, they found Mercado's body.
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 4
Woman killed, Nyssa man dies in police standoff Sunday in Ontario
Henry Martinez Jr., 49, died after he threatened police officers with a knife and was shot. The incident began early Sunday afternoon when as family member called the sheriff's office and voiced concern about the safety of Martinez's girlfriend, Carlen Mercado.