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COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 16
AROUND OREGON: With fewer Covid vaccines coming from feds, seniors now behind teachers in Oregon’s inoculation line
Oregonians 80 and older will now have to wait until Feb. 8 to get a Covid vaccine after Gov. Kate Brown prioritized school employees. The change comes after state leaders learned an expected influx of vaccines from a federal reserve wouldn’t arrive as promised.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Jan. 16
Farewell Bend comes back to life with another freeway stop for coffee and more
A gleaming truck stop stands where there were once just ruins of another venture at the Farewell Bend exit on Interstate 84. The TravelCentersofAmerica turned on the "open" sign Jan. 12.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jan. 15
Malheur County landlords, tenants counting on relief as Covid rules hold
With the statewide eviction moratorium extended, tenants are protected through the beginning of July. Landlords can get some relief through a fund that reimburses them for 80% of back rent owed if they forgive the other 20%.
COMMUNITY NEWS Jan. 15
Rec district seeks city partnership for pool, asks public input
The Pool Committee of the Ontario Recreation District will ask Ontario City Council for financial support to get the project moving this Jan. 19.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jan. 15
Nyssa rail center gets two thumbs up as construction start looms
The Oregon Department of Transportation and a key consultant said in reports that the proposed Treasure Valley Reload Center is ready to move on to construction. The conclusion is a crucial point for a project that has been in planning for more than three years.
STATE NEWS Jan. 14
Embattled state legislator stays in office with less clout and less access to Capitol building in Salem
Following a revelation that he let confrontational demonstrators into Salem's Capitol building, state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, has taken a combative stance. But he'll have fewer channels to influence legislation and will face hurdles to enter the Capitol.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY HEALTH Jan. 14
Malheur County Health Department grapples with switch in how state measures Covid test results
Officials in Malheur County have again adjusted how they report Covid data to the public. Now the county reports only weekly case totals and does not furnish daily updates on positivity rates. The switch happened after the state modified its Covid tracking system.
COMMUNITY NEWS Jan. 14
Restaurant operators in Ontario get break on utility bills
A city program, which is meant to help shield the struggling industry from the economic downturn caused by Covid, is expected to cost the city up to $20,000.
PUBLIC NOTICES Jan. 13
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Patsy Pearl Smith, Ontario School District, Jordan Valley Cemetery District, Malheur Education Service District
YOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 13
Bentz votes against impeachment of President Trump
Lawmakers affirmed the article of impeachment 232-197. Ten GOP lawmakers broke ranks and voted to impeach the president.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jan. 13
OBITUARY: Rick William Nelson
Rick William Nelson, 71, the former owner and editor of The Malheur Enterprise, died Dec. 16 of pancreatic cancer. (Submitted information)
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jan. 13
OBITUARY: Marian “Marty” Ellen (Price) Robb
Marian Robb, 89, of Ontario, Oregon, (Brookdale) went peacefully to be with the Lord on Jan. 6, surrounded by her family. (Submitted information)
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jan. 13
WATCHDOG: Malheur County's bid to grab $15 million in federal money stymied by errors in application
Officials poured two years of work into the effort to acquire the subsidy - dubbed a BUILD Grant - often touted as a crucial tool to kindle expansion of a proposed business park. Now the county must search for a new funding source to pay for water and sewer expansion for an empty stretch of sagebrush north of Nyssa.
EMPLOYMENT Jan. 13
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Math Instructor, Nursing Program Coordinator, Math Lab Coordinator, English Instructor
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Jan. 13
Long, winding road for Malheur County mushroom plant takes new turn
The firm that owns the facility - Western Heritage Investments LLC - filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December in Boise. The plant kicked off production of mushrooms in 1988 but closed suddenly in 2007. Since then its ultimate fate has remained in limbo.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Jan. 13
RV park with 170 spaces planned in Ontario
The park, planned for the intersection of Southeast Third Avenue and Southeast Fifth Street, will be the only one of its kind within city limits.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 12
And now Nyssa students head back to regular classes, with protocols in place
Monday, Jan. 25, will be the first day of full in-person instruction for students in Malheur County's second-largest district after Covid metrics that used to control whether a school was eligible to offer in-person classes became advisory rather than mandatory.
NATIONAL POLITICS Jan. 11
Bentz's effort to dump one state's presidential results rested on 10,000 votes never counted
U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon, voted to back a move to toss the election results for Pennsylvania. He explains did so to object to the way mail ballots were counted. But the 10,000 votes that troubled him were never counted.

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