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Jan 18 2021 thru Jan 24 2021

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YOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 22
Malheur County Court approves commitment letter for rail reload center
The documents spells out six, non-binding guidelines between the county, a group of Malheur County onion shippers and Americold Logistics will follow regarding the taxpayer-funded facility north of Nyssa.
YOUR COMMUNITY Jan. 22
Transportation department gears up for sidewalk, curb renovation project in Malheur County
Beginning Monday, crews will start to set up traffic control signs in several areas across Vale. The project will focus on U.S. Highway 26 and Ellsworth Street and U.S. Highway 20 between 10th Street North and Viking Drive.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 22
Nyssa FFA conquers Zoom to claim wins in district, state contests
Nyssa School District's FFA chapter's farm business management team won first place at the Oregon FFA Virtual Convention.
RAIL RELOAD CENTER Jan. 21
Transportation commission approves release of construction funds for Malheur County rail center
The decision marks a milestone in the project slated north of Nyssa. The taxpayer-funded reload facility is projected to cut costs for local onion producers and help the local agriculture industry.
COMMUNITY NEWS Jan. 21
Grant helps fill late-night child care needs for Malheur County workers
Wiggles and Giggles, a new childcare center in Ontario, won a $100,000 grant from the Border Board to become the first round-the-clock childcare option in the area.
ONTARIO Jan. 21
Justus leaves position on Ontario City Council with no regrets
Marty Justus recently closed out his five-year stint on the Ontario City Council. The local real estate agent and business owner pointed to triumphs, and a few political setbacks, as hallmarks of his tenure.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jan. 20
OBITUARY: Joel Makelin Florenzen
Joel Makelin Florenzen, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Hermiston, Oregon, on Dec. 17. He was with his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia “Trish” Florenzen, daughters Heidi Florenzen, Jennifer (Florenzen) Gilbert, and son-in-law Jonathon “Jon” Gilbert. (Submitted information)
PUBLIC NOTICES Jan. 20
Publications from local governments, private parties
Storage Auction, Estate of Patsy Pearl Smith, Ontario Recreation District, Harper School District #66, Vale School District #84, Ironside Rural Road Assessment District #5, Jordan Valley School District #3
EMPLOYMENT Jan. 20
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Nursing Program Coordinator, Math Instructor, English Instructor, Math Lab Coordinator, LRC AIDE, CDL Driver, Counter Salesman, Parts Dismantler, Mine Equipment Mechanic
YOUR COMMUNITY Jan. 20
New Ontario hospital president sets her sights on creating inclusive culture and community outreach
Dina Ellwanger stepped into the top position at Malheur County's only major hospital last summer as Covid raged. Now the North Dakota native must guide her staff through the challenges of a global pandemic.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 20
Vale students back to school after 10 months of interrupted instruction
New school safety measures included temperature checks before entering the building, as well as cohorting and block scheduling for high school students.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 20
Records recount tumultuous melee at Snake River Correctional Institution
A 37-man fight at Snake River Correctional Institution injured three and sent two to the hospital. More than a hundred pages of records obtained by the Enterprise for the first time provide details on one of the largest disturbances in years at the prison..
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 19
Deadly shooting by police of Malheur County man after standoff is ruled to be justified
Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe released a brief statement Tuesday on his investigation into the death of Henry Martinez Jr., 49, Nyssa Jan. 3. Police shot and killed Martinez Jr., after a four-hour-long standoff in Ontario.
MALHEUR COUNTY CRIME Jan. 19
Ontario police arrest pair after infant found with injuries, meth exposure
Jose Montes Diaz, 24, and Marisa Solis Pizano, 26, face multiple charges after authorities responded to a report of a ill infant at an Ontario motel.
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 19
Two Ontario residents face charges after infant discovered with multiple injuries in motel room
Jose Montes Diaz, 24, and Marisa Solis Pizano, 26 are lodged in the Malheur County Jail after police responded to a call of an infant was having trouble breathing. After medical tests, the infant was found to have been exposed to methamphetamine.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Jan. 19
Clarno tries again to retire after stint as Oregon secretary of state
Bev Clarno is the last Republican to hold statewide office in Oregon, but she retired from service at the start of the year. She worries that partisanship is hindering good public policy work in the state.

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