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FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 29
Vale High School will close for two weeks in wake of Covid outbreak
The school district made the announcement Friday as eight individuals tested positive for the infection. Vale School District returned to in-person instruction two weeks ago.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 29
The spelling bee in Nyssa is on - but it will be words at a distance
The spelling bee, planned for March 11, will send one winner to represent the county at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 29
Ontario eyes taming thickets for new river trail
A Jan. 7 deal with Walmart to give Ontario the quarter-mile of land on their property that borders the Snake River brings the city that much closer to having a finished river trail.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 28
Covid outbreaks hit Vale schools and Ontario businesses, county reports
In a press release Thursday afternoon, officials described outbreaks of the infection in Ontario and Vale at schools and businesses.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jan. 28
OBITUARY: Gerald Allen "Jerry" Erstrom
Gerald Allen “Jerry” Erstrom, 72, of Vale, Oregon, passed away peacefully with his daughter by his side, from COVID-19 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Nampa, Idaho. (Submitted information)
HARPER THEFTS Jan. 28
Texas returns man accused in 2019 rural crime spree to Vale
A man accused of stealing a pickup truck and John Deere tractor is back in the Malheur County Jail after being arrested for methamphetamine possession in Texas.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFESTYLE Jan. 28
Drexel awarded state grant for interactive art project in Vale
The Drexel H. Foundation won $4,313 to create painted plywood scenes to be posted around Vale.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 28
Most schools see graduation rates rise despite Covid
Graduation rates were up significantly at Vale High School, rising by 9% to 97%. This was in keeping with statewide trends, which education officials warned might show artificial inflation. Seniors who were on track to graduate at the start of the pandemic in 2020 did so regardless of what work they turned in afterward.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jan. 27
Decision by state commission clears the way for construction of Malheur County rail facility
Nearly four years after funding was earmarked for the project, dirt will begin to move at the site north of Nyssa in the spring. Local officials praised the judgement by the Oregon Transportation Commission Jan. 21.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 27
Fuller tapped to lead Vale as city manager
Todd Fuller will begin work as city manager of the Malheur County town March 1. The Vale City Council made its decision Tuesday.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jan. 27
OBITUARY: Jack Edward Robertson
Jack Edward Robertson, 68, Willowcreek, Oregon, died at home peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Submitted information)
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jan. 27
OBITUARY: Clarice L. (Notheis) Poor
Clarice was born in Aldershot, County of South Hampton, England, to Albert L. Notheis and Alice A. Willard Notheis. Albert was in the U.S. Army serving during World War I when he and Alice were married. Clarice and her mom came to the United States when Clarice was 9 months old—through Ellis Island and on to South Dakota, where they farmed. Brother “Bud,” Alvin Lee Notheis, was born in 1924. In 1935, the family moved west, settling in the Sunset Valley on Klamath Avenue in 1937. (Submitted Information)
PUBLIC NOTICES Jan. 27
Publications from local governments, private parties
Storage Auction, Pioneer Nursing Home Health District, Vale Rural Fire Protection District, Adrian School District #61, Ironside Cemetery District, Malheur County Local Work Group, Estate of Joseph Lloyd Arriola
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jan. 27
Covid outbreak strikes Malheur County Jail
The virus struck earlier this month and infected 25 people - inmates and employees - before it began to burn itself out. No one died or was hospitalized from the outbreak.
NYSSA CITY HALL Jan. 27
Small town politics delivers lessons, insights for Nyssa mayor
Betty Holcomb was voted to the top political spot in Nyssa by the city council recently. For the lifelong Nyssa resident, building trust and looking out for seniors are key priorities.
EMPLOYMENT Jan. 27
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Math Lab Coordinator, English Instructor, Math Instructor, Nursing Program Coordinator, Laborer, (LRC) aide, CDL Driver, Counter Salesman, Parts Dismantler, Mine Equipment Mechanic
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 27
Freddy Rodriguez, Ontario city councilor, subject of new restraining order over abuse, the second in a year
Malheur County Circuit Court judge Lung S. Hung found that Rodriguez “represents a credible threat to the physical safety” of an Ontario woman and that she “is in imminent danger of further abuse.”
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 27
Police say Ontario infant found with injuries, meth exposure is improving
The 8-month-old was discovered at a local motel in early January. Police arrested Jose Montes Diaz, 24, of Ontario, and Marissa Pizano Solis, 26. Both are lodged in the Malheur County Jail.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Jan. 26
Resolution by state Republican party sparks questions, bewilderment from Malheur County lawmaker
The document links recent mob violence at the U.S. Capitol as a false-flag operation designed to discredit former President Donald Trump. GOP lawmakers and officials were caught off guard by the resolution.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY WEATHER Jan. 25
Malheur County, brace for up to half a foot of snow Tuesday night
A storm system barreling out the Pacific is expected to hit Malheur County Tuesday night with up to a half foot of snow. Travel could be "impossible," the National Weather Service said in issuing a winter storm warning.
ONTARIO Jan. 25
Riley Hill, mayor of Ontario, sues his own city over $500
Ontario mayor and developer Riley Hill is appealing a civil penalty levied on his company, Eldorado Investments Inc, for a nuisance ordinance involving weeds and an abandoned car left on one of the company's lots. His company recently took the city to court to overturn the penalty.
COVID IN IDAHO Jan. 25
IN THE REGION: ‘Like my heart was trying to tear through my rib cage.’ Idahoans describe long COVID
Idaho residents chronicle their battles with long-haul Covid, reporting a range of symptoms that persist after surviving their initial bout with the virus. Health officials are bracing for more cases that will require long-term monitoring and treatment.

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