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PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 5
Ontario man charged with felonies after police discover injured child
Kenneth Kerpa III, 20, was charged with first-degree and third-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment after police responded to a southeast Ontario apartment and found a severely injured 2-year-old boy.
VALE Feb. 5
Fuller ready to step into Vale city manager slot
Longtime resident will step down from council set to take the reins of the city. Fuller, who works as a manager at Woodgrain in Fruitland, said he wants to build strong relationships with city staff.
FreeEN ESPAÑOL Feb. 4
Nueva tienda ofrece el sabor de México para todos
Tienda Mi Lupita, el nuevo establecimiento ahora abierto en 104 A Street East, parece haber sido transportado desde un mercado mexicano hasta Vale.
COMMENTARY Feb. 4
EDITORIAL: Vaccines offer hope, but vigilance remains key to keeping Covid at bay
The virus isn't done with us, as local outbreaks prove, and that makes it critically important to adhere to social distancing and mask precautions in the months ahead.
SPECIAL REPORT Feb. 4
State to pour millions more into addiction treatment despite little proof it works
With Ballot Measure 110 in play, the machinery that treats Oregon substance abusers will get millions more on top of the $200 million already spent on addiction treatment. An investigation by Salem Reporter finds officials aren't sure what becomes of people once they leave treatment - and whether that treatment worked. A documentary, "A D.A.'s Dilemma," in collaboration with Independent Lens (PBS) is part of this special report.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Feb. 4
New Vale store offers taste of Mexico, produce for all
Tienda Mi Lupita, the new general store now open at 104 A St. E, seems as if it were transported directly from a Mexican market to Vale.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Feb. 3
OBITUARY: Jerry Hugh Kelleher
Jerry H. Kelleher, 78, of Ontario, passed away at home surrounded by his family after a long illness.(Submitted Information)
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 3
State inmates at Ontario prison to be vaccinated quicker following judge's order
A federal judge found Tuesday that the Oregon Department of Corrections had acted with “deliberate indifference” in deciding not to promptly vaccinate all inmates, violating their Eighth Amendment rights. Now, they've been moved up in the rollout plan and will be vaccinated as soon as possible.
COVID Feb. 3
Heartbreaking loss of Vale father from Covid resonates for local family
Jerry Erstrom was always quick with a smile and loved his children and grandchildren. Recovering from a back surgery, Erstrom - a well-known local personage - contracted Covid and died from the infection. Now his family wants people to know the Covid virus isn't a hoax and it kills.
PUBLIC NOTICES Feb. 3
Publications from local governments, private parties
Dell-Brogan Cemetery District, Malheur County Court, Juntura Rural Road, Juntura School District, Arock School District, Valley View Cemetery, Owyhee Cemetery, Ironside Rural Road, Estate of Joseph Lloyd Arriola
EMPLOYMENT Feb. 3
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Maintenance position, School bus driver.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Feb. 3
Ontario students to return to class - but in stages
Malheur County's largest school district is also the last to return to in-person instruction, and unlike the majority of schools in the county, they aren't diving straight in.
LIFESTYLE Feb. 3
Vale seniors welcome new officers and celebrate new mural
A new piece of artwork is splashed across the east side wall of the senior center in Vale. The nearly year-long project to devise a mural capturing the quilt-making history of the group was funded through a grant and the hard work of local seniors.
COMMENTARY Feb. 1
EDITOR'S COLUMN: Keeping close watch on public officials is a core duty for the Enterprise
Reporters at the Enterprise have produced story after story in recent weeks about powerful public officials. Such work isn't easy - but we know you expect us to do it.

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