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Feb 8 2021 thru Feb 14 2021

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ONTARIO Feb. 12
Ontario funds lobbyist to seek more pot taxes
Ontario will send a new lobbyist to Salem to support two bills that would change how the state redistributes existing taxes, and allow Ontario to raise local taxes on marijuana products.
WEATHER Feb. 12
UPDATE: Winter storm warning issued for Malheur County
UPDATE: The National Weather Service said Friday afternoon that Malheur County can expect 4 to 6 inches of snow overnight.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 11
Vale man dies in one-vehicle crash near Adrian
Jessie Malchow, 66, died at the scene of the wreck after the Dodge pickup he was driving left the road and slammed into an irrigation canal.
FreeCOMMENTARY Feb. 11
COLUMN: Malheur County residents are making a difference to reopen schools, businesses
As Malheur County shows improvement in Covid testing rates, school officials are lauding the community's efforts to get the virus under control. They urge everyone to continue with masks, hand washing and other precautions to lift restrictions from schools, businesses and activities.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 11
Hartley takes controls at Ontario's airport
The Ontario Municipal Airport has a new manager, who says the city already feels like home.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 10
Ready for some football? Governor's announcement paves the way for contact sports to resume
The Oregon Health Authority is scheduled to release revised requirements and allow contact sports even in counties with a high Covid classification.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Feb. 10
With state's blessing, lottery's back online in Malheur County
Although local restaurant owners stand to profit from lottery commissions, they expressed frustration that the state was willing to reopen the video lottery machines without reopening indoor dining.
HEALTH Feb. 10
Pandemic in Malheur County boosts substance abuse by kids, adults
Prevention experts said that the stress of the pandemic, coupled with a lack of access to social connections and positive recreation, had led to increased drug use and relapses county-wide.
PUBLIC NOTICES Feb. 10
Publications from local governments, private parties
Sheriff’s Sale, Estate of Joseph Lloyd Arriola
EMPLOYMENT Feb. 10
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Laborer, bus driver, Coordinator, Secretary, Coordinator
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 10
Top Malheur County health official says more vaccine needed to stymie Covid
Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, believes the Covid serum is the best weapon to thwart the pandemic. She just wishes there was more vaccine to distribute to residents.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Feb. 9
Prep soccer and cross country will start up again but volleyball canceled, football uncertain
The Oregon School Activities Association on Monday clarified some guidelines around high school sports ahead of the Feb. 22 season kickoff.
AROUND OREGON Feb. 8
AROUND OREGON: Congressman calls for removal of Snake River dams
The weekend proposal for a massive infrastructure initiative to “end the salmon wars” is sending shock waves through the Columbia River Basin. U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-idaho, is behind the push.
FreeSOLUTIONS JOURNALISM Feb. 8
COMMENTARY: Take this survey, help Malheur County, and let's try something new
Your opinion about community issues matters a great deal as the Enterprise embarks on its next phase in practicing what's called solutions journalism. With your help, we can aim our journalistic power at one issue to help improve life in Malheur County. Here's how.
AROUND OREGON Feb. 8
AROUND OREGON: National Parks in Northwest post record highs, lows in visitors during 2020
Monthly visitor numbers published by the National Park Service from 2020 show an up and down year across Oregon: Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon broke several monthly records last year, for example, while the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve posted the lowest annual visitor total since 1945. Other national parks like Yosemite in California and Zion in Utah have moved to permit systems for the most popular natural areas – something Crater Lake has considered doing at popular Cleetwood Cove, given the limited resources at hand. While almost all other park sites in Oregon closed during the initial spread of the coronavirus, the Oregon Caves kept its trails and other outdoor areas open to the public – though all cave tours were canceled indefinitely.

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