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Feb 22 2021 thru Feb 28 2021

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FreeNYSSA NEWS Feb. 27
NYSSA NEWS: Today's the day to get your Girl Scout cookies in Nyssa
The Girl Scout cookie sale runs to 2 p.m. Saturday at two locations. Correspondent Susan Barton has the scoop on that as well as a blood drive underway at Nyssa Elementary School.
COVID Feb. 26
Advocates seek to bridge vaccine gap for Latinos, others in Malheur County
Local medical providers said they were working with community-based organizations to address disparities in vaccine distribution that affect communities of color.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 26
Montwheeler pleads guilty to killing ex-wife, Vale man to end 4-year-old case
Anthony Montwheeler pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault as a result of a settlement conference Friday in Malheur County Circuit Court
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 26
A chance to sit inside a restaurant or bar starts Friday across Malheur County
After months of inactivity, a change in the county's Covid risk level means area taverns and restaurants are once again accessible to residents.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Feb. 26
At last, Malheur County soccer players take to the field - with changes
Teams began practice for a shortened season this week in the snow.
EASTERN OREGON NEWS Feb. 25
IN OREGON: Brewer bullish on beer prospects in Baker City
Kevin Multop has been brewing his own ales for years, but now he's stepping it up with plans to open a new brewery in Baker City. He believes the town's brew-related businesses could make it a big draw for beer aficionados.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 25
Rodriguez asks for hearing to contest January restraining order
Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez has requested for a hearing with the Malheur County Circuit Court to contest the restraining order filed against him by a local woman last month. No hearing date has been set yet.
VALE Feb. 25
Vale's old city hall is filling with new tenants
The city signed an agreement with Elkhorn Public Defenders in early February and the county already rents space in the facility for grand jury proceedings.
WATCHDOG Feb. 25
Industrial park work that cost Malheur County thousands now getting done for free
WATCHDOG: For nearly two years, Malheur County put up money for Gregory Smith & Company to pursue a much-needed federal grant for a publicly-owned industrial park. Now, a Pendleton firm is taking on the work for free, according to public records and interviews
MALHEUR COUNTY HEALTH Feb. 25
Report: Obstacles complicate Latinos' access to mental health services
The biggest problem in rural counties is a lack of access to providers offering culturally relevant services.
EMPLOYMENT Feb. 24
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include EHS Administrative Assistant, CDL Driver, Production Worker, Owyhee Irrigation
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Feb. 24
OBITUARY: Thomas James Bronson Sr.
Thomas James Bronson Sr. was born on July 20, 1936, in Ontario, Oregon, to Otto and Loise (Domby) Bronson. He passed away in Boise Idaho due to heart complications on Feb. 1, 2021. (Submitted Information)
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 24
Ontario keeps team in Washington chasing project money
The city is working on grants for public art and economic development with Merchant MacIntyre, a firm based out of Washington, D.C.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Feb. 24
OBITUARY: Lawrence Richard “Dick” Grigg
Lawrence Richard “Dick” Grigg, 96, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Feb. 18, 2021, at home in Nyssa, Oregon. (Submitted Information)
YOUR GOVERNMENT Feb. 24
Push by Malheur County to open low-grade ag land for development back on the legislative docket
Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, is a key priority for the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board.
PUBLIC NOTICES Feb. 24
Publications from local governments, private parties
TVCC, Vale Irrigation, Sheriff’s Sale, Estate of Jeanne Margason Robinson
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Feb. 24
Malheur County football teams gear up for a new - and shortened - season
Gridiron squads will kick off a four-week season beginning in March. Local teams will also compete within a hybrid league that includes Ontario, Baker and La Grande.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 23
State eases Covid restrictions on Malheur County
The county will drop from the Extreme Risk level to Moderate Risk beginning Friday. That means bars and restaurants will be open for indoor service and larger public gatherings will be allowed.
ELECTIONS Feb. 22
Plan to move Oregon-Idaho border leaps ahead with local ballot measure
The measure, supported by the non-profit, grass-roots group Greater Idaho, will require the Malheur County Court to meet three times a year to discuss the border modification blueprint.

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