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ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 5
In an emotion-charged Ontario City Council meeting, Rodriguez confronted about personal conduct
Thursday night's Ontario City Council work session turned explosive when seven Ontario citizens asked councilors to remove Council President Freddy Rodriguez from his role. Their complaints touched on domestic abuse, bullying and intimidation.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 4
TIMELINE: Anthony Montwheeler's long, legal road
The former Nampa man's experience within the Oregon judicial system began nearly two decades ago and concluded recently with a guilty plea.
STATE NEWS Mar. 4
Oregon's child welfare director sees reforms taking hold
Midway through her second year Oregon's child welfare director, Rebecca Jones Gaston says the agency is working hard to bolster training for its workers, improve response times on an abuse hotline, and address difficult issues such as structural racism.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 4
Relatives of victims get chance to face Montwheeler at sentencing
Anthony Montwheeler's admission he was guilty of killing two people and injuring a third sets up his sentencing, scheduled for March 19.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 4
Area prep football teams kick off new season Friday
Gridiron squads across the county open 2021 play under different circumstances because of Covid restrictions. The upcoming season will be four weeks and does not include playoffs.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Mar. 3
Local businesses pleased, but remain cautious, regarding new Covid mandates
Malheur County dropped from the extreme risk category to moderate risk Feb. 27, heralding a new beginning for area merchants. The new rules, though, are not set and stone and some businesses owners remain guarded about the future.
COMMUNITY Mar. 3
READING CORNER: Vale club takes an insider's look at the White House
The Vale Book Club meets Thursday, March 4, to discuss its monthly selection, "The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House" by Kate Andersen Brower.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 3
OBITUARY: Melinda Harruko Pressley
Melinda Harruko Pressley, 85, passed away at her home on Feb. 22. She was born Jan. 5, 1936, to Harry and Rose Tano in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was the youngest and only girl to three older brothers: Harry, Sam, and Benny. She was raised on her family farm where they grew onions and tomatoes. In 1948, after the death of her oldest brother Harry, Melinda and her family would leave Colorado and move to Ontario, Oregon. (Submitted Information)
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 3
Publications from local governments, private parties
Vale Oregon Irrigation District, Vale Irrigation, Sheriff’s Sale, Ironside Rural Road, Estate of Jeanne Margason Robinson, TVCC, Malheur County Court, Vale School District.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 3
OBITUARY: Curtis Culp
Curtis Culp left his Dunster home, where he had lived for 49 years, on Feb. 16. Curtis was born in Weiser, Idaho, on Jan. 7,1936. He lived on the family farm in Vale, Oregon, with his parents and five siblings until graduating from Vale Union High School in 1954. He joined the Army and served two years in Tokyo, Japan, as a military policeman. Curtis then moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he met and married Bonita Caywood and began his career as a state policeman in the Fish and Wildlife Division. They moved with their young family to Heppner, Oregon, where he received his degree in law enforcement from Blue Mountain Community College. After five years, he was promoted to detective in Ontario, Oregon. (Submitted Information)
FreeSPECIAL REPORT Mar. 3
SOLUTIONS: Experiences elsewhere seek to quell abuse, providing lessons for Malheur County
Intimate partner violence persists in Malheur County despite local efforts to curb it. In a special report, Malheur Enterprise looks at three methods tried in other parts of the U.S. that show promise in addressing a crime that often occurs in the shadows.
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 3
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Production Worker, CDL Driver, EHS Administrative Assistant
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 3
OBITUARY: Kaye Kishiye (Morishita) Yamaguchi
Kaye Kishiye (Morishita) Yamaguchi, 91, died peacefully at her residence in Beaverton, Oregon, on Feb. 13. Her children were with her during her passing. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 3
OBITUARY: ALFRED E. CRUMMITT
Al Crummitt, 85-year-old former Vale, Oregon resident, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 23, at his home in Buffalo, Wyoming. (Submitted Information)
ONTARIO NEWS Mar. 3
Neighbors' concerns dog homeless project in Ontario
Residents of the tiny homes shelter project at Northwest First Street and Northwest Third Avenue said that loud music, drug dealing, and street crime in the area predates and is unrelated to them.
FreeSOLUTIONS JOURNALISM Mar. 2
SOLUTIONS: Survey shows top concerns in Malheur County - and a willingness to help
Malheur County residents share common concerns about challenges in the community, according to results of a survey conducted by the Malheur Enterprise. The survey showed a high level of volunteering - and that local people wanted to help solve local issues.
STATE NEWS Mar. 2
AROUND OREGON: Biden administration rescinds grazing permit for Hammond Ranches a day after environmental groups file lawsuit
Officials at the U.S. Interior Department officials rescinded a 10-year grazing permit for Hammond Ranches Inc. and directed the Bureau of Land Management to further consider the matter. Four environmental advocacy groups on Thursday sued the Interior secretary and Bureau of Land Management, alleging last month’s permit approval on the final day of the Trump administration was “tainted by political influence” and that a “rushed and truncated public process” cut out opportunities for public participation required by law. The Oregon Farm Bureau argued that the Hammonds’ grazing permit should be restored and not issued or taken away based on “ever-changing regulatory whims,” according to farm bureau spokeswoman Anne Marie Moss.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 1
Volleyball is back on the schedule as Malheur County enters moderate Covid risk
Now that the county is out of the extreme Covid risk metric, indoor contact sports like volleyball can proceed with less restrictions.

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