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Mar 8 2021 thru Mar 14 2021

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COMMENTARY Mar. 12
COLUMN: A rancher's best of times, worst of times
Veterinarian and cowboy poet Baxter Black muses about calving season and what really matters to ranchers.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Mar. 12
Enterprise reporter tabbed to participate in national journalism program
Liliana Frankel was one of 28 reporters chosen by the Education Writers Association for a six-month program that trains journalists to cover education subjects.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 12
Council to put pot tax towards debt
The Ontario City Council voted to spend its marijuana money on one-time investments and public employee retirement debt.
FreeNYSSA Mar. 12
NYSSA NEWS: Stargazers will get opportunity to learn about night sky
The one-hour presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. March 17. The event is free but registration is required to get a link of the program.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 12
Second restraining order against Councilor Freddy Rodriguez dismissed
A judge found Thursday that a local woman had not proved she'd been abused and was in imminent danger from the councilor. The contested custody of a dog named Unicorn that currently resides with the woman remained unresolved.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Mar. 12
Filing deadline nears in Malheur County as citizens urged to step up and help
Volunteers mostly fill slots on obscure posts such as the Owyhee Cemetery Board or the Arock School District Board but their participation is important for local voters
STATE NEWS Mar. 11
State sees cyber ID theft rise along with unemployment claims
Oregon officials say cyber thieves have capitalized on the big boom in unemployment claims, but they fear releasing details will trigger a tsunami of fraudulent claims.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 11
Vale, Nyssa and Adrian prep football teams notch weekend wins
In Vale, John Wolfe scored two touchdowns to lead the Viking attack while Nyssa traveled to Ontario and rolled up more than 300 yards of offense and Adrian beat Ione/Arlington
COMMUNITY Mar. 10
Records law used to pry free Malheur County project documents
Greg Smith, the economic development director for Malheur County, balked at releasing public documents regarding the planned rail reload facility in Nyssa. The Malheur Enterprise, aided by a legal arm of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, pushed back against the secrecy and got a district attorney's ruling for disclosure.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 10
OBITUARY: Delores Jean (Points) Labby
Delores Jean (Points) Labby, 88, passed peacefully in a Nampa hospital on February 27, 2021. She was born April 20, 1932 in Nebraska, to Fred and Beulah (Wright) Points. The family moved to Nyssa in 1942. She married Richard Labby on August 3, 1949, and spent her life raising her children, and in later years caring for her parents, her husband’s parents, and her husband, as well as forming forever bonds with her grandchildren. She was beloved by all who knew her. (Submitted Information)
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 10
Second effort to recall Rodriguez kicks off in Ontario
The petitioner, Cydney Cooke, gave several reasons for the recall, among them Rodriguez's two active restraining orders for domestic violence and his behavior on social media.
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 10
Publications from local governments, private parties
Sealed Bids, Farmers Supply Cooperative, County Court, Treasure Valley Community College, Estate of Jeanne Margason Robinson, City of Vale
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 10
OBITUARY: Frances Jane Howell Ballou
Frances Jane Howell Ballou, 96, of Nyssa, passed away February 24 of natural causes. She was born on July 17, 1924, in Bradshaw, Nebraska, the daughter of Mark E. and Louise Bick Howell and the oldest of seven children. Jane graduated from York, Nebraska, high school in 1941 at age 16, serving as valedictorian of her class. She went on to attend the University of Nebraska, graduating with a degree in home economics. While Jane was in college, her family moved to Idaho to find work because of the depression. After graduation, Jane got a job teaching home economics and P.E. in Wilder, Idaho. It was at Wilder High School she met her husband, Elvin Ballou, who was attending school in Wilder after serving in the Army during World War II. (Submitted Information)
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 10
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include assistant pool manager, lifeguards, Seasonal Heavy Equipment Operator
EDUCATION Mar. 10
TVCC now providing computer, welding classes to English learners
Treasure Valley Community College has won a grant to fund college-level courses for students of English as a Second Language for the first time.
SPECIAL REPORT Mar. 10
WATCHDOG: Construction of Malheur County rail center on hold as key contract talks drag on
Two key agreements for the Malheur County reload facility at Nyssa remain unfinished, prompting officials to put aside the shovels for now. The Oregon Transportation Commission agreed to release funds for the project in January, but noted the state could take the money back if the county failed to meet all of its requirements.

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