PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 19
Family members speak out during emotion-filled sentencing of Anthony Montwheeler
More than a dozen relatives of David Bates and Annita Harmon delivered testimony Friday at the Malheur County Circuit Court.
FreeONTARIO Mar. 18
Take the Malheur Enterprise survey on the controversy at Ontario City Hall
The survey relating to Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez will take five minutes and is confidential. The answers will be compiled by the Enterprise and the results will be shared next week.
EDUCATION Mar. 18
Corn takes 4th spelling crown
Cadi Corn won the Malheur County Spelling Bee for the 4th year in a row. Next, she will head to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held online this year.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Mar. 18
Railroad opts to close Nyssa crossing, disrupting long-standing farm operation
Solutions have proved hard to come by for onion producer Robin Froerer and her family regarding the Gem Avenue railroad crossing north of Nyssa. The crossing is scheduled to be closed to make way for the $26 million rail reload project but the move will partially cut off access to more than 1,000 acres of the Froerer's prime onion farm ground.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 17
Former Ontario officials ask for action against Rodriguez, who tells of having two homes now
Ontario city councilors on Tuesday once again ignored pleas for them to act against Councilor Freddy Rodriguez, listening but taking no action as former mayors and councilors united in a call for accountability. Rodriguez then described how he went from going homeless in January to having two homes and meeting residency requirements for city office.
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 17
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions includes Assistant pool manager, lifeguards, Heavy Equipment Operator
FreeCOMMENTARY Mar. 17
COMMENTARY: Why the Enterprise keeps focused on the rail center project
For more than three years, reporters at the Enterprise have kept a close eye and dug deeply into work for the Treasure Valley Reload Center. That work is to watch out for taxpayer money and to hold government accountable.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Mar. 17
Vaccine now available at several Malheur County locales as supply expands
The Malheur County Health Department reported it has vaccinated almost 5,000 people against Covid as of last week, a sign of progress nearly a year after the pandemic began.
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 17
Publications from local governments, private parties
Federal Communications Commission, Farmers Supply Cooperative, Estate of Ilea May Jones, City of Vale
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 17
Ontario panel picked to start first revision of charter in decades
The city charter, Ontario's governing document, hasn't been revised since 1985. Councilors and citizens hope to introduce amendments to constrain the city council's ability to pass sales taxes and to create election districts.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 17
La Grande rolls past Nyssa while Ontario claims victory over Vikings in prep football action
In Adrian, the Antelopes continued their winning ways with a 60-18 win over Pilot Rock. All three teams will be in action this weekend.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Mar. 16
Malheur County couple steps into ownership slot of Burger West
Aaron and Kristin Sutton are the new owners of the renowned Ontario fast food business. The duo said they understand Burger West's long local legacy and hope to add to its value.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Mar. 16
Albisu faces off with Ontario School Board over her annual performance review
Despite praising her instructional leadership during the pandemic, school board directors had accused Albisu of rudeness and insubordination and at one point even suggested she should be fired. On Monday, Albisu delivered a rebuttal in kind.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Mar. 15
New state program aims to help local landlords, business tenants
The Commercial Rent Relief Program is designed to assist owners cover lease payments from small merchants behind on rent because of Covid.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 15
AROUND OREGON: Ranchers bullish after spring auctions
Bob Harrell said the 42nd annual bull sale at his family’s Harrell Hereford Ranch in Baker Valley in early March was successful. Harrell said the average price for bulls was up by about $1,000 compared with the 2020 sale, which took place at the start of the pandemic.