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Mar 22 2021 thru Mar 28 2021

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RAIL RELOAD CENTER Mar. 26
County reaches an agreement with local farm family on disputed rail crossing
The terms of the pact inked Thursday will give Froerer Farms an outlet for their farming operation north or south of the Gem Avenue railroad crossing north of Nyssa.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 26
AROUND OREGON: Website connects consumers to fresh Oregon-grown food
Oregon Taste, a public service project of nonprofit James Beard Public Market, announced the launch of OregonTaste.com, a searchable online directory of the state’s locally grown fresh food.
NYSSA NEWS Mar. 26
Pizza for all in six classrooms in Nyssa
Overwhelming community support helped the Parent Teacher Organization reach its goal, making over $6,000 on its fundraiser. This will help Nyssa Elementary teachers and students with field trips, school equipment and other extras.
COVID Mar. 26
Saint Alphonsus to host vaccine clinic Monday
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario will offer vaccinations to eligible Oregonians on Monday, March 29. More than 80 appointments to get the Covid vaccine shot are available.
ONTARIO Mar. 25
SURVEY: 'This kind of drama does not lend itself to inspiring trust'
More than 200 people left comments about the political situation in Ontario city government as part of the Malheur Enterprise online survey. They had plenty of criticism for the Ontario City Council and for Councilor Freddy Rodriguez. Rodriguez drew a few defenders.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 25
Families of Montwheeler's victims speak out at sentencing hearing
The court action was the final chapter in a long case that began in January 2017. A packed courtroom listened as relatives of Annita Harmon and David Bates delivered emotional testimony.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 25
Rules shift again for prep sports spectators
While more fans will be allowed outdoors, indoor sports are subject to the same restrictions.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 25
Nyssa man drowns in Lake Owyhee
Steven Nichols, 42, disappeared on the lake March 13. A four-day search by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office eventually recovered Nichols from the lake last week.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY COVID Mar. 25
Vaccine available Thursday to growing list; Saint Alphonsus hosts Monday clinic
Here is the latest on where you can get a Covid vaccination shot if you are eligible. The Malheur County Health Department clinic is Thursday afternoon.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Mar. 24
Two traditional Malheur County summer events are a go
Organizers of the Malheur County Fair and the Vale 4th of July Rodeo say they expect to hold their events but also plan to keep a wary eye on the latest Covid statistics.
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 24
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include CNA, Parts Dismantler, Heavy Equipment Operator, Logistical Fire Camp Support, Administrative Assistant, Production Worker
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 24
Ontario spikers persevere despite Covid, losses
The Ontario Lady Tigers are a volleyball team defined by their pride in sportsmanship.
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 24
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Ilea May Jones Case
MALHUER COUNTY GOVERNMENT Mar. 24
Millions to flow into Malheur County in unexpected boost for local governments
Ontario, Vale, Nyssa, Adrian, Jordan Valley, and Malheur County itself will get cash infusions from the American Recovery Plan, the new stimulus package.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Mar. 24
OBITUARY: Gary Dale Cleaver
Gary Dale Cleaver, 73, of Nyssa, Oregon, passed away Sunday, March 14 at his home. (submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Mar. 24
Ontario Middle School cuts in-person Fridays for a 4-day schedule
District administrators said the move would allow more time for teachers to plan and catch up with students and families.
COMMENTARY Mar. 23
EDITORIAL: Ontario council's silence on Rodriguez controversy speaks volumes
Amid concerns about Councilor Freddy Rodriguez's conduct, members of the Ontario City Council have kept mostly silent, claiming they have no authority to take any action. But they could – and should – speak out on the troubling issue of domestic violence and a range of other matters raised by the controversy. As we note in our editorial, the public's trust is at stake.
ONTARIO Mar. 23
Survey finds disappointment in Ontario City Council, supports Rodriguez resignation
An exclusive online survey conducted by the Malheur Enterprise asked respondents to rate the recent performance of the Ontario City Council relating to Councilor Freddy Rodriguez. The survey, in which more than 400 people participated, also showed support for the effort to recall Rodriguez.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 23
La Grande slides by Vale while Adrian adds another win in weekend prep football action
Meanwhile Nyssa took the Baker Bulldogs into overtime only to come up short and Ontario lost to Marshfield in Crook County.
POLITICS Mar. 23
Incumbents get challenged for school board seats across Malheur County
With the filing deadline past, the races are set for the local election in May. School board members in Ontario, Nyssa and Adrian are seeking re-election - but also drew challengers.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 23
AROUND OREGON: Criticism from all sides on Bureau of Reclamation's plan for Klamath Basin
Irrigation district managers in the Project received a notice from Reclamation last week that diversions of water from Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River will be delayed until April 15 at the earliest. Kirby said a greater portion of TID’s water will likely have to come from Upper Klamath Lake through the Lost River Diversion Channel south of Lake Ewauna, since he won’t be able to rely as much on drainage water from KID and other districts further up in the system. As is true in Upper Klamath Lake, inflows to the river between Keno and Iron Gate Dams have been significantly lower than last year, so even more water from the Upper Basin is needed to meet those requirements.
FreeCOVID Mar. 22
As more people are eligible for vaccine, here's where to get yours in Malheur County
Agricultural workers and others became eligible for vaccine this week after Gov. Kate Brown moved the timeline up.
YOUR COMMUNITY Mar. 22
Time to get those running shoes on: The Owyhee Off-Road Challenge Half Marathon is back
The popular race is slated for Saturday March 27 beginning at 10 a.m. Because of Covid, registration for the event is online only this year.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 22
AROUND OREGON: Asian American leaders in Oregon react to Atlanta shootings: ‘I am scared for our community’
Hamada also created a presentation to students that addresses hate crimes against Asian Americans and their historical context. Wheeler also said separately that Portland has seen a recent increase in hate and bias crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Greg Pashley, a Portland Police Bureau spokesperson, said bias crimes detectives have not seen a recent uptick in incidents targeting Asian Americans.

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