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MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Apr. 2
Treasure Valley Community College instructor wins prestigious horsemanship competition
Wade Black claimed top honors at the colt-starting championships at the Road to the Horse competition late last month. Black directs the college’s Equine Science program and teaches horse production and horsemanship.
COMMUNITY NEWS Apr. 2
Special parade coming Saturday in Ontario, Easter fun in Vale
Easter fun abounds in Vale and Ontario.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Apr. 2
Adrian notches another win while Vale drops game to La Pine in prep football action
The Antelopes got another big game from key players to defeat Imbler while the Vikings could not control La Pine's ball-control offense in the second half last weekend.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 1
Police probe of Ontario recording ends, finds no crime
The Nyssa Police Department investigated circumstances about the recording of an Ontario school staff meeting. Derrick Draper, Ontario School Board director, who obtained the recording, refused to answer questions from police.
GOVERNMENT Apr. 1
Governor plans to plow federal cash into into housing, other rural initiatives in Oregon
The $1.9 trillion dollar federal stimulus is one-time money that the state is planning to spend with the help of regional advisory committees on issues like housing, community colleges, agriculture and childcare.
NYSSA NEWS Apr. 1
Nyssa library open for books, plus books sales, online programs, and more
The Nyssa Public Library has a rich array of programming for local residents.
FreeCOVID Apr. 1
Frontline workers newly eligible for the Covid vaccine
Frontline workers include postal, transit and manufacturing workers, housing, legal, and information workers, and energy, food service and grocery store workers. Also included in the governor’s order are people 16 and up with an underlying health condition and individuals living in a multigenerational household.
ONTARIO SCHOOLS Apr. 1
SOLUTIONS: Ontario schools overcome the pandemic to set English learners up for success
Before the pandemic, Ontario School District already had a reputation as one of the best in Oregon when it came to teaching English to speakers of other languages. Covid challenged the program's teachers, but they fought back by prioritizing their relationships with students.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 1
New coordinator of human trafficking task force on duty in Malheur County
Kim DeRose will focus on education and outreach efforts to educate the public about the role of the Tri-County Anti-Trafficking Task Force and the dangers of human trafficking.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Mar. 31
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley talks Covid relief, answers questions during Malheur County town hall
Merkley, speaking online, shared his thoughts on an ambitious national infrastructure plan and advocating higher education for all people.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Mar. 31
Ontario teachers face off with board, community over a possible return to school
Teachers said that they had exhausted the options for a return to in-person instruction in their research, but board and community members continued to clamor for some way to "get the kids back in school."
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 31
Idaho man who sparked a New Year's Day manhunt last year sentenced to prison
Joshua B. Christoffersen, 41, of Caldwell, will be confined for 33 months after he pleaded guilty to numerous felony charges recently. Christoffersen engineered a rural crime spree before he was tracked down by police in a remote mining site 70 miles east of Vale.
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 31
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Fire Camp Support, Administrative Assistant, Production Worker, Counselor/Behavior Specialist, CNAs, Parts Dismantler
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 31
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of David A. Hickey
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 31
PHOTOS: Ontario and Four Rivers face off on the soccer pitch
Ontario boys defeated Four Rivers 8-0, and Ontario girls defeated Four Rivers 3-0 on March 27.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 31
State agency opens investigation into deadly accident near Westfall
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health agency confirmed it is reviewing the deaths of Greg Quant, 57, Burns, and Roger Wheeler, 47, Westfall, on March 12. The two men were working with an excavator when they died.
FreeCOVID Mar. 29
COVID: Where to get vaccinated or tested this week in Malheur County
Expanded hours at the Malheur County Health Department's Covid vaccination clinic this Thursday, plus new eligibility beginning April 5.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Mar. 29
State judge rules that SRCI must enforce mask mandate, consider rapid tests for employees
Circuit Court Judge Amy Baggio found that two inmates' Eighth Amendment right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment had been violated over medical care. She found that prison workers doubt the seriousness of Covid.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 29
AROUND OREGON: Pandemic not stopping Elgin Opera House production
Theater in Northeastern Oregon find was to keep the showing going on.

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