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ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT May. 21
Ontario City Council removes Justus from meeting for holding signs
The decision on Tuesday, May 18, came after former councilor Marty Justus displayed signs questioning Riley Hill's sobriety. Legal experts, including the Portland ACLU, expressed concern about the legality of the city's action.
FreeCOVID May. 21
Get a free lunch and a shot at Origins Faith Community in Ontario on Friday
The event will feature free lunch and $25 gift cards for all those vaccinated.
FreeSPECIAL REPORT May. 21
CUT SHORT: A troubled Ontario teen's path to recovery ends in fentanyl overdose
Juan Lopez-Robles of Ontario entered Oregon's juvenile justice system as a troubled 15-year-old. He was returned to his family three years later in an urn. A story from Eugene Weekly chronicles the events leading to his death.
VALE May. 20
Vale lift station project tops legislator's list for federal funds
The mechanism is old and prompts frequent repairs by city public works crews. State Sen. Lynn Findley wants to earmark $1 million in federal money to get the structure repaired.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY May. 20
How we did the reporting to expose Greg Smith's handling of county invoices
The Enterprise relied on public documents and interviews to answer the question: Why isn't Malheur County getting thousands of dollars from the state? We take you behind the scenes to show the work that went into our latest watchdog report.
EDUCATION May. 20
Harper students dominate at CTE conference
Senior Corbin Palmer became the state champion in both Automotive Service Technology and Diesel Equipment Technology and will advance to national competition in June in the first category, and others also placed in the top ten.
VALE May. 20
New airport manager has big dreams - and plans - for the local airfield
Levi Gilman wants to install an independent fuel source at the airport and create more - and newer - hangars. A local helicopter pilot, Gilman said he is working now to acquire financing for his upgrade project.
EDUCATION May. 20
Young gets extension on contract at TVCC
The five-year extension was accompanied by a $30,000 raise spread across various benefits.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY May. 19
Border board awards grants to local businesses, cities and education centers
The board announced last week it will distribute $276,725 across the county in the next few months. The money will be used for a host of projects including economic development and planning for infrastructure upgrades
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT May. 19
Rodriguez 'wholeheartedly' apologizes for his treatment of former councilor
Freddy Rodriguez, Ontario city councilor, took to his Facebook page on Wednesday, May 19, with a statement addressing his allegations against a former city councilor. He acted after an investigation by the Enterprise found that police uncovered no evidence of criminal behavior.
EMPLOYMENT May. 19
They're hiring - local job openings
Vale Elementary School, bookkeeper/secretary, Preschool Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Willowcreek Elementary School, Farm/ Ranch Help, Preschool, Burnt Rive School
PUBLIC NOTICES May. 19
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of CHARLES LEONARD WILLIAMS SR., Estate of DONALD M.B. VANDEWEGHE, Dell Brogan Cemetery, City of Vale, Estate of SHERI DEE WEATHERBY, Jordan Valley Cemetery.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY May. 19
Former Fruitland man sentenced to prison for Ontario killing
Jaime Escobedo pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and attempting to elude police in the shooting death of Larry Fuentes outside the Los Potrillos restaurant in 2018.
PREP SPORTS May. 19
Area softball squads wrap up season
Teams from Vale, Nyssa and Ontario concluded their season last weekend. Meanwhile, most prep baseball teams also finished out their 2021 schedules during weekend play.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY May. 19
OBITUARY: Robert L (Bob) Harrod
Robert (Bob) L. Harrod went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 6, 2021. Christian/Military services will be held at the Vale Christian Church on May 22, at 10:30 a.m. MST with military services at Valley View Cemetery following. A viewing will be available at the church from 9:30 to 10:15. (Submitted Information)
RITES OF PASSAGE May. 19
PHOTOS: Ontario students get their prom
The dance, held Friday, May 14, featured snacks, photos and a live DJ outside in the school parking lot – a Covid-era adaptation.
ELECTIONS May. 18
FINAL RESULTS: Draper defeated, Rodriguez and Geddes win another term on Ontario School Board
Derrick Draper, a divisive and combative force on the Ontario School Board, lost his bid for re-election with voters picking pastor Tom Greco to replace him. A new makeup on the Ontario School Board will feature Tom Greco and Matt Stringer as Derrick Draper, who resigned but didn't, gets ushered off the board by Ontario voters in the Tuesday, May 18, election, based on initial results.
ONTARIO POLITICS May. 18
Reports show Rodriguez slings unproven claims and Ontario mayor offers tip against former councilor
Councilor Freddy Rodriguez castigated Marty Justus as a child molester and pressed police to investigate him, even after their inquiries turned up no evidence of illegal conduct. Mayor Riley Hill also relayed to police hearsay about Justus and sought to be treated as anonymous.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY May. 18
Development board slams Enterprise for 'wrongful' reporting
The board of the Malheur County Development Corp. on Friday, May 14, issued a statement that said it was 'unfortunate' that the Enterprise would 'speculate negatively' about its rail shipping project. The board sent the statement instead of responding to detailed questions sent about unpaid invoices and missing documents.
FreeWATCHDOG May. 18
Smith finds recovering thousands for Malheur County 'more work' than it's worth, blames ODOT
The deal was set. Malheur County could start recovering up to $5,000 a month on what it was spending for Greg Smith's services. The county hasn't seen any of the money. An investigation by the Enterprise established why.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY May. 17
Project DOVE rolls out innovative new program to help victims of domestic abuse
The Purple Ribbon Partner Project aims to help those who are fleeing a violent relationship find temporary refuge. The program officially kicks of May 22 with a classic car ride and show.

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