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MALHEUR COUNTY PEOPLE Jun. 5
Eva Castellanoz, Nyssa's nationally recognized artist and healer, still at work in her eighties
Castellanoz, 82, has been celebrated for her wax and paper flower crowns and for her knowledge of curanderismo, or faith healing. She learned both arts from her family from a young age, and continues her healing practice now.
AROUND OREGON Jun. 5
AROUND OREGON: Few Klamath Project irrigators involved in protest at canal
Ben DuVal, Klamath Water Users Association president who farms in Tulelake, said while he appreciates the enthusiasm and attention being brought to the basin’s water crisis and supports peaceful protests, most irrigators don’t support the actions those at the head gates said they will take. A group of protesters has set up a base in Klamath County, urging action to overcome the federal government's clamp on water.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 4
Melendrez calls for Rodriguez's resignation at Ontario council meeting
Councilor Eddie Melendrez became the first of his peers to publicly declare that he had signed the recall petition and ask Rodriguez to resign.
Malheur County Jun. 4
For Malheur County's unemployed, new requirements coming into play
Starting the week of July 25, Malheur County workers will need to show they are actively searching for a job to continue receiving unemployment benefits.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Jun. 3
Immunization goal for Malheur County far off, keeping 'low risk' rating out of reach
Recent data shows only 26% of county is immunized, far short of the state-mandated goal of 65%. Health officials, though, plan to continue outreach efforts through the summer to cut the margin.
REMBERING THE FALLEN Jun. 3
Nyssa, Vale hold Memorial Day graveside ceremonies
A group of volunteers organized by the Nyssa American Legion Auxiliary decorated headstones May 28 while members of the Vale American Legion Post 92 conducted a ceremony May 31 at Pioneer Cemetery for Memorial Day.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
Monger takes charge at Vale BLM district office
The new district manager started in May and took the place of Don Gonzalez, who retired in December 2020 after 14 years in the role.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jun. 3
Vale Elementary School teacher voted Malheur Regional Teacher of the Year
Whitney Barnes, a kindergarten teacher, was recognized for inspiring students and making a positive impact on the community. She is now in the running for the Oregon Teacher of the Year contest to be held this fall.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
Legislation means Ontario can't shut down tiny home project
House Bill 2006, which passed in Salem on May 12, requires local governments to "allow siting of qualifying emergency shelters by qualifying entities notwithstanding land use laws and regulations." In other words, the city council's deciding power over the shelter's fate is now limited.
EVENTS Jun. 2
Ontario concert, rodeo celebrate culture, traditions
A jaripeo, or Mexican rodeo, featuring Rancho Los Destructores de Memo Ocampo and Banda El Recodo, was held Sunday, May 30 at the Malheur County Fairgrounds. According to Luis Aguirre, the businessman from Caldwell who organized the concert, it was the largest event of its genre to date in Ontario.
EDUCATION Jun. 2
Ontario School Board censures Draper – again
Draper's second censure came after an investigation found his conduct toward Ontario Middle School Principal Lisa Longoria had violated the board's own nondiscrimination policy.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Jun. 2
PHOTOS: Jaripeo and concert with Banda El Recodo at the Malheur County Fairgrounds
The jaripeo and concert, held May 30, was a celebration of Mexican traditions and music.
PUBLIC NOTICES Jun. 2
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District, Vale Rural Fire, Estate of SHERI DEE WEATHERBY, Malheur County Court, City of Vale, Summons, Malheur ESD, Harper School District, Adrian School District, Vale School District
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 2
Rodriguez declares intent to fight recall as petitioners round up enough signatures
Freddy Rodriguez, the embattled Ontario city councilor, faces a Friday deadline to decide whether to resign in the face of a successful recall petition. He said he won't - forcing a citywide vote on whether to remove him.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jun. 2
WATCHDOG: County's rail team told state key permits were in hand for reload center - they weren't
When the Oregon Transportation Commission met in January, its members wanted certain steps done for the Treasure Valley Reload Center before approving construction money. They were told work was complete on necessary permits. It wasn't then and it isn't yet, an investigation by the Enterprise found
EMPLOYMENT Jun. 2
They're hiring - local job openings
Position include Harper School District, REN Novice Educator Specialist, Vale School District , Farm/ Ranch Help
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 2
El Campo carnival slated Friday in Vale
The local happening kicks off at 6 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. at the Vale Rodeo grounds. The event is a coordinated effort between Sarah Rodriguez, owner of Luzetta’s Flowers in Vale and the Vale Community Coalition along with countless local volunteers.
WEATHER Jun. 1
Heat wave bound for Malheur County
If predictions hold, there will be a record high in the triple digits on Wednesday.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 1
UPDATE: Recall of Rodriguez a go, says Ontario city official
UPDATE: Petitioners have gathered enough signatures to force a recall election. The Malheur County Clerk's Office announced that the petition to recall Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez was only 61 signatures short of the required amount due by Monday, June 7.
AROUND OREGON May. 31
AROUND OREGON: Oregon police find marijuana laws difficult to enforce, study says
A recent study that draws heavily on Deschutes County found an “overwhelming consensus” among law enforcement officers that Oregon’s marijuana laws are poorly written and confusing. Participants included officers and deputies from four agencies: Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office. Spokespeople for Bend Police Department and the sheriff’s office said resources are available for officers to learn about relevant state laws regarding marijuana

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