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Jun 14 2021 thru Jun 20 2021

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MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 18
Classic car show scheduled for Wadleigh Park during Vale 4th of July Rodeo
The Show and Shine event is July 4. Area residents can browse a collection of cars, motorcycles and tractors.
PHOTO GALLERY Jun. 18
PHOTOS: Meetings online and in hallways are key to quality control at Saint Alphonsus
Almost every day, Dina Ellwanger shows up at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario before breakfast, catching the night shift as it ends its duty. The Enterprise tagged along to watch this key to the hospital president's highly detailed watch over patient care.
EMPLOYMENT Jun. 17
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Harper School District, Vale School District, Executive Director and Marketing and Development Director, Ranch Help
HOMELESSNESS IN ONTARIO Jun. 17
Ontario's tiny home shelter prepares to close for season
After state legislation allowed them to stay open past the council's original May 31 deadline, the tiny homes are now scheduled to close June 30. Representatives of Community in Action said that the project had been "very successful."
VALE COMMUNITY Jun. 17
Vale BLM installs new fire danger sign, just in time for fire season
The new fire danger sign, installed on June 9, was immediately set to 'HIGH' as BLM officials say that fire season is here.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Jun. 17
Passion for patient care puts Ontario hospital in elite company
A national company ranked Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario among the top 100 community hospitals in the country. A deep look at how the hospital operates shows that a focus on quality and improvement is evident in stand-up meetings, conference calls and daily tours by hospital executives.
EDITORIAL Jun. 16
EDITORIAL: Voters should oust Rodriguez from Ontario council
The July 6 recall election gives Ontario residents the opportunity to take a clear stand against domestic violence, against political bullying, against abuse of public power. Voters should not hesitate to cast their ballots to remove Freddy Rodriguez from the Ontario City Council.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE Jun. 16
PHOTOS: Local ropers test their team skills at Mejia Memorial
(Photo Gallery) Approximately 30 team ropers came to Nyssa to compete in the annual Richard Mejia Memorial Team Roping with hopes of advancing to the Nyssa Nite Rodeo.
ONTARIO HOUSING Jun. 16
$3.5 million shelter housing coming to Ontario after last-ditch work by Euvalcree
The project, sponsored by the Oregon Community Foundation and administered by Euvalcree, a local community nonprofit, will provide 60 rooms for families in self-sufficiency programs who are unable to get into permanent housing because of the housing shortage, foster children and state-appointed guardians in Malheur County who have been removed from their current environments and are between homes, and victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 16
Annual rodeo qualifying event slated for the weekend
The Billy Evins Memorial team roping competition is set for Friday and Saturday at the Vale rodeo grounds. More than 90 people typically attend the well-known competition where locals get a chance to qualify for the Vale 4th of July Rodeo.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Jun. 16
Longtime Vale restaurant on the sale block
Sharon Bannon, the owner of the Starlite Café, said a final sale on the place will most likely be finalized by early July.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY Jun. 15
Dorian Drive property owners await council's decision on pricey fix
The Ontario City Council will decide at Tuesday's meeting if one Ontario family will need to cover the $50,000 cost to pave a 91-foot road section in front of their house.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 15
Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez sent unsolicited explicit photo to local woman
An Ontario woman said she was shocked to receive a photo in April 2020 from Freddy Rodriguez that revealed parts of his body. Rodriguez and the woman sometimes flirted over Facebook Messenger, but the woman said she had no intention of provoking such a photo from the city councilor. Rodriguez explained Sunday, "I'm human." He faces a recall vote on July 6.
AROUND OREGON Jun. 15
AROUND OREGON: Oregon Ethics Commission reviews allegations against Baker County commissioner
The Oregon Government Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday, June 11 to make a preliminary finding that Bill Harvey, chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners, violated state ethics laws last year. A member of the Ethics Commission, Sean O’Day, told Harvey, who participated in the meeting by phone, as did Ethics Commission members, that he hopes the Commission will “emphasize education” rather than taking punitive action against Harvey. Harvey requested that the Ethics Commission dismiss all allegations related to reimbursements for mileage and meals.

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