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Jul 12 2021 thru Jul 18 2021

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HEAT WAVE Jul. 16
Ontario Splash Park to give free entry through Sept. 1
Through the "Beat the 100's with $100" program, kicked off by the Enterprise in June, the first 100 entries to the Splash Park have been covered by generous local businesses. Those entering are encouraged to pay it forward if they have the means.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jul. 15
OBITUARY: Jimmie Ray “Jim” Conner
Jimmie Ray “Jim” Conner was born June 26, 1929, in Weiser, Idaho to Arthur and Sina Manser Conner. His goal was to live to age 92. He was able to accomplish that by celebrating his June birthdays with friends, neighbors, and relatives on his 92nd. He passed away July 3, 2021 peacefully at home with his wife Helen by his side. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jul. 15
Vale School District ditches masks for upcoming school year
The pandemic-era face coverings will be recommended, but not required for students and staff. Students and staff will also be provided with access to free Covid testing.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jul. 15
Nyssa rail project gets another $3 million in public funds to get water
The grant, approved in the waning days of the Legislative session, seemingly solves a major challenge for the center by providing funds to plug into the Nyssa water system. But who engineered the deal remains unknown.
NYSSA NEWS Jul. 15
Thunderegg Days prove a success in Nyssa
Thunderegg Days, the reopening of the senior center, and summer reading at the library are all bringing people into town.
EMPLOYMENT Jul. 14
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Bus Driver, Assistant, Bilingual QIS/FCCN
PUBLIC NOTICES Jul. 14
Publications from local governments, private parties
Summons
RAIL RELOAD CENTER Jul. 14
Rail reload documents outline the private benefit from public dollars for economic development project
Americold, the conglomerate earmarked to lease the rail reload center, can abandon the project at any time if the economics appear shaky. The firm will lease the rail center for $2,500 a month.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE Jul. 14
PHOTOS: An audience full of smiles and cowboy style
A happy crowd was excited to be back in the stands celebrating America's birthday at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo after last year's rodeo was canceled due to the pandemic.
MALHEUR COUNTY PEOPLE Jul. 14
Linda McElroy: 1971 Vale rodeo queen's life 50 years after coronation
It has been 50 years since Linda McElroy - previously Linda Basey - was crowned queen of the Vale rodeo. Her love of horses and for the community has carried on. Also, catch up with two local competitors from the 1971 Miss Rodeo Oregon competition.
VALE BUSINESS Jul. 14
RV park proposed for vacant land in west Vale
The city council has approved a zoning change and annexation for a 19-acre lot on Vale's west end. The new owner sees potential for an RV park and campground that could support local businesses.
PHOTO STORY Jul. 14
PHOTOS: Training in Vale prepares BLM firefighters for what is sure to come
Every summer, wildland firefighters boost Vale's population by 30 to 50 people. They are admired and thanked in the community for their arduous and life-threatening work, but few understand everything that goes on inside the gates of the Vale District BLM. Here's a look at the intense and comprehensive training that occurs before the firefighters step onto the flaming fields.
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT Jul. 14
Misconduct complaint against Ontario police chief surfaces at Tuesday's council meeting
The complaint was made in December 2019 by a former officer and alleges that Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero was “using the badge for personal gain.” The complaint was brought to public light for the first time during Tuesday's Ontario City Council meeting.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jul. 14
Vale team brings home honors from automotive skills meet
William Tolman, Dax Barnes, and Ephraim Jensen all placed highly in the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
NYSSA COMMUNITY Jul. 12
Nyssa Police Chief Raymond Rau leaving for Tillamook
Rau, who has spent nine years as the police chief in Nyssa, will stay on until the end of July at which time Lt. Donnie Ballou Jr. will be sworn in as the next police chief of Nyssa.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBILC SAFETY Jul. 12
Ontario Police Department triggers audit after $900 found missing from evidence room
The audit is scheduled to take place this week. Police Chief Jeff Groth of Sherwood is leading an audit team from the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police to review evidence handling at the Ontario Police Department.

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