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MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFAETY Jul. 23
Harmful algal bloom may be cause of fish die off at Bully Creek Reservoir
While testing still needs to be done to determine if harmful algal bloom is present at the reservoir, officials advise potential swimmers to use caution and to "keep your mouth and hands away from the water," if the bloom is present.
MALHEUR COUNTY WEATHER Jul. 23
Yet again, Malheur County put on 'excessive heat watch' in coming days
Temperatures in Ontario are headed back up over 100 degrees and the National Weather Service forecasts that it won't cool down much at night.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Jul. 23
For youth from farm labor families, leadership camp in Ontario opens possibilities
The Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute, hosted for three weeks at Treasure Valley Community College, served more than 100 migrant youth from across eastern Oregon.
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT Jul. 23
Audit of Ontario police evidence room unable to locate missing $900, possibly more
Preliminary results from the audit, completed July 16, show there is a 90% chance the $900 is gone. Police Chief Steven Romero said there are indications more evidence is missing.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jul. 23
Data shows Malheur County jobless rate is better than state average
A new report from the Oregon Employment Department shows that the pandemic recession hurt some groups more than others. But Malheur County has, on the whole, made a strong recovery.
AROUND OREGON Jul. 23
AROUND OREGON: Ranchers find death, devastation in wake of Bootleg Fire
Cattle and horses scatter in face of out-of-control wildfire in Klamath and Lake counties, and now ranchers are working to gather them up. Not all the livestock survived the inferno.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jul. 22
New heat rules aim to safeguard farmworkers in Malheur County
The state OSHA office enacted new workplace heat regulations earlier this month after an outdoor worker at a nursery died of heat-related causes. As high temperatures persist across Malheur County, local farmworkers say they haven't waited for OSHA to begin taking protective measures.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Jul. 22
New petition aims to allow cannabis production in Malheur County
Russ Belville and Lori Duckworth are behind a prospective petition that would allow for the production and sale of marijuana in the unincorporated parts of Malheur County. The duo plans to start collecting signatures next week and would need 539 signatures to be eligible for the 2022 election.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jul. 22
Construction permits peak in Malheur County
Incentives and a demand for housing have caused a surge in new construction in Malheur County, which in June issued its largest number of permits since 2015.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 22
Wildfire prevention turned into a game by Malheur County artist
With fire season arriving to eastern Oregon, the Vale BLM contracted local artist Sandy MIcheli for a creative fire prevention project - cornhole boards.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jul. 21
OBITUARY: Malcolm “Mac” Corrigall
With his wife Kathie at his side Westfall native and long-time Coos County, Oregon attorney Malcolm Corrigall passed away peacefully after a seven-year battle with prostate cancer. Malcolm was born in Ontario, Oregon, to James and Virginia (Richards) Corrigall. Mac was raised in Westfall, Oregon, on the family’s cattle ranch which had been established by his Scottish immigrant grandparents, Herbert and Elizabeth Corrigall. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 21
State bans camp fires in parks, forestland as fire danger grows
Starting Thursday, no fires are going to be allowed in Oregon state campgrounds or on state forestlands as the danger for wildfires continues to grow.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY Jul. 21
Friends of the Owyhee hit another milestone, open first office in Ontario
Friends of the Owyhee founder Tim Davis began leading trips to the Owyhee in 2015 to increase awareness and advocacy. Six years later, the nonprofit will open its first office and hope to be a continued resource for community members looking to learn more about the region.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jul. 21
OBITUARY: Florence May Stanford Shenk
Florence May Stanford Shenk, 87, of Ridgeview, Adrian, Oregon, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones, on July 17, 2021. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY PROFILE Jul. 21
The man behind the rodeo clown make-up: Kyle Bode
Pro-barrelman Kyle Bode is all about clowning when he steps into the rodeo arena. But outside of the rodeo he is a husband, father of three boys and dairy farmer that knows the value of a hard day's work.
EMPLOYMENT Jul. 21
They're hiring - local job openings
Instructional, Bus Driver, Track Coach
MALHEUR COUNTY WILDFIRES Jul. 21
BLM contains two lightning-caused fires Tuesday, more possible Wednesday
The Vale District BLM responded to wildfires Tuesday that had been sparked by lightning. A chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday could lead to more fires.
PUBLIC NOTICES Jul. 21
Publications from local governments, private parties
Summons, Estate of Symona Lee Maire
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Jul. 21
Blistering heat blasts Malheur County crops, could impact yield
Scorching hot days combined with warm nights stymies plant growth. As high temperatures endure locally, the availability of water becomes a key issue for farmers.
AROUND OREGON Jul. 21
AROUND OREGON: Domestic wells run dry in many Klamath Basin homes
In the last two weeks, the Klamath County Watermaster’s office has received 82 complaints from people in the Klamath Basin experiencing water shortages in their personal wells. Since the Klamath Project received no water from Upper Klamath Lake this year, farmers have not able to irrigate as much of their land from surface water, forcing those who want to irrigate to drill deep and pump water.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Jul. 21
OBITUARY: Ed Stephens
Ed Stephens passed peacefully from this life, surrounded by his family, just before sunrise on June 21. Edward (Eddie) was born Dec. 5, 1928, to Amos and Anna Stephens, the youngest of seven children. He was born in Nampa, Idaho, and when he was a child they moved by horse and wagon to a homestead in Vale, Oregon. His family cleared the sage brush and made their living at farming. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Jul. 20
People get up close to antique aircraft at Ontario airport event
Members of the Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club flew about 40 planes into Ontario Municipal Airport Thursday, July 15, to cap off their 2021 Northwest Air Tour.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE Jul. 20
Heritage Museum in Jordan Valley brings on new curator, plans to repair roof
Joann Cunningham passes on the title of curator at the the Idaho-Oregon-Heritage Museum in Jordan Valley to Kelly J. Stanford after 19 years; Jordan Valley Owyhee Heritage Council accepts bid to repair museum roof
AROUND OREGON Jul. 20
AROUND OREGON: Bootleg Fire continues explosive growth, new evacuations ordered
Weather conditions helped accelerate the nation's biggest wildfire, burning through forest and grasslands northeast of Klamath Falls.

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