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Aug 9 2021 thru Aug 15 2021

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MALHEUR COUNTY WEATHER Aug. 14
Air quality alert in place for Malheur County through the weekend
If you were planning on spending some time outside this weekend, think again. Smoke from the immense number of wildfires in Oregon and California are putting some nasty stuff into the air that can cause serious medical complications.
COMMUNITY NEWS Aug. 13
Police called on Black family in Ontario, raising concerns of racism
Cydney Cooke, a community leader, was watching her kids play with toy four-wheelers at Aiken Elementary School when two police cars pulled up. The case was cleared without action, but she said the fact that someone would call the police on her family continued to weigh on her.
COVID VACCINE Aug. 12
Brogan resident gets the call - you're a winner in vaccine lottery
For Brogan resident Kristin Carfi, getting the Covid vaccine was a no-brainer health decision. She didn't expect to win $10,000 as part of the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign’s lottery.
FreeCOVID Aug. 12
Idaho governor urges vaccinations to keep schools open
Idaho Capital Sun report: Idaho governor making $30 million in federal dollars available to schools to step up COVID-19 testing
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 12
Ontario students connect to Mexican culture with help of binational teacher
An international exchange program brought Yuliana Martinez, a resident of Ciudad Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas, Mexico, into Becky Cuevas's summer school art class via video call.
MALHEUR COUNTY WEATHER Aug. 12
Yet another heat wave takes hold in Malheur County
Eastern Oregonians brace for yet another stretch of 100-degree days as an excessive heat warning is issued for the area during an already unusually hot summer.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 12
Students, staff and legislators react to mask mandate in schools
The mandate has proven unpopular with Malheur County residents, but legislators say it is important for educators to follow to protect their teaching licenses.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 11
Mask up, Malheur County, starting Friday for indoor public places
The state is directing people in Malheur County and elsewhere in Oregon to wear masks when going into public places starting Friday, Aug. 13, in an effort to thwart a rapidly-spreading coronavirus variant projected to overwhelm hospitals.
EMPLOYMENT Aug. 11
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available Preschool, Counselor, Assistant Librarian, Truck Driver
SPECIAL EVENT Aug. 11
PHOTOS: Olympic silver medalist makes a big splash at the Vale City Pool
Bella Sims, the 16-year-old Olympic swimmer and silver medalist, visited the Vale City Pool on Tuesday, Aug. 10, to sign autographs, pose for photos and compete in a series of fun-filled exhibition races before returning to Las Vegas to continue her training.
PUBLIC NOTICES Aug. 11
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of CHARLOTTE E. VERDINI, Notice of Permit
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Aug. 11
County trims back rail lines for Nyssa center in cost-cutting move as construction looms
An agreement with Americold to operate the Treasure Valley Reload Center, months late, now is expected to be done by the end of August. Project managers meantime are grappling with new federal questions about wetlands on the Nyssa property.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Aug. 11
OBITUARY:Eugene L. Palmer
The family of Gene Palmer invite those who knew and loved him to a celebration of his life on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Sunrise Christian Church, 968 S.W. 30th St., Ontario, Oregon. Gene passed last October, 2020. Please bring your memories to share. (Submitted Information)
COMMENTARY Aug. 11
EDITORIAL: Governor should let Malheur County superintendents hold the reins
EDITORIAL: School superintendents in Malheur County deserve to be trusted to handle pandemic matters - and be held responsible for how they do so. Gov. Kate Brown should let go of the order for masks in schools.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 11
Vale pharmacist steps up, urging vaccinations as Covid surges in Malheur County
Monday the health department reported 31 new cases of the virus, a startling reminder the Covid is still active locally.
COVID Aug. 10
Gov. Brown to announce statewide indoor mask mandate
Gov. Kate Brown is scheduled to announce statewide indoor mask requirements tomorrow, in response to projections that Covid hospitalizations will exceed health system capacity in the state in the coming weeks. She is also requiring virtually all state employees to be vaccinated.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Aug. 10
PHOTOS: Paralympian track runner from Ontario headed to Tokyo
Taylor Talbot, a former Nyssa High School track star and current BYU-Idaho student headed to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics on Tuesday, Aug. 10. Visually impaired her whole life, her journey to the Paralympics has not been just about overcoming obstacles, but becoming comfortable in herself outside of her sight.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 10
AROUND OREGON: More Klamath Basin wells go dry as groundwater decline persists
For now, well users in Klamath County are encouraged to continue registering dry wells with the watermaster in order to receive water storage tanks and water deliveries from the state. ODHS contracted with Lynden Transportation and arranged for MilkyWay — bulk milk delivery trucks — to refill water storage tanks in Klamath and the surrounding areas.
MALHEUR COUNTY FIRE Aug. 9
Black Butte fire burns over 11,600 acres
The Black Butte Fire near Antelope Lookout continues as of Monday morning, burning 11,693 acres and closing several recreational sites.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 9
Covid outbreak temporarily closes Boys & Girls Club in Ontario
The Malheur County Health Department informed Boys & Girls Club staff of the outbreak last week but details are limited. The Ontario clubhouse is expected to remain closed until Aug. 16.

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