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MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 20
Legal invoices show Ontario School District spent thousands to resolve complaints
During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, Ontario School District had to adjust its budget for legal fees from $27,000 to $137,000 after spending more than $80,000 for an international outside firm to investigate complaints.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 20
AROUND OREGON: Covid patient dies waiting for hospital bed in Douglas County
Existing ICU beds in Roseburg (already expanded to handle crush of Covid patients) were full.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 19
YOUR VOICES: Readers share their views about the pandemic
The Enterprise recently invited readers to offer their opinions about what's happen with Covid, schools and the health care challenges. We have compiled them into one report.
COVID Aug. 19
UPDATED: Gov. Brown to require all K-12 staff and health care workers to get vaccinated
UPDATED: All staff in K-12 schools will be required to get fully vaccinated against Covid by Oct. 18 or six weeks after full FDA approval, announced Gov. Kate Brown today. She also announced that there is no longer a testing alternative for health care workers. The move comes after a surge in Covid hospitalizations statewide.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 19
Full days, masks on: Malheur County heads back to school
The governor's new mask mandate aside, teachers in Malheur County said they are excited for a more normal school year.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Aug. 19
Four residents apply to fill vacant seat on Ontario City Council
Charlotte Cablay, Susann Mills, James Grissett, and McShane Erlebach applied for a chance to fill recalled councilor Freddy Rodriguez's seat. They will have the chance to speak to and answer questions from the council Aug. 24.
COVID Aug. 19
Gov. Brown says counties need to act to slow Covid
When Gov. Brown announced the statewide mask mandates last week, she said the measures were a result of inaction on a local level despite the worsening Covid situation. Malheur County representatives disagreed, saying they have responded adequately.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE Aug. 19
PHOTOS: Art camp returns to Rex Theater
The Drexel H. Foundation's annual Art Camp Vale took place from Aug. 10 to Aug. 13 with a talent show on Thursday, Aug. 14 to close out the event. Kids made puppets, musical instruments and filled the sidewalk outside the Rex Theater with chalk art.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 19
AROUND OREGON: Bootleg Fire hits full containment, but works continues
The total size of the Bootleg Fire, once the largest wildfire in the U.S., is currently 413,717 acres.
COVID Aug. 19
Doctors in Ontario, Nampa, Boise frustrated as they treat "pandemic of the unvaccinated"
As Covid worsens in the region, St. Luke's is pausing elective procedures that have an overnight stay, and Saint Alphonsus is boarding some medical patients in the emergency department.
VALE COMMUNITY Aug. 18
Olympic silver medalist visits Vale pool, fundraises for local kids
Bella Sims, granddaughter of Ontario residents Sherri and Dennis Hironaka, visited the Vale Swimming Pool last week to race locals. The event raised $220 for swim lessons for children in the community, and visitors got to meet an Olympian with connections their hometown.
COVID VACCINE Aug. 18
Valley Family Health Care providing vaccinations Thursday in Nyssa
Valley Family Health Care is holding a vaccine clinic this Thursday, Aug. 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nyssa High School. There is no appointment necessary to get vaccinated.
PUBLIC NOTICES Aug. 18
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of CHARLOTTE E. VERDINI, Notice of Permit
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Aug. 18
Drought, hot weather produce new challenges for area ranchers
The extremely dry climate pushed some cowmen to bring stock off the range earlier than normal and sell them. The long-term outlook, though, may be a good one for local ranchers as smaller herds can push prices up.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 18
Malheur County teeters on the edge of a major crisis as virus spreads
Cases and the infection test positivity rate continues to climb, prompting health officials to urge residents to get vaccinated.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Aug. 16
UPDATE - Car crashes kill three in Malheur County
Two car crashes in separate parts of Malheur County killed three people over the weekend. A 10-year old girl died on Sunday night, five miles south of Vale on Lytle Boulevard near the Lytle Boulevard Landfill. On Friday night, a collision on U.S. Highway 95 south of Jordan Valley killed two people from California.

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