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Aug 23 2021 thru Aug 29 2021

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DEMOGRAPHICS Aug. 27
Census shows Malheur County growth stalls
Although Malheur County managed to grow ever so slightly over the decade between 2010 and 2020, according to the 2020 census, it did not keep pace with neighboring counties in the Boise metro area, some of which were among the fastest-growing in the country.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 27
Nyssa community reacts to vaccine mandate for teachers
At Back to School Night, teachers and parents expressed little support for the mandate.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Aug. 27
Malheur County commissioners oppose new conservation legislation covering streams
Local elected leaders believe the plan - spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden - is a case of federal overreach and does not include input from area lawmakers.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 26
Governor won't relent on vaccine mandate, saying Covid deaths 'unacceptable and preventable'
EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday that masks and vaccinations are vital to stemming the surge of Covid in Oregon. She said despite pressure to leave such matters in local hands, no rural county has come to her with a plan to handle the spreading virus.
COMMUNITY NEWS Aug. 26
Free potatoes this weekend: New farmers in town offer bounty in exchange for volunteers
Sharon Katz and Mark Clark, who moved to a farm just north of Ontario from Nampa earlier this year, grew an experimental acre of 24,000 pounds of potatoes using organic techniques. They need help bagging the harvest, and anyone available can take home potatoes for free.
FreeEDUCATION Aug. 26
Vale superintendent warns of possibility of distance learning as over 50 quarantine for Covid
UPDATED: Although local health officials said that schools themselves were likely not the source of community spread of Covid, the high incidence of cases in the community could have dire consequences for students. The Vale School District notified parents of quarantines just four days into the new school year.
MALHEUR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Aug. 26
Seasoned players will spearhead Vale High School's varsity football squad
More players are out for football this year then in the past at Vale High School and Coach Jeff Aldred said he will rely on a core group of experienced athletes as regular play starts.
PUBLIC NOTICES Aug. 26
Publications from local governments, private parties
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FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 26
Distrust of government, vaccine evident at Ontario protest
Families, government employees and medical professionals were in the mix of a protest in Ontario on Wednesday, Aug. 25, opposing Gov. Kate Brown's vaccine mandates for health care workers, teachers and others.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 25
Malheur County leaders say vaccine mandate could cripple or close schools, ambulance service
State Rep. Mark Owens and Sen. Lynn Findley say Gov. Kate Brown's mandates go too far, forcing teachers, health workers and public employees to choose between what should be a personal medical decision and the jobs that feed their families. Vale Fire Department, Jordan Valley School District and Harney County Health District are among the agencies speaking out against the measures.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Aug. 25
Four Rivers Cultural Center schedules interactive play for youth
The center will host "The Boy From the Dragon’s Palace,” Friday in the Collins Room at 4 p.m. The event is free to the public and part of the facility's folklore program.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Aug. 25
OBITUARY: Bertie May Plummer
Bertie May Plummer (Anderson), longtime resident of Ontario, died surrounded by her family at home as per her wishes Aug. 18, 2021. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bowman Funeral Home. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Aug. 25
Local contractor's bid to create gravel pit outside Ontario squashed
The Malheur County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Malheur County Court declined a move by Darren Lee dig the rock site southwest of Weiser on the Oregon Slope. Homeowners near the proposed pit voiced concern about water quality and loss of farm ground.
FreeCOVID Aug. 25
Malheur County gears up for Covid blitz
The Covid pandemic is escalating in Malheur County. Local vaccination initiatives, community education and state mandates hope to keep people in Malheur County out of the hospital, and to keep them alive.
FreeCOVID Aug. 24
Idaho asks FEMA and other states for help, in last-ditch effort to staff hospitals
Idaho Capital Sun report: ‘You admit mom, and then dad gets admitted’: The crisis on Idaho’s front lines
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 24
Governor announces adults and children must wear masks in public outdoor settings
The new mandate goes into effect Friday. The announcement was the latest move by the Gov. Kate Brown to stop the spread of Covid across the state.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Aug. 24
Malheur County sheriff calls out governor, won't enforce mandates and will challenge new ones
Brian Wolfe, Malheur County sheriff, opposes state mandates for masks and vaccines in a letter to Gov. Kate Brown. Wolfe said individuals should look out for their own health. "It's not the government's job to protect our health," he wrote.
FreeCOMMENTARY Aug. 24
COLUMN: As Covid surge sets in, the Enterprise will keep giving you the facts
The Malheur Enterprise pledges transparency in continued efforts to provide fact-based reporting of the pandemic challenges facing Malheur County. Editor Les Zaitz discusses that commitment and what readers can expect.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 24
AROUND OREGON: Phillips Reservoir dwindles to level not seen since 1988
So-called 'dead storage' – water not available for irrigators – gives a false impression of the current state of Phillips Reservoir. Officials say that as of Wednesday Aug. 18, the reservoir’s 'active storage' volume was 479 acre-feet, less than 1% of its storage capacity.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Aug. 23
Former Ontario prison official arrested after run-in with Bend police
A former captain at Snake River Correctional Institution faces criminal charges after he was stopped for suspected drunk driving in Bend.

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