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Aug 30 2021 thru Sep 5 2021

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FreeAROUND OREGON Sep. 3
AROUND OREGON: ‘Intentional misuse’ of ivermectin rises in Oregon
Poison control operators in Oregon have already seen a third more calls this month for people who intentionally misused veterinary and human forms of ivermectin than they saw in all of the other seven months of the year combined.
FreeCOVID MANDATES Sep. 2
Sheriff Wolfe's petition gains traction, and Gov. Brown responds
More than 400 people have signed on to Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe's letter to Gov. Kate Brown rejecting statewide mandates for masking and vaccinations. Gov. Brown had not asked sheriffs to enforce the mandates, and said that local leaders were playing politics with Oregonians' lives.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 2
County elected leaders issue letter of protest over governor's Covid mandates
The missive signed Wednesday by the Malheur County Court calls for Gov. Kate Brown to discard requirements for vaccinations and to allow residents to make their own choice.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 2
Malheur County's industrial park on hold as federal grant skipped, costs continue
Officials hoped to tie the planned business park to the Nyssa rail center. But the county has put the project on hold, even as taxpayers pay on debt and with a decision not to seek millions from the federal government for now.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 2
Malheur County breaks daily Covid case record
Malheur County reported 85 new cases of Covid from Tuesday, Aug. 31, breaking the previous daily record set over a year ago.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Sep. 1
Ontario police chief will step down from post in October
The city made the announcement Wednesday. Steve Romero served as the chief of police for a little over two years.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Sep. 1
OBITUARY: Patricia Ann Jones Equilior
Patricia Ann Jones Equilior passed away on Aug. 28, 2021. Pat was born February 22, 1934, to Oscar and Leona Jones of Almo, Idaho. She attended Almo Elementary, Albion Normal and Malta High. (Submitted information)
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE Sep. 1
PHOTOS: Adrian community gathers to celebrate the end of summer
The community of Adrian came together at Two Rivers Community Park to close out the summer with food and fun festivities including sack races, frisbee golf, a hula hoop contest and a screening of the movie "Blue Miracle."
EMPLOYMENT Sep. 1
They're hiring - local job openings
Position available feed cattle
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 1
More kids in Malheur County contracting Covid, officials report
More children are getting Covid, which can cause symptoms that may be hard for parents to recognize. The number of children hospitalized at St. Luke's has doubled in the last month, and cases in Oregon are climbing.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Sep. 1
OBITUARY: Avaleigh Grace Engelmann
Avaleigh Grace Engelmann was born at Ontario, Oregon May 9, 2011, to LeAnne, “Annie” Jordan and Derek Engelmann. Ava went to be with Jesus Aug. 15, 2021, at Vale, Oregon. (Submitted information)
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 1
Reload center construction costs climb past project budget
The county accepted its first bid on the initial build-out phase of the center but records show the final tab is millions over budget. So far, officials have not explained why the budget is so far off and how they will span the funding gap.
PUBLIC NOTICES Sep. 1
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road, Malheur County Court, Bureau of Land Management, Estate of GERALD LEROY JAMES
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 1
Covid surge: Malheur County goes back to school, local health experts ask community to vaccinate
The Covid surge continues in Malheur County, which saw 146 new cases last week. Another 73 cases were reported on Tuesday for a three-day period. Health care professionals addressed a letter the community asking them to get the Covid vaccine. School quarantines have added pressure for officials to act.
MALHEUR COUNTY FAIR Aug. 31
Longtime fair manager steps down from post
After six years in charge of the fairgrounds, Lynelle Christiani's last day was Tuesday. Christiani said she wanted to find a better balance between work and her private life.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Aug. 31
Idaho governor activates National Guard as hospital ICU beds dwindle to just four
Patients from Malheur County needing hospitalization for Covid often are moved to Idaho hospitals. Idaho Capital Sun reports that Gov. Brad LIttle shared that only four ICU beds are open - in the entire state.
FreeEDUCATION Aug. 31
Beyond masks: local schools implement their own Covid protocols
As schools head back to class, districts are taking other safety measures to protect their students from Covid.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 31
Adrian School Board fires superintendent for obeying state's mask mandate
The decision to fire Kevin Purnell as superintendent of the Adrian School Board came after a closed-door session on Monday, Aug. 30. The board chair said the termination came because Purnell didn't follow board directives. Other community sources said the termination was over requiring local schools to comply with Gov. Kate Brown's mask mandate.
FreeCOVID Aug. 30
Free Covid testing and vaccinations available at fairgrounds in Ontario
The Malheur County Fairgrounds will host free drive-through Covid testing and vaccinations Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. courtesy of the Oregon Health Authority and the Malheur County Health Department.

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