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MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 17
Time for more rodeo in Vale Saturday and Sunday
The Jim Reed Memorial Rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Vale Rodeo Grounds. The Bulls and Broncs Extravaganza will begin Sunday at 3 p.m. in the same location.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 17
Ontario mayor wins suit against his own city over nuisance citations
The city of Ontario's code enforcement fined Mayor Riley Hill $500 for having a messy property. Hill sued to get out of the fine, and won't have to pay it, though the judge said he would not rule yet on whether the city should also reimburse Hill's lawyer fees. The suit cost the city more than $8,000 in legal fees.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Sep. 17
Ontario Tigers grid squad will rely on returning starters
Four seniors and two juniors are returning starters with the potential to be impact players this year, said Coach Greg Simmons.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Sep. 17
Malheur Enterprise wins awards in state news contest
The Enterprise took home 12 awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, including the second place award for general excellence.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 16
UPDATE: Tasting available as Tater Tot Festival to roll into Ontario this weekend
The Tater Tot festival is on Friday, Sept. 17 ,from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will be in Downtown Historic Ontario, on South Oregon Street and Southwest 2nd Avenue.
COMMENTARY Sep. 16
EDITORIAL: We need leadership to defeat Covid, defy the politics of fear and anger
EDITORIAL: President George W. Bush, in his 9/11 remembrance speech, noted the slide of American politics into 'a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment.' Nowhere is that more apparent today than in our divisiveness over how to combat Covid. And amid strident calls for local control, few local leaders are offering their own solutions to protect the community.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 16
PHOTOS: Annual color run raises funds for Ontario relief nursery
The Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery held its 10th annual Relief Run on Saturday, Sept. 11, where runners and volunteers were pelted with colored dye for charity.
FreeCOVID CRISIS Sep. 16
Idaho hospitals, which serve Malheur County, now go to rationing care because of Covid
Idaho Capital Sun report: Idaho is now in statewide mass-casualty triage mode, due to COVID surge. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the last-resort move on Thursday. NOTE: Most Covid patients from Malheur County are sent to Idaho hospitals for treatment.
WATCHDOG Sep. 16
Onion executives rely on public, private roles in pushing along Nyssa rail center
Grant Kitamura and Kay Riley fill multiple functions as leaders of their private firms, board members of a local non-profit designed to oversee the construction of the rail facility and top directors of a private onion shipping firm geared to use the center.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Sep. 15
Steele guides Vikings past La Pine in non-league contest
The Vale quarterback manufactured a late-game, epic touchdown run to lift the home team over the Hawks last Friday.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Sep. 15
OBITUARY: William (Bill) Neil Cummings Sr.
On September 7, 2021 we lost our beloved father, grandfather and friend, William (Bill) Cummings Sr. Bill passed away peacefully Tuesday morning in his home in Vale, Oregon. (Submitted Information)
EMPLOYMENT Sep. 15
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Grounds and Maintenance Support Staff, District Nurse, Administrative Assistant, feed lot
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 15
Battle lines drawn in Malheur County as virus surges
Elected officials and citizens protest vaccination mandates while Covid cases surge in Malheur County, and Malheur County resident is among a group suing Gov. Kate Brown. “There is more hardship than ever,” said Sarah Poe, director of the Malheur County Health Department. “We have a vaccine. About a third of our community is protected. People who are getting really sick and dying of this disease are not vaccinated.”
PUBLIC NOTICES Sep. 15
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of GERALD JAMES LEROY, Estate of FLORENCE M. SHENK, Vale Oregon Irrigation District
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 15
Vale council green lights new ambulance purchase
The city will use federal Covid relief money to buy the vehicle. The new rig will replace a similar ambulance bought last year that is prone to breakdowns.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 15
Signs of Hope during tough times in Malheur County
The Malheur County Prevention Coalition held two Signs of Hope rallies last week as part of a state-wide initiative during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and National Recovery Month. It is one of three events this month.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 14
Malheur County Court holds first meeting to discuss "Greater Idaho"
The Malheur County Court held its first required public meeting to discuss how the proposed "Greater Idaho" border change could affect the county. Public commenters considered the impact it would have on business and community relations.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Sep. 13
School board members around Oregon get warning: Obey the law
The state association representing school boards was blunt in a letter to board members about the risk of ignoring Covid restrictions. The association leaders wrote that school board members have a duty to obey the law regardless of their views.
AROUND OREGON Sep. 13
AROUND OREGON: Court rules against Bend using hotel dollars to fix roads
The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association and two local hotel owners challenged the ordinance in court, arguing that Bend broke a state law by using about $350,000 of its lodging tax money to fix roads instead of for tourism promotion. So now, the city has to go back to allocating the full 35.4% to tourism promotion and facilities, said Ian Leitheiser, an attorney with the city.

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