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Sep 20 2021 thru Sep 26 2021

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MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Sep. 24
Volunteers keeps stories, books coming for kindergarteners across Malheur County
A dedicated cadre of volunteers have committed to making the seventh annual StORytime event just as fun as ever, even in a virtual format.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Sep. 24
Filing season begins for election to posts across Malheur County
Various local seats are up for election this spring, including a county commissioner seat, the county judge seat, and the state representative for Malheur County.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 24
Four Rivers Cultural Center hosts Art & Soul event on Friday
Local artists will showcase their work that runs the gamut from paintings, stonework and tie dye tapestries. The event on Friday evening is free.
COVID CRISIS Sep. 24
Delta, false info pose challenge in Malheur County's Covid fight
Five Oregonians were recently hospitalized for consuming ivermectin, a dewormer for horses and cattle, as an alternative to safe Covid treatment. Its use can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and death.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 24
Ontario grapples with rapid turnover of employees in key positions
Police Chief Steve Romero is the most high-profile employee to set a departure date but several other critical positions will also be vacant soon. While some city councilors see the exits as coincidences, at least one elected leader believes the internal political climate at the city played a role.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Sep. 24
Nyssa rolls over Ontario, 38-6
Ontario scored first but the Bulldogs took control early and never let go in the prep football game last Friday.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 23
Hands Around the Park draws crowd to Ontario to celebrate recovery, show support
The event featured booths from community organizations with fun and games, as well as free food. Though attendees did not join hands around the park because of Covid, they did complete a lap of its perimeter in honor of the recovery community and stand for a recitation of the Serenity Prayer.
NYSSA NEWS Sep. 23
Spirit, sportsmanship get spotlight in Nyssa
Football is back in Nyssa, and Ontario students displayed exemplary sportsmanship, acknowledging a Nyssa player who was injured late in the game. Other upcoming events include a prayer night and the annual PTO Carnival.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 23
Mills returns to Ontario City Council, filling seat emptied by voters
Susann Mills, a property manager who has lived in Ontario for decades and previously served on the council, was appointed to the seat left vacant by former councilor Freddy Rodriguez's recall in a 4-1 vote.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Sep. 23
Heath officials fight Covid and the rapid spread of misinformation
Five Oregonians ended up in the hospital after they consumed ivermectin - a dewormer for horses and cows - as an alternative way to fight Covid. Misinformation is to blame, officials say.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Sep. 23
Workers slowly return across Malheur County as pandemic benefit bump ends
Pandemic-era unemployment benefits are no longer – but it's not clear how the end of the benefits will affect the Malheur County workforce. The County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, likely a contributing factor to the labor shortage.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Sep. 23
Viking road trip to La Grande ends in 37-12 defeat
Vale had its chances but turnovers in critical situations doomed the Viking offense against the Tigers last Friday night.
EDUCATION Sep. 22
TVCC to offer $100 vaccine incentive to students
Anyone enrolled in a fall class at TVCC who is fully vaccinated, no matter what vaccine they got or when, can show their vaccine card and redeem the prize. The $100 will be given as a gift card to students who qualify.
RAIL RELOAD CENTER Sep. 22
Americold signs on to run rail shipping center but construction delayed again
The Malheur County Development Corp. last week got Americold's signature on a 20-year lease to operate the Treasure Valley Reload Center. A groundbreaking ceremony for the facility is slated Oct. 1. Work on the facility was supposed to start Sept. 13 but now will not begin until November.
EMPLOYMENT Sep. 22
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Maintenance Support, District Nurse, Administrative Assistant
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 22
Malheur County offices up for election; incumbents want to say in place
The first day for candidates to file for election was Sept. 9. The last day to file is March 8, 2022, for the primary election on May 17.
PUBLIC NOTICES Sep. 22
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of FLORENCE M. SHENK
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Sep. 22
Tater Tot Festival draws crowds to downtown Ontario
A tot cook-off, tot-themed food truck offerings, and a tot-eating contest delighted visitors from as far as Utah and California. Volunteers from Revitalize Ontario, the group which put on the festival, deemed it a success.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 21
Malheur County to declare emergency over job losses because of vaccine mandate
The Malheur County Court is scheduled to consider a declaration asking Gov. Kate Brown to withdraw her mandate that certain health care workers and public employees be vaccinated by Oct. 18. The action is to be part of the court's meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
COMMENTARY Sep. 20
Tell us - do you want to know how government is using public money?
COMMENTARY: Malheur County intends to charge $875 to release records showing what its Economic Development Department accomplished in the past year. The agency director doesn't think there's a public interest in seeing those records. What's your opinion?

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