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Oct 11 2021 thru Oct 17 2021

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DEMOGRAPHICS Oct. 15
Census: Ontario's population edging upward, with slow gains in diversity
The city's growth was largely driven by the Latinx population. Northwest and southwest Ontario experienced growth in their Latinx populations, whereas east Ontario experienced a slight decline. Advocates and city officials said that as the city diversifies, it's time for its leadership to reflect the changing community's interests.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 15
Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson to launch independent campaign for governor
Johnson will leave the Democratic Party by next spring, she told supporters, as she prepares to run for governor outside Oregon's two major political parties.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 15
Classes to Career Profile: Construction class builds skills for Nyssa senior
Santiago Miranda says he values the construction class skills he's learning at Nyssa High School.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Oct. 15
Malheur County's dispatch center running short staffed
The center, which provides coverage for all emergency services in the county, needs more employees but faces a tough sell as the economy remains robust and other employers can meet or exceed the wages offered by the sheriff's office.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Oct. 15
Ontario, Vale and Adrian all record weekend prep football victories
The Tigers defeated visiting McLoughlin High School while Vale beat Baker and Adrian rolled over Cove.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 14
Facing threats, superintendents and school boards turn to legislature, law enforcement
Growing concerns around job and personal safety are behind new contract rights legislation and FBI intervention.
EDUCATION Oct. 14
Oregon Community Foundation grants boost summer learning across Malheur County
Organizations received hundreds of thousands of dollars to help local children retain and grow their academic skills over the summer during a year when many were challenged by the demands of virtual learning.
MALHEUR COUNTY HOUSING Oct. 14
Work on two major affordable housing projects in Ontario moves ahead
Crews are already busy on a 70-unit townhouse complex in the northeast part of town and a project to transform Presbyterian Community Care Center into 56 affordable housing units.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 14
Ontario district eyes 4-day school week amid pandemic pressures
With staffing shortages posing challenges to teachers, Superintendent Nikki Albisu said that the main request she was hearing from her staff was for more time. So far, a majority of parents surveyed have been in favor of the proposal for four-day weeks.
COMMUNITY NEWS Oct. 14
Saturday's the big day for Vale FFA benefit auction
The annual event, a prized local tradition, will take place at the Vale bus shed off South Cottage Street behind the elementary school beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Oct. 14
Spring weather, summer heat leads to reduced onion yields
Smoke from wildfires across the West also helped interfere with the crucial growing season. The weather conditions impacted the size of onions across the valley.
FreeMEETINGS Oct. 13
Vale's Pioneer Nursing District slates October meeting
Here's a look at some of the local public meetings coming up this month, starting with the Pioneer Nursing Home Health District board of directors meeting.
PUBLIC NOTICES Oct. 13
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Richard Allen Hood, Estate of BARBARA JUNE GIPSON
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 13
Oregon Republicans sue over new congressional districts
Former Secretary of State Bev Clarno and three others allege maps are a Democratic gerrymander. They have sued to stop the new Congressional districts and have judges instead create the state's new House district.
EMPLOYMENT Oct. 13
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Wrestling Coach, Custodian, Instructional Assistant, Boys Basketball Coach, Superintendent, Bus Driver, Business Manager
EDUCATION Oct. 13
For Malheur County schools, contact tracing is a win – with a cost
The Malheur County Health Department is supporting schools to do their own in-depth contact tracing when cases of Covid are identified. That means pinning down who amongst students and staff was in close contact with the positive case during a certain date range, and under what circumstances. The process allows schools to be more selective about who they ask to quarantine, as opposed to simply quarantining large groups, but it's a lot of work.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Oct. 13
Vale area farm proposed to become home to one of Oregon's largest dairies
If approved, the Recla farm west of Vale could house up to 9,000 animals in a concentrated animal feeding operation in a proposed dairy operation. A sale is pending.
FreeSTATE NEWS Oct. 12
Oregon tenants at risk in expiration of eviction safe harbor
Legislators and tenant advocates are calling for special session to extend protections, as renters run out of time to get help
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Oct. 12
Malheur County Health Department warns of more Covid hospitalizations, deaths as rates hold
The county health department said that with case rates at, or above, 200 per week during the past six weeks, residents should remain vigilant to the spread of Covid and take preventative measures like masking, avoiding gatherings, and getting tested in the presence of any symptoms.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 11
OREGON NEWS: Report shows parts of Oregon spent months last year with elevated air pollution levels
OREGON NEWS: Air quality monitors show some communities in Oregon had pollution as worse as some of the country's largest cities.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 11
OREGON NEWS: Oregon nursing group, resigned to mandate, wants ‘bold’ action to address staffing shortages
OREGON NEWS: The Oregon Nursing Association blasted hospital executives, saying they were more concerned about profits than their nursing staff.

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