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Oct 18 2021 thru Oct 24 2021

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VALE Oct. 22
Mahoney takes helm at Pioneer Place in Vale
Mark Mahoney, the new CEO at Pioneer Place, says his experiences as an emergency medical technician and helicopter pilot gave him the passion to serve people in long-term care.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 22
Ontario students take to the football field, but with instruments in hand
Ontario's marching band is close to 70 years old, and offers a familial space for students who are passionate about making music to do so together.
COMMUNITY Oct. 22
Treasure Valley events raise awareness of domestic violence
Events in October are raising awareness about domestic violence. Officials in Malheur County say prosecutions continue at levels comparable to prior years, while the demand for shelter through Project DOVE continues to rise.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 21
National parks nominee from Oregon pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale
Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service.
COMMUNITY Oct. 21
PHOTO GALLERY: Four Rivers hosts Day of the Dead altars, event in Ontario
Colorful altars offer heartfelt tributes to lost loved ones in the annual Day of the Dead exhibit at Four Rivers Cultural Center. The opening event included a dance performance and refreshments.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Oct. 21
A Street Tavern sold, ending three-decade run for owner Saldana
Kathy Saldana looks back on 30-plus years of hard work and enjoyable times as she turns her Vale business, the A Street Tavern, over to new owner Rebecca Lamott.
MALHEUR COUNTY HOUSING Oct. 21
Malheur County moves ahead to permit homes on marginal farmland
The Eastern Oregon Border Board is putting up $50,000 to help Malheur County launch a process to qualify some land – deemed inferior for farming – for much needed housing. Property would need to meet 15 benchmarks to qualify, with a county board evaluating the projects.
FreeCOVID Oct. 20
Valley Family Health Care CEO says sick leave costs dropping as workers get vax
The company incentivized workers to get vaccinated in the spring and had a vaccination rate of about 90% as of last week.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Oct. 20
OBITUARY: James “Jim” Fred Mathews Jr.
James “Jim” Fred Mathews Jr., 80 ,of Ontario passed away at his home on Sunday, Sept. 26. He was born in the family home in Post, Texas, on May 14, 1941, to J. Fred Mathews and Fay Blasingame Mathews. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Oct. 20
Vale puts younger players to work in big gridiron win
After romping past McLoughlin 39-8 last weekend, the Vikings will gear up to meet the Bulldogs in Nyssa on Friday, Oct. 22. Adrian and Ontario will be on the road.
FreeCORONAVIRUS IN MALHEUR COUNTY Oct. 20
Covid claims 2 more lives in Malheur County
The Malheur County Health Department on Wednesday reported two more people with Covid have died, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 70s. With the updated counts, the county has seen 12 Covid-related deaths since early August and 77 overall.
PUBLIC NOTICES Oct. 20
Publications from local governments, private parties
City of Ontario
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Oct. 20
OBITUARY: James Raymond Hammond
James Raymond Hammond, 82, passed away early Sept. 30. Jim was born March 31, 1939, in Rodney, Iowa, to Hiram “Si” and Gladys (Broyles) Hammond. Jimmy joined siblings: Robert, Betty Mary, Lemoine, Patricia, John “Jack”, and Beverly; Carl and MaDonna followed. (Submitted Information)
COMMUNITY Oct. 20
PHOTO GALLERY: FFA Auction draws bidders with array of items
The annual FFA Auction, which raises money for scholarships, drew a crowd of bidders to the Vale Bus Barn last weekend.
EMPLOYMENT Oct. 20
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include feed lot help
WATCHDOG Oct. 20
'NEED $3.6 MILLION' – Records raise questions about Malheur County rail center finances
SPECIAL REPORT: Newly-obtained county records show cost estimates for building the Treasure Valley Reload Center were more than $3 million beyond the money available. Those responsible for the estimate - and cutting it back - won't answer questions or document what was cut from the Nyssa project.
COMMUNITY Oct. 19
Vale Senior Center's serving up hot meals again
The center in Vale will resume its popular hot meals onsite once a week for age 50 and up, starting Friday, Oct. 22.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 19
Urban hospitals in Oregon lose hundreds of employees over mandate but largely adjust
In rural areas, it’s business as usual with health care facilities largely accepting most exemption requests.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 19
Federal judge rejects last-ditch effort to block Oregon Covid vaccine mandate
Vaccination requirement for state employees, teachers, health care workers was left to take effect.
FreeCOVID Oct. 18
As governor's vaccine mandate goes into effect, key local services will keep functioning after all
Despite concern that tensions around the Covid vaccine would result in mass walkouts from key sectors including education, health care and public safety, the availability of employer-certified exemptions to the mandate seems to have cushioned Malheur County from the feared impact.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 18
2020 was a banner year for Oregon nurseries but the value of wine grapes plummeted
AGRICULTURE: Cherry and hazelnut growers also enjoyed banner years but the smoke from fires hammered the wine industry. Beef ranked No. 2 and onions ranked No. 12 in total value.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 18
Shortage of bus drivers the latest staffing challenge for Oregon schools
In some districts in Oregon, routes are being combined, cut and parents are being paid to figure out alternatives.

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