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FreeCORONAVIRUS IN OREGON Dec. 31
Omicron variant spreading faster than expected in Oregon, hospitals face surge of patients
A new forecast from Oregon Health & Science University projects more people hospitalized than ever in Oregon for Covid, as the omicron variant moves in.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 31
Slowing effects of climate change among priorities for Oregon’s new watersheds director
Lisa Charpilloz-Hanson will oversee more than $170 million to pay for projects enhancing state waterways and protecting critical species.
MALHEUR COUNTY WEATHER Dec. 31
Temps to dip below 0 for New Year's Eve
The National Weather Service is forecasting clearing skies for Friday into the weekend, but also very cold temperatures that will last a couple of days.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Dec. 31
Ready for some fireworks? Vale event set to light up the sky Friday
The annual fireworks display kicks off at 7 p.m. Fireworks will erupt off of Rhinehart Butte east of town to ring in the new year.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 31
Oregon buys 6 million at-home test kits to give away free through community outlets
The Oregon Health Authority acts in anticipation of a surge in coronavirus cases tied to the omicron variant.
VALE Dec. 30
State board clears path for Rex Theater to receive federal recognition
The Oregon Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recently approved an application for the local landmark to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Dec. 30
Job fair focusing on health industry set for Jan. 12 in Ontario
People interested in jobs in the health care industry can learn more about the opportunities, training and more at a job fair Jan. 12 at Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario.
ONTARIO Dec. 30
Ontario memory care facility grows to meet demand
Owners of Sunset Estates, a care center in Ontario, plan to open a new 16-room center adjacent to that building to care for people with dementia.
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Dec. 29
OBITUARY: Dwayne Ulrey
Dwayne Ulrey passed away Dec. 12, 2021. He was born March 10, 1956, in Nyssa, Oregon, the first child of Floyd and Barbara Ulrey. He attended Nyssa schools from first grade through 12th and TVCC for one and a half years. (Submitted Information)
MALHEUR COUNTY OBITUARY Dec. 29
OBITUARY: Maureen Nelson Welsh
Maureen Nelson Welsh passed away on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, outside of Unity, Oregon, in a single-car accident on Highway 26. (Submitted Information)
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 29
OHSU’s Covid hotline helps to save lives
Nurses who answer the phones at the free services respond to hundreds of calls a day.
EMPLOYMENT Dec. 29
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Instructional Assistant, Bus Driver, Food Service Assistant, Farmers Supply, Youth Transition Program, Feed lot.
PUBLIC NOTICES Dec. 29
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Gary William Boor, Vale Senior Citizen and Community Center, Summons
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 29
Home-use Covid tests are popular and hard to find locally
President Joe Biden, though, announced recently the government plans to make 500 million of the kits available to the public by January.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Dec. 28
Adrian coach takes aim at state plan to eliminate 8-man football
The blueprint under consideration calls for small schools like Adrian to adopt 9-man football. But Antelope coach Bill Wortman believes the new concept contains a number of challenges and should be discarded.
ONTARIO Dec. 27
Lawsuit contends Ontario's nuisance fines are excessive, unfair
An Ontario woman's lawsuit claims the city's nuisance enforcement practices are unfair, and she can't sell her property without paying off the 'disproportionate' fines. It's the latest for a city program that has drawn complaints – even from the mayor.

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