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Feb 28 2022 thru Mar 6 2022

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FreeAROUND OREGON Mar. 5
Oregon Legislature ends 2022 session with big spending, policy changes, little political rancor
Money will move to just about every part of life in Oregon to aid individuals, families and communities
FreeAROUND OREGON Mar. 4
Oregon Legislature passes bill mandating overtime pay for farmworkers
The proposal, which will affect the state’s 86,000 farmworkers and the 10,000 farm operations, heads to Gov. Kate Brown. The Oregon Farm Bureau is asking her to veto the legislation.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Mar. 4
New location pays off for longtime popular Ontario business
Ogawa’s Sushi, Burgers, And Bowls shifted to a new location in Fruitland in January. The realignment translated into more business and more employees.
COMMUNITY Mar. 3
COMING UP: Cookie sale, history meeting, spelling bee pack March calendar
Malheur County folks have plenty of activities coming up this month, with a couple of annual events – the county spelling bee and the Malheur Country Historical Society – returning to an in-person format.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 3
City lawmakers concede there will be no easy, or quick decisions on hiring a new city manager
Adam Brown, the current city manager, is set to depart from his post soon but city elected leaders said his replacement is probably months away from being selected.
ONTARO Mar. 3
Firefighters go Hawaiian for big benefit in Ontario
The annual Firefighters Hawaiian Dinner is set for Saturday, March 5, at Four Rivers Cultural Center. The event is a benefit for Ontario Fire and Rescue.
CORONAVIRUS: Life in Malheur County Mar. 3
Malheur County's cases take sharp drop as state prepares to lift mask mandate
Malheur County sees case rates continue to improve, with the community level of Covid now listed as "low." The improved picture comes as the state prepares to lift its mask mandate a week earlier than planned, on March 12.
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 2
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Donita L. Olsen, Estate of Marlin Dean Barklow, Estate of Kevin Ray Degler, Malheur Cultural Trust Grants Offered, Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Mar. 2
Fairgrounds scheduled to receive big funding boost from Oregon Legislature
The money - $2 million - will come from a $1.4 billion spending package that is in the Oregon House for final approval. The funding will be divided among six counties.
OBITUARIES Mar. 2
OBITUARY: Ellen May Lester Kennedy
Ellen May Lester Kennedy, widow of John Kennedy, longtime residents of the Willowcreek area, died on Dec. 31, 2021, at the age of 95.
OBITUARIES Mar. 2
OBITUARY: Betty Jane Irons
Betty Jane Irons, 91 of Ontario, Oregon, passed away surrounded by family on Feb. 21 at Pioneer Assisted Living. She was born in Fossil, Oregon, on Oct. 9, 1930, to Mary and Billy Keys.
SPECIAL REPORT Mar. 2
Economic development: Malheur County officials struggle to tell what $900,000 bought
SPECIAL REPORT: Gregory Smith & Company was supposed to perform certain tasks under its $100,000-a-year contract with Malheur County. A six-month investigation found questionable performance and a lack supervision by Malheur County commissioners.
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 2
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include: Reporter, Farmhand, Special Education Teacher & Case Manager.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 2
PHOTO GALLERY: Nyssa rolls over Clatskanie in state playoff action
The Bulldogs collected a huge game from forward Gracie Johnson - who scored a game-high 25 points - and took control early on the way to the win.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Mar. 2
Malheur Council on Aging and Community Services seeks county help to keep Meals on Wheels program afloat
The service faces an array of new financial challenges prompted by the Covid pandemic and rising costs. Last week the agency asked the Malheur County Court for $15,000 to help offset fiscal shortfalls.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 2
Nyssa dominates Clatskanie in first-round state playoff contest
The Nyssa girls varsity basketball team barged out of the gate and took control early on the way to a 68-41 win Saturday.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 1
Vale uses big second half of offense to seal state playoff win over Amity
Colton Stepleton and Kade Kurata came up big for the Vikings and helped the home team defeat Amity 60-42 Friday in a first-round state boys basketball playoff contest.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 1
Saturday night fire destroys Vale home
No one was injured in the fire that scuttled the house on Glenn Street. Between 25 and 30 firefighters from three different agencies in all responded to the blaze.
FreeAROUND OREGON Feb. 28
STATUS CHECK: Where key legislative bills are on week 4
Track nearly 30 bills on education, homelessness, crime, health care, justice, the environment and other issues to see where they are as the Oregon Legislature enters its final week of the 2022 session.

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