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Mar 7 2022 thru Mar 13 2022

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FreeOREGON NEWS Mar. 12
Pandemic reaches ‘watershed’ moment, with end of mask mandate
Oregon will maintain a stockpile of vaccines and tests and shift to focusing on low-income communities that have been the hardest hit.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 11
Advocates propose dark sky designation for swath of SE Oregon
Advocates hope to gain recognition for a vast Oregon Outback Dark Sky Sanctuary, celebrating the region's scant light pollution and thus, dark night sky. The effort comes as such dark sky becomes harder to find across the globe.
FreeSTATE NEWS Mar. 10
Oregon’s $5 billion agriculture industry struggles with rising gas prices
Officials say the war in Ukraine could make matters worse for ag producers, as energy prices continue to rise. The challenge follows two tough pandemic years and comes amid a continuing drought.
COMMUNITY Mar. 10
NYSSA NEWS: Library program invites kids to 'Come Fly with Us'
The Nyssa High School Honor Society will put on a program at the city library on March 11. Columnist Susan Barton talks about that – and cookies – in her latest installment.
COMMUNITY Mar. 10
COMING UP: Wyden town hall, history meeting on tap this week in Vale
Malheur County residents can catch up with events in Washington, D.C., as U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden holds a virtual town hall in Malheur County. Also coming up, the Malheur Country Historical Society resumes its in-person meetings, and Living Legends take the stage at Four Rivers Cultural Center.
OBITUARIES Mar. 9
OBITUARY: Shirley Fay (Maupin) Shaffer
July 5, 1949 – Shirley Fay Maupin was born to Virgil F. Maupin and Donna M. Maupin. She was the second child of six (Joyce, Mike, Edna, Jim, Donna).
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 9
They're hiring - local job openings
Postings include: Farmhand, Special Education Teacher & Case Manager, Youth Logistical Fire Camp Support (Camp Crew).
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Mar. 9
Candidate line-up for May primary election remains unchanged
After the filing deadline, the election will feature only two, local contested races. Vale Mayor Tom Vialpando has filed to run against incumbent Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce while Vale-area resident Jim Mendiola filed to run against incumbent County Commissioner Don Hodge.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 9
CHAMPIONS: Nyssa ends dream season with state title crown
The Bulldogs waded through the competition at the Class 3A state hoop tournament and beat Burns 33-30 to clinch top honors.
OBITUARIES Mar. 9
OBITUARY: Ellen May Lester Kennedy
CORRECTED Celebration of Life. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Trail Church of God, 23057 Old Highway 30, Caldwell, Idaho. This church is located immediately West of I-84 at the Middleton Exit 25.
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 9
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Donita L. Olsen, Estate of Marlin Dean Barklow, Estate of Kevin Ray Degler, Malheur County Courthouse.
COMMENTARY Mar. 9
LETTER: Reader has suggestions as Smith contract draws scrutiny
A Vale writer suggests the county take action to tighten up the contract with Greg Smith's company, assign its oversight to another party – or just not renew it.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Mar. 9
Vale nursing home seeks big infusion of cash from county
Pioneer Place recently requested nearly $1 million from the Malheur County Court to offset rising costs linked to Covid but elected leaders want more information before they make a final decision.
OBITUARIES Mar. 9
OBITUARY: Robert Leo Johnson Sr.
Robert Leo Johnson Sr. peacefully passed away Friday, February 25, 2022. A funeral service will be held March 26 at the LDS church in Vale at 11 a.m. All who knew Bob (and there are so many) are welcome to join.
MALHUER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 9
Jordan Valley girls finish fourth at state, Vale boys ends sixth in state playoffs
The Mustangs beat Echo Saturday while Vale faced familiar opponent Umatilla in a consolation contest. Umatilla defeated Vale 50-47 to clinch fourth place. Vale finished with sixth place.
COMMUNITY Mar. 9
Vale's Rex Theater starts new era on historic registry
Take a peek into the rich history of Vale's Rex Theater, which has been accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation comes as plans continue to restore the structure.
FreeAROUND OREGON Mar. 9
Oregon primary elections for governor, Congress, other races are set
Nearly 400 candidates filed to run for state or district races ahead of the May 17 election. Rep. Mark Owens, R-Crane, who represents Malheur County, will run unopposed for re-election.
FreeAROUND OREGON Mar. 8
Largest solar energy facility in Oregon gets final approval after legal battles
Lake Oswego-based Obsidian Renewables received a permit to build a solar energy facility in the high desert of Christmas Valley. It will be the largest in the Pacific Northwest.
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 8
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District

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