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Mar 14 2022 thru Mar 20 2022

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FreeAROUND OREGON Mar. 19
Bentz presses agencies to act on wildfire commission – after voting against legislation
Oregon’s lone Republican in the Congressional delegation wants action report on commission not yet formed.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 18
Ontario mayor sets his sights on the future with proposal to build new bridge across the Snake River
Ontario Mayor Riley Hill said he believes the time is now to start planning for such a structure. The bridge would link the end of Southwest 18th Avenue in Ontario and span Interstate 84 to link with Idaho.
FreeAROUND OREGON Mar. 18
Skyrocketing food prices are pinching budgets of Oregon individuals and agencies
Though the federal government has increased some subsidies, they’ve not been enough to keep up with the pace of inflation.
COMMENTARY Mar. 18
DeLight Side: Remembering Irish roots, family lore as St. Paddy’s Day approaches
Writer Pauline Sheehan writes about her family's Irish connection, and the lessons learned from travel to the old country.
COMMENTARY Mar. 17
EDITORIAL: Failing to oversee Smith’s work, Court fails Malheur County and its people
The Malheur County Court bears the responsibility for overseeing Greg Smith and the Economic Development Department, and so far they are failing. As the county's longstanding contract with Smith's company comes up for renewal again, we believe it's time for a change.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Mar. 17
Get ready, Vale - time for steak-and-crab feed
From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26, area residents can drive to the Vale Fire Hall to partake in a steak or crab dinner. The event, sponsored by the Vale Community Coalition, produces funds for Vale parks.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Mar. 17
As western drought lingers, low reservoir levels locally may mean tough planting and growing season ahead
More than 170,000 irrigated acres in the county powers the local agriculture economic engine but there may be less water this year than in the past.
COMMUNITY Mar. 17
Euvalcree gets grant to enhance child care options in Malheur County
People wanting to go into the child care business could get training in a new child care center that Euvalcree is starting. The nonprofit gained a $1.2 million state grant to start the venture.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Mar. 17
PHOTO GALLERY: County spellers converge on Nyssa Elementary School to test their word skills
The annual Malheur County Spelling Bee attracted parents and students last week to the half-day event. More than 100 students competed for a chance to go to Washington, D.C.
OBITUARIES Mar. 16
OBITUARY: Cynthia Snyder
Cynthia Snyder, 81, of Ontario, Oregon, formerly of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, died Friday, March 11. At her request cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life service will be Friday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at Lienkaemper Chapel in Ontario.
RAIL RELOAD CENTER Mar. 16
Smith touts new, $3 million infusion of cash from Legislature for rail center, but it’s not there
State Rep. Greg Smith - who is also the economic development director for Malheur County - announced recently that legislators had given the Treasure Valley Reload Center project another $3 million. The two legislators he said knew about the money say no such award was made.
EMPLOYMENT Mar. 16
They're hiring - local job openings
Special Education Teacher & Case Manager, Youth Logistical Fire Camp Support (Camp Crew)
FreeAROUND OREGON Mar. 16
No suspension of state gas taxes for now in Oregon
While other states and federal authorities consider suspending gas tax collections, Gov. Kate Brown has no plan to do so.
COMMENTARY Mar. 16
LETTER: Malheur County commissioner welcomes your thoughts about economic department
Malheur County Commissioner Ron Jacobs writes about his desire for the county's economic development efforts to be successful, and he says he will listen to citizens' concerns.
PUBLIC NOTICES Mar. 16
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Sandra D. Mayo, Estate of Marlin Dean Barklow, Estate of Kevin Ray Degler, Notices of Public Hearing
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Mar. 16
New, five-story hotel slated for Ontario
The structure, planned by TNB Hotels of Boise, will include 115 rooms. Officials believe the new facility will employ up to 35 people once it is open.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Mar. 16
Wyden touts the 'Oregon Way' during online town hall session
One of Oregon's two federal legislators in the U.S. Senate, Wyden touched on a number of subjects during the session held for Malheur County residents last week.
FreeSTATE NEWS Mar. 15
After millions spent on hotel purchases, shelter owners in Oregon face steep renovation costs
Owners face costs to renovate hotels purchased as part of Project Turnkey, which just got $50 million in a new round of funding by the Legislature.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Mar. 15
Bentz compares Ukraine war to Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962
U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon, said developments in Ukraine show the importance of proper funding of U.S. military sources. He addressed the war in a speech on Monday, March 14, in Ontario.

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