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FreeSTATE NEWS Apr. 8
Rise in nonaffiliated voters spurs push to open Oregon primaries
Nonaffiliated voters are the largest bloc in Oregon, but they can’t pick candidates in most primary elections. That's fueling an initiative effort to shift to open primaries In the state.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Apr. 8
Local merchant sponsors Spring Fling event in Vale
Music, food and vendors will converge on North Court Street and behind Mal's Diner for the community celebration. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m.
VALE Apr. 8
Vale Fire seeks citizens' guidance as needs, future costs loom
The Vale Fire Department is seeking residents' views as officials consider upgrades that could include a new fire truck, sleeping quarters for firefighters, and an exhaust system to keep firefighters safe.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Apr. 8
Ontario foundation seeks donations to help support emergency service providers
The Treasure Valley Paramedics Foundation recently kicked off a fundraising program called the “Paramedic Forward Campaign” designed to provide training and equipment for local fire and rescue crews.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Apr. 7
Malheur County declares drought emergency, expecting 'severe economic damage'
Low reservoir levels and a lack of snow mean the local area will face a shortage of irrigation water. At the same time, the ongoing drought will bake the high desert steppes of the county, creating potential wildfire danger as the summer rolls through to autumn.
COMMENTARY Apr. 7
EDITORIAL: Malheur County youngsters find awards – and a lot more from FFA
Local FFA members recently garnered an array of honors at the organization's state convention. But the benefits for youth, and the community, go far beyond plaques and medals.
COMMUNITY EVENTS Apr. 7
COMING UP: History meeting, Easter fun and more on the calendar in Malheur County
Kids won't want to miss the Lions Easter Egg Hunt in Vale on April 16, but there also are events on the calendar to tempt history buffs, shoppers, music lovers and crafters in Malheur County.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE Apr. 7
Owyhee Irrigation District sets allotment for spring irrigation
The new allowance was set of 2.1-acre feet. Last year the allotment was 3-acre feet. An acre foot of water is enough water to flood an acre 1 foot deep. The new allotment is in response to lower reservoir levels and lack of snowfall.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Apr. 7
Ontario chamber slates annual auction
The Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce holds its annual ONTCCY fundraiser Friday at Four Rivers Cultural Center at 5 p.m. The proceeds from the celebration are used to fund chamber activities throughout the year.
COMMUNITY Apr. 7
VALE NEWS: Book club delves into sci-fi with 'Canticle'
The Vale Book Club will discuss the thought-provoking tale "A Canticle for Leibowitz" at its meeting this Thursday.
CRIME Apr. 7
Vale man shot dead in apparent road rage incident
Police say what seemed to be a road rage-fueled confrontation ended with Cody M. Stanphill-Kiser of Vale shot dead in a parking lot in Caldwell, Idaho. A Caldwell man is facing charges in the shooting.
OBITUARIES Apr. 6
OBITUARY: Stacy Denise Cumpton
Stacy Denise Cumpton, of Juntura, Oregon, passed away on Jan. 22, 2022. Stacy was born on Dec. 8, 1964, to Charles and Carol Ledford in Grand Junction, Colorado. Most of her youth was spent in Montezuma County, Colorado. She attended Montezuma County High School and graduated in 1983.
OBITUARIES Apr. 6
OBITUARY: James (Jim) Oliver Stephen
James (Jim) Oliver Stephen, 90, of Ontario, died March 26, 2022. James was born near Central City, Nebraska, on August 1, 1931, to James and Astrid Stephen. In 1937, the family moved by train to homestead near Cow Hollow.
EMPLOYMENT Apr. 6
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include: K-8 Counselor/Behavior Specialist, Vale High School Chemistry Teacher, Vale Elementary School Teacher, Full or Part-Time Operator/Laborer, Farmhand
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Apr. 6
PHOTO GALLERY: Big crowd convened for economic networking breakfast at Four Rivers Cultural Center
The session, held March 31, was sponsored by the Snake River Economic Development Alliance, the Small Business Development Center at Treasure Valley Community College, and the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce.
PUBLIC NOTICES Apr. 6
Publications from local governments, private parties
Three Fingers and Jackies Butte Population Management Plan, Vale Planning Action Public Hearing, Notices of Supplemental Budget Hearings, Ironside Rural Road District #5 meeting, Malheur County Clerk, Estate of Patrecia Jean Molt
COMMUNITY Apr. 6
NYSSA NEWS: FFA banquet, auction coming up
Nyssa FFA will hold its annual banquet and fundraising auction next week. Columnist Susan Barton has the details on the event and also some fun activities at the Nyssa Library.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 6
Vale High School robotics team once again clinches top honors
Students Landon McKrola, Xander Frates, Eli Mendieta and David Chudleigh earned a trip to the Vex Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas, May 5 through May 7 after claiming a top finish at the state tournament in Eugene.
FreeAROUND OREGON Apr. 5
Oregon program will pay cash for information on poaching of wild animals
Concerned about persistent poaching and 'thrill kill' incidents, state officials and a coalition of wildlife advocates are extending rewards for information about such cases.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 5
Car smashes through front window of Four Rivers Cultural Center
The 83-year-old woman behind the wheel of the vehicle was not seriously injured. Police are still investigating the incident.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Apr. 5
Malheur County should brace for continuing labor shortage, economist says
The audience at the Western Treasure Valley Economic Breakfast learned that are seniors retiring at a faster clip than expected and employers face years of challenges filling jobs. Tourism continues to be a bright spot in the region, an Idaho authority said.
FreeSTATE NEWS Apr. 4
State panel will spend $412 million on highway repairs, pedestrian safety
The state is looking at an array of local projects and community initiatives for a portion of the $1.2 billion in federal infrastructure money that's coming to Oregon over the next five years.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 4
Chair of Ontario School Board resigns, moving to Idaho
Tom Greco, an Ontario pastor, resigned his seat on the Ontario School Board effective March 31. He was elected in 2021 and has been serving as chair

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