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May 9 2022 thru May 15 2022

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COMMENTARY May. 14
COLUMN: Here's a really pricey vacation idea
Vale columnist Pauline Sheehan recalls a really expensive vacation trip. And no, it wasn't a cruise.
TREASURE VALLEY RELOAD CENTER May. 13
Oversight of Smith unclear as reload project falters
As serious questions unfold about troubles with the Treasure Valley Reload Center, some county officials now want answers Malheur County's economic development director. "Where's the audit?" asks County Judge Dan Joyce.
FreeNATIONAL NEWS May. 13
Democrat legislators from the West push update of 150-year-old federal mining law
Proposed legislation would require companies to clean up abandoned mines, lease the federal lands they operate on and pay royalties for revenue from public land.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT May. 13
Vale officials dust off water rationing plans - just in case
Vale elected leaders reviewed plans for rationing because severe drought continues to grip the region and Malheur County. Last summer, as a heat wave hit the area, two of the city's wells went dry.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS May. 12
VALE NEWS: Celebrate spring with Fling – and lots more
A Spring Fling, citywide yard sale, history talk and a fun shoot are on the calendar in the Vale area.
COMMENTARY May. 12
LETTER: Circuit judges urge support for Ortega
This week's mailbag includes a letter urging support at the polls for incumbent Judge Darleen Ortega.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS May. 12
Who will be the 2022 grand marshal for Vale's 4th of July Rodeo?
Vale's 4th of July Rodeo is coming up July 1-4, and the community is invited to nominate rodeo and community boosters to be grand marshals for the annual festivities. May 16 is the deadline to submit your pick.
FreeAROUND the NORTHWEST May. 12
St. Luke’s hospital system sues Bundy, Rodriguez, People’s Rights and others
Lawsuit alleges defamation, harassment surrounding a 2022 child protection case in Idaho.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT May. 12
Pioneer Place finances show improvement even as bailout request to the county remains in limbo
The publicly-owned nursing home in Vale approached county commissioners in February to get $900,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act to help offset costs from the Covid pandemic. The request, though, probably does not meet federal requirements. The county forwarded the request to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's office.
ELECTION 2022 May. 12
Ontario voters asked to give council more power, but impose limits on tax increases
Voters inside the city of Ontario have two ballot measures to decide in the May 17 primary election. One would increase the city's motel tax. Another would change the city's primary governing document to modify powers of the Ontario City Council.
OBITUARIES May. 11
OBITUARY: Dave Yraguen
Dave Yraguen, 68, of Boise, died Tuesday, May 3, in his home, surrounded by those that loved him most. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 11, from 1-3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 811 S. Latah, Boise, Idaho 83705.
OBITUARIES May. 11
OBITUARY: Joy “Darlene” Standage
Joy “Darlene” Standage, 87, of Vale, Oregon, passed away on Monday, May 2, surrounded by family.
OBITUARIES May. 11
OBITUARY: Samuel Henry Warrington
Samuel Henry Warrington 72, of Ontario, Oregon, lost his battle to cancer Thursday April 28 at his home with family around him.
EMPLOYMENT May. 11
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include: K-5 Multisubject Teacher for a Self Contained Classroom, Dorm Host for the Parents Boys’ Dorm
ONTARIO May. 11
Fly-In on Saturday offers food, fun at Ontario airport
Pilots and air aficionados will have plenty to see and do this Saturday at the Ontario Municipal Airport's Fly-In.
PUBLIC NOTICES May. 11
Publications from local governments, private parties
Notice of Budget Committee Meeting, Estate of Sandra Isbell
VALE May. 11
Family creates Vale pool fund aims to help area youth
The Bella Sims Dream Big Swim Fund, spearheaded by Sherri Hironaka and Lynn McKinney and in conjunction with the city of Vale, will help local residents pay for swim lessons and other swimming equipment. The fund is named after Hironaka's granddaughter, a U.S. Olympic women's team swimmer and silver medalist.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY May. 10
Ontario food pantry confronts rising demand for services
The Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida food pantry in Ontario began to see an uptick in clients after the beginning of the year. Since then, more and more people are visiting the pantry but officials are not exactly sure what is driving demand.
FreeOREGON NEWS May. 10
Oregon, Washington detect first cases of bird flu in backyard flocks
Bird owners should report respiratory symptoms, lethargy or sudden death in their flocks, as bird flu arrives in the Northwest, officials say.
FreeELECTION 2022 May. 10
Clerk alerts voters after wind blows ballots out of Jordan Valley drop box
Malheur County Clerk Gayle Trotter says she secured the box and the wind-blown ballots were retrieved, but she wants voters who dropped off ballots Monday, May 9, to check with her office and make sure their votes were received.
TREASURE VALLEY RELOAD CENTER May. 10
Engineering firm on rail project exceeds contract by $500,000, hikes its fees twice
Anderson Perry & Associates, managing construction of the Treasure Valley Reload Center, has submitted bills that far exceed the limit in its contract. The company president said it was an "oversight" that there had been no contract amendments have been made since 2019.
TREASURE VALLEY RELOAD CENTER May. 9
Rail board zeroes in on project engineers with tough questions over costs, bidding process
The board of the Malheur County Development Corp. decided in a rare Saturday meeting to present two pages of questions to the engineering firm overseeing the Treasure Valley Reload Center. The directors also advised it was time to start over on bidding for the shipping center building.

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