Several city’s and law enforcement organizations voiced support for a proposed truancy ordinance now under consideration by the Malheur County Court.
Author: Pat Caldwell
Loss of ladder truck creates new challenge for Ontario Fire & Rescue Department
An inspection last month forced the Ontario Fire & Rescue Department to take its ladder truck out of service. Now officials are researching an array of alternatives to bridge the emergency services gap.
Local educators voice alarm over social media use among students
Social media use among students has evolved into a serious issue for teachers and administrators locally and in other parts of the Pacific Northwest.
Homeless count effort tallies 266 unhoused in Malheur County
A joint effort between local agencies and volunteers last month identified more than 200 people who are unsheltered in Malheur County.
Findley blocks access to records on his rail funding efforts, invoking immunity
State Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, decided last week to take the unusual step of invoking constitutional immunity to stymie a request for his state records regarding the Treasure Valley Reload Center.
Lady Vikings set their sights on district tournament after building 8-2 league mark
The Vale High School girls varsity basketball team ended the regular season in second place in the Eastern Oregon League. Now, they are ramping up for district tournament action at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande Friday, Feb. 17.
Malheur county commissioners lukewarm on sheriff’s office overtime proposal
Last month Lt. Rich Harriman, Malheur County Emergency Services director presented a plan to pay those who work overtime shifts in the dispatch center double time wages but county leaders are not sold on the plan.
New drug task force aims to curb county’s illegal narcotics trade
A new drug task force will combine resources from different police agencies in Malheur County. Officials are preparing to deploy the task force some time this spring.
Nyssa city councilor treks to Salem, gets chance to pitch governor for rural help
Nyssa City Councilor Roberto Escobedo recently was able to get a face-to-face meeting with Gov. Tina Kotek. Escobedo wants to work to ensure the local community remains diverse and equitable.
Vale boys varsity hoop squad shrugs off a slow season start in pursuit of league title
The Vale boys basketball team emerged from non-league play in December at 3-7 but the difficult, early-season schedule helped build resiliency and teamwork. Now the Vikings – with wins over Riverside and Umatilla Feb. 3 and Feb 4 – are in second place in the Eastern Oregon League.