Good Sunday morning!
Two local teams remain alive in the state playoffs as the Vale football team and the Ontario boys soccer team both won on Saturday, Nov. 5.
FOOTBALL: Vale defeated Siuslaw, 48-0, Saturday in a first-round class 3A gridiron playoff contest. Vale will now play Kennedy High School in Mt. Angel next Saturday in a quarterfinal game. Kennedy is the state’s top-ranked 3A team. It beat Lakeview 43-0 Saturday to advance.
In Friday night action, Cascade Christian beat Ontario, 52-20, in a first-round playoff game.
SOCCER: The Ontario boys soccer team defeated Newport 2-0 at home on Saturday, advancing to the semifinals, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8. The Tigers will face the winner of the North Marion-Stayton match scheduled for Saturday evening. Stayton is ranked No. 1 in the state.
CROSS COUNTRY: Trevor Stewart of Vale finished fourth in the 3A state boys cross country meet, finishing in 16.09. Siuslaw won the state championship. Addie Saunders of Vale finished 16th in the 3A state girls cross country meet. Enterprise won the state championship.
On the election front:
The Enterprise will bring you full results Tuesday night for races here in Malheur County and across the state. Remember, though, that any close race may not be decided for several days because ballots received after Election Day can still be counted – if they are postmarked by Tuesday. Check the Enterprise website and Facebook pages to see the results of the hour.
And speaking of voting, here are the ballot numbers as of Friday, Nov. 4:
Oregon turnout: 29% Malheur County turnout: 27%
By major affiliation:
Republicans – 2,792 votes out of 6,369 registered voters (44%)
Unaffiliated – 1,022 votes out of 8,325 registered voters (12%)
Democrats – 761 votes out of 2,383 registered voters (32%)
Still time to vote: You can drop off your ballot at local drop boxes in Ontario, Nyssa and Jordan Valley or at the courthouse in Vale. You can still mail your ballot. It has to be postmarked by Election Day (Nov. 8) to be counted even if it arrives after voting closes.
If you have any questions about the election or voting, contact the Malheur County Clerk’s Office at 541- 473-5151.
On the money front:
On Wednesday, the Malheur County Court heard the request from project organizers for an emergency $2 million to build a rail spur that was going to be put off for three years. As described by the project engineer, the rail spur is required by the railroad – and needed to operate the Treasure Valley Reload Center. The Enterprise has a full reporting coming. The county court made no decision.
Otherwise, let’s catch you up on some of the other news:
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