Catch up on local news in Malheur County

Good morning….

If you’re a big sports fan, this day is for you.

And you have all day to get ready for the Super Bowl, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. in Las Vegas. And there’s still time to set up bets with friends and relatives: San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Chiefs?

Closer to home, playoff season is unfolding for high school teams. The district wrestling meets were held Saturday and basketball teams finished out their regular seasons. We’ll have full details on who’s advancing in a report Monday.

Meantime, let’s catch up on local news.

One wrestler to watch is Ontario’s Hannah Hernandez. Learn how she’s turned into one of the top girl wrestlers in Oregon.

Malheur County has filled one of three top executive positions that have been open. A familiar face is now running the Malheur County Planning Department while hiring could be imminent for a new manager at the Malheur County Fairgrounds.

Speaking of planning, the long road to opening up marginal farmland for housing takes another step forward this week. Three property owners will be the first to seek county permission to build on what had been agricultural land. This is the result of years of patient legislating by state Sen. Lynn Findley, the Republican from Vale.

One of the most popular stories in recent days was reporter Pat Caldwell’s description of a bar inside a hardware store. One commenter cracked this would be the place now to looking for missing husbands.

In recent months, the Enterprise has brought you plenty of reports about child poverty in Malheur County. Reporter Steven Mitchell now tells about an effort to do more for mothers with home visits from experts.

And local police agencies will get modernized with vastly improved communications gear coming.

In the good news department, our Nyssa correspondent, Susan Barton, shares the heart-warming account of a group of quilters in Adrian while Pat Caldwell talks to artist Eddie Melendrez about the impact of a $150,000 grant.

Across the mountains, Oregon legislators are spending hours considering some of the state’s biggest challenges. Reforming Measure 110, dealing with addiction and crime, is getting a lot of attention. And Gov. Tina Kotek is pressing for a huge state investment in housing. That could be a big help here in Malheur County, where the lack of housing people can afford means employers have a tough time finding and keeping workers.


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