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We are publishing a three-part special report this week with an inside look at the troubles of the Treasure Valley Reload Center project.

Your news team at the Enterprise made effective use of the state’s public records law to obtain documents that otherwise weren’t available. They reveal that project managers have no current budget, no plan for raising all the money they need but they are counting on one key source – more public money.

The public board in charge of the project has scheduled a meeting for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Waldo Conference Center in Nyssa. A meeting last month was ended because project leaders said they needed more time to gather spending information. If you have any interest in how your money is being used or how decisions are being made, you can watch the meeting online via Zoom. Use this MCDC zoom link. (Meeting ID: 872 6044 0887 Passcode: 515021).

Next week, we’ll share with you what steps we took to report on these matters, being transparent with our community about how we do our work and the care we take to give those in charge of this project opportunity to address information and questions.

Here are our first two reports and plus news about your community. Do you have a story idea? We’d love to hear. Send an email to Editor Les Zaitz: [email protected]

SPECIAL REPORT: Smith pledges scrutiny of rail project budget, can’t produce one
The public board managing the Treasure Valley Reload Center hasn’t seen budget numbers since October but keeps spending. Greg Smith, project manager, assured the board financial commitments would not be…
SPECIAL REPORT: Smith pledges scrutiny of rail project budget, can’t produce one
The public board managing the Treasure Valley Reload Center hasn’t seen budget numbers since October but keeps spending. Greg Smith, project manager, assured the board financial commitments would not be…
SPECIAL REPORT: State suspends payments for Nyssa rail project
As bills flow in, the county’s development company learns the state is stopping payments for the Treasure Valley Reload Center. Contrract issues are tying up millions needed to finish the…
SPECIAL REPORT: State suspends payments for Nyssa rail project
As bills flow in, the county’s development company learns the state is stopping payments for the Treasure Valley Reload Center. Contrract issues are tying up millions needed to finish the…
TVCC secures ‘bridge loan’ for nursing training center
Treasure Valley Community College Board voted borrow nearly $5 million to match state funding for construction of its Nursing and Allied Health Professions Center.
TVCC secures ‘bridge loan’ for nursing training center
Treasure Valley Community College Board voted borrow nearly $5 million to match state funding for construction of its Nursing and Allied Health Professions Center.
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.
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.
Malheur Enterprise’s Discover photo contest open for entries
The Malheur Enterprise’s annual Discover photo contest is open for entries. Winning photos will be published in the 2023 Discover tourism and community guide, with the top three entrants receiving…
Malheur Enterprise’s Discover photo contest open for entries
The Malheur Enterprise’s annual Discover photo contest is open for entries. Winning photos will be published in the 2023 Discover tourism and community guide, with the top three entrants receiving…
Vale mural group plans work on ‘Sagebrush Annie,’ forms committees
The Vale Heritage Reflections Mural Society on Jan. 30 organized subcommittees and ramped up for work to restore the Sagebrush Annie mural on Longfellow Street North.
Vale mural group plans work on ‘Sagebrush Annie,’ forms committees
The Vale Heritage Reflections Mural Society on Jan. 30 organized subcommittees and ramped up for work to restore the Sagebrush Annie mural on Longfellow Street North.
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…
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…
Sports Scoreboard
The latest results and scores from area high school sports teams over the past week.
Sports Scoreboard
The latest results and scores from area high school sports teams over the past week.

STATE NEWS

Kotek proposes $13.5 billion for education but critics say more is needed
Experts say the state needs to spend even more to keep Oregon schools running as they are, let alone improve them.
Kotek proposes $13.5 billion for education but critics say more is needed
Experts say the state needs to spend even more to keep Oregon schools running as they are, let alone improve them.
Sarge is ready for a new home but for now lives at the Ontario Feral Cat Project shelter in Ontario. (Submitted photo)

CATS: “Find your Valentine Adoption Event”

Sarge is the most perfect kitty you will ever meet. He is sweet, loving, playful and the perfect snuggle buddy!

Sarge, who is 8 1/2 years old, has been at the shelter for one year and eight months. A lot of this time he has been Archie’s comfort buddy – he took incredible care of his best friend.

Snuggling with him, grooming him and just being with Archie while he was battling kidney disease.

We haven’t really tried very hard to find a family for Sarge through this time, knowing Archie needed him.

We lost our beloved Archie almost two weeks ago and it’s obvious that Sarge really misses his best friend, He’s now ready to start his happily-ever-after with a family of his own!!

All the volunteers absolutely adore this adorable boy!

Sarge is neutered, UTD on vaccinations and tested negative for FeLV & FIV.

He is indoor only for his safety. No declawing is allowed..

Come meet Sarge on Saturday to see if you have found your newest family member.

THIS SATURDAY’S VALENTINE EVENT: Drop in for cookies, cocoa and door prizes. Enter a raffle for a cat tree.

SATURDAY ADOPTION EVENT: Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Constance McCullough House, 84 N.W. 2nd St. in Ontario.

–Information provided by the Ontario Feral Cat Project.

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