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FreeAROUND OREGON Jan. 21
State attorneys urge Oregon Supreme Court to keep Kristof off ballot
As he awaits court decision, Nick Kristof continues campaigning and raising money in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Oregon governor.
OREGON NEWS Jan. 19
Bentz says 2020 presidential election was bought, not stolen
Speaking in La Grande on the anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, the Republican Congressman said Democrats were blowing the event out of proportion to divert attention from inflation and other issues.
FreeAROUND OREGON Jan. 17
Running for governor, Kristof defends residency claim to Oregon Supreme Court
Gubernatorial candidate Nick Kristof submitted a filing Friday to the Oregon Supreme Court, reasserting his contention that Oregon has been his home for the required time. State attorneys this week are expected to present Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s case to bar him from the ballot.
AROUND OREGON Jan. 13
State Rep. Mark Owens eyes ag overtime bill as short session nears
The Crane Republican worries that a proposal to pay overtime wages to farm workers will crop up again in the Oregon Legislature when it convenes Feb. 1. He says farmers are operating on thin profit margins as it is in his district, which includes Malheur County.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 12
Ontario leaders float plan to help local kids save for further education
Council President Ken Hart, Mayor Riley Hill and Ontario School Board chair Tom Greco propose that the city invest some of its marijuana tax money in a fund to help local children afford college or other post high school training.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Jan. 11
County Court mulls questions, finds few answers in Idaho border meeting
In a Malheur County Court meeting, people raise questions about the proposal to move some Oregon counties into Idaho, and what's next.
FreeAROUND OREGON Jan. 6
With Oregon residency in question, Kristof won’t share documents
Democratic candidate Nick Kristof claims tax records, other documents will establish his qualifications to run for governor in Oregon.
FreeAROUND OREGON Jan. 5
Kristof attorneys argue Yamhill has always been home for the gubernatorial candidate
Oregon election officials requested proof the Democratic candidate for governor meets residency requirements. Nick Kristof's campaign, which issued a 102-page response, contends he has always considered Yamhill home, and voters should get to make the call.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 31
Slowing effects of climate change among priorities for Oregon’s new watersheds director
Lisa Charpilloz-Hanson will oversee more than $170 million to pay for projects enhancing state waterways and protecting critical species.
ONTARIO Dec. 27
Lawsuit contends Ontario's nuisance fines are excessive, unfair
An Ontario woman's lawsuit claims the city's nuisance enforcement practices are unfair, and she can't sell her property without paying off the 'disproportionate' fines. It's the latest for a city program that has drawn complaints – even from the mayor.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 23
Oregon election officials want Kristof to prove residency for governor's race
Kristof campaign says he considered Oregon home even when he lived in New York. The Oregon secretary of state wants to know more about that.
COMMUNITY Dec. 22
Federal dollars could be coming to fix Ontario's worn streets
Cracked and pothole-ridden roads like East Idaho Avenue could get repairs with money from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Officials say having projects ready to go is the key to securing the funding.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 17
Governor, health experts brace Oregonians for a serious impact from Omicron by February
In a surprising development, state officials said Friday that hospitalizations for Omicron could soon end up dwarfing cases from earlier Covid variants.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 17
Oregon adopts new carbon emission caps on fuel suppliers, major polluters
The new regulations will help the state meet state and international targets for curbing the worst effects of climate change, regulators say.
ONTARIO Dec. 15
Plans advance to turn Ontario pool into outdoor facility, fundraising next
The Ontario Recreation District recently released sketches showing what the long-closed public pool would look like if turned into an outdoor pool. The district is launching a drive to finish raising $3.5 million.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 14
Legislators send millions in relief to rural Oregon for farms, water and to fight cartels
Oregon tenants waiting for state aid with past-due rent will remain safe from eviction until Sept. 30. State Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, voted against the aid but supported millons for the ag industry.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 13
Oregon farmers and ranchers likely to see $100 million in fresh state relief
If legislators approve the funding, the money will help rural areas around the state but they’re not likely to see any cash for at least two months.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 13
With thousands facing eviction from their homes, Oregon Legislature coming to the rescue
In a special session Monday, the Oregon Legislature will consider providing $100 million to landlords for tenants’ back rent.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 10
Sen. Findley asked to act on shifting counties to Idaho – a request he sought
In a letter seeking legislative action, the Grant County Court took no position on the proposal to merge parts of Oregon with Idaho.
MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 8
Malheur County employees get bonus pay for work during pandemic
More than 100 county employees got a one-time pay bump last month, thanks to federal pandemic relief funds. The "premium pay" – ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 – went to heath workers, jail staff, office personnel and even some elected officials.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 7
Brown calls for $200 million in workforce spending, offers few details
Gov. Kate Brown urged business leaders to push legislators to support the spending package.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 6
Oregonians can bid for lower taxes while funding scholarships through state auction
You could shave your income tax bill and push money into Oregon scholarships with an online auction under this week.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 5
Brown returns from international climate summit energized to push Oregon’s plans ahead
The governor sees even more possibilities for offshore wind-generated power to serve Oregon’s needs – and create coastal jobs.
FreeAROUND OREGON Dec. 1
Governor calls special session on eviction protections for Oregon tenants
Gov. Kate Brown is asking state legislators to provide $190 million in new state funding for rental assistance, other protections.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 29
Medical professionals want mental health program extended to Oregon nurses
The Oregon Wellness Program now offers free and confidential therapy sessions to doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists and dentists.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 26
More power, better restrooms and new visitor centers – Oregon parks to get major upgrades
Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site in John Day is among state parks getting upgrades with $50 million from state bonds.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 25
Panel of judges upholds Oregon congressional maps, dismisses gerrymandering claims
The ruling follows an earlier decision that redrawn legislative maps don’t unfairly favor Democrats.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 24
House Republican leader Christine Drazan will run for governor
Christine Drazan of Canby plans to officially launch her campaign by the end of the year.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 22
Environment Commission issues historic mandate for cleaner trucks on Oregon roads
Truck manufacturers, who had opposed the rules, will need to begin to manufacture more electric vehicles and cleaner diesel trucks by 2025.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 20
Oregon to get more than $400 million to rebuild from 2020 wildfires
Federal money continues to flow into the state to help homeowners, businesses recover from wildfires that tore through Oregon in 2020.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 18
Oregon economic forecast: Higher wages drive state revenue, workers feel inflation
Portland is lagging the rest of the state in economic recovery as the Covid pandemic’s effects linger.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 15
‘Sense of urgency’ in Oregon should follow passage of infrastructure bill, DeFazio says
The Oregon congressman expects the $1.2 trillion package to help drive up wages for American workers.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 15
Oregon tenants urged to get bid in for state rent help before Dec. 1 cutoff
Gov. Kate Brown said she’s working with legislators on plans for a future special session.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 14
Oregon will be flush in money to dramatically expand broadband – but that’s not happening soon
It will be more than a year before Oregonians benefit from $120 million in American Rescue Plan funds and $100 million from the just-passed infrastructure bill.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 9
A year after the 2020 election, Oregon county clerks still fighting back fraud allegations
Several legislators have added their voices to the chorus calling to investigate the 2020 election.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 8
Oregon transportation officials already at work planning to spend new billions
Oregon will have about 30% more for its bridge work because of the federal infrastructure bill. Potholes, too, will get more attention.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 7
Democrats in Oregon delegation applaud infrastructure passage, Bentz votes no
The passage of the infrastructure bill on Friday means billions will flow to Oregon for roads, bridges, broadband and more.
FreeSTATE NEWS Nov. 4
Coos Bay forestry official selected as new state forester
Calvin Mukumoto is set to lead the department following the departure of the former state forester over reports of mismanagement.
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 3
Restaurant tax coming to Cannon Beach, southern Oregon dam gets repair money in Tuesday’s vote
Most school, fire districts with taxing measures on Tuesday’s ballot won approval in the special election. One county considers a move to Idaho.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 30
Historic landmarks meeting in Oregon stopped by racist, homophobic slurs
The recording of the Zoom session, which was stopped, was turned over to Oregon State Police for investigation.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 29
Oregon’s emergency management director testifies to Congress about wildfire issues
Wildfire responders urge Congress to improve disaster aid process for at-risk communities.
FreeSTATE NEWS Oct. 26
Future of clean trucks, buses facing key agency vote in November
If adopted by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, new clean trucks rules could cut in half the greenhouse gas emissions from big vehicles sold in the state.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 26
Two lawsuits challenge Oregon’s new legislative boundaries
One suit asks the Supreme Court to get rid of the Legislature’s plan entirely, while the other alleges Democrats punished one of their own.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 25
Ethics complaint against former Oregon State president will be dismissed
A 3-2 commission vote to dismiss an ethics complaint against F. King Alexander was moot because the commission needed five votes
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 24
New public lands chief faced with building bridges after confirmation battle
Tracy Stone-Manning, Biden's pick for Bureau of Land Management chief, leads an agency which oversees huge swaths of Oregon rangeland tensions over resource uses persist. In her prior posts in Montana, she built a reputation as a consensus-builder.
MALHEUR COUNTY HOUSING Oct. 21
Malheur County moves ahead to permit homes on marginal farmland
The Eastern Oregon Border Board is putting up $50,000 to help Malheur County launch a process to qualify some land – deemed inferior for farming – for much needed housing. Property would need to meet 15 benchmarks to qualify, with a county board evaluating the projects.
FreeMEETINGS Oct. 13
Vale's Pioneer Nursing District slates October meeting
Here's a look at some of the local public meetings coming up this month, starting with the Pioneer Nursing Home Health District board of directors meeting.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 13
Oregon Republicans sue over new congressional districts
Former Secretary of State Bev Clarno and three others allege maps are a Democratic gerrymander. They have sued to stop the new Congressional districts and have judges instead create the state's new House district.
FreeSTATE NEWS Oct. 12
Oregon tenants at risk in expiration of eviction safe harbor
Legislators and tenant advocates are calling for special session to extend protections, as renters run out of time to get help
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 11
OREGON NEWS: Report shows parts of Oregon spent months last year with elevated air pollution levels
OREGON NEWS: Air quality monitors show some communities in Oregon had pollution as worse as some of the country's largest cities.
AROUND OREGON Oct. 8
OREGON NEWS: State representative sells house in district, moves to Nevada
OREGON NEWS: State Rep. Bill Post, who has represented District 25 since 2014, announced Sept. 27 that he had sold his house in Keizer and moved to Nevada. Post plans to continue in his role for now, but hasn't decided yet if he will resign in 2022.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 8
OREGON NEWS: With lines still uncertain, congressional hopefuls slow to announce campaigns
OREGON NEWS: Oregon has a new district, but most candidates are waiting for lawsuits over redrawn boundaries.
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 6
New Oregon laws tackle affordable housing, rebuilding from fire
OREGON NEWS: The Oregon Legislature passed several changes to Oregon laws that modify land use practices around the state. Land use experts see trend of state telling cities what to do.
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 6
Dr. Dean Sidelinger: Big-picture team player in Oregon public health
OREGON NEWS: The state epidemiologist’s calm demeanor and untiring public safety message belie the toll of the pandemic
FreeSTATE NEWS Oct. 5
Oregon's rural counties on their own if Covid vaccine mandate causes staff shortages
Cities and counties are declaring emergencies, fearing the state’s vaccination deadline will cause teachers, health care workers and first responders to quit in droves. State officials say they can’t step in to help unless local governments are overwhelmed.
FreeSTATE NEWS Oct. 5
Oregon governor’s race starting to take shape
Treasurer Tobias Read, House Speaker Tina Kotek and 2016 GOP nominee Bud Pierce are the biggest names in the open race so far
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Sep. 24
Filing season begins for election to posts across Malheur County
Various local seats are up for election this spring, including a county commissioner seat, the county judge seat, and the state representative for Malheur County.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 24
Ontario grapples with rapid turnover of employees in key positions
Police Chief Steve Romero is the most high-profile employee to set a departure date but several other critical positions will also be vacant soon. While some city councilors see the exits as coincidences, at least one elected leader believes the internal political climate at the city played a role.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 23
Mills returns to Ontario City Council, filling seat emptied by voters
Susann Mills, a property manager who has lived in Ontario for decades and previously served on the council, was appointed to the seat left vacant by former councilor Freddy Rodriguez's recall in a 4-1 vote.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 17
Ontario mayor wins suit against his own city over nuisance citations
The city of Ontario's code enforcement fined Mayor Riley Hill $500 for having a messy property. Hill sued to get out of the fine, and won't have to pay it, though the judge said he would not rule yet on whether the city should also reimburse Hill's lawyer fees. The suit cost the city more than $8,000 in legal fees.
COMMENTARY Sep. 16
EDITORIAL: We need leadership to defeat Covid, defy the politics of fear and anger
EDITORIAL: President George W. Bush, in his 9/11 remembrance speech, noted the slide of American politics into 'a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment.' Nowhere is that more apparent today than in our divisiveness over how to combat Covid. And amid strident calls for local control, few local leaders are offering their own solutions to protect the community.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 14
Malheur County Court holds first meeting to discuss "Greater Idaho"
The Malheur County Court held its first required public meeting to discuss how the proposed "Greater Idaho" border change could affect the county. Public commenters considered the impact it would have on business and community relations.
AROUND OREGON Sep. 13
AROUND OREGON: Court rules against Bend using hotel dollars to fix roads
The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association and two local hotel owners challenged the ordinance in court, arguing that Bend broke a state law by using about $350,000 of its lodging tax money to fix roads instead of for tourism promotion. So now, the city has to go back to allocating the full 35.4% to tourism promotion and facilities, said Ian Leitheiser, an attorney with the city.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Sep. 2
Malheur County's industrial park on hold as federal grant skipped, costs continue
Officials hoped to tie the planned business park to the Nyssa rail center. But the county has put the project on hold, even as taxpayers pay on debt and with a decision not to seek millions from the federal government for now.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT Aug. 25
Local contractor's bid to create gravel pit outside Ontario squashed
The Malheur County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Malheur County Court declined a move by Darren Lee dig the rock site southwest of Weiser on the Oregon Slope. Homeowners near the proposed pit voiced concern about water quality and loss of farm ground.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Aug. 19
Four residents apply to fill vacant seat on Ontario City Council
Charlotte Cablay, Susann Mills, James Grissett, and McShane Erlebach applied for a chance to fill recalled councilor Freddy Rodriguez's seat. They will have the chance to speak to and answer questions from the council Aug. 24.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Aug. 11
County trims back rail lines for Nyssa center in cost-cutting move as construction looms
An agreement with Americold to operate the Treasure Valley Reload Center, months late, now is expected to be done by the end of August. Project managers meantime are grappling with new federal questions about wetlands on the Nyssa property.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Aug. 2
Ontario starts search for new councilor
The Ontario City Council has begun accepting applications for a new councilor to fill the vacancy left behind from Freddy Rodriguez's recall.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 30
Snake River prison chief retires, takes interim post at Warner Creek
The Oregon Department of Corrections asked Brad Cain to take on the new role as superintendent of Warner Creek Correctional Facility after Cain announced his retirement from Snake River Correctional Institution.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFESTYLE Jul. 28
Federal court ruling thrusts Dreamers into 'limbo'
A federal judge in Texas recently ended some provisions of DACA, a federal program which protects the rights of people brought to the United States as children. Betsaida Chavez Garcia, an immigration lawyer and DACA recipient, spoke to the Enterprise about what the ruling means.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBILC SAFETY Jul. 12
Ontario Police Department triggers audit after $900 found missing from evidence room
The audit is scheduled to take place this week. Police Chief Jeff Groth of Sherwood is leading an audit team from the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police to review evidence handling at the Ontario Police Department.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 8
Lightning ignites 100-acre fire Wednesday afternoon outside Ironside
The fire on Wednesday, July 7, burned 100 acres of private land between Brogan and Ironside before Vale BLM and other agencies contained the fire.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jul. 7
Vale acquires key funding to propel sewer infrastructure project
The city will use more than $1 million in state funds to rebuild the Willowcreek lift station, a key component to the city's wastewater system.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jul. 6
Freddy Rodriguez ejected from Ontario City Council
UPDATED: The results of the recall were overwhelmingly for Rodriguez's removal from office. The election has a maximum of 30 days to become final.
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT Jul. 1
One-fourth of ballots turned in as Tuesday deadline approaches for Rodriguez recall election
The deadline for voters to turn in ballots for the special election to recall Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez is 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6. Ontario city voters need to deliver their ballots now to a ballot box because mailed ballots now won't reach the Malheur County Clerk's Office in time.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 25
Ontario council seeks power to hire department heads
The move would change the form of government in Ontario, concentrating power with the mayor and council rather than with the city manager.
OREGON POLITICS Jun. 22
Gun issue prompts recall try to remove Findley from Senate
Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, drew the ire of a Mount Vernon man and prompted the effort. Patrick Hales says Findley's stance on two bills - including one on new gun legislation - spurred his action.
EDITORIAL Jun. 16
EDITORIAL: Voters should oust Rodriguez from Ontario council
The July 6 recall election gives Ontario residents the opportunity to take a clear stand against domestic violence, against political bullying, against abuse of public power. Voters should not hesitate to cast their ballots to remove Freddy Rodriguez from the Ontario City Council.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY Jun. 15
Dorian Drive property owners await council's decision on pricey fix
The Ontario City Council will decide at Tuesday's meeting if one Ontario family will need to cover the $50,000 cost to pave a 91-foot road section in front of their house.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 15
Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez sent unsolicited explicit photo to local woman
An Ontario woman said she was shocked to receive a photo in April 2020 from Freddy Rodriguez that revealed parts of his body. Rodriguez and the woman sometimes flirted over Facebook Messenger, but the woman said she had no intention of provoking such a photo from the city councilor. Rodriguez explained Sunday, "I'm human." He faces a recall vote on July 6.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 9
Rodriguez concedes domestic convictions – 'I lost my temper'
The beleaguered councilor addressed parts of his controversial past in a live online appearance Monday. Rodriguez's conduct has polarized Ontario city politics.
ONTARIO POLITICS Jun. 8
SPECIAL ELECTION: What Ontario voters will see on their recall ballot
Here is the text of the case Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez is putting before voters on why he shouldn't be ejected from office. The full statement from the recall petition addresses why he should be removed.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 8
SPECIAL ELECTION: Recall vote on Ontario's Rodriguez set for July 6
The Malheur County Clerk's Office will send out ballots for the special election on June 16 to all registered voters within Ontario city limits. Two Ontario city councilors have said they will vote to recall Rodriguez.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 4
Melendrez calls for Rodriguez's resignation at Ontario council meeting
Councilor Eddie Melendrez became the first of his peers to publicly declare that he had signed the recall petition and ask Rodriguez to resign.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
Monger takes charge at Vale BLM district office
The new district manager started in May and took the place of Don Gonzalez, who retired in December 2020 after 14 years in the role.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
Legislation means Ontario can't shut down tiny home project
House Bill 2006, which passed in Salem on May 12, requires local governments to "allow siting of qualifying emergency shelters by qualifying entities notwithstanding land use laws and regulations." In other words, the city council's deciding power over the shelter's fate is now limited.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 2
Rodriguez declares intent to fight recall as petitioners round up enough signatures
Freddy Rodriguez, the embattled Ontario city councilor, faces a Friday deadline to decide whether to resign in the face of a successful recall petition. He said he won't - forcing a citywide vote on whether to remove him.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jun. 2
WATCHDOG: County's rail team told state key permits were in hand for reload center - they weren't
When the Oregon Transportation Commission met in January, its members wanted certain steps done for the Treasure Valley Reload Center before approving construction money. They were told work was complete on necessary permits. It wasn't then and it isn't yet, an investigation by the Enterprise found
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 1
UPDATE: Recall of Rodriguez a go, says Ontario city official
UPDATE: Petitioners have gathered enough signatures to force a recall election. The Malheur County Clerk's Office announced that the petition to recall Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez was only 61 signatures short of the required amount due by Monday, June 7.
ONTARIO May. 28
Judge keeps restraining order in place against Rodriguez
An Ontario woman said she fears abuse by Freddy Rodriguez, Ontario city councilor, and asked for a year-long extension of an order that he stay away from her.
NATIONAL POLITICS May. 26
Bentz supports plan to investigate U.S. Capitol attacks
The Oregon congressman joined 34 fellow Republicans to vote yes on the proposal designed to create the commission but the plan still must gain approval in the U.S. Senate.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT May. 26
Rodriguez recall group turns in 502 signatures, keeps collecting more
The recall effort has until June 7 to come up with the requisite 494 signatures from Ontario voters in order to force an official statement from Rodriguez with either his resignation or his reasons for not resigning. If Rodriguez chooses not to resign, a special election must be held within 35 days.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT May. 21
Ontario City Council removes Justus from meeting for holding signs
The decision on Tuesday, May 18, came after former councilor Marty Justus displayed signs questioning Riley Hill's sobriety. Legal experts, including the Portland ACLU, expressed concern about the legality of the city's action.
VALE May. 20
Vale lift station project tops legislator's list for federal funds
The mechanism is old and prompts frequent repairs by city public works crews. State Sen. Lynn Findley wants to earmark $1 million in federal money to get the structure repaired.
VALE May. 20
New airport manager has big dreams - and plans - for the local airfield
Levi Gilman wants to install an independent fuel source at the airport and create more - and newer - hangars. A local helicopter pilot, Gilman said he is working now to acquire financing for his upgrade project.
EDUCATION May. 20
Young gets extension on contract at TVCC
The five-year extension was accompanied by a $30,000 raise spread across various benefits.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT May. 19
Rodriguez 'wholeheartedly' apologizes for his treatment of former councilor
Freddy Rodriguez, Ontario city councilor, took to his Facebook page on Wednesday, May 19, with a statement addressing his allegations against a former city councilor. He acted after an investigation by the Enterprise found that police uncovered no evidence of criminal behavior.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY May. 19
Former Fruitland man sentenced to prison for Ontario killing
Jaime Escobedo pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and attempting to elude police in the shooting death of Larry Fuentes outside the Los Potrillos restaurant in 2018.
ELECTIONS May. 18
FINAL RESULTS: Draper defeated, Rodriguez and Geddes win another term on Ontario School Board
Derrick Draper, a divisive and combative force on the Ontario School Board, lost his bid for re-election with voters picking pastor Tom Greco to replace him. A new makeup on the Ontario School Board will feature Tom Greco and Matt Stringer as Derrick Draper, who resigned but didn't, gets ushered off the board by Ontario voters in the Tuesday, May 18, election, based on initial results.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY May. 17
Project DOVE rolls out innovative new program to help victims of domestic abuse
The Purple Ribbon Partner Project aims to help those who are fleeing a violent relationship find temporary refuge. The program officially kicks of May 22 with a classic car ride and show.