STATE NEWS Mar. 4
Oregon's child welfare director sees reforms taking hold
Midway through her second year Oregon's child welfare director, Rebecca Jones Gaston says the agency is working hard to bolster training for its workers, improve response times on an abuse hotline, and address difficult issues such as structural racism.
STATE NEWS Mar. 2
AROUND OREGON: Biden administration rescinds grazing permit for Hammond Ranches a day after environmental groups file lawsuit
Officials at the U.S. Interior Department officials rescinded a 10-year grazing permit for Hammond Ranches Inc. and directed the Bureau of Land Management to further consider the matter. Four environmental advocacy groups on Thursday sued the Interior secretary and Bureau of Land Management, alleging last month’s permit approval on the final day of the Trump administration was “tainted by political influence” and that a “rushed and truncated public process” cut out opportunities for public participation required by law. The Oregon Farm Bureau argued that the Hammonds’ grazing permit should be restored and not issued or taken away based on “ever-changing regulatory whims,” according to farm bureau spokeswoman Anne Marie Moss.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 25
Rodriguez asks for hearing to contest January restraining order
Ontario City Councilor Freddy Rodriguez has requested for a hearing with the Malheur County Circuit Court to contest the restraining order filed against him by a local woman last month. No hearing date has been set yet.
VALE Feb. 25
Vale's old city hall is filling with new tenants
The city signed an agreement with Elkhorn Public Defenders in early February and the county already rents space in the facility for grand jury proceedings.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 24
Ontario keeps team in Washington chasing project money
The city is working on grants for public art and economic development with Merchant MacIntyre, a firm based out of Washington, D.C.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Feb. 24
Push by Malheur County to open low-grade ag land for development back on the legislative docket
Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, is a key priority for the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board.
ELECTIONS Feb. 22
Plan to move Oregon-Idaho border leaps ahead with local ballot measure
The measure, supported by the non-profit, grass-roots group Greater Idaho, will require the Malheur County Court to meet three times a year to discuss the border modification blueprint.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 21
Oregon legislation to ease Measure 11 draws concern from Malheur DA
Senate Bill 191 is just one of several pieces of legislation that aim to make changes to the minimum sentencing law state voters approved in 1994.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Feb. 19
Governor's decision clears the way for spring prep football in Malheur County
The new season is slated to start March 1. Some details, including safety protocols, still need to be finalized before the first football hits the grass.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 18
Truck crash temporarily closes U.S. Highway 20 west of Harper
The early-morning accident injured the driver of the truck and damaged guardrails at the Squaw Creek Bridge. Both eastbound and westbound lanes were closed but police were able to reopen the eastbound lane later.
NYSSA Feb. 18
Ani-Care inks deal with Nyssa for new animal shelter, moving from Ontario
Ani-Care Animal Shelter will relocate from Ontario to the Thunderegg Capital of the World within the next few weeks. City officials said they were pleased with the deal.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 16
Ontario man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison
Carlos Alberto Berrios Jr., 30, pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine Jan. 23 and was sentenced in federal court Tuesday.
ONTARIO Feb. 12
Ontario funds lobbyist to seek more pot taxes
Ontario will send a new lobbyist to Salem to support two bills that would change how the state redistributes existing taxes, and allow Ontario to raise local taxes on marijuana products.
AROUND OREGON Feb. 8
AROUND OREGON: Congressman calls for removal of Snake River dams
The weekend proposal for a massive infrastructure initiative to “end the salmon wars” is sending shock waves through the Columbia River Basin. U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-idaho, is behind the push.
VALE Feb. 5
Fuller ready to step into Vale city manager slot
Longtime resident will step down from council set to take the reins of the city. Fuller, who works as a manager at Woodgrain in Fruitland, said he wants to build strong relationships with city staff.
COMMENTARY Feb. 1
EDITOR'S COLUMN: Keeping close watch on public officials is a core duty for the Enterprise
Reporters at the Enterprise have produced story after story in recent weeks about powerful public officials. Such work isn't easy - but we know you expect us to do it.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Jan. 27
Decision by state commission clears the way for construction of Malheur County rail facility
Nearly four years after funding was earmarked for the project, dirt will begin to move at the site north of Nyssa in the spring. Local officials praised the judgement by the Oregon Transportation Commission Jan. 21.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 27
Fuller tapped to lead Vale as city manager
Todd Fuller will begin work as city manager of the Malheur County town March 1. The Vale City Council made its decision Tuesday.
NYSSA CITY HALL Jan. 27
Small town politics delivers lessons, insights for Nyssa mayor
Betty Holcomb was voted to the top political spot in Nyssa by the city council recently. For the lifelong Nyssa resident, building trust and looking out for seniors are key priorities.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 27
Freddy Rodriguez, Ontario city councilor, subject of new restraining order over abuse, the second in a year
Malheur County Circuit Court judge Lung S. Hung found that Rodriguez “represents a credible threat to the physical safety” of an Ontario woman and that she “is in imminent danger of further abuse.”
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS Jan. 26
Resolution by state Republican party sparks questions, bewilderment from Malheur County lawmaker
The document links recent mob violence at the U.S. Capitol as a false-flag operation designed to discredit former President Donald Trump. GOP lawmakers and officials were caught off guard by the resolution.
ONTARIO Jan. 25
Riley Hill, mayor of Ontario, sues his own city over $500
Ontario mayor and developer Riley Hill is appealing a civil penalty levied on his company, Eldorado Investments Inc, for a nuisance ordinance involving weeds and an abandoned car left on one of the company's lots. His company recently took the city to court to overturn the penalty.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 22
Malheur County Court approves commitment letter for rail reload center
The documents spells out six, non-binding guidelines between the county, a group of Malheur County onion shippers and Americold Logistics will follow regarding the taxpayer-funded facility north of Nyssa.
YOUR COMMUNITY Jan. 22
Transportation department gears up for sidewalk, curb renovation project in Malheur County
Beginning Monday, crews will start to set up traffic control signs in several areas across Vale. The project will focus on U.S. Highway 26 and Ellsworth Street and U.S. Highway 20 between 10th Street North and Viking Drive.
COMMUNITY NEWS Jan. 15
Rec district seeks city partnership for pool, asks public input
The Pool Committee of the Ontario Recreation District will ask Ontario City Council for financial support to get the project moving this Jan. 19.
YOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 13
Bentz votes against impeachment of President Trump
Lawmakers affirmed the article of impeachment 232-197. Ten GOP lawmakers broke ranks and voted to impeach the president.
FreeYOUR GOVERNMENT Jan. 6
Local lawmakers speak out about attempt by rioters to seize U.S. Capitol building
Most Malheur County and regional politicians decry the mob violence that erupted as Congress worked to certify the presidential election results Wednesday.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Dec. 29
County court awards aid to more than 50 Malheur County businesses
Elected leaders signed off on the distribution plan Wednesday and the county will immediately cut and send checks out to local merchants. The county received about $700,000 in state financial aid to help area merchants and others recover from the Covid pandemic.