MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 22
Ontario students take to the football field, but with instruments in hand
Ontario's marching band is close to 70 years old, and offers a familial space for students who are passionate about making music to do so together.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Oct. 20
Vale puts younger players to work in big gridiron win
After romping past McLoughlin 39-8 last weekend, the Vikings will gear up to meet the Bulldogs in Nyssa on Friday, Oct. 22. Adrian and Ontario will be on the road.
COMMUNITY Oct. 20
PHOTO GALLERY: FFA Auction draws bidders with array of items
The annual FFA Auction, which raises money for scholarships, drew a crowd of bidders to the Vale Bus Barn last weekend.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 18
Shortage of bus drivers the latest staffing challenge for Oregon schools
In some districts in Oregon, routes are being combined, cut and parents are being paid to figure out alternatives.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 15
Classes to Career Profile: Construction class builds skills for Nyssa senior
Santiago Miranda says he values the construction class skills he's learning at Nyssa High School.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 14
Facing threats, superintendents and school boards turn to legislature, law enforcement
Growing concerns around job and personal safety are behind new contract rights legislation and FBI intervention.
EDUCATION Oct. 14
Oregon Community Foundation grants boost summer learning across Malheur County
Organizations received hundreds of thousands of dollars to help local children retain and grow their academic skills over the summer during a year when many were challenged by the demands of virtual learning.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Oct. 14
Ontario district eyes 4-day school week amid pandemic pressures
With staffing shortages posing challenges to teachers, Superintendent Nikki Albisu said that the main request she was hearing from her staff was for more time. So far, a majority of parents surveyed have been in favor of the proposal for four-day weeks.
COMMUNITY NEWS Oct. 14
Saturday's the big day for Vale FFA benefit auction
The annual event, a prized local tradition, will take place at the Vale bus shed off South Cottage Street behind the elementary school beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16.
EDUCATION Oct. 13
For Malheur County schools, contact tracing is a win – with a cost
The Malheur County Health Department is supporting schools to do their own in-depth contact tracing when cases of Covid are identified. That means pinning down who amongst students and staff was in close contact with the positive case during a certain date range, and under what circumstances. The process allows schools to be more selective about who they ask to quarantine, as opposed to simply quarantining large groups, but it's a lot of work.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Oct. 8
Nurses in training at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario ready to take on Covid
The nursing program at Treasure Valley Community College provides students with intense preparation for an intense career, with 720 hours of clinicals required for graduation. Students will be caring for Covid patients this year, and say they are ready to take on the challenge.
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 7
Despite return to in-person classes, many who chose homeschooling during pandemic stay home
OREGON NEWS: Homeschooling sees explosive growth of 70% to 200% in some education districts.
COMMUNITY Oct. 7
Classes to Career: Student aims for future in sports, health
Marcos Martinez finds skills for his future in Ontario High School's personal trainer course, one of the career training classes offered in Malheur County schools.
MALHEUR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Sep. 30
PHOTOS: Adrian beats Imbler 50-0 at homecoming game
PHOTOS: The Antelopes dominated the field for their third game in a row where the other team scored zero points. Homecoming Queen Elizabeth Nielson and King Trevor Bertalotto were crowned at halftime.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Sep. 29
Substitute teacher shortage hits Malheur County schools
The list of substitute teachers the Malheur Education Service District could call was already short – only around 140 people – before the pandemic. Now, there are barely 60 teachers available, and they must be shared county-wide.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Sep. 24
Volunteers keeps stories, books coming for kindergarteners across Malheur County
A dedicated cadre of volunteers have committed to making the seventh annual StORytime event just as fun as ever, even in a virtual format.
EDUCATION Sep. 22
TVCC to offer $100 vaccine incentive to students
Anyone enrolled in a fall class at TVCC who is fully vaccinated, no matter what vaccine they got or when, can show their vaccine card and redeem the prize. The $100 will be given as a gift card to students who qualify.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Sep. 17
Ontario Tigers grid squad will rely on returning starters
Four seniors and two juniors are returning starters with the potential to be impact players this year, said Coach Greg Simmons.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Sep. 10
Longoria keeps focus on equity, student success in Ontario
Ontario Middle School principal Lisa Longoria draws on her own personal experiences as an Ontario School District alumna to effectively serve a diverse student body.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Sep. 9
Adrian community looks for unity as Mark Redmond named interim superintendent
Mark Redmond, the superintendent of the Malheur Education Service District, was named interim superintendent for Adrian School District Wednesday night. Adrian fired their previous superintendent, Kevin Purnell, last week amidst disagreements over the state's mask mandate for schools. Redmond said the mask mandate must be followed.
EDUCATION Sep. 7
Adrian to pay former superintendent more than $100,000; he agrees not to sue
Kevin Purnell, the superintendent in Adrian who was recently terminated related to the state's mask mandate, agreed not to sue the district. According to the settlement agreement, he will receive a payout two installments while the district searches for a replacement.
FreeEDUCATION Aug. 31
Beyond masks: local schools implement their own Covid protocols
As schools head back to class, districts are taking other safety measures to protect their students from Covid.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 31
Adrian School Board fires superintendent for obeying state's mask mandate
The decision to fire Kevin Purnell as superintendent of the Adrian School Board came after a closed-door session on Monday, Aug. 30. The board chair said the termination came because Purnell didn't follow board directives. Other community sources said the termination was over requiring local schools to comply with Gov. Kate Brown's mask mandate.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 27
Nyssa community reacts to vaccine mandate for teachers
At Back to School Night, teachers and parents expressed little support for the mandate.
FreeEDUCATION Aug. 26
Vale superintendent warns of possibility of distance learning as over 50 quarantine for Covid
UPDATED: Although local health officials said that schools themselves were likely not the source of community spread of Covid, the high incidence of cases in the community could have dire consequences for students. The Vale School District notified parents of quarantines just four days into the new school year.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 20
Legal invoices show Ontario School District spent thousands to resolve complaints
During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, Ontario School District had to adjust its budget for legal fees from $27,000 to $137,000 after spending more than $80,000 for an international outside firm to investigate complaints.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 19
Full days, masks on: Malheur County heads back to school
The governor's new mask mandate aside, teachers in Malheur County said they are excited for a more normal school year.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 12
Ontario students connect to Mexican culture with help of binational teacher
An international exchange program brought Yuliana Martinez, a resident of Ciudad Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas, Mexico, into Becky Cuevas's summer school art class via video call.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Aug. 12
Students, staff and legislators react to mask mandate in schools
The mandate has proven unpopular with Malheur County residents, but legislators say it is important for educators to follow to protect their teaching licenses.
EDUCATION Jul. 30
Vale school superintendent comes out against state mask mandate
Following the imposition of a mask mandate for schools yesterday by Gov. Kate Brown, Vale superintendent Alisha McBride said in a Facebook post that Vale district stakeholders wanted masking to be "optional" and said she would continue to advocate for local control.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jul. 29
BREAKING: Children and staff to wear masks in school this fall, says governor
An announcement on Thursday, July 29, by Gov. Kate Brown broke with the previous framework of local control around masking. Officials said the new measure is necessary to align Oregon with CDC guidelines and protect Oregonians from the more contagious Delta variant of Covid.
COVID RELIEF Jul. 29
State money available for families throughout Malheur County
Pandemic EBT, a state program funded by federal Covid relief money, is extra "grocery money" intended to make up for the cost of feeding schoolchildren during months of virtual learning when free breakfasts and lunches may have been less available.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Jul. 23
For youth from farm labor families, leadership camp in Ontario opens possibilities
The Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute, hosted for three weeks at Treasure Valley Community College, served more than 100 migrant youth from across eastern Oregon.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jul. 15
Vale School District ditches masks for upcoming school year
The pandemic-era face coverings will be recommended, but not required for students and staff. Students and staff will also be provided with access to free Covid testing.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jul. 8
Ontario students continue their work into the summer – outside
A new program, OSD Outdoors, rotates through different city parks three times a week and gives kids the chance for some enrichment after a year of tough circumstances.
EDUCATION Jun. 28
Ontario class teaches students to draw blood
The class, part of Ontario's certified nursing assistant program, certified four students as phlebotomists.
FreeMALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jun. 25
Enterprise sues Ontario School Board for records leading to censures
Following a series of denied public records requests, the Malheur Enterprise has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario School Board with the goal of getting documents related to the investigations into board member Eric Evans and former board member Derrick Draper.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jun. 23
Feds end funding for TVCC migrant ed program
Treasure Valley Community College's College Assistance Migrant Program was cut after five years despite good marks on its evaluations and significant improvement throughout the grant cycle. Administrators are now hoping to get a grant extension to be able to continue serving students.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Jun. 21
Boys playoff basketball returns for two Malheur County high schools
Vale and Adrian high schools will play their first round playoff games tonight, both matching up against undefeated teams.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jun. 11
Malheur County schools ready for summer classes as state money flows in
Summer school programs got a boost this year as the state turns its attention to helping students recover from the Covid slide.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Jun. 10
Six Vale women receive scholarships from local PEO group
The Philanthropic Educational Organization is dedicated to "celebrat(ing) the advancement of women, educat(ing) women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College, and motivat(ing) women to achieve their highest aspirations."
MALHEUR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Jun. 10
Ontario boys soccer cap successful year, six sign to TVCC
Following a third place finish at the District 4A tournament, six seniors from the Ontario High School boys soccer team signed to play at TVCC.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jun. 3
Vale Elementary School teacher voted Malheur Regional Teacher of the Year
Whitney Barnes, a kindergarten teacher, was recognized for inspiring students and making a positive impact on the community. She is now in the running for the Oregon Teacher of the Year contest to be held this fall.
EDUCATION Jun. 2
Ontario School Board censures Draper – again
Draper's second censure came after an investigation found his conduct toward Ontario Middle School Principal Lisa Longoria had violated the board's own nondiscrimination policy.
EDUCATION May. 28
Student leaders take reins in Vale
The new Associated Student Body leadership class said they were looking forward to the return to normalcy as the Covid pandemic winds down.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS May. 27
Area high schools set in-person graduation dates
Some Covid adaptations will be necessary, but overall seniors will get to have their big day.
EDUCATION May. 24
Three TVCC students selected for All-Oregon Academic Team
The honor, bestowed on the best and brightest community college scholars, went to Hannah Berger, Maria Montes and Chase Wilcox.
EDUCATION May. 20
Harper students dominate at CTE conference
Senior Corbin Palmer became the state champion in both Automotive Service Technology and Diesel Equipment Technology and will advance to national competition in June in the first category, and others also placed in the top ten.
RITES OF PASSAGE May. 19
PHOTOS: Ontario students get their prom
The dance, held Friday, May 14, featured snacks, photos and a live DJ outside in the school parking lot – a Covid-era adaptation.
COMMUNITY May. 16
Classes to Career Profile: Kate Gooch finds knowledge, skills in greenhouse course
Kate Gooch wants to one day own a ranch. Meantime, she's learning about plants and a specialized niche of agriculture through Jordan Valley's greenhouse management class.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS May. 13
Vale school board hopefuls cite leadership, teamwork
Three candidates are unopposed for seats on the Vale School Board, while Ryan Bates and Jessica Kulm contend for the fourth position.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS May. 12
After tumultuous year, Ontario teens hop on board 'Orient Express'
The school play was just a week away from being performed before Covid hit last year. Last Friday, the actors finally took the stage.
EDUCATION May. 12
Equal vs. equitable: Candidates in Malheur County mull ways to help marginalized students
"Equity" is considered a buzzword in some circles. For others, it is a cardinal value. That's why it remains a political issue as voters in Malheur County pick the next batch of school board members.
ELECTIONS May. 7
School board, TVCC candidates press cases in Ontario forum
Candidates for the Ontario School Board and the Treasure Valley Community College Board had a chance to introduce themselves and their views to the public April 28 at Four Rivers Cultural Center.
EDUCATION May. 4
Voters may decide fate of Ontario schools director who resigned as censure loomed
Derrick Draper quit the school board during a meeting April 20 at which he and colleague Eric Evans were censured by the board for their treatment of Superintendent Nikki Albisu. But his name will remain on the ballot for the May 18 race.
ELECTIONS Apr. 30
Nyssa school board openings draw dozen hopefuls
Five out of five incumbents face challengers in an unusually busy race.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 29
Classes to Career Profile: Harper's Jeremiah Wright sees benefits from ag, business studies
In this series, the Malheur Enterprise introduces Malheur County students focusing on career goals through vocational education.Jeremiah Wright is finding understanding about the world and skills for work through his vocational classes at Harper School.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 29
At TVCC, students adjust to new normal with mix of live, online classes
Students and administrators say that changes to adjust to Covid haven't derailed either their academic or social lives.
COMMENTARY Apr. 28
EDITORIAL: Ontario board’s mixed signals, secrecy undercut public’s trust
EDITORIAL: The Ontario School Board should release the report that led to censure of two directors, and make it clear to the public that the acrimony and bad behavior of past months will not continue. The community and its children deserve that transparency.
ELECTIONS Apr. 28
Ontario district's turmoil fuels school board races
Issues at play include decorum and civility on the board, rebuilding trust with the community, equity, and the return to in-person instruction.
COMMUNITY Apr. 22
Classes to Career Profile: Tanner Steele's ag dream takes root in Vale greenhouse
A mix of classroom learning and hands-on greenhouse work offers experience and a glimpse of career opportunities, according to Vale student Tanner Steele. His goals are outlined in this week's Malheur Enterprise Classes to Career Profile.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Apr. 21
Adrian School District may take its ball and go to Idaho
The talk of a move was triggered by Oregon's tighter Covid rules.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 21
Draper quits Ontario School Board ahead of censure vote; Evans also censured
The Ontario School Board Tuesday night condemned the conduct of board members Derrick Draper and Eric Evans. The board refused to release the evidence of that conduct, instead discussing investigative findings in a session closed to the public.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 20
Petition seeks to force out Ontario High School principal
The turmoil in the Ontario School District continues with a local teacher hosting a petition calling for a change in leadership at Ontario High School. The tenure of Principal Jodi Elizondo is being questioned.
FreeEDUCATION Apr. 15
Classes to Career Profile: Sara Stephen finds success with ag leadership
Nyssa High School student Sara Stephen recommends ag education for students looking to jumpstart their credits at the community college level.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 14
Nyssa FFA team brings home crop of awards
The Farm Business Management team won the state competition for the 11th year in a row.
FreeEDUCATION Apr. 9
Classes to Career: Katherine Smith aims for future in health care
In a new series, the Malheur Enterprise introduces Malheur County students focusing on career goals through vocational education.
NYSSA NEWS Apr. 8
NYSSA NEWS: Paws, Ns going on sale to showcase Bulldog pride
Lots of opportunities to support the Nyssa School District and its programming.
COMMENTARY Apr. 7
EDITORIAL: Ontario schools officials must stop the vitriol, focus on what's right for the kids
Tension between Ontario School District educators and the board is taking a toll and setting a bad example for the community and its children. It's time to set aside personal differences and solve the issues facing the district.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 7
Ontario to return high school students to classroom four days a week
The classes will be held on an A/B schedule, with three classes offered in person per day, and all six classes offered every day online.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 5
After a contentious process, Ontario Superintendent Nikki Albisu passes evaluation by board
A letter regarding Superintendent Nikki Albisu addressed to the community detailed the reasoning behind the Ontario School Board's softer stance toward Albisu, but still delivered its fair share of criticisms.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Apr. 5
Ontario Tigers wins the boys soccer league for third year in a row
The team, led by coaches Jaime Gonzalez and Daniel Dominguez, had an undefeated season and moves to the state quarter-final Tuesday.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Apr. 1
Police probe of Ontario recording ends, finds no crime
The Nyssa Police Department investigated circumstances about the recording of an Ontario school staff meeting. Derrick Draper, Ontario School Board director, who obtained the recording, refused to answer questions from police.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Mar. 31
Ontario teachers face off with board, community over a possible return to school
Teachers said that they had exhausted the options for a return to in-person instruction in their research, but board and community members continued to clamor for some way to "get the kids back in school."
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 31
PHOTOS: Ontario and Four Rivers face off on the soccer pitch
Ontario boys defeated Four Rivers 8-0, and Ontario girls defeated Four Rivers 3-0 on March 27.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 25
Rules shift again for prep sports spectators
While more fans will be allowed outdoors, indoor sports are subject to the same restrictions.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 24
Ontario spikers persevere despite Covid, losses
The Ontario Lady Tigers are a volleyball team defined by their pride in sportsmanship.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Mar. 24
Ontario Middle School cuts in-person Fridays for a 4-day schedule
District administrators said the move would allow more time for teachers to plan and catch up with students and families.
PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 19
Family members speak out during emotion-filled sentencing of Anthony Montwheeler
More than a dozen relatives of David Bates and Annita Harmon delivered testimony Friday at the Malheur County Circuit Court.
EDUCATION Mar. 18
Corn takes 4th spelling crown
Cadi Corn won the Malheur County Spelling Bee for the 4th year in a row. Next, she will head to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held online this year.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Mar. 16
Albisu faces off with Ontario School Board over her annual performance review
Despite praising her instructional leadership during the pandemic, school board directors had accused Albisu of rudeness and insubordination and at one point even suggested she should be fired. On Monday, Albisu delivered a rebuttal in kind.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Mar. 11
Vale, Nyssa and Adrian prep football teams notch weekend wins
In Vale, John Wolfe scored two touchdowns to lead the Viking attack while Nyssa traveled to Ontario and rolled up more than 300 yards of offense and Adrian beat Ione/Arlington
EDUCATION Mar. 10
TVCC now providing computer, welding classes to English learners
Treasure Valley Community College has won a grant to fund college-level courses for students of English as a Second Language for the first time.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Mar. 1
Volleyball is back on the schedule as Malheur County enters moderate Covid risk
Now that the county is out of the extreme Covid risk metric, indoor contact sports like volleyball can proceed with less restrictions.
MALHEUR COUNTY SPORTS Feb. 26
At last, Malheur County soccer players take to the field - with changes
Teams began practice for a shortened season this week in the snow.
COVID Feb. 17
While some schools see enrollment dips, Harper is seeing an online surge
The transition from classroom to comprehensive distance learning pushed many families in traditional public schools to look for other options, including online learning. But now that in-person instruction is returning, public schools are expected to see a bump in their enrollment numbers.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY Feb. 10
Ready for some football? Governor's announcement paves the way for contact sports to resume
The Oregon Health Authority is scheduled to release revised requirements and allow contact sports even in counties with a high Covid classification.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Feb. 9
Prep soccer and cross country will start up again but volleyball canceled, football uncertain
The Oregon School Activities Association on Monday clarified some guidelines around high school sports ahead of the Feb. 22 season kickoff.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Feb. 3
Ontario students to return to class - but in stages
Malheur County's largest school district is also the last to return to in-person instruction, and unlike the majority of schools in the county, they aren't diving straight in.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 29
The spelling bee in Nyssa is on - but it will be words at a distance
The spelling bee, planned for March 11, will send one winner to represent the county at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 28
Most schools see graduation rates rise despite Covid
Graduation rates were up significantly at Vale High School, rising by 9% to 97%. This was in keeping with statewide trends, which education officials warned might show artificial inflation. Seniors who were on track to graduate at the start of the pandemic in 2020 did so regardless of what work they turned in afterward.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 22
Nyssa FFA conquers Zoom to claim wins in district, state contests
Nyssa School District's FFA chapter's farm business management team won first place at the Oregon FFA Virtual Convention.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 20
Vale students back to school after 10 months of interrupted instruction
New school safety measures included temperature checks before entering the building, as well as cohorting and block scheduling for high school students.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS Jan. 12
And now Nyssa students head back to regular classes, with protocols in place
Monday, Jan. 25, will be the first day of full in-person instruction for students in Malheur County's second-largest district after Covid metrics that used to control whether a school was eligible to offer in-person classes became advisory rather than mandatory.
EDUCATION Jan. 1
Students in Jordan Valley 'ecstatic' to be at school full-time
Unlike most schools in Malheur County, which have been closed due to the "extreme risk" of Covid, remote Jordan Valley School District has been hosting full days of class since the beginning of the year.
EDUCATION Dec. 24
Adrian parents, kids speak out in protest
A group of parents organizing around the slogan "Get our Adrian kids back in school" hosted a rally and then, a few days later, a "Parent Force Open" in which they dropped their kids off for the length of a full school day, even though the schools were only open for limited in-person instruction.