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VALE COMMUNITY Jun. 17
Vale BLM installs new fire danger sign, just in time for fire season
The new fire danger sign, installed on June 9, was immediately set to 'HIGH' as BLM officials say that fire season is here.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS Jun. 17
Passion for patient care puts Ontario hospital in elite company
A national company ranked Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario among the top 100 community hospitals in the country. A deep look at how the hospital operates shows that a focus on quality and improvement is evident in stand-up meetings, conference calls and daily tours by hospital executives.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE Jun. 16
PHOTOS: Local ropers test their team skills at Mejia Memorial
(Photo Gallery) Approximately 30 team ropers came to Nyssa to compete in the annual Richard Mejia Memorial Team Roping with hopes of advancing to the Nyssa Nite Rodeo.
ONTARIO HOUSING Jun. 16
$3.5 million shelter housing coming to Ontario after last-ditch work by Euvalcree
The project, sponsored by the Oregon Community Foundation and administered by Euvalcree, a local community nonprofit, will provide 60 rooms for families in self-sufficiency programs who are unable to get into permanent housing because of the housing shortage, foster children and state-appointed guardians in Malheur County who have been removed from their current environments and are between homes, and victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 16
Annual rodeo qualifying event slated for the weekend
The Billy Evins Memorial team roping competition is set for Friday and Saturday at the Vale rodeo grounds. More than 90 people typically attend the well-known competition where locals get a chance to qualify for the Vale 4th of July Rodeo.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 11
Ceremony at Four Rivers Cultural Center will honor World War II Japanese-American warriors
A private reception is set for Monday, June 14 at the Hikaru Mizu Japanese Garden. The event will laud the performance of Japanese-American service members and the roster of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 11
Annual Vale Farmers & Crafters Saturday Market set for another year
The market begins Saturday, June 19, at 860 Washington Street E. The event will be held every Saturday until October.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Jun. 10
Fourth of July parade returning to Vale, seeks entries
Vale Community Coalition, in their first year running it, is now accepting entries for the Vale 4th of July Parade. The parade, cancelled last year due to Covid, is set to return Sunday, July 4 at 5 p.m.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 9
Nyssa Nite Rodeo back on the local entertainment docket
The 75th annual event was cancelled last year because of Covid but the show is a go June 18 through June 19.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Jun. 8
Svaty ready for new role on the Oregon Board of Agriculture
The branch manager and relationship manager for Northwest Farm Credit Services in Ontario, Svaty and her husband also own a local farm. Svaty said she wants to advocate at the state level for farmers.
MALHEUR COUNTY PEOPLE Jun. 5
Eva Castellanoz, Nyssa's nationally recognized artist and healer, still at work in her eighties
Castellanoz, 82, has been celebrated for her wax and paper flower crowns and for her knowledge of curanderismo, or faith healing. She learned both arts from her family from a young age, and continues her healing practice now.
EVENTS Jun. 2
Ontario concert, rodeo celebrate culture, traditions
A jaripeo, or Mexican rodeo, featuring Rancho Los Destructores de Memo Ocampo and Banda El Recodo, was held Sunday, May 30 at the Malheur County Fairgrounds. According to Luis Aguirre, the businessman from Caldwell who organized the concert, it was the largest event of its genre to date in Ontario.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Jun. 2
PHOTOS: Jaripeo and concert with Banda El Recodo at the Malheur County Fairgrounds
The jaripeo and concert, held May 30, was a celebration of Mexican traditions and music.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFE May. 30
PHOTOS: Nyssa cemetery prepared for Memorial Day
Volunteers on Friday, May 28, placed flags at the graves of military veterans at Hilltop Memorial Cemetery.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY May. 27
Top officers of Vale Legion post stay focused on helping vets even as membership shrinks
Gino Silva and John Recla staff an often-lonely outpost for those who served the nation but both men - longtime Vale residents - said they enjoy helping out. They said, though, they'd like to see more people join the local organization.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFESTYLE May. 13
Rodeo rides again this weekend in Jordan Valley
The Big Loop rodeo will be held Friday, May 14 with events in town going through Sunday morning.
HEALTH May. 6
Ontario hospital ranks in top 100 nationwide in national study
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario recently learned it made an elite national list. The hospital was cited for providing care that could be a model for others.
PHOTO GALLERY Apr. 28
PHOTO GALLERY: Annual Community Serve Day event spruces up the community
Volunteers armed with shovels and rakes and paint brushes fanned out across the county and into Idaho Saturday, April 24 as part of the annual community enhancement program.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 27
AROUND OREGON: Oscar winner ‘Nomadland’ based on book by former Oregon journalist
Jessica Bruder, an Oregonian/OregonLive reporter from 2006 to 2008, traveled for several years throughout the West and worked alongside her subjects at low-wage jobs to research the 2017 book.
AROUND the NORTHWEST Apr. 23
AROUND OREGON: Supermoon, pink and flower versions, puts on a show this spring
The moon will put on a show this spring, with supermoons in late April and May as the moon's orbit brings it closer to planet Earth. The popular terms "pink moon" and "flower moon" refer not to the color of the moon but the timing in spring, as early flowers bloom.
PROFILE Apr. 21
With drive and talent, singer bridges worlds – from farm fields to opera stage
Cecilia Violetta Lopez, whose parents were farmworkers in Rupert, Idaho during her childhood, recently spoke at Treasure Valley Community College about her pride in her roots and how the values of hard work she learned as a child helped her become a sought-after soprano.
COMMUNITY Apr. 15
Coming up – Meetings in Malheur County
On the schedule in the coming weeks is an April 24 gathering of the Move Oregon's Border group, set for Saturday in Ontario.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFESTYLE Apr. 14
Saint Alphonsus donates $10,000 to tiny house project in Ontario
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario said that their Community Health Needs Assessment had shown that homelessness and affordable housing was a No. 1 priority locally.
MALHEUR COUNTY COMMUNITY Apr. 8
Community Serve Day aims to help spruce up local towns, help residents
Postponed because of Covid in 2020, the annual local volunteer event is scheduled to kick off April 24. Organizers have plenty of projects outlined but still need more volunteers.
COMMUNITY Apr. 8
Vale Book Club takes up chilling novel for April meeting
Marge Mitchell will facilitate a discussion of "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn this Thursday, April 8, at the Vale Book Club's monthly meeting.
VALE Apr. 8
Annual Vale crab feed is ready to roll Saturday
The popular event will showcase a drive-thru venue this year. The feed is slated Saturday at the Vale Fire Hall from 4 to 8 p.m.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY Apr. 7
Big Loop: Welcome to the best place to eat in Jordan Valley
Jordan Valley's one and only restaurant serves up hot pizza, subs, desserts and drinks.
MALHEUR COUNTY HEALTH Apr. 6
Malheur County's sexually transmitted disease rate shows sharp climb
Infections of chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV are on the rise health officials say but the local health department offers private, free testing for such diseases.
COMMUNITY NEWS Apr. 5
Ontario's Serve Day seeks projects
The event, held April 24, will give volunteers the chance to give back to their community.
COMMUNITY NEWS Apr. 2
Special parade coming Saturday in Ontario, Easter fun in Vale
Easter fun abounds in Vale and Ontario.
NYSSA NEWS Apr. 1
Nyssa library open for books, plus books sales, online programs, and more
The Nyssa Public Library has a rich array of programming for local residents.
NYSSA NEWS Mar. 26
Pizza for all in six classrooms in Nyssa
Overwhelming community support helped the Parent Teacher Organization reach its goal, making over $6,000 on its fundraiser. This will help Nyssa Elementary teachers and students with field trips, school equipment and other extras.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Mar. 24
Two traditional Malheur County summer events are a go
Organizers of the Malheur County Fair and the Vale 4th of July Rodeo say they expect to hold their events but also plan to keep a wary eye on the latest Covid statistics.
YOUR COMMUNITY Mar. 22
Time to get those running shoes on: The Owyhee Off-Road Challenge Half Marathon is back
The popular race is slated for Saturday March 27 beginning at 10 a.m. Because of Covid, registration for the event is online only this year.
FreeAROUND OREGON Mar. 14
AROUND OREGON: Tribal governments in Oregon having success getting vaccines into arms
Once leery of federal health initiatives, Native Americans embrace COVID-19 vaccines as a way to protect communities and families.
COMMUNITY Mar. 3
READING CORNER: Vale club takes an insider's look at the White House
The Vale Book Club meets Thursday, March 4, to discuss its monthly selection, "The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House" by Kate Andersen Brower.
ONTARIO NEWS Mar. 3
Neighbors' concerns dog homeless project in Ontario
Residents of the tiny homes shelter project at Northwest First Street and Northwest Third Avenue said that loud music, drug dealing, and street crime in the area predates and is unrelated to them.
MALHEUR COUNTY HEALTH Feb. 25
Report: Obstacles complicate Latinos' access to mental health services
The biggest problem in rural counties is a lack of access to providers offering culturally relevant services.
Malheur County Weather Feb. 15
PHOTO GALLERY: Snow storm delivers at least half a foot of snow to Malheur County
The winter squall rolled in overnight Sunday, Feb. 14, and dropped a white blanket of the wet stuff from Ontario to Jamieson. Roads were slick and snow-packed early in the day but warmer temps mean melting is ahead.
AROUND OREGON Feb. 8
AROUND OREGON: National Parks in Northwest post record highs, lows in visitors during 2020
Monthly visitor numbers published by the National Park Service from 2020 show an up and down year across Oregon: Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon broke several monthly records last year, for example, while the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve posted the lowest annual visitor total since 1945. Other national parks like Yosemite in California and Zion in Utah have moved to permit systems for the most popular natural areas – something Crater Lake has considered doing at popular Cleetwood Cove, given the limited resources at hand. While almost all other park sites in Oregon closed during the initial spread of the coronavirus, the Oregon Caves kept its trails and other outdoor areas open to the public – though all cave tours were canceled indefinitely.
LIFESTYLE Feb. 3
Vale seniors welcome new officers and celebrate new mural
A new piece of artwork is splashed across the east side wall of the senior center in Vale. The nearly year-long project to devise a mural capturing the quilt-making history of the group was funded through a grant and the hard work of local seniors.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 29
Ontario eyes taming thickets for new river trail
A Jan. 7 deal with Walmart to give Ontario the quarter-mile of land on their property that borders the Snake River brings the city that much closer to having a finished river trail.
MALHEUR COUNTY LIFESTYLE Jan. 28
Drexel awarded state grant for interactive art project in Vale
The Drexel H. Foundation won $4,313 to create painted plywood scenes to be posted around Vale.
COMMUNITY NEWS Jan. 21
Grant helps fill late-night child care needs for Malheur County workers
Wiggles and Giggles, a new childcare center in Ontario, won a $100,000 grant from the Border Board to become the first round-the-clock childcare option in the area.
YOUR COMMUNITY Jan. 20
New Ontario hospital president sets her sights on creating inclusive culture and community outreach
Dina Ellwanger stepped into the top position at Malheur County's only major hospital last summer as Covid raged. Now the North Dakota native must guide her staff through the challenges of a global pandemic.
ONTARIO Jan. 6
Malheur County woman finds hope for the future through tiny home project
Anne St. Peter was once homeless and searching for answers. A victim of domestic abuse, St. Peter said her temporary stay in one of 16 tiny homes in Ontario gives her a chance to map a viable path to the future.
COVID: THE HUMAN TOLL Dec. 31
AROUND OREGON: Bend nurse works around the clock as cases spike
HUMAN TOLL: Joel Hernandez has sometimes worked around the clock -- doing 24- and 48-hour shifts - to care for emergency room patients at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. The stress has taken its toll but with years of experience in emergency rooms, he feels it's his duty to help as much as he can.
COMMUNITY NEWS Dec. 30
Ontario turns up the heat with gifts of lamps, gear for restaurants
The Ontario City Council allocated $12,000 worth of equipment to upgrade the local hospitality industry for outdoor dining, the only on-site dining currently allowed with pandemic restrictions.
COMMUNITY NEWS Dec. 24
Girl Scouts close out troop in Vale with generosity
After Covid made it impossible to continue meeting in person, Troop 339 decided to liquidate their cookie money into the community.
VALE Dec. 22
Holiday event in Vale gives folks a chance to overcome pandemic fatigue with food, fun and singing
Vale was the scene of one of Malheur County's largest holiday events on Saturday, all because one local businessman wanted to give people a break from winter's closures.
YOUR COMMUNITY Dec. 10
Covid restrictions prevent annual Christmas party for foster children in Malheur County but local residents can still help
Usually this time of year the Elks Lodge in Ontario opens its doors for the area's foster children to enjoy a holiday meal and to receive gifts. Covid scuttled that traditional event but donors can still help by picking up a Christmas Wish List at the Oregon Department of Human Services in Ontario.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS Dec. 10
Holiday bazaar at Malheur County Fairgrounds ready for second weekend
The bazaar with 40 vendors will run Friday and Saturday. The fair is requiring masks and is regularly sanitizing the Commercial Building where the event is being held.
PHOTO GALLERY Dec. 8
PHOTOS: Nyssa rings in the Christmas season with unique holiday parade
Covid scrambled plans for a traditional parade but Nyssa city officials and residents decided to do things a little bit different for Christmas 2020. Instead of a parade, decorated floats were parked on each side of Main Street for a drive-by event that drew a big crowd.
YOUR COMMUNITY Dec. 4
Christmas light show ready to roll at Four Rivers Cultural Center
The Christmas Spirit & Light Show begins Friday night at 5:30 p.m. and runs until Dec. 31. The drive-up event allows residents to see the spectacular holiday event from their cars and includes a contest to win a prize.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION Dec. 4
In Ontario, teens who are also parents get support to succeed
Teen parents at Ontario High School have the option of attending the Ontario Teen Parent Program - Early Head Start, which has been largely successful at keeping them in school.