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COMMUNITY NEWS January 23
Dental team hits the road to save teeth across Malheur County
The special van will be in Vale on Friday, Jan. 24. The Mobile Access Care unit, a dental bus run by Valley Family Health Care, parks in Vale every third Wednesday of the month for cleanings and every fourth Friday for other procedures. The van travels throughout the valley to provide dental care on a sliding fee based on income.
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OREGON POLITICS January 23
Petitioners promoting measure to limit self-checkout get nod from Oregon Supreme Court
A labor-backed measure to cap self-checkout stands to two per store is a step closer to going to voters.
OREGON GOVERNMENT January 23
From guns to wildfires, legislators heading to Salem soon to push changes
Some of Oregon's most daunting problems may get legislative fixes during month-long legislative session coming in February. Carbon policy likely to again heat up Capitol politics.
VALE BUSINESS January 23
Repairs nearly done at Diamond Back restaurant in Vale
The Diamond Back Grill in Vale has been closed since late November, when a broken drain pipe shut down the operation. The property owner said the repairs should be concluded by Feb. 1. But the operators of the Diamond Back said the opening date is up in the air.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS January 23
Bulldogs rolls past Vale in boys hoop tilt
While the Vikings trailed all game, Vale managed to pull within 42-36 with 1:40 to play, and sliced the margin to 43-39 with just over 30 seconds to go.
PUBLIC SAFETY January 22
Sheriff's office investigating unexplained death
Deputies found Marcelina Flores Piedra, 58, trapped under a vehicle parked off the roadway at the intersection of Clark Boulevard and Onion Avenue Tuesday night. Efforts to revive Piedra were unsuccessful.
OBITUARIES January 22
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Alvin Rex Perry,Neil W. Glascock, Eulgio Navarrete, Sylvain R. Ronneburg, Ramiro Martinez, Lorena M. Nelson, Janice C. Obray, Vernie Eggers, Keith Mitchell, Suzanne M. Ragus, Gloria L. Armon
YOUR GOVERNMENT January 22
Mendiola announces candidacy for Malheur County commissioner slot
Longtime local resident will face incumbent Larry Wilson in the May primary election. Mendiola, a fixture on the local rodeo scene, also owns his own gravel business in Vale.
COMMUNITY NEWS January 22
Deed in hand, Vale Senior Center extends invitation to 50s set
The Vale Senior Center will hold its annual meeting Friday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. The center is available to rent for events and it is now open to anyone, regardless of age. The $10 membership is available to those 50 and up.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS January 22
Lady Viks defeat Nyssa, now 3-0
On Thursday, Vale (2-0) defeated EOL league powerhouse Burns (0-1) 36-32 and now stands at the top of leagues standings.
EMPLOYMENT January 22
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Mechanic, CDL Drivers, Ditchrider
MALHEUR COUNTY COURTS January 22
Judge dismisses Bates’ lawsuit over release of Anthony Montwheeler
Malheur County Circuit Court Judge Erin Landis dismissed a 2018 lawsuit filed by Vale resident Jessica Bates on behalf of her five children that asserted the state knew Anthony Montwheeler was dangerous and should not have been released from the Oregon State Hospital.
ONTARIO January 22
Ontario ‘getting shanked’ on pot money, city manager says
Marijuana is big business in Ontario, generating more than $3.2 million a month in revenue, or about $105,000 a day. But city officials say they're not getting their fair shake. They requested “immediate intervention” earlier this month from the state to amend the formula for how much money Ontario receives from marijuana sales.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS January 22
Vale school district faces deadline to eliminate water contamination at Willowcreek
In September, health officials confirmed the presence of E. coli, a dangerous strain of bacteria that indicates fecal contamination, in the water at Willowcreek Elementary School. The state has told the Vale school district to devise a corrective plan
PUBLIC NOTICES January 22
Publications from local governments, private parties
Storage Auction, Annual Meeting, Estate of Paula J. Hernandez
NEWS January 21
Harney County Commissioner, Mark Owens, will represent Malheur County in the House
Owens, who has been a county commissioner since 2016, will represent House District 60 which includes Baker, Grant, Harney and Malheur counties in addition to parts of Lake County.
ONTARIO January 21
Ontario's tiny home camp in legal peril as neighboring business seeks court injunction
UPDATED: The effort to provide shelter from winter weather to Ontario's homeless could be derailed in the face of a lawsuit filed against the city and two local groups. Nichols Accounting contends in its complaint the tiny homes would violate city laws.
OREGON GOVERNMENT January 21
Oregon 1 of 5 states to get free legal help for journalists; Enterprise participating
Newsrooms in Oregon will soon receive free legal help through the Local Legal Initiative fund, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced today. The fund will place lawyers in five states to defend newsrooms against legal threats and to help journalists access public records. The Malheur Enterprise is part of the effort.
COMMENTARY January 19
EDITOR'S NOTE: Why seeking public records from Malheur County is important in chasing down facts
Getting information from Malheur County's economic development agency takes patience despite looming questions about millions in spending. Here's what the state law allows and the new obstacle placed in the path of transparency.
PUBLIC HEALTH January 17
Upcoming Ontario workshops offer tips to help in mental crises
Registration is now open for two upcoming day-long workshops in Ontario that will teach strategies for helping someone cope with a mental illness. Adult Mental Health First Aid is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23 at Treasure Valley Community College. A workshop focused on youth mental health is set for Thursday, Feb. 13.
OREGON POLITICS January 17
As Democrats resurrect carbon bill, Republicans leave all options on the table — including another walkout
Democrats say they've made concessions to get Republicans on board with a revised carbon policy plan. Republicans say rural Oregon could still pay a stiff price.
EMPLOYMENT January 16
They're hiring - local job openings
Position available is Ditchrider
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS January 16
Vale's Matt McBride tackles adversity with focus
Vale's Matt McBride’s love of baseball and his mentor Lucas Tackman’s early mentoring turned into prep success. McBride became one of the Viking varsity baseball team’s main weapons on the mound. That, in turn, caught the attention of Blue Mountain Community College. In November, McBride signed a letter of intent to play for the Pendleton community college after he graduates in May.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS January 16
Malheur County schools strive to help homeless kids find school success
There's a total of 276 students in kindergarten to high school who are considered homeless in Malheur County. Interviews with staff at area school districts have revealed what student homelessness looks like, what causes it, and what is being done to help.
OBITUARIES January 15
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
James Rowley Blackaby, Kathy Ann Noblit, Dolores Mary Mark Weideman, Glenna Murdock Coleman, Lena J. Magnuson, Judith L. Bishop, Jake Elfering, Violet LaVelle “Vi” Nelson Fields, John Vincent Penne, Mary E. Huffaker, Luis Vendrell, Doni “Don” Michael Roumagoux, Lorena M. Nelson, Roberta Bickmore, Michael Tannlund, Wanda Rocks, Bill Nielsen, June Woody
YOUR COMMUNITY January 15
MALHEUR MOVERS: Ontario woman has been a voice for others
Our latest Malheur mover is Maria Romero. A paralegal at the Oregon Law Center for nearly 40 years, Romero has helped countless community members overcome barriers to achieve their dreams.
NYSSA January 15
NYSSA NEWS: Board member position opens at Nyssa Public Library
A board member position is now open on the Nyssa Public Library board. Stop by the library to learn more about the position and to hear about a book club forming next month. A craft class will be held at the library on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $2 to make a tissue box cover and 50 cents to make a mug rug.
PUBLIC NOTICES January 15
Publications from local governments, private parties
Annual meeting, Estate of Paula J. Hernandez, Vale School District, Notice of Sale
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS January 15
SPORTS ROUND UP: Tigers fall short against Mac-Hi
The Ontario girls lost 30-29 while the boys dropped a 43-42 decision.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS January 15
Malheur County shoppers, stores adjust to plastic bag ban
Grocery employees see mixed reactions to Oregon's new plastic bag ban, with one saying the hardest part is getting customers to realize the stores have no choice.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 15
Findley troubled by new cap-trade bill that is alive in Salem
State Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, said a new proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions is worse than House Bill 2020 which triggered intense debate among lawmakers and spawned a nine-day walkout by Senate Republicans.
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