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FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY December 2
Vale, area schools plan 8 free Covid testing events before Christmas
The first event will be Thursday, Dec. 3, at Vale High School, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The intent is to identify as many people who are infected with Covid to get the virus spread under control so schools can resume.
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OBITUARIES December 2
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Barbara Lee Franke Caywood, Glenn Edward Caywood, Pamela S. Vaughn, Jorge E. Rodriguez, Dorothy Marian Bunker, Virgil Goff, Toni E. L. Salgado
EMPLOYMENT December 2
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include lifeways, English Instructor
PUBLIC NOTICES December 2
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road, Malheur County Court, Estate of Robert Dale Haney
MALHEUR COUNTY HOUSING December 2
Coalition of non-profits to investing more than $37 million in Malheur County affordable apartments
New housing plans in the works will create 157 affordable apartments across the county. Sites in Ontario, Nyssa and Vale are on the docket to be renovated to combat the county's housing crisis.
YOUR COMMUNITY December 2
Holiday bazaar slated at the Malheur County fairgrounds
The annual holiday event will kick off this weekend and will showcase more than 40 vendors. This year, though, the bazaar will look a little different as Covid restrictions - such as mandatory masks - will be required to enter.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY December 1
County set to release more than $700,000 in relief funds for local businesses
Applications are now being accepted for the grant program designed to help merchants and officials want to begin dispensing money by the first of the year.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY November 30
Oregon's economy can recover from pandemic, but low-wage earners falling behind
State economists say the coronavirus is leaving an uneven impact on employers and jobs across Oregon. Some sectors such as homebuilding are strong but consumer businesses such as restaurants need public confidence before they can return to full strength, a recent state report says.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 30
Need a Covid test? Get one free Tuesday in Ontario
The Malheur County Health Department is conducting another drive-thru testing day for free Covid tests. The event is Tuesday at the fairgrounds in Ontario
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK November 27
Top health official says county must unify, show resilience to overcome Covid epidemic
Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, said a unified public effort - such as the cohesive attitude prevalent during World War II - will squash the local spread of the infection.
FreeCOVID IN OREGON November 27
Oregon hopes to vaccinate 30,000 health care workers against Covid by end of 2020
Leading Covid vaccines still need to earn federal regulatory approval, but Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen said once that hurdle is cleared, Oregon expects to receive limited shipments.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 27
Contact tracer hopes to help Malheur County residents cope with Covid and limit its spread
Nathaniel Stringer is one of 10 people who contact area residents that have contracted the infection. His job is an important element to the ongoing struggle to contain the malady and often puts him face-to-face with tragedy and triumph.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
READ FOR YOURSELF: Full text of remarks by OHSU doctor on Covid care
TEXT: This is the text of remarks on Wednesday, Nov. 25, by Dr. David Zonies of Oregon Health and Science University about the urgency of containing the virus in Oregon.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
READ FOR YOURSELF: Full text of Gov. Kate Brown's remarks
TEXT: This is the text of Gov. Kate Brown's statement on Wednesday, Nov. 25, explaining why she is imposing new restrictions for Oregonians to control the coronavirus
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
READ FOR YOURSELF: Full text of pandemic remarks by Oregon Health Authority director
TEXT: This is the prepared text of remarks by Pat Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, who spoke of the impacts of the pandemic on Oregonians beyond medical care.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
Malheur County among counties at 'extreme risk' of virus spread as governor extends restrictions
On the afternoon before Thanksgiving, Gov. Kate Brown announced changes in restrictions that now could last through December. Restaurants and bars can provide outdoor dining and churches can hold services with more people starting next week.
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
BREAKING NEWS: With Malheur County in 'extreme risk' category, governor extends restrictions for at least two weeks
Malheur County is one of 21 counties listed Wednesday as at "extreme risk" of the spreading coronavirus. Gov. Kate Brown announced new measures that will further limit retailers but will allow restaurants to resume dining - outside.
THANKSGIVING IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 25
Starlite Café offers free Thanksgiving meal
The drive-thru feast begins at noon and runs until 2 p.m. at the restaurant in Vale. The free dinner has been part of the community since 2006 and though it will look a little different this year Starlite Café owner Sharon Bannon said she is happy to provide the venue for the meal.
COMMENTARY November 25
EDITORIAL: Amid this year's challenges, the spirit of giving can help our communities in Malheur County
Local businesses and nonprofits are struggling during the pandemic, and workers are facing a tough winter. But there's a lot we can do in our community to support those who need help if we embrace the spirit of giving.
YOUR COMMUNITY November 25
New program aims to boost local businesess during holidays - you can help
The "Shop Four Rivers" effort revolves around the purchase of a virtual MasterCard that can be used at stores across Malheur, Payette and Washington counties. The plan is sponsored by the Treasure Valley Community College Small Business Development Center, area chambers of commerce and local merchants.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY November 25
COLD CASE: Who killed Billy Tucker in Ontario?
Ontario police detectives need help to solve the year-old murder of Billy C. Tucker, found dead on the back porch of his Ontario home. Security video showed two people, hooded and masked, arriving at the home. Anonymous tips are welcome, police said.
HOLIDAY EVENTS November 24
Most restaurants closed on Thanksgiving; Starlite Café and Hog Rock Café open
Restaurant owners at more than a dozen locations in Malheur County said they would be closed to observe the holiday.
CRIME November 24
Local stabbing incident leads to long sentence for Nampa man
Luis Carlos Duran, 20, received a 24-year prison sentence Monday in Malheur County Circuit Court in the wake of the stabbing death of Jonah Noel Reyes. The incident occurred March 1 just outside the Burnt River dispensary in Ontario.
EMPLOYMENT November 24
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include CDL Driver, English Instructor, Behavioral Health
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 24
Merchants across Malheur County double down to save crucial holiday sales
As local retailers have suffered economic fallout from Covid, a strong holiday performance has become even more important. Here's how some plan to make the best of the season.
PUBLIC NOTICES November 24
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Mary Lou Feasel
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK November 24
Area businesses react to new Covid mandates issued by the governor
Gov. Kate Brown's two-week "pause" leaves some Malheur County business owners worried about the future. The "pause" was issued to try to cut down on the number of Covid cases across Oregon.
WATCHDOG: MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY November 24
Malheur County needs $15 million for its industrial park. A two-year effort to get it flopped.
WATCHDOG: Malheur County bought farmland outside Nyssa with the hope of putting up an industrial park. The county was hoping the federal government would come up with the $15 million needed to make that happen. But the county's application was thin on information needed, according to an analysis by the Enterprise
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY November 23
State reopens Covid relief fund program for medium-sized businesses in eastern Oregon
Eligible area business have until 3 p.m. Tuesday to seek the money from Biz Oregon, the state's economic development agency. This round is for medium-sized firms that have received at least $100,000 in earlier federal aid - a qualification that will leave out smaller businesses.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS November 23
Adrian principal job shifts put longtime workers into new roles
After a resignation at the elementary and middle school, Adrian School District Superintendent Kevin Purnell will become principal there and former teacher and football coach Bill Wortman will become principal at the high school.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK November 20
Southern Idaho health district issues Covid advisory
Southwest District Health encouraged residents in six counties - including four that adjoin Malheur County - to adopt stronger Covid protocols. The announcement was made Friday, Nov. 20.
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