The Voice of Malheur County
ONTARIO CRIME September 17
Federal indictment says Wold bought speedboat with stolen Fry Foods money
Former Fry Foods human resources manager Doug Wold was charged in a federal court last Friday and subsequently arrested by IRS agents in connection with a paycheck fraud. An indictment alleged that Wold, who also faces charges in Malheur County Circuit Court, used funds he stole from the company to buy a speedboat.
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COMMUNITY NEWS September 17
Volunteers work with Vale city crews on water drainage project
Vale volunteers pushed a drainage project to completion with help from city resources. The dirt parking lot behind the city library will drain to the street instead of collecting four inches deep and seeping into buildings.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK September 17
When pandemic hit, a task force worked to find Malheur County's way through
The group, made up of representatives from a broad swath of agencies, formed in the early spring. The group's weekly meetings give officials an opportunity to measure the impact of Covid and develop measures to fight the virus.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS September 17
Migrant program keeps Nyssa students involved
If students don't sign in to class, they show up at their door. The migrant student workers are personally checking in with families, and giving out Dutch Bros cards if they perform well.
ONTARIO CRIME September 17
Phony payroll: details surface in Fry Foods paycheck fraud case, police investigation
Court documents obtained by the Enterprise provide insight into how Fry Foods caught wind of its Human Resources manager’s $100,000 embezzlement scheme, as well as the ensuing criminal investigation.
OBITUARIES September 16
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Babe Yraguen,Joyce Louise Elfering ,Harlen V Garner,Erma “Kay” Lamb,Rita Siglinde Bacher, Lois Jean King, Donald D. Gugin, Willard J. Draper, Patricia Murphy, Guillermo “Willy” Trujillo Jr.,David Cuellar, Steven F. Borwieck, John Kurts
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK September 16
Confusion, misinformation on Covid hamper efforts by health officials to stop the pandemic
Mistakes early in the crisis at the state and national level along with apathy by some in the public complicated the response to the virus and may have helped shut the window of opportunity to get ahead of the infection.
SCHOOLS September 16
Ontario School Board vacancy filled by environmental health director, Ontario High School graduate
The school board voted 3-1 to appoint the Craig Geddes as a new school board member, filling the vacancy left by Mike Blackaby. Geddes is an Ontario High School graduate who said he wants to bring success to all students.
EMPLOYMENT September 16
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Foreman, Geiser Grand Hotel, Math Lab Coordinator, Headstart, Hops distribution, Head Librarian, Lifeways , Car Cleaner , Tower House Coffee, Recruiting Coordinator
PUBLIC NOTICES September 16
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Myrtle E. Belisle, Storage Auction, Malheur County SWCD, Malheur County Court
FreeCOVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY September 16
Pioneer Place deals with Covid outbreaks
Ten residents in the living center's apartments and five staff are infected with the disease. The first case was identified Aug. 26, and the living facility is testing patients and staff twice a week.
FreeONTARIO September 16
Homeless dilemma lingers for county but planned revival of tiny home project in Ontario may help the displaced
The trial run of the tiny home project ended in April but local officials are working to find a permanent site for the housing geared to helping the homeless.
COMMUNITY NEWS September 16
Vale pool reopens after state shifts pool rules
The Vale City Pool reopened last week, with a summer schedule Friday and Saturday, and reduced hours Monday through Thursday.
OREGON WILDFIRES September 15
SPECIAL REPORT: A night in hell - Santiam Canyon's ordeal
As people turned in for the night in the Santiam Canyon on Labor Day, one wildfire that had been held at bay for three weeks was unleashed and a second started a westward march that proved to be stunningly destructive. Salem Reporter has assembled this account of that night in the canyon from interviews and documents.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY September 15
PHOTOS: Ontario community offers solemn tribute to 9/11 in event at Four Rivers
A ceremony in Ontario last Friday honored first responders, members of the armed forces and the lives lost in the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS September 11
SCHOOLS: The community provides thoughts on schooling during the pandemic
Of those who responded to the Malheur Enterprise's recent school survey, some left comments addressing distance learning, children's wellbeing, academic progress, school staff and returning to schools.
SCHOOLS September 11
Small, short, but in-person: a return to the classroom for some schools
Some schools are capitalizing on the state's allowance of two hours of in-person instruction for groups of 10 students, even as the full school day is off limits.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS September 11
Volunteers serve up tech solution to keep Ontario nursery running
After the Covid epidemic stifled the Treasure Valley Relief Nursery's ability to conduct home visits, a group of Treasure Valley tech experts joined forces to help solve the problem.
COMMUNITY NEWS September 10
Malheur teens return after wildfire deployment
The camp crews helped firefighters with inventory and tent clean-up in fires across Colorado, Wyoming and Oregon.
MALHEUR COUNTY WILDFIRES September 10
Crews wrap up Indian Creek Fire
It took thirteen days, $5.1 million dollars and 400 firefighters to defeat the 48,000 Indian Creek Fire. The fight was a first in its use of Covid precautions.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS September 10
SURVEY: Locals say distance learning hindered their children's education
The Malheur Enterprise conducted a survey regarding schooling during the pandemic. Some responses were split, but the overall consensus was that children's education was negatively impacted by remote learning.
YOUR COMMUNITY September 9
Vale seniors set to honor the past with decorative mural
The subject of the art piece will be a quilt created by founding members of the senior center. The mural will commemorate an effort by a group of Vale seniors who, in the 1970s, hand-crafted quilt to raise money for a new senior center.
WILDFIRES September 9
Oregon facing historic loss of life from wildfires, Gov. Kate Brown says
Wildfires to continue to burn out of control across swaths of Oregon on Wednesday, and state authorities said there will be significant losses of life and property. Gov. Kate Brown urged people to obey evacuation orders and her advisers asked callers stop clogging 911 lines with calls about smoke. Video by Salem Reporter shows damage in Gates.
OBITUARIES September 9
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Albert “Ray” Stoaks, Connie Bradford Meyer, Jeanette C. Neese, Patsy Smith, Esteban Jimenez, Joyce Louise Elfering, Wilhelmina “Babe” Yraguen
FreeCOMMENTARY September 9
Letter: Thankful for fire help
The Crawford family sends a letter of thanks to the community for quick response to the fire
EMPLOYMENT September 9
They're hiring - local job openings
Foreman, Geiser Grand Hotel, Math Lab Coordinator, Hops distribution, Lifeways, Head Librarian, Car Cleaner
ONTARIO CRIME September 9
Fry Foods HR exec hired after prison stint, string of convictions. Now, company wants its money back
A former human resources manager at Fry Foods faces charges alleging he embezzled over $100,000 from the company, which is now suing him. Douglas Wold, still on active parole in Ada County, has a history of similar conduct in Idaho.
PUBLIC NOTICES September 9
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Herman John Jungk, Estate of Myrtle E. Belisle
EDUCATION September 9
Treasure Valley Community College career-tech remodel nears completion
The building will have a natural resources classroom, faculty offices, a computer classroom, a small student lounge, a conference room, shower and locker rooms and a welding lab with 19 permanent and 8 portable welding stations.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK September 9
Oregon health officials eye Idaho fair and rodeo as likely spark in recent surge of Covid cases in Payette and Malheur counties
Signs the infection is expanding in Payette County appeared in late August. An epidemiologist under contract with the Malheur County Health Department crunched data and believes the Payette County Fair and Rodeo in New Plymouth may be the focal point of the surge in new cases.
MALHEUR COUNTY WILDFIRES September 8
Wildfire north of Ontario corralled by crews
A collection of firefighting agencies joined together overnight to suppress the fire 975-acre fire despite 40 mph winds.
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