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WEEK IN REVIEW February 16
NEWS SUMMARY: Catch up with key stories from Malheur County
Hey, we know you're busy so we pulled together this handy gathering of key stories from the Enterprise in recent days. Dip in and you'll be wise to what's up.
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OREGON LEGISLATURE February 16
Old wounds of Oregon’s timber wars take first step toward healing
The landmark deal between timber industry and environmental community hinges on legislation around aerial spraying, but cap-and-trade woes could blow up the deal if Republicans walk.
EDUCATION February 14
Former Nyssa resident named national superintendent of the year
Gustavo Balderas, a Nyssa native who graduated from TVCC, was named national superintendent of the year. Balderas leads the Eugene School District.
NYSSA NEWS February 14
NYSSA NEWS: Nyssa Church welcomes new pastor
New to both Nyssa Church of the Nazarene and the Nyssa community is Pastor Steve Wilson.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 14
Tai chi classes on tap in Ontario for age 60-up
Free tai chi classes for seniors kick off Feb. 24 at the Malheur Council on Aging. Tai chi is a gentle form of martial art; the classes at the council will focus on fall prevention.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS February 13
Lady Vikings batter Umatilla
Against Umatilla, defense and a disciplined and balanced offensive attack paid dividends for the Vikings. They staked out an early 14-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 13
Basques ready to dance and dine at annual community celebration in Ontario
Now in its 73rd year, the annual Ontario Basque Charity Dinner and Dance is set for Saturday, Feb. 29, at Four Rivers Cultural Center. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $25. This year will feature the Boise-based Kalimotxo Cowboys as live entertainment.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 13
New amendments to cap and trade bill borrow from Republicans, Timber Unity
Democrats late Wednesday released another set of revisions to their legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon that would delay impacts for rural Oregon and require state government to study its own impact on emissions. Sen. Lynn Findley of Vale sees one of his proposals added.
COMMENTARY February 13
Time to learn, share ideas at our Town Hall on Homeless
The Enterprise will host a a public Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Ontario. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Four Rivers Cultural Center and is free, featuring local experts and discussions about solutions.
ONTARIO February 13
Tiny homes for Ontario clear hurdle
Last week a judge rejected a request for an order to halt the homeless project in northeast Ontario. The tiny home project will go ahead under current plans to begin placing the structures at the site.
OREGON GOVERNMENT February 12
Bill giving Oregon public records advocate independence heads to vote
SB 1506 removes the governor’s authority to hire and fire the public records advocate and gives that responsibility to the Public Records Advisory Council.
OBITUARIES February 12
The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County
Joyce McGlochlin Morcom,Edwin J. Guerricagoitia,Clarence Ralston Hunt, Waltraud Butler, Sharon Shuster, Timothy Walter Bell, Duane Youngberg, Lloyd Alan Wooden
YOUR COMMUNITY February 12
Malheur County Cultural Trust grant deadline coming up
The deadline to apply for a Malheur Couny Cultural Trust grant is Saturday, Feb. 22. Last year, grants went to local organizations for a range of projects and activities, and to help plan, organize and advertise cultural events
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS February 12
Bulldogs rack up decisive wins
Jeremy Chamberlain, Nyssa girls head coach, said he expects his team to finish no worse than third in its league, the 2A-6 Eastern Oregon League.
JORDAN VALLEY February 12
In Jordan Valley, partners build community center
The collaborative effort aims to build an 8,400 square-foot assembly hall in Jordan Valley. Plans now call for the community to raise $50,000.
PUBLIC HEALTH February 12
Coronavirus? Health officials see far bigger risk in flu
The Oregon Public Health Division reported 842 positive tests for Influenza A and Influenza B statewide the week ending Feb. 7. According to the CDC, about 8% of the U.S. population becomes ill from flu each season.
EMPLOYMENT February 12
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available includes Equipment Operator, Production Worker, Mechanic, GIS Instructor, Ranch Working
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS February 12
Vikings run out of steam against Umatilla
Vale (4-4) started strong against Umatilla, taking a 10-2 lead midway through the first frame but Umatilla called a timeout and then rallied on offense and defense to push ahead 20-10 at the end of the stanza.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS February 12
Vale's Starlite Café set to reopen
The restaurant at 152 Clark St. N. in Vale has remained closed since late November. The building briefly housed the Diamond Back Grill, but when it reopens this week it will be back as the Starlite Café.
MALHEUR COUNTY POLITICS February 12
Walker challenges Wolfe for Malheur County sheriff's seat
Casey Walker and Brian Wolfe are gearing up to start their campaigns for the county’s top law enforcement slot. The deadline to file to run for the position is March 10.
PUBLIC NOTICES February 12
Publications from local governments, private parties
Estate of Barbara Asumendi, Public Hearing, Notice of Sale
Oregon Legislature February 11
Bill would put more state troopers on Oregon's highways
Despite its hefty cost, legislation to add patrol troopers has broad support among lawmakers and groups representing law enforcement.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT February 11
Brown announces ‘historic’ agreement between timber industry, environmentalists
The groups have agreed to drop litigation and work on changes to the Oregon Forest Practices Act, like notifying residents about aerial spraying and creating a conservation plan for private timberland.
WEEK IN REVIEW February 9
NEWS SUMMARY: Catch up with key stories from Malheur County
Here's a fast way to be sure you catch news you might have missed in a busy week. We provide a digest of some of the Enterprise's recent stories, from profiling a youth coach to court action on a homeless project to action in Salem that affects you.
STATE LEGISLATURE February 8
Impassioned testimony highlights Oregon hearing on gun storage bill
Citizens made good use of their allotted two minutes to tell lawmakers their views of House Bill 4005, which proposes gun storage rules and penalties for violations. Another hearing to allow testimony is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12.
OREGON POLITICS February 7
Timber Unity sits down with governor with its own plan to reduce Oregon emissions
Opponents of the greenhouse gas reduction plan presented Gov. Kate Brown, Senate with alternative solutions to shrinking carbon emissions.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 7
Enterprise chosen for national journalism project
The Malheur Enterprise was one of 12 newsrooms selected in the country for the Solutions Journalism Revenue Project. No other Oregon newsroom was picked from among 100 newsrooms nationwide competing to participate.
MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS February 7
Malheur County groups gather to show how volunteers can help
A Community Volunteer Fair set for Thursday, Feb. 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Four Rivers Cultural Center will bring local nonprofits under one roof to help potential volunteers learn where their help is needed.
OREGON POLITICS February 7
Mark Owens moves into state representative slot for Malheur County
We chat with Mark Owens, appointed to the Oregon House ast month, and the first person who is not from Malheur County to hold the seat in nearly 50 years.
YOUR COMMUNITY February 7
Juntura filmmaker captures 'American dream' in upcoming documentary
Filmmaker Clare McKay is taking her Juntura family’s experience to the screen with her upcoming documentary "Living an American Dream." McKay will talk about the film, which examines ranching and rodeo culture, at the Malheur Country Historical Society meeting Thursday, Feb. 13, at Treasure Valley Community College.
TIMBER UNITY February 6
With air horn blasts, thousands of big rigs and lots of camo hats, rural Oregon makes its voice heard
For the second year, Timber Unity holds a large rally on the Capitol steps in hopes of defeating climate legislation.
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