The Voice of Malheur County
COMMUNITY NEWS October 17
DHS steps in to help folks without a home
Employees from the Department of Human Services visited a meal site at the New Hope Day Shelter inside Origins Faith Community, an Ontario church, Wednesday to let people know about resources. This story includes ways you can help the homeless cause in Ontario.
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STATE NEWS October 17
Oregon Court of Appeals blocks flavored vape ban from taking effect
Oregon vape shops challenged Gov. Kate Brown's temporary ban on flavored vaping products, saying she and state health officials overstepped their legal authority.
NEWS October 17
BLM holding job fair at Vale district office Friday
The focus will be on entry-level positions in fire management, but the agency also wants to introduce attendees a wider array of opportunities.
NYSSA NEWS October 17
Harvest fun coming in time for Halloween
The annual Community Harvest Party will be from 5-7 p.m. in front of the Nyssa School District office building. This free event is for the entire community with carnival games, a bounce house, hot dogs, chili and hot chocolate.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 17
ODOT, TSA warn travelers ‘Real ID’ compliance could cause massive headache
Oregon urges travelers get passports as the state is still months from providing driver's licenses that pass muster at airports.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS October 17
Ontario school outpaces state as test scores climb
Ontario Middle School not only outperformed its peers on the state level in the most recent assessment results released by the Oregon Department of Education, but the school has consistently increased in growth across the board in both English language arts and math.
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS October 16
Ontario High School gains equipment to train youth and keep them in school
The Ontario School District made a deal with the John Day district to purchase new manufacturing equipment for Ontario High School's new manufacturing program that started this school year. The district paid $45,000 for the three machining lathes and two milling machines, and a fourth machining lathe was donated to the school as well.
NYSSA NEWS October 16
Harvest accident claims life of noted local farmer
The Sheriff’s Department received a call at 10:35 p.m. that night. The individual died at the scene. Officials said he was working with another man on the onion fields of Frahm Fresh Produce when equipment was started by the operator who did not know the victim was close by.
EMPLOYMENT October 16
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions include Feedlot Help, highway maintenance
MALHEUR COUNTY ENTERTAINMENT October 16
Sax quartet ready to hit the Four Rivers stage
The quartet also will perform for area students in a student outreach concert on Oct. 24. Community Concerts of Treasure Valley received a grant to bus area students to Ontario for the special concert.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS October 16
Vikings hold back Nyssa 27-21
The Vikings built a 20-0 lead by halftime and seemed to be firmly in the driver’s seat. The Bulldogs, though, stopped the Vale car and pulled the Vikings out from behind the wheel late in the second half, powered by a successful goal line stand midway through the final quarter.
PHOTO GALLERY October 16
PHOTOS: Homeless along Snake River scramble to find new places to live
PHOTOS: The city of Ontario on Monday, Oct. 14, displaced a number of homeless people living in the woods along the river north of the city's water treatment plant after initiating a cleanup procedure. The procedure was sparked by concern that the water system could become contaminated after someone broke into a building housing a city well.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS October 16
In Adrian, a town, a team and football dreams
This year the Antelope football program improved with every game, running roughshod over teams with a high-octane, speed-option based offense and a solid defense. The latest victim of the Antelope juggernaut was Powder Valley Friday. Adrian rolled past the Badgers 84-26.
PUBLIC NOTICES October 16
Publications from local governments, private parties
Notice of Sale, Storage Auction, Vale School District Bid, TVCC Bid, Vale School District, Notice of Interested
ONTARIO SCHOOLS October 15
Ontario cites 'bullying' behavior to dismiss former football coach
Tony Cade was hired last June to take over the Ontario High School football program but was forced to resign part way through the season after administrators conducted an investigation concluding Cade was bullying players, according to a document released to the Enterprise.
ONTARIO October 15
Government crews clear out Ontario homeless camps
A potential breach of Ontario's drinking water system triggered a move Monday to eliminate a homeless camp. City and state workers used heavy equipment to clear an area along the Snake River.
OREGON POLITICS October 14
Recall effort against Oregon governor falls short
UPDATE: Two efforts to recall Kate Brown ended in failure Monday, with one organized by the Oregon Republican Party conceding without turning in petitions to the state. A second campaign submitted paperwork to the state claiming 290,000 signatures but elections officials concluded petitioners turned in significantly less than that.
COMMUNITY NEWS October 14
PHOTOS: A week of Viking pride at Vale homecoming
Vale High celebrated homecoming last week. Check out photos from five days of festivities that led up to an Oct. 11 homecoming football game and coronation.
OREGON POLITICS October 12
Drives to recall Brown see petitions pile up as Monday deadline looms
Racing the clock, two groups press the case to recall Kate Brown as they round up last signatures before Monday's deadline. They say they are close and any recall vote would be historic for Oregon.
SPORTS October 11
PHOTOS: Nyssa came close, but Vikings remain undefeated
The Vikings lead their league with a 7-0 record after a win against Nyssa Thursday night in Vale. The match was a close one, with a surprise comeback from Nyssa in the third set and a neck-and-neck fourth set. Scores ended in 25-17, 25-18, 17-25, 28-26.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE October 11
SAIF offers farm safety program in Ontario
The free sessions will happen on Monday Oct. 28 in La Grande and on Tuesday Oct. 29 in Ontario. The sessions have been offered in Spanish in the past, and while none are available in Malheur County at the moment, a spokesperson for SAIF said they wouldn't rule out offering sessions in Spanish. A webinar in Spanish will be available in March.
OREGON POLITICS October 11
Getting laws changed through Oregon ballot draws many efforts, few successes
Getting a measure into the hands of Oregon voters to change state policy or law is a daunting process. The state lists 16 steps in the initiative process before a voter ever gets to consider a yes or no choice.
YOUR GOVERNMENT October 11
Broadband to expand across Malheur County with federal money
About 1,000 Malheur County residents currently do not have access to broadband, but that may soon change. The county will receive federal funds to beef up its broadband capability as part of a program to invest nearly $68 million over the next 10 years across 10 rural Oregon counties – including Malheur – for broadband improvements.
HEALTH October 10
Experts recommend getting flu shot soon for best protection this flu season
It's that time of year again: flu season. Experts recommend getting the shot before the end of October to get the best protection this season. Without insurance, flu shots typically range from $25 to $40 locally.
EDUCATION October 10
USC journalism school partners with Malheur Enterprise
The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism chose the Malheur Enterprise as the spot for the university's course on rural reporting. Next May about half a dozen journalism students will spend two weeks in Malheur County learning about rural journalism and writing for the Enterprise.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS October 10
Oregon Eastern Railroad serves Vale-area niche
With a handful of employees, Oregon Eastern Railroad serves local clients in the Vale area and looks for new opportunities.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS October 10
Homedale overpowers Vikings
The Trojans took the lead early in the Friday, Oct. 4 non-league game, piling up 557 yards of offense, including 491 yards in the first half, on the way to a 65-12 win against Vale.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS October 10
Rivals gear up for ‘Black and Blue’ fray
The Bulldogs will hit the grass Friday after they clinched their first league win – a 22-7 triumph over Umatilla – last week. The game against Nyssa will be Vale’s first league match up and will cap a week of homecoming festivities.
COMMENTARY October 9
Saturday's Vale FFA auction builds on rich tradition
COMMENTARY: Vale's annual FFA auction is not the place to go bargain hunting. It's an opportunity to back local kids who are determined to do better for themselves. So come on out to the Vale school bus barn Saturday at 10 a.m. and support the cause.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE October 9
Nyssa-area farmer, 42, killed while working on harvesting equipment
Theodore Trevor Frahm, 42, from Ontario, died after getting pulled into an onion harvester at King Avenue south of Cairo Junction.
COMMUNITY NEWS October 9
Treasure Valley Community College rodeo contenders riding into spotlight in Ontario
The rodeo is coming back to the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Friday for a college rodeo followed by the Treasure Valley Community College Chukar rodeo on Saturday.
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