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FreeCORONAVIRUS IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 3
Malheur County heads into holiday weekend with cases surging and state authorities stepping in
An "alarmingly high" rate of Covid infections in Malheur County triggered Gov. Kate Brown's decision to put the county on a Watch List with the risk of new restrictions. The county had a record number of new cases on Friday - and announced more than two dozen people at an Ontario senior care facility have tested positive for the virus.
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BREAKING NEWS July 3
BREAKING NEWS: Malheur County put on state 'watch list' as Covid cases soar
Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday that Malheur County and seven other counties were being put on a watch list because of "alarmingly high per capita" rates of Covid. She said if the county can't get the spread of the disease under control, the community could face new restrictions.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 3
New statistics show Covid evenly distributed across Malheur County
Cases of the infection continue to climb locally with the most infections in Ontario, according to data released by the Malheur County Health Department Thursday. Sarah Poe, Malheur County Health Department director, is urging residents to practice strict social distancing measures, wash hands and wear face coverings to help stop the rising number of new infections.
ONTARIO COMMUNITY July 3
PHOTOS: Ontario animal shelter looks to future
There are shelters and kennels nearby in Idaho, but Ani-Care is the only one in Malheur County – a no-kill shelter – and the it gets dogs from all over the land. The shelter has contracts with the cities of Ontario and Nyssa as well as the county. And the owner needs grass.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 3
State grant will pave way for major upgrades to Rex Theater
Owners Mike McLaughlin and Sandijean Fuson will use $90,000 grant from the state to spruce up and renovate historic building in Vale. The duo learned earlier this week their grant application was accepted by the state.
NYSSA NEWS July 2
Thunderegg Days returning to Nyssa July 9-11
The annual Thunderegg Days and Festival in Nyssa is scheduled to kick off next Thursday. The three-day event features live music, entertainment, an art contest and more.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 2
Virus continues to weave its way through Malheur County
Numbers released Wednesday by the Malheur County Health Department show Covid numbers are continuing to climb as the Fourth of July holiday looms.
NEWS July 2
Malheur Enterprise editor gets top honor from national journalism society
The Society for Professional Journalists on Thursday recognized five journalists for their extraordinary contributions to the profession. Les Zaitz, editor of the Malheur Enterprise, is among the honorees, along with Marty Baron, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jorge Ramos, and, posthumously, Gwen Ifill.
ENVIRONMENT July 2
Researchers study how grazing on invasive grasses can affect wildfire threat
The OSU Extension Service in Malheur County is examining the effectiveness of grazing on fine fuels as a tool for improving range health and reducing the threat of wildfires.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 2
Project DOVE sees uptick in calls for domestic violence services
Project DOVE, Malheur County’s domestic violence service and shelter, has seen calls requesting its services increase after a months-long lull due to the Covid pandemic.
WATCHDOG July 2
Inmate's death in Malheur County Jail followed lapses in security checks
WATCHDOG: Zelon O'Neal was just a day away from facing a Malheur County circuit judge to decide whether he needed state hospitalization. He was found dead in his solitary cell in the Vale jail. An investigation by The Enterprise recounts what happened.
CORONAVIRUS IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 1
Governor urges Oregonians to get masks on or see businesses close again
Gov. Kate Brown left no doubt of her assessment of Covid's spread in Oregon, speaking to reporters Wednesday as her order for everyone to wear masks took hold. She warned the state would have to order businesses to close again if an alarming trend isn't changed.
PUBLIC NOTICES July 1
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District, Malheur County Court, Estate of Richard Valencia Martinez, Estate of Romaigne Yost
EMPLOYMENT July 1
They're hiring - local job openings
positions include Mail route, Ranch worker, Maintenance Manager
COMMUNITY NEWS July 1
PHOTOS: Ontario Splash Pad opens for the summer
GALLERY: The water attraction at Lions Park opened with a miniature splash and a new entrance fee.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 1
Recent upswing in Covid cases creates new challenges for county health officials
Nearly half of the new cases reported can't be traced to a single source, an indication the virus is well established in the community. Now county health care personnel face a more difficult task to rein in the recent surge in infections.
COVID IN MALHEUR COUNTY July 1
On Wednesday, it's masks for everybody going into stores, restaurants and other locations
The statewide mandate for face coverings took effect Wednesday as Covid continues to spread through Malheur County. Up to now, only workers at certain businesses had to wear masks. Now, anyone going into businesses and indoor public places is supposed to mask up.
YOUR COMMUNITY July 1
Covid douses local public Fourth of July celeberations
The traditional fireworks event in Ontario was canceled by the The Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce because of the pandemic while the annual Vale 4th of July Rodeo parade in Vale is also scratched for this year.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 30
Gov. Kate Brown extends virus state of emergency until Sept. 4
The declaration allows her to impose limits on gatherings, close certain businesses and in general have more control of the state to combat Covid spread.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT June 30
Ontario officials ask state for more money from marijuana sales in second letter
In a letter, Ontario city officials asked House Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek, (D-Portland), to give more money from marijuana sales to the city by adding an exemption to the statewide cannabis tax sharing formula for cities that meet certain requirements by basing it on total sales rather than population and number of dispensaries.
EMPLOYMENT June 30
Malheur County unemployment worsens again as statewide numbers improve
Malheur County's unemployment rate saw a small increase in May despite a statewide drop-off, but a regional economist is not surprised by the contrast.
CONDADO DE MALHEUR Y CORONAVIRUS June 30
En español: VIDEO – la directora del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Malheur analiza la reapertura de la fase dos
La directora comparte cinco cosas para ayudar a mantenerse saludable y retrasar la propagación de la enfermedad y el departamento anunció los criterios de prueba COVID-19 ampliado abordan las disparidades.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 29
Governor requires face coverings for all Oregonians starting Wednesday
The new mandate will affect all of Malheur County and requires people going into any business or indoor entity to be masked. Gov. Kate Brown announced the new regulations as Covid continues to spread in the state.
MALHEUR COUNTY AND CORONAVIRUS June 29
Malheur County tops 100 Covid infections as cases double in a week
Testing for Covid jumped significantly across Malheur County last week and so did the percentage of people turning up infected with the virus. County health officials say they can't so far pinpoint any single major source of local infections.
CORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY June 28
PHOTOS: For Malheur County restaurants, it's a new era for business
From Ontario to Vale to Nyssa, restaurants are figuring out how to survive with state mandates that limit customers and impose additional costs. Here's a look at how they're doing.
CORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN MALHEUR COUNTY June 28
Local restaurants: Business close to usual after shutdown
Around a month after the state has given the go-ahead to return to dine-in services, here are what restaurants around Malheur County are doing to navigate this new reality.
MALHEUR COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH June 28
Governor warns of tighter restrictions in Oregon if Covid cases continue to spread
Gov. Kate Brown said Saturday the record of coronavirus infections across Oregon is "alarming." She urged Oregonians to act to stop the spread so restrictions don't have to be imposed. Malheur County is among those seeing a surge in Covid cases.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 26
Malheur County COVID-19 cases rise to 84
The Malheur County Health Department reported 11 new cases of the coronavirus Friday, bringing the county total to 84. The new case rate rose from 5.7% Thursday to 6.5% Friday.
ONTARIO CITY GOVERNMENT June 26
Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero reflects on first year, says community involvement his biggest success
Steven Romero, Ontario police chief, discussed his first year in a police department with limited resources, along with the many ways he immersed himself and got involved in the community.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 25
Malheur County covid cases take biggest one-day jump yet
The county health department reported 13 new COVID-19 virus cases Thursday. The percentage of people testing positive for the infection also continues to climb even as more people are being tested.
COMMUNITY NEWS June 25
Ontario splash pad reopens Friday
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