The Voice of Malheur County
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 8
PLAYOFF ACTION: Five Malheur County teams head to state playoffs
Starting Friday afternoon, five Malheur County teams head to state playoffs. Check out details of the games and matches.
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STATE GOVERNMENT November 11
Two of Oregon's largest unions see decline in state workers paying dues, but claim they're bouncing back
Two of the largest unions representing state workers have seen significant declines in the number of state workers paying dues since mid-2018. That includes expected declines in "fair share" agency fee payers after the Janus vs. AFSCME decision, and a decline in full members as well.
STATE NEWS November 9
State seeks owners of medals of heroism sitting unclaimed in Salem
More than a dozen military medals, countless ribbons and artifacts are in government hands as unclaimed property, awaiting heirs or owners to collect them.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 8
Why a new Oregon law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported
Improved data could reveal the breadth of hate in Oregon while aiding law enforcement and community groups.
MALHEUR COUNTY EDUCATION November 8
State, college officials dispute claims nursing program at risk
The surprise resignation comes just three months after Paulla Mizer was hired to turn around a struggling nursing program at Treasure Valley Community College. She said in her resignation letter that TVCC administrators have been aware the state may force the program to close, but college and state officials said this is not the case.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 8
Work still needed to protect student information against hackers, Oregon audit finds
Secretary of State Bev Clarno's audit team on Wednesday released its latest assessment of cybersecurity issues, this time at the Oregon Department of Education. Auditors say some practices need to change to to safeguard agency information.
Owyhee Canyonlands November 7
Wyden introduces new legislation to safeguard scenic area
The proposed bill is the result of months of private negotiations between ranchers, conservation groups and federal agencies. The legislation is designed to designate 14 miles of the Owyhee River as Wild and Scenic and place over a million acres into a wilderness classification.
YOUR COMMUNITY November 7
Day shelter in Ontario announces opening to help homeless
The New Hope Day Shelter in Ontario will host a grand opening Wednesday, Nov. 13. The site inside Origins Faith Community, an Ontario church, 312 N.W. 2nd St., has been months in the making, and will offer homeless community members respite from the elements as well as access to a shower, computers and a phone.
VALE NEWS November 7
Vale Book Club follows 'Runaway Slave'
The Vale Book Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tonight's discussion will be on Erica Armstrong Dunbar's book “Never Caught: Ona Judge, the Washingtons, and the Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave."
OREGON POLITICS November 7
Bentz eyes Congress as logical next step
State Sen. Cliff Bentz spoke to the Enterprise about his decision to run for Greg Walden's seat in Congress. With Bentz now seeking federal office, state Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, has declared he wants to succeed Bentz in the Senate.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 7
Bulldog soccer teams wrap up season
The Bulldogs faced tough competition, the girls losing 4-1 and the boys, 10-0.
NYSSA NEWS November 7
Nyssa Mercantile plans grand opening and three-day celebration
Nyssa Mercantile, a new hardware store at 119 Main Street, will hold a three-day grand opening starting today at 3 p.m. Click for more events happening this week in Nyssa.
VETERANS DAY November 6
Groups offer home base, link to services for local veterans
More than 2,000 veterans reside in Malheur County. Starting Saturday, some local organizations and businesses will put on events to honor them.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 6
Adrian hosts playoff game Friday
In the win over 6-2 Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii, Adrian’s Conley Martin threw for 273 yards and six touchdowns and ran for another in a powerhouse showing at Eastern Oregon University.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 6
Where others see chaos, he tackles opportunity to reshape mental health care
Steve Allen stepped up for the job in state government that was hard to fill. Now he’s overhauling the way Oregon responds to mental health and addiction.
EMPLOYMENT November 6
They're hiring - local job openings
Position available is Copy Center Assistant
MALHEUR COUNTY PEOPLE November 6
Local welfare officials see domino effect toppling Malheur County families, leaving kids in poverty
Malheur County kids are the second poorest in the state according to a recent report from Children First for Oregon. The county hugs the bottom in other measures including abuse and neglect.
OREGON POLITICS November 6
Walden reflects on ‘joyful journey’
Greg Walden, who is one of the most influential Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, announced last week that he will not run for reelection. The longtime Oregon lawmaker said no single event triggered his decision.
ONTARIO November 6
New director for the Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley
The Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley welcomed Dana Castellani as new director in September. Castellani said her priority is to create a safe space for children at the club.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS November 6
Viking girls still in the running for state title
The Vikings beat Catlin Gabel 3-1 Saturday and now move on to the top eight for the state title. Next stop: a date with South Umpqua Friday, Nov. 8 at Forest Grove.
PUBLIC NOTICES November 6
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District, Malheur County Court, Federal Communications Commission, Notice of Sale, Notice of Preliminary Permit
SPORTS November 5
Vale grid squad gears up for first-round playoff action
The Vikings will face Yamhill-Carlton Saturday at 1 p.m. Vale will open post-season play in the wake of a 27-8 loss to Burns in the final regular Eastern Oregon League game last weekend.
OREGON POLITICS November 4
Oregon Democrats renew effort to pass carbon-reduction bill
Portland Democrat Sen. Michael Dembrow is revisiting parts of the controversial cap and trade legislation from the last session, seeking to quell rural concerns. Proponents meanwhile fear that Republican legislators will reprise their walkout, which halted the last carbon-reduction effort.
PHOTO GALLERY November 4
PHOTOS: Cultural center celebrates Day of the Dead
Check out photos and video of the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Four Rivers Cultural Center, Saturday, Nov. 2.
MALHEUR COUNTY AGRICULTURE November 2
Federal legislation provides path to legal status for farmworkers
Rep. Greg Walden joins as a co-sponsor of legislation craft by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, that would ease fears of farmworkers and lighten regulation.
MALHEUR COUNTY BUSINESS November 1
New business in Ontario takes playtime indoors
Toddler Town, an indoor playground in Ontario, is now open for business. The location at 475 South Oregon Street is bringing the fun of playtime indoors to keep parents and kids safe from the elements as winter rolls around.
BREAKING NEWS November 1
Director of TVCC's nursing unit resigns over fears state will close program
The surprise resignation comes just three months after Paulla Mizer was hired to turn around a struggling program. She said in her resignation letter that TVCC administrators have been aware the state may force the program to close.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 1
Oregon State Hospital gets a break as federal judge decides against contempt finding
Disability Rights Oregon, a Portland group, plans to continue fighting for Oregonians timely access to health care after losing a federal case meant to pressure the state. The organization said criminal defendants needing state care weren't getting it fast enough.
EDITORIAL November 1
EDITORIAL: Ontario Middle School shows impact of focus, drive to boost students
Each fall, state officials put out stacks of scores and percentages to show how students performed on tests. The numbers tell important stories about what the schools themselves are accomplishing.
PHOTO GALLERY October 31
PHOTOS: Vale turns into a mini Halloweentown
Trick-or-treaters from young to old to canine hit the streets of Vale on Halloween on the hunt for sweets at local shops. Can you recognize the faces beneath these costumes?
WATCHDOG October 31
New information shows Ontario shooting was related to gangs
Two lived marked by gang links and crime converged in an Ontario shooting earlier this month. Adam A. Gomez is suspected by police of shooting Xavier A. Jimenez four times on Oct. 9. Gomez is under arrest for unrelated federal gun charge and Jimenez is facing a new weapons allegations as well.
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