The Voice of Malheur County
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT December 11
Ontario car wash appeals tax case, says it was 'strung along' by county officials
Bluebird Express Car Wash, which opened in Ontario earlier this year, has taken Malheur County to Oregon Tax Court, saying it was told repeatedly that a tax break was in the works before it was unexpectedly denied. The complaint cited investigative work by the Malheur Enterprise.
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 11
Lady Viks ready to roll into season
Vale girls basketball got off to a good start this season and clinched a 53-25 non-league victory over Homedale Friday. Coach Jason Johnson said he will look to a solid group of returning starters to help the Vikings find success this season.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT December 11
Vale seeking new city manager
Vale City Manager Katy Lamb announced she will retire at the end of February. The city is now looking for her replacement.
EMPLOYMENT December 11
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include City Manager, Recruiter, Cook & Wait staff
PUBLIC NOTICES December 11
Publications from local governments, private parties
Oregon Telephone Corporation, Notice to Interested Persons
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 11
Coach sees ‘chemistry’ as Lady Tigers focus on future, not past
The Ontario girls basketball team is turning the page this season with a new coach and a positive outlook.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 11
PHOTO GALLERY: Vale Tree Lighting ushers in holiday spirit
Following the tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 6, there was a warm reception with Santa in the Vale Grange Hall, complete with hot beverages, chili, local crafts, and more.
COMMENTARY December 10
How the Enterprise produced its story on county land deal, finances
While county officials declined to provide information, state agencies quickly released to the Malheur Enterprise documents that made key disclosures. The newspaper offered county officials previews of elements of its planned story. Most didn't respond.
MALHEUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT December 10
Malheur County leaders mum as appraisal shows land value $1 million less than they agreed to pay
An independent appraisal shows that Nyssa land the county intends to pay more than $3 million for is valued at $2 million. The county's administrative officer addressed the matter in an internal memo "not intended for the public."
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT December 10
Oregon short on resources for local mental health treatment
State officials intend to ask legislators soon to put more money into local care for criminal defendants found unfit for trial.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 10
PHOTO GALLERY: Winter Wonderland Parade proves to be a big hit
Floats, candy and Santa Claus highlight the county's biggest holiday parade Saturday, Dec. 7. A large crowd showed up in Ontario to watch the traditional opening of the Christmas season.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 9
PHOTO GALLERY: Nyssa parade lights up town
Although it was raining on Saturday, Dec. 7, it did not stop folks decked out for the holidays, from coming downtown for the annual 2019 Nyssa Nite Lite Parade to watch the glittering holiday themed floats.
MALHEUR COUNTY TRANSPORTATION December 9
State eyes roundabout as fix at Cairo Junction
Federal funding for the project isn’t available until 2021 or 2022 and state officials are still working on a roundabout blueprint for the area.
COMMUNITY NEWS December 9
Vale Scouts seek new backers
The future of the Boy Scouts in Vale is in jeopardy after one of its biggest sponsors – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – decided to cease support. Victor Noble, a Vale resident, said there are around 25 youth involved in Boy Scouts in Vale and probably another 10 that are Cub Scouts. He's looking for new backers.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 7
PHOTO GALLERY: Winter Wonderland Parade brings festivity to Ontario streets
The parade, conducted by the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce and presented by the Malheur Enterprise, kicked off from Fourth Avenue in Ontario and included a visit from Santa in Moore Park at the end.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 6
PHOTO GALLERY: Santa's breakfast offered hearty, jolly good fun
What better way to prepare for a Winter Wonderland Parade Saturday than by fueling up with Santa himself the day before? Locals gathered at the Elks Lodge bright and early Friday morning for a breakfast bounty to kick off a weekend of holiday fun.
RAIL RELOAD CENTER December 5
County taxpayers to be tapped nearly $1 million to buy Nyssa property, state reports
The county will also use a state loan to help purchase 290 acres owned by the Farmer Family and 79 acres owned by Nyssa Industries. The land deal is part of a proposal for a $26 million rail reload facility north of town.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 5
Time running out, Antelopes pull off dramatic play to snag state title
With one minute and thirty-nine seconds to go in the Antelopes Class 1A game against St. Paul, Adrian faced a 32-30 deficit and had the ball on its own 20-yard line.A season’s worth of pain, sacrifice and high hopes dangled in the balance for Adrian/Jordan Valley (13-0) and the promised land – the end zone – stood 80 yards away.
HOLIDAY EVENTS December 5
Crowds set to welcome Santa and Co. in Ontario starting Friday
Santa's Breakfast and the Winter Wonderland Parade – two of Ontario's biggest holiday events of the season are set for Friday at 6:45 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. respectively. The parade queen, Kyla Larson, and a host of other community members are gearing up for the fun.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 5
Tigers building tough attitude for hoop season
While the team didn’t necessarily have a constant starting lineup last season, Attila pointed to a handful of players who he expects will make a strong corps this year.
EDITORIAL December 4
EDITORIAL: County needs to talk to taxpayers about land debt
EDITORIAL: The Malheur County Court and its economic development arm are asking the state to borrow at least $2.1. million. County Judge Dan Joyce and Greg Smith, the county economic development director, say the county needs to go into hock so it can buy up private industrial land. This is bare ground, empty of anything but weeds and hope.
EMPLOYMENT December 4
They're hiring - local job openings
Positions available include Executive Director of Nursing, and highway maintenance
MALHEUR COUNTY SCHOOLS December 4
Book project brings magic of reading to Ontario elementary classroom
Dalia Ontiveros, a first grade teacher at May Roberts Elementary in Ontario, is trying to instill a love of reading in her students. Ontiveros has a goal of increasing literacy among low-income kids by putting more books in their hands, starting with a fundraiser to stock her classroom with a collection of the Magic Tree House series.
MALHEUR COUNTY ECONOMY December 4
Calico files for key permit for gold mine at Grassy Mountain
Calico Resources USA Corp. earlier this month submitted its main permit application to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.
ONTARIO December 4
Parade spotlight finds reluctant star in 2019 grand marshal
Mike Iseri is humble when it comes to his community involvement. Iseri, an Ontario businessman with strong ties to the community, said he was blindsided when he found he was selected to be this year's Winter Wonderland Parade grand marshal.
NYSSA December 4
NYSSA NEWS: Tree lighting, parade, concerts and more
Nyssa is getting ready for a December chock-full of holiday events, including a tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Thunderegg Memorial Park, followed by the Nyssa Nite Lite parade at 6 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 4
Adrian/Jordan Valley championship is a victory for two communities
Adrian/Jordan Valley’s state football title victory Saturday was about a lot of things, but especially about community: two communities. Locals from Adrian and Jordan Valley rejoiced after the win and spoke highly of the commitment displayed by the players, coaches and locals from both cities.
PUBLIC NOTICES December 4
Publications from local governments, private parties
Ironside Rural Road District, Malheur County Court, Notice to Interested Persons, Notice Calico Resources
ONTARIO December 3
Ontario council approves tiny homes for homeless
The city of Ontario is joining forces with local organizations to help bring shelter for the area's homeless population. The latest idea will place 15 to 20 tiny homes between Northeast 3rd Avenue and Northeast 2nd Avenue off North Oregon Street.
PHOTO GALLERY December 2
PHOTO GALLERY: Game photos from Adrian/Jordan Valley's title match
PHOTOS: Here are photos from the state championship game between Adrian/Jordan Valley and St. Paul, played under clear skies in Hermiston on Saturday, Nov. 30.
PHOTO GALLERY December 2
PHOTO GALLERY: Fans pack the stands for Adrian/Jordan Valley game
Fans filled a rooter bus and otherwise made the trek from Malheur County on Saturday to Hermiston to watch the 1A state football title game. The Lopes came home with the championship, beating St. Paul 38-32.
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