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MALHEUR COUNTY — State Representative Lynn Findley, R-Vale, will be hosting town halls throughout House District 60 to update people of the 2018 Legislative Session, respond to questions and engage with constituents, according to a release. Findley's first local town hall will be in Jordan Valley.
Recently, Deputy District Attorney Jake Conde left for a job in Malheur County; another deputy district attorney will soon return to school for a law degree, leaving DA Everett Dial with one deputy to help prosecute cases. “The DA's office is having difficulty finding qualified applicants, in no small measure, I'd ...

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe said those people who have a mental health issue, but who do go to jail because of the severity of their crimes, are put in contact counselors or others who hook them up with the resources they need, such as doctors, so that when they leave jail they will be able to land on ...
While Malheur County gets only a small amount from the program, counties with a lot of timber rely heavily on these funds to provide services. ... Greg Smith, Malheur County Economic Development Director, said he may be applying for a TIGER grant to expand the funding for the Treasure Valley Reload ...
Oregon State Police are asking for the public's help in apprehending whoever killed several snow geese in rural Malheur County and left the birds to waste. On March 12, a trooper responded to call about the animals on private property near the town of Nyssa on Oregon's eastern border. The officer found ...
MALHEUR COUNTY, Ore. – Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help locating the people responsible for shooting and leaving several snow geese to rot on private property south of Nyssa. A trooper responded to the property on March 12 and believes the geese were shot a few days prior ...

The remains of Girvin Hall, which was opened in 1960, are being removed from the Malheur County fairgrounds in April of 2017, after being destroyed by historic snowloads dumped during the 2016-17 winter. Replacement of this building, along with the small animal barn and repairs to other buildings at ...
VALE — The first two baseline environmental reports on Paramount Gold Nevada's proposed gold mine in Malheur County has been approved and accepted by state agencies, and 11 more baseline reports are being reviewed. According to a release from Paramount Gold, the baseline air quality report ...
MALHEUR COUNTY — “I have incredible hopes for you.” “I have grown because of you.” “You are one of the pieces of me.” Fifteen students and two teachers read off letters addressed to them from family members and/or close acquaintances, that begin with, “I don't want to lose you because,” during a ...
VALE — It's been nearly a month and a-half since inmates have had hot showers at the Malheur County Jail, and a holdup with a manufacturer means those inmates will be dealing ... However, Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe previously stated those water heaters were not enough to keep the water hot.
JORDAN VALLEY — U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will hold two town halls March 18, with the first being in Malheur County and the latter in Baker County, according to a news release from the senator's office. The first meeting will be at 2 p.m. at Lion's Club Community Hall, 902 U.S. Highway 95, in Jordan ...
A person's worth isn't measured in dollars, but their salary is. And the median salary of workers around the state can tell us a lot about how wealth and opportunity is distributed amongst Oregonians. Of course, every locale is different and a dollar in Portland doesn't go nearly as far as a dollar in somewhere ...
VALE — The four current Malheur County officer-holders up for election in the May Primary will not face any challengers. The same goes for the circuit judge and district attorney seats, but races for U.S. representative and governor will be busy. Tuesday was the deadline to file to get on the ballot. Filing with ...
VALE — A 58-year-old man who took the undersheriff and two deputies on an off-road chase Friday is now in Malheur County Jail where he faces multiple ... Jeffrey Roberson, who Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson said was originally from Oregon, was wanted on a warrant out of Payette for ...
According to a news release from the Ontario Police Department, Michael Cory Epperson was arrested as of 5:15 p.m. Sunday. He was lodged into Malheur County Jail, where he faces numerous felony charges, including robbery in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, ...
ONTARIO — The money authorized by House Bill 2017, the transportation package, passed by the 2017 Oregon Legislature, is beginning to flow to local communities, including three in Malheur County, plus nearby Huntington. All towns under 5,000 in population are eligible for the small cities allotment, ...
ONTARIO — Malheur County Extension Agent Stuart Reitz put out a reminder that Thursday is the deadline for disposing of cull onions in Malheur County, as well as Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Owyhee and Washington counties, in accordance of rules of the agriculture departments in Oregon and Idaho.

Anserd Foster presents a talk about how he sees extension service today and in the future, during his presentation at the Malheur County Extension Office, as a candidate for the field crops and watershed management position with Oregon State University extension program. The position is funded by the ...
Oregon health officials warned Thursday that some kratom herbal supplements could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria linked to a national outbreak. Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division epidemiologists said two Oregonians, one in Washington County and another in Malheur County, ...
Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is reporting a large decline in the number of genetically modified creeping bentgrass plants in Malheur County. The plant, used on golf courses, was genetically engineered by Scotts and Monsanto Co. to withstand applications of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's ...
Graduation rates for all students in Malheur County school districts, including Adrian, Harper, Jordan Valley, Nyssa, Ontario and Vale, as well as Huntington in Baker County, have gone from 64.89 percent to 86.2 percent. To determine the figure, the education service district added up the total number of ...
Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe and Lt. Rachel Reyna, jail commander, stand in a hallway of the Malheur County Jail during tour of the facility in ... VALE — Inmates at Malheur County Jail will be dealing with warm water for about the next three weeks and it is going to cost approximately $30,000 to get ...
Malheur County 4-H members who traveled to the Arizonal Nationals Livestock Show in Phoenix, Arizona, Dec. 27-31, pause for a photo at ... Ten members of Malheur County 4-H traveled to Phoenix, Arizona in late December to participate in the Arizona Nationals Livestock Show. The show was from Dec.
Malheur County District Attorney David Goldthorpe said Friday that he would contest the fitness finding, setting up the potential for a court hearing that would explore Montwheeler's tangled criminal and mental health history. Montwheeler, 50, is facing the death penalty if convicted of the aggravated murders ...
Bruce Cuff, at left, prays with a small group outside Vale City Hall, across the street from the Malheur County Courthouse, Tuesday. ... ONTARIO — Bruce Cuff, Republican gubernatorial candidate for Oregon in the May Primary election, brought his conservative campaign for governor to Malheur County on ...
Harney County District Attorney Tim Colahan also requested that Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris review the investigation, which determined the six shots fired by OSP officers, including the three that killed him, were justified. Two additional shots, which did not hit Finicum, reportedly fired by an ...
Then, after Finicum got out of the truck, the rancher reached for a loaded gun in his jacket, and two state troopers shot him three times, according to investigators who reviewed the shooting, which was deemed justifiable "and, in fact, necessary," by Malheur County Dist. Atty. Dan Norris. The chase and the ...
ONTARIO — A conservative Republican candidate for Oregon's governor office will be in the area Tuesday, amid his campaign. Bruce Cuff, along with other conservative candidates from the Malheur County area, invite individuals to join them for breakfast at the Plaza Inn, from 8:30 to 9 a.m.. After breakfast ...
MALHEUR COUNTY — Malheur County's Economic Development Director Greg Smith will be heading to Salem to meet with officials from Oregon Department of Transportation on Friday. He will be there in the capacity of a project manager (assigned by the county) for the Treasure Valley Reload Center.
Police on Tuesday arrested fugitive Douglas R. Villines in Idaho after a two-week hunt to find and arrest him on charges from Malheur County of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl. Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe said Villines, 42, was arrested at a home in the rural area of Mann Creek, about 10 miles ...
VALE — A jury duty scam circulating in Malheur County has Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe extremely concerned for citizens. This is because the scammer is impersonating one of his deputies. “We've had a few people in the last few days that are getting calls saying that they missed jury duty and ...
Responding agencies to Tuesday's event included the Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force; U.S. Marshals; Canyon and Ada county sheriff's offices; Nampa, Boise, Garden City police departments; and the High Desert Task Force, comprising members of Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Police ...
VALE — Malheur County voters went against the statewide results on Measure 101, which was passing handily across the state, voting it down by more than 1,000 votes. According to complete unofficial countywide results posted on the County Clerk's website, the “yes” votes were 1,903 and the “no” votes ...
As of July 1, Malheur County's population grew by about 140 people, or 0.4 percent, from July 2016 and by about 450 people in the last five years, a 1.4 percent increase. According to the center's data, the county populations stood at 31,845 on July 1, compared to 31,705 in 2016 and 31,395 in 2012.
ONTARIO — The meeting to appoint a successor to Cliff Bentz, who is now in the state senate, as the House District 60 representative will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Weese Building at Treasure Valley Community College, according to a notice from the Malheur County Court. Governing bodies ...
NYSSA, Oregon -- A man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl is in custody, the Malheur County Sheriff's Office said in a post Tuesday on its Facebook page. Douglas Ray Villines, 42, is charged with attempted rape, sodomy, sexual penetration and sexual abuse. The victim is a relative of ...
Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe issued the call for help late Wednesday, warning that Villines, who was released on unrelated charges from South Idaho Correctional Institution on April, is considered dangerous. Nyssa Police Chief Ray Rau also put out the plea since Villines was last known to live in ...
MALHEUR COUNTY — Oregon's Cultural Trust is innovative – and unique in the nation. There is no ... Closer to home, the trust has invested a total of $77,400 in grant funding to Malheur County. The Malheur County Cultural Trust has done work throughout the county since it began grant making in 2004.
Former state Rep. Cliff Bentz is now state Sen. Bentz following his appointment by county commissions and courts from the nine counties which are in or partly in Oregon Senate District 30, which includes Malheur County. During a meeting held Thursday from the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day, ...
However, while Wattenburg agreed that roads need to be fixed, he took issue with some of the additional fees included in House Bill 2017, the transportation package, to raise money for the transportation initiatives, which include providing money for two reload facilities, including one in Malheur County, ...
ONTARIO — A change to the boundary of the Malheur County Enterprise Zone was approved by the Ontario City Council on Thursday during its work session. While the ... In order to make the boundary change official, Malheur County, and the cities of Ontario, Nyssa, and Vale must approve the resolution.
VALE — Potential candidates for local or state offices have only until March 6 to file with the Malheur County Clerk's office or the Oregon Secretary of State for ... According to Malheur County Clerk Gayle Trotter, county offices on the ballot will be County Commissioner position 1, now held by Don Hodge; ...
MALHEUR COUNTY — A Fruitland man was one of two who walked away unscathed from a crash which resulted in the death of two commercial vehicle drivers, both from Oregon, on U.S. Highway 20 Saturday morning. A news release from Oregon State Police states that its preliminary investigation ...
MALHEUR COUNTY — Police are still trying to reach next of kin before they release the name of the driver who was killed early this morning in a single-vehicle crash. At 4:15 a.m. today, Oregon State Police troopers responded to the crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 361, 13 miles west of Ontario.
Oregon State Police troopers responded Saturday to a double fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 20 west of Harper in Malheur County. (Oregon State Police) ...
This photo shows the front desk at Ontario City Hall. Effective Tuesday, the hours will be reduced by two hours per day, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on regular business days. City Manager Adam Brown said officials did a count of people by the hour for the month of November, and found that being ...
Two semi-truck drivers were killed in the fiery head-on crash of their two rigs Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 20 in Eastern Oregon, Oregon State Police reported. Troopers responded shortly after 9 a.m. to the crash at milepost 216 west of Harper, in Malheur County, Lt. Steve Mitchell said. A preliminary ...
MALHEUR COUNTY — With a new year comes a rush of new laws — plenty of which go into effect Monday. ... Tackling the task of reaching out to local tobacco sellers to educate business owners of the change is Dave Fenstemacher, a tobacco prevention coordinator at Malheur County Health Department.
Two people are dead after a four-car crash on U.S. Highway 20, just west of Harper in Malheur County. A semi-truck veered from its eastbound lane into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a semi-truck, according to Oregon State Police. Both burst into flames and the drivers died at the scene.
In the last five years, there were seven opioid deaths in Union County, while Malheur County had 12 deaths. According to the data listed by the OHA, there were no opioid deaths in Baker or Umatilla counties in the same time period. Over the next few years, Stensrud will hold presentations and forums at ...


 

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