Category Archives: Ontario Argus Observer

City aims for state grant for restrooms by splash pad 

ONTARIO — Applying for a grant to get restrooms near the upcoming splash pad from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is on the fast-track for the City of Ontario. Source: City aims for state grant for restrooms by splash pad | Local News Stories |

Tree removal could spread invasive grasses

Removal of western juniper from rangelands is a common project for natural resource agencies and private landowners working to improve rangeland health and protect habitat for wildlife across the Northern Great Basin. It is one of the tools being used to improve stands of sagebrush, which is critical habitat for the Greater Sage Grouse, once […]
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Agency may be awash in red ink from water litigation

Oregon’s water regulators are rapidly spending the $835,000 they have available for litigation and may go nearly $1.3 million over budget in the 2017-2019 biennium. A request for more litigation funds was recently turned down by Oregon lawmakers, which means the Oregon Water Resources Department will probably ask the Legislature’s Emergency Board for money later […]
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Gold mine operator ‘very encouraged’ by report reviews

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 and visual resources report were recently accepted by the Department of […]
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Police seek public help in wasted snow geese

State police are asking the public to help solve a crime of wasted snow geese. According to a news release from Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Ontario, seeks to find the person(s) responsible for the wasting of several Snow Geese that were discovered on private property south of Nyssa. A Fish and […]
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Wastewater worries

New DEQ limits, monitoring could cost Ontario millions. On Tuesday, the Ontario City Council voted to have City Manager Adam Brown send a returning letter to Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality. The letter will outline major concerns with a draft sent to the city by the department for review and comment of a National Pollutant […]
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Whooping cough on rise, officials urge awareness

Cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, are on the rise in nearby counties, and at least one case has been reported in the Western Treasure Valley. According to Jennifer Tripp, staff epidemiologist with Southwest District Health, there was one case of the highly infectious disease reported in Payette County in mid-January. Source: Whooping […]
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Legislature works Saturday to wrap up short session

As Oregon lawmakers worked through the remaining bills they were to act on for their short session, Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, was looking to the longer session as he has tentatively agreed to be on a carbon committee, in the wake of a cap and trade bill left to die in committee. Both houses of […]
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Local watersheds get state funding to battle weeds; ODA denies 1 request 

Malheur and Owyhee watershed councils each had grant requests approved to pay for ongoing noxious weed control by the Oregon State Weed Board, however one request was denied. The state weed board awarded $1.84 million this week to pay for 63 projects around the state to fight some of the noxious weeds that invade Oregon, […]
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Controversial cyanide devices make comeback for predator control in Ore.

Wildlife Services, which works to resolve wildlife/human conflicts, is regaining two of the tools it uses to control predators in Malheur County and hopes to get another one back. Curt Mattson, acting district supervisor for the USDA Wildlife Services in eastern Oregon, shared this information with members of the county court during their meeting Wednesday. […]
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