Category Archives: Ontario Argus Observer

Secretary of State’s office says profanity in recall ballots OK

Though some residents expressed shock over a profanity laden complaint that showed up in a recall petition against the City of Huntington’s mayor and subsequent ballot title, no state election laws were broken in the phrasing of the reason for the recall, according to the Oregon Secretary of State. According to an email from Deputy […]
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Survey work begins at future rail shipping facility

Preparatory work has started toward the construction of the Treasure Valley Reload Center planned for a site north of Nyssa. During the weekly meeting of the Malheur County Development Corporation Greg Smith, project manager and officer to the board, said a crew from Anderson Perry engineers was doing survey work at the site along Gem […]
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Appropriations bills will help rural Oregonians

The U.S. Senate approved appropriations bills last week dealing with research, public safety, housing, transportation, natural resources and emergency preparedness, according to news releases from the offices of Oregon two senators, Jeff Merkley, who sits on the Senate Appropriations bill and Ron Wyden. One provision in the Department of Interior spending bill of major interest […]
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City of Ontario should ditch facial recognition camera system or establish strict rules

The Ontario City Council in October unanimously swept forward an expansion and upgrade to the city’s video camera system that includes facial recognition technology, gives more people access to video footage, and expands the current camera footprint to include three very public places: parks. Source: City of Ontario should ditch facial recognition camera system or […]
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Project costs, regulations are top concerns with water

Led by staff from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, a conversation about the state’s vision for water use, management and conservation over the next 100 years came to Ontario on Monday.The talk, held at Treasure Valley Community College, included people from Malheur Harney and Lake counties, was well as TVCC students. It was one of […]
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Reservoirs off to good start for new year

As the 2019 irrigation season came to a close, and the new water year begins, one thing is certain: all four reservoirs in Malheur County are off to a good start for refilling. Three of the them are at more than 40 percent of capacity, with Warm Springs Reservoir already half full and Owyhee Reservoir […]
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Trying to beat Exclusion Day: Schools offers chance for students to get current on vaccinations during parent-teacher conferences

For Oregon students in public schools whose parents have not signed a waiver, there is a cutoff date — Feb. 19 for the 2019-20 school year, according to the Oregon Health Authority — by which they must be up-to-date on vaccinations. Source: Trying to beat Exclusion Day: Schools offers chance for students to get current […]
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Groups ink contract, set milestones for rail project

A contract outlining the timelines for the planning, design and construction of the Treasure Valley Reload Center has been signed by the Malheur County Development Corporation and the Oregon Department of Transportation, allowing the project to move ahead. The document was signed Tuesday, according to Greg Smith, who is project manager. Source: Groups ink contract, […]
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State agency plans tour, monthly meeting in Ontario

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be Malheur County this week, touring various sites around the county on Thursday and holding its monthly meeting on Friday at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. Source: State agency plans tour, monthly meeting in Ontario

Oregon, Idaho lawmakers seek renewal for PILT funding

Oregon’s Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with Idaho’s Republican Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo are seeking at least a two-year renewal of Payments in Lieu of Taxes and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- Determination Act programs. Both programs reimburse rural counties of loss of funds from federal lands. Source: […]
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