Category Archives: Ontario Argus Observer

Officials buy land to farm mushrooms

Officials of Farmers Fresh Mushrooms were not looking to expand beyond Canada, but as the saying goes, one thing led to another, and now they are looking to start up a farm outside of Vale, projecting employment of around 200 people. Andrew Truong, company project manager, confirmed Friday that property just north of Vale has […]
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State issues area schools report cards

The Oregon Department of Education has released school and district report cards for the 1,240 schools and 197 school districts across the state, including local school districts Ontario, Nyssa and Vale, for the 2016-17 school year. Source: State issues area schools report cards | Local News Stories |

Affordable housing, homelessness issues prevalent in Malheur County

Having affordable housing, having access to housing and homelessness were some of the issues brought up during a Statewide Housing Plan outreach meeting in Ontario Wednesday. Conducting the meeting were Kim Travis and Kenny LaPoint, with Oregon Housing and Community Services, who are holding similar sessions across state. Source: Affordable housing, homelessness issues prevalent in […]
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Nominees for new economic board head to Gov. Brown

The lists of people nominated for the seven positions on the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board have been submitted to the Oregon governor’s office. This was the first step in the selection process for the board. House Bill 2012, a bill co-sponsored by Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, was […]
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Finding help for some is ‘a daily struggle’

If a business owner or manager in the valley is having trouble finding workers, they are not alone — the problem is hitting all employers, small and large. “As the economy continues to improve, businesses in general, in all areas of the state and the nation have less of a labor pool to draw workers […]
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Some students believe no risk associated with pot use

Officials aim to change youths’ view on drug. County and state officials say more teens buy into the perception that marijuana is harmless, despite statistics showing the potential impact the drug can have on a developing brain. Source: Some students believe no risk associated with pot use | Local News Stories |

State agency plans seminar for employers

A seminar explaining the new leave laws Oregon employers must follow will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 101 of the Workforce Training Center at Treasure Valley Community College. The class will be hosted by the Bureau of Labor and Industries in response to requests “from several in our local […]
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Bentz: threat of monument is ‘not gone’

The Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition continues to work toward a management plan for the area known as the Owyhee Canyonlands in Malheur County. Source: Bentz: threat of monument is ‘not gone’ | Local News Stories |

Waste exceeds permit

Changes are being made at the Malheur County Lytle Boulevard Landfill to bring the facility within its permit requirements so it can stay open. The permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality allows the county-owned landfill to accept 20 tons of waste per day, said Environmental Health Director Craig Geddes. However, it is now […]
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Prison habitat project may see an end

A program aimed at improving sage grouse habitat may be ending on Saturday if federal agencies do not renew an agreement. U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, of Oregon, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke urging continuation of the Sagebrush in Prisons Project. Source: Prison habitat project may see […]
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