Category Archives: Ontario Argus Observer

Officials mull irrigation shut-off date

‘Goal’ keep some water for next year. It will be a balancing act as irrigation district officials begin discussing a shut-off date for irrigation water in the Owyhee Project. The main issue is making sure farmers have enough water to finish this year’ crops while maintaining a good carryover to 2019 given the low snowpack […]
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City algae tests following new testing rules

Starting today, under new rules from the Oregon Health Authority, the City of Ontario will need to regularly test for harmful algae blooms in its water systems. Following a panic in May in the City of Salem’s water supply over levels of cyanotoxins found in blue-green algae blooms that were discovered there, the Oregon state […]
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Oregon has 3 major parties and they should debate

A controversy is brewing in our democracy. Two major candidates for Governor do not want to debate with the third major party candidate. They are trying to block the third independent voice from the debates, the only voice that holds the high ground in addressing campaign finance reform as it has accepted no large special […]
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Where have all the bankers gone? | Opinion |

The Center for Rural Affairs first examined consolidation in the banking industry in “Where Have All the Bankers Gone?”, a 1978 report. We have long understood the critical link between credit, who has access, who doesn’t, and how it shapes communities. That’s why a recent report in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye. It […]
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BLM official: Gold mine is 5 miles from bird’s habitat

Meetings regarding the proposed gold mine in Malheur County are coming more frequently, and following the meeting of the wildlife subcommittee meeting on Monday, the full technical review team will meet July 25 to get a review of the permitting process status. The gold mine is proposed at Grassy Mountain south of Vale by the […]
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Community college receives major foundation gift for new CTE center

Treasure Valley Community College’s efforts to remodel and expand its new Career & Technical Education Center received a boost with a major gift from a leading Idaho foundation, according to a news release from the college. The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc. awarded the TVCC Foundation $100,000 to help provide equipment for the new CTE […]
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Combatting a crisis

Lawmaker, local officials discuss local impact of opioids. Having seen his legislation to combat the opioid crisis pass in the House, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden was in Ontario, Monday to hear from local health-care providers and government officials about the situation and issues in Malheur County. Source: Combatting a crisis | Local News Stories | […]
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Fires keep crews busy on Fourth

“Folks need to realize how dry it is here. Any kind of spark could potentially cause a fire.” These were the cautionary words of Al Crouch, spokesman for the Vale BLM, who spent most of his afternoon on the Fourth of July doing groundwork at the scene of a fire on a hill north of […]
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Wage hike

Minimum wage gets annual 50-cent boost. Starting today, the minimum wage for Malheur County and other rural counties went up 50 cents, to $10.50. According to data from the Oregon Employment Department that could affect more than 2,000 jobs. Following a bill passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2016, the minimum wage has been going […]
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County to net $2.6 million in PILT funds

On the same day Malheur County received notice on the amount of Payment in Lieu of Tax it is receiving this year, the County Court also signed on to a class-action lawsuit for underpayments of PILT funds in 2015, 2016 or 2017. Lorinda Dubois, county administrator, said word had been received Wednesday that the county […]
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