Category Archives: Ontario Argus Observer

Heritage grant will help give new life to historic sign at Cultural Center

A sign that once hung high outside of a studio owned by one of Ontario’s most recognized photographers will hang once more. But this won’t happen until the neon sign undergoes a restoration process funded by a state grant. Funded through a matching grant awarded by Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation […]
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Cattle grazing resumes on land burned in Oregon, Idaho wildfires

Ranchers in Idaho and Oregon have begun grazing their cattle again on some of the thousands of acres burned in wildfires in 2015. The Bureau of Land Management has allowed grazing to resume on 48 of the 84 pastures on affected allotments in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon, the Capital Press in Salem reported Tuesday. […]
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Team looks at standards for mining operation

More details are coming out about what participating agencies will be reviewing in a completed mining permit application from Calico Resources (Paramount Gold Nevada), as the process moves ahead toward possible opening of a mine. That information came to light during the Technical Review Team teleconference on Monday. This involved representatives of the various state […]
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Bentz still top candidate for senate seat

The process for filling the Oregon Senate District 30 seat of Ted Ferrioli has been started, and state Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, is the Republican Party’s top candidate for the appointment by county commissioners. However, in a Friday phone call, Bentz said whatever the outcome of the decision by the commissioners, he plans to pull […]
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Wheat growers discuss rail facility benefits 

There will be further discussions about the proposed intermodal facility now that a location has been selected north of Nyssa, and information was presented Thursday about what factors went into that decision. That information came during the annual meeting of the Malheur County Wheat Growers held at Fiesta Guadalajara in Ontario, in a report from […]
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Man wants people to know HIV is ‘no longer a death sentence’ 

A long-term HIV survivor, with hopes of eliminating HIV-related stigma, shared his story on Friday during a World AIDS Day Commemoration. Hosted at the Eastern Oregon Center of Independent Living in Ontario, guests gathered to hear Randy Wolf’s story, who spoke via telephone conference. He prefaced his talk with the fear that surrounded HIV when […]
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39 people countywide live with HIV; EOCIL hosts event for World AIDS Day

AIDS is a disease that has reached across the globe, not passing by our area. Thirty-nine people in Malheur County are reported to be living with HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS if steps aren’t taken to properly manage it, according to Jeff Williams, Ryan White program manager for Eastern Oregon Center for […]
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Sen. lauded for work supporting disabilities

State Sen. Ted Ferrioli will be honored by the Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living as its Legislator of the Year this Friday in Salem. According to an association release, Ferrioli, who has been representing Senate District 30, will be presented the 2017 Betha Kagayama Legislator of the Year Award during the the State […]
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Damaged ag facilities slow local job growth

Ongoing work on onion sheds that were damaged or demolished by snow last winter have disrupted the flow of the normal hiring trend in the local area. For its monthly rate, Malheur County saw unemployment drop to 3.9 percent in October, matching the record low reached in June, and .2 percent lower than in September. […]
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Human trafficking in local spotlight

Task force aims to identify victims, reduce crime. Human trafficking isn’t just a big-city problem, it’s an issue here, too. That’s the greater message local agencies want the community to hear. To recognize human trafficking happenings locally, individuals need not look far. Last December, law enforcement agencies — for the first time — conducted a […]
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