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Slideshow: Our Town: Ontario

OPB | July 31, 2012 5 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 1, 2012 12:23 a.m.

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The city of Ontario is virtually as far east in Oregon as you can get. It hugs the Idaho border, and is the largest Oregon city still on Mountain Time. The city’s website describes Ontario as “where Oregon begins.”

Ontario’s population is only 11,000. However, many times that number come to shop and work. Agriculture plays a dominate role in the city’s economy, and an estimated 40 percent of the nation’s onions come from the region. The eastern Oregon city also is home to a growing Latino population, who make up 40% of the population.

View the slideshow above to meet some of the people who have made Ontario their home.

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This slideshow is part of Think Out Loud’s Our Town series, in which we go beyond the daily news cycle and into the places some OPB listeners call home, including Camas, Astoria, Monument, Warm Springs, Woodburn, Lakeview, Roseburg and Bend.

 

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