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Our Town: Ontario

 The City of Ontario is virtually as far east in Oregon as you can get — right next to the Idaho border and on Mountain Time. In fact, 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. We’ll talk more about the huge part that agriculture plays in the economy. One striking figure, an estimated 40% of the nation’s onions come from this region. We’ll also hear about Ontario’s diverse population and its community spirit. And we’ll also explore the challenges the town faces as it struggles to attract more buisness and take care of the high number of people who live below the poverty line.

Listen to Our Town: Ontario, Live from Mackey’s

Multimedia: Ontario

Interactive Map

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Explore Ontario through a Google map of the town.

Navigate with the sidebar on the left hand of the screen to explore the different locations in Our Town

Go to the Google map of Ontario

Snake River Correctional Institution

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The Snake River Correctional Institution is located in Ontario, housing over 3,000 prisoners, it is the largest prison in Oregon.

Go to the Flickr slideshow of the Snake River Correctional Institution

Buddhist Temple

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Take a tour of the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist temple. The temple’s roots date back to the early 40s, when a large number of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps around the Treasure Valley. 

Go to the Flickr slideshow of the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple


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