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EDITORIAL: Loss of local markets not to be overlooked

A farm rig sits inside a shop that caved in on Jantz Farms east of Vale last week.

As this winter’s snowstorms ebb, they leave behind a trail of devastation that seems to touch every business sector across Malheur County. Onion sheds, dairy barns, people’s homes – the snow loads that crumpled structures have taken a toll on people’s lives and livelihoods.

Part of that toll ripples through our most rural – and perhaps most vulnerable – populations. In the past two weeks, two communities have lost their local markets to building collapses. Last week heavy snow took down the roof at the 100-year-old Adrian Market, and the week before a similar load claimed the roof at Willowcreek’s iconic store and restaurant.

To look at these events as mere business . . .