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 . . .