Governor adds muscle to Malheur County rail depot

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown has directed the state’s key business agency to help push forward a new rail shipping plant in Malheur County that has been on the local “wish list” for years.

The plant, called a transload facility, would allow local producers to truck products and livestock to a central rail yard. Special trains would then deliver the goods to the east coast in just days, cutting shipping costs and giving producers a competitive edge.

Brown’s directive is just one step she has taken to help Malheur County after she . . .