Malheur leaders hopeful as Speaker backs legislative slate

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

Tina Kotek climbed aboard the plane last summer to fly back to Portland, mulling what she had heard in two days of meetings in Malheur County.

Over those days, she met onion farmers and packers. She rode over potholes with the Vale city manager. She listened as an industrialist explained why he wished he’d never built a new plant in Oregon instead of Idaho.

“I left thinking: ‘What could . . .

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