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Popular Vale diner up for sale

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – It was the traffic that did it.

As 2005 drew to a close, Tracy Landreth realized she was spending a quarter of her day on Seattle’s clogged highways.

After reaching a tipping point, she packed up and moved to Malheur County. Her father, Vuryl, had moved to Harper several years earlier.

Fast-forward nearly 11 years and Landreth stands before another one of life’s crossroads as she prepares to put her business – the Miracle Eatery - on the auction block April 12.

She thinks the downtown Vale eatery is popular and could make her more money.

But her heart isn’t in it anymore. Instead, her heart is with her daughter and granddaughter in Portland.

“I want to be a grandma. And I want a balance between work and family. When your family is so far away it is hard to . . .