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Trump holds key to storm relief for Malheur County

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE — Idaho received one.

So did Washington.

But a federal disaster declaration for Malheur County is still pending, nearly four months after severe winter storms devastated the area.

That’s because the disaster declaration submitted by the state appears to be trapped on President Donald Trump’s desk.

Malheur County public agencies racked up $1.6 million in costs from the storms. Ontario School District incurred the most, recording $834,887 in costs while Saint Alphonsus Medical Center registered the second-highest total with $299,368 in total damage costs. Nyssa School District . . .