Trump denies disaster funding for Malheur County

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

President Trump has decided Malheur County and nine other Oregon counties don’t need federal help to recover from the winter’s devastating storms, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

That means the city of Vale won’t be getting federal help to clear up the mountain of rubble that was once the Golden Slipper restaurant.

That means the Ontario School District won’t recover the more than $800,000 it spent last winter clearing snow off schools so they wouldn’t collapse.

And it means Nyssa is on its own for $45,000 in repair work to river pylons damaged this winter.

Federal authorities announced the decision in a letter last week to Gov. Kate Brown, who sought a federal disaster declaration.

“The damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of . . .