Five from Malheur County give testimony on rail facility

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

SALEM – Malheur County moved to the head of the line at the Oregon Legislature last week as five county residents were among the first to testify on an ambitious $8.2 billion transportation proposal.

Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce, onion farmer Reid Saito, Ontario City Manager Adam Brown, Vale City Manager Lynn Findley and Kit Kamo, executive director of the Snake River Economic Development Alliance, were the fifth group to go before the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization Monday night.

The time before the panel was by invitation only. The five residents were the first non-governmental group to testify on the subject. Findley testified by phone while the other four were at the hearing in Salem.

The massive transportation plan is designed to tackle an array of challenges such as antiquated bridges and roads through several funding mechanisms, including a hike in . . .