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County leaders move ahead on rail shipping blueprint

By John Braese, Pat Caldwell
and Mitchell Willetts
The Enterprise
VALE – County officials, urged on by the state, are wasting no time going to work to see that a new rail shipping center gets up and running in Malheur County.
The Malheur County Court last week announced it would create a new corporation to run the facility, expects to appoint a board of directors for the company in a matter of days, and approved spending $3,000 a month on additional help.
The work comes weeks after the Oregon Legislature approved $26 million in state money for a new rail depot considered crucial to improving the local economy.
The rail center, often referred to as a trans load facility, would gather produce and other commodities from around the region. The goods would be transported to the shipping center by truck and then loaded on special trains that can . . .